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#007 – Spreadsheets and Divas with Tara Frejas

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#007 – Spreadsheets and Divas with Tara Frejas
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This week’s episode features an interview with romance author Tara Frejas. We met over dinner at Barcino on a Sunday night, and she shared with me her writing process and why she writes the stories she does, among a lot of things. We also chat about the upcoming #RomanceClass film project and a romance anthology she’s co-authoring with five other writers. And as a special treat, this episode also includes a recording of a live reading of an excerpt of one of Tara’s books. Check out Tara’s bio below, and further down, the episode shownotes.

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Tara Frejas is a cloud-walker who needs caffeine to fuel her travels. When she’s not on work mode, she keeps herself busy by weaving her daydreams into stories.

Aside from her obvious love affair with words and persistent muses, Tara is very passionate about being caffeinated, musical theatre, certain genres of music, dancing, dogs, good food, and romancing Norae, her ukelele. She owns a male bunny named Max who sometimes tries to nibble on her writing notes.

Fun fact: She’s a Piscean. Go figure.

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#006 – Pressure to Rep with Chi Yu Rodriguez

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#006 – Pressure to Rep with Chi Yu Rodriguez
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I chatted with Chi Yu Rodriguez at Starbucks on Matalino about how she finished a book in full-day writing sessions, and why being an #OwnVoices author writing bisexual characters in romance has its own unique kind of difficulty.

You also get a special treat: at the end of the episode, I’ve added the live reading of an excerpt of “Five Inches Below the Knee”, a short story from her story collection Love and Other Questionable Life Choices. The live reading is performed by Rachel Coates and Sam Aquino.

Chi Yu Rodriguez

Chi Yu Rodriguez has many feelings. Sometimes these feelings find their way to paper in the form of short stories and fiction online. Sometimes they don’t come out at all and end up as unresolved sexual tension or terrible internal angst.

She prefers making imaginary people go through these feelings for her pleasure. Her muses hate her for it, and they repay her by being forever fickle.

She wrestles with them in her head everyday.

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The Short Story Experiment

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As you probably know, I have a Patreon. One of the reasons I decided to get one is that I figured it might be an effective way to get me to Make More Stuff. Because if people are giving you money on a regular basis, you will owe them Stuff and you will therefore have to make Stuff. Anyway, that was the theory.

I have a $500 milestone which I’m nowhere near achieving, where I promised a short story a month. And even though will need more than 10 times as many patrons to achieve that milestone, a few months ago I thought I should try it anyway. So I did.

In November 2018, I began my first Patron short story.

I’d written a short story before but most of my writing portfolio is comprised of novels. Short story requires a different (although probably intersecting) set of skills from those required to write a novel, and I, like every other author, want to keep getting better at Writing Stuff. And since I learned writing novels (mostly) by writing novels, I figured that if I wanted to learn to write short stories, I should just write short stories.

I posted the first part of what was supposed to be a 3,000-word short story on the 19th of November.

It did not go according to plan. Because apparently I cannot plan things and execute them properly to save my life. Like I said, it was supposed to be 3,000 words. But I wrote past 3k, and it still wasn’t finished. So I kept writing. And posting new parts, with no ending in sight. And apologizing.

The final word count was 8,100. I finished it around 6am today*, January 14. It took me two months.

Dirty Assistant - a short story

Okay, so ideally I should be able to knock an 8k-word short story in less than two months. Especially if the story requires very little research, which “Dirty Assistant” did. But I gave it a shot, and I’ll keep trying until I get better at it. Which is basically what it means to be a Person Who Writes Stuff.

Anyway, with DA in the can, I can now get started on my next short story. Like DA, it will be a patron-exclusive story — which means it will be available only to my Patreon supporters for a limited time. My goal this time is to finish a short story in a month. Wish me luck!

P.S. If you’re curious, I’ve posted the first part of “Dirty Assistant” here for non-patrons to read for free.

*One of my most effective techniques for Finishing Stuff is to refuse sleep until I’ve finished a chapter.

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#005 – Plotting the Landian with Carla de Guzman at Tyler’s

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#005 – Plotting the Landian with Carla de Guzman at Tyler’s
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This week’s episode is an interview with romance author Carla de Guzman. At Tyler’s Cafe over pancakes and cheese, we discussed Carla’s productivity tools and processes.

If you ask Carla what she does for a living, she will tell you that she’s not quite sure.

By day, she works a regular day job and writes for a lifestyle website. By night, she’s an author and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk and making these silly love stories. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family.

She’s currently on a quest to see as many Impressionist paintings as she can, and is always in search of the perfect pain au chocolat.

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AfA – 04 – Fandom and Fiction with Liana Smith-Bautista at B&B (part 2 of 2)

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Happy new year! In this episode I explain why AfA episode 4 is super late, and what I’ve been doing on the last day of 2018. We also have the second part of my interview with Liana Smith Bautista at the Books & Brews Cafe. We chatted about fanfiction and the communities around them, and more writing productivity tools.

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About Liana Smith-Bautista / Kate Sebastian

Kate Sebastian - Liana Smith-Bautista

Kate Sebastian has been crafting stories since she was tiny. She spent her childhood reimagining classic fairy tales and inventing new ones, then having her dolls and stuffed toys reenact them in elaborate sets she built by rearranging the furniture in her house.

She earns a good living writing articles and editing manuscripts, but decided to try her hand at writing romance (the steamy kind) since she reads so much of it.

Her first published work of fiction was Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers, after which she had a genre crisis. She eased herself back into writing with a short story, “On the Calendar,” which was accepted into the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 2 anthology, published in December 2016; then published a short story, “Christmas Weddings Make the Best Lovers Quarrel,” in Make Your Wish Come True: A #romanceclass Anthology, which had a limited release also in December 2016. She tried her hand at compiling and editing an anthology just a few months later with Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology, which launches April 30, 2017, and which features her short story “An Overdue Adventure.”

For more updates, like Kate’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/katesebastianauthor and follow her on Twitter @ImKateSebastian and on Instagram @kate.sebastian.


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AfA – 03 – With Liana Smith-Bautista at B&B (part 1 of 2)

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This is the second author interview I conducted while I was in Cebu City a few weeks ago. This time, I chatted with Liana Smith-Bautista, an editor and romance author (she writes under the pen name Kate Sebastian). I spoke with Liana over coffee, pasta and cookies at the Books & Brews Cafe, and she shared her productivity tips, including scary apps and what music is great to write to.

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About Liana Smith-Bautista / Kate Sebastian

Kate Sebastian - Liana Smith-BautistaKate Sebastian has been crafting stories since she was tiny. She spent her childhood reimagining classic fairy tales and inventing new ones, then having her dolls and stuffed toys reenact them in elaborate sets she built by rearranging the furniture in her house.

She earns a good living writing articles and editing manuscripts, but decided to try her hand at writing romance (the steamy kind) since she reads so much of it.

Her first published work of fiction was Old Enemies Make the Best Lovers, after which she had a genre crisis. She eased herself back into writing with a short story, “On the Calendar,” which was accepted into the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 2 anthology, published in December 2016; then published a short story, “Christmas Weddings Make the Best Lovers Quarrel,” in Make Your Wish Come True: A #romanceclass Anthology, which had a limited release also in December 2016. She tried her hand at compiling and editing an anthology just a few months later with Summer Feels: A #romanceclass Anthology, which launches April 30, 2017, and which features her short story “An Overdue Adventure.”

For more updates, like Kate’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/katesebastianauthor and follow her on Twitter @ImKateSebastian and on Instagram @kate.sebastian.


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AfA – 02 – With KC Cimafranca at the ABC (part 2 of 2)

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I met up with KC Cimafranca — author of paranormal and fantasy fiction — at the Abaca Baking Company in Cebu. We discuss how to write when your brain refuses to cooperate and your characters fall silent.


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KC Cimafranca purposefully flunked a university entrance examination so she would have an excuse to take up mass communications instead of accountancy. A decade or so after graduation and she still finds herself filling up time writing dialogues and creating scenes in her mind. She also discovered it’s a good way to tune out her three children’s constant screams for their mother.

A virtual assistant by day, she reads romance, serial killer, or YA fantasy novels or watches kdramas at night.


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AfA – 01 – With KC Cimafranca at the ABC (part 1 of 2)

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I met up with KC Cimafranca — author of paranormal and fantasy fiction — at the Abaca Baking Company in Cebu. We discuss how to write amidst chaos and exactly how much milk tea one needs to do a full night’s work.

About KC

KC Cimafranca

KC Cimafranca

KC Cimafranca purposefully flunked a university entrance examination so she would have an excuse to take up mass communications instead of accountancy. A decade or so after graduation and she still finds herself filling up time writing dialogues and creating scenes in her mind. She also discovered it’s a good way to tune out her three children’s constant screams for their mother.

A virtual assistant by day, she reads romance, serial killer, or YA fantasy novels or watches kdramas at night.


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Radish Live Chat - 16 September 2018

Last Sunday, I had my very first Radish Live Chat for my story The Billionaire’s Game. It was so much fun! I didn’t expect so many readers would be there from places where it was either too early in the morning or too late at night. Thank you so much.

Radish Live Chat - 16 September 2018

We got over 13,000 ❤️ on the live chat! You guys are the best.

The Live Chat was exclusively for readers who read my latest update of TBG, chapter 56 “Tea and Company”. As I promised, I held a Radish coin giveaway. I posted eight questions about TBG and picked the best answers. I said the winners would get 10 coins each, but after giving it some thought, I changed my mind and awarded them 12 coins instead.

Q1. What do you think happens in the next episode?

Obviously I already knew what was going to happen in chapter 57, but I thought it would be fun to find out what the readers were speculating.

Here are some of the responses:

charu a5 – no faking dating with Brandon? but making Mason jealous

CYO31make mason do some hardwork to win back his girl

And the winner is…

Ash***SPOILER***

Yeah, Ash guessed one detail in the next episode which I can’t post here because spoiler reasons. Sorry!

Q2. What was your favorite part of episode 56?

Some of the responses…

Nonin Favorite part Mason saying I love you (twice) to Ines .. even though she’s not there

uh_okay a2 my favorite part is when mason gets defensive about ines, he takes own of his mistakes and realizes he messed up big time. i just hope be does enough to win

slcampbell18 A2 – when ines opened the door to brandon and brandon instantly knew something was wrong just by looking at her.

And the winner is…

myriamwitticaA2 my favorite part is how in sync Brandon is with Ines. He’s a good friend to her

I like how the reader recognized how amazing the friendship is between Ines and Brandon.

Q3. Who is your favorite character? Tell us why.

Some of the responses…

CYO31 A3. Mason all the way. he is flawed but he owns upto his mistake and nof to metion he ks complete package if you know what I mean😜😜 and he sends her such cute and thoughtful texts

slcampbell18 A3 – while i love mason and ines. i like Daria. shes unique and interesting. Shes totally different.

I picked two winners for this one! They are…

naveen925 A3 – mason – ive feel like ive seen a huge change and growth in his character. he’s changed so much since the start. He used to have such a cold exterior and now he’s so vulnerable around ines. His change is amazing to see

manoolaxx A3 Mason…..watching someone not used to love and yet faling in love and making all the mistakes is hearkbreaking and I love it

Q4. Should Ines forgive Mason? Why or why not?

Some of the responses…

cams24 Q4: yes but not before mason works for it HARD.

arrowhearts ines needs to listen to mason first. i know our girl is hurting but you once she’s able to clear the air with him it will all be good. mason needs to step it up!!!

Bundo ines should forgive Mason. I think nobody will love Ines like Mason

And the winner is…

CYO31A4. yes she should forgive him but not get back together untill mason does something big big and apologizes to her in a way that she can see how sorry he is and how much he truly loves her and that he will never do anything to hurt her on purpose again.

Q5: Should Brandon and Ines try dating each other? Why or why not?

Okay, I’ll admit, this question is pretty wild. But come on — you know you were thinking it!

Some of the responses…

cams24 Q5 fake dating to make mason jelly?

arrowhearts OMG. theyre cute but i feel like theres a friend-zone kind of line that separates them. but if it would rile up mason and would make the stort interesting…i just wanna see mason pissed af because hes cute that way

rq25 nah. they seem like they will make great buds but not dating. i feel like their characters are a bit similar in terms of empathy etc. you need similarities in a relationship yes. but cannot be too muh the same

goldieontheloose Q5 : no. because they are absolutely awesome friends and I’m not sure they could have such awesome chemistry as ines and Mason.

goteemtiger Q5 NO i dont ship Brandon and Ines. Brandon may be attractive and all but he’s not Mason. It would also be kind of weird bc she’s his assistant.

All good answers! But the winner is…

blisssss Ines loves Mason too much to date someone else and especially Brandon her boss

Q6: should Mason try to get Ines back?

Sirone Q6: yes, he should grovel

CYO31 maybe Mason should make Ines pancakes. one of every fruit pancake

And the winner is…

Nonin He’ll buy the whole Starbucks just for her hahahajk

Let’s not forget how much Ines loves coffee!

Q6: should Mason try to get Ines back?

Speaking of coffee, the next question had only one correct answer so it wasn’t hard to pick a winner.

Q7. What are Ines’s two favorite beverages?

And the winner is …

aashi A7 coffee and tea

Q8: Ines’s favorite beverages are coffee and tea. What are they metaphors for? First correct answer wins!

Only one person got the correct answer, so they get 14 coins instead of 12.

Chandramukhi A8 Coffee for Mason and Tea for Brandon

Congratulations to all the winners! You should have received your coins by now. If you haven’t, please drop me an email at ansela@anselacorsino.com and let me know. Of course, don’t forget to mention your Radish username in your email.

If you haven’t won in last week’s Radish coin giveaway, you still have a chance! I’ll be doing another Live Chat on Sunday, September 23. It will start as soon as TBG Chapter 57 is published, which will be at 12 noon Manila Time (or 0400 GMT). The chat will run for three hours, and anyone who reads Chapter 57 during the chat can joinb. BUT if you join within the first fifteen minutes of the chat, then you automatically win three coins.

Here are more details about the Live Chat.

During the Live Chat, I will be posting questions and fielding answers. So you have until the end of the chat to put in your answers for a chance to win Radish coins! If you’ve already won coins in the trivia last Sunday, you won’t be able to win in the next chat. But you are still welcome to answer questions for fun.

See you at the Live Chat!

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How to win coins in today’s Radish live chat

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So we’re doing a Live Chat on the Radish app at noon (Manila time) on Sunday, September 16. Everyone who joins the chat has a chance to win coins. I’ll explain how!

First off, you’ll need to purchase Chapter 56 of The Billionaire’s Game when it becomes available at noon on Sunday. Once you do, you’ll see an invitation link on the story page of the Radish app. I suggest you read the chapter first before joining the chat so you don’t get spoiled!

During the chat, I’ll be posting several questions about TBG. Some of these questions have one correct answer. The first ones to answer each of these questions correctly win 10 coins. As for the other questions, I will choose the best answer and award 10 coins to the one who answered. You may only win once but feel free to answer as many questions as you like!

I posted details on how the chat works in a previous post.

Talk to you soon!