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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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  • #authorlifemonth Day 6: Awesome Moment. There are a lot of awesome moments in my writing life (and more coming soon), but that day I visited my grandma, my Mama Nena, to tell her about signing with such an amazing agent is my first proudest moment as an author. You see, Mama Nena was the one who taught me to read. I couldn't keep up with my classmates, so Mama Nena spent every day after school with me, using my affinity for art to associate words with meanings. Without her, I wouldn't be the writer that I am now. πŸ’•πŸ˜Š
  • #authorlifemonth Day 5: book setting. I'm a bit late, and I likely won't be able to post daily, but today's theme is just so hard to pass up! πŸ˜„ My book takes place in different parts of Metro Manila, but it begins in a park inside a fictional gated subdivision in Quezon City, somewhere near Katipunan Avenue. πŸŒ΄πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­πŸŒ΄
  • This week's useless purchase is a ✨sparkly purple journal✨ I'll probably never use but will definitely happy-stare at 😍 It's SO SHINY 😍😍😍
  • That tiny dot is the moon, and it's red. Please just trust me okay! πŸ˜˜πŸ˜¬πŸ˜‚
  • Tonight's dinner is mashed potatoes and chicken wings with Paeng's Peppers The Darkside barbecue sauce 😁🍴 @bludworm24 πŸ˜ƒ
  • Had dinner at this new ribs place in SM Cherry Antipolo. Price isn't so bad, and the food is good! I'm kinda meh with the shake though πŸ˜ƒ
  • This handsome boy is keeping me company tonight while I write edit letters and design websites πŸ˜˜πŸ’•
  • Lunch today πŸ˜€πŸ΄πŸ£
  • Doing a bit of self-care with hubby tonight.  Been a while since my last jog, so I'm pretty sure my legs are so going to hate me tomorrow πŸ˜‚
  • Me and my sis testing the Vivo phone camera!
  • Sundae is feeling so much better today! The epsom salt water helped a lot in flushing the toxins out of his system. Thank you, friends, for your well wishes and prayers 😘 #petducks #duckstagram #ducksofinstagram
  • This little boy is sick today. Please pray for Sundae's recovery :( #ducks #petducks #duckstagram #ducksofinstagram

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