Poems and Stories

A Carved Dream (A Short Story)

Title: A Carved Dream

For AMACon 5

Genre: Semi-Thriller

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“NO! STOP!”

I suddenly bolt up screaming, drenched in cold sweat and panting like I just ran a marathon. I look around, bewildered, trying to get a sense of where I am when I realize that I’m in my bedroom and I was just having a damn nightmare. Even though I knew it was but a dream – for a moment, I couldn’t distinguish where I was and what was reality. I look at my hands and breathe a sigh of relief when I didn’t see any blood just as my brain registers that my sheets are all tangled between my legs and my hair is sticking out all over the place.

“Just a dream. Just a nightmare. Nothing more,” I mumble out as I pass my shaking hands across my face. I’m a trembling mess.

Grabbing my chest and breathing deeply, I close my eyes as I try to tell my heart to calm the fuck down. Easier said than done, I know, but I need to do it if I don’t want to look like a fucking zombie when I go to work later. I know it’s probably very early in the morning since it’s still dark out and I probably have a few more hours for sleep.

Though based on the thundering beats of my heart – I’m not sure if it’s possible for me to go back to sleep. What with the adrenaline that is still pulsing through my whole body. Plus I’m not even sure if I really do want to go back to sleep.

Not if I would be seeing—

“It’s just a dream. It’s just a dream, Nicky,” I tell myself. “It’s not happening and it’s never going to happen, alright?” Continue reading “A Carved Dream (A Short Story)”

Nowhere To Go · Random Thoughts

Nippon 🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵

I woke up today dreaming of Japan. Again. 😅

Literally. Like I vividly saw Shibuya Crossing, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo Skytree, Akihabara – to name just a few – in my dream. And I was simply walking through it. Or floating. Or flying. I don’t really remember that part much. You know how dreams sometimes are. 😅😂

And the funny thing here is – I’ve never been to Japan yet. Ever.

Oh sure, I’ve stopped there during some trips abroad on a layover. Stayed in the airport for an hour or so. But never went out and explored.

And another funny thing about that? I had bawled, every single time my plane would land or take off from Narita Airport. Yep. Bawled.

Weird huh? Continue reading “Nippon 🇯🇵🇯🇵🇯🇵”

Published Books

The Trouble With Men

IMG_2928-2Co-authored with four other lovely authors from the SweetBooks Writing Group (see below for complete list of authors). Also available via Kindle and paperback. To purchase, please click on the following links:

KINDLE: http://amzn.to/2ELfbJX

PAPERBACK (Amazon US): http://amzn.to/2sAXYOi

MATERICA (Paperback only available in the Philippines): http://bit.ly/2BBbFjp

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They’re either smother-them-with-kisses hot or kick-them-on-the-nuts annoying.

Seriously, how much trouble are these men? Continue reading “The Trouble With Men”

Poems and Stories

Souled (A Short Story)

Title: Souled

Written for AMACon 5 at Twitter

Genre: Drama

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He enters the restaurant with his office mates and bosses after their company’s board meeting ended early. It’s bound to be a light night out, that perhaps will end in a few drinks a little later after dinner. He’s in a pretty good mood, what with it being almost weekend and all.

Walking inside the restaurant they had reservations in, he’s laughing at one of the jokes that his director is telling him when he suddenly stops in his tracks. He doesn’t understand it but his heart suddenly starts to pound.

What’s going on? He wonders and places a hand against his heart, frowning as he looks down. This is unusual. He thinks as he feels his heart threatening to jump out of his chest. He feels anxious and he doesn’t know the reason why. I need to calm down.

Then he feels a tingle go down his spine as goosebumps erupt along his arms. He suddenly looks up, eyes wide and still full of wonder, his gaze zeroing in on… something—no, rather… a someone.

And his breathing hitches.

Oh god… He thinks as he tries to stifle the gasp that’s about to come out of his lips, his heart clenching so painfully hard that he starts to breathe shallowly. Continue reading “Souled (A Short Story)”

Nowhere To Go · Random Thoughts

One Long Stemmed Rose

Those who totally know me, know that I’m not really a huge fan of Valentine’s. 😅 Of love, yes – since I’m a romantic at heart and I believe that love should be celebrated every day and not just once in a year. But I don’t begrudge those that celebrate it. Valentines, after all, is a day to celebrate all kinds of love. I still like seeing couples become extra lovey-dovey during this time or even families and little kids expressing love to their parents and siblings. It’s still a nice feeling. 😊

Just this late morning, my 4-year old little boy came home from his speech therapy and asked me first thing when he walked in the door, “Mommy, is today Valentines?” I answered yes and then, without preamble – he hugged me tight and said in a loud voice, “I love you, Mommy!” Continue reading “One Long Stemmed Rose”

Nowhere To Go · Random Thoughts

Hello. Testing. 👀

It’s been a while… 👀😶

I know. I know. I really have no one besides myself to blame for not updating this site or writing anything in it or posting photos and such. Been busy being a momma on most days and fixing our lives, so to speak. 😅

But hey – on a good note, a novel that I’ve been rewriting and editing is already finished and is now going through the process of being proofread and beta read by a good writer/editor friend of mine. I am hoping to get it published by the beginning of March, if all goes well.

Also – I’m in the process of writing a new novel too with another good author friend, who is also my soul sister. This one – we’re hoping to be done writing by April so we could perhaps get it published by May. Continue reading “Hello. Testing. 👀”

Nowhere To Go · Random Thoughts

Another round of Thank You’s :)

When people tweet or message me or tag me in their posts about the books that I wrote and published – I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Especially since I am but a newbie in the publishing business. So to everyone who has let me know that they have my books and that they are happy getting them and happy reading them – THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart. I adore you all. 🙂 ❤

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Photography Portfolio

Marj-Stanley Wedding, Dec 2016

This has been a long time coming. Hehehe. 🙂  The photos have been in my storage for quite some time… But – I finally have time to post them today! Yay for me!

The wedding, though a simple affair, was a beautiful one – full of emotion and love and happiness. What’s more – it was the holiday season so the snow and the festive atmosphere helped with the shots I took.

Taken with my ever trusty Nikon D40, using either my 50MM and my 70MM as well as my 35MM for wide angle shots. Settings varied depending on where I was shooting. 🙂 Minor PP just for color correction and a little glow for that whimsical feel.

Email me at ruth.ilasco@icloud.com or comment below if you have queries or questions!

 

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