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 often as the countdown to the release of Nine Years Away begins in August, so I’m excited to come back to this space and share with you guys what I’ve been up to lately.

  • I’m on the last few pages of my 2018 bullet journal; originally it was supposed to end at June but it went on and on until August because I hadn’t been writing too many things on it! (*insert laugh-crying emoji here*) But I’ve decided that I should write more often, especially since I have too many things going on in my head and I need a place to brain-dump a lot of my stuff.
  • One brain-dumping place that I’ve been using is Google Docs, where I’ve been recording the notes that I have for all of my future books. The outlines for the rest of The Hideaway Trilogy are on Google Docs, as well as the outline for another book that I originally wanted to pitch for traditional publishing but am now considering for self-publication.
  • Speaking of The Hideaway Trilogy…yes, Nine Years Away is coming out in August, and yes, I’m fixing the copy-editing for that as we speak. As soon as I’m done with the editing and proofreading, I can safely set a release date. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, shall we?
  • So far I’m enjoying all the books that I’ve been reading, but I’m kind of bummed by the fact that I barely read anything in July. It was hard to top some of my June reads (which I mentioned in my last entry) but I really enjoyed Angel C. Aquino’s Love at First Run. I mentioned on Twitter that I adored the worldbuilding in this story—the portrayal of runner culture in the Philippines was so dead-on that I wanted to join a running club myself. There’s just so much to adore in this story that I wish Angel would write more books so I could get lost in them.
  • I’m also addicted to podcasts now, which have been keeping me company during long drives to Manila. My favorites are as follows:
    • Helping Writers Become Authors: K.M. Weiland and I don’t usually see eye-to-eye on a lot of things, but lately I’ve been needing the encouragement to continue with my writing, and this hits the spot.
    • Keep It!: My cynical pop culture-loving heart loves the weekly rants and hot takes, with an extra dose of intersectionality.
    • Thirst Aid Kit: This one’s on hiatus right now, but if you’re a romance writer, you’d love the discussions about why we love who we love. Not to mention the fanfic drabbles are a lesson in how to write steamy. (Must-download episodes include the infamous Chris Evans interview, plus John Cho and Gael Garcia Bernal.)
    • Book Thingo: I love the discussions about romance and books (and romance books) on this podcast. The fact that #romanceclass community members show up from time to time are a big plus.
    • Pod Save the World: Yes, US foreign policy can be depressing, but for some reason Tommy Vietor makes it so engaging. Personally, though, I’m still waiting for him to bring on an expert for Southeast Asian policy, because I need someone to take their best shot at whatever’s going on in the Philippines right now. (Note: I’m also thinking about downloading Pod Save America, partly because of the catfighting during commercials.)
  • No boat rides this time, sorry. But I enjoyed the cruise that I went on so much that it reminded me how much I missed traveling to different places during my free time. Maybe next year?

Hope you’re having a great July so far! See you in August 🙂

Love, Stella

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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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