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Postcards for a cause

September 30, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Announcements 3 Comments →


Cha made this set of postcards for From the Heart, an art fundraiser for Diame Alba Dumaup.

Each box contains 16 pieces of 6″ x 4.28″ postcards in three designs. A box of postcards costs Php500, with a minimal delivery charge. You can contact Cha at +639178067758 or, or through the From the Heart Facebook page.


The Perils of Being A Writer, part 2

September 30, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books No Comments →

Entangled, a short film about quantum experiments gone wrong. via io9.

6. You become a cannibal. You don’t eat human flesh, just your own. When you’re a writer, everything is material. It’s your duty to your craft to lead a thrilling life, or be around fascinating people; otherwise, what would you have to write about?

Your own life is source material—not surprisingly, many first novels are thinly-veiled autobiographies, or if you want to sound smart, Bildungsroman. This can lead to existential questions like: Am I living my life, or am I just going through this for the story? What is my real self? Do I have a real self?

And when you have existential crises, you don’t go to a psychotherapist who will prescribe antidepressants so you can function “normally”. Are you kidding, and cut off all that potential material?

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Question at Midnight #7

September 30, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Contest, Sponsored 37 Comments →

What dream have you abandoned?

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The winner is dindin. Congratulations! Email to claim your prize.

Here’s the world’s tiniest violin playing for the rest of you.

Question at Midnight #6

September 29, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Contest, Sponsored 35 Comments →

Han Solo in carbonite: First love is traumatic.

Who is the first human you ever had a crush on? (Film/TV/pop stars included)

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The winner is chel_p3. Congratulations. Please email to claim your prize.

Reading year 2014: The Bone Clocks is singular and spectacular. Drop everything and read it.

September 28, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Books, Shopping 3 Comments →

drogon mitchell

We knew nothing would get done until we finished reading The Bone Clocks so we blew off work for two days to concentrate on it. We could’ve finished sooner, but we needed to recover after each of its five sections.

The Bone Clocks is on the Booker Prize longlist and while we would love if David Mitchell won, it’s probably too damn entertaining for the judges. After the traditional structure of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet, Mitchell returns to the connect-the-plots-and-characters arrangement of Cloud Atlas (whose film adaptation by the Wachowskis and Tykwer reviewers hate and we really liked). The Bone Clocks is a science-fiction/fantasy novel, with entities not unlike Time Lords who pop in and out at different periods of history. (How does Mitchell avoid getting consigned to the limbo of the “genre” authors, many of whom could write circles around the critically-acclaimed?)

The Bone Clocks is ambitious, gripping, bizarre, occasionally irritating in a blockbuster action movie way (the fourth chapter, detailing the battle between those entities, is Matrix-y), and wonderful, and when we got to the end we wanted to start reading it all over again. The last section, set in 2043 as a world without oil hurtles towards a Mad Max future, was particularly, viscerally terrifying.

How visceral and terrifying? We went to S&R to stock up on provisions in case the world falls apart. Unfortunately we did not consult our apocalypse-prepping friend so we ended up with plenty of cat food, vitamins, ginger ale, and giant bottles of mouthwash and moisturizer. Then it occurred to us that in case the world does go belly up, the Time Lords, Horologists, Atemporals or whoever is in charge would pick us up and whisk us to a library bunker somewhere. And if they don’t, we’d at least have clean teeth (We could probably share the cat food, if things get really dire).

The Bone Clocks will be reviewed in full.

Question at Midnight #5

September 28, 2014 By: jessicazafra Category: Contest, Sponsored 28 Comments →

Space travel image
Photo from The Guardian

What one ridiculously expensive, impractical object would you buy if you had the funds?

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Apropos of nothing, here’s the Cumberbatch pronouncing “penguins”.

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The winner is ros. Email to claim your prizes (not a solid gold monster statuette, unfortunately).