Inspiration from a literary medley of a writer (part 1)-A A +A
Monday, November 4, 2013
INTERNATIONAL bestselling author finds new home in Davao. This was the news of my co-columnist, Henrylito D. Tacio in his column, October 28, 2013 of our paper. This story fascinated me like no other since I am a writer, too. The life of Thomas " Tom" Thornton glued me my seat because I saw in him a writer with a very similar "style" of creating his literary pieces to mine.
Yes, my writing and his writing is indicative of two persons with the same harmony in the beatings of our heartstrings. There is that sentiment, subtle in a sense, on the emotions which swell from a writer's. heart. Do not let me explain this. It is not easy to put this into words. It is intangible. It is the language of the soul. His book, "Rebels of Mindanao" won the international prize from Beaufort Books in New York. This was rejected at first by publishers because Mindanao is unknown to them. He met the right publisher through Mark Hansen of Chicken Soup series, a very popular set of books which I read. He introduced Thomas to Mr. Eric Kampman of Beaufort Books. I know this predicament I had been through these also as a writer.
The following statements of Thomas convinced me that I see myself in him. "I write what I want to write about. I write all the time."
I remember writing in my notebooks when I was young anything that came to my mind; bits of poetry, maxims or prose. In high school I got an unused diary book. I covered the book with the picture of an ocean. I looked for a picture where I looked as if I was in the shore. I pasted it and printed these words --This is me rising from the ocean thinking of... here is one to remember. Believe me I filled this book with poems, prose, stories, letters to my loved ones, maxims or anything worth remembering. I even pasted appropriate pictures here and there. I treasured this book. A friend suggested to have it published. I said no. Lately, my only daughter asked for it. She wants it as a souvenir or bequest. I gladly gave it to her.
The other statement of Thomas which struck me is this. When asked if it is harder to write a script compared to a novel, he answered this, "neither is hard if you love doing it. If you do not love doing one thing then stop writing and do something else." I agree with this statement.
I was convinced to pursue my writing career when in my final exams booklet in English Literature in college under my professor , Mrs. Bass Serrano , wrote this statement -- " You are a budding writer" , this is after a semester of making critiques and paraphrasing the works of the English masters. She gave me a very high grade.
Now with Mr. Thomas works I will not expound on his works including "Sabine". Mr. Henrylito gave all the details of your success as an author. This lengthy two-part article for my column is the result of your interesting story I want to make it clear to my readers that we have different genre in our written works. You are a novelist, a brilliant one at that and I have a variety of forms in my media as demanded by my career as an educator and environmentalist, advocacy of the causes of the citizenry in Davao. The bottom line here is we both write with spirited and unrelenting drives to expound on our messages we would like to share with our readers. I write technical textbooks in Science and Environment for the high school and college levels in our Philippine schools. I have inspirational books on values and sentiments of the Filipinos. There are also advocacy books concerning citizens and governance. With my technical books I earn royalties from the sales of the books. This is true with all kinds of books.
They always ask if writers earn money. You will be surprised. If money is the main consideration why a writer writes you will never get to write any meaningful work. You will not write even one paragraph. Your mind will go blank looking for words to be written. Writing needs inspiration, sincerity, a hard to define drive emanating from the heart and soul of the writer. If all of these are present coupled with the thought of serving your readers, then you can write. All the money earned is just bonus, which helps the writer, too. Phenomenal sales are welcome.
Here I will deal with all the parallelisms of Mr. Thornton works and my work. First is his account of how he travels daily from Toril to downtown Davao City proper. Every person, scenery, activities, houses, ways of life he observes on the road become part and parcel of his novel. I am familiar with these since I live here in the past twelve years as a migrant from Metro. Manila as a happy adopted citizen. The Toril trips reflect in my published book which I wrote "Today's Youth" for the World Youth Day held here with Pope John Paul 11 as guest. The book is a collection of meditation aids gathered from all my personal experiences in my life. It is addressed to the youth for them to emulate. I got a letter of thanks from the Vatican from the Pope written on February 14, 1995. It says in brief this statement. He is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and the devoted sentiments which prompted me to write the book. Then he gave me his blessings with God's gifts of peace and joy. Text comments to cp. no. 09202112534.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 05, 2013.