Some people are born to be very expressive and choose the medium of writing to speak out their mind. Some people choose to learn writing to be their source of monetary income or the likes. Talent? Yes, because you show the things that you can conceive in your mind and share it thru writing. That is talent.
Taking Off the Seal on the “Seal of Light”
Why do I write? Bilang writer, naitanong mo na ba iyan sa iyong sarili? Walang duda na ang pinaka-simpleng sagot diyan ay dahil gusto mo lang talagang magsulat. Nasisiyahan ka kasi na malaya mong naisasalin ang mga ideya mo gamit ang pinaghabi-habing mga katagang nagmula sa iyong puso. Nakakatuwang malaman na sa modernong panahong ito — na kung tawagin ay Digital Age — ay mayroon pa ring mga taong may interes sa pagsusulat. Kung walang interes, hindi matutuklasan ang talento. Kapag natuklasan ang talento, malalaman mo ang iyong kakayahan, at ito ay dapat lamang na linangin. But more than the interest, talent, and skills, or any other kinds of influences, being a writer could also be because of bloodline. A gift that is passed on through genes. A legacy.
SBC is full of surprises. Who would have thought we have on board a legacy to the Philippine literature? Yes. Ang ating next feature ay isa sa mga maituturing na hidden gems ng writing community na ito. He is known as one of the pioneers of SBC, and he is with us to share his gift and to help us revive and promote the modern day Philippine literature.
“Pambansang Liwanag,” “Kuya ng Bayan,” at “Tensai” — ilan lang iyan sa mga titulong naikabit sa kaniya ng mga kapwa SBCians. Siya ay walang iba kundi si Kuya Mat o mas kilala sa username na @Aftermat ng Watty World. Pero sino nga ba si Aftermat? Atin siyang kilalanin at kasabay na ating pasukin ang mundo ng kaniyang masterpiece novel, ang Seal of Light.
StorPpy: Who is Aftermat? What is his relation to the Philippine Literature?
Aftermat: Well I am a direct descendant of a great literature/writer at siya ang biggest influence ko, but by saying that means I’m living under his wings. Anyway, I am a writer/artist who wanted to reach somewhere by starting from the ground (as in ground-zero). Self-made as they say it. I love reading, I love learning new things. I love writing. And Philippine Literature is the best starting point for any Filipino writers to begin with. This is where my passion in writing is closest to.
*Kuya Mat is the son of the late Filipino playwright Dionisio Salazar, writer of “Sinag sa Karimlan” and a librettist of the musical play, “Andres Bonifacio: Ang Dakilang Anak Pawis.” The latter is yearly shown in different cultural sites for 50 years now.*
S: What is the Seal of Light? What is it all about?
A: A modern fantasy story which collaborates mystical elements, astral and divine related stuffs. It also tackles fellowship, love and a personal pursuit for significance and purpose. Seal of Light is a mark placed or bestowed on the body of its carrier, who will receive extraordinary powers to help them fight their enemies.
S: How do you come up with the idea of creating SoL?
A: Inspired by my fascination to Philippine Literature with our sense of art and humor, part of my story was influenced also by Japanese manga/anime and Western style of animation/story telling. The story is even related to some biblical facts and opinion, and then injected to my own flow of storytelling ideas.
S: Sino si Mat Adam?
A: The male protagonist of the story. I would describe him as an ordinary guy, but with a good sense of judgment and leadership. He is not much of an Alpha Type nor a Charmer but he could (and would) kick ass when he needed to. The story runs mostly on his life story, his development as a carrier of the Seal of Light, and his battle against this newly freed demon.
S: What is writing for you?
A: It is an expression as anyone would always say. But further than that, this is also a journey, and exploration of knowledge, a form of communication. It gives me the freedom to think out loud and tell others what is on my mind. Your product, (your writings and stories) is a written representation of you.
S: So far, what is the best experience you have encountered because of writing?
A: Meeting other great writers, knowing that writing and journalism is still alive on the younger generation, reading and discovering other genres and how the writers (of all ages) gives justice to it.
S: Sa iyong opinyon o experience, ang pagiging manunulat ba ay isang talento? Ito ba ay skill na napag-aaralan o sadyang namamana?
A: Both. Some people are born to be very expressive and choose the medium of writing to speak out their mind. Some people choose to learn writing to be their source of monetary income or the likes. Talent? Yes, because you show the things that you can conceive in your mind and share it thru writing. That is talent.
S: Ano ang expected reaction ninyo sa mga taong nagbasa at magbabasa ng SoL?
A: To be honest, gusto kong maramdaman nila yun masabik, mapaisip sa binasa nila, matuto, at higit sa lahat maging masaya. Makaramdam ng good vibration sa binasa nila.
S: May mga susunod ba kaming aabangan na projects?
A: Sa SoL yes, kasi trilogy yun. 99% na yung 1st part, yung second part naman, may plot na, nasimulan na rin isulat, may ending na rin yun, then book 3, ideal ending pa lang. Sa RomCom naman, nag-iisa lang yun story ko na ganun, experimental pa, yun story ni Icarus at Reese, pero babaguhin ko yun title kasi mahaba eh, baka Reese-unto-Love or Please Reese. Then yung documentary ko na DECODE. May isang experimental cheesy story ako na bagong sulat pa lang yun FarmboyNerd friendzoned the CampusQueen kaso needs improvement pa ito.
S: Any message sa iyong supporters at sa lahat ng SoLmates?
A: As you read, enjoy, hope you will find some (good) messages in-between lines and scenes. Sana ma-inspire ko kayo dito na magsimula din na magsulat, kahit hindi fantasy genre.
For updates about his recent works and activities, follow Author Mat on his NEW Wattpad Account: @Aftermat
Or see the “behind the scenes” of SoL at WordPress: https://aftermat.wordpress.com/
You can also read the complete novel, Seal of Light Book 1: Enlightened, now!