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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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  • 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. 🌴🌞🌴
  • This space on my side of the bed had been empty since the day my dog Kubrick passed away more than a year ago. Somebody thinks he's worth Kubrick's spot now! It wasn't the specie I expected, but he'll do πŸ˜„πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ£πŸ’©
  • My "lap duck" Sundae! He loves staying on my lap while I work 😘 #duckies #petduck #ducksofinstagram #duckstagram
  • My late lunch smells like pork binagoongan, looks like pork binagoongan, tastes like pork binagoongan, but it's NOT pork binagoongan! Trust me, that makes so much sense when you're using VegPata as "pork." πŸ˜€
  • Good bye, beautiful Omelette. We love you. Fly free.
  • Celebrating my dad's 60th with a buffet! πŸ˜„
  • End-of-Monday snack: doughnuts and mushroom cracklings! We try to be healthy, but you know... Doughnuts! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Guess the awesome artist with me in this pic, @erinentrada πŸ˜„ #phchildrensbooksummit
  • I learned how to properly bind books and periodicals today, thanks to the the kind & patient folks of the National Library of the Philippines πŸ˜„ #phchildrensbooksummit
  • #pitchwars #pwsummersplash Day 9: #writingcompanion Super busy, but can't resist this one! πŸ˜‚ Sundae is my writing companion. He (little duckling is showing more and more signs that he's a boy!) usually just sleeps beside my hand, but there are times he feels like he can do better and writes for me by pecking or stepping on my keyboard πŸ˜‚
  • #pitchwars #pwsummersplash Day 4: 1st line from my MS. Well, this used to be my book's first line. It's now worded differently, but the essence  remains the same. I'm a bit attached to this line so I'm posting it instead. After all, you need to do what you have to do for the betterment of your story, even if it means having to let go of fave first lines 😊

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