Issa Bacsa

Filipino Freelance Writer and Author

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Category: Penstoppe

Penstoppe is a blog about #writing and #productivity. Consider this as a pit stop for the #WritingCommunity and #freelancers. #Writers (and #readers, too) appreciate tips and words of encouragement while living the #WritersLife.


Deleted Prologue: An Exclusive Peek

Here’s the deleted prologue from my novel Number One Fan which you can only read exclusively here on this site. 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. There are some novels that used […]

Tuhog

In Filipino, the word tuhog means to fasten in a skewer. However, in fiction, it means to put and connect things to form a complete whole. I remember two Filipino films both entitled Tuhog. One made by Jeffrey Jeturian and stars Ina Raymundo. I had the chance to see this film on a special advanced screening […]

The Reasons Why I Write Crime

I started seriously reading books when I was 9 when I got interested borrowing books from our school library. There was something in the word “mystery” in “Nancy Drew in The Spider Sapphire Mystery” that made me borrow it. Since then I was hooked with the series, always looking for those Grosset & Dunlap hardbound […]

The Vixens

The original plan on The Vixens was a 6-part erotica series in the tradition of Sex and the City and Desperate Housewives. It was originally a ghostwriting project for an erotica website in the UK and the instruction was to “make it titillating to women readers (the market).” However, my client and I parted ways […]