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So You Think You Can Vlog/Podcast - 17 August 2019
“So You Think You Can Vlog/Podcast?” Twitter panel with Ansela Corsino, Carla de Guzman, and Kat Mayo for #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy x #RomanceClass

Are you an author or an artist who’s thinking of getting into a different medium to expand your audience? If you are and you don’t know where to start, you should totally join the online discussion hosted by #RomanceClass for #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy today, August 17 at 7pm (Manila Time) on Twitter. I’m on the panel (@anselacorsino), along with video blogger and author Carla de Guzman (@carlakdeguzman), and the host of the Book Thingo podcast Kat Mayo (@BookThingo).

Apart from talking about our experiences podcasting/vlogging, we’re also taking questions from you! You may tweet us or send us your questions beforehand through this handy form. To join the chat, just log into Twitter at the designated time and look for the hashtag #RomanceClass .

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#011 – Words and Lyrics with Jay E. Tria

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#011 – Words and Lyrics with Jay E. Tria
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Romance author Jay E. Tria and I chat about productivity, writing fictional bands and … eggs. Among other things! I also ramble on about fountain pens. Enjoy!

Episode chapters
  1. 00:00:00 – Welcome!
  2. 00:01:20 – Survey on illustrated romance covers
  3. 00:04:30 – I went to a workshop!
  4. 00:12:28 – I got new ink, (Not a tattoo.)
  5. 00:17:21 – Coming up: Jay E. Tria interview + what’s a live reading?
  6. 00:18:57 – INTERVIEW with Jay
  7. 01:06:19 – LIVE READING: “Ask Me Nicely” performed by Gab Pangilinan and Bibo Reyes
  8. 01:15:01 – Wrap up

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Jay E. Tria is an author of contemporary young adult, new adult romance and paranormal/urban fantasy. She is often inspired by daydreams, celebrity crushes, a childhood fascination of Japanese drama and manga, and an incessant itch to travel. Find a complete list of her books here.

Find her works on AmazonFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Wattpad.

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#010 – Story Design with Brigitte Bautista

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Brigitte Bautista—"You, Me, U.S."

#010 – Story Design with Brigitte Bautista
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Over a lovely breakfast at La Mere Poulard, I had a chat with F/F romance author Brigitte Bautista. We talked about how outlining made her a better, more productive writer, why writing fiction is kind of like programming (her day job), and her new book You, Me, U.S. (out now on Amazon KDP Unlimited, also available as a paperback on April Feels Day).

Brigitte Bautista

When she’s not chained to a desk writing software code, Brigitte Bautista writes lesbian fiction and poetry. She participated in Anvil Publishing’s very own #SparkNA writing workshop, where her first book baby, Don’t Tell My Mother, was born.

Brigitte is a huge sports freak and considers crying over sports strangely therapeutic. She has never met a doughnut she did not like and atones for the overeating by taking long walks or riding her bike around the city

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Ansela:Welcome to Adulting for Authors. This is episode number 10. I’m your host Ansela Corsino, and I am a romance author. Adulting for Authors is a podcast about productivity. Productivity: you call it binge reading, I call it research. 

In today’s episode, I interview Brigitte Bautista. She is an author of f/f romance books— that’s female/female. They are very adorable. I completely loved her first book Don’t Tell My Mother. It was funny. It was sweet. It was romantic and exciting and really hot.

And I generally don’t read FF romances, but her book was just … it was just wonderful. And I’m sure this second one —her latest book titled You, Me, U.S. — is going to be just as great. If not better. Because that’s how it is when you’re a writer: you get better with every new book right? Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading it. It’s on my TBR list. 

Brigitte and I met up at this really lovely French place called La Mere Poulard. Apparently it roughly translates to “the mother hen”. I think. Anyway, they serve these really adorable fluffy omelets which we all ordered. We had a couple of other people along with us. And it’s a really nice place. It’s quiet in the morning, if you’re in the mood for a quiet breakfast. It got really busy as soon as lunch rolled in. We did manage to have our chat and I hope you enjoy listening to it. 

Now before we move on to the interview, I will read the blurb of You, Me, U.S.

Best friends Jo and Liza are as opposite as night and day. Sex worker Jo swears by the worry-free, one-day-at-a-time dance through life. Salesclerk Liza has big plans for her family’s future, and there is nothing bigger than a one-way trip to the U.S. But an almost-kiss, a sex dare, and news of Liza’s engagement to her American boyfriend unveil feelings Jo and Liza never thought they had. Deciding between staying together and drifting apart puts Liza’s best-laid plans and Jo’s laidback life in jeopardy.  When love clashes with lifelong ambitions and family expectations, someone has to give in. Question is: who?

And now here is my interview with Brigitte Bautista.


Ansela: Hello, Brij.

Brigitte Bautista: Hello, Ansela. Thanks for having me on Adulting for Authors

A: Yes. Thank you for coming. We’re here at La Mere Poulard. I hope I’m saying that right. 

BB: Fancy!

A: Yeah, we’re at La Mere Poulard in SM Aura. I’m sitting with Brij Bautista. Author of the fabulous Don’t Tell My Mother. And I’m here to talk to Brij about productivity.

A: Please tell us something about yourself.

BB: Hello, I’m Brigitte Bautista. I’m a #RomanceClass author. So when I’m not chained to a  desk writing software code, I write romance fiction. I write FF mostly. Like, 100% of the time.

A: Of course.

BB: My first book — Don’t Tell My Mother— I published that during the Spark NA writing workshop held by Anvil Publishing and mentored by Mina V. Esguerra. The book has since gone to land on National Bookstore’s bestseller list.

A: Yes, I know. We saw!

BB: Yeah. So more recently I worked with #RomanceClass authors to publish the anthology Start Here: Short Stories of First Encounters. I served as co-editor with Ronald Lim for that. I also contributed a short story to the anthology.

A:What was the title of the short story? 

BB: “Lemon Drop Friday”

A: Yes! It was so cute.

BB: Thank you!

A: I first listened to an excerpt during … I think it was Feels So Prom?

BB: Yeah, that was Feels So Prom.

A: And she has a new book coming out.

BB: I’m going to release my second novel, You, Me, U.S. on April 15. That’s the digital release. And then —fingers crossed, everything goes well —I can bring print copies on April Feels Day on April 27

A: Yeah, that’s at the Loft, right? At Ortigas?

BB: Yes at The Loft.

So if you’re… if you wanna get print copies of Brij’s new book — You, Me, U.S...

BB: Yes

A: …they will be available. Yeah they will. I have faith.

BB : You have faith in the universe.

A: The annual April Feels Day.

BB: Yeah.

A: On April 27.

BB: So that will be a party!

A: Yes, I know!

A: So what did you have? We had breakfast. Sort of. I guess it was breakfast, right? ‘Cause it’s not noon yet?

BB: So I had puff omelette.  You guys had the savory type. I had caramelized apples with my puff omelette.

A: How was it?

BB: Pretty good. It’s my first time here.

A: I had the one with potatoes and bacon. Because I figured that would make it breakfast. So I got one with bacon.

BB: We missed rice. We didn’t have rice with our omelette.

A: Probably later. They have risotto here.

BB: Later na lang.

A: Yeah. I like this place because it’s quiet. I think they have more people in the evening. But it’s morning now so it’s mostly just us.

BB: Yeah.

A: I actually didn’t know that you worked as a programmer. I had no idea.

BB: Surprise!

A: Hello, fellow STEM girl!

A: I have to ask … what kind of technology software do you work with? What do you develop?

BB: I’m a COBOL programmer.

A: Oh!

BB: So we’re rare Pokemons. We’re dinosaurs.

A: You mean people are still using COBOL now?

BB: Yes. Because they use COBOL for mostly for like high-volume transactions like banks, financial institutions. They use COBOL because it’s more accommodating of, yung nga, higher volume transactions and it’s hard to migrate that many … that much data into the newer technologies. So we’re still in demand for, like, a good 20 years. I’m still gonna be relevant for a good 10 to 20 years. After that I’m going to retire and just be my girlfriend’s wife. 

A: Yes.

BB: My lawyer girlfriend’s wife. 

A: That’s the dream.

A: It’s so weird ‘cause, like, in school I did take up computer science in school. I don’t think we actually took COBOL but we did take it up in history. That’s why I’m really surprised.

BB: Yeah.

A: Because normally a lot of languages… they get obsolete.

BB: Uh huh.

A: I’m sorry we’re talking about… We’re not talking about writing anymore. 

BB: Adulting for programmers!

A: Yes. Maybe that could be another thing. I dunno.

A: You know, this is important. Because you have a regular — what’s that — a nine to five job?

BB: Yeah. 

A: So how do you balance the writing and your programming.

BB: When I’m working on a project, I really carve time to write. So either … it depends on my current situation. Sometimes I assign writing time early in the morning before I get the work. And sometimes it makes sense to, like, have an hour in the evening before I sleep.  Just forming that habit every day. Showing up whether on the schedule that you impose on yourself. 

A: Do you think about your current work in progress while you’re at your day job?

BB: Yeah! Sometimes I write — sorry. Sometimes I write on my day job because they don’t pay me enough to be overly serious at my job so… I think I made most of Don’t Tell My Mother

A: *laughing*

BB: Please don’t tell my employer. Don’t tell my employer, but I know I did most of Don’t Tell My Mother on company time.

A: Well, you’re still employed so you seem to be doing a good job.

BB: Yeah.

A: Good job.

BB: Yeah.

A: I think it’s a writer thing that no matter what we’re doing …

BB: Yeah.

A: We’re sometimes still thinking of our WIP. So that happens.

BB:That happens that happens to me too. When I’m working on a project, I think about it all the time just… The writing time, obviously, the writing time that I carve or that I schedule— it’s more for the manual work like typing. Typing stuff. Putting words in. But the brainstorming, the scene storm, conceptualizing dialogue— it happens all the time. 

A: All the time.

BB: Yeah. 

A: Like, when you’re trying to sleep?

BB: Yes.

A: Right.

BB: And then you wake up and, like, “Come on, let me sleep! That scene can wait.”

A: Say you’re trying to sleep and you think of something that you feel that you have to write down. What do you … what is the first thing you reach for?

BB: Paper. And pen. It doesn’t matter. Well, I always have a notebook naman in my bag, but sometimes it can’t wait. So I just use backs of receipts, tissue paper. I’ve used tissue paper, scratch paper — anything to write. And sometimes my phone but I don’t … it doesn’t work for me … typing on the phone. ‘Cause when I write, that’s when, like, my mind and my hand are more in sync so…

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#009 – Plot Challenges with Mina V. Esguerra

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#009 – Plot Challenges with Mina V. Esguerra
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I interview romance author Mina V. Esguerra about her writing process and how she manages to hit her word count goals. We also go in-depth about her difficulties with her latest book Kiss and Cry (which is available now so go get it). While we chatted, we had a yummy lunch at Mom & Tina’s in Greenhills on the Lunar New Year (yes this episode is super late sorry).

But wait, there’s more! At the end of the episode, there’s a recording of a live reading from last year’s #RomanceClass FeelsFest of an excerpt from Mina’s book What Kind of Day, the first book in her Six 32 Central series. The live reading was performed by Gio Gahol and Graie So.

Mina V. Esguerra

Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance novels. Visit to learn more about her writing, publishing experiments, events, and advocacies.

When not writing romance, she is president of communications firm Bronze Age Media, development communication consultant, publisher, and publishing mentor. She created the workshop series “Author at Once” for writers and publishers, and #romanceclass for aspiring romance writers.

Her young adult/fantasy trilogy Interim Goddess of Love is a college love story featuring gods from Philippine mythology. Her contemporary romance novellas won the Filipino Readers’ Choice awards for Chick Lit in 2012 (Fairy Tale Fail) and 2013 (That Kind of Guy).

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  • 00:00:15 – Intro
  • 00:00:50 – Our guest: Mina V. Esguerra
  • 00:01:21 – What is #RomanceClass?
  • 00:01:38 – Mom & Tina’s
  • 00:02:15 – The problem with having known your guest for a really long time
  • 00:05:15 – Interview with Mina V. Esguerra
  • 00:05:40 – We talk about the cafe we’re at
  • 00:06:35 – What we’re eating/drinking
  • 00:08:01 – Q: Plotter or pantser?
  • 00:10:46 – On sharing your writing progress to the public
  • 00:13:20 – On how hard it was to finish Kiss and Cry
  • 00:15:22 – Q: Do you like challenging yourself?
  • 00:19:40 – Q: Do you write long hand or on the computer?
  • 00:20:09 – Productivity tool: the bluetooth keyboard
  • 00:22:32 – Productivity tool: Google Docs, Notepad, notebook
  • 00:23:42 – Q: Are you picky with your pens and notebooks?
  • 00:25:23 – Productivity hack: Writing long hand
  • 00:27:46 – Vellum as a publishing and productivity tool
  • 00:31:08 – Q: Most productive work hours?
  • 00:34:17 – Writing excercise/challenge: writing out of sequence
  • 00:36:46 – Productivity hack: recording notes with your phone
  • 00:38:26 – Q: Is there an author whose career you would like to emulate?
  • 00:38:54 – On Beverly Jenkins and the difficulty of accessing diverse books locally
  • 00:39:43 – On writing books —especially romances — set in time periods that were Not Fun
  • 00:40:56 – On reading authors who have greatly influenced other authors you’ve read
  • 00:45:40 – Mina’s newest book— Fil-Ams, figure skating, and hot hockey action (maybe)
  • 00:47:44 – About Mina’s Six 32 Central Series, how it’s different/similar to her previous book series Chic Manila
  • 00:49:00 – On writing characters younger than you
  • 00:53:10 – On writing and reading romance series
  • 00:56:50 – Q: How many books are you publishing this year?
  • 00:57:35 – A new anthology : real wedding, fake dates— coming in 2019
  • 00:58:49 – Mina’s upcoming serialized short story
  • 01:00:31 – Q: Any #RomanceClass workshops in 2019?
  • 01:00:48 – #RomanceClass imprints: Flicker and Flair
  • 01:01:48 – Follow Mina on social media (Twitter, Instagram) and on her website.
  • 01:02:03 – Contact Mina through her website
  • 01:03:39 – The #RomanceClass short films (teaser here)
  • 01:04:56 – Thank you, Mina!
  • 01:05:55 – Outro
  • 01:06:44 – Soon: April Feels Day on April 27, 2019
  • 01:09:49 – Upcoming podcast guests: Brigitte Bautista, Jay E. Tria and Six de los Reyes
  • 01:05:55 – Outro
  • 01:10:00 – Live reading of an excerpt from What Kind of Day by Mina V. Esguerra

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#008 – Poetry Jam with Paolo Manalo

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#008 – Poetry Jam with Paolo Manalo
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I spoke with poet and professor Paolo Manalo about how he makes words happen. It turns out writing fiction is a kinda different from writing poetry, who knew? If you love words, you’ll enjoy this episode.

Paolo Manalo’s first collection Jolography (2003) received recognition from the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the UP Diliman Gawad Chancellor. It will be re-issued in a Retconned edition by UP Press this 2019. Manalo has received fellowships from the UP National Writers Workshop, the Taboan Writers Festival, and the MacDowell Colony. He teaches English, literature, and creative writing at UP-Diliman.

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  • 00:00:15 – Welcome/Intro
  • 00:01:02 – Why this episode is late
  • 00:05:20 – Introducing our guest Paolo Manalo
  • 00:06:00 – Productivity in poetry writing— is that even a thing?
  • 00:07:21 – Our venue: Agico Cafe (#8 Missouri Street, Northeast Greenhills, San Juan City)
  • 00:09:23 – Coffee is life (tea is okay too)
  • 00:10:10 – Start of interview
  • 00:10:54 – What we’re drinking
  • 00:12:15 – That Ann Wigmore quote
  • 00:13:35 – Paolo’s new book pamphlet E is for Epal
  • 00:14:00 – Paolo’s first poetry collection Jolography was published 15 years ago
  • 00:14:39 – What even is an EP
  • 00:14:52 – Paolo’s soon-to-be-released poetry collection
  • 00:16:14 – An ultimatum by your friends — best productivity hack maybe?
  • 00:16:35 – E is for Epal as an “interval collection”
  • 00:16:55 – Epal: definition and origin
  • 00:18:55 – Why was the collection called E is for Epal ?
    • Puns
  • 00:19:57 – Epal cover design, and getting blurbed by Bob Ong
  • 00:20:51 – About Epal cover designer Michael Balili, author of poetry collection Velocirupture
  • 00:21:24 – Plotter vs Pantser — does this apply to poetry?
    • How does Paolo plan his poetry collections (or does he?)
  • 00:21:56 – Visionary vs Gatherer
  • 00:24:33 – Paolo as a professor of Creative Writing
    • On teaching poetry to both CW majors and non-CW majors
  • 00:26:39 – On the importance of writing poetry “out loud”
  • 00:28:21 – Do contemporary poems still follow rules of meter and structure?
  • 00:29:39 – Is it difficult having a writer career and a teaching career?
  • 00:32:24 – The importance of taking enough time to write a poetry collection and having “space” between collections
  • 00:33:35 – Paolo’s productivity tools
  • 00:37:00 – Most productive hours of the day/Most productive places to write
  • 00:38:57 – On writing about the world when you’re outside
  • 00:40:38 – What is “jologs”?
  • 00:40:54 – Do you feel you need to explain the references in your poetry?
    • Notes to poems add pages to a book
    • Notes as “baggage”
  • 00:46:49 – Jolography redux
    • resequenced
    • retconned
    • realigned with Epal and the upcoming collection
  • 00:50:00 – Any plans to be a full-time poet?
  • 00:50:47 – On having students succeeding as poets
  • 00:52:30 – Who are the future of poetry?
  • 00:54:00 – Paolo’s current favorites
  • 00:58:55 – Favorite Pinoy poets
  • 01:01:15 – How long does a poetry student take to find their voice?
  • 01:03:36 – On living up to reader expectations: poetry and fiction
  • 01:06:01 – Poetry events
  • 01:08:30 – Have you thought of producing audiobooks of your work?
    • Local authors are creating audiobooks of their fiction
    • Live readings
    • Can actors properly do a reading of someone else’s poetry?
  • 01:10:24 – “Instagram poets”
  • 01:12:29 – On writing for a specific medium
  • 01:14:29 – Poetry stickers?
  • 01:15:52 – Discovering different media for poetry
  • 01:16:47 – Where to find Paolo online
  • 01:17:28 – On students asking authors to do their homework
  • 01:18:24 – Where to find E is for Epal :
  • 01:19:33 – Where to find Jolography
  • 01:21:25 – Thank you, Paolo!
  • 01:21:40 – Wrap up
  • 01:22:40 – Please subscribe to the podcast!
  • 01:24:04 – Please rate this podcast and/or leave a rating on Apple Podcasts
  • 01:25:54 – Who’s the next guest on Adulting for Authors?
  • 01:26:33 – Thank you for listening

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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 Write Life

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.


#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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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

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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 and follow her on Twitter @ImKateSebastian and on Instagram @kate.sebastian.

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