the last few days...
no, make that the last few months have been filled with adventures - most of which i share with and owe to my wife. but, whenever i get the chance to, i spend my time alone reading a book - or contemplating the next subject i would like to talk about.
but mostly i have just been reading. work has become busier than ever and i am also preoccupied when i take my rest days, shuttling back and forth between manila city (where jona lives) and pasay city (where i live). in spite of the daily craziness of my life or my lifestyle, i compel myself to pick up a book and keep my imagination and thoughts running - for fear that "i" will get rusty.
i have been going through ambeth ocampo's 'looking back' series, a compilation of ocampo's most cherished, most entertaining write-ups as published in the philippine daily inquirer - dealing with bits and pieces, odds and ends, darkness and light surrounding the philippine's history as a country and as a culture.
prior to watching 'the hobbit' in the big screen, i bought myself the book and drooled over j.r.r. tolkien's extraordinary talent for story telling, after which i jumped to seth grahame green's pride and prejudice and zombies.
i know i have to find time and make time to do all the things that i am passionate about - writing and reading. prior to jona coming home last november, i have conjured roughly around five hundred and thirty sonnets - some of which i have not had her read or posted on my other blog (alifetimeofdesire.blogspot.com). there is no cheating this, so yeah, i am psyching myself to finish at least two books a month and write poems as often as i possibly could.
here are some titles i've got lined up this summer:
i have not seen the hollywood interpretation of cloud atlas, and i am going to chastise myself and avoid watching it before i read the book penned by david mitchell. last christmas, i also got myself two other books - special topics in calamity physics (by marisha pessl) and forty tales from the afterlives (by david eagleman) but i only got as far as covering them with plastic. how pathetic.
for our twenty-ninth month together, jona got me a copy of the graphic novel rendition of stieg larsson's enduring dark tale about lisbeth sjolander in the girl with the dragon tattoo (book 1). according to powerbooks, the second installment will be available some time this may. that's definitely something to look forward to.
in the mean time, i will curl up in a corner, find a decent amount of light so i could read my books in peace. they are waiting, they are calling for me, and they are not going anywhere.