On Writing
Saturday, 26 September 2020

The submission period for Pitch Wars 2020 is right around the corner! Are you excited? Anxious? Excited and anxious? I totally get you’re feeling both. After all, we all want to put our best foot forward.

Fortunately, the Pitch Wars team has put together a lot of resources for you to help lessen the anxious feelings.

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Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Every once in a while, we writers get inspired with an idea that just wouldn’t let us go. But while writing it down is always totally fine, there are instances when you’ll need to stop and think and ask yourself if this story that you should publish. I’m talking about stories where the point-of-view character is marginalized, and you, the author, don’t share this marginalization.

The Duck and The Cat discussing #ownvoices

There are a lot of discussions online about this. Some say it’s okay, while others say it’s not. I can’t speak for anyone else but myself, so here’s what I think! 🙂

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Saturday, 12 September 2020

Hello! Welcome to my 2020 Pitch Wars wish list post, where you’ll get to know about me and what Middle Grade manuscripts I’m hoping to mentor this year. Pitch Wars is a mentoring program where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose a writer to guide and help them polish their manuscript till it shines for an agent showcase.

I'm a 2020 Pitch Wars Middle Grade Mentor!

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Augvocacy 2018

It’s August, and that means it’s the Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month)! For this month, I’m putting this post out as a part of Shealea’s #Augvocacy2018 blog hop.

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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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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

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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Sunday, 3 April 2016

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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Monday, 4 January 2016

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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Friday, 31 October 2014

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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Thursday, 1 May 2014

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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Gail and Quackie Villanueva
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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 Fate According to the Butterfly is my debut novel.

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