2014 was a crazy, crazy year. I branched out into a totally different genre, got a new name and wrote a couple of books under that name…and now here I am, still not sure what to do with all this, still in experimental mode! I’ve enjoyed this entire year and all the wonderful things that […]

Fangirling Outlander and the power of memorable lines 

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know I’ve fallen down this pleasant rabbit hole called Outlander. I just finished book one in the series (here’s my review) and starting on book two, Dragonfly in Amber, which has, so far, thwarted all my fears for Sookie Stackhouse-itis: page one hooked me in with a […]

Nominated! (And a freebie) 

Well Played is nominated for the 2014 Filipino Reader’s Choice Awards, oh yeah! Thank you for the nomination, bow. 🙂 If you want to read Well Played, now’s your chance – it’s FREE up to August 28 on Buqo. Once you have the Buqo app on your device, just go on to the Well Played […]

Round up: Ghost Month edition 

Ooh, Ghost Month! I love how August sounds so menacing, instead of being the rainy prelude to my birth month and pre-Christmas madness (in the Philippines at least.) This is what’s been going on in my neck of the woods: 1.) Well Played is among the books eligible for nomination in the 2014 Filipino Reader’s […]

While you were out: World Cup Hook Up 

So last week I finished something I’ve been working on for a couple of months (sign up for the mailing list to find out what this is!) and I needed to decompress, so I thought, hmm, the World Cup’s just ended, I should write something about it, no? This is what I ended up with: […]

Adventures in copyright 

Mina V. Esguerra has this handy guide up on Wattpad, Advice for Writers, that I think any writer, published or not, mainstream or indie, should read. She’s posted a lot about copyright both on Wattpad and on her Facebook account, and a lot of it makes sense. Lots of young writers being approached by mainstream […]

Lots of balls in the air 

You know the feeling of juggling too many things at the same time, and the stress of keeping it all in the air, so you need to drop a few things so that you don’t go crazy? Yeah, this blog’s one of them, and I’m sorry. I’ve been feeling blue lately and it’s this weird […]

The Writer Tag: Survey for Writers 

  Tagged by Mina! 1. What type of writing do you do? Fiction, feature writing, essays, non-fiction too. I’ve written novellas, magazine articles, even a how-to book or two. 2. What genres and/or topics do you write about? Fiction-wise, I write about women. There’s romance in there, but I’m mainly interested in how my female […]

Impulse control 

Well Played by Katrina Ramos Atienza

Well hey! I’m still alive, yay! The reason for my longer than usual hiatus is (well, a bunch of things, really, including something at work that involved learning how to analyze box plots and control charts and using the words stable and capable in a totally non-romcom leading man context) that I joined this thing called […]

Spark I: The Summer I Summoned Luck (and some behind the scenes photos) 

Back of the house.

Something Mina & I have been cooking up. 🙂 Hope you enjoy it!

A little background
As Mina explained in the intro note, my family is from Bacolod — Cadiz City on the northern part of Negros Occidental, to be exact. As a kid I spent my summers in our ancestral house there, and as it’s a super old place with lots of history — built in the 1930s, it was used as a garrison by the Japanese during the war. No one will tell me what went on there during the Occupation (maybe no one knows), but suffice to say that the townsfolk tried to burn the house down and my great-grandfather had to talk to them to let him move back to his own house after the war.


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