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Let’s Launch (Again) This 2017

Saying “start writing now” is much easier said than done. With the demands of work, family, and personal life, it can be hard to find the time or energy to write. However, being bitten by a writing bug, writing wouldn’t let go. This 2017, let’s start writing again and remind ourselves to keep going. No Read more about Let’s Launch (Again) This 2017[…]

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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She wrote 66 detective novels, 14 short story collections, several stage plays, and six romances (written under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott). That’s prolific. Her books have sold more than 2 billion copies only next to the Bible and Shakespeare and have been translated Read more about Agatha Christie[…]

Agatha Christie's Dumb Witness

Dumb Witness

Dumb Witness (1937, Agatha Christie) This is one of those books that have been collecting dust on my bookshelf and I just finished reading it over the weekend. Years ago, I’ve read in The Strand magazine that this was first published as a short story but eventually became the novel we are all familiar of. Read more about Dumb Witness[…]

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Guilty

I wrote Guilty back in August 2002, right after submitting the manuscript of Living In a Lie. The idea came from an article I’ve read from an old copy of the Reader’s Digest. If I’m not mistaken, the article was entitled, “Why Do I Defend Criminals?” something like that. While writing the story, I used the casting Read more about Guilty[…]

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DEAR IN SETS

The title of this article, DEAR IN SETS, may mean nothing to us. Actually, that’s an acronym I used to remember the different fiction writing modes or forms of expression. Just like essay writing, it has EDNA. No, not a woman but an acronym for its main writing modes: Exposition, Description, Narration, and Argumentation. However, Read more about DEAR IN SETS[…]

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If You Only Knew – Present Day: Natalie

“WHY DOES HE HAVE TO SOUND SO SARCASTIC?” Natalie asked herself. He took everything from me! Natalie kept running this thought in her mind every time he looked at Huan. Huan, the usurper! You don’t deserve this media attention. But then again, she thought it could also be a blessing in disguise. The fact that Read more about If You Only Knew – Present Day: Natalie[…]

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If You Only Knew – Present Day: Huan

IT WAS A MONDAY AFTERNOON, around past one. The high noon heavy traffic had just subsided along Marcelo Avenue, a highway named after the capital city of La Isla Colonia. An imperial metallic blue BMW 7 sedan drove fast towards the metropolitan courthouse, hurrying to be there on time. Yet, for Atty. Huan Aisea Komani, Read more about If You Only Knew – Present Day: Huan[…]

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If You Only Knew – Excerpt

EXCERPT “My job is done, Chief. Better look for another lawyer. The Secretary might have someone in mind. Besides, Atty. Fortuna had an associate lawyer, Atty. Natalie Noguerra. She might be better than me to represent the prosecution.” He turned away from the Chief and looked outside their office window. Red lights coming from the Read more about If You Only Knew – Excerpt[…]

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Who Cares? Just Make It Up! It’s Fiction.

As a fiction writer, that title is something easy to say. But as a journalist, writing should be based on facts. I’m not a professional journalist but I’ve been a news writer and managing editor for our school paper back in college. Writing news follows an inverted pyramid pattern and has to be factual and Read more about Who Cares? Just Make It Up! It’s Fiction.[…]

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I Hate Violence But I Write Crime Fiction

Is that a problem? I don’t think so. The fact that I hate violence is one of the reasons why I write crime fiction. Most of us, in one way or another, had seen or experienced violence. I myself had been violated and writing it down on paper released at least some of the negative Read more about I Hate Violence But I Write Crime Fiction[…]