“Sneakers” and The Naked and Famous

I love making playlists when it comes to my writing, as the music just happens to fit the story and it does actually help with the process. But there are times where there is only one song that encompasses the entire story, and this song by The Naked and Famous is one of them.

The story is called “Sneakers”, and it’s just a regular piece of fiction, no supernatural elements, no far away worlds composed with magic or technology. It’s just about friendship, experience, and memories. I easily know how it’s gonna start and where it’s gonna end and I’m grateful for that at least. So with this tune pulsing in my ears, I think that I’m ready to see where it leads me.

Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology

Hey guys, I’m writing this to tell you about the anthology I’m a part of called  Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology. It’s an ebook full of stories, all varying in theme. I get no money from it, as all proceeds will go to the Red Cross over in the Philippines to help those in need. so please  go check it out, and there is a kobo edition as well.

Here is the info of the book, taken from goodreads.

On November 7, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), the strongest storm ever recorded to make landfall, hit the Visayas region of the Philippines, devastating the provinces of Samar and Leyte. The storm claimed over 6,000 lives and leveled entire towns and cities. A few days after the storm, writer Dean Francis Alfar issued a call asking other writers to contribute stories for an anthology, the proceeds of which will go to the Philippine Red Cross. “Here then is the final result, an anthology of different stories by authors you’d never expect to share a same table of contents,” says Alfar. “A number are by well-established writers, bristling with previous publications. A few are first publications. What these stories have in common, besides being well-written and engaging, is that they all present because of the kindness of spirit of their authors. In the midst of catastrophe, I knew that my country did not stand alone.”

Table of Contents:
“The Wordeaters” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
“Invisible Empire of Ascending Light” by Ken Scholes
“The Photograph” by Veronica Montes
“A Moment in Time” by Charie D. La Marr
“A Gentlemen’s Agreement” by Susan S.Lara
“X” by Karissa Chen
“Cunning Syncronicity” by Berrien C. Henderson
“Godsend” by Joel Pablo Salud
“Ondoy” by Laura McPhee-Browne
“Rescuing the Rain God” by Kate Osias
“The Wish Head” by Jeffrey Ford
“Flash Forward” by Jhoanna Lynn B. Cruz
“Where Sky and Sea Meet” by Dan Campbell
“Arrow” by Barry King
“Finding Those Who Are Lost” by Celestine Trinidad
“Synchronicity” by Victor Fernando R. Ocampo
“We’re All Stories in the End” by Matthew J. Rogers
“Silverio and the Eidolon” by Vincent Michael Simbulan
“Tinkerers” by Jay Wilburn
“Finding” by David B. Ramirez
“Ikan Berbudi (Wise Fish)” by Jason Erik Lundberg
“Pilar Escheverria” by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
“Scraps” by Michael Haynes
“Freeborn in the City of Fallacies” by Andrew Drilon
“Storm Warning” by Lilian Csernica
“The Nameless Ones” by Gabriela Lee
“Whispers” by Grant J. McMaster
“Highway Run” by Alexander Marcos Osias
“Black Sun” by Todd Nelsen
“Life at the Lake’s Shore” by Alex Shvartsman
“Aliens” by Fiona Mae Villamor
“Little Italy” by Isa Lorenzo
“Discipline” by Rebecca McFarland Kyle
“Unmaking” by Julie C. Day
“Fresh Fruit” by Yvette Tan
“The Sparrows of Climaco Avenue” by Kenneth Yu
“Gellen’s Retirement Plan” by Tim Sullivan
“When We Were Witches” by Nikki Alfar
“All the Little Gods We Are” by John Grant
“Tuba Knight” by Cesar Miguel G. Escaño

My story is “We’re all Stories in the End”, and if you do read it, tell me what you think!

Alright. as for book reviews, I’m thinking of keeping them at bay until I get my laptop fixed, so I can change the format over to video recordings. It’ll be different, and I will learn how to edit, but I believe I can do it. Until the next post then, take care peeps!


Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors


Some good advice here.

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:

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When I began writing I was SO SURE agents would be fighting over my manuscript. Yeah. But after almost thirteen years in the industry, a lot of bloody noses, and even more lessons in humility, I hope that these tips will help you. Self-publishing is AWESOME, and it’s a better fit for certain personalities and even content (um, social media?), but we must be educated before we publish.

Mistake #1 Publishing Before We Are Ready

The problem with the ease of self-publishing is that it is, well, too easy. When we are new, frankly, most of us are too dumb to know what we don’t know. Just because we made As in English, does not automatically qualify us to write a work spanning 60,000-100,000 words. I cannot count how many writers I’ve met who refuse to read fiction, refuse to read craft books, and who only go to pitch agents…

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The Boxing Day Haul

So, another Christmas has come and pass us by, hasn’t it? Well, I hope everyone has at least received what they wanted, and if they didn’t then they did get something that was heartfelt and gave you the feels. As for me, aside from getting two more books out of the Andrew Lang Fairy Tale collection (which means I only need to get eight more I believe), I did get at least one hundred dollars worth of Chapters gift cards.

For the past three to four years, I realized that on Christmas the store does a 30% off of all hardcovers sale on Boxing Day, which is awesome. But they have a reward card, which I have, that gives a 10% discount and can be applied to the 30%. Now since I can just get cash for Christmas now, I’ve been driving my family up the walls by asking for Chapters gift cards as my present.

Usually I get more than a hundred, but still I am happy to have been given what they were able to give me. So I had to spend some of my own money, but I don’t care, it was worth it. Also this time around I didn’t go to my local Chapters, I went to the one at the Square One mall.

Therefore, after the jump, you will see all the books that I managed to grab this year, complete with pictures!

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Book Review – The Handmaid’s Tale by Magaret Atwood

Merry Christmas everyone, or if the time clock on this blog decides to post this in the future well screw it, because I’m writing this on Christmas!

Anyway, by now it should be known (if anyone keeps up with my blog, or if I actually write blogs on a regular basis) that I try my hardest to read across many a genre and with many different authors as possible. Sometimes a book takes precedence over others, and sometimes a particular author over shadows the rest.

Sadly, despite that I love to read and have been trying to get through many of the greatest books that have been published (a daunting task, I know, and yes I know it will take me forever), I really haven’t read many books written by Canadian’s.

I know! Me, being Canadian, haven’t been a lot reading books published by authors here in the great white north. I’ve read Michael Ondaatje and William Gibson, and I know that I’ve at least read some others, but because of the sake of their names and works, they don’t come forth right now.

But for the longest time I haven’t gotten around to reading Margaret Atwood, an author who has been writing before I was born, one of the well known Canadian author’s right now, and who lives about forty minutes from my city. Therefore, at one point this year, I picked up a lot of her written work, one of them being the book I’m going to speak about today. It’s the first book I’ve read by her, and damn is it a good one.

So, after the jump, lets dive right into The Handmaid’s Tale (spoilers of course as I am going to do a summary of the book, and I may not cover a lot as it has been awhile since I’ve read it).


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