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When They Say That Your Writing is Episodic

After winning Honorable Mention in a screenplay writing contest, I lent my screenplay manuscript to a  co-worker for her to read. When she returned to me the manuscript, she said, “…the story is good, but it’s episodic…” Hearing the word “episodic”, I immediately agreed because in my thoughts the story was also based in some Read more about When They Say That Your Writing is Episodic[…]

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Cat Among the Pigeons

I’ve heard about this Christie’s book during a brainstorming session with my colleagues in the film industry many years ago. Last year, I got hold of an e-book version and recently, I read this using my cellphone’s text reader. Cat Among the Pigeons by Agatha Christie, 1959 Prince Ali Yusuf, the liberal ruling monarch of Read more about Cat Among the Pigeons[…]

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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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Number One Fan (book trailer)

I’m not a multimedia artist but I do tinker a lot. This time, I tried creating a video on Stupeflix and here’s what I produced: Most book trailers I’ve seen are less than 1 minute and 30 seconds long. Mine was only a 30-seconder. Let me know your thoughts. Again, there’s always a first time Read more about Number One Fan (book trailer)[…]

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If You Only Knew – Present Day: Huan

“YOU SHOULDN’T BE HERE,” Huan heard a familiar booming voice behind him. He turned around and saw General Quitano standing behind him, smiling. “I’m sorry, Chief, just got used to it,” Huan said. He approached the General and shook his hand. “It had become so automatic that I would go back here after work. But Read more about If You Only Knew – Present Day: Huan[…]

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If You Only Knew – Present Day: Rosanna

THE DOORS WERE OPENED FOR THEM, especially for her. She loved this kind of attention. After all, she was not Rosanna Marquez-Sy for nothing. Cameras flashed again and again. She smiled at the photographers for their job well done. She was on the papers again for the bad reason but confident that her lawyer will Read more about If You Only Knew – Present Day: Rosanna[…]

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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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