The lyricism of Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee pulled me into writing. I wrote some scripts for school plays, but I wasn’t a campus journalist, never took any formal writing courses. My first break came in 2004 when my essay appeared on a major Philippine newspaper.
What inspired you to write flash fiction?
I was writing short stories then when I read a call for submissions for a flash fiction anthology in the Philippines. I looked up flash fiction writing tips online, then wrote my first flash fiction story that got included in the anthology. I like writing flash because it takes me half the time to write it than a full-fledged story.
Describe your writing process.
Nothing extraordinary. You can even say that I am undisciplined because I can go on for days or weeks without writing a single piece, then work until morning when inspiration hits me. That’s why I doff my hat to writers who can write for an hour or two a day, holidays, weekends, everyday. I tried it but realized that forcing myself to write is counterproductive. I revise materials before submitting them, sometimes to an extreme that the published form is like new work. I let my drafts gestate for a while to let fresh thoughts flow in before finishing them. Researching adds some realism to my characters and stories even if I’m writing about the supernatural. I mean if I’m writing about zombies, I’ll make sure that they’re craving for human flesh and not broccoli and lettuce.
What was the inspiration behind what was published on FewerThan500.com?
The self-appointed shrinks and life coaches who go around Facebook network saying, “Spread positive vibes. Stay happy. Don’t be judgmental.” Their intentions maybe good, but I think they’re missing the point that they’re on a social network that’s crowded with opinionated people, judgmental types, narcissists, trolls, drama kings and queens, clowns, fair-weathered folks, etc. It’s a melting pot of personalities and characters that it almost mirrors a physical community. And let’s not forget that one’s chances of befriending someone on Facebook from another culture, race, ideology, religion are higher than in the real world.
What are you working on now?
I’m mixing my new work with the old on my WordPress site. Some of my stories are on Alfie Dog Fiction and one will be appearing on a Splickety Magazine anthology probably later this year. I had another flash story picked for another international anthology, but I don’t know what happened to it. Thank you! Soli Deo Gloria!!!