I’m Writing a Book

After lengthy deliberation, I am finally taking the plunge.

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photo taken at Grand Canyon

 

No, not that plunge.

It’s time for a change. I am quitting my day job!

I am going to be a full-time writer!

I have decided that I will write a book. I have already in contract with Visprint, Inc., the publisher of the widely successful Bob Ong, author of “ABNKKBSNPLAko” and “Stainless Longganisa” among others.

Besides the articles that I have already written on this blog that will be adapted into a book (title: Ang Pagbibinata ng Butiking Walang Dingding), I will also venture on writing fictions.

Why fiction? What qualifications do I have to write this genre?

Consider my resumé:

1. Wrote a book report in high school about an obscure and unheard book, which of course I completely made up. I got an A for the report. Not bad, right?

2. Wrote a case study in Social Science while in college. It is about the struggles of a social deviant in our society, that I interviewed and followed. Except that, that person is non-existent. A fictitious character! I also got an A for it.

3. Published a research paper in medical school about the ill effects of holding a fart, and the benefit to health of letting your gas out unabashed. Of course, the science that back this study is full of air! Sorry for the pun, it is intended. The study was published in a major scientific paper.

So there, I’m fully qualified to be a fiction writer.

And lastly, this article is a just figment (though some may be true?) of my wild imagination.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

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photo taken at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Hollywood

 

Love of Reading

Despite of the popular belief that doctors like me are nerds and like reading books for their past time, I for one am not. Outside from my school textbooks and professional journals (which does not mean I enjoy reading them), there were only a handful of books that I have read. I rather watch TV or a movie, or better yet, just stare blankly outside the window and daydream. (I can invent a book report though.)

I don’t even read instruction manuals, much to the chagrin of my wife, as I try to build newly bought things that need self-assembly without reading the manual first. That goes without saying that sometimes I assembled them improperly.Then I am forced to read the manual.

There are a few books, however, that interest me. Last year, my friend, Jenny, who is the most widely read person I know and whose book collection might rival the Library of Congress (OK, I exaggerated a little bit, but just a little bit), gave me some books (Bob Ong books) that I enjoyed very much. In fact, I read them in one sitting. Well, because the books were not thick at all.

Library of Congress

But last Christmas, I received as a gift from my wife, a set of books that I really, really like. I was introduced to this books when I was in Medical School. I had a couple of this series before, but now my wife gave me the whole collection of the works of this renowned author. I have difficulty putting the books down once I started reading them. These books will be a treasure to our home library, at least from my perspective.

I really like my new gift of books. Got to go now, I have to go back to my reading………….”The Complete Collection of Calvin and Hobbes.”

Calvin and Hobbes