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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Crushes of Yore: That Guy from That Band

I’ve been following The Voice of the Philippines for the last few weeks now, which I’ve been watching with a group of girls from our dorm. We watch the show for the performances, and for the judges (let’s just say that Lea Salonga seems to be enjoying the same “special beverage” that Blake Shelton partakes of in the US edition)

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Save the Cake: The Playlist

This video is brought to you by Rebecca Ferguson.      My beta-reader friend Natster once said that sharing one’s musical tastes is comparable to “flashing your knickers at a stranger,” which can be quite humiliating if one were to do so deliberately. The initial playlist I devised for Save the Cake has its own embarrassing moments, which is somewhat

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Randomesticity: No, This is Random

Today’s post was NOT brought to you by a messenger from Persia. I’m in the middle of a “should be writing/am actually doing” phase right now, so I’m doing a series of rants, raves, and little bits in between. – Writing updates: While my test development papers are doing okay, my outline for the novella I’m writing is suffering from

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Today’s Dispatch: More Music to Write By

This song was a big hit in the Philippines when it came out, around the same time that I wasn’t really paying much attention to music.   My first thought was, “Oh, how appropriate… for 92 Rules.” Yeah, I know, Jeremy Renner trying to run after me and all that  but the chorus really got to me: So I walked under

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The Bourne Videoke

Over dinner with friends this past weekend (yep, same friends with whom I watched Les Mis), talk turned towards the unintended socio-political satire that was The Bourne Legacy. Yes, the ending was still unforgivable, but one of us had this really insane idea: What if, in the middle of that ridiculous high-speed chase around Manila, Aaron Cross had lost his footing

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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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