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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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  • Uhm guise if you see me wearing the seemingly same shirt in my pics in the next few days, please know that I actually just packed shirts of the same color? 😂😂😂
  • Day 19 of #authorlifemonth Non-bookish Hobby: biking! 🚴 I was only 4 years old when I first learned to ride a bike on two wheels without balancers---I ended up with lots of scars, but it was worth it! 😁 I've been biking on and off over the years, but lately, my husband and I have been trying to make this a regular thing again... And maybe even do trail eventually! 🚵😊💕
  • Day 18 of #authorlifemonth Dream Author Meeting. One of my awesome mentors @erinentrada was in Manila last year for a literary festival. We were supposed to meet at her signing, but Marcos Highway got flooded and it was impossible for me to leave. So Erin and I met at her hotel just before she left for the airport! 😊 That's 1 out of 3 of my dream author meetings... One day, I will meet my two other author mentors @katemessner and @anicarissi 😘💕
  • Day 16 of #authorlifemonth : Your Biggest Fan. That would be my younger sister Joyce, who has been a fan of me, her Ate Gail, probably since the day she was born 😁😊💕
  • My Butterflies (the book and goodluck origami ones) are in Australia!!! 😊✨💖💕✨ thanks for the gorgeous pic, Remy! 😘💖💕 #Repost @rrremylai (@get_repost)
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I got this beautiful ARC from @gaildvillanueva. It’s a beautiful book and you should all read it!
#mglit #kidlit #middlegrade
  • Day 8 of #authorlifemonth : Writer friends. Isabelle Adrid @karabodegon @rinchupeco @hazelstaybookish @taries Stef Tran @kateva11 💖 not in pictures, but we will have a photo together one day: @rachelsomerauthor @elsiechapman 💖 These amazing authors make the solitary art of writing so not lonely as it usually is. Love you, ladies 😘💖💕
  • Gonna see if I can do #authorlifemonth this February! I missed yesterday, so I'll do two in one day 😊 Day 1's theme is "your books" so there's me with the Advanced Reviewer Copies (ARCs) of My Fate According to the Butterfly, which will be out on July 30 from Scholastic Press! Day 2's theme is "non-author photo," so there's me with Sundae just being lazy 😁
  • This is Jemima the Puddle-Duck, the smallest, the quietest, and the least needy duck of my flock. She doesn't poop or demand for food and a clean pool either, so that's a huge plus! 😁😂
  • It's Quackie's birthday / hatchday today. She's 4 years old now. She was so well-behaved during her photoshoot 😘💕💖 #petducks #petsofinstagram #ducksofinstagram #duckstagram #pekinducks #cute
  • Spent an awesome Sunday afternoon with three fabulous Filipino book bloggers 😘💕💕💕
  • Since we're too cheap to buy our own fireworks, we're just watching our rich neighbors burn away their money! 😂 HELLO 2019!!!!! 😘😘😘
  • Shiny blue drink to welcome 2019! Happy New Year!!!! 😘✨🎉🍾

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