Monday Morning Melts #3


Rosema: As you probably know, I love Jason Mraz. Well, love is an understatement.

I Won’t Give Up and Lucky are among his biggest ‘sweet’ hits. But to introduce you to a rather unknown but equally heart tickling song, here’s “In Your Hands”. The part I picked are for me the sweetest lines that has ever been written. Especially that “what I choose is you.” Aaaah. I am feeling so in love. 😀 (with Jason. HAHA)

I hope this lovely song will inspire you. ❤

In Your Hands- Jason Mraz

But when you’re alone
You’re living in a world with only choices
And what I choose is you

Your Turn:

  1. Share a poem, story, or photo inspired by this week’s song-lyrics-prompt. You can share something you created that was inspired directly by the lyrics or you can share other pieces that coincidentally fit the prompt (for ex: an old piece of yours, or one of a beloved blogger – with permission).
  2. Linkback/create a pingback to this post. Here is a quick tutorial on how to do it.
  3. Tag your post with MondayMorningMelts, so we and  your co-bloggers will be able to read/see your take on the prompt. Here’s how you create tags.
  4. Most important of all, read and comment to your blogger friends (old and new found, we’ll never know). 😉

There are no word limits and no restrictions except to stay true to the theme. Creating a brand new post in response to the prompt is also optional.

The goal isn’t to create new content, but rather to share pieces that melt the heart, tickle the soul, and brighten up a typically gloomy Monday. That’s why if you already have a piece that fits this week’s lyrics, or if you have a fellow blogger whose piece you want to share (with their permission), you are more than welcome to do so!


Here is the late tune for November:

Although loneliness has always been a friend of mine
I’m leavin’ my life in your hands
People say I’m crazy and that I am blind
Risking it all in a glance

In the future, at the beginning of every month, we’ll reveal the prompts for that month. If anyone has any other suggestions to make Monday Morning Melts more convenient and fun, please let us know!


Because These Bloggers Created Something Beautiful With The Prompt:

Because These Melts Are Timeless & Deserve To Be Shared:

These features sections are compiled Sunday so if we missed you, please let us know in the comments, and leave a link to your post. We’ll update our features asap!

Meets and Ends

Meets and Ends (Inspired by Details in the Fabric by Jason Mraz)

Let your fingers trace
the twists and turns of threads.
Let your eyes gaze
at its exquisite detailed fabric meets and ends.

If clothes covering your body are made delicately.
How much more your soul, your heart, your mind, your body?
Aren’t you made more wonderfully?

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo credit: Unsplash

In response to November Notes Writing Challenge by my love Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies and yours truly. ❤


Writing Wells: People Behind My Words


“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour

My mind’s once a desert,
barren and wordless,
until it found its oasis,
with these writing wells:

Personal and Lists Posts

Maya Angelou

Inspiration for: Agony (first post) and Ending Agony.

Mitch Albom

Inspiration forDear Mitch Albom: A Ronsardian Ode*, Top Ten Quotes I Loved From The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch AlbomThings I’ve Learned from Mitch Albom.

Nicholas Sparks

Inspiration forTen Books to Read if you Love Nicholas Sparks, The Best Novels of Nicholas Sparks Part 1 and Part 2.

Fiction and Poetry

Jason Mraz


Inspiration for: First Time, My Soul Sings, Fixer.

Sara Bareilles

Inspiration for: Seasons: Epilogue (last part of my FIRST-ever fiction), Used To Be Mine, City Lights, Sweet Sun.

My Family


Inspiration forTo my cook, hair cutter and one and only driver, Nanay, Mother’s ChoicesFirst Forever, Stead, Rainbow Roof, Six Sibs.

My Bestfriends


Inspiration for: Soulmates.

My Dearest


Inspiration for: Dearest, First Poem, A Senryu for MJ, Conversations, One, The Vow, Taught.

Photo credits: Unsplash

The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 5.1– People Who Inspired You

Thank you for a thought-inducing prompt, Jartagnan! And for hosting this awesome list,  Laduchessederat!


Admirable Souls


“Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.” ― William Arthur Ward

We are all
wonderfully made
yes, the Bible said.

But there are souls
we can’t help
but admire,
’cause they serve
as inspiration
to aspire.

And for me
they are…


1. Mitch Albom

Wise Words: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”

2.  Paulo Coelho

Wise Words: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

3. Nicholas Sparks

Wise Words: “Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.”

4. Maya Angelou

Wise Words: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”


5. Jason Mraz


Wise Words: “It’s strange how dreams get under your skin and give your heart a test for what’s real and what’s imaginary.”

6. Sara Bareilles

Wise Words: “Your fear of jumping without a net is so valid, and the trick that you haven’t learned yet is that that’s life, always and everywhere. There are no nets. Life is a big, long free fall, and the sooner you can embrace what is beautiful about that, the sooner you will start to enjoy the ride.”

7. Darlene Zschech

Wise Words: “Sometimes it takes suffering to reveal to us just how rich we are.”

Photo credits: Kazuend

The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 3.1– A Party of Choice

Thank you for a thought-inducing prompt, Mandibelle! And for hosting this awesome list,  Laduchessederat!



Songs I Wish Were Books


“…funny how a beautiful song could tell such a sad story” ― Sarah Dessen, Lock and Key

I know Valentine’s is over but the The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today just made my heart skip a beat.

February 16: songs I wish that were books

Books and songs are, for me,the greatest things invented. With a very very very happy heart, here are the songs I wish, and hope, that were books! ❤

1. Breathe Again by Sara Bareilles

Breathe Again

My first ever fictional series, Seasons (first, second, third and epilogueis actually inspired by this song. 🙂

2. Floodgates by Colbie Callait

This song is just empowering. 🙂

3. Never Seen Anything ‘Quite Like You’ by The Script

My cheesiest short story to date, Quite Like You, is inspired by this beautiful beautiful song. 🙂

4. I Won’t Give Up Jason Mraz

Well this song tugs the heart! ❤

5. Touch the Sky by Hillsong United

I have written a poem about this song titled To the Holder of My Life’s Map, and if this will be made into a book, I know a lot will be able to relate.

6. She Used to be Mine by Sara Bareilles

A sad yet moving song. I have written a short-story about this, too, titled Used to be Mine.

7. Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran

Yet another cheesy song, well… this one’s really kilig-inducing. Perfect for an awesome romance novel, I guess? 🙂

8. Free Fallin’ by John Mayer

A romantic but necessarily a happy song. Hmm… interesting, right? 🙂

 Photo Credit: We Heart ItPinterest, Youtube, Tumblr

What are the songs that you think can be a good book?

Tell me!






WRITING 101: My soul sings


I thought it was a dream, but it isn’t. Because this is real and I am here.

I thought I was just listening to him, but I wasn’t. Because now I am watching him live.

I thought he’s just a good singer, but he isn’t. Because he is more than that.

I thought only his tunes will move me tonight, but it isn’t. Because it is his words that touched my soul tonight.

“Close your eyes,” he said.

I did.

“Let’s sing together,” he said.

I did.

My soul sang with him

as he said that nothing’s impossible when you dream.

My heart was moved by him

as he said, “Just know, wherever you go, you will always come back home.”

In response to Blogging University’s WRITING 101 Day 15 Assignment:

Day 15: Take a cue from your readers

If you don’t have any ideas to choose from, not to worry. Here are four passages you can choose from to get you going:

  • Tell us about a time when a piece of music moved you.

This is inspired by my concert experience last year with my favorite artist, Jason Mraz.

The song that we sang as our eyes was close was 93 Million Miles. The full post about this moving experience is here: First Time.


Do you also have the same kind of music experience?

Do you have a song that touched you in a special way?

I will be happy to know. 🙂


WRITING 101: I write. I read. I listen.


I write because I read. I read because I write.

This is my blog’s tagline because that’s me, A Reading Writer.

In fact, this blog was born because of my love of writing and reading.

So when I don’t write, I read.

You may notice that aside from my daily Writing 101 posts, I also have regular book-related articles.

I have created my weekly Monday Musings where I feature one book quote per week. I also participate in Top Ten Tuesdays. My PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge is always up-to-date, too!

So instead of focusing this post to me being a bibliophile, let me introduce you to my musicoholic-self.

Yes, I read because I write and vice versa BUT I have music in-betweens, too! 😀

I mentioned in my About that I almost named my blog, A Reading Writer who sings. 😀 It’s because I do sing, too.

But aside from that, music is really a big part of me, as a reader, as a writer and as a person.

I listen to music when I read, I also listen to it when I write. 🙂

Jason Mraz and Sara Bareilles are my top picks. (One of my earliest post is about my Jason Mraz experience when he had a concert here in the Philippines, last year. It’s titled First Time.)

I don’t usually share my playlist because I feel ‘naked’ when I do. That’s how attached I am in my music picks.

But because I am opening up my musicophile side to your guys, here are some of my favorite tracks that I usually listen to when I need some inspiration. 🙂

In response to Blogging University’s WRITING 101 Day 11 Assignment:

Day 11: Writing and not writing

As much as we love to write, it’s important to take breaks — to live your life and have new experiences, and to reflect and recharge so you can come back to your desk, ready to hit the keyboard again. Not writing allows you to gain the distance from your words, and thus perspective, which are both needed when it’s time to edit.

What do you do when you read?

Do we share the same love for books and music?

I am so eager to know.



I am open to any kind of written collaboration/feature. 🙂

Please Contact ME! 



WRITING 101: Questions and Answers

Writers are interpreters of their minds own language. – rosemawrites

Blogging University’s WRITING 101 is now on its Day 3! I am overwhelmed by those new bloggers that I met/read for the past two days. This is indeed fun!

Day 3: One-word inspiration

Prompts come in many different forms. Sometimes, a single word is all you need to get your mind’s wheels turning. Here are six words:







Here’s my take on today’s task:

On Treasure: How much is your worth?

No one is worthless. No one has no treasures. Because life itself is priceless. No matter how rich you are, you cannot bring back life once your dead.

You may not have the material treasures of the world. I may not have billions of pesos and assets and golds. But that doesn’t mean I am living a treasure-less life. 

On Regret: When will you try?

After a lot of rejections, I have learned that life is really about taking risks. I have learned not to be afraid of failure because not trying means compiling a lot of life’s regrets. 

I have been rejected, yes. I graduated with honours but a lot of Editors said no to me. I have been jobless for the first seven months after my college graduation.

I was hurt but when I look back, I can say that I will never regret those failures, because at least I tried. 

On Home: Where do you belong?

I have a big family, I have six siblings and I am the eldest. We have an imperfect yet so happy home. We are not rich but it is pure bliss to have a family that you can always call your home. 

On the other hand, I have a friend that made is not as blessed with a good family relationship as me. But she was able to show me that family is not the only type of ‘home’ that you can belong to.

Home is where your heart is. It should be where you feel comfort and utmost happiness. It can be your friends, your co-workers or even yourself.

On Love: Who holds your heart?

Love is such an overrated word. A lot of people have said a looot about this four-letter word. So what would I say?

I have been romantically in love with my boyfriend for more than five years now. But aside from its cheesy and overly sweet meaning, I have learned that love requires hard work. It is a choice that you made everyday.

As Nicholas Sparks said,

On Uncertainty: Where to go?

It is normal to fear that ‘unknown’ because it is comforting to know that you’re in control. Life is not like that, though.

I have learned that it is important to plan but it is equally imperative to brace yourself for surprises. Because sometimes, it is the uncertain events that make us the best versions of ourselves.

Sometimes, I have experienced that myself, life’s sudden twists and turns will brought us to our dream. We may be confused at first, but God’s plan will eventually be clear.

So let go and be brave.

On Secret: What are you hiding?

I am not good in secrets, both in making and keeping them. Maybe that is because I don’t think I should have one.

This doesn’t mean that I hold grudge against people who have a lot of secrets. It’s just that I am a believer of transparency and honesty.


I am done! 🙂

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!


More Happy Than Not Book Tag


Hi guys! I am TAGGED again! This time, this book tag is from the lovely LovingYooChun of Bookland!

Honestly, I am a bit clueless on what this tag is all about. But according to Loving Yoo Chun’s blog entry, this tag was created by Shelumiel of Bookish and Awesome.

The idea though is based on a new book called More Happy Than Not by a new novelist named Adam Silvera. I checked out his profile and oh, he’s cute! (giggles)

More Happy Than Not

So basically, this tag wanted bloggers to share what makes them happy and how they express their happiness.

In terms of rule, there are three simple rules:

  1. Answer the question, “What makes you more happy than not?”
  2. Thanks and link back this post to the person who tagged you.
  3. Have FUN!

So now it’s my turn to have some fun so here are my answers:


  • I read a good book, especially written by my ultimate faves Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom!

  • I sip a great tasting coffee.
I own this photo. 😀
  • I indulge into a decadent and oh-so-heavenly cheesecake!
I own this photo. 🙂
  • I listen to my awesome favorite singers/songwriters, like Jason Mraz and Sara Bairelles!

  • I travel with my bestest friends.
I own this photo. 🙂
I own this photo. 🙂
  • I spend precious time with my whole fambam!

Now, it’s your turn to have some fun:


Background isn't mine. But the lay-out idea's mine. :)
Background isn’t mine. But the lay-out idea’s mine. 🙂

It has been almost two months ago when I experienced my favorite artist for the First Time. That is no less than Mr. A-Z, Jason Mraz.

That night of November 24, 2014 was pleasant not only for my ears but also for my soul as Jason sang the most beautiful songs in the world and preached realities that we as humans should be aware of.

Because that was my first concert ever, I can’t help myself in singing with almost all his songs. Thankfully, I know most of the songs that he sang during the night. There are those few that I was not familiar with. One of which is Quiet, a track from his recent album YES!

I am one of those Mraz fans who fell for his upbeat music with tongue-twister-like lyrics, if you’re not familiar with what I am talking about check out Wordplay, The Remedy and Geek in the Pink. When I sing his songs, it’s like as if i’m releasing my inner angst that I seldom and almost never show.

This is the reason why I skipped Quiet among the tracks of his new album he made with the equally talented gals Raining Jane. Quiet is a bit mellow, chill and laid back kind of song. But after I heard Jason Mraz sang it live during his concert here in Manila, I was captivated.

As the crowd, who apparently love the song, sang with Jason Mraz, I can’t help but get some goosies! Especially during “Will you be my constant through it all?” part. Here’s the very awesome lyrics that’s just so touching.

Every time I go home there’s another cellphone tower
Construction getting louder,
Paving over yesterdays
You and I, we will try to find the side of it that’s pretty
While our town becomes a city,
We won’t let it be erased
Empires rise, empires fall
Will you be my constant through it all?

I will hold your hand and watch the world spin madly around this life we’re in
Oh yeah everything goes quiet
When it’s you I’m with
Oh yeah everything goes quiet
When it’s you I’m with
You, you, you…

Every once in a while,
You know I get these real bad headaches
Worried about the mistakes
That I’ve made along the way
You and I, we can’t hide from the fact that we need each other
How else will I recover when the fever comes again

Temperatures rise
Temperatures fall
Will you be my constant through it all?

I will hold your hand and watch the world spin madly around this life we’re in
Oh yeah everything goes quiet when it’s you I’m with
Oh yeah everything goes quiet when it’s you I’m with
You, you, you…

There are no words, no words when
I’m with you, you, you
Every time I hear music
They’ve added more stuff to it
Things are always moving into a futuristic place
Where you and I, we will try
We can try to dance into tomorrow
But time we’ll have to borrow
Not a minute left to waste

Heartbeats rise, heartbeats fall
Will you be my constant through it all?

Isn’t it overly sweet?! 😍 Now look for your own ‘constant’ dear reader! ❤