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6 Good Reasons Why You Should Give Crime Fiction A Chance

There are those people who rarely read crime fiction and have good reasons to do so. But, if they give crime fiction a chance, they will understand why there is such a genre. Here are the reasons why: 1. Non-fiction provides you the facts. The fiction about it provides you the feelings. Most of us Read more about 6 Good Reasons Why You Should Give Crime Fiction A Chance[…]

Jean Luc Godard quote on writing

Organize Your Writing

Staring at a blank page is dreadful for a writer. The question, “What will I write?” is really not a problem. It’s the question “How do I start?” that matters. Most of us often underestimate the planning of things because we’re obsessed with the goal. We have the clear picture of the end product but Read more about Organize Your Writing[…]

Make The Time To Write

Writing is a juggling act. A writer juggles his job, family, friends, recreation, and writing. Some writers grow weary of the constant juggling act and give up writing. Others like me struggle to keep going. “How do you find time to write?” has been a common question to writers or among writers. The answer depends Read more about Make The Time To Write[…]

Benjamin Franklin quote

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[…]

Agatha Christie

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[…]

Guilty book cover

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[…]

an old Cain as imagined by Issa Bacsa

The Mark of Cain – Introduction

I should have died in that rubble, but no. My house that was made of stone crumbled and fell on me. At the age of 730, I should have been dead like the ancestors before me. But here I am, lying on a hospital bed, assuming another identity in a place I’m not even sure of. Read more about The Mark of Cain – Introduction[…]

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 she remained Read more about If You Only Knew – Present Day: Natalie[…]

If You Only Knew – Present Day: Huan

IT WAS A MONDAY AFTERNOON, around past one. The high noon heavy traffic had subsided along Marcelo Avenue. It is the main highway named after the capital city of La Isla Colonia, a tropical island in the Pacific region. An imperial metallic blue BMW 7 sedan drove fast towards the Metropolitan Court. It seems hurrying Read more about If You Only Knew – Present Day: Huan[…]

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