It was a nice surprise to be among the winners of 8Letters' Summer Dreams Writing Contest. And exciting too, because my story, The Mermaid Princess, will be included in an Anthology that will be launched at the biggest book festival of the Philippines, the Manila International Book Fair. This year, the MIBF will be held… Continue reading Writing Contests and Learning Moments
When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.' ~ Stephen King The King has spoken and it is true. Long ago, I discovered this myself by accident. For days I wanted to write another chapter in a particular story of mine, spinning words and phrases and scenarios in my… Continue reading One Word at a Time
Being a new author, I didn't know what to expect at my first formal book launch. I mean, my other books, I just pressed click and voila! they were in Amazon and other book sites, as well as my social media sites. I'm not very good at speaking before people. I write better than I… Continue reading My first book launch!
Surprise, surprise! My new book, Chroma Hearts, will be out at the 8Letters LitFest this April! I will be one of eight authors launching a book, and I'm thrilled and honored to be among them. Cindy dela Cruz of 8Letters has always been supportive of our endeavors, and I'm truly grateful for being a part… Continue reading Chroma Hearts is out!
Book: Into the Water Author: Paula Hawkins 3.5 out of 5 stars I loved The Girl on the Train. The movie was great, and while I have yet to read the book itself, I was content to let it remain in my TBR list, secure in the thought that if the movie was that good,… Continue reading Review: Into the Water
“August is the Sun.” - Via 5 out of 5 stars If I were to sum up the message of this wonderful, heartwarming, uplifting book, it is that it tells the triumph of a good and kind heart. Auggie is a ten-year-old boy with a severely deformed face because of bad genes. The… Continue reading Review: Wonder
WE WERE LIARS E. Lockhart 4 out of 5 Stars We Were Liars was hyped as a modern, sophisticated suspense novel. I would describe it as a not-too-sophisticated and not-too-suspenseful book, but a powerful one nonetheless. The first two parts came out slow and dragging. The style was at times a combination of lyrical, phrasal… Continue reading We Were Liars
Recently, I became a huge fan of K.M. Weiland. Aside from her author website, she put up an awesome site to help writers become authors, posting helpful articles which she also podcasts. Reading from her sites and listening to her podcasts make me feel I’m in a virtual creative writing class. I am learning so… Continue reading Storytelling Secrets to Live By
When I chanced upon Pamela Pan’s article entitled, How to Become a Better Writer in Your Second Language, I thought I was going to learn additional things about writing, being a bilingual writer myself (I speak/write in Filipino and English). And I did. I gobbled up all her useful tips and suggestions which she shared… Continue reading Learning a Great Reading (Writing) Strategy
Some people think writers are like wizards who wield their magic wands and murmur incantations, coming up with a finished story. Me, I’d like to think of writing in a more realistic, pragmatic way. Writing is a lot like cooking. Chefs, or professional cooks, come up with delectable dishes and sumptuous meals as a result… Continue reading The Writer as a Chef