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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. πŸ™‚ ❀

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Obligatory Anniv Post πŸ˜†

Before this day is over, I told you I was gonna do this obligatory anniversary post. Even though you said – I really do not need to. πŸ˜† But I want everyone to know how special you are to me. πŸ’›

You’re asleep beside me now – after that fun and fulfilling day we just had. 😌 But you’re still holding my hand even though you’re deep in sleep. I just tried to move my hand right now and you just took it back, holding it even tighter than how you did in this photo. I have to smile and stifle a giggle lest I wake you up. Bakit ba? Eh sa kinikilig ako. πŸ˜…β˜ΊοΈπŸ˜

We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs but I’m thankful that despite all of those – here we are, standing strong and staying together. The past 10 years were one heck of a roller coaster ride. But it was worth it. Always. Tonight, after I finish this post – I will snuggle beside you and cuddle by your arms. I will kiss your cheek and you’ll probably mumble in your sleep as I do so. I will smile and thank the Lord for blessing our relationship and I will pray that He continue to do so.

I love you. Happy 10th, Hunny. Here’s to 50 more. πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ’›

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Thank You :)

It’s such a simple gesture but it puts a huge smile on my face whenever there is someone who would tweet me or message me or even post it anywhere in their social media accounts how they got my book and how much they liked it.

This is one of the many reasons why I continue to write. Because your messages such as these get me inspired. My readers are very important to me. So I am immensely grateful for you all who supported me and got my book and sent me a short note that you did so.

Much love and kisses to all of you!Β πŸ€—πŸ˜˜πŸ’›

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Food Photography: Philippines Edition

So this has been a long time coming. I said way back that I was going to post the food photos that I took when we were vacationing in the Philippines during the summer. But then – too many things happened for the past days that this has been put in the back burner for quite some time.Β πŸ˜…

But anyway – here they are. Better late than never right? All of them are on my Instagram feed, actually. But I’m posting it here in a slideshow for those that haven’t seen them yet.Β πŸ€—

As you well can see from the photos – food in the Philippines is the bomb. But that could be since I grew up with these foods. They’re what you might call – my comfort food given that they remind me of my childhood and how I lived when I was back in the Philippines. Biases aside though – I would really love for you to try Filipino foods. Even the ones that are American or Japanese but made in the Philippines. Most of the Filipino delicacies are really delicious.

And of course – nothing can beat Jollibee for me. Ever.

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Vita Et Morte: available in the Philippines πŸ‡΅πŸ‡­πŸ‘€ SOON

Hello friends from the Philippines! πŸ˜„πŸ‘‹πŸ»

Just wanted to let you all know that I’m currently in talks with a local publisher there for my book to be available within the Philippines. It would be easier for everyone to get my book via this local publisher if you are having a hard time with Amazon πŸ˜…

It would still have the same price as Amazon, be rest assured. Shipping fees might vary though depending on where you are located in the Philippines.

I will update you all soon! Tell all your family and friends about it too! 😁

Much love! πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

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Vita Et Morte – Finally Published

So… πŸ‘€ I finally did it πŸ™ˆ I finally was able to publish one of my short stories/novellas onto Amazon KDP.

I didn’t know I would be able to do this, but I did. And I’m grateful for those who believed that I could. 😌 You know who you all are. πŸ’›

Please give it a try! Search for “Vita Et Morte” over at Amazon. It’s only $0.99 or free via Kindle Unlimited. 😁

I would also appreciate it if you would also leave a review over at Amazon. It would help boost my book.

Currently working on getting that paperback for this story done, too! Will update you all once I have it printed and ready for release. Thank you all!! πŸ˜˜πŸ’›πŸ€—

P.S. if you want to get a free copy in exchange for an honest review that you must post on your blog or socmed accounts, kindly comment below or email me at ruth.ilasco@icloud.com

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Quills & Brushes / SWEET Books

I have been quite busy with a lot of things lately that I already forgot to update or at least write something here on my blog.Β πŸ˜… I’m really sorry about that.

I cannot promise that I would be able to write in here frequently but I will try my best to do so. I’ve been updating my stories and other drabbles and one-shots over at Wattpad, however so you could still find me there. Still the same username: @wuthie16

Prompt me with anything and I will try to write something out of it. Be it a poem or a short, depending on your request. Teehee. 😁

I am very happy to announce though about two projects that I am currently involved in. Both have something to do with writing, of course.

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First – QUILLS and BRUSHES.Β http://quillsbrushes.maichard.net

Quills and Brushes is a website that is a portal to everything MaiChard. MaiChard being Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards, the phenomenal loveteam as of the moment in Philippine Media.

If you would click on the link above, it will take you to a landing page to subscribe to the website since it is currently still in the works. But basicallyΒ – the website is everything that a MaiChard fan will love. It will have forums where everyone could talk about different topics regarding MaiChard. It will have a section for fanfiction written by the fandom’s authors. It will also have a section for artworks, similar to deviantart, created by the ADN Fandom artists.

Right now – it is still in beta stage and so far, has been tested by a select group of people from the fandom – readers, spectators, writers and artists alike. They have already provided feedback and our team of developers are currently working on getting everything updated to make sure it will be the best experience for everyone.

Quills and Brushes is set to formally launch on July 16, 2017 – just in time for the second anniversary of the birth of the phenomenal loveteam – AlDub or Alden Richard and Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza).

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Second – SWEET Books.Β https://sweetbookswg.com

S.W.E.E.T Books is short for She Writes, Entertains and Empowers Thru Books. We are a group of six gorgeous (Yes! Claiming this!Β πŸ˜‰) women sharing a common interest in writing and inspiring others. This is done through our writings.

As of the moment – we are currently working on our first anthology to be published. Same as Quills and Brushes – we plan on having this published in July 2017 as well.

Check out our website and see what these beautiful women have to offer in terms of what our writings and stories and poems.

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So there you have it. These are the things that are keeping me occupied for the last several months hence the slowness of my updates and such over here.Β Hopefully though – after these are done, I would be able to concentrate more on my own stuffs. Hehehe.

Don’t forget to check out these awesome sites! 😍😘

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Of coffee and empathy

So this morning, while the hubby and I were having coffee – I suddenly asked about empathy and if he emphatizes with people and things around him. Don’t ask where I got the idea from. I sometimes get the most weird questions in my head at inopportune times. Anyway – I digress. 

Going back…

He told me that while he does know what others around him may feel, he doesn’t really emphatize with them much. Doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s manhid when it comes to what others may be feeling around him, he said. Only meant that he doesn’t dwell much on them, saying he’s more sensitive with the people he loves rather than random people he crosses on the street. 

If you think about it, he made a lot of sense. Because why empathize with someone you have no connection with, whatsoever?

Thing is – that isn’t the case with me. πŸ˜…

I emphatize. A LOT. 

To the point that I cry for someone I don’t know – like that series I was watching where the main character got friendzoned. Or for something I don’t really understand to begin with but feel so much for, like that poet who spoke about having OCD . πŸ™ƒ

I don’t know why I feel this way most of the time. There are days that I feel like being emphatic is a curse for me since I feel a lot that I sometimes forget my own feelings. I drown in someone else’s when my own needs to be addressed. 

I think it’s one reason why I don’t like watching dramas or movies that will make me feel or get moved with emotions. I love action flicks, fantasy, horror and psycho thrillers – films that would make me think rather than feel. 

I’ve said it before – sometimes I hate that I feel too much. πŸ˜… And it’s not like I could turn it on and off at will. I wish I could. But I couldn’t. 

Well then – there goes my ramblings for the day.