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

Monthly Date (Blog Content, Announcement and a Question)

Will you guys agree with me that time is in a rush? Geez. One year’s now down to four months! Too fast!

So before August ends, let us have some coffee, or maybe tea. But hey! It’s A Reading Writer’s 2nd birthday so we have wines and beers and cocktails around. Cheers!!!

Come, let’s start!

A Bit Calmer August

A Reading Writer has a bit calm August! Yeah, believe it or not. 😀  

Looking back, I was able to:

  • Resume writing for:
  1. Wednesday – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writer
  2. Thursday – Three Line Tales
  3. Friday – Friday Fictioneers
  • Publish the free verse poems I have written and stocked in a Google doc since February!

But I was not able to:

  • Post 2016 Reading Challenge update and Book Reviews. (I have 18 pending reviews. Geez.)

So… here comes a…

Throwback September

Why throwback? It’s because…

  • A Reading Writer just turned two and I want to look back on what I have posted last year! 😀
  • I started blogging with book reviews, so I’ll try to do it again. 😉

This means this month… my posts will be:

  • Throwback posts! 😀 (Yes!)
  • Book reviews! (I’m keeping my fingers-crossed).
  • And prompt-takes! 😀

Announcements

Aside from the editorial calendar, I would also want to let you know that A Reading Writer is now on Instagram too!!!

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My IG gallery has a combination of old and new poems and it will be a great delight if we can connect there, too. (Just in case you are in IG, too!) 😉

Question!

Before we make a final toast I would like to ask you something! 😀 (I asked this to Mandi, already! <3)

I told you last time that I am done writing the 100 poems for my debut poetry book. 🙂 As I plan on how to move forward with it, with little agonized steps, I would like to know which type of book do you usually buy. Is it print or the kindle/ebook version?

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Your thoughts will mean a lot to me, guys! 🙂 (Note: This is not a debate guys. 😀 More of a survey!)

Thank you!!!

Here’s to a splendid September! 🙂

Photo via Unsplash and buzzfeed.com

Coffee or Tea, anyone?

An update and an important announcement.


2016 feels like flying speedily as the 1st quarter will be ending soon.

Spring has somehow arrived in the west part of the earth, (according to the poems that I read :D) while summer is about to start here in the Philippines.

I invited you for a coffee before Feb starts, and now I would like to give you an update and make an important exciting announcement. 🙂

UPDATE: Blog Schedule ❤

I showed my planned calendar for the year before February ends. I was confused and a bit torn if the calendar is a bit wishful and if making one will make my blog predictable.

Thankfully, I got the words I need to hear and they helped me and touched me a lot. 😉

Some of them are:

I admire your dedication to starting a blogging calendar. I thought of it before, but with my work schedule and hours, it’ll be challenging for me to to meet it. I had to cut one weekly feature, and even that was running on a Sunday! I write based on what I feel that day… So I wouldn’t want to feel constrained. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it’s what you like and want to do. Yes making your readers happy is important but first you need to be happy too. Good luck, my dear!

– Annie of What the Woman Wrote

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I commend you for having such organized plans as opposed to me since I’m a cluttered type of person: no calendars, no scheduled posts. I couldn’t agree more from what they’re all saying. I just want you to be happy with your blog without a trace of pressure in your every post. We’re all here, excitedly waiting for them- whatever they are. 😀 As for the fictions, I really am happy to see you joining them but like what I’ve said don’t put pressure in them. I, too, have to pass (though I really try not to as much as possible) whenever I ran out of creative juices. You don’t have to write it within that specific day, just within the time frame. 🙂 Also, more than just being balanced, I would prefer you being carefree. Just the happy reading writer who freely shares her thoughts and feelings as they are. Smiles! 😉 :*

– Maria of Doodles and Scribbles

After reading a lot of lovely and insightful comments, I learned that I should write what I love to write, without any pressure, without any pretensions. 🙂

So my current blogging schedule is:

Monday: Monday Musings and Sunday Photo Fiction by Alastair Forbes

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday by  The Broke and the Bookish

Wednesday: Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers by Priceless Joy

Thursday: Three Line Tales by Sonya

Friday: Friday Fictioneers by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Saturday: The Great Book of List by  Laduchessederat

Sunday: FREE Day! Poem Day! 😀

ANNOUNCEMENT: The A-Z Challenge

I am joining the A-Z Challenge April 2016! 😀

WHAT IS IT?

It all began with my post from Saturday March 27, 2010 when I set forth a challenge to all bloggers for the month of April.   Can you post every day except Sundays during this month?  And to up the bar, can you blog thematically from A to Z?

Most of the time if you subtract Sundays from April, you then have 26 days–one day for each letter of the alphabet.  When April 1st lands on a Sunday you begin on that day which will be the only Sunday you would post during that month’s challenge. 

 Using this premise, you would start beginning April First with a topic themed on something with the letterA, then on April second another topic with the letter B as the theme, and so on until you finish on April thirtieth with the theme based on the letter Z.  It doesn’t even have to be a word–it can be a proper noun, the letter used as a symbol, or the letter itself.  The theme of the day is the letter scheduled for that day.

Most of you are probably familiar with Sue Grafton and her best selling series of detective novels known as the “Alphabet Series” that started in 1982 with “A” Is For Alibi up to her most recent “V” Is For Vengeance“.   She has made a franchise with the series and there have been  other authors who have taken similar approaches.  This Blogging From A to Z Challenge will be in the same vein.

MY THEME IS:

Poetry from A-Z! 😀 (Thank you for sharing informative poetry links, Thomas! :))

That’s it! 😀 I would love to know your thoughts and if you would want to join any of these exciting challenges. It will be fun if we do it together. 😀

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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

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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.

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Hopeful Desires

The starting point of all achievement is desire. – Napoleon Hill


I started the year with my resolutions, and little by little I hope to change them into realizations.

ICMYI, here are some of my plans I posted last time, and more desires inspired by  Laduchessederat‘s The Great Book of Lists.

READER & WRITER PLANS

1. To (HOPEFULLY) read 50 books this year.

I am ashamed that I was not able to finish the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge. 😦 I am two books away from wrapping it up with flying colors… but… I failed.

2. To read more of local books proudly written by Filipinos!

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Patriotic as it may seem, I plan to give local writers a try! It’s because out of 159 reads, only 2 are locals. It’s a shame!

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3. To try new authors!

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I’ve done that last year and it proved to be exciting! I have stumbled to new found gems and I hope to discover more gems this year! Again, any recommendations?

4. To write book reviews, more book reviews!

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It is a bit of a shame that I have so few reviews here. The writer-part of A Reading Writer is in full force last year but the reader-part isn’t. So I hope to put a balance on it.

PERSONAL PLANS

1. To… lose weight.

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Hopefully!

2. To travel once more!

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Preferably in a sandbar beach like Kalanggaman Island in Leyte!

3. To remain happy and healthy with my soulmates, my dearest, and my family. 🙂

Header photo credit: Clark


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 1.3 – The List of Your Desires

Thank you for the prompt, Laduchessederat!

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Ten Resolutions, Plans & Goals as a Reader, a Writer & a Blogger

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Am I believer of new year’s resolution? To be honest, I’m not.

For more than two decades, I have not created nor written such. That doesn’t mean I hate them, it’s just that it has never been a habit. 🙂

So for this year, because of The Broke and the Bookish, I would like to give it a try. (Operative word: TRY!) 😀

January 5: Top Ten Resolutions We Have For 2015 (can be bookish, personal resolutions)

I don’t think I can write ten (10) bookish resolutions, so this list will include my plans and hopes and yes, resolutions as a reader, a writer and a blogger. ❤

—Reader—

  1. To (FINALLY) give Harry Potter series a try.
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Please don’t be angry Potter fans. I have nothing against J.K. Rowling or Harry Potter or anyone from this series. It’s not them, it’s me! 😀

  1. To (HOPEFULLY) read 50 books this year.

I am ashamed that I was not able to finish the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge. 😦 I am two books away from wrapping it up with flying colors… but… I failed.

  1. To read a classic with a happy heart!

I have proven that I am not an old soul when it comes to books, but this year, I hope to read even just one classic. 🙂 (Hey, I read two classics last year! Maybe three?!) But I admit, I am not happy when I read them. So I hope I will be happy to read one next year. Any recommendations? 🙂

  1. To read more of local books proudly written by Filipinos!

Patriotic as it may seem, I plan to give local writers a try! It’s because out of 159 reads, only 2 are locals. It’s a shame!

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  1. To try new authors!

I’ve done that last year and it proved to be exciting! I have stumbled to new found gems and I hope to discover more gems this year! Again, any recommendations?

—Writer—

  1. To read more!
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A Reading Writer’s tagline is “I read because I write. I write because I read.” So that explains it. 🙂

  1. To go out and write out of the box.

I have tried a lot of new things this year! Thanks to Writing 101 and 201, this blog has been more diverse and exciting to visit. I want to keep the juices flowing and I hope I can write more without sacrificing quality,

  1. To write book reviews, more book reviews!
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It is a bit of a shame that I have so few reviews here. The writer-part of A Reading Writer is in full force last year but the reader-part isn’t. So I hope to put a balance on it.

—Blogger—

  1. To blog more consistently. (Weekly features, ahem!)

I tried so hard to blog and to do that, I set weekly features that I can follow. But still, I failed! So this year, I hope to change that. HOPE!

  1. To follow more, comment more, inspire more, write more!
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It’s self-explanatory, right? 🙂

How about you?

What are your plans, goals and changes that you would want to do this year?

Can you relate?

I would love to talk to you.

YES, you!

😉

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Writing 101: Discoveries, endings and beginnings

From: http://www.bang2write.com

Don’t say you CAN’T until you give it a try. – rosemawrites

This is the greatest lesson that I have learned from WRITING 101.

A Reading Writer has been in the blogosphere for more than a year now. Its tagline is “I write because I read. I read because I write.” But honestly, its content is really just about my ‘reads’.

I only write book reviews, travel notes, concert experience, and some personal thoughts but I haven’t written any fiction for this blog, ever.

Until I signed-up for Writing 101.

Because of the sometimes-hard but always-challenging tasks crafted by @cherilucas @susanrnet, I have discovered a part of my writer-self that I am now aware that it does exist.

Knowing that I CAN write fiction is indeed a reward that I am glad to receive but it doesn’t end there.

My ever sweet co-bloggers and writers actually LOVED them! I have received heartwarming and encouraging comments that helped my confidence a lot.

Specifically, I wanted to thank these writers for featuring my posts on their equally awesome blogs:

(These are the blogs that linked to my post as of this moment. If I missed yours, please do tell me.)

  • Simply Marquessa – she’s a great writer but I admire that she blogs not for the followers but for herself. 🙂 May it be fictions or anecdotes, you will surely enjoy it!
  • Scribbles@ Arpita – her short stories will touch you emotionally and her non-fiction write-ups are brave and moving, too! Personally, I consider her as one of my best buddies in Writing 101! This experience will not be as fun as it has been without our exchange of words! She’s inspiring as a writer and as a person!
  • Thistles and Whistles – our shared love for books (we are doing the same 2015 reding challenge) and her inspiring words makes her a must-read writer/blogger. Her comments also never fail to melt my heart. 🙂 She is just so lovable. 🙂
  • Short Story Press – as her name suggests, she is a genius in writing super short stories! So if you are a fan of flash fictions, visit her now!
  • Geekergosum – I envy his sooo many physical books but as a writer he is indeed interesting. You will also admire his love for his fambam!
  • Staying the Course – his blog has a great balance of long and short posts but I love his ‘sense’ the most!
  • Edwina Episodes – she is such a sweet lady who never forgets to express her gratitude. Aside from that, her blog is packed with positive and sometimes witty posts. She’s also not selfish in terms of commenting on your work. She’s honest and heartfelt. 🙂
  • Tummeeffeii – the last but definitely not the least! She’s a co-Filipina that I am really proud of because she can definitely write but what I admire the most is her diversity! She can be witty or creepy or cheest! She can make you laugh and she can make you cry. So… yeah, just visit her!

Aside from them, I really wanted to feature more co-Writing 101-ers who have been vocal on critiquing and commenting on my posts! Your words are like lights that have guided me in creating posts everyday! (NOTE: For those I will not be able to mention, I am so sorry but really you are ALL part of my Writing 101 journey!)

  • What the Woman Wrote – Since the first day up to the last, Annie has been one of my best (virtual) friend. 🙂 This experience would never be complete without our exchange of comments. As a writer, she’s somehow one of those I look up to because she can make me cry and she can make me laugh. But most of all, I admire her as a person. She’s brave, honest, and true. 🙂
  • A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales – Jacq’s consistent encouraging words is one of the reasons why I finished this course! Our exchanges are full of sense and sometimes quirky, too! In terms of writing, she has the ability to tug your heart. 🙂 Really. You will also love her lovely family!
  • Kat Blogs – Here is another awesome Filipina that I found in Writing 101, and I am really glad that I did find her! 🙂 I can relate a lot to her, weight issues is one of our common denominator, but most of all she’s really friendly! 🙂 Her blog is packed with inspiring pieces and health-related tips that everyone would enjoy reading! 🙂
  • StrangeLander 2015 – Oh, Vijaya! I just love her stories. She’s great in both short fictions and long ones. Her poems are also emotionally moving! 🙂 Aside from that, she’s honest. When she cannot write, she says it. That’s why her stories and posts are full of honesty and heart, too! 🙂
  • My Own Private Idaho – Here’s another Filipina that I like to talk to because she’s straightforward and kind at the same time. 🙂 I am also touched how she remembers my anecdote about my dad! 😀 Her blog has nonfiction tales that will really grip you once you begin reading them! You will also love her photos!
  • Indira’s Blog – Indira is one of the best poet that I have read in Writing 101! 🙂 I admire how she can incorporate powerful emotions in her pieces. 🙂 She’s sweet, too!
  • A Lady and Gaming Plus – I like Yvo as a writer because she can write interesting posts about gaming! I am not a gamer but because she writes it well, I read it! 🙂 And, she’s really cool!
  • A Typical 60 – Oh, Catherine! This woman can make you laugh, A LOT! Like really! Her wit is just so contagious. 😀
  • La Duchesse d’Erat – She is a great writer who writes both in French and in English. Your interests will surely be piqued by her amazing stories. We have exchanged a lot of thought-provoking comments as well but I owe my website traffic to her because she told me how my true website is not linked to my profile. 🙂 I will forever thank her for that.
  • Anand’s Parodies and Caricatures – Oh, Anand. I just love his so exquisite and interesting family. His wifey and his mom is my favorite! 😀 May he have moooore patience. 😀
  • Blabberwockying – Here is another Anand (I think they are two different people. I hope I am right. :)). I just like how he comments on my posts even though some are not really part of Writing 101. Go visit his blog because it is packed with diverse and well-researched topics!

These last two are I think the most special persons that I have known through Writing 101! My journey and my stories will not be the same without them,

  • I Care U Care Blog – Seasons (Finale) is written because of Fun Simplicity. 🙂 I thought of her as I write the ending of my short story. 🙂 She’s my driving force. I wanted to end the story in a way that will satisfy her because she is just my ideal reader. 🙂 Aside from that, she is an awesome writer, too! I Read her fictions and you will surely follow her! Just like what I always tell her, she’s a natural! 🙂
  • A Real Messy Beautiful Twisted Sunshine – Here’s some hugs from the Philippines to Suriname! She is, I think, my ultimate (virtual) friend in Writing 101. We are both Filipina, that’s a factor but it is actually more than that. I am a fan of her writing skills. She can creep the hell out of you, she can make you smile, she can make you ‘kilig’ and so many more. She’s just a writer/blogger worth following! 🙂 I love our exchanges of thoughts and I will be forever grateful to Writing 101 because I have known her through this course. 🙂

So.. I think I have talked a lot now but I am still not able to answer the task for today.

Here my TO-DO’s for the coming months:

  • To accomplish the Highschool Stereotypes Tag by Book Coma Blog. (Yay, better late than never!)
  • To post my thank you’s for the Versatile Blogger Award from Thistles and Whistles and Infinity Dreams Award from Yvo! I hope to post it sooonest! 😀
  • To participate in 3-Day Quote Challenge as nominated by Edwina! I know I said I will do this week but I think I have to move that! 😀 Sorry, Edwina!
  • To join Music Monday Challenge as seen on Kat’s Blog. Because I already have Monday Musings for Monday, I am thinking of another weekly feature inspired by this challenge. I would call it “Thursday Tunes”. (It will be awesome if you will join me guys!)
  • To create a new blog feature titled “Friday Fictions”. I am still afraid to take this big leap because I am not sure if I can write one fiction per week. 🙂 Buy anyone who would want to join or collaborate with me? 🙂
  • Lastly, I am really looking/thinking for blog memes for Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. To my dearest bloggers/writers, can we collaborate about these? 😀 Please?

So this is the last time that I will write this…

In response to Blogging University’s WRITING 101 Day 20 Assignment:

Day 20: The future

Congratulations! It’s the final day of Writing 101. We hope these prompts have encouraged you to brainstorm and write in new ways and introduced you to new tools and resources.

As we wind down the course, let’s look forward. What’s next?


That was it. 😀

I learned a lot. 

I have written a lot. 

I have known a lot. 

I have enjoyed this a lot.

Thank you again, @cherilucas @susanrnet for introducing me to an undiscovered part of my writer-self. Thank you, so much! 🙂

And I am looking forward to more collaborations with you, my fellow bloggers!

Let’s continue this!

Lot of blog-love,

Rosemawrites

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