Dax and his favorite pastime
Do not blame me—
for the many moons ago.
Someone gave me a lick and promise
never worked, even with smoke and mirrors.
And now, do not blame me
of going back to an old habit.
Self-reproach was quiet enough
to kill me for a day.
I asked Dax to pose for me in his smoking position. He's probably one of the very few people in my group who still sticks to the habit of getting his daily dose of drags after a meal or whenever he feels the urge. Most of us have totally quit. Since Dax has the most profound profile among my friends (in my opinion), I always insist that he models for me, which he has no shame of accomodating. If I remember it right, I think he finished 3 sticks just for this photo shot. I had him pose for several angles. I was hoping to enter this in a photo contest but opted not. I could not get the proper exposure for the effect. I wanted the actual (thick) smoke coming from his mouth and that little blaze burning at the end of his stick but failed to do so.
EJ liking everything he's reading.
I attended our book launching yesterday at Fullybooked, The Fort. I met with Wennie at the Ayala Station and we were freakin' late! So late that, Bebang, our very considerate editor, gave us "the look". She was telling us (the writers who are also her "friends") that we're supposed to be there because we don't want our new publisher to get the wrong idea about us being unsupportive, oblivious snobs but we still disappointed everyone (or so I think).
The idea of having a new publisher doesn't totally sink into me yet. Unlike our previous publisher, Fox Literary House, Inc., has been very supportive to its writers. We have "a say" in the book that we are producing. We even have our own bionote at the last page of the book which, every budding writer would probably wish to see after the final product has gone out from the printing press.
I saw a lot of familiar faces from the College of Arts and Letters. Most of them, I have shared a class or two during my previous semesters. Dylan was there too! He bought our book even though he claims that "horror" is not actually his cup of tea. Haha. That's the sweetest thing, I have heard. You rock, Dylan!
I found this review from Booktopia about the books that were launched that day and some tidbits about Fox Lit.
And oh, before I forget. I learned one great thing about myself that day: I looove signing autographs! Haha. Although I was late, I get to sign at least 5 books before we finally shoved off our asses away to the venue. This is total craziness but I usually make it a point to bring my own pen. I have the ugliest handwriting so I need a good pen as my salvation.