I was writing for the eagerness of it without framework or training since high school. Writing love letters was my main source of practice. I dreamed writing poetic masterpieces with only five minutes contemplation time to feed me for a day, in bliss, pen in hand and paid propensity.
Finishing BA Sociology-Management at UPVisayas I was already starting law school (a desperate move, not a dream) when the call came for me to begin training as a fireman. There's supposed to be plenty of time to write in between fires. I failed my first and last bar exam.
Only in 2013 did I apply to writing workshops and was accepted to three. Then my essay won the Aspiring Writers Contest of Sunday Inquirer Magazine in July 2013 entitled "Rest, My Sun." That was some boost and thrust. Now I seek help from friends to make plain the editor's corrective instructions to my short story. I revise poems on my own.
As for strengths, I believe giving me a specific set of limitations to narrow down the writing objective will speed up the accomplishment of the task. And I draw from experiences of others in real life, mass media and books as they are in addition to my own.
I'm on SkillPages to earn money writing while sharpening my writing skills too. Getting published in the literary section and having a book ready isn't as (yet) as smooth and snappy as I'd like it to be.
writing poetry and short stories
"When Two Is Not Enough"
It is short story published in the Philippines Graphic Magazine, 6 October 2014 issue. It is about a young man unwilling to strive for rewards and takes a shortcut from a childhood myth.
"Rest, My Sun"
"Rest, My Sun" is an essay that won for the month of June 2013, published on the July 2013 issue of Sunday Inquirer Magazine's Aspiring Writer's Contest. The essay theme was: Why do I Love The Rainy Season. It's about planting trees and how cruel the sun can be and children mistakenly wanting to drive away the rain.