Articles, Writing

Storytelling Secrets to Live By

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

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

Articles, Uncategorized, Writing

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

Articles, Books, Uncategorized, Writing

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

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

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

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

Events, Short Stories, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Contests

Black Love

This is my winning entry for Bookbed Fictory, Bookbed.org's very first fic fest. Black Love, with 6,634 words, won first place. Prompt: Your (significant other) is rumored to be an engkanto. *** The brilliant red, odd-looking shape was what my eyes caught first. With each movement, it stretched out gracefully, much like a yawning mouth.… Continue reading Black Love

Articles, Events, Uncategorized, Writing, Writing Contests

My ‘Black Love’ won first place at #BookbedFictory 2017!

Disclaimer: There are too many firsts in this post. You have been warned! It was a pleasant surprise for me when my entry, Black Love, won first prize at Bookbed.org's very first fiction writing contest held this year. Writing a love story about Philippine mythological creatures like tikbalang (horse demon) and kapre (tree demon) was… Continue reading My ‘Black Love’ won first place at #BookbedFictory 2017!