fiction

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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fiction, movies, rants

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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fiction, Luna East, publishing

#LunaEast Volume 1: Coming Soon!

Check out this description of the Luna East project from Mina’s blog:  What is Luna East, exactly? A fictional Metro Manila high school that we’ve created as the setting for new YA fiction. Luna East is a co-ed non-sectarian private school, somewhere in the metro, a bit upscale but with a growing percentage of scholarship students. The school likes to…

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fiction, Philippines, squee

Now on Amazon: Pinoy Contemporary Romance!

If I had enough money (or Amazon credit) to buy Kindle editions of my favorite Pinoy contemporary romances, I would. I love the fact that there’s a growing crop of authors that are making their way into the market, especially since they do give a unique spin on what has always been looked at a Western-dominated genre. If you’re curious…

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fiction, good advice, save the cake, this is how I write, work in progress

That Cake: Lessons in Writing a Contemporary Romance Novella

So: Save the Cake. I’m finally finished with the full Draft 1 for Mina V. Esguerra’s contemporary-romance writing class, though it feels more like Draft 0.5 because it’s still kind of raw around the edges (and could use some copy-editing, besides) – at around 37,000 words, it’s still a monster that could use a little bit of trimming. A part of…

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