I did it! I conquered my emotions and finished the memoir I wish I never had to write. I won, but unlike the time I finish Fumes Variola back in 2013, when I first won NaNoWriMo, it feels bittersweet.
Here’s the teaser from the rough draft:
I took the plate. One of bread slices had meat topping and the other one had two slices of yellow cheese. On the same plate was a box of 250 ml concentrated orange juice. I hate concentrated orange juice and sorry for repeating this but I hate feeling like a criminal.
The cell was completely close with no means of looking out. The small window was very high I had to nearly stand on my tiptoe to receive the food.
I didn’t touch the food. I placed it on top of the bed and lie down again facing away from the wall. I was exhausted and nauseated. The full awareness of the camera at the top of the door isn’t making my tremulous feeling better. For goodness sake, I don’t need stress, especially not with my delicate pregnancy. But I won’t let them see my sleeping face even if my shoulder were hurting for sleeping on the same side with no pillow. I won’t give whoever it was in the back of the camera the pleasure of seeing me vulnerable and close to tears. I never cried in front of strangers and I won’t do it now that I’m being accused of false charges.
With my hand on my stomach, I slept a dreamless sleep and disturbed by the sound of the metal door being unlocked. I immediately sat up, my heart banging against my chest. I thought that it was time for me to go but I was wrong.
I was brought by the police inside another room filled with more police roaming around. They were mixed between those wearing uniforms and civilian clothes. Computers were lined up on the table in a inverted L-shaped corridor. The police who brought me there asked me to sit on the chair at the corner of the room inside the short part of the inverted L. I took a seat and rubbed my palms together to dry the sweat. Calm down, I told myself and observe—grudgingly— my feet dangling on the chair, exposing the dirt my socks had collected on the floor where all the police walk around in their boots. It’s a humiliating feeling.
Joining NaNoWriMo has been a tradition for me every month since I discovered it in 2013. Except for the first year, I have yet to win again. Each year I enthusiastically push forward but I’m sorry if I’m a bit low key today. I’m joining NaNoWriMo again this year, and as usual I’m hoping to win or even finish the first draft, however I’m not feeling joyful. The book I’ll be writing is a memoir and it’s not a fun book, but I feel that I’ll go crazy if I don’t write it. Writing this memoir will be a kind of therapy too, who knows, things might be so much better afterward.
Hello everyone! Just 2 days left and it's July, so it's hot, hot, HOT here on the Mediterranean coast of Spain. I'm willing to share some of this heat for a late Spring temperature hu hu hu...
So here's the number 1 hottest news. Even though motherhood (and other life crisis) had substantially decreased my time and inspiration to write, I have two ongoing stories that I will be sharing online.
One is titled More Than Hate which I'll be posting in both Radish Fiction and Wattpad. A story of Kamala, a Filipina prostitute who fell in love with a man who only has his eyes for her secretly bitchy coworker. Not that Kamala would take it laying down of course. This is a "cellphone novel" novel, so every chapter is only 250 or fewer words (about a page).
The second book is a Filipino romcom about a snobbish 19-year-old who fell in love with her college professor. She a bit of a bitch who doesn't care even if the guy has a girlfriend as long she gets him. This will only be in Wattpad under the title "I bet, in-love din siya sa akin".
Wow, that's two bitchy characters in a row.
Both of the stories are written in first POV. It will be live July 1, 19:00UTC at Radish and Wattpad. It will be updated weekly (unless my inspiration runs out). Note: These stories are draft version so expect typos and (possibly a lot of) grammar mistakes.
News no. 2! I'll be joining Smashwords Summer Sale starting July 1! And the following title will be free to download.
For English stories: Making Him Fall, Sly Prince, and What Took You So Long ~ Minsan Pa and Someone to Care for Filipino/Taglish
I'll greatly appreciate it if you can help me share the words out! Till next time <3
Smashwords is having their eighth annual Read an Ebook Week promotion, and as I usual I can't help but enroll some of my books.
From March 5-11, this books will be free: use the code SFREE during checkout
and this will be 50% off: use the code RAE50
As always, I hope that you'll rate / review after reading my books. Thank you!
As you all know (if you're an FB friend or been following me on my fan page for update), I practically haven't made any progress my WIPs lately. But lucky for me, I have a pile of finished manuscript to edit.
But of course, self-editing is never good enough, especially if you will not be sharing it for free. So imagine how happy I was when my first fantasy novel from Fumes Variola got accepted into Radish Editorial Program? I think I dance around our living room. To top it off, even though I have no idea who my editor is, I'm personally glad to have her or him edit my work. The editor is good at catching embarrassing errors.
CLICK HERE to start reading now on Radish app.
A lot of my time is spent with my 3-month-old son every day, so much I barely take a bath (eww, haha :D ) but even if my writing progress is EXTREMELY slow, I’m finally getting back on track. If I may say so, I feel quite proud of myself for managing to finish Shadow Prince, the second book of The Flame Squad.
On another update, I’ve long waited to be able to share my Radishfiction profile ever since it was announced, but it wasn’t until now that I get the chance to share it.
If you already have the app, don’t forget to visit my page and check out my stories!
Guess I won't be bragging about writing accomplishment for this year's challenge. I feel sad over it, but I have regrets because it's also one of the happiest days of my life (more about it later.)
Although I've decided to push through with NaNoWriMo on November 1, there's a time when one must raise their hand in surrender, doesn't matter how stubborn they want to be.
And I was very close on giving up NaNoWriMo this November, but I'm glad I persisted even if I only manage to write a few hundred words now and then. Yes, I didn't win again this year, but I somehow it felt like I did.
Remember the special person I mentioned on November 1? Well, he arrived earlier than expected and not the way we expected. I'm talking about my first child, born just three days after NaNoWriMo started.
This is where I talk about the challenges I’m facing as a writer. I will be sharing book excerpts, giveaways, personal events and well, anything about my writing.