The Value of Handwriting

This week, news came through on how 14 states in my country have made it law that students must learn cursive writing in school. This is coming a good while after an undeclared falling out of the practice, as it suddenly vanished from school curriculums; especially as the latest technology has become utilized in classroom settings. It makes for interesting timing, especially with today’s generation of kids being more accustomed to typing and texting. Continue reading

Happy 2-Year Anniversary to “A Moment’s Worth”!

If yesterday’s announcement of a little promo sale didn’t make it clear enough, then let me say now that yesterday was quite a special day. Exactly two years ago yesterday was when I released my debut novel, A Moment’s Worth.

For those who don’t know what it’s about, it can be best summed up as a novel that’s more theme-driven than plot-driven. It’s about the interconnection amongst the human race, the fine line between what is real and what could be a dream, and about the value of moments in time.

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Special Friday Post: In Honor of Two Years Since Its Publication…

Special Friday Post: Black Friday Sale and the Poll

For those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving yesterday. For everyone else, I hope it was just as good of a day for you yesterday. I have a couple of announcements to put out prior to tomorrow’s regularly scheduled post, so let’s get it going:

First of all, in light of Black Friday, I have a little sale going on for my first novel, A Moment’s Worth. Since the sale I did for it on Amazon back on July did really well, I decided to do it again. From now through to next Friday December 4th, you’ll be able to purchase A Moment’s Worth for $1.99. I highly advise you take this opportunity to do so, especially if you haven’t read it yet. Besides, who knows when the next sale for it will be. You can go purchase A Moment’s Worth on Amazon here. Continue reading

In the Scheme of Full Circles: When “A Moment’s Worth” Meets “The Land of Stories”

In A Moment’s Worth (spoilers up ahead for those who haven’t read it yet), there is a chapter where a couple decides to end their relationship by meeting up at the very cafe they originally first met at five years prior. The reason being is their shared belief and admiration for full circles; about how they’re always at a constant loop, even if in different forms.

That was something that was going through my mind yesterday evening. I always find it funny when one of the themes that I addressed in my debut novel somehow seeps out into my real life, and the occasions have been rare. When life imitates art, it can be dauntingly reassuring that what a creator creates can become real.

As mentioned before, three days ago marked one year since the release of A Moment’s Worth. Along with lots to celebrate this past year, I’ve also evidently encountered many hurdles. I’ve had trouble getting people to check it out. In particular, I’ve had trouble getting people I know to read it. The struggle has been real and I’ve obviously been angry over it. However, yesterday was different when- as mentioned on Wednesday- I gave access to my novel to someone in particular. And that particular someone was Chris Colfer.

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Special Wednesday Post: Happy One-Year Anniversary to “A Moment’s Worth”!

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The concept of time flying is no joke, for it can pass by incredibly fast.  It’s a concept that comes to mind for me especially as I look back on what happened a year ago today.

Today is the one-year anniversary since the release of my debut novel, A Moment’s Worth.  After a year and a half of devoting blood, sweat, and tears to the beginning of a lifelong dream of mine, it officially took off on July 15, 2014 with this particular work of mine.  For those who don’t know what it’s about, here is the synopsis for A Moment’s Worth: Continue reading

In Loving Memory

It is with a heavy heart that I write this week’s blog post, not only to inform, but also to remember.  I didn’t think I would find myself doing this less than a year after A Moment’s Worth came out, and yet I must deal with the reality of this.

Cheryl Morris, who served as the editor for both A Moment’s Worth and “The Shadows,” passed away last Friday.  Despite the health issues she had been dealing with since January, her death has been incredibly unexpected for everyone who had known her and loved her. Continue reading

Reflection: 6 Months (+2 Days) Since the Release of “A Moment’s Worth”

I can’t believe it’s been that long already.  I can’t believe it’s been six months since the release of my debut novel, A Moment’s Worth.  As I gaze upon every single one of the pages where it can be purchased, I think of how much time has passed since that faithful summer day.  It feels like a long time ago, but at the same time, it doesn’t.

Since the day of its release, not a whole lot has changed in my life.  I’m nowhere near famous, so I’m not being stalked or anything creepy of that capacity.  I can still go out and about and no one will do the double take in my direction- and in many ways, that’s a relief.  I can still be normal.  But, as recapped on several times before on my blog, the continual marketing for the book remains to be a challenge. Continue reading

Behind the Moments: Time and Places

In honor of the three months since A Moment’s Worth came out, for the month of October, I shall be doing a series where I reveal some background history of the novel each week.  I might include some content that may contain spoilers, so be careful when reading if you haven’t already read the book yet.  I hope you enjoy.

Time and place are necessary essentials when writing a novel.  For books such as The Hunger Games trilogy, it’s very specific how it’s set in post-apocalyptic North America.  In the novel 1Q84, it takes up most of the year of 1984 in an urban setting in Japan.  David Mitchell’s novels take these elements a step further; in particular with his novels Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks where he’s leaping from country to country, time period to time period all over the place.  It’s quite fascinating.  My book is definitely not an exception to these must-needed elements when it comes to storytelling, and so for that matter, I want to dwell deeper into that aspect now. Continue reading

Behind the Moments: Language and Other Wording

In honor of the three months since A Moment’s Worth came out, for the month of October, I shall be doing a series where I reveal some background history of the novel each week.  I might include some content that may contain spoilers, so be careful when reading if you haven’t already read the book yet.  I hope you enjoy.

If you had read my author’s commentary that I had done about “The Shadows,” then you may remember how I took time to talk about how and why I incorporated bits of the Portuguese language into it.  You may also recall me saying that I did a little bit of that with A Moment’s Worth too, which is what I’m taking the time to talk about and expand upon now. Continue reading