July 2018 Life Updates

So…it’s been a while. I guess I can trot out the old excuses why I haven’t been active in this space, but the one thing I can say is that I have more downtime from work, so I can spend some of the days off that I have writing blog posts like these. That said, I will be posting more

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May 2018 Life Updates

As you can see, my freelancing work has taken me away from my blogging for quite a long while, and while I hadn’t had time to draft any of my usual entries like Bimonthly Goals (whatever happened to those?), that doesn’t mean that I’ve had a lot of things on my mind. I’ll get around to writing them again once

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The Emotional Honesty of a Happy Ending

Originally written on Friday, May 4, 2018. It’s 8 AM, and I’m just about to go to work, but I wanted to post something here after reading too many things in the newspaper and on social media that have been irritating me. What has spurred me to write this is a review of Love, Simon that ends with this sentence: “Just remember,

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Work Mode

So…you’re probably wondering what I’ve been up to lately. Last time I promised you a brand-new blog entry, but that fell by the wayside when my beloved Tiya passed away; her burial coincided with the Sunday that I planned to post my entry, so between the wake and the funeral, I hadn’t had a lot of time to recover. Once

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So This Is Goodbye: A Personal Letter

Note to readers: This isn’t goodbye to The Great Big Jump! Regular programming for this blog will continue starting next week.  Hey you, Apparently this isn’t the first time I’ve written about you here.  I’m sure one of our friends may have already told you about it, so I’m not going to give you a recap. My feelings may be

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Dear 18

Dear 18, This is not a letter about all the shitty things you’ll learn when you grow up. This has nothing to do with boys, jobs, careers, and all the things you will go through twenty years from now. Oh, all right, I’ll say it: You will grow up to be a romance writer. Yes, you heard me. By 2017

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Stella Torres

is the author of the adult contemporary romances Save the Cake, Crushingly Close, and Nine Years Away, as well as the short story “Be Creative” in the anthology Kids These Days: Stories from Luna East Vol. 1.

In her previous life, she has worked in public relations, taught English as a second language, and even attended graduate school (twice!). She has lived in Indonesia, Honolulu, and Quezon City before moving back to her hometown of Los Banos, a few hours’ drive (with traffic) from the heart of Manila.

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