In 2009, I attended Clarion West as an Octavia E. Butler scholar. I call myself a writer in the diaspora. I was born and raised in the Philippines, I am Filipino, but circumstance has brought me to the Netherlands. As a child, I dreamed of riding on the back of the wind and visiting the stars, so I suppose it's not so surprising that I turned to science fiction and fantasy. Since 2009, I have published a bunch of stories in such places as Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Philippine Genre Stories, and Interzone.
I have written a bunch of essays, one of which was picked for Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentaries. I also write a column called "Movements" for Strange Horizons. "Song of the Body Cartographer" which was published during last year's Write-a-thon, was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association's short fiction award. It was the first time a story published in a Filipino publication was nominated and shortlisted for this honor.
I have upcoming work in the Solaris anthology titled The End of the Road (edited by Jonathan Oliver). I also have a story in Djibril al-Ayad and Fabio Fernandes's We See a Different Frontier. My short story "Body of Truth" has also been accepted for inclusion in Nayad Monroe's What Fates Impose.
At present, I am completing work on my first novel.
Please visit my website for links to online published work. You can also email and ask me for samples or visit my livejournal to see what I did during last year's Write-a-thon. Yes, I am still working on Song of the Body Cartographer.
For all its flaws, I love the field of science fiction. It is a challenging field to write in, but I also think it's an exciting field to write in. Where would we be without visionaries and without creators willing to commit creative disobedience on paper? To me, this is the joy of writing SF. It allows me to transgress against what people say "should be." Within its walls, I am free to experiment and imagine.
A lot of my work is informed by my readings in history, the body, decolonization, breaking away from the Western paradigm and even from the acquired and approved way of telling a story.
This above may all sound very serious...but I have to confess that I can't be serious all the time, and when I write SF my playful side wants to come out and play. I don't know why people say it's creepy...it's fun. FUN!
Last year, I wrote a snippet for the Write-a-thon. The snippet, which can be found here, plays a crucial role in the long work (novel) that I am working on. This all takes place in the Body Cartographer world. For the 2013 Write-a-thon, I've decided to focus on this long work. At the end of the Write-a-thon, I hope to have a partial draft of the work. I'm aiming for at least 20,000 words over the span of six weeks.
I was thinking of what I could possibly offer as an incentive for you to sponsor me. The Body Cartographer world is rich and diverse and filled with lots of amazing beings, gods, humans, automata, flora, fauna, cities, ships, sentient objects...in other words, it's one of my favorite playgrounds. Sponsor me and get a chance to be part of this world. I promise, the ride will be fun. If I raise $200, you'll get to see a visual of some part of the Body Cartographer world. If you're one of my sponsors, I'll send you what I've written by the end of the Write-a-thon (mind you, it will be very first drafty).