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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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All I Remember

DISCLAIMER: This is a work of FICTION IN PROGRESS.   I remembered holding a glass. I felt I had drunk its content because I felt my thirst was quenched. I remembered being refreshed after drinking something so cool. I couldn’t remember what I drank, though. Was it water? Was it wine? I looked around and Read more about All I Remember[…]

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The 8 Basic Stories In Which Other Stories Are Based Upon

Sometime after attending a screenplay writing workshop during the late nineties, I bought the book Teach Yourself Screenwriting by Raymond G. Frensham. And somewhere in the first part of that book, it mentioned about the eight basic stories. It is said that there are only eight stories in the world in which other stories — be it film, Read more about The 8 Basic Stories In Which Other Stories Are Based Upon[…]

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Where Do Ideas Come From?

One of the overused questions asked of writers is where do their ideas come from. It may be too trivial, too basic, but too important not to be ignored. Writers, like other artists, maximize the use of their five senses and translate them into their art. Writers, like other artists, are keen observers. So keen Read more about Where Do Ideas Come From?[…]

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The Surgeon

THE SURGEON by Tess Gerritsen, 2001, Ballantine Books I came to discover author Tess Gerritsen when I read The Sinner a few years ago and instantly I became a fan of her characters Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. However, this book has Rizzoli but no Isles but it still has the same kind of Gerritsen Read more about The Surgeon[…]

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On What Grounds

On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (2003, The Berkeley Publishing Group) I started to like Cleo Coyle a few years back when I first read “Through the Grinder“, the second book in her Coffeehouse Mystery series. Aside from the mystery story, lessons about coffee and a few tips and recipes are found in the book. Read more about On What Grounds[…]

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Idea Is Not Just a 4-Letter Word

Have you ever thought how authors come up with their ideas for their novels? You may have browsed writing books and magazines and have been told that an idea comes from an endless list of sources. But how do authors come up with a novel from an idea? In this article, let us see how Read more about Idea Is Not Just a 4-Letter Word[…]

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Deleted Prologue

While writing my novel Number One Fan during NaNoWriMo last November 2012, I wrote a prologue to start my story. I thought it would be a good idea to explain a certain backstory of the main character at that time. There are some novels that used this technique and it worked for them in the Read more about Deleted Prologue[…]