Well another school day, another workshop session finished. This time around our guest panelist was a doctor from the University of the Philippines, and the mentor of our professor. She has an interesting take on critiquing, to say the least, with ideas about ‘respecting’ your characters (a whore may be a whore, but no, you can’t look down on them by proxy) concurrent to giving them life, as well as doing your research before you actually write on something. The latter is pretty much evident, but the other advice was something I’ve never heard before. The more you know…
She did a surprising digression with regards to the portrayal of the surviving practitioners of indigenous healing customs and religious rituals (the babaylans and albularyos), and how they shouldn’t be ‘demonized’ when portrayed in fiction, as it does them a great disservice. What was funny about the latter is the fact that this little ideological detour came about as we were critiquing something that was obviously a fantasy story. Granted, it was more due to the fact that the albularyo character was pretty much a swindler, but the fact remains that the story wasn’t in the realism mode of storytelling to begin with.
Hmm, that’s got me to thinking… I’ll have to be careful about that, since San Lorenzo will pretty much be about a baylan family.
Over all an enlightening session. I’m glad that my story wasn’t on today’s schedule to be grilled, because while the guest was open with praise to the stories that she liked, she was brutal with those she didn’t. Igh.
As for stuff unrelated to my studies… While we didn’t exactly get into an argument this morning, my father and I did exchange words about my current financial issues. Apparently my sister has tattled on me that I’ve been bitching almost non-stop about how I didn’t seem to have any money on me these days (which is technically true, as my savings account is a ghost of what it had been a year ago). I try to impress upon tatay that my situation is pretty serious, since I pay for the phone bill and half of the electric bill, which leaves little for me to put in as savings. And what was his response to my plight? Why, get off my arse and write a bestseller already.
He has obviously no idea about the state of local publishing, and as usual is overestimating my writing capabilities. There’s just no getting through to that skull of his, it seems.
*sigh* Anyway I’m done for the day. I’ll probably do some preliminary sketches of my next Pixiv project, watch Fractale and Yumekui Merry, then it’s off to bed for me.
P.S. Apparently I got banned from Danbooru for Madoka spoilers. How the heck does that happen anyway? There is even a tag category just FOR spoilers. Make up your minds, mods.