Coffee Date: November Edition

Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat until you calm your restless heartbeat.

Hi! I am glad to finally be able to seat with you again. Order your coffee now, or maybe tea, or maybe beer? 🙂 Lend me some of your precious minutes and let’s talk. 🙂

Time is fleeting. 2016 is now down to two months. (can you believe it?) So… as usual, let me tell what I did last month and what you can expect from me this month. 😉

OCTOBER

I was able to…

It was a packed month and if you will ask me how did I do that, I surely don’t know. HAHA

NOVEMBER

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  • I am also doing Sunday Songs with my dearest sister Stella where we share inspiring songs every Sunday. 🙂
  • I am not sure if I will be able to participate in other writing prompts this month because there is a major client event coming. 😦
  • I am also cooking something “heartmelting” with a dear friend. 😉 Announcement soon! 😀

BOOK UPDATE

Lastly, the book title will be revealed SOON! 😀 😀 😀 Book cover is on its way too!!! YEEEE! 😀

By the way, please do get a copy of two of my best of friends here on WordPress who are both EPICALLY talented novelists! Their books are:

Cheers to an awesome NOVEMBER my dearest friends! ❤

– Rosema

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! 😀

2015 in review: A Reading Writer

2015 has been great

not just because of things I ate!

With hundreds of posts

ideas not lost!

With flock of followers

my morals got powers!

2016 will surely

be greater, definitely!

‘Cause I still have you,

reading me!

©2015 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.


DAY 30 of 50 Days of Gratefulness

Today I am grateful for WordPress’ 2015 in review for A Reading Writer! YAY! ❤

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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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2nd Liebster Award Nomination ~

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YEEE! 🙂

I am just so happy to have my second Liebster Award courtesy of the sweet Kelly of Write. Eat. Read. Repeat. I was just a 5-day old blogger when I had my first nomination courtesy of another sweet being named paperjasmine.

For those who do not know Liebster Award, it is a blog award given by a blogger to his/her co-bloggers. Am I clear here? 🙂 This award’s idea is to let new bloggers be known to other writers around the World Wide Web.

The simple rules are:

  1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer their 11 questions
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers and link them
  4. Have your nominees answer your 11 questions
  5. Notify nominees through social media

So before I nominate new bloggers, I would answer Kelly of Write. Eat. Read.‘s questions to me first! Here it goes:

  1. Who is your favorite fictional couple? As a Nicholas Sparks  fan, it is quite hard for me to pick just one couple, plus the new loveable love teams from my new fave authors like Rainbow Rowell and Don Tillman. But I have to name a couple so, i’ll pick Theresa and Garrett of Message in a Bottle. Theresa is a writer by profession while Garrett is a writer by heart. Their story is heartbreaking but Garrett’s words through his letters in a bottle are just so sweet and heart-melting.
  2. What do you most look forward to about the summertime? That would be the getaways with my fambam or with my awesome friends! May it be a beach escapade or just random food crawl.
  3. What is your favorite childhood book? I would admit that I am not a book worm until I was 15 so I cannot recall a book that I love from my childhood days. Though when I was a teacher, that was my first job, I come to like the children’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
  4. Who is one person, living or dead, that you would love to meet? Nicholas Sparks, Mitch Albom, Allison Harvard, Tyra Banks, Bae Yong Joon! Oh, there’s a lot! Sorry I can’t select one. 🙂
  5. What is your favorite book of the year so far? I have read more than 20 books for this year so far and it is quite hard to select just one. So I would have to just say my Top 3. That would be Still Alice by Lisa Genova, (my short thoughts about this book is here), Stupid is Forever by Miriam Defensor Santiago (my thoughts are here and here) and Never Never by Colleen Hoover (my thought are here).
  6. What are the top three places you would love to travel to? Oh this is easy! That would be Nami Island in Korea, Amalfi Coast in Italy and Vaadhoo Island in Maldives.
  7. What is a genre of book that you would like to read more of, but haven’t yet? Uhm, I read the genre that I like to read, inspirational, mysteries, a bit of romance and a bit of YAs. That’s it.
  8. Who is your favorite new author? For new authors I like Rainbow Rowell, Colleen Hoover, Lisa Genova, Don Tillman and John Green. For all-time writers I love Nicholas Sparks for romance. Mitch Albom for inspirational. Lis Wiehl and James Patterson for mystery and crime. Kiera Cass and Stephenie Meyer for YAs. 🙂
  9. What’s a perfect day look like to you? Coffee and cheesecake plus a good book! ❤
  10. What movies are you most looking forward to that are book adaptions? I am really hoping the there will be a movie adaptation for The Selection series by Kiera Cass and of course the books by Nicholas and Mitch. As well as Paper Towns by John Green.
  11. What is one book/series that you love so much that you try to get all of your friends to read? Oh that’s Twilight and The Selection!

Whew! I’m done! Thanks for the awesome questions Kelly of Write. Eat. Read. Repeat. 🙂

It’s my turn to nominate so here are the awesome blogs worth following!

  1. Brittany Marie reads
  2. Once upon a bookshelf
  3. The amazing life of a bookworm
  4. Rein reads
  5. A novel life for me
  6. The world according to Lainey
  7. Veni. Vidi. Scripsi.
  8. Maeve reads. Maeve writes.
  9. Bookhag
  10. The literature life
  11. Hard work boulevard

My questions for you guys! (There are some cliches here. Forgive me. ~)

1. Describe yourself in ONE word.

2. When and why did you start blogging?

3. Who influenced you to read?

4. Who is that ONE person that you look up to?  Why?

5. Where’s your favorite place when you’re reading?

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

7. Name three authors that you have read almost all their books? (Consider authors that you have read more than 5 novels.)

8. Aside from writing and reading, name one activity that you do most of the time?

9. What’s your favorite song lyric? 

10.  If you are not you, who would you want to be? (Real person here folks!)

11. What is the best quote that you have read? (Please include the name of the book and author)

Looking forward in hearing from your guys!

Let’s spread the blog-love!

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