Dear Readers,

I’ve been working on a project for over a year now. I’ve been pushing myself to write a book. Or something close to a book. The project went into a coma for quite some time. However, I decided to breathe life back into the “book” and now lo and behold — “It is finished”.

Almost finished. I asked some literary inclined friends to have a look at it and give constructive feedback. I still need to proofread the whole thing too. And write an author’s note, acknowledgment, or —

HOMAYGASH, totoo na ba ito??? (Is this f’real???)

Really, I’ve been doing this project mostly because I wanted to prove something to myself — that I can come up with more than literary blog pieces. But now, I’m thinking about venturing to self-publishing. But are my stories good enough?

I get terrified thinking about it. But at the same time I’m all giddy and then —

And then I get terrified again.

I need help. I’ve got a lot of questions. Should I stick to eBook formats or should I try making physical copies, too? Will my faith and wallet allow me to do so?

This all feels surreal right now. I could back out any moment. Seriously.

But I seriously, seriously, seriously want to push through with this.

And write more once I’m through.



“There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home.” (Dorothy, Wizard of Oz)

Guess who’s back in Scribbleland? The Scribbler! Weee!

How about a welcome hug? Anyone?

I’m trying to shift back into writing gear (storywriting gear, that is) but I’m learning it’s kinda hard to do when you’ve lost a bit of a momentum. True, I’ve been doing a lot of writing these past two weeks but I’ve been writing code —  PHP, jQuery, CSS, and lots and lots of HTML. So it might take some time before I get back into full prose and poetry mode.

But fret not. This blog will be up and running again. I’ll be finishing the 10 What If’s off (stay tuned for What if Saturday!) and will probably get started on a new project once that’s done.

I might not be posting as regularly as last season. I want to focus on some personal projects (book – book – *cough* cough*) and will probably be posting here twice a week. But keep an eye out on my other blog (www.marishores.com), too, because I’ll be posting new stuff there (err, just once a week this time) soon.

So this is The Scribbler shifting from neutral to first gear, moving on to second, third, and fourth gear soon, soon, soon.

Ahh. Feels good to be back.

Gone Fishing (Or Something)


Yep, you read it correctly. The Scribbler will be out and about for the next two weeks, hence, this space might go into hibernation mode for thirteen days or so. I’m not sure if I’ll be doing any sort of fishing, actually, but I’m guessing my hands will be too busy for any sort of blog scribbling or illustration sketching. Don’t worry, don’t worry. I’ll be back with loads of stories to share.

And you might find me wandering around some other kingdom here in blogosphere so keep an eye out for me and help me get back to Scribbleland safely, ‘kay?

Be back soon. Ta-ta for now!

What if Saturday: Halfway Through

Woohoo! We’re halfway through with our 10 What If’s! If you’ve missed the first five, you can click here to read about all the recent happenings in “Wonderland”.

Unfortunately, we shall be taking a short break today from our regular Saturday program. Tune in next week, however, for more nerve-wracking, heart-pounding What If tales!

Adios! Ta-tah for now!


New Project: 10 What If’s

While the question “What-If” sometimes creates anxiety and paranoia, it can also be a source of thrill, and in the story making, plot idea. If your “What-If” question is strong enough, it can render you a plot proposal.

The Daily Somersault

So. 2013. We’re already one month in. I do believe it’s timely to take on a new writing challenge, wouldn’t you agree?

If you’ve been following this month’s entries, you’ll notice that I’m trying to stick to a more or less predictable pattern. Scripture Scribbles, Thoughts-slash-Impressions, Post A Week prompt replies, an occasional DP Challenge — hey, you could start tuning in to my entries the way you stay tuned to your favourite TV shows! I shall try to write as much as I can and will give you the assurance that you can expect those regular posts like a regular series. At least for a certain season.

While I am starting to love writing on end on a regular basis, there’s still a different sense of accomplishment when you take on and finish a semi-time-bound challenge. What I mean is, things are always different when you have a goal in mind. Because I can post, post, post, post in this blog forever but where’s the accomplishment in that?

I’m not sure if I’m making any sense. But it’s much more fun running in race with a finish line at the end than it is to run on a treadmill without end, right?

On that note, let me introduce you to this new project of mine: 10 What If’s. I started playing around with the idea after reading the blogpost (see blockquote above) by Miss Daily Somersault

It might even make a good short story anthology if you readers deem it worthy enough. ;)

Well, let’s do this. Here are my 10 What If’s:

  1. What if you, like Alice, fell down a rabbit hole?
  2. What if you woke up next to a complete stranger?
  3. What if the fly on the wall suddenly started talking to you?
  4. What if you turned into a coffee cup?
  5. What if the person you are engaged to suddenly found out that he/she was dying?
  6. What if you were given a chance to talk to a prostitute?
  7. What if you were able to revisit any moment in your childhood and live it out again?
  8. What if you found yourself married to the President of the Philippines?
  9. What if the Internet suddenly came to a complete shutdown?
  10. What if you fell down the rabbit hole, but had to come back up again?

Let’s see if we can answer them in the weeks to come.


Hey, Soul Sister!

Ain’t that mister mister on the radio, stereo the way you move ain’t fair, you know.

Yes, that’s me breaking into song. Guess what? I’ve been nominated for a blogging award! The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Wee. Here you go:


I would like to thank Miss Monica for my first blogging award. She’s a kindred soul here in WordPress – she writes mostly about books and things Korean. I haven’t met her in real life (yet) but I’m guessing it will be a pretty interesting meet-up.

So, for the acceptance Q&A portion (I have to answer these so that I can accept the award):

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m not a picky eater. I can eat practically anything. Fried crickets. Fried frogs. Balut. Well, not the brains of live monkeys though. That’s just sick.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

Meaning an already deceased person who may or may not be related to me? Does the person have to have died recently? Hmmm. I’m kinda confused. Anyway, I’d like to meet King David and have a chat with him, if I could. Ask him what it’s like being called a man after God’s own heart. :D

Nightly owl or early bird?

Nighty owl. Currently writing this blog post at 11:32 PM. Will get to writing another one once I wrap this up.

Bare or with make up?

Eyeliner and lipgloss. Sometimes I look like an emo-girl-slash-vampire.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee! I’ve been trying to reduce my coffee intake but my parents gave me a Christmas package which consisted of a quarter year’s supply of coffee! LOL. I love tea, too. Especially the spicy variety.

Forest or beach?

Forest. I like shade. I don’t like the heat much.

Shoes or sandals?

Pretty doll shoes.

Favourite place to travel.

Anywhere cool and breezy. Home! La Trinidad! Baguio City! :D

One food you could never eat.

Like I said, monkey brain – the one that you eat on top of a live monkey. Ergh. Raw turtle is a close second (the scenes in Life of Pi are sooo graphic).

Favourite smell.

Cinnamon. :)

And now for my nominees! I am not sure if this is restricted to WP users. I know that this award is only for women though. Well, the nominees for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers are *drum roll please*:

Miss Eagleinflight: She is creating and being remade. She took up one of my challenges last time – miss, I am anxiously awaiting your completion of the project! Hahaha!

Miss Melancholicbutterfly: The girl who must be named. Your blog is not so secret anymore. Cheers, dearie!

Miss Spontaneoussoul: I love this little lady’s pose and poetry. Her words aren’t boring, they aren’t dull — they are full of life and spontaneity. Keep writing!

Miss Evanstarwen: Miss Evanstarwen is a dreamer I met in Palawan. Her writings contain such beauty that my heart leaps with joy whenever my reader tells me that she has published a new post. :D

Miss Dailysomersault: Another kindred soul! Haha! This may be cheating a little because I don’t think she is using the WP platform. But I met her because she’s a friend and colleague of a good friend of mine. I enjoyed chatting with her those few hours I got to talk with her. I was glad that she kept a blog which I could follow. :D

Now for the 10 questions you must answer in order to accept this award:

  1. What is your favourite dessert?
  2. What is the title of the book that you could read over and over and over again?
  3. What song do you listen to over and over and over again?
  4. If you could ask God just one question… what would it be?
  5. Most memorable memory?
  6. Skirts or pants?
  7. Bangles or earrings?
  8. Pen and paper or electronic whatevers (laptops, iPad, etc)?
  9. Who’s one of the five people you’ll meet in heaven?
  10. Why do you write?


Rules to Follow:

  • Acknowledge the person who passed the award to you and provide their link.
  • Include the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions I posted above.
  • Nominate blogs and link those you have especially enjoyed reading. The number you can select is up to you.
  • Notify each individual that you have nominated them.

And now, if you didn’t get the Train allusion at the start, I leave you all with this YT vid. Cheers!

New Year, New Look, New Things

Hello, 2013!

As you may have noticed, Sketches and Scribbles (reloaded) has a new look. Here’s to a new year, a new look, new things, and new pieces of writings!

I am still brewing up writing ideas. This year, I am likely to fill this blog up with scripture rewrites, retellings, and paraphrases. I’ll be writing book reviews, movie reviews, and perhaps a couple of music reviews as well.

And, of course, prose about the fanciful things that, of course, strike my fancy.

I shall write about travel related stuff in my other blog, Stories from Distant Shores, so you better watch that space, too.

I’m excited! And with that, I shall leave my “excited face” with you.