The Road to NaNoWriMo 2018: Cuts from The Playlist

Personally, I don’t like to write to music, unless it’s instrumental or part of the background noise if I’m writing outside the house. That doesn’t mean music isn’t a part of my writing journey, though, because there are times when I do need something to psych me up for my writing.  This year’s playlist is all about happiness and low

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Blog Fiction: Twenty One

I got the idea for this short story from Shaelin Bishop (aka Shaelin Writes on YouTube) as part of a writing exercise for character development. In one of her writing exercises (downloadable here), she suggested developing characters by putting them through certain situations–say, a breakup–to see how they would fare in the midst of conflict. The character that I chose for this

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A Dispatch from the Save the Cake Universe

How about a short check-in with Sean and Eloisa? This snippet was part of a short story that I had been writing on and off until I realized that I didn’t know what I was doing. But I couldn’t resist having a story from Sean’s point of view, and I thought I’d bring you guys something hopeful in the face

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The Road to NaNoWriMo 2016: A Story Spiral

I got the concept of story spirals from fellow Pinay author Ines Bautista Yao, who publishes outtakes from #romanceclass books on her blog. I wrote my own story spiral for Crushingly Close on Ines’ blog (you can read it here), but since I was already getting restless over NaNoWriMo I decided I should do one for this year’s book as

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BOOK REVIEW: If The Dress Fits, by Carla De Guzman

Martha Aguas kind of has it all–she’s an accountant who loves numbers, an accident-prone puppy that loves her, and the perfect wardrobe. Yes, she wears a dress size 24, her bras don’t fit and she’s never had a boyfriend, but so what? It becomes a big deal when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement to Enzo, the only boy she’s ever

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Fade to Grey

So: I went and saw Fifty Shades of Grey at the theater. Before you get your hackles up, I would like to say that I tried reading the books, but I gave up after one chapter because I couldn’t stomach Ana’s immaturity. This movie didn’t give me the desire to pick up the books, either, so please don’t try to

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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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