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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 💩 was precursor for something good.

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“The Banana Tree” in Outliers of Speculative Fiction

You’d think I’d be blogging more with a new website, but no. The Curse of the Abandoned Blog followed me here. ? The excuse is getting old (even for me), but really, I’ve been busy. On top of doing web design so the human and creature family could eat, I had been preoccupied with writing.

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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! 🙂 The days of unified culture and singular Great Kingdoms are over. In their place,

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Anything Goes Anthology book signing

I missed you, Mister Kapre. I’ve been busy with work and of course, writing! I’ve churned out two short stories this month (I’ll edit them first before finding them new homes), but that’s not the exciting part. Anything Goes Anthology, the collection of short stories from multi-national authors where My Name is Pedro is included,

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My Aether-5 board on Pinterest

Check this out, Mister Kapre! I made an inspiration board for the novel I’m working on, Aether-5. You won’t know the plot by looking at my Pins, but it’ll give you an idea of how I envisioned the world. (And the characters. Don’t forget the hot guys in the story!). I’ll be updating the board

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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!

  • Added a bit of color to my perpetually black hair! 😊
  • One of the best days ever is meeting your Writer Ate (Big Sister) in person for the first time 😘💖💕 And yes, that is a kwek-kwek plushie @erinentrada is holding 😂
  • Now that I've resurfaced from dinner buffet coma, here's us celebrating Dad's birthday! 😊
  • Been a while since my last food post, so here you go! 😊 mais con hielo, crispy crablets, crispy tripe kare-kare, and sarsiadong mahi-mahi 💖 #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 ❤️😊
  • Hello! I'm Gail, your friendly neighborhood #pitchwars technology director. 😊 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! 😊 #PWPoePrompts
  • Happy Independence Day! 🇵🇭 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 💕😊
  • 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 😂

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