Reviewing: Paper Planes Back Home

ReadinginBetween_Paper Planes Back Home on Kindle

Tara Frejas is a magical writer and everyone should read her work. Seriously.

I struggled with writing this review, not just because a bunch of life stuff (and laziness) happened but also because it’s hard to find the words to describe the experience of reading Frejas’ work. I was so very tempted to just keep my review along the lines of “For the love of god, just read it!” because it’s literally the best way to understand why her stories are amazing, but I knew that wouldn’t work for a lot of people looking for their next read.

Which is why I’m here. I’m just a fan, standing in front of other readers, begging them to read Paper Planes Back Home.

ReadinginBetween_Paper Planes Back Home on Kindle

I highly recommend this to people who need to feel happy again. Wanna find out why?

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Just Finished: “Savor” by Kate Evangelista


*gasp* Are you seeing this right? Am I actually writing a book review? After all this time?

Well yes. Because I’m crazy nuts about this book. But first, a bit of background:

Ever since I joined #StrangeLit I felt like I had to read more Filipino genre writers (outside of the Komikon stuff—I’ll get into that some other time, after I get through what passes for my Komikon haul). It’s not very hard for me to find Pinoy authors now, by the way; the very act of joining the workshop introduced me to a bunch of great writers.

One such great writer is #StrangeLit mentor Kate Evangelista. We were required to read one of her works prior to the class, and I became an instant fan.

Which is why I bought a copy of her book “Savor” as soon as I saw it in National bookstore. Took a while to get to it thanks to my mountain of books backlog; but when I finally read it…let’s just say I lack sleep and am now WAY behind on my writing revisions.


Totally worth it, though. Read on to my review!

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I Will Face My Fear

ReadingInBetween_Dune Litany Against Fear

In a little over 48 hours, I’ll be at a book launch with about 40 other local speculative fiction writers. I’ll be reading a 1-minute excerpt of my short story and ohgod just thinking about it makes me want to throw up from nerves.

But I’m going to do it. I’m going to do it because I wanted to be published, and sometimes being published means being the girl standing in front of an audience asking them to love her writing. I’m going to do it because I want to prove that actually love my writing enough to send it out into the wild.

For the longest time, I’ve been afraid to do this because I think I might not be good enough or interesting enough or entertaining enough. I hesitate because fiction is too fanciful “and doesn’t really help people” the way non-fiction does.

But then I realized: fiction is where I found the Litany Against Fear, written by Frank Herbert in “Dune”, which has helped me through some terrible times. It’s through fiction that I learned courage and kindness and nobility and empathy. It’s through fiction that I met ALL of my best friends, whether the fiction in question involved books or games or television shows.

ReadingInBetween_Dune Litany Against Fear

Fiction is safe and dangerous and comforting and uncomfortable and complex—much like real life. Isn’t it worth facing fears for?

On Saturday I’ll be reading an excerpt of my short story “Shake-Ups” (you can read it in the Incredible Truths bundle, which I’m giving away 3 copies of) in front of a room full of strangers.

Next month, I’ll start publishing chapters of my new short story, which is set in the same universe as “Shake-Ups” on Wattpad.

I’m thinking of publishing a permafree book involving the “Shake-Ups” characters next year.

Basically, I’m going to be brave as fuck for the next few months or so because I’ve been a coward for way too long and I’m hoping that a silent reader out there finds this post and realizes that they can do this too.

Maybe this will help you find that little nugget of courage it takes to press “publish”. Maybe this will help you get up the nerve to promote your awesome art more. Or maybe this will just help you wake up in the morning.

Whichever way it goes, I hope whatever it is I’m doing right now helps you.

I will face my fear, until only I will remain. And if I’m lucky, I can help you do the same.

What are you afraid of doing right now?

Need #IncredibleTruths In Your Life?


Of course you need incredible truths in your life, whether it’s ACTUAL incredible truths or the #StrangeLit bundle. Search your feelings, dear reader. You know it to be true. It’s one of the reasons why immerse ourselves in fiction in the first place: we like having that sense of wonder.

Click here to buy the bundle for Php 90/USD 1.95 (until October 24, 2015)

Of course, I know that not everyone has the measly Php 90/USD 1.95 currently required to get themselves a #StrangeLit bundle. This is why I’m giving away 3 COPIES TO 3 LUCKY RAFFLE WINNERS (Philippines only).


(The raffle starts at MIDNIGHT, Manila Time, and will run until 11:59 on Friday, October 23, 2015. I’ll be giving the winners a shout-out on this blog next week. :D)

It’s also why I’m cordially inviting you to the #StrangeLit Book Launch on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Recession Coffee in Eastwood Mall. There will be:

  • Readings!
  • Photo Ops!
  • Giveaways!

It will be fun, I promise!

So what do you say? Want to explore some really Incredible Truths with me? Let me know your thoughts!