Moving On – At Least for Now

I entered the boxing match today – slipped under the ropes and snuck into the center of the ring. Without  protective gear, no gloves, no mouth guard, not even a  team to cheer me on. Just me and my words and my story.  In my quest to enter the traditional world of publishing, I handed my final manuscript to my agent today.


I don’t exactly know what the future holds, but I certainly know what the past year has been like. It was no longer as simple as putting pen to paper and writing about characters that live in your head. There were so many other things to consider. Until this last book, I had never obsessed so much about arcs, and brevity, and finding a happy medium between being too descriptive or too brief.  It was no longer just about conveying my emotions, of crying out in beautiful prose, of having fallible characters that readers could identify with, but also about consistency of thought and events and the ability to eliminate words that lead to nothing.

And here I am, fifteen months later, proud as I could be of the lessons afforded to me by both my editor and my agent. They held my hand through every single revision, every draft, every meltdown. Often, when you’re too close to a story, it takes a long time to understand what it is they’re trying to tell you. Often, when you’re too imbedded in your words, you don’t see that they don’t really need to be there.

Thank you, Italia Gandolfo and Renee Fountain for your patience and guidance. And to you, Jim Thomas for being such an eloquent teacher and editor (click here to check him out).

No matter what happens from here on – the jabs, the upper cuts, the blows and maybe even the eventual K-O (by the opponent), it has been an invaluable experience.

The goal? In This Life should be with you soon. One way or another.

I can move on now, my baby is in good hands.

By the way, I’m going to need a Goodreads Librarian to help me set up a new book.

Next Stop: Home

It seemed like a fun idea, a chance for me and two friends to get away, to relax, to see another part of the world. And then I thought, since we were already going to be there, why not have a small book signing? Something we can do independently, one day in between the sun and the sea and the shopping?

I reached out to my sister’s best friend who owns the company that runs the Manila International Book Fair.

Tinette was in. She said, let’s rent another room adjacent to the event and the three of you can sit and sign some books.

She reached out  to let National Book Store know that this was happening.

One year later, here we are.

Thank you, Tinette Capistrano, James Abuan, Chad Dee and Louella Tumaneng. And my sisters, who are constantly taking orders from me despite their busy schedules. Can’t wait to see you all.


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Steamy hot but a lot of laughs – The Traveling Bookshelf Event

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It all started at the airport. When the friend I met for the weekend arrived at Terminal E, swore that it was a small airport and that I should wait for her at Terminal A. Of course, that was right before her luggage ended up on a later flight. If she weren’t so entertaining, I […]

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It’s been fun, St. Louis!

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The 2015 Edition of Penned Con was another success! Thanks in most part to Rick and Amy Miles and the RCPR staff and team. It’s funny because this is the first event in a long time where I hardly knew anybody. I clung to Kelsey Kukal Keeton like her fourth child, and spent a lot […]

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Own Your Life

Yesterday, InD’Tale magazine published my very first interview ever in their summer double issue. This wonderful experience took place many months ago, when the Chicago winter blanketed the ground with inches and inches of snow.  You can imagine how nostalgic I felt as I read my words over again two very different seasons later.  I […]

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Insipid Nominated for Awards at Penned Con 2015!

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What a great week it has been for me! First, a shout out by my friend, Tarryn Fisher. And now this. Nominations are out for the Penned Con 2015 awards and Insipid is in two categories! Here’s the link to vote. Please show us some love! And thank you all, for always being here.  PLEASE […]

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The Mystery Called Wattpad

Eight months ago, I registered for Wattpad. I wasn’t sure what it was or what I was doing, but it looked like a really cool place to connect with many others who, like me, enjoyed to write about everything and anything. Everyone knows that I’m in between books right now – floating in space until […]

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Big New World, Little Old Me

I was told I have to blog more. And I haven’t been doing it, not because I have nothing to say. On the contrary, if I allowed myself to let it go, you’d be getting all the interesting details of my life for the past year. After all, isn’t that what prompts me to write? […]

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It’s here! The video trailer for In This Life!

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 52 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

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