I’VE NEVER thought of myself as anything but young, especially when it came to writing. While I’m already in my mid-thirties, I’m just starting out compared to other writers my age, many of whom have already come out with a book or two. But this personal delusion was pleasantly shattered during the recently concluded UST National Writers Workshop held July 24-30 at Ridgewood Residence Hotel in Baguio City.
Time zones are getting blurred. Naps are no longer only during siesta time. I have just wakened up from one that lasted from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. It was a misplaced nap and a slow wake for me, fin, by fin, by fin, until I am swimming on my bedspread. I plan to get up soon and write. It is a good intention. But it could begin way past midnight.
The question seems to me to imply that one is either missed or suspected of indolence or, worse, of mischief. In any case, only Margaret Mitchell, by the sheer force of her personality and literary stature, could get away, so majestically, with her reply: “Doing? It’s a full-time job to be the author of ‘Gone With the Wind.’”
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