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Augvocacy 2018

It’s August, and that means it’s the Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month)! For this month, I’m putting this post out as a part of Shealea’s #Augvocacy2018 blog hop.

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Gail and Isabelle’s Pitch Wars 2017 Wish List (PART 1)

Hey there, Pitch Wars Hopefuls. Are you excited for this year’s Pitch Wars? Well, we are. Team Patatas can’t wait to get started!

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That time when I reached for the stars

I meant to write a New Year post in January, but I just couldn’t bring myself to. You see, 2016 had been great and terrible for me. In writing, I’ve met awesome new friends (waves at my literary soulmate and bad juju repellent), mentors, and critique partners who have made my writing so much better. But my personal life didn’t fare too well. My husband and I also lost family members, both human and creature. I still get choked up every time I think about them, especially my furry little boy Kubrick, who’d been my alter ego for so many years. Thing is, this wasn’t the first time crappier than crap happened to my family. Every time, we managed to pick ourselves up, and somehow be in a-bit-better situation than we were before the crappy stuff happened. It was as if crap 💩 was precursor for something good.

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Designing the cover of Stella Torres’ Crushingly Close

Let’s interrupt another hiatus! This time, with a book tour 🙂 But this isn’t your ordinary book tour post, mind you. It’s so happened that I don’t just know the author, but I was the one who made the book cover as well! In this post, I’ll tell you as much as I can about my process, and how we eventually got to the cover you’re seeing now.

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Yet another website redesign!

Remember when I said I just cannot blog if my website’s design was a mess? WELL. Apparently, it takes me just a year to get bored with an existing layout. But you know, I think this one’s gonna be it!

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Watermelons for Enzo

When I’m feeling really down or stressed, and reading a book just wouldn’t do, I draw. It’s how I cope, especially when dealing with the loss of a pet. This is a doodle I made for Enzo the Pekin Duck.

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Hi there, stranger!

I'm Gail. I'm a Filipina author born and based in the Philippines. I'm also a web designer, an entrepreneur, and a graphic artist. I love pineapple pizza, seafood, and chocolate, but not in a single dish together (eww). My husband and I live in the outskirts of Manila with our dogs, ducks, turtles, cats, and one friendly but lonesome chicken. My Fate According to the Butterfly is my debut novel.

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Gail on Instagram!

  • Watch me squeal. Hear my husband nag. MY GALLEYS ARE HERE!!!!!! 😭😭😭
  • Celebrating hubby's birthday with the fam 💖💕😊 he's 38, not "forty-freakin-two" 😁 he's a marathoner though, hence the shirt 😁
  • As of today: 12 years married, 15 years together 💖 love you, hon 😘💕💕💕
  • I probably won't use this shower gel (I prefer organic), but staring at the shimmery aqua blue stuff makes me happy ✨😊✨
  • Surprise!!!! I'll be a speaker for  #writeoncon2019 😊💖💕 Check out my profile on the #writeoncon website:
https://writeoncon.org/team/gail-d-villanueva/
  • Thank you for satisfying our chocolate cravings, @wtfcakesph !!! My husband and I loved your absolutely delish chocolate cake 😍😍😍 sa uulitin!!! 💕
  • Sundate celebrating what should have been our dog Kubrick's birthday! Kubrick had lunch and dinner with us from Rainbow Bridge 😊 lunch at the Coconut House: fresh buko, calamares & adobo with ginataan. Dinner at Gino's Brick Oven Pizza: buratta & prosciutto with bread,  mushroom parmigiano, chocolate pie, & margherita pizza (we remembered to take a pic of the yummy pizza when there's only one slice left 😂). And oh, I won two Venus Fly Traps at the horticulture seminar we attended at QC memorial park 😊
  • Thanks so much for featuring me @kristynwrites @letsfoxaboutit
😘😘😘 #Repost @letsfoxaboutit (@get_repost)
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Today @kristynwrites is interviewing @gaildvillanueva, author of the upcoming MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY, an ownvoices Filipina middle grade novel coming out in 2019!⠀
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Check out the interview at the link in our bio!
  • Look at this adorable custom mug my sister gave me! 😍 and oh, just ignore the bound manuscript below it. I won't confirm nor deny it's the 1st pass pages of MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY 🦋😁
  • My birthday treat to myself is a totally useless rubber ducky ice mold 😁
  • In case you missed my Tweet! 😊✨COVER REVEAL✨🦋 MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY follows Sab across Metro Manila as she tries to reconcile her journalist older sis & their dad after seeing the black butterfly omen of death. Her quest reveals complex truths more dangerous than expected. Coming from @scholasticinc on July 30, 2019! 😊💖 More info here:
https://twitter.com/gaildvillanueva/status/1044268038957068288?s=19

#authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #bookstagramph #kidlit #novel19s #mglit #childrensbooks #pinoylit #bookworm #books #coverreveal
  • I had a hair cut, and my highlights are purple again! 😊 this me with my younger sis 💖💕

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