Let’s Talk (please?)

Have some coffee with me? 🙂


January is now coming to an end! (Am I the only one who feels like time really do fly?) The coming month, I can sense, will be hectic for me (work, of course!), that’s why I make the most of January and almost perfectly published two posts a day! 😀 (A miracle, I must say!)

So… why do I want to have coffee with you. Hmm… (come on, let’s just savour our cakes so we can concentrate better! <3)

Going back, I have two major blog updates! (I think I’ve been ‘over sharing’ some personal stuffs here so no more personal updates! 😀 I might be boring you already, I know!)

First, starting February 01, 2015, A Reading Writer will be an AWARD-FREE BLOG.

I mean no offense to anyone. I am more than honoured to have several blog awards from lovely people. I am still grateful because those awards have been instrumental in my blog’s growth.

I know I always say “Nothing beats the joy of getting acknowledgements from your co-bloggers.” But as my blog ‘aged’, I come to realize that awards are great, but something is better, yes, something can beat the joy of having an award. And that is your comments.

Comments encourages. Comments are like cheerleaders that make you want to write more, and writer better. Can I ask for more? 🙂

Second, I would like to consult you about my blog calendar.

I am trying to make a calendar, weekly calendar of posts, and I am honestly having a hard time finalizing it. Because, I think my blog is currently experiencing identity crisis! (It isn’t near puberty age yet! Goodness!)

A Reading Writer, that’s what it’s called, and I am finding it hard to balance the reader-self and the writer-self. Can you help me figure it out??? 

Please check-out the table below and please tell me if, if, if, you think you’ll be fine reading these from me! PLEASE? 

Monday  Monday Musings

Monday Fictions

Jacq’s Thinking Corner

Sunday Photo Fiction

Tuesday Top Ten Tuesday The Broke and the Bookish
Wednesday Wednesday Fictions

Adventures

FFfAW
Thursday Word of the Week Filipino

2016 Reading Challenge Update / review

Word of the Week

Pop Sugar

Friday Friday Fictioneers https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/
Saturday The Great Book of List The Great Book of List
Sunday Sunday Fictions Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner

My dilemma is that…I am not quite unsure, too, if I can really write four fictions a week:/

And… I am having second thought too because these weekly features might make my blog predictable… And I am not sure if it is a good or a bad thing…

And… do you think it’s ‘balanced’ enough?

Soo… let’s drink our coffee now. Cheers!

Thank you for listening to me.

I hope I can hear from you, soon, too?

Till our next coffee date?

🙂

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credits: Credit 1 Credit 2

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All of my Days

And my eyes they look unto You always
And I am captured by Your Majesty

All of my days
I will sing of Your greatness
All of my days
I will speak of Your grace
All of my days
I will tell of Your wonderous love
Your love in my life
Your love

Lyrics from Hillsong United’s praise song ‘All of my Days

All copyright belongs to Hillsong United

Photo credit: Tobendlight


Have a blessed Sunday, everyone!

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Awardsss and Seven Facts

Nothing beats the joy of getting acknowledgements from your co-bloggers. – rosemawrites

Maybe this is the last time that I will say that? But that doesn’t mean I am not grateful, because I am actually more than grateful.

Let’s start the thank you’s cause I can sense this will be a looooong post!

THANK YOU:

  • Yvo and Leanne for giving me the Infinity Dreams Award.

  • My dear Ishma for giving me One Lovely Blog Award

  • Rachel for giving me the Creative Blogger Award

and…

  • 27writers for giving me the Dragons Loyalty Award

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From the bottom of my heart, I really want to thank you guys! 🙂 There are thousands or even millions or even billions of bloggers, and the mere act of nominating me is both touching and humbling.

Thank youuuu!

I’ll be breaking rules here because I will just share seven facts about me and nominate a lot of lovely lovely bloggers!

SEVEN RANDOM FACTS

1. I tend to listen to sad songs when I’m happy, and to happy/uplifting songs when I’m sad.

Quite ironic, eh?

2. I have necrophobia.

Necrophobia is a specific phobia which is the irrational fear of dead things (e.g., corpses) as well as things associated with death (e.g., coffins, tombstones, funerals, cemeteries).

And, I haven’t looked/seen any dead people EVER! Even my grannies. I can’t…

3. According to Myers Briggs, I am an ESTJ personality or ‘The Executive’.

Yeah…Hmmm. 🙂

4. I am fascinated with butterflies. 

I find them magical and endearing. 🙂

5. I don’t like fireworks for my wedding day, I want flying lanterns. ❤

Wedding’s too far but yes, I have my preferences already! 😀

6. I prefer male singers than female singers…

Like Jason Mraz, John Mayer… ❤

7. I am somehow… slowly… becoming… a WordPress addict! 

Shhh! It’s a secret! 😀

And my nomineeeees are:

NOTE: I know some of you are an award-free blog and that is perfectly fine. 🙂 I nominated you not to pressure you to answer, but to show you that for me, you deserve all these awards, too!

Photo credit: All photos aren’t mine. 🙂

That’s it!

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Flying Pages

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!


It is more than a delight to fill-out Laduchessederat‘s The Great Book of Lists for this week! Well, you probably know why because it is about books! ❤ ❤ ❤

Books that made you feel like you knew the characters, like you were riding dragons or finally understanding the underlying truth of the universe, the one that made you experience the character’s journey almost like they did, the one you did not want to finish but were dying to 1/ know the end 2/ know if a sequel was already in the works.

If I can only list them all, I would surely do it! BUT, I cannot! So I will select just ten books that transported me.

They are…

1. Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

Rising Sun
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

This book introduced me to reading and transported me to the thrilling world of crime novels. I read this for a book report when I was in high school. 🙂

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist
Genre: Inspirational, Fiction, Contemporary

This book made me a dreamer, again. I was at my life’s lowest point when I read this book and yes, it is surely a book that will move you.

3. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Message in a Bottle
Genre: Romance, Fiction

This book transported me to the world of grief and introduced me to romance genre and to my fave romance writer, Nicholas Sparks.

4. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Genre: YA, Dystopia

This book introduced me to YA dystopia genre and transported me to the Hunger Games arena in a fictional nation called Panem! I think I finished this series in less than a week? 😀

5. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Genre:

This book introduced me to my most loved favorite author, Mitch Albom, and transported me to ‘heaven’. From then on, I’ve been a fan.

6. Para Kay B  by Ricky Lee

Para Kay B (o kung paano dinevastate ng pag-ibig ang 4 out of 5 sa atin)
Genre: Adult Fiction, Romance, Humor

This book introduced me to Philippine literature. It is the first local novel that I’ve read and it showed me how romance and humor work well together. 🙂

7. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs
Genre: Biography, Non-fiction

This book introduced me to a well-known tech pillar, Steve Jobs. This biography transported me to the beginning of his life until his last days. It’s actually a great read. 🙂

8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery

This book introduced me to the dark side of marriage and transported me to the clever yet criminal mind of Amy. It is insanely good read!

9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

This book introduced me to one of my fave YA writers, Rainbow Rowell. Reading this innocent and imperfect high school love story transported me to my good-old-days! It actually reminded me of my first love! 😀 ❤

10. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63
Genre: Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

It took me so long to finish this book but it is well worth the effort as this book introduced me to one of the best crime/mystery authors, Stephen King. Transporting me back to 11/22/1963, this fictional novel with a bit of magic/mystery is surely a nice way to learn American history.

Header photo credit: Dream and Pursue


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 1.4 – The Books that Transport You

Thank you for the lovely lovely prompt, Laduchessederat!

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Real Neat Blog Award

Nothing beats the joy of getting acknowledgements from your co-bloggers. – rosemawrites

It is now my turn to tell how grateful I am to Annelise of The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange for nominating with my first-ever Real Neat Blog Award.

For book updates, reviews, and anything bookish, please do visit her lovely blog! 🙂

The award rules are:

  • Thank and link the person who nominated you. (thank you!)
  • Answer the 7 questions your nominator has provided.
  • Nominate 7 other bloggers and create new questions for them.

Here are Annelise‘s seven questions and my answers! 😀

1. Which are your favorite book genres?

Murder mysteries, contemporary YAs, general fictions. 🙂

2. Which is your Hogwarts house?

Uhm.. sorry. I haven’t read not watch any Harry Potter yet.

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3. Are you afraid of porcelain dolls?

Not really. 😀

4. Do you read ebooks? What do you think of them?

Yes. Majority of the books that I read are ebooks. I have nothing against them, to be honest. BUT, I surely prefer ‘real’ books. For me, real printed books are more special. (More costly, too! :D)

5. If you were cursed and would only be able to eat one single thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

CHEESECAKE! ❤

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6. For how long have you been blogging?

I posted my very first post on August 28, 2014. So technically my blog is about… 1 year old and five months. But to be honest, I was actively blogging only after I joined Blogging University’s Writing 101 last September 2015.

7. Which are your favorite social media communities or sites? (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.)

WORDPRESS! 😀 😀 😀

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My nominees are again, my NEWEST followers! 🙂 Thank you, guys for clicking that follow button! 😀

NOTE: If you are an award-free blog, that is perfectly fine. 🙂 I just want to show you that I appreciate your effort to click that FOLLOW button. 🙂

  1. Skipah’s Realm
  2. Pooja of That Weird Brown Girl
  3. Fawad Hassank
  4. Kah Choon
  5. A Short Conversation
  6. Austin of Writings by Ender
  7. Priceless Joy of Beautiful Words (My new-found blogger friend! :D)

My questions are:

1. Describe yourself in ONE word.

2. When and why did you start blogging?

3. Is there a person that you look up to? Who is it and why?

4. What’s the perfect pair for a book, is it coffee or tea?

5. Aside from blogging, name one activity that you truly enjoy.

6.  In your bucket list (or if you will have one), what country/place will be on your top spot?

7. Do you have a phobia? What is it?

That’s it!

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Forgotten: Photo Fiction

140 01 January 24th 2016

“Look! Isn’t it majestic?”

“Come on, take my photo! Show the whole building!”

“That’s the famous building? WOW!”

With silent mouth and noisy mind, I silenced my screams of annoyance for these people. These trying hard, ignorant humans!

I am sitting just across that majestic glass building, and no one bothered to look at me. No one!

Because I am dirty? Because my ripped shirt and pants are as black as their cars’ smoke? Because my graying hair looked like webs of dirt? Because I sit on the cold cement holding a rusting can waiting for their coins?

Didn’t they know that that is my building! Yes, that gorgeous building is mine!

I am the owner of the land where it stood.

I am the owner of every bits of pieces used for it!

I am the owner of the companies inside it!

I am!

I am…

I am…

Wait, who am I?

Word count: 153

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Sunday Photo Fiction


In response to Sunday Photo Fiction for January 24th 2016.

Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly writing challenge hosted by Alastair Forbes where a photo is used as a prompt for a piece of fiction using around 200 words. The piece doesn’t have to center around exactly what the photo is, it can be just used as a basis for a story.

Enjoy more awesome stories here:

Thank you to my lovely Filipina (virtual) friend Maria of Doodles and Scribbles for introducing me to this challenge!

😀

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Plea to Mourn

Mourn.

For all souls lost.

Either shot or blown apart,

either criminal or civialian,

either innocent or terrorist,

’cause they’re all humans.

Mourn.

For all lives altered by war.

Children who grow old without parents.

Parents who buried their own child.

Fiancee who was not able to say ‘I do’.

Soldiers who were not able to know what’s true.

Mourn.

Because mourning makes you care,

because mourning makes you realize,

that peace is surely a must.

Mourn.

Because war is not a problem

solved by guns and bombs.

Because peace can only be achieved,

by no one else,

but us.

Please,

mourn.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Christian Daily


This poem was inspired by Maria’s fictional story ‘The Vow‘ and Christopher poem ‘Microsmic Murder‘.

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2016 Reading Challenge Update: January

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Four books in one month! Am I slow? 😀

1st – A book with a blue cover – We Are Called to Rise: A Novel by Laura McBride

We Are Called to Rise

What is it about: An immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker at home in the darker corners of Las Vegas. A wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. By the time we realize how these voices will connect, the impossible and perhaps the unbearable has already happened. We Are Called to Rise is a boomtown tale, in which the lives of people from different backgrounds and experiences collide in a stunning coincidence. When presented the opportunity to sink into despair, these characters rise. Through acts of remarkable charity and bravery, they rescue themselves. Emotionally powerful yet tender and intimate, We Are Called to Rise is a novel of redemption and unexpected love. 

What I Love: The last few chapters where the lives were all connected. It was done flawlessly.

The strange set of characters/lives are interesting to read. They have their own stand-alone stories and it is impressive how they lives were interweaved.

What I Don’t Love Much: The length, I think, can be dimished. There are some parts that bored me a bit.

Wise Words: 

“We fail even though things matter very much; it’s the possibility of failure that makes them matter more.”

“What is most beautiful is least acknowledged.”

“So little matters so much, and so much matters so little.”

Terror

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

2nd – A book you can finish in a day – Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

What is it about: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

What I Love: Rainbow Rowell’s heartwarming storytelling skills is a delight to read. I love the innocence, the softness and the fragility of her characters.

It took me 10pm until maybe 2am to finish this book. Yep. I wasn’t able to stop!

What I Don’t Love Much: The Simon Snow parts…

Wise Words:

“Words are very powerful.. And the take on more power the more that they’re spoken.”

“There’s nothing more profound than creating something out of nothing.” 

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Good read, definitely!)

3rd – A murder mystery  – Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

What is it about: When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

What I Love: It’s creepiness at its best! It will leave you haunted ’cause it is insanely gross!

The red herrings are all well-written and I surely never saw what was coming! So greatly written!

What I Don’t Love Much: Uhm. Nothing! 😀

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT read!)

4th – A book recommended by someone you just met – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

What is it about: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

What I Love: The lightness, the thrilling anticipation, the KILIG-inducing scenes, the rawness. I love how the story unfolds. I love how the twists lead to the heartwarming ending.

What I Don’t Love Much: I expected too much. Maybe I expected more of something that I cannot honestly figure out.

Wise/Witty Words:

“People are shameless when it comes to cake. It’s a beautiful piece to see.”

“People are really like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows.”

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 (Good read)

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Pop Sugar and Goodreads

Story Summary: Goodreads

 

Exploring Ilocos Norte: Laoag Part 1

Sign

Let me take you to a joyride. Let’s discover the beauty of Ilocos Norte!

The first three parts of this journey are posted here, here and here! 😀

Hop on and let’s continue the ride! 😀

The Sign

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The beginning of the second day of our three-day trip in Ilocandia was marked by this awesome Laoag sign!

FYI: Laoag, officially the City of Laoag (Ilocano: Ciudad ti Laoag; Filipino: Lungsod ng Laoag), is a third-class[4] city and capital of the province of Ilocos Norte in thePhilippines.[2] The northernmost city in the nation, it is the province’s political, commercial, and industrial hub and the location of the Ilocos region’s onlycommercial airport.

And our first stop is…

The Bell Tower

Belltower

FYI: Sinking Bell Tower, which is part of  Laoag Cathedral, canonically known as Saint William Cathedral, sinks into the ground at a rate of an inch a year. It has an Earthquake Baroque style. The tower, built presumably after the 1707 earthquake, has a foundation of 90 metres (300 ft).[3] It is made of locally manufactured bricks joined by molasses and juice of sablot leaves mixed with lime and sand, and reinforced with four massive columns on each corner and a winding stairway leading to the belfry. It used to have a big clock on the tower’s western face.[4]

It has started to rain a bit and we just stayed there for a couple of minutes.

Because we arrived at almost lunch time… our next stop is

The Ylocano Resto

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FYI: Saramsam is an Iluko word, which means informal and constant dining, with connotations of a fun atmosphere of friends getting ogether to eat. The Restaurant is furnished with an eclectic mix of furniture and decor, which complement each other to exude a bohemian atmosphere.

I would say that the restaurant interiors is surely captivating. It’s eccentric and the ambiance is truly rustic.

Our orders are…

(L) Bagnet, deep fried pork’s meat, the Ilocano version of Lechon Kawali, also known as Ilocano Chicharon Baboy. 

(Top Right) Poqui Poqui , an Ilocano dish made of eggplants, tomatoes, onions, and eggs.

(Middle Right) Dinardaraan is the Ilocano term for dinuguan or blood stew.   Dinardaraan which refers to the blood stew of the Ilocanos is very much different from the blood stew, dinuguan, of the Tagalogs.  Dinardaraan is dry and sometimes oily as compared to the soupy dinuguan. 

Bottom Right Ginisang Monggo with Tinapa, or mung-bean soup with smoked fish is a known dish for the poor but hey! it’s flavorful!

Saramsam 5

More travel stories and photos next week!

I hope you’re enjoying the ride?

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©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: ALL photos are MINE except stated otherwise.

 

Sunflowers: Flash Fiction

A symbol of hope, bliss and happiness.

For me that’s my dear wife. For her that’s her sunflowers.

That’s why I call her, my dear sunflower.

Her smiles are as bright as the yellow petals. Her spirit is as radiant as the full blooms. And her beauty has endearingly blossomed as she aged with her beloved plant.

But life isn’t fair.

Her dear sunflowers are now in full bloom again. But my wife can never see them again.

Her sunflowers are flourishing in front of our lawn. While my wife cannot even see the next dawn.

Brushing off the tears, gripping tightly the shears, I have decided…

today’s the day

to bid goodbye

to her sunflowers.

Word count: 115

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Sonya of Only 100 Words


In response to Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers (FFfAW) January 26,2016.

Rules:

  • a flash fiction challenge (stories in 100-175 words or less)
  • each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end
  • no serial (continuation) stories
  • include a pingback to the challenge post

Thank you for introducing me to this lovely challenge, my friend Fun!

It was nice meeting you (virtually) Priceless Joy! 😀

Read more short stories here:

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