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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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  • We visited our grandmas (Mama Nena, Lola Polly, Lola Goco) and my uncle Joe today ❤ of course I showed them my book ❤💕😊
  • The Butterfly blog and bookstagram tours are organized by these three amazing people!!! 😘💕💕💕 this is open INTERNATIONALLY, so if you're a book blogger or a bookstagrammer from anywhere in the world, sign up now!!!! 😊😘❤💕
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#Repost @yourtitakate (@get_repost)
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I'm so very happy to present #ButterflyTour, a promotional book tour for @gaildvillanueva's debut, MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY! 🦋
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This tour will be both a blog tour and a bookstagram tour! You can opt to either write a review or other feature content, or take pretty photos of some lovely ARCs and post them on your feed. Or, if you're a completely extra person, you can sign up for both! You can do that over at bit.ly/ButterflyTourSignups! 👀 This tour is open to INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS, so don't hesitate (bitch!). 😅😎
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Need a little more info? Head on over to my blog, yourtitakate.wordpress.com! Or you could also check out shutupshealea.com or thelittlemissbookworm.wordpress.com because whaaaaat this tour is a collab! Yes, I am THAT cool. This blog and bookstagram tour is being brought to you by myself, @shealeairal, and @littlemissryssa 🇵🇭 You definitely don't want to miss all that Filipino pride up in here! 🌿🌻🐥
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  • Since the karinderya (canteen) is closed for Holy Week, I cooked salmon belly sinigang sa miso 😁
  • I am cast-free!!!!!! 🎉🎉🎉 so of course we're celebrating this awesome day with beef udon 😁 my elbow is still sorta swollen, but at least I'm now free of this horrible contraption!!!!! 😁
  • Dog pee is DANGEROUS! Slipped on dog pee again, but wasn't so lucky this time 😬 so annoying that the first time I ever wore an arm sling, it'll be because of dog pee 😑

Anyways, I'm ok! They gave me pain meds & I'll be seeing a specialist tomorrow to check the "suspicious crack fracture" 🙏 
If I owe you an email or something, I will get to you but just a bit slow 😊
  • Sunday ride at UP Diliman with my husband and his basketball bud! 😊 just had a haircut yesterday and now my hair is a flyaway mess 😁
  • Quackie is wondering what you guys think of her new Butterfly necklace! 😁 when I bought that in Bicol, it was supposed to be MY Butterfly bracelet but now I can only "borrow" it when Quackie isn't doing photo shoots 😂🦋 #petsofinstagram #petducks  #pekinducks
  • Saturday bike ride with the husband 😊😊😊
  • 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 😁😊💕

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