no mo’ nanowrimo

So this is how it ends — not with a bang but with a whimper. That sounds so pretentious doesn’t it, hehe.

I don’t have any excuses. I really meant to make one hell of an endgame run, but I’ve been sick since Sunday afternoon and I have to finally admit I can’t do it. I tried to write last night, but I only managed 428 words for Chapter 6 of The Maharlika Legacy. It’s arguable if I could have done it otherwise, but it’s no use thinking of what ifs.

Congrats to Dean, who finished Salamanca in 29 days. I’ll be one of the first in line to have my copy of Salamanca autographed once it’s published. And congrats to banzai cat, Vin, Kat and all the other Filipino writers who participated in NaNoWriMo. I wish I could have done better, but it’s an unforgettable experience and I don’t regret taking part in this.

Read the last 428 words (for now) of The Maharlika Legacy.

comeback kid?

After not writing for nine days, I’m now faced with the daunting task of having to write almost 30, 000 words between today and midnight of Nov. 30.

Earlier today, I posted Chapter 5 of The Maharlika Legacy, which I wrote this morning, churning out 5, 184 words to give me a running total of 27, 920. Which means I still have to write 22, 080 words in less than three days.


Well, what can I say — I had a lot of things I had to do, but I also did a lot of other things I chose to do, like playing this little game called Half-Life 2 (of course, part ofmy job is reviewing games like HL2, but still… this was definitely more pleasure than business). Ah well, no use crying over spilled milk, and I’m still determined to make my endgame run, so yeah, I’m still out to beat the NaNoWriMo deadline. We’ll see.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter 5:

The Maharlika Legacy

By Arianna Martinez

More than 22 years after the first People Power revolution overthrew him and 19 years after he died a lonely exile in Honolulu, former Philippine president Ferdinand Edralin Marcos continues to shape the politics and history of the country he ruled for over two decades.

To many Filipinos and according to the history books, Marcos was the dictator responsible for the arrest, torture and death of countless political dissidents, and the criminal who ruined the Philippine economy — some say irreparably — through the systematic plunder conducted by the conjugal dictatorship and their cronies. The Marcos wealth has become the stuff of legend, with billions of dollars allegedly stashed in Swiss bank accounts. The search for the Marcos wealth continues, becoming as epic a quest as the saga of the Yamashita gold that at one time was upposedly the source of his riches. That, and his financial genius, or so his widow continues to claim.

Read The Maharlika Legacy.

anime fair

The University of the Philippines Anime Manga Enthusiasts (UP AME) will hold the “Una KAME!” anime fair at the UP Bahay ng Alumni on Dec. 4 from 1 to 9 p.m. Check out the YOU Cross-Campus story for more details. If your school org has an upcoming event, e-mail me the details and pics (please send as JPEG attachments and include brief captions) and I’ll see if we can use them for Cross-Campus. Posted by Hello

miss world online vote

Go to and vote for Philippine bet Ma. Karla Bautista at Miss World 2004. Cebuana Karla is a MassCom student at the University of the Philippines in Diliman. The Miss World 2004 winner will be crowned on Dec. 4 in Sanya, China. Visit for more details. Thanks to China-based Alain for e-mailing me and asking me to plug the online voting form.Posted by Hello