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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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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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! πŸ™‚ 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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  • Watch me squeal. Hear my husband nag. MY GALLEYS ARE HERE!!!!!! 😭😭😭
  • Celebrating hubby's birthday with the fam πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ˜Š he's 38, not "forty-freakin-two" 😁 he's a marathoner though, hence the shirt 😁
  • As of today: 12 years married, 15 years together πŸ’– love you, hon πŸ˜˜πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•
  • I probably won't use this shower gel (I prefer organic), but staring at the shimmery aqua blue stuff makes me happy ✨😊✨
  • Surprise!!!! I'll be a speaker for  #writeoncon2019 πŸ˜ŠπŸ’–πŸ’• Check out my profile on the #writeoncon website:
https://writeoncon.org/team/gail-d-villanueva/
  • Thank you for satisfying our chocolate cravings, @wtfcakesph !!! My husband and I loved your absolutely delish chocolate cake 😍😍😍 sa uulitin!!! πŸ’•
  • Sundate celebrating what should have been our dog Kubrick's birthday! Kubrick had lunch and dinner with us from Rainbow Bridge 😊 lunch at the Coconut House: fresh buko, calamares & adobo with ginataan. Dinner at Gino's Brick Oven Pizza: buratta & prosciutto with bread,  mushroom parmigiano, chocolate pie, & margherita pizza (we remembered to take a pic of the yummy pizza when there's only one slice left πŸ˜‚). And oh, I won two Venus Fly Traps at the horticulture seminar we attended at QC memorial park 😊
  • Thanks so much for featuring me @kristynwrites @letsfoxaboutit
😘😘😘 #Repost @letsfoxaboutit (@get_repost)
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Today @kristynwrites is interviewing @gaildvillanueva, author of the upcoming MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY, an ownvoices Filipina middle grade novel coming out in 2019!β €
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Check out the interview at the link in our bio!
  • Look at this adorable custom mug my sister gave me! 😍 and oh, just ignore the bound manuscript below it. I won't confirm nor deny it's the 1st pass pages of MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY πŸ¦‹πŸ˜
  • My birthday treat to myself is a totally useless rubber ducky ice mold 😁
  • In case you missed my Tweet! 😊✨COVER REVEALβœ¨πŸ¦‹ MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY follows Sab across Metro Manila as she tries to reconcile her journalist older sis & their dad after seeing the black butterfly omen of death. Her quest reveals complex truths more dangerous than expected. Coming from @scholasticinc on July 30, 2019! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’– More info here:
https://twitter.com/gaildvillanueva/status/1044268038957068288?s=19

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  • I had a hair cut, and my highlights are purple again! 😊 this me with my younger sis πŸ’–πŸ’•

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