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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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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 💩 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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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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  • 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 🦋😁
  • My birthday treat to myself is a totally useless rubber ducky ice mold 😁
  • In case you missed my Tweet! 😊✨COVER REVEAL✨🦋 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! 😊💖 More info here:
https://twitter.com/gaildvillanueva/status/1044268038957068288?s=19

#authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #bookstagramph #kidlit #novel19s #mglit #childrensbooks #pinoylit #bookworm #books #coverreveal
  • I had a hair cut, and my highlights are purple again! 😊 this me with my younger sis 💖💕
  • This doesn't happen very often 😂
  • 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

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