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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 πŸ’© 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 πŸ™‚ 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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Edits, edits, and more edits

I always find it hard to explain why I have to take so long editing. The meaning of “Why, is it not good enough yet?” will differ, depending on who’s asking. If it’s somebody who’s always trying to put me down, it has negative connotations. But for innocent friends and relatives who know what a perfectionist I am, it’s just what it is — isn’t my book good enough yet?

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Hi there, stranger!

I'm Gail, a Filipina author based in the Philippines. I run a design studio with my husband in the outskirts of Manila, but I also do freelance copywriting and editing on the side. I write historical fantasy and contemporary novels with a dash of magic for middle grade readers. My fiction is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group.

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Gail on Instagram!

  • Was only supposed to look for dalandan McFreeze, but hubby and I ended up having a huge Thai dinner 😁
  • Was craving for ramen so hubby brought me to this small ramen house in Marikina. Not bad for Php158 (around $3) per bowl! πŸœπŸ˜„
  • I was pissed off at hubby, then he brought to a Scholastic warehouse sale and got me this πŸ˜˜πŸ’•
  • Missing this boy! He should have been a year older today. Love you, Kubrick! Happy birthday πŸ˜˜πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸΆ #KubrickTuesdays
  • Other couples wear couple shirts, but my husband and I wear couple running shoes! πŸ’• Got these new kicks 50% off at a sale, so we're both happy! πŸ˜„
  • My view for today πŸ˜„
  • My friend @karabodegon made this cute duck painting for me! πŸ’•πŸ’œπŸ’ž Sundae approves! πŸ˜„
  • These cuties hatched today, exactly on my birthday 🐣😍 welcome to the world, little ones!!!! πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• #ducklings #duckstagram #duckies
  • Hey guys, this is Sundae now! Look at that beautiful, iridescent green head πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’• #ducks #ducksofinstagram #duckstagram
  • It's been a while! I miss running πŸƒπŸ‘ŸπŸ’œ
  • I had this today. It's gorgeous, isn't it? 😍😍😍
  • Stuck at home nursing a cold. Saw this in my camera roll, a sunset pic from the car on the way home from Antipolo. 🌴🌞🌴

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