Comics Submission: ‘STET’ #5

by Sahara Suerte stet verb : to direct retention of (a word or passage previously ordered to be deleted or omitted from a manuscript or printer’s proof) by annotating usually with the word stet (Merriam-Webster) HAPPY HALLOWEEN! To be continued… Advertisements

FaceBookIt: Makeup Inspired by ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo

by Elaine Zapanta and Rae Today is a pretty magical day as I’m doing a makeup look based on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and I’m doing it with the person who introduced me to the KonMari technique, Rae of Scatterbraintures! Rae does a lot of extensively-researched beauty-related posts such as product reviews, comparative reviews and make up looks but what stood out to me as a reader are her de-stashing posts. She once wrote about letting go of 2/3 of her lipstick collection and once you’re done reading, you’ll want to let go of (some of) yours, too. ***…

Crossed Wires: Readership

by Wina Puangco Okay, okay, so I know I said we would be talking about comics this week, but it will have to wait. I have a special post in store for you all, with a special guest, so stay tuned for that. For now, I thought we would discuss something a little more general—and also quite specific. Recently, the idea of readership has been on my mind. The 2015 Bloggys are on the horizon, and somehow, it has got me thinking about the who/what/when/where/how/why of reading, especially locally. I’ve been thinking about the advent of memes and quotes and how that…

Ink Blots: ‘Mad Girl’s Love Song’ by Sylvia Plath

by Kariza Montealegre Last time, I wrote about a piece in line with Mental Health Day. Today, I’m sharing a poem on madness from a poet who suffered from bipolar disorder and depression and eventually committed suicide—Sylvia Plath. It’s also the birth anniversary of this literary genius this month, so it seems like the perfect time to revisit one of her works. Plath, who started writing poems at eight years old, was categorized as a confessional poet. Confessional poetry is the personal kind. Centered on the details of the writer’s psyche and experience, it touches on matters like mental illness and sexuality….

Bookbed reviews: ‘Pangkat Papaya’ by Xi Zuq with Al Estrella

by Nitoy Gonzales THE STORY APOKOPO APANG HAPARIPI SAPA IPISKUPUL. Ito ang secret code na nakita ni Andro sa poster para sa Clubs Day ng kanilang paaralan. Akala niya magagawa niyang tuklasin ito kasama si Miyo. Na dapat ay kasama din niya sa paghahanda ng booth nila sa Comics Club. Pero parang may iba kay Miyo, at may mga lihim pa itong hindi niya alam. Matuklasan kaya niya ang mga lihim na ito? Read reviews: Goodreads WHAT I LIKED What I love about this book is the witty dialogue between Andro and Miyo that I found myself always wanting to read their conversations….

Bookbed reviews: ‘Paper Planes Back Home’ by Tara Frejas

by KB Meniado I first saw Paper Planes Back Home by Tara Frejas on Instagram. I remember feeling desperate for a copy. One, that lovely cover. Two, that lovely cover. Yes. I initially didn’t care what the book was about; the superficial book cover judge in me just wanted a copy. THE STORY When Gianna wakes up on a cloud, she is disoriented yet fascinated. She thinks she’s only dreaming until she gets a storm of paper planes—”They’re thoughts of people who remember,” a man on another cloud tells her—each pleading for her not to leave. The man tells her these planes…

Bookbed reviews: ‘D’01’ by Sassy Fova

by Mikki Shiu THE STORY Kat Arcanghel has just turned 18 and she feels that it is the right time to fall in love. She finds herself falling for Alech Crisologo, but she has always thought of herself as adeviant/rebel and there’s nothing more mainstream than crushing on the guy that everybody loves, thus she fights her feelings and tries to search for the right one—just not him. Will Kat continue rebelling against her own heart, or will she let her heart conquer the battle and let it lead the way? She’ll find the answer when she meets D’01. Read reviews:…

Ink Blots: ‘The Madness Vase’ by Andrea Gibson

by Kariza Montealegre Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, and various discussions on suicide prevention have been initiated. With 800,000 lives taken every year because of suicide, it is indeed important to raise awareness on the matter. And today, I would like to share a poem that touches on such subject. Today’s piece is from the award-winning poet and activist Andrea Gibson. Published in the book of the same title in 2011, The Madness Vase (aka The Nutritionist) is a beautiful response to people who have lost their faith, those who struggle just to get up in the morning and continue…

5 Books for the Average Guy Who Reads (Or Wants to Read)

by Jess Dimayuga Have you tried typing “guys reading” on Google? These are the top three results: guysread.com guysread.com/books The “official” Instagram account for @hotdudesreading And this was what greeted me when I clicked on the first hit: “Research shows that boys are having trouble reading, and that boys are getting worse at reading. No one is quite sure why. Some of the reasons are biological.  Some of the reasons are sociological. The good news is that research also shows that boys will read – if they are given reading that interests them.” —Guys Read Of course, I had to check…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘Heaven’s Forgotten’ by Branden Johnson

by Clarissa Chua THE STORY Moira just wants a normal life for her daughter, Penelope. And sometimes, it seems like she has achieved it. Penelope is a sweet, smart, and precocious four-year-old girl. However, she is also the product of Moira’s affair with an angel. Her parentage gives Penelope strength far beyond what any child should possess. It also makes her the target of fallen angels who intend to use her mysterious powers as their way back into Heaven. Worse yet, one of those fallen angels is her own father. Now, Moira finds herself caught up in a terrifying struggle for…