I'm putting these here for times I need to calm my mind and lift my mood. You're welcome to do so, too. *These are taken from Manila Ocean Park's Oceanarium.
I really wanted this movie to be good. Especially because Keanu Reeves is the lead character. I've been a fan since I saw him in Speed (1994) with Sandra Bullock. But unlike Matrix (which is a very successful franchise financially and critically), this scifi thriller failed despite its interesting premise: William Foster is a brilliant… Continue reading Movie Review: Replicas (2018)
I recently reactivated my Reviewer Account on Netgalley and was surprised that it's been a year since I've read a book from there. Probably because I have my hands (and Kindle app) full of books from Bookbub, Bookscream, Book Cave, and Love Kissed, where I am subscribed. (For those who don't know it yet, these… Continue reading Book Review: They Called Me Wyatt
Initially titled "Search," this seemingly unobtrusive movie received The Audience Award: NEXT and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize for outstanding feature film about science or technology at the Sundance Film Festival last year (2018), before it was bought for $5 Million by Sony and retitled, "Searching." It went on to be a financial… Continue reading Movie Review: SEARCHING
Photo by Elena Cordery on Unsplash Sometimes we need to be reminded of this. You know, those days when you’re feeling down and low and worthless. When you’re feeling insecure about your writing, and you’re thinking, is this worth my time? When someone’s criticism or bad review gets to your nerves and you just want to hide under… Continue reading The Worth of Us
WIP stands for work in progress. For writers, this means a story that is being progressively modified and improved over time. As a writer, we usually have outlines of our stories, a veritable road map of what should happen, and a clear vision of the ending. But there are times when certain characters run rampant. When the… Continue reading We Are All WIPs
Do you have a planner? I bet you do. Every writer should have one. Some planners nowadays, though, have become increasingly complicated. Lots of pages, lots of blanks to fill up, lots of dates to remember, and other such things. Some are even bulky and heavy to carry everywhere you go. They're becoming harder and… Continue reading FREE Writer’s Planner: Organizing my Writing a.k.a. Making my Own Writer’s Planner
When I checked Twitter this morning, it was a pleasant surprise to find that I was tagged in a tweet. The tweet? My romcom book, It's Not Just Semantics, was picked by a book blogger/booktuber as one of her Favorite Reads of 2018! 🎉🎉🎉 In her previous post last December 18, 2018, I was so… Continue reading INJS is one of Favorite Reads of 2018!
Last December 15, 2018 at the YDG Coffee Shop in Shaw Blvd., a group of writers and freelancers gathered together for a free seminar on Freelancing and Self-Publishing. Cherrie Ann Balictar, the founder of The Greatest Digital Creatives, invited me to speak about self-publishing and writing fiction. Admittedly, I was hesitant at first to accept… Continue reading Speaking before The Greatest Digital Creatives’ seminar on fiction-writing and self-publishing
After so much dilly-dallying, self-bashing, and numerous drafts, I finally completed the artwork of my first ever Children's Picture Book, Renzo's Rainbow. It's now available digitally on Amazon. This book means so much to me. I wrote this at a very sad time, when I was depressed and thinking of my father who had passed… Continue reading My first Children’s Picture Book