about me, essays

Dear 18

stellatorres-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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busy-ness, goals

Love Me, Love My Bullet Journal

Remember when I used to hate-watch Bullet Journal videos last year? Part of the reason why I was so mean to the people in the BuJo community was because they seemed to be way too pre-occupied with making their planners as pretty as possible, without even considering the point of being functional. I was sick and tired of the endless…

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books, novel, rants

The Things We Deserve

So…how do you find a happy ending when the world is on fire? How can you justify falling in love when freedom is at risk, when rights are being threatened, when values are attacked and truth is treated with disregard? How does anyone do this? I’m not one to talk; I’m single, for one thing, and my constant struggle with…

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about me, authors, this is how I write, work in progress

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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busy-ness, goals

Bimonthly Goals: Jan-Feb 2018

So…how was your New Year’s celebration? I took the whole New Year’s Weekend off for a much-needed weekend of rest and recreation. There were also a few things that happened over the week (more on that later) but for the most part I had a great start to the new year. Because of this, I’ve decided to level up on…

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about me

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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goals

End-of-The-Year Goals, December 2017

If you’ve been following this blog in its last few days on Blogger, you may have noticed that I didn’t do a Bimonthly Goals post for November and December. And it’s easy to see why: between revising my novel for NaNoWriMo and setting up the new website, my November slate was pretty much full. No reading (except for Miren Flores’…

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