The Web has done me wonders—one of which is the connection it allows me to make with other people, to be more specific: with prominent people.
I’ve been able to send notes and get replies from my favorite poets—sometimes about their work, sometimes about how the accessibility the Internet provides scares them. I’ve been able to get in touch with Japanese artist Aya Kato who designed the illustrations in Tori Amos’ Sleeps With Butterflies. Last July 2005, I even got the chance through online means to become a Neil Gaiman volunteer for his Manila booksigning. I also got to share a couple of words with an Illustrador ng Kabataan (INK) member and an Adarna books writer and illustrator whose works I previously wrote and raved about in my blog.
Guess who I got a reply from most recently?
None other than 2005 bar topnother from UP Law, Joan de Venecia. :) I’ve been having a hard time deciding whether or not to pursue law—I couldn’t even take the entrance exams! Reading about her UP Law experience made me even more amazed at what she has been through and how much integrity she has. To top it all, she’s a Filipina. :)
Yes, I may seem like a pesky little prat who’d go all the way to bother somebody with an email, but I only want to express my appreciation to people who inspire me, and be able to make full use of the modern technologies the Web provides. ;D