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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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  • Happy Independence Day! πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­ 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 😊❀️ #novel19s @novel19s
  • Feast All You Can with friends! I'm soooooo full 😊
  • Leche flan with friends 😊
  • Better late than never! After-Mother's Day seafood dinner with my mom πŸ’•πŸ˜Š
  • Food post! Hubby and I tried this place called Cafe Lydia last weekend. Pretty yum and the price isn't bad 😊😊😊
  • My hair's five inches shorter now 😁 I don't think Sundae is happy about it... Less hair for him to pull πŸ˜‚
  • Monday seafood date with hubby! Cheap, but very very filling! 😁
  • Sundae isn't happy with the attention Quackie is getting. This is how duck pics are done, he says πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Sometimes, all you need to conquer that stubborn chapter is a little pep talk from your laptop and a wobbly, Happy Meal toy 😊 #amrevising #amwriting #kidlit #mg
  • It's that time of the year again when these little furballs get their free anti-rabies shots and pet registration from the municipal vet! 😊
  • #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΄

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