I never fail to contemplate on all the things that had happened to me during a previous year, especially during the last day of the year–which also happens to be my birthday. I often find myself being awed and thankful for the things that happened over the course of twelve months, and even more so this year. A lot of things happened–from the start of 2013 up to its “last hurrah”–that I often see myself blessed.
On January of 2013, we started working on the cover for Winged: The Unraveling. It was (and still is) a milestone for me. After all, I had worked hard on writing the second book of the Winged Saga.
On February of 2013, I was able to watch one of my favorite books come to life in the big screen. There are only a handful of book-to-movie adaptations that I felt satisfied after watching and “Beautiful Creatures” was one of them for me. As it happens, the authors of this best-selling New York Times book, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl are two of my most favorite authors of all time! And while watching a movie might not be much of a “milestone” to anybody, watching this movie (which I waited for and had so much anticipation on) is one of the things I will remember most during this month. Apart from that this was also the month when I quit my job–one where I have so much to say but would rather not post them here. Suffice to say, leaving that job was one of the highlights of my year.
On April of 2013, I unveiled the cover of Winged: The Unraveling. After months of debating and making drafts of the “perfect cover” for this book, it all came together and I was able to share it with all of you.
On May of 2013, our country held its mid-term elections. It was the month that made me wonder why I even bother to vote. It made me very skeptical, and I am even more so now, after all, I see no changes. It makes me wonder if our country would move forward as a nation. Not such a positive highlight of the year, but it does make an impact on me as a person and on my country as well.
On July of 2013, I bought a new laptop! I was so happy about it. I finally have a computer and I wouldn’t have to get frustrated by my desktop’s keyboard. Plus it was mobile, which meant more writing for me. Of course, it was also the month where I hated anti-theft softwares…especially the Intel (which is actually McAfee) one. Holy crap that was one frustrating software that nearly deleted all of my story documents with its stupid encryption. This was also the month when another one of my highly-anticipated movies was shown on the big screen: Despicable Me 2! Hurray for the Minions! 😀 This was also the month when I got a new job, and this one is one where I feel appreciated (unlike my last one). It is also a job that allows me to help people and contribute my talents and skills.
On September 0f 2013, one of my dreams became a reality when I attended the 34th Manila International Book Fair. I got to meet my favorite authors: Melissa de la Cruz, Allyson Noel, and one of my all-time heroes who is an author, Margaret Stohl. I almost had a heart attack when they were signing my books and talking to me…especially that moment when I handed Ms. Stohl a copy of my book as thanks for being one of the authors who inspired me and she asked me to sign it. That memory is the happiest memory of 2013 for me–right up there with the release of my second book. Even now, when I remember it, I still feel giddy. 😀 It was also during that time that I met great people who share the same interest as me and whom I would like to call my friends.
On November of 2013, parts of the Philippines were battered by the most powerful storm to ever make landfall: Typhoon Haiyan. We saw the tremendous damage this powerful force of mother nature brought. A lot of lives were lost. But, in the midst of this tragedy, the victims showed the world the unconquerable Filipino Spirit. The events that followed–the number of aid from all over the world that reached our shores–it was a moment to be remembered, for it was a moment when the world show that it could unite and help each other in the midst of all the conflicts, all the disagreements. That underneath all the allegiances, the races, the different beliefs that separate us, there is one thing we all have in common: we are the same in our humanity.
And so we come to this month of December. A lot of things happened this month that made me even more thankful. My second book became available, I got myself a PlayStation 4 as an early Christmas present, and I got to celebrate my birthday once more. So, yeah…this year was a year full of blessings for me. Even the bad things that happened taught me a lot and had a purpose that I now see but couldn’t comprehend before.
This coming year, I know I’ll be just as blessed–if not even more so. I am claiming this year as my own once more and keeping a positive attitude throughout. I have so much to look forward to, from meeting the other favorite authors on my list to releasing the third book in the Winged Saga. I may not know what 2014 will hold, but I know it’s going to be a blast!
So, having said that, I am wishing you all a Happy and Blessed New Year! May this year fulfill our hopes, dreams, wishes and aspirations! Dream on; Fly on!