FLYLēF turns 2!

And the baby of my darling Lonna named FLYLēF just turned 2! To celebrate, an amazing group of bloggers and I have planned posts for you to enjoy, all centered around the theme…

FRIENDSHIP

Please make sure to visit them, and perhaps make a new friend along the way.

 FRIENDSHIP 

I am delighted when I learned the theme of Lonna’s anniversary blog tour is about friendship. Why? Because I value friendships a lot. 

In as much as I want to think, I am not so good in making friends, but I am good in maintaining them. I have kept some friends from my elementary, high school and college days. I can also say I am still friends with my co-workers from my two previous jobs. And I intend to keep them.

I know there is strength in living alone. In doing things on your own, but I find it comforting to have souls to share, experience and learn with. 

My upcoming book, Between My Bleeding Lines, is a product of friendship. If not for the great writers here whom I become friends with, I would never be the writer that I am today. I would never be able to be brave and be courageous and write my own book. Got to give some shout out for them:

Between My Bleeding Lines and this blog exists because of them my faraway best friends.  That I think is enough proof of how valuable friendships are for me. 

 TESTIMONIAL  

And of course, Lonna is part of the WordPress community who showered me with love and fueled me to write and write some more. 

I remember seeing her blog for the first time and falling in love with her graphics and her book reviews. She writes so well that she can make you run to a bookstore and go check out a book. She balances the good and the not so good part of the book in between beautifully crafted yet truthful lines. 

But aside from that, I adore her bubbly personality and kind heart. ❤ She never fails to make me smile and warm my heart. Cheers, darling, for more years! ❤ 

  TOUR SCHEDULE  

❖ May 15th – Bookfever: Spotlight / Giveaway

❖ May 15th – A Reader Writer: Spotlight / Giveaway

❖ May 16th – Milky Way of Books: Spotlight / Giveaway

❖ May 16th – Lisa Loves Literature: Spotlight / Giveaway

❖ May 20th – A Kernel of Nonsense: Spotlight / Giveaway

❖ May 21th – SUSANLOVESBOOKS: Spotlight / Giveaway

❖ May 23th – fallxnrobins: Spotlight / Giveaway

❖ May 27th – Utopia State of Mind: Spotlight / Giveaway

❖ May 28th – Book Briefs: Spotlight / Giveaway

❖ May 30th – Foxes & Fairy Tales: Spotlight / Giveaway

❖ June 1st – The Caramel Files: Spotlight / Giveaway

  ABOUT FLYLēF  

Lonna Yen the creative mind behind FLYLēF (pronounced like flyleaf) who enjoys reading late into the night to satisfy her insatiable addiction to mostly young adult and adult novels: romance (contemporary and historical), fantasy, and paranormal (especially vampires). She believes in the magic of spellbinding words coming together to build breathtaking worlds in our minds’ eyes. Happiness is just a book away, find it at FLYLēF.

Lonna also the host of FLYTIP and Book of Choice Giveaway Hop, and co-host of The Comment Challenge.

A Reading Writer’s 2-Year Journey

WARNING: This is a loooong post!

It has been eight years since I dreamed of having a blog. Something I can call my own. Honestly, I have fears of bashers and grammar Nazis. People who might critique my write-ups. People who might oppose my opinions. Yes, it took me those long years to have the courage to publish my thoughts, my views and my what-not’s. Now it will be all available for the viewing and reading netizens. I am now ready for either praises or rejections, for either wow! or boo!, for anything that this blogosphere has in store for A Reading Writer like me.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Now my agony has ended.

Two years ago, the post above titled Agony had been the first published piece in A Reading Writer. Looking back, I was like a brave, excited child dipping her toes in a cool yet fun swimming pool for the first time. Months after I posted several book reviews, knew some book bloggers, the excitement waned. After posting 36 posts in September 2014, the following months were almost left in vain.

Why?

Maybe because life happened. Or maybe because I lost the first splash of joy. Maybe like a tireless child blogging seemed not the wonderland that I thought it was. Instead of making it a regular hobby, I posted every now and then. Right until its first anniversary, I only have 100 followers!

Maybe because A Reading Writer for its first year existed, but it is not breathing yet.

Then came September 2015 which has been the turning point of this blog, and my writer life.

Turning Point

It was September 07, 2016. Writing 101’s first day asked: Why Do I Write? And my answer is:

Writing is like breathing with words.

Since then, that line has been engraved in my heart and mind. And Writing 101 made me embrace it, tight.

Because of Writing 101, I wrote my FIRST EVER flash fiction titled Seasons. I was in high school when I used to write stories through scripts, but after that, I forgot doing it and then! Geez. The excited kid in me was jumping up and down after I wrote that piece. 🙂

And I think it served as a wake-up call for me that, hey, I think I can write, creatively!

Seasons was followed by I think three or more fictions and it was all because of the support of these bloggers (SHOUT-OUT to my former W101 classmates!) :

My first Writing 101 has been AWESOME so I joined again the following month! 😀

And I am glad I did! Not just because I was able to practice writing but most of all because I met mooooore GREAT writers like:

BUT most especially… it was October 2015 when I met some special writers who have been my CONSTANT supporters and my DEAREST friends: 

(So October will be our first year anniversary guys! 😀

Road to Poetry

The first two Writing 101 courses have opened the doors of flash fictions for me. So because my writing fingers were jittery, I followed it up with Writing 201: Poetry and another Writing 101: Poetry!

I have come across several talented, encouraging and inspiring writers which include:

I have written poetic love letters (blushing) when I was in college but I bid goodbye to my poetic pen since I graduated. Real-life is harsh. But slowly, beginning October 2016, my poetic pen and my freshly awaken writer-self had a reunion. (And they never parted since then.)

People Behind The Blog

Some might think that just because I am the writer of this blog means I am the sole person behind its two-year journey. But I am not. Yes, I write and schedule posts. But behind A Reading Writer is a group of people who’ve been the keys on who A Reading Writer have become.

I know this is a looong post already but I don’t want to close this without mentioning again those who remained.

The writers I admire who take time to comment and read my work:

Most especially… my ever-CONSTANT readers who try to read each and every post. Those who never fail to tell me what is right and what is wrong. My own little circle of the most talented writers/poets who I am proud to call my PERSONAL bestfriends and sisters and brother…

…you guys are just the most beautiful souls!

I admire your works but more so your souls.

YOU are the reason why I write.

You are like the carbon dioxide that I inhale to create my oxygen-words.

I love you from the bottom of my chubby heart. ❤

On Ending a Writer’s Agony

Two years after I first posted for A Reading Writer, I think my writer-heart still keeps a box of agony. As Maya Angelou said: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

I think my muse is still keeping tons of untold stories, so yes, the agony is still there. But now I can handle it better.

Because I am within a lovely community, and I know my heart’s story is written by He.

CHEERS, everyone!!!

P.S. I’m done writing the 100 poems for my debut book! 😀

BLOG-A-VERSARY: Blog Awards

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Look back and thank those who recognized your efforts. – rosemawrites

In my previous Blog-a-versary post, I expressed my gratitude to A Reading Writer’s First Ten Followers! Now, let me thank all those awesome bloggers who have nominated me with encouraging BLOG AWARDS!

These bloggers and these awards have made my blogging journey a worth-it experience. 😀


  • Liebster Award

Paperjasmine or Jasmine Breeze first nominated me with this award. She’s an Australia-based book blogger. (Hi Jasmine! :))

Kelly of Write. Eat. Read. Repeat. nominated me again! She’s a Toronto-based bibliphile/account executive/writer. (Hi there, Kelly! :))

  • One Lovely Blog Award

It was the sweet Cora of smalltowncitygirls who first nominated me with this award. Check out her equally lovely book blog, too! (Hi, Cora! :))

  • The Creative Blogger Award

It’s the modelesque beauty Shivalika of Whimsy Journals who have nominated me with this award. Please visit her blog. (Hi there, Shivalika! :))

And just recently, Annie of What the Woman Wrote gave me another Creative Blogger Award! Check out her blog because she’s just a very very very good writer! She’s the epitomy of this award!

  • Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

The lovely Arianna of  The Daydreaming Bookworm nominated me with this award. Drop by at her blog and you will definitely love her bookish thoughts and reviews! (Hi, Arianna!)

  • The Encouraging Thunder Award

I was recently nominated by Aliza Shandel with this awesome award. As a new-found bookish friend, I am just glad to share to you her site that is packed with creative and well-written posts! (Hi there, Aliza! :))

  • Blogger Recognition Award

Thanks to Writing 101 classes for letting me know, A Quirky Something who has nominated me just a week ago! Please do read her equally inspiring posts! 😀

  • The Infinity Dreams Award

Last, but definitely not the least is the award given to me by Arpita of Scribbles@ Arpita. I have known her this month only through Writing 101. Since then, I have been a fan of her writing skills. If you are looking for a fearless writer that scribbles full-of-sense words, visit her! 🙂


On top of these awards is the friendship that I found with these awesome bloggers!

Because of them, I have proven that ending my agony is indeed worth it!

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BLOG-A-VERSARY: First Ten Followers

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Remembering those who first trusted me back when I am just a newbie. – rosemawrites

As I have said in one of my latest post, Agony turns into Bliss, I will be publishing some thankful posts related to my celebration of A Reading Writer’s first anniversary.

I will try not to get too sentimental because I don’t want to annoy you guys! 🙂

So today, I want to thank those ten bloggers who first clicked that ‘FOLLOW’ button. Unconciously, these great people encouraged me that my decision to do this blog is not worthless.

Here are they:

  1. Princess of Absolutely Nobody 

THE BLOGGER: She is my first follower and I actually know her personally. We have worked for a short time together as Content Writers. I consider her a friend until now and A Reading Writer will not be here without her words of encouragement. 🙂

THE BLOG: You can see highly-opinionated essays, mostly about Philippine politics in her blog. There are also some awesome poems and some story of her personal experiences, especially as a professional writer.

  1. Brian Marggraf of Indie Hero Blog 

THE BLOGGER: He is a New York-based author of Dream Brother, a full length novel. He is also an advocate of independent publishing. (It was such an honor to be followed by a real writer! Like, really. :))

THE BLOG: He shares updates about his novel and he also publishes his own book reviews and some giveaways. What I like most about his blog is his ‘Indie Hero Spotlight’ where he posts bio and interesting truths about a featured indie author. 🙂

  1. Grady Brown of Grady P. Brown blog 

THE BLOGGER: He is a sci-fi writer who have written The Young Guardians and the Genesis Spell and The Young Guardians and the Great Darkness. He is also an autism advocate as he diagnosed with a high functioning autism.

THE BLOG: He posts about his writing updates and details of his novels and book signing tours. He also publishes sci-fi CONCEPT features as well as book and film reviews.

  1. Beth G. of My Ink and Wit 

THE BLOGGER: She is a Filipina writer who has written a book titled Destiny Cheated Me. Aside from her love of writing and reading, she is also a ‘coffee addict’ and a ‘hopeless romantic’. (That’s according to her. :))

THE BLOG: Her super awesome blog is full of updates about her latest reading and writing experiences. She openly shares her thought on her book reviews as well as some teasers about her upcoming new book. (Way to go Beth!)

  1. Caroline H. Hendry of Beautiful Life With Cancer 

THE BLOGGER: She is the writer of a book titled Spiritual Flesh and Blood. Aside from being an inspirational writer, she is also a wife ‘to the best husband in the world’ and a mom to ‘a miracle daughter’. She is an 18-year survivor of MEN2A cancer and she have Addison’s disease. (She’s such an inspiring woman, right?)

THE BLOG: She writes most of her personal experiences as a mom, a wife and as a princess of God. The most moving part of her blog, though, are her posts about her struggles and triumphs with cancer and Addison’s disease. She is such an inspiring woman.

  1. Anna Bayes of Anna Bayes.com 

THE BLOGGER: She is the writer of a lot or romance books and also a certified book lover. She is an introvert and shy girl. She is also a junkie of short stories and flash fiction.

THE BLOG: She posts stories and updates about her books.

  1. Jasmine Breeze of These Paper Words

THE BLOGGER: She is a 23-year old lady based in Australia. Like me, she also loves reading writing and she likes music as well!

THE BLOG: Most of her posts are about books and books and books! You can see a lot of great picks and book recommendations on her blog! 🙂

  1. Tim of Confronting Giants 

THE BLOGGER: He is a 38-year old married dad of three girls. He lives with his family in Orlando.

THE BLOG: He shares great posts about positivity. As an advocate of physical and mental fitness, he shares tips and experiences on battling anxiety.

  1. Tamara Philip of Tamara Philip Writes 

THE BLOGGER: She is a former New York-based romance writer who is now living in United Kingdom and The Carribean. She has debuted her novel titled The Trouble with Playing Cupid.

THE BLOG: She shares blog and book tours informations as well as her own book reviews and book updates on her blog. There are some book promo posts as well!

  1. Lola of Hit or Miss Books 

THE BLOGGER: She is a certified bibliophile who reads YA, NA, adult, paranormal, fantasy and a lot more books. She is also a TV junkie who watches Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries, Modern Family and Pretty Little Liars.

THE BLOG: She has a loooot of book reviews. (I’m envious! :)) Take a look at her awesome giveaways as well! 🙂

I just want to thank these 10 awesome bloggers that believed in A Reading Writer!

To all my followers, you are not so many, but I appreciate each and everyone of you!

^^’

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BLOG-A-VERSARY: Agony turns into Bliss

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After a year of taking that leap of faith to end my AGONY, now I feel pure BLISS. It was all worth it. – rosemawrites

It was August 28, 2014 when I first published A READING WRITER’s first post, Agony.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

My first readers know that I am Journalism graduate who really want to chase that elusive dream of being a writer.

A year after I started this blog, I can now call myself a WRITER. A PR writer, yes. Not a newspaper writer, yes. But I am now living the dream that I thought was not possible.

(Sorry for getting too sentimental, guys!)

I am just so happy to have this blog and to have those more than 100 followers. Yeps. I know 100 followers is not a big thing, but I am still thankful for that.

As my way of looking back on my blogging journey, expect more BLOG-A-VERSARY posts on the coming days!

It was such a great feeling to overcome that AGONY. But it was the best feeling to know a lot of book bloggers who I can consider as my virtual friends. It’s just pure BLISS!

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