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
Just popping in to announce the good news: IT'S NOT JUST SEMANTICS is now LIVE! Paperback edition will be out soon. I had so much fun writing this book. It was originally a Wattpad story of mine with a different, angsty, tearful twist, a la telenovela style with a happy ending. But writing it in… Continue reading New book! It’s Not Just Semantics
Update! A Time for Heists romantic suspense collection was formally launched last August 4, 2018 at the iAcademy Nexus campus in Makati, Philippines. Thoughts and photos posted HERE. I always liked challenging myself when it comes to writing fiction. By challenge, I mean trying out new genres or blending them. One such challenge I decided… Continue reading Writing for Heist Club PH x Sachet Novels
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
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
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
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!
This is not a spin-off from the best-selling book. Rather, it's my own original version using the phrase, Coffee, Tea or Me? as prompt for this surprisingly different story. I enter her room after a brief knock. It is pitch dark inside, with only the light of the full moon coming from the open… Continue reading Coffee, Tea, or Me?
Wish for someone to sweep you off your feet...and you might just get it. The month of March ushers in the start of spring in America and elsewhere. Here in the Philippines, it heralds the beginning of summer. But whatever season it is named, March will always be extra special to me. The third day, specifically. The day… Continue reading Something Like You