it will be a great sin for humanity to write for all the people in the world.
to effectively write stories for children, you write for a specific person.
writing literature for children can be one of the best jobs in the planet because of the high royalty given to writers.
-these were just some thoughts i bagged from the read or die convention at the hotel intercontinental manila.
renowned children’s literature writer rene villanueva told his audience to be practical in thought to leave a mark in the world of literature. most writers fail to establish a mark because their pragmatic ideals stifle them from being genuine and true to their motives. professor villanueva inspired me to be rich by writing.
having only 200php at hand, all i could do was to fill myself with stories behind the people cloaked under the jedi costume, the geeks and book freaks roaming back and forth like roaches devouring every page of each book on-sale at the convention, the plastered smiles on the faces of the storytellers for children, the dilated eyes of the girl who serve free coffee at the lobby, the boy in backpack whose distorted reflection in the mirror resembled the image of manny pacquiao’s surreal post-boxing face.
the photos i submitted were taped on a panel in one of the booths inside the main hall. passers by would occasionally point fingers to some of my submitted photos but will then ignore it. people nowadays have short span of attention over things. it was difficult to determine if they have been inspired or moved by any of my photos.
it took me an hour and a half to decide whether i should purchase a book-on-sale at the convention. the lowest price i saw was 150php. i was caught in a dilemma of whether i should withdraw money from my atm account (which by the way only contains 500php for my whole month allowance) or just spend my cash at hand.
i was 200php richer when i went back to the venue of the convention. i rummaged the books on sale but the book i planned to buy was fished by some book-eater while i was away.
glorietta activity center served as my temporary refuge. the photoworld 2007 camera shows and exhibits veered my attention away from the books on sale. for a while, my fascination with photography was satiated after i saw and experienced various dslrs and cameras on display.
while on my way home, i decide to write something for my mother under high hopes that i could buy my own camera in the days to come.
click on the image to view the photos i've submitted: