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Adios 2011

New Year’s Eve always brings out the nostalgia in me. What have I done this year? Have I progressed in my writing? More importantly, have I provided for my family? Have I been a good husband? Dad? Brother? Son? Have I helped make the world a better place?

I come up with various answers, always leaning towards the positive. It is my opinion that life can only be lived by looking at the bright side of things without being naive to what I need to improve on.

There’s always room for improvement. I have a lot I want to do with my writing, but I have faith that an author’s work will be recognized at the time it was destined to. My writing goal in 2012 is to continually work on my writing and let the chips fall where they may. In truth, how other people will respond to my writing is out of my control. In 2012, I write to satisfy an inside desire to tell stories that make sense to me.

And one day, hopefully it makes sense to a few other people.

Thank you 2011 for teaching me many lessons. I hope to learn from these lessons to become a better person, primarily to focus on the moment without letting it pass me by so quickly. My kids are growing so fast that I will work on pressing the pause button. 

To all my writer friends, may your writings be heard by the world and may satisfaction come to you through your prose. To my music industry friends, take care of yourself and keep pounding out hits. To family and friends, thank you for being in my life.

I wish you all a prosperous 2012!

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Here’s to 2011

New Year’s Resolution: keep
blog interesting. Undoubtedly, a most subjective goal. As a writer,
I’m constantly at odds with myself. Should I keep this scene in a
manuscript? How much should I include about the Filipino culture?
Will anyone empathize with my hero or heroine? Is my story any
good? It’s a constant internal battle that all writers face. It’s a
leap of faith, a scary one to be sure, but one I’ll be taking this
year with my first novel “To Keep A Promise.”
It’s a story based in Alameda, California circa 2001 about teenage
love that spirals into a much deeper set of issues when my heroine
is betrayed by her first love’s best intentions. The novel has been
optioned to be made into a movie, which is
industry lingo for maybe the movie will be made one
day
. But hey, at least there’s an IMDB page.
I know the novel has to kick butt to increase the chances of a film
being produced. It’s scheduled to be released in October, which is
Filipino American Month. So yes, there is a Filipino element to the
story that I hope contributes to the universal theme of love and
faith. I say scheduled because release dates change all the time in
the world of publishing. But as of this writing, October 10, 2011
is the day. I also know that I’m a debut author, which means I’m at
the bottom of the commercial publishing totem pole. The fact is I’m
a higher financial risk for a publisher than any of the authors
I’ve linked in this blog. In today’s publishing world, debut
authors aren’t getting the marketing support as in years past until
book sales prove otherwise. I know I will have to invest in my own
marketing. Yikes, to say the least. But like all writers, I believe
in my story, pray for my novel, and bite my nails thinking about
the reaction from reviewers. I know I’m not the first one to be
down this road, and hopefully this won’t be my only attempt to make
it as a successful novelist. Here’s to 2011…as ready as I’ll ever
be for the journey ahead.

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