ending agony (WQW)

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I’m participating (finally) for the first time to my dearie Jade‘s Writer’s Quote Wednesday (WQW) and my first quote is from the Still I Rise woman, Maya Angelou and her words that have been “the force” that pushed me to write this blog almost three years ago. (Woah! Time flies! :D)

In my first post, Agony published August 28, 2014, I quoted her and said:

“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.”

I closed the first post with: “Now my agony has ended.”

Fast forward almost three years after pressing that publish button, I am clearly far from the blogger who I was before. I’m just a reader before. A book reviewer. A fangirl of Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom and Jason Mraz and Sara Bareilles.

Now, I am still a reader. Still a fangirl. Still a dreamer. But now, a poetess (or I assume I am :D), a self-published author of my first baby “Between My Bleeding Lines” (a struggling one for that matter), a writer by profession and by hobby.

Has the agony ended? In telling my story, not yet.

For each day opens up a new poem. A new story. A new blank page. A new clean slate. A new struggle. A new battle. A new courage. A refilled bottle of bravery.

To write.
To live.
To dream.
To breathe (words).

For there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Let’s breathe some more, shall we?

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Confessions, ramblings, and everything in between

Over an hour. That is how long I have been staring at my screen flashing an unfinished article I should finish before the day ends.

Eight tabs. That’s how many articles and resources I have read to be able to start writing and get my mind do what it’s supposed to do.

Numerous words written and deleted. That’s how I have been trying (badly) to write and write and write.

But nothing. My mind is not at it.

Like a boat freely sailing, wandering, on the vastness of the endless sea, my mind seems to be here but nowhere, here but elsewhere. It would be ungrateful to say I feel like a criminal jailed to be stuck in my office chair but that’s how I have been feeling lately.

It took me years to land a job related to my course, Journalism. I have been here for almost three years now and yes, it is fulfilling, tiring, but exciting. But there are days when you want to be as free as a bird. To be a writer tucked under her blanket just reading and writing.

It might be because of age but lately, I have been yearning for a simpler life. A life in a quaint house, by the sea and near the forest where I can wander and wonder. A life without a rushed phase. A life not limited by deadlines. A life not commanded by corporate bosses.

But that kind of life, as simple as it may sound, is too expensive. Expensive because you need money while living a life away from the city and the 9-to-5 job. Because I have responsibilities, and I have a life that isn’t only about me.

It’s been almost two months since I released my debut book, and I am quietly wishing and praying for its success because I dream to be like Lang Leav. Living in New Zealand, writing. But the road to becoming like her seems foggy and bumpy. Am I losing faith? Maybe.

I may not be hungry to make millions for my book, but I am dreaming of living a life as a writer. A creative one. Not someone locked inside a corporate box. But then as the eldest daughter, I got to move. I got to earn. For the family.

How can I pursue my passion and provide for the family? That I have yet to find out. And yes, I am trying to knock doors and windows to turn my dreams into reality.

Like what Ms. Maya Angelou told me again last week, “All great achievements require time.” I need patience and endurance. But most of all faith.

Faith that my time will come. Faith that my book’s time will come. Faith that everything happens for a reason. Faith that no time is wasted. Faith in things I cannot see as of the moment. Faith that He is moving and guiding me.

Easier said than done, I’m trying. Every single day.

For now, let me get back and write the article I need to finish today.

 

April Coffee Date

Hello, my darlings! 🙂 I just figured that the last coffee date I posted was last November. (ugh).

I so missed doing this, so please grab a chair. 🙂 I prepared a cuppa coffee, tea, or beer (if you want. :D)

CALM MARCH

Finally, after epic roller coaster monthssssss, March has been so kind to me. 🙂 I was able to write for my two favorite prompts:

I was also able to join several tags (which I loooved a lot! :D) I miss doing Three Line Tales though. 😦

HOPEFULLY KINDER APRIL

With the summer kicking off, I am hoping April will be as kind or even kinder to me! 😀 Because I want to continue with dVerse and FFfAW plus, I signed up to NaPoWrimo! (Except the weekend prompts because I am mostly offline on weekends. :()

BOOK UPDATE

Finally, I plan to do the TITLE REVEAL of my upcoming debut book this month. 🙂 (It’s been months since I started with this project and I am excited to share this with you, guys! <3)

It’s your turn! What are your writing/blogging/anything plans for April! Will you join NaPo, too? 😀

 

Monday Morning Melts #1

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Welcome to our first Monday Morning Melts!

The first song-lyrics prompt is from If You’re Not The One by Daniel Bedingfield chosen by yours truly. A song will be more than a song when it holds a special meaning to someone’s heart, especially when a song is offered to someone your heart holds dearly.

This song is actually my almost six-year relationship’s theme song. And as an ode to our relationship, this is my first song-lyric-prompt. I hope this will inspire you to write something that will melt our hearts. 🙂

If You’re Not The One by Daniel Bedingfield

And I hope you are the one I share my life with
And I wish that you could be the one I die with
And I pray in you’re the one I build my home with

I hope I love you all my life

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!

Starting next week, we’ll have Monday Morning Melts: Features to highlight all the submissions we receive.

On that note, we’re looking forward to seeing what melts your muses’ hearts this week!

Invitation to Join: Monday Morning Melts

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“Songs are emotions, expressed in such a way that only the soul understands.” ― Unknown

There’s something about the way the lyrics, the instruments, and the memories come together in a song that resonates in each and every one of us. Regardless of whether you prefer soft ballads or upbeat dance tracks, there’s a song for every soul.

Recently, my dear friend Jade and I came up with the idea of Monday Morning Melts, because alliteration is strong with us, and because we realized we have yet to come across a prompt that uses song lyrics.

Like songs, poems, stories, and photos can touch our hearts, move our minds, and linger in our souls. That moment you are stunned with a goofy sweet smile on your face is an inexplicable feeling. Thus, the birth of Monday Morning Melts!  

What is it?

Monday Morning Melts is a weekly writing prompt posted every Monday. We’ll be using song lyrics to inspire you and get you into the Morning Melts mood.

The prompts are optional, and we welcome not only pieces inspired by the prompts directly, but also any poetry, stories, or photography that coincidentally fit that week’s prompt as well. Feel free to share others’ work, with permission, of course!

Will My Submissions Be Featured?

Yes! As the saying goes, sharing is caring.

We will feature everyone’s submissions from the previous week. The features will be split into two sections: one section for submissions inspired directly by the prompts and one section for pieces  you would like to share that also fit that week’s prompt. This second section would be a great place to shed new light on an old piece of yours or share a beloved blogger.

Why Monday?

Because Monday Blues, anyone? Most of us hate Mondays with a passion. It marks the end of a blissful weekend and the start of a long, grueling work week. We want to change that. We want to start your week on a sweet note.

As the name Monday Morning Melts suggests, we want to share poems, stories, or photos that can melt the heart, tickle the soul, and make someone’s gloomy day a little brighter.

How will I join?

Here are the 4  easy steps:

  1. Create and share a post inspired by the song-lyrics-prompt for the week. A post can be anything: a poem, a fiction, a six-word tale, or even a photo. Whatever inspires your muse.
  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). 😉

What if I want to share on other social media?

Go for it! Jade and I are both social on other media 😉 Use the same hashtag #MondayMorningMelts on Twitter or Instagram and we’ll be able to find you there too. You can @mention us as well if you’d like. Our usernames are below:

Rosemarie  

Twitter: @rosemawrites // Instagram: @areadingwriter

Jade  

Twitter: @jademwong // Instagram: @jademwong

When do I start?

Monday Morning Melts #1 will be presented by me Monday, November 7. Jade and I will be alternating every week.

If you have any questions or suggestions, we are more than excited to answer and read them!

Thank you!

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

Writing Challenge: November Notes

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Last Monday, my love Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies and yours truly did an impromptu sharing of song titles and came up with a list of 30 epic songs for our November Notes writing challenge!

How’s the drill?

  • Write or post anything inspired by the song (the title, the lyrics, or either). No word count limit. It can also be a photo.
  • Please link back to this post so we can read it. 😉
  • Use the hashtag #novembernotes.

Sarah and I are both in Instagram! 😀

@thesarahdoughty

@areadingwriter

Quick Coffee Date!

Rushing and rushing because the days are turning, turning as the sun keeps on shining and setting!

Would you like to seat for a few minutes and take some needed breather and talk, of course, have tea or coffee or beer with me! 😀

So September ended swiftly and there are not scarlet and almost bare trees! (Blessed are those witnessing the beauty of the fall! :D)

SEPTEMBER

Here is my corner, I was able to do this month:

  • Post my throwback posts!😀 And I am thrilled that you love them especially my fictional series! ❤
  • Participate in blogging prompts especially dVerse Poets Pub, Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers and Three Line Tales!

OCTOBER

This month will be extra busy because I have a big event in my work. So… my plans are:

I am not sure if I will still be able to participate with my favorite prompts but I will try! 🙂

BOOK UPDATE

The book is still, sadly, in its editing phase! BUT I was able to talk to a potential artist, a fellow Filipina, who will do the cover. ❤

I will also be unveiling the title anytime soon! ❤

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:

I pray for a terrific October for everyone! If you want to share your plans with me, please do so! 🙂

Sending some love from me to you! ❤

 

 

Ghost

It has always been my dream to become a writer, a journalist might be the proper term. To see my name in the prestigious by-line of the story that I wrote, would feel like I won a much-coveted Olympic gold.

I never knew until college, that Nanay (mother) shares the same dream. I should’ve figured through the old baby photos inked with her scribbled narratives of my tiniest beams or angriest screams.

And so I tried my luck, with my degree as my backpack, I tiptoed towards an unknown track. Then I found a good samaritan who lead me, guide me through the mountain. Together we climb journalism’s terrain. I can already see the peak, I can almost touch it. That’s when the corporate monster appeared to suck all my wit.

I fall briskly, painfully. But my dream’s too stubborn to abandon me entirely. So now I am working behind. Cloaked and hidden somewhere no one can find.

My mind thinks.
My fingers type.
My eyes read.
My mind edits.

The article’s done, but I don’t recognize the name on the by-line.

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

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In response to dVerse‘s Let’s Kick it Up A Notch by Victoria C. Slotto.

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Search your archives and choose a poem, even if it’s one you thought was already done, and see if you can add a little spice to it through the use of sensory description, replacing metaphor, or tightening up your word count. (If you write prose, maybe you could choose a paragraph and make it into a poem, still applying the prompt.)

Read Victoria’s own poem titled Death Imagined.:)

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NOTE: Here is the original poem where this prose came from. 

Ghost 
(October 21, 2014)

It has always been a dream to be a writer.

A writer who can be able to see her name in the prestigious ‘by-line’.

But now, I have settled to write ‘behind’.

My mind works.

My mind thinks.

My fingers type.

I finish the article.

But the By Line’ isn’t mine.

 

Monthly Coffee Date

Cheeeeeeers to a productive July, everyone! 😀 Whew!

I am still trying to rest my ink-stained finger (yeah, you know that is not true), while I write this coffee break post because what is more calming than smelling the strong scent of caffeine and tasting its bitterness invading your thirsty tongue… Okay, enough. 😀

Please take your seat now, let’s toast, and begin this coffee date. ❤


Fun-filled Wordy July

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Most, if not all, of you knew that me and my dearie Maria of Doodles and Scribbles hosted this month our very first writing/blogging challenge titled Word-High July: 30 Beautiful Filipino Words!

I learned hosting an event is actually tedious and tiring. BUT most of all I figured it is WORTH it! 🙂 I have come across great writers and poets who have flawlessly drawn inspiration from the 30 Filipino words. ALL of their takes are impeccable!

I can say a lot but one word, I think is enough. For them, I want to say SALAMAT. ❤

A Reading Writer has also featured 30 beautiful new words (new to me) from Sarah Doughty of Heartstring Eulogies. Thank you again dear S, for introducing me to them! ❤

A Bit Calmer August

So after a packed month, A Reading Writer will now be back to its regular programming. But not really back. 😦

In as much as I wanted to write for the regular weekly prompts that I do, job tasks have been at their peak currently and I am bracing for more next month. So for now, here are my non-ambitious plans for next month:

  • 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 Word doc since February. (Stocks are piling up. :D)
  • Post 2016 Reading Challenge update and Book Reviews. (I have 18 pending reviews. Geez.)
  • Write more collabs if someone wants to. 😀

Major Announcement

Last but not the least is that I want to tell you guys that A Reading Writer now has a Facebook page!!! 😀 (Am I too excited? HAHA)

It is still almost bare but I will appreciate you dropping by! It’s address is at: https://www.facebook.com/areadingwriter.

Thank you everyone and may we all have a GREAT August!

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