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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

entry arrow12:43 AM | Oscar 2013 Checklist

A checklist of all the Oscar-nominated films from 2012...

☑ Amour
☑ Argo
☑ Beasts of the Southern Wild
☑ Django Unchained
☑ Les Misérables
☑ Life of Pi
☑ Lincoln
☑ Silver Linings Playbook
☑ Zero Dark Thirty
☐ The Master
☑ Flight
☑ The Impossible
☑ The Sessions
☑ Brave
☐ Frankenweenie
☑ ParaNorman
☐ The Pirates! Band of Misfits
☑ Wreck-It Ralph
☐ Kon-Tiki
☐ No
☐ A Royal Affair
☐ War Witch
☑ Moonrise Kingdom
☑ Anna Karenina
☑ Skyfall
☑ Mirror Mirror
☑ Snow White and the Huntsman
☐ 5 Broken Cameras
☐ The Gatekeepers
☐ How to Survive a Plague
☐ The Invisible War
☐ Searching for Sugar Man
☐ Hitchcock
☑ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
☐ Chasing Ice
☐ Ted
☑ Adam & Dog
☑ Fresh Guacamole
☑ Head over Heels
☐ Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
☑ Paperman
☐ Asad
☐ Buzkashi Boys
☐ Curfew
☐ Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
☐ Henry
☑ The Avengers
☑ Prometheus

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

entry arrow1:38 PM | Deadline Extended for the 52nd Silliman National Writers Workshop

The Silliman University National Writers Workshop is extending the deadline of applications for the 52nd National Writers Workshop to 25 January 2012. Entries postmarked on that date will still be accepted. The workshop, to be held 6—24 May 2013 at the Silliman University Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village, is offering twelve fellowships to promising writers in the Philippines and three fellowships to promising writers from any of the countries in the ASEAN who want to have a chance to hone their craft and refine their style. Fellows will be provided housing, a modest stipend, and a subsidy to partially defray costs of their transportation.


All manuscripts should comply with the instructions stated below. (Failure to do so will automatically eliminate their entries). Applicants for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction fellowships should submit three to four (3-4) entries. Applicants for Poetry fellowships should submit a suite of seven to ten (7-10) poems. Applicants for Drama fellowship should submit at least a One-Act Play. For plays beyond the one-act length, a scene accompanied by a synopsis of the entire work should be included. Each fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama manuscript should not be more than 50 pages, double-spaced. We encourage you to stay well below the 50 pages, since a submission half that length is more than sufficient as a critical gauge. Poetry entries need not be double-spaced. Manuscripts should be submitted in five (5) hard copies. They should be computerized in MS Word, double-spaced, on 8.5 x 11 inches bond paper, with approximately one-inch margin on all sides. The page number must be typed consecutively (e.g., 1 of 30, 2 of 30, and so on) at the center of the bottom margin of each page. The font should be Book Antiqua or Palatino, and the font size should be 12. The applicant’s real name and address must appear only in the official application form and the certification of originality of works, and must not appear on the manuscripts. Manuscripts should be accompanied by the official application form, a notarized certification of originality of works, and at least one letter of recommendation from a literature professor or an established writer. All requirements must be complete at the time of submission. Send all applications or requests for information to Department of English and Literature, attention Prof. Ian Rosales Casocot, Workshop Coordinator, 1/F Katipunan Hall, Silliman University, 6200 Dumaguete City. For inquiries, email us at silliman.cwc@gmail.com or call 035-422-6002 loc. 350.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

entry arrow11:01 PM | You and Me

"I'm trying to understand this new dynamic between us. It's not as simple as, 'You either want me or you don't.' I know that. I hate that. Keeping you in my life might kill me. But letting you go will."


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entry arrow2:21 PM | We Are Worthy of Being Loved.

You know how sometimes you stumble on a track, and everything about it captures you, that you just have to sit down and bawl your eyes out, because the song is saying everything that your heart keeps but you are in denial over? Such is Blind Pilot’s “The Story I Heard” from 3 Rounds and a Sound. It doesn’t even have to be about what the lyrics tell you. It just has to be about the sound, the lilt in the melody and the strumming of the guitar that whacks you with so much … uncanny knowing. I cried in my chair today while I was contemplating how sad I am now, how utterly helpless. All I know is that my wish is simple: that someday you will see me the way I see you. Right now, baby, I’m the most invisible being in the entire universe.

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