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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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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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The year that was 2015

And so, another year has gone by. Like any other year, it was both bad and good. I learned to let go of those I needed to, but 2015 also brought some of the best people and experiences in my life. Most are too personal to share, but the ones I can, have more to do with my (hopefully soon-to-be) writing career.

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NaNoWriMo 2014, I’m ready for you!

Hello Mister Kapre! Guess what? I’m trying my hand at a full 50,000-word NaNoWriMo this year! Take a look at my preps…

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I failed at Camp

So, I tried my hand at trying to do Camp NaNoWriMo. You can guess what happened, Mister Kapre. FAIL! I’m 8,000 words short of my 20,000 word count goal. And what even sucks is that I’ve done something like this already, and even finished one at around 25,000 words. I thought about what might have

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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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  • 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
  • A rare moment: hubby with a tie, and me in a fuchsia pink dress πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
  • Christmas isn't Christmas without puto bumbong! I've been so busy during the holiday break, I couldn't get my puto bumbong fix till now 🍴😊 kain na!
  • Happy New Year, everyone! 2017 was awesome, but 2018 will be awesome-r. Here's to another great year! πŸ»πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜†
  • Sundae is shy πŸ˜‚
  • Because hubby and I have the flu, Christmas Eve lunch was Salmon Belly Sinigang sa Miso πŸ˜„πŸ΄
  • It's gonna be a busy weekend! The ducks and I might not be able to do our holiday shoot, so here's Sundae wishing you all a Merry Christmas! πŸ˜„πŸŽ„βœ¨

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