Category Archives: Inspiration

Jane Austen: 200 year anniversary!

It’s actually been a while since I posted about Jane Austen and in case you didn’t know, she’s one of my favorite authors of all time! She got me through my first year teaching and during that time my father passed away, so she also has a sentimental place in my heart..

Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of hers and got me into writing fanfic and eventually pursuing my dream to becoming a published author.

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I was able to visit her home Chawton Cottage and saw the little writing desk where she wrote her novels in secret. She wrote during the Regency era in England when women’s standing in society was restricted to respectable positions–being a writer was not respectable for a woman, but she wrote anyway and 200 years later we are still reading her books!

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Notable facts: July 18, 1817 marked the anniversary of her death. She was 41 when she died. While she was alive, she published four novels which were noted to be “By A Lady”. After her death, two more of her novels were published and those were published under her name.

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Do you have a favorite Austen novel? Which author inspires you?

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Monday Inspiration!

Happy Monday! I want to spread some inspiration because Monday. 😩 .

I’m so grateful to have found this community not just for the fact we’re all readers, but also for how creative everyone is! From candles, bookmarks, to temporary bookish tattoos–I love how people express their enthusiasm for the books we enjoy.

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If you don’t know this about me, I’m a notebook addict! Creamy, thick paper that stands up to fountain pens? Gorgeous graph lines? A5 size? You are speaking my language! And if the cover has some type of bookish and/or writing design on the cover? Dead. I can not even handle it!

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Do you guys know Hafsah? @hafsahfaizal She’s got a gorgeous feed and is the owner of Icey Designs. She’s got some gorgeous bookish candles and also notebooks! I had my eye on this particular notebook because as a writer, the quote speaks to me! My very dear friend and #booktwin Amy @ladyofthelibrary got it for me as a gift and I nearly cried because it was a surprise and it arrived at one of those times I was frustrated with writing my book!

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Where am I going with this? If you don’t follow Hafsah on Twitter, you should remedy that situation immediately! She announced after years of writing her Arabian Fantasy book, she found an agent! I’m so thrilled for her and excited for her book! If you visit her Twitter, you can see her book aesthetics and friends, it’s amazing! Also, check out her “The Obligatory ‘How I Got my Agent Post’ ” at her blog, iceybooks.com. It’s so inspiring and gives me hope.

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Hafsah, I’m so excited for you and I can’t wait to add your book to my shelves! Congratulations! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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Grateful for diverse books!

We had plans to celebrate the 4th with my mom, but had to cancel because we had to have some electrical issues in our house sorted out. (My landlords spent hours trying to figure it out, but in the end, they’re going to call an electrician who’s supposed to come today.).

Rather than focusing on what I missed out on–seeing my mom and sister, eating my weight in Filipino BBQ, and seeing fireworks–I decided that I was going to focus on what it’s front of me–my family and our home (even though only parts of it are getting electricity). We watched the Macy’s Fireworks show on TV and ate popcorn. It was actually a really fantastic way to end our evening–especially since my kids hate how loud fireworks are.

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Which also made me think about how grateful I am that YA books are starting to represent diverse authors. I’m American, but I’m also Filipino/WoC. Two years ago when I started writing my book, I was worried that no one would want to read it, but I kept writing because I wanted my daughter to have this book. Now that I’m almost done with my draft, I’m so grateful to the authors who went before me who shared their story because it gives me hope that others will want to read it too.

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Which books/authors inspire you? If you’ve read any of these, what did you think?

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I hope you all had a great holiday! I hope you also have a fabulous Wednesday!

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Wooden burned bookmark Shh…I’m reading made by the lovely Mary @markedbymary. Please check out her profile on Instagram for her Go Fund Me page that explains her current health situation.

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Book Challenge: The hype is real!

WednesdayπŸͺπŸͺπŸͺ! Anyone else feel like it’s the weekend but then you realize, oh hey, it’s not. 😩 .

For today’s #grimdragon Challenge, the prompt is The hype is real! I’m trash for Laini Taylor and I loved the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series so much. I was excited to hear that Laini Taylor was coming out with a new series but I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure if Strange the Dreamer would be as good as DoSaB. I love Karou and Akiva. I thought, how can Laini Taylor top them?

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Friends, I should not have doubted my Queen! It was so good to be immersed in her words again in a new world with new characters. Lazlo and Sarai has made it on to my list of favorite OTPs and the writing! 😍 Laini Taylor is a skillful word smith and if you like lyrical writing, you’ll love her books. 

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I highly recommend Laini Taylor! If you read it, what did you think? What are some books you’ve read that lived up to the hype? 

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Also, I’ve included a picture and a couple of videos of that time I met Laini Taylor at the LA Times Book Festival and died. One video is of me giving the letter I wrote to her and the other is of me talking to her and her agent about my book. One of the greatest moments of my life! 

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Update: Writing, Reading, and Moana

Hello!! Happy Sunday! If you’re in the US, I hope you’re having a fantastic holiday in observance of Memorial Day Monday. .

I’ve been spending time writing and reading this past week in an effort to end May with a strong finish to my reading and writing goals. If you watched my Story, you saw the fantastic reading month I had! I’ll do a wrap-up post next week. For novel writing, I’m in the last climatic scene of my story and it’s both exciting and emotional at the same time. I had to pause to do some research for the scene, but I’m optimistic about finishing my novel before the summer! 

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On my Story, I also posted about making a Moana costume for a princess party I went to last night. I’ve never made a costume before and I nearly broke down! πŸ˜† But I’m happy with how it turned out and shared it on my Story. Swipe to the left if you want to see. ☺️

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Pictured below are the skirt and top I made and also the research books I’m using for my novel. My book is a fantasy inspired by ancient Filipino culture and my main character is a warrior princess who talks to trees because of her connection to a diwata (Filipino version of fairy/fae). Moana inspires me too because her story gives me hope that mine will be accepted too! 

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How are you? What are you reading? How’s your weekend going?

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope you’re all having a great Sunday! So many blessings to be grateful for. This print inspired by Moana from the Disney @nerdy.post captures my life right now! I’m pursuing my dream to be a writer, but I could not do it without the love and support of my husband and kids. 
What are your plans for the day? I’m going out to have some me time and will come back to celebrate with my family. 

Have a great day and Happy Mother’s Day!

Book Challenge: Fiercest Female

For #yabestof2016 Fiercest female: Inej Ghafa!! YESSSS. I loved her SO much in CK. This was a quote I lettered for a prompt last week, but I liked it so much I wanted to feature it again. 😁.

 For, #watermelanerdsdecember Book read after everyone else: I read Six of Crows about a month before Crooked Kingdom came out. I know I’m not the only one who was late reading SoC, but I’m actually glad I waited! It would’ve been torture waiting a whole year! 

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I stocked up on a few photos for the rest of the week and the weekend. Today was the first bright day of the week and then rain tomorrow. Bookstagramming in the winter is hard! Between the lack of natural light and spending time with family, it’s hard to keep up! Anyone else feeling the struggle?

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