Do you ever do that? Do you try to google your name sometimes?
Well, I did last night. It was not surprising what I saw at first. Of course, it listed links to my social media profiles like Facebook as well as to some blog posts that I have written on my other blogs (I maintain more than one for both my sanity and to widen my writing and blogging network). It also showed links to some of my Cebuano poetry (balak) attempts published online as well as a few links of articles I wrote for some publications. But there were 4 results that surprised me 🙂
- News article of a poetry anthology launching last May. My poems were surprisingly part of this anthology. I remember that the women’s writers’ group in Cebu, WILA, was working on an anthology about a year or two ago and I had a vague memory of submitting some of my poems in English as well as some balak via email (I’m based in Butuan City, Mindanao but lived for many years in Cebu where I first connected with WILA) . But when the launching took place, I did not get a clear word that my work was included. So now, I am excitedly waiting to get my own copy of the book 🙂 UPDATE as of February 2016: I already received a copy of the book. If you are interested to purchase a copy, copies are sold through WILA. You may leave a comment below this post if you need more information about getting one.
- Instagram link leading to a poster of my poem. I also found and clicked on an instagram link and was again pleasantly surprised that one of my poems was chosen and made its way to Colon, the oldest street in the Philippines during the Cebu Literary Fest this year. I think they got hold of my poem Kagabhion from the Kabisdak Cebuano poetry website. I also found the same photo on another site, sixmoment.com. This is the photo they took of the poster which displayed my poem:
- One of my latest poems appearing in SunStar Superbalita. I had been asked since 2014 by the paper’s Literary Editor to submit some of my poems and apparently he was pleased with my poem, Kwarenta, to have it published in January 2015. Some of my poems have been published there many years back but it was only in 2014 when I resumed sending my poems there. I haven’t seen the hard copy yet of that issue and it was quite difficult to access this link by itself but still this put a smile on my face. UPDATE as of February 2016: I learned that 8 of my Cebuano poems were actually published in the last 2 years and I received payment for them, too. Well, it does pay (literally) to do some searching 🙂
- A Tumbler entry featuring a translation of my Cebuano love poem. You can click here to see the balak, Mga Balud, and then click here for the translation as seen in Tumbler. I do not know yet the identity of the translator but I hope to connect with this person some time.
A surprise feels good every now and then. Having found 4 through Google was really more than enough for a day. I’m feeling grateful about it. And I can’t help but look skyward to shout out my praise to the Giver of words 🙂