Category Archives: Inspiration

Book Challenge: The hype is real!

Wednesday🐪🐪🐪! 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! 😆 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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Nanoprompt Challenge: What if?

For #disneypotterchallenge, I most relate to this Disney princess…Moana! I am SO ready for this movie, friends! For many reasons, this movie means so much to me. First, it looks like it’s going to be an awesome movie! Also, Moana will be the first Disney princess to represent Pacific Islanders! And, it speaks to me on a creative level too! .

Here’s wikipedia’s summary for Moana:

On a mystic island in Polynesia, the young daughter of the chief of the tribe, Moana from Motunui Island, is a girl chosen by the ocean to reunite the heart of Tehiti. She sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod and hopes to save her people.

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Awesome, right? I feel like it’s paving the way for my own WIP. I have to admit, I’m anxious about my story because it’s quite unique in the sense that it’s a fantasy inspired by ancient Filipino culture. European/Medieval fantasy has been the norm for so long, it’s tough breaking into the market with something new. The fact that Disney is taking a chance on a story like Moana speaks volumes, but also gives me hope that there is an audience for my story too. 

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For #nanopromptchallenge, What if? My WIP is inspired by the Philippine folktale Maria of Makling Mountain. Maria was a diwata, a forest spirit of Makling Mountain, who came down to a village. There she met a mortal man and fell in love. She had hoped to marry the mortal man, but instead, he married a mortal woman. Because her heart was broken, Maria returned to Makling Mountain. To this day, the mountain range resembles the profile of a woman lying on her back. WHAT IF Maria was actually used to win a war? What if she was banished and imprisoned in the mountain? What if it turned out Maria had a daughter who was half human, half diwata? This is just part of what my WIP is about. (This stuff is pretty good and I haven’t even gotten to the really good part yet. 😆) When my story gets published (BECAUSE DAMN IT. IT WILL.), I hope you give it a chance!

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Featured in this post is the Target Exclusive Funko Pop Moana. Two of my research books for my WIP. An original watercolor bookmark “Spirit Forest” by the extremely talented Tahira @tjlubrano. 

There is still hope. 

I’m taking a moment out of my regular posting challenges to put this here. It’s a picture I posted a couple months back for a journal inspiration prompt. I had said that I find inspiration in my family and in books. Whether it’s writing my WIP or for personal journaling, I am surrounded by the best kind of inspiration—love, light, and laughter. .

I’m also reposting this picture as a reminder that despite the event of Tuesday’s election, me and my family will continue to love and be kind to each other and our friends and family. We will continue to be grateful for the opportunities living in America provides us. We will continue to stand up for others who have been mistreated or bullied. We will continue.

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I am a WOC. I am in an interracial marriage. I have biracial children. If you can see beyond these characteristics, there is hope. If you can acknowledge these are parts of my identity and not just the only parts of me, there is hope. If you are concerned about what may happen to me or my family in the coming four years, there is hope. If you can acknowledge my fears that my children might grow up feeling like their voices don’t matter, there is hope. If there is even a small part of you that’s beginning to understand that this is not about who lost and who won, but genuine fear and not hate, then there is hope.

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Thank you to my international friends who have posted supportive and positive words. It’s extremely heartwarming to see people outside of America show their support: @beautiful.bibliophile @littlebookwormig @owlcrate @emdawgreads @weereader @readinginhongkong @eliza2ndaccount. (I’m sorry if I missed anyone. I have actually been staying off social media today, so I haven’t been as active to see everyone’s posts yet.) And to my friends here in the US, there is still hope!

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And to my friend @iam.caryn, thank you for creating this tag #iamhereforthebooks to show solidarity in our book community during this time. I won’t say more about this and will resume my posts about books, notebooks, and writing soon.

Offerings to my idols

In case you missed it, last Saturday, I went to a book signing for Sabaa Tahir @sabaatahir who was being interviewed by Nicola Yoon @nicolayoon at Barnes and Noble at The Grove. It was an amazing experience and I’m still wrapping my head around it. .

I like to bring authors a small gift when I can. I had decided to make a copy of the found poem I created for Sabaa’s #torchstagram contest that I entered and was selected as a winner. (Btw, my signed Torch copy came yesterday and I put it up on my Story.) I didn’t want to make Nicola feel left out, so I made one for her based off of her book Everything, Everything. They both seemed to like it and said they were going to put it up in their offices. 😨😳😭 Okay. So I’m pretty much ruined for the rest of the year. 

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Lettering was done with my favorite lettering pens Pentel Touch Pens and the border was done with the Artist’s Loft water color paint palette from Michael’s. I tried to coordinate the ink and watercolors to match their covers. 

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Even though I’m new to lettering, I didn’t hate these and I’m so glad the authors liked them!

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Anyone else bring offerings to their idols? If so, what do you guys bring? If not, you can ask me about how nonchalant I was about giving these to them, i.e. how much I tried not to squeal and sob when they said they liked the poems. 

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