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July, the Ghost Month

I am not Chinese, but my dad’s adoptive mother was. Lola Goco, as we called her, showed me and my sister a glimpse of the Filipino-Chinese culture when she was still alive. She followed a lot of customs and superstitions, but she never insisted them upon us. She never had to, because Dad always made sure we knew about them.

One such belief Dad told us about is the Ghost Month, the seventh month of the year when ghosts and spirits mingled in the world of the living — our world.

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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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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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  • I had a hair cut, and my highlights are purple again! ๐Ÿ˜Š this me with my younger sis ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•
  • This doesn't happen very often ๐Ÿ˜‚
  • Added a bit of color to my perpetually black hair! ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • One of the best days ever is meeting your Writer Ate (Big Sister) in person for the first time ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’• And yes, that is a kwek-kwek plushie @erinentrada is holding ๐Ÿ˜‚
  • Now that I've resurfaced from dinner buffet coma, here's us celebrating Dad's birthday! ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Been a while since my last food post, so here you go! ๐Ÿ˜Š mais con hielo, crispy crablets, crispy tripe kare-kare, and sarsiadong mahi-mahi ๐Ÿ’– #pinoyfood
  • #PWPoePrompts Day 12 & #ThursdayAesthetic 
Meet Sab, the main character of my middle grade debut novel, MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY (coming in 2019 from Scholastic). Oil pastels are her fave art medium. Sab is asthmatic. She has a pet duck, a white best friend, & a much-older sister. The smell of ylang-ylang reminds Sab of her late grandmother โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Hello! I'm Gail, your friendly neighborhood #pitchwars technology director. ๐Ÿ˜Š My mg debut, MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY, is coming from Scholastic in 2019. I won't be mentoring this year to focus on pw tech stuff, but I'm so excited to meet you all! ๐Ÿ˜Š #PWPoePrompts
  • Happy Independence Day! ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Let's remember all the heroes who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today, & take this moment to examine the effects of colorism & colonial mentality on our people & country.

To celebrate, I'm posting this excerpt from my upcoming book ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ #novel19s @novel19s
  • Feast All You Can with friends! I'm soooooo full ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Leche flan with friends ๐Ÿ˜Š
  • Better late than never! After-Mother's Day seafood dinner with my mom ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜Š

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