from the bookshelf · Writing Desk


At the risk of jinxing a streak, I'll own up to being productive with my writing lately. I commit myself to a thousand words per session. My goal is to have a first draft of the second novel by summer's end. I have procrastinated about this for so long, thinking I need more research before… Continue reading Restart

News and Announcements

Book Cover: The Cine Star Salon

Finally, I am sharing the book cover for my forthcoming debut novel, The Cine Star Salon. Love that it evokes that aspirational salon vibe while hinting at imperfections beneath the surface (check out that texture). A lovely work by Kate Hargreaves of I promised an excerpt, but for now check out the synopsis at… Continue reading Book Cover: The Cine Star Salon

Publication News

My short story in On Spec Magazine

Short and sweet for today: my story, Self-Segmenter, is on the latest edition of On Spec Magazine. In this story, I blend folklore with history by tying the origin of the manananggal to a dark event in Philippine history. Speculative fiction is beyond my comfort zone, so I'm pleased that one of my rare attempts… Continue reading My short story in On Spec Magazine

musings · writing

Of Resolutions and Weird Writing Spaces

My new writing space is the top of my intimates' drawer. I know, I have a completely decent desk with a view (featured here), but after several unproductive writing hours I realised I can't be creative in the same space I do my day jobs. My resolutions (not New Year's because I came up with… Continue reading Of Resolutions and Weird Writing Spaces

From the Kitchen

I’m Bad at Making Simple Soups.

Many would agree they're the easiest to make but I end up with broth that is either bland or has too much of a certain spice or seasoning (I was overzealous with black pepper in the featured soup above.) Or with a pot of waterlogged ingredients that don't look appealing once reheated. Otherwise, I consider… Continue reading I’m Bad at Making Simple Soups.