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Writing: About Families

First, here is a personal post on my blog, Kuwarto, talking about and being grateful for my family of friends. Thank you for being here for me, for supporting my work. We don’t have Thanksgiving in the Philippines, but I am thankful for all of you every single day.

I did some thinking a few days after I made that post. Most of my fiction and non-fiction for my MA Creative Writing classes have been about dysfunctional families… or, at least, dysfunctional relationships. Mostly I draw from my own experience. I decided to try writing more about it. Excerpt below:

“So what does you dad do for a living?”

I have gotten so used to receiving this question over the years that my automatic response is to bury the twinge of pain in my chest and cover it up with my well-practiced verse: “Oh, I never met him. I don’t know anything about him.” Occasionally, I add: “My parents are separated.”

Read the rest at my self-care blog, Kasiyahan.

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