2012, You Must Not…

You must absolutely not…

a) suck
b) be cruel to me and everyone I love
c) be a repeat of years 2009 and 2011

It’s nearing 2012 and I’m pretty sure that in spite of all the talks about 2012 being the year of Apocalypse (according to the Mayan calendar), we will all continue to struggle with our daily lives well past the new year. And heaven help us all as we trudge and glide and skip and cartwheel through 2012.

It seems to me that what I’ve been doing the past few weeks before 2012 hits can be described as both whimsical and nonsensical. How so? Here so:

The Dunwich Horror
The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft

I bought this because ever since randomly picking up a copy of The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories while aimlessly walking around a bookstore, I was intrigued by H.P. Lovecraft. Neil Gaiman, one of my favorite authors, refers to him in some of his books. And so I bought The Dunwich Horror because it seemed like a good book of Lovecraft to start with. I have yet to start reading it.

True Philippines Ghost Stories Book 19
True Philippines Ghost Stories Book 19
True Philippine Ghost Stories Book 10
True Philippine Ghost Stories Book 10
True Philippine Ghost Stories Book 30
True Philippine Ghost Stories Book 30

I didn’t even realize that I was collecting these books all again. I started buying one or two copies a couple of years back. There’s just something about good old, passed around local ghost stories. It reminds me of my childhood. Every time there was a brownout (no electricity in our area), me and my relatives would huddle around the table and I would listen to them tell tales of the paranormal.

Moleskine notebook
Something to write on... But what?

I also bought two new pocket notebooks, which I call my “idea notebook.” It is completely blank up to this day. (*note: Notebook above is not my actual notebook. Mine looks way, way, WAY plainer. The one above is just so pretty I had to use it for visual purposes.)

I plan to write a lot more this 2012. I plan to save up more this 2012 (no promises here, though). I plan to go to places this 2012. I plan to… learn how to cook? How about sew? Nah. I’ll stick with the first three. Better safe than sorry! 😉

Have a good New Year’s celebration ahead, people!

Happy New Year!!!
Happy New Year!!!

image sources: Moleskine notebook, Happy New Year!

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Excuse Me, I Fell Down the Rabbit Hole but Now I’m Back

All was not lost when I had momentary (selective *cough, cough*) amnesia, which is my excuse for ignoring this blog the past three — okay, almost four, almost — four months.

Why is that? Why do I claim that all is not lost? Because I have managed to watch a few horror movies, read one horror book and I’m planning to watch more horror films and read one weird book. (I forgot the titles of the other horror films I’ve watched so I mentioned the most recent film I’ve seen. You’ve got to excuse me. My memory isn’t good at past 1 in the morning, apparently.) They are as follows:

Nightmares & Dreamscapes
Nightmares & Dreamscapes

It’s the classic king of horror delivering his usual style of creepy stories that sears into your brain. And haunts you from time to time.

Aswang
Aswang

This is actually a local horror film which surprised me because I was expecting it to be mediocre. But it surpassed my expectations. It’s eerie, it’s funny without trying too hard, it’s well-delivered, and most of all: It showed the story behind the aswangs, a local term for creatures who eat humans and are able to transform into different forms. You can read more about them in this link.

Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories

This is a book I have yet to read and I am quite excited to read it. I am not a big fan of sci-fi but this one seems like the best way to start getting into it. Here is a snippet of it if you’re interested. I got it from here.

Three independent narratives linked together by the device of a narrator discovering notes left by a deceased relative. Piecing together the whole truth and disturbing significance of the information he possesses, the narrator’s final line is ”The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”