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Review: Into the Water

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

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Review: Wonder

    “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

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We Were Liars

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

Articles, Books, Uncategorized, Writing

Learning a Great Reading (Writing) Strategy

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

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The Writer as a Chef

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

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2018: New Title, New Covers

It's a new year! And I'm welcoming it by revising my books. I got the idea from this article of Joanna Penn, a respected connoisseur in all aspects of self-publishing and more. She has many awesome articles and information for authors and writers, and I just love her. Being incarcerated at home because of allergies had… Continue reading 2018: New Title, New Covers

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

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

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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

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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