Movie Reviews, Reviews, Uncategorized

The Space Between Us

"No matter how much I want her, Earth doesn't want me." I found it surprising that this movie was given a few negative reviews. I think it was because many people watched it with their minds primarily on the “romantic young love” angle. But if one were to look past the love story between the… Continue reading The Space Between Us

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Articles, Uncategorized, Writing Workshops

8Letters’ Indie Publishing The Write Way Online Workshop

About the same time as the #romanceclassYA workshop, I also joined Indie Publishing The Write Way. It is an online workshop by 8Letters , an amazing boutique bookstore which curates books written by Filipino authors and sells them in cafes and events, headed by Cindy dela Cruz. I know what you must be thinking. Why join… Continue reading 8Letters’ Indie Publishing The Write Way Online Workshop

Articles, Uncategorized, Writing

Just Do It

Yesterday I was asked, “What is the most valuable lesson you learned in publishing?” I guess the most valuable lesson I learned in publishing is: Just do it. This is not to mean, of course, that you plunge in with eyes closed and unprepared. Of course, you publish armed with the knowledge that you have… Continue reading Just Do It

Articles, Short Stories, Uncategorized, Writing

Eighteen Months

Eighteen months ago, I saw you outside my favorite church's steps. You were crying, jilted at the altar. I ran to you, put my arms around you as you wept. Warily, you lifted your face to mine. I kissed the top of your head, making you feel that I will always be here for you. You sobbed harder… Continue reading Eighteen Months

Book Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: Another Word for Happy

Review: Another Word for Happy Author: Agay Llanera4.5 out of 5 stars If there is one word to describe this book, it is this: vivid. Agay did a great job of weaving the story of Caleb through an amazing way of showing, not telling. Each scene was vividly described, each emotion clearly depicted, that I can… Continue reading Review: Another Word for Happy

Articles, Writing, Writing Workshops

Writing for #romanceclassYA

I wrote a novella of 35,555 words in 90 days. Repeat 100 times.  Until now I find it hard to believe it myself. But thanks to #romanceclass YA mentors Mina Esguerra, Agay Llanera and Ines B. Yao, I was able to write and finish a novella in just three months! I've always been more of… Continue reading Writing for #romanceclassYA

Book Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: Better at Weddings Than You

Author: Mina V. Esguerra eBook, 214 pages Bright Girl Books 4.5 Stars "Easy reading is damn hard writing." American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne must have Mina Esguerra in mind when he coined this phrase. Because if I were to describe my overall experience in reading her latest book, it's none other than, "Now, that was easy reading!"… Continue reading Review: Better at Weddings Than You

Articles, Poems, Uncategorized, Writing

Her Poem

This is a poem in a finished manuscript of mine which I intend to self-publish next year (I hope!). Here's the blurb of that book, tentatively titled Chroma Hearts:  A new bride suffering from catatonic depression. A loving and purposeful husband willing to sacrifice everything to break through the desolation and darkness of the black… Continue reading Her Poem

Book Reviews, Reviews

Book Review: Ghost of a Feeling

5 out of 5 stars I really loved this book and highly recommend this to everyone! Reading Cris’ story felt very much like steadily climbing a steep, rocky hill, reaching the top, then merrily sliding down, coming to a grassy, peaceful pasture. The book was beautifully woven with a seamless plot and perfectly, realistically intertwined… Continue reading Book Review: Ghost of a Feeling