Happy Fridays vol.3

As I was writing this entry, I feel like hurling. I ate like two servings of carbonara, and I couldn’t stop! It was so good, but at the same time, it made me feel dizzy from eating more than I could actually take.

Also, I figured this Happy Friday thing is a good thing since I can keep track of how productive I am. And… I am making myself hurl again. I am one of the most unproductive people I know. I’d take sleep over anything any day.

So, a run down of what happened in my week:

  1. I only attended one class this week! It was so annoying already! I mean, I was on the mood to study, but all this cancellation of classes was throwing me off. Now, I’m not in the mood.
  2. finally bought a pair of scissors and glue! HAHAHA! I’ve been meaning for a long time, but I kept on forgetting!
  3. Found a place that sells ink for my printer!And it’s only 85php what a steal hehe. I’ve been printing stuff like crazy because I didn’t feel like reading cases from the laptop. It’s hurting my eyes, so I decided to just print them all.
  4. Discovered Dua Lipa, and she’s amazing! My favorite song of hers is Blow Your Mind. Love it whenever she says ‘mwah.’
  5. Finished one of my manuscripts! One more to go!
  6. Received my allowance from my side-job. I feel rich again hahaha no.
  7. Finished all the stuff needed for my last meet-up. Hope this one will be fun!
  8. Finally ate Bulalo! I’ve been craving for it for a while, and I don’t know why. But we found this really good place in Espanya, and well, craving satisfied!
  9. Saw the final layout of one of my books, and it’s better than what I expected.
  10. Attended a mass with my blockmates.

So, that’s my week. Next week will be a more fun list, I guess, since I’ll be having my meetup this Sunday. ‘Til next time x

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Happy Friday vol.2

So… I was skimming through this blog, and I realized that the last post was made in 2015. I mean, what the heck happened to me in the year 2016?! I’ll try my best to remember the highlight of my 2016, so that a few years from now, I’ll have a written memory of what happened.

  1. I graduated from college (YAY I’M FREE)
  2. I took a licensure exam (HEY, PROFESSIONAL ME)
  3. Took a gap year
  4. Went to Singapore and Malaysia with my mom
  5. Finished writing 3 stories (When It All Ends, Just The Strings 2, I Watched Him Fall For Someone Else)
  6. Got fat from being a bum at home (HAHAHAHA)
  7. Tried eating no rice meals, but only last for 2 months
  8. Almost got a heart attack because I tried to get that Starbucks planner by drinking all those freaking coffee all by myself
  9. Got myself a car (his name’s Nightly)
  10. Got myself a lot (house is on the way hahaha seriously it’s like I’m preparing to have a family)

That’s basically my 2016. Sounds pretty boring? Not really. I like staying at home more than going outside. I like spending time with my family. I don’t know if it’s just me, but my mind always reminds me that my parents won’t always be around, so I’m doing my best to spend as much time as I can with them. I really don’t want a day to come when I’ll tell myself that I should’ve spent more time with them.

It will suck.

Real bad.

Anyway, that was my 2016. 2017 is way different from my 2016. This year is much more productive… and scary. I already took the first step in claiming my dreams, and seriously, it’s scaring the shit out of me. I’ll have a different entry about this dream, so now, I’ll tell you what happened from January 2017 up to my August 2017. Hopefully, I can remain faithful, and have regular updates on this blog, because why not?

  1. Passed my entrance exam in San Beda College of Law
  2. Went under panic for months prior to starting school
  3. Finished writing Just This Once (to date, it’s the most challenging story I ever wrote)
  4. Had 2 of my stories adapted to TV Movie
  5. Published Just The Strings (most challenging self-published, but wow so fulfilling)
  6. Got myself an insurance plan because it’s a must for me
  7. Got myself a complete skin-care products (AFTER SO LONG HAHAHAHA)
  8. Went to Thailand and fell in love with Pad Thai and Milk Tea oh my gooood
  9. Spent a lot because seriously, Thailand’s clothes are woooow so freaking cheap, but so freaking cute as well
  10. Found new friends with common struggle ❤

That’s basically it. I really find it hard to remember everything that have happened, so this will be a challenge, but a challenge accepted. See you next Friday (hopefully!)

Of Happy Endings

Happy endings? Personally, I was no big fan of happy endings. I used to think that they’re… a big lie the adults manufactured for us to hope that at the end of this crappy thing called life, there’s still something to look forward to. How could they ask us to believe in that happy ending when we’re all surrounded with married couples separating, with people cheating, with cheaters being publicly glorified in movies and tv series? I mean, seriously? 

Happy ending.

Two words with no meaning, well, at least for me.

I used to hate it, really, because I did not like to think of myself as someone who feeds lies to people who read my stories.

Then I grew older… and weirdly enough, my pessimism seemed to have subdued. I learned to… see life in a bigger perspective. Maybe with a more forgiving eyes? I don’t know for sure. Sometimes, I think I’m getting soft, but what’s wrong with being softer? It’s not easy to be tough all the time. It’s not easy to pretend that I can always do things alone. Most of the times, I just want someone to comfort me, and tell me lies like there’s a happy ending waiting for me. Is that so bad?

Life is hard—sometimes, too hard, even.

Living in reality is hard enough that people chose fiction as an escape. As a writer, I used to choose to serve my personal interest. I write stories the way I find comfortable; I end stories the way I envision them to end—nevermind my readers who are hoping for that happily ever after that everyone deserves. I used to think that I’m cool because I can write without caring how others perceive my work. I mean, it wasn’t as if I begged anyone to read my stories. Read at your own discretion, right? But honestly, as I grew older, as I become more exposed to the harsh realities of life, I just want… one piece of that happily ever after. I mean, I still believe it’s a lie, but now, I don’t mind feeding into the lie if it means I get to believe—even for just a second—that life is still worth living.

That there’s still something worth to look forward to.

And whenever I write, I always put a piece of myself in every character that I make. And when my readers think that that character—that someone who I have put a piece of myself in—deserves to receive a happy, fulfilling ending, it gives me that hope that I will have my happy ending, too. After all, if someone so much like me could have a happy ending, why can’t I?

Trust is an expensive word

Sometimes, it is better to distance yourself from people so that you can avoid disappointment. I just remembered this because I saw betrayal once again–in its ruthless and unrelenting form dressed in sheep’s clothing. Really, don’t expect loyalty when she can’t even provide honesty.

Humans are really confusing.

People have often asked me why do my characters only have very few friends. I didn’t notice that until someone pointed it out and it got me thinking. Maybe it is true that with every story you pen, you always leave a part of yourself. I personally think that having few loyal friends will always be better than having a disloyal flock. I mean, why would you need loads of friends who don’t got your back? To feel entitled because many are after your attention? To have many people mouthing your name? What for? These people won’t even be there when you’re at your lowest.

They will probably be the first ones going out of the door once you’re asking for help.

They will be the ones who will turn their back when you’re begging for mercy.

They will be the ones pretending to be deaf when you’re shouting for their name.

You’re just fooling yourself by thinking that having many friends is better than having few true friends.

Quality will always trump over quantity.

Once upon a time, I used to let people easily into my life and boy if that wasn’t one of the things I regret the most. It is very easy to give your trust but the hard part is mending yourself once it gets broken. It isn’t easy pondering what the hell is wrong with you that people keep on hurting you. It isn’t easy thinking why you’re not good enough. It’s just never easy.

It makes you think how.

It makes you hurt why.

Isn’t this the reason why they said that breaking up with your friends is way worse than breaking up with your boyfriend? Because it sucks. It fucking sucks. I mean really, really sucks.

And once you get your trust broken, you just can’t let people in easily again. You will always have this lingering fear inside your head. What if one day they leave? What if one day they realize you’re not good enough? Gods, it will make you crazy and very insecure. You will start building that wall and make yourself contented with superficial friendships…

You will have to talk about the stupid weather and the boring economy instead of pouring your deepest feelings over a cup of coffee.

But isn’t it better than investing your love and trust on someone who will just leave later on? Because you can’t trust again. Because you did that and it freaking hurt. Because you don’t want to go through that nightmare once again.

I know getting dumped by your boyfriend must hurt but I’m pretty sure best friend break-ups has got to be the one of the hardest things ever. So choose the people you trust because you know what? People get stabbed by those whom they trust the most. So be careful who your friends are… because you never know and you can never be too sure.

Eydee x

 

10 ways to write that story

The past weeks have been stressful because of all the papers I have to write and the deadlines I have to meet. Being a student sucks… well, only kinda. So now that I found a bit of time to continue blogging, I’d write a post about the 2nd thing on my list. Though I prefer to write a review about the movies I’ve been watching (Olympus Has Fallen captured my heart big time!), I’ll save that for another time.

Now, I am tasked to write a comprehensive tutorial about something. I consider myself as Jack of all trade, master of none. I really don’t excel at many things but I’d like to believe that I do excel at writing (I hope so!) so I’d do a tutorial about how to write a kick-ass story.

I’m writing in this platform called Wattpad and so far, it’s been sooo good to me. I’m currently an exclusive writer for Summit Media’s imprint Pop Fiction and as of December 2015, I already have 6 books and 2 to be published. Life’s good!

So, how to write?

  1. Before you even begin to write, please do review your grammar. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who gets turned off if the writer’s grammar is horrible. I cringe at those obvious grammar lapses. I can tolerate the minor lapses but those obvious ones? Nope. So before you begin writing once upon a time, grab your English grammar textbook and do a refresher. Trust me, no reader would want to read stories that are plagued with cringe-worthy grammar errors.
  2. Think about a plot that you think is interesting. Of course it is important that it is interesting so that readers would want to read your work. Let’s stop being hypocrites and say that we’re writing for ourselves. I mean, sure, we do write for ourselves. But let us not deny that deep inside us, we like it when someone reads our works. It gives us this feeling of satisfaction to know that someone do like what we wrote. So before you write your first word, think of a plot that’s interesting enough that the readers will follow to the end.
  3. Name your characters. If you think names are not important, you’re wrong. Your readers will be invested in your character. They will talk about your character. Your characters’ names will be on the mouth of your readers so be sure that your characters’ names are good enough and will be remembered. Also, avoid using names that are already affiliated with certain stories. For example, Kenji and Athena are already connected with SDTG, Drake and Alys with SDP (Ha! Self-promote!). So make your own trademark and create a character that you can own.
  4. Click-bait title. Admit it or not, title is a very important factor when it comes to reading a story. If your title is lame, chances are readers won’t even bother to read your story. But if your title is interesting, trust me, readers will flock your story. So before you post, think. Think really, really hard because the title could possibly make or break your writing career. 
  5. 1st or 2nd or 3rd POV. Choose which point of view you would want to take. I think there are pros with every one of them but personally, I like using the 1st POV because it lets me describe the character’s personality more. It makes the readers more invested because they get to read that character’s thoughts and feelings. And it’s easier to use because you’re like just narrating. And you get to keep the secrets because you’re only using one perspective! But some people prefer the 3rd because they get to explore all of the characters and it has this omniscient feels. It’s a good perspective but I’m not that comfortable with it so I’m sticking to the 1st one. Though the 2nd one is really interesting but I’m finding it hard to use.
  6. Write an interesting prologue. This one is critical because it is the first thing that the readers would read. Now, if you’re already an established writer with a strong following, your prologue wouldn’t matter that match because they already know that you can write good. But if you’re a beginner writer, your prologue will be the basis if they would want to continue reading your story so be creative and be interesting. It need not be long, just interesting enough to make them want to read more.
  7. Shock them with your plot twist. Readers love twists! It makes them crazy knowing that you’ve been cooking things under your sleeves. Don’t be boring. Avoid linear storyline and always keep your readers on their toes. I personally dislike predictable stories (but I do enjoy those kind when the writer’s really good with narration). So avoid being boring and be surprising. Plan your twist ahead so you could put clues along the way and make your readers go, “Oh my gosh! I knew it! It’s been there all along, I just didn’t notice!”
  8. Balance your narration and dialogue. I personally like writing narration more because I get to describe the scenario and the character’s feelings with more depth. Though some readers prefer to read more dialogues, I think there should be a balance between the two. It’s too informal if it’s pure dialogue; it’s too boring if there’s too much narration. Balance between the two should do the trick.
  9. Make them go gaga over your characters. If your readers love your character? Trust me, they will stick until the end even if your plot goes downhill simply because they love your character. So make your character unique and lovable because it could be your secret ingredient to having that success story that you’ve been dreaming about.
  10. An ending to remember. End your story with a bang. Make them sad because the story already ended. Make them want to read more of your stories because you’re that good. And don’t stretch your story for too long because it might get boring. End it while it’s still hot. Quality over quantity always, remember. It’s not about how many chapters you have but about how your story has been etched in your readers’ heart.

But to be honest, there is no single way or step that would help you write that story. Just write, alright? It’s the best advice. If the first story didn’t gather much buzz, write a second one. I’m sure soon enough, you’ll have the plethora of readers that you’ve been waiting for. All of the top writers today didn’t automatically have thousands of readers. Of course it’s a step by step process. Sometimes it takes years; sometimes just months. It just depends on your luck… but pretty sure your time will come.

So don’t give up and keep on writing that once upon a time until you reach your own happily ever after!

Eydee x

Happy Friday vol.1

So I have seen this trend wherein people post about the things that made them happy during the week. I’ve decided to follow the trend because why not? And it’s good to list down the things that made you happy so that you’d appreciate the blessings you’re getting. And so that years from now, you’d have a list of the things that made the younger version of you smile.

This week, November 15-21, or also known as the APEC week, I’m happy because of so many things. I was able to stay the whole week in our house so I am very elated right now. I know it’s Saturday today but I wasn’t able to do this post last night because we watched Mockingjay Part 2 (one of the reasons this week kicked ass!).

1. One-week vacation!

Since I began my senior year in college, I wasn’t able to go home as often as I used to. Sometimes, I don’t come home for a month and that’s so sad. I’m very clingy to my family especially to my mom. Though I wouldn’t admit it to them, I really love my family. Sometimes I think it’s not healthy. Haha. So this APEC week, it felt like an early Christmas gift because I had a week of staying completely at home.

2. I finished 3 books! 

So because I had lots of free time and nothing better to do (lol take that, acads!), I read books. That week, I was able to finish Maybe Someday (GODS, RIDGE! YOU FRUSTRATE ME SO MUCH), Forbidden (Okay. I didn’t really finish this one because I’m going to have emotional breakdown if I did. But I read the ending somewhere in the internet and I was just so glad I didn’t read it myself because my heart would be all over the place if I did), and I also finished reading Maybe Not (It was okay).

3. I binge-watched TV series.

I’m happy whenever I watch TV series but this week, I’m more of… heart-broken with a tinge of annoyance. I’m annoyed because Ophelia from The Royals just annoy the shit out of me. And I’m heart-broken because King Francis just died in Reign! It’s an emotional week for my tv-series-loving heart.

4. I was informed that the cover of my book is already finished!

It’s one of the stories that kept me up at night. I really worked for the plot of this story so I’m just so excited that it’s really about to hit the bookstores! And the cover’s really pretty!

5. I bought La Germania Gas Range.

So my mom decided to re-designed the whole kitchen and the CR (and she plans to re-design the whole house so good luck to us) and being that I’m a bored human being, I decided to come with her when she was shopping for appliances and other shiz. Remind me not to bring my card because she pressured me to buy that freaking gas range. But anyway it’s still a happy thing for me because I’d be able to bake pastries! So yay still!

6. We watched Mockingjay Part 2!

So it wasn’t as good as Catching Fire but it was still good. We watched the 3D version because that’s the only time we could watch. We were bummed out because it was a waste of money. The movie was good but watching it in 3D doesn’t make sense but oh well. My sister was annoyed with me because the people looked at us when I shouted during the part where Finnick died. She couldn’t blame me! That scene was so wow! I kinda hated Katniss for a while during that part!

7. Was able to finish one of my papers.

I wasn’t really productive this week so I’m happy I was able to finish at least one. I’m being optimistic about this when in fact, I still have 6 papers waiting to be written.

8. I was able to talk to this really hot British.

Though he annoyed the living daylights out of me, I learned a lot of things from him (one is nothing good happens after 2am. Really, NOTHING.)

9. I am an official copywriter.

I wrote this sort of ad for a company and they said they liked it and they’re asking me to write for them again!

10. I was finally able to buy VIP tickets for The Vamps! With Meet & Greet!

OMG I’m just so happy! I already bought one but I can’t let this chance pass! I’ll be able to see Bradley face to face! I’m so excited for January!

Eydee x

Life of the Royals: Booze and Scandals

I think it is lame that my first official blog post would be a review of a recent show that I have watched… but I’m following a list here so why the hell not, right?

So last week, I came across this show entitled The Royals. I found this show because I was reading a story by Kimber Lee (you should check her works out! She’s awesome!) and she promoted this show and being that I am in love with Kimber Lee’s works and I trust that whatever she’s promoting is worth it, I decided to give this show a try. And boy did I enjoy this show!

For those who’re interested, here’s a short blurb for you. It’s about the royal family of England and how they struggle to keep their family when the monarchy’s under the threat of complete abolishment. Of course being that they’re the royal family, we couldn’t keep them off from scandals, booze, and sex (definitely lots of it in this show). There’s the Queen who’s keen on controlling the life of her children while maintaining an affair with her childhood love, the prince who’s enamored with this American who called him idiot (seriously though I skip their part because they BORE me), and of course there’s the rebel princess who’s always high (I can’t recall a single episode where she’s not high, really). And the most important part for me here is their British accent. Bloody hell it’s entertaining listening to those lovely twangs.

So what’s so good about this show if it features a lot of sex and drugs? I couldn’t care more for the sex and drugs because I’ve had enough of those when I watched Skins (good show, this one, except for the crappy latter seasons). For one, it shows you the life of the modern royals, how they live their everyday lives, how they run from the paps, and how they avoid scandals. It also features lots of hot British guys (I think this is reason enough). But what I really do enjoy in this show is the scenery. I love England. I love how cultured the people are. I love the infrastructures. I love how they live their everyday lives. I love how few cars are there and how they actually use motorcycles and bikes to go around the place. It just feels so… homey.

And I’m becoming more and more comfortable with the British accent! Thanks to all the Brit shows I’m watching 😛

I also love the drama in this show. I love how cunning the queen is and how she’s controlling everybody’s life. I mean, who doesn’t love a queen who’s set out to destroy anyone who goes against her, right? She’s so icy and manipulative that her presence is enough to keep me watching this show. Though prince Liam is hot, I hate his presence. He’s so weak and indecisive, and attracted to this commoner just because she called him idiot. I mean… really, prince Liam? It sounded like a poorly written love story. The prince falls for the girl who’s stupid enough to call the royal prince idiot. Seriously I can’t stand those two. And lastly, I love Princess Eleanor. She’s the major reason why I instantly fell in love with the show! She’s so full of angst and drama and she’s so stupid sometimes. She hates it when her mother manipulates her life but really she’s making it really easy for her mother to meddle. Using reverse-psychology on her is so easy. If you want her to do things, just make her feel like you hate that and surely she’ll do that to infuriate you. Very easy to manipulate, that one.

And of course how will I be able to forget about Jasper and his blackmailing ways? After all the episodes I have watched, I still don’t know a thing about this guy. All I know is that he’s playing with the princess’ heart and he’s hot and he’s American. That’s all there is to say about him. But his sizzling relationship with the princess is what makes the series all the more exciting. If not for them, The Royals would suck lemons.

Though I think I kinda spoiled some things, there are still plenty of things to watch out for. The Royals is a good show (though there are scenes that are obviously fabricated but still a good show, nonetheless). And the British twang is just an added bonus.

Eydee x

List of things

I have so many thoughts yet I have so little words to verbalize what I have to say.

I worry that years from now, I would not be able to remember all the thoughts I had thought, the words I had said, and the things I had done… Quite terrifying if you would ask me. Living a life and not being able to recall one single thing? Is it even considered a life well lived?

Because of this fear I have inside my tiny, little head, I have decided to blog about my thoughts so that years from now, I would be able to read what I was thinking when I was 21 (I feel pretty old right now, btw, 25 year old me) and realize how petty the things I worry about were. Well, I’m really hoping that my future would be much, much better than the present I am living right now… Not that I’m complaining because my life’s pretty great as it is. I love my life and it’s true (it’s a pity that only a few people could truly say that they love their life).

I do write a lot. I think I write at least 2000 words a day (either doing school papers or penning a story) but I have never written anything that’s just purely about… thoughts. So here I am doing it.

And since I’d be blogging about my thoughts, I’d care for a list of things I could talk about. I got this from a site but I changed a few things because really, I wouldn’t care to blog about motorcycles. I don’t have any interest in riding one nor owning one. All the motorcycle accidents I have heard about did enough scare for me.

#1 Review books/products/films

#2 Make comprehensive guide/tutorial

#3 Interview someone

#4 Criticize a website/blog or a person

#5 Tell a personal secret

#6 Write inspirational/motivational post with famous quotes

#7 Share recent travel experiences

#8 Host a giveaway

#9 Write down a conspiracy theory

#10 Show log files of intense conversations

#11 Write a short story

#12 Create a list of something

#13 Write down all the thoughts you had in mind today 

#14 Share your goals/dreams publicly

#15 Build your to-do list

#16 Write a post in response to some recent post/news

#17 Make a full case study about something

#18 Share your favorite blogs/bloggers in one post

#19 Invite your readers to submit guest posts

#20 Publish the best comments that your blog has received throughout the history

#21 Tell a joke

#22 Bust a myth

#23 Publish a post about your success and epic failures

#24 Ask your readers to tweet, like, and share the posts they like –

#25 Start a poll

#26 Write a post about things you regret doing/not doing

#27 Pose a rhetorical question in your blog post

#28 Publish some little or unknown facts

#29 Publish an In Memorian post

#30 Bring out the most important dates in history

#31 Tell about your latest event experiences

#32 Publish your CV online

#33 Post an obvious lie

#34 Write where you’d like to travel

#35 Write about the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life

#36 Tell your readers what they should do to succeed

#37 Do a video post about your day

#38 Create a blog post about your bad habits 

#39 Write a longer “About Me” post

#40 Write down your monthly personal budget and expenses 

#41 Write in your own everyday language/writing style

#42 Publish a post about cons and pros about something

#43 Publish a list of your most successful Tweets/social media posts (based on re-tweets & likes)

#44 Make a post about future plans

It’s a pretty long list so I think I’ve got the entire year covered. I really don’t feel confident about telling secrets because I love my secrets but what’s life without a little inconvenience?

Eydee x