Bouncing back from an unplanned blogging hiatus {and minor emotional turmoil}

How do I even begin this post? It has been pretty crazy lately. Last August, I conducted a major rebranding and relaunch for my blog. A few weeks later, the influx of my blog posts started to become discontinuous, sporadic and rare. I wish I could pin all the blame on college and the constant accumulation of work and requirements, but then I’d be lying both to you and to myself.

Which brings me to what could possibly be your question: What exactly happened here? What’s with the abrupt hiatus?

First of all, academic workload aside, my extracurricular activities have kept me pretty busy as well. I am a member of two student organizations (a department-based academic organization, and a service organization); however, this semester, I tried applying for other organizations that interested me. In addition to these extracurricular, non-academic activities, I have been pushing myself to experiment with numerous, different things as a way for me to discover more about myself.



Excerpt || Why you will never find your name in any of my sonnets

I never write about you. And you hate that I don’t.

I am a writer. I breathe language. Words trickle effortlessly from the crevices of my mind and flow smoothly into sentences upon touching the unsullied earth, gradually accumulating into an interminably vast ocean of poetry and lyrics.

But not once have I ever written about you. I never write about you. And you hate that I don’t.


Review || Omari and the People (+ GIVEAWAY)

Title: Omari and the People
Author: Stephen Whitfield
Narrator: Curt Simmons
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Copy: Audiobook (11 hrs and 17 mins – unabridged)

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Before anything else, I received an audio copy of this book, which was sponsored by the author and narrator, as part of my participation in the blog tour hosted by The Audiobookworm. To win an audiobook copy of Omari and the People (gifted via Audible) for yourself, enter my giveaway!

Omari and the People is a wonderfully written, epic adventure centered on a notorious, thrill-seeking thief named—as the title suggests—Omari. After unintentionally burning down an entire city, Omari, in an effort to redeem himself, deceives the displaced people into believing in the existence of a safe haven which only he can show them. From there, the readers are taken on a captivatingly narrated, arduous journey and personally, the more I travelled alongside Omari (so to speak), the more compassionate I felt for his character and his attempt at repentance for all he’s done in the past.


Tour stop || Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield (+ GIVEAWAY)


Chicago-born Stephen Whitfield began writing as a Marine Corps print journalist. His writing has appeared in military publications, as well as the Kansas City Star and the Jersey Journal. He holds degrees from from Loyola University Chicago, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Indiana University. His various adventures have taken him to such places as London, Paris, Trondheim, Johannesburg, Beirut, most of The Virgin Islands and the wilder neighborhoods of Chicago.


Curt lives in Seattle and produces and narrates audiobooks in his home studio. Following the birth of his daughter in 1984, he left the performing arts to pursue a more “stable” profession managing projects. Then, in 2014 he returned to the professional stage for the first time in over 30 years as Walter Flood in Becky’s New Car by Stephen Dietz. He has also appeared recently as Lyman in Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz and Ralph in The Last Romance by Joseph DiPietro. Omari and the People is Curt’s sixth audiobook.


The tour, hosted by Jess from The Audiobookworm, started its run on September 25th and will end this coming October 15th. It is being sponsored by Stephen Whitfield and Curt Simmons. For more information regarding the other tour stops, visit the website!


Review || Kalopsia

Title: Kalopsia
Author: Andrea Michelle
Genre: Poetry
Copy: Digital

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Kalopsia, the first book of Michelle’s Beautiful Words series, is a collection of contemporary, modern poems generally aimed for the youth. The topics and themes it touches include, but are not limited to, life, love, truth, healing and the essence of being an imperfect human being.

Truth be told, I have an embarrassingly limited experience with poetry books. I have read a total of three literary collections, if I’m not mistaken. Regardless, I am glad to have picked this one up! While Kalopsia definitely has its fair share of shortcomings, I cannot deny that the poems in this book provoked thought — and I don’t know about you, but anything that provokes thought is always worth reading.


Poetic Attempt || Four

Sometimes I hate metaphors
the kind of hate that
stirs solemnly
from the embers of coal;
the kind of hate that
explodes (all at once) from within
like an instantaneous collision of stars;
the kind of hate that
burns steadily, with assurance
like the rays of the sun;
the kind of hate that
lays waste and lingers
much like pillars of smoke after a forest fire


Re: Relaunch and Birthday Giveaway!

Hello, everyone! A month ago, I conducted an international giveaway as a means to celebrate both my official blog relaunch and 20th birthday(!!!). Entries were accepted until 12:00 AM, 14 September 2016 – (GMT+08:00) Philippines. Having said that, it’s time to announce the seven (7) lucky winners!

Just as my first attempt at hosting a giveaway, I had a lot of fun with this! Before the actual announcement, I’d like to take a quick moment to profusely thank the following authors for their contributions to my giveaway:

C.L. Denault [Website | Facebook | Twitter]
Pintip Dunn [Website | Facebook | Twitter]
Sarah Marsh [Website | Twitter]

Let’s get to the announcement, yes?