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Poknat, the ungrateful little duck

After all we’ve done for her, Poknat just flew up the wall and left. Just like that.

You see, we never really intented to have Poknat. I already have four ducks to care for. Two drakes, two girls — the perfect balance. Poknat came into our lives when my dad took pity on her.

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So long, Mister Kapre

I honestly didn’t plan on changing my site’s design so soon. But the old one was just so gloomy, and I wasn’t happy with it. Besides, Mister Kapre is gone. Our neighbor’s mango tree, where the kapre supposedly lived, had been cut down. Got uprooted during a typhoon. Call me superstitious, but I don’t want

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Cover Reveal: Chameleon (The Domino Project #1)

Let’s do something different on the blog! I know I haven’t been blogging much, but life happened. Writing happened. I’m currently editing my first novel. There isn’t much to say about it until it’s actually published — or represented, for that matter — so I’ll keep mum about it for now. But if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll have an idea what it is I’m working on ๐Ÿ™‚

Speaking of Twitter… One of the writerly folks I’ve met online is KT Hana, and she’s got a cover for her upcoming book for you to see! As a science fiction fan, I’m really looking forward to reading her story. Check it out, and join the raffle! ๐Ÿ™‚

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“Seven Weeks” in Diversity is Coming anthology

Interrupting radio silence to put this here: my YA short story, “Seven Weeks,” is included in the Diversity is Coming anthology. So honored to be part of this high fantasy collection. Best of all, you can get it for free! ๐Ÿ™‚ The days of unified culture and singular Great Kingdoms are over. In their place,

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Hello, 2015!

2015 was quite a ride. It brought on a slew of deaths, hospital confinement, and added responsibilities. But horrible as my year might have been, I did gain new friends and did something I never thought I would: finish my first-ever novel. I don’t like dwelling on the awful things, because I always like to

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NaNoWriMo 2014, I’m ready for you!

Hello Mister Kapre! Guess what? I’m trying my hand at a full 50,000-word NaNoWriMo this year! Take a look at my preps…

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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!

  • I had this today. It's gorgeous, isn't it? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
  • Stuck at home nursing a cold. Saw this in my camera roll, a sunset pic from the car on the way home from Antipolo. ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒด
  • 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 ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿ’ฉ
  • My "lap duck" Sundae! He loves staying on my lap while I work ๐Ÿ˜˜ #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." ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Good bye, beautiful Omelette. We love you. Fly free.
  • Celebrating my dad's 60th with a buffet! ๐Ÿ˜„
  • End-of-Monday snack: doughnuts and mushroom cracklings! We try to be healthy, but you know... Doughnuts! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  • Guess the awesome artist with me in this pic, @erinentrada ๐Ÿ˜„ #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 ๐Ÿ˜„ #phchildrensbooksummit
  • #pitchwars #pwsummersplash Day 9: #writingcompanion Super busy, but can't resist this one! ๐Ÿ˜‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚
  • #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 ๐Ÿ˜Š

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