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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My Teaser Thursday Experience

Last week, I took part in the first-ever Teaser Thursday for #romanceclass. Teaser Thursdays are for writers who want passages from their works-in-progress performed by live readers to diagnose strengths and weaknesses in their writing. For this session, five writers submitted excerpts to be read by theater actors Fred Lo and Gab Pangilinan before a live audience at Cafe Publico

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The Heroine Of My Own Story

By the time you read this, it would be New Year’s Eve, and I would be preparing for a party somewhere, dressed up to celebrate the arrival of 2018. Before we toast the new year, however, I want to share one last reflection on the past year. A few months ago, I posted this picture on Instagram as part of

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The Year of Reckoning

Usually I post my blog entries every Sunday, but in the light of all the drama that has happened in the past year, I feel compelled to write something about mental health—specifically, my own. It’s really hard to speak up about my condition, because I’d been taught all my life not to discuss these things in public. Up until now,

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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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