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Each week, Ansela Corsino interviews an author over coffee to talk about how they stay productive.

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Each week, Ansela Corsino interviews an author over coffee to talk about how they stay productive.

    Words and Lyrics with Jay E. Tria

    Words and Lyrics with Jay E. Tria

    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!



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    00:00:00 - Welcome!00:01:20 - Survey on illustrated romance covers00:04:30 - I went to a workshop!00:12:28 - I got new ink, (Not a tattoo.)00:17:21 - Coming up: Jay E. Tria interview + what’s a live reading?00:18:57 - INTERVIEW with Jay01:06:19 - LIVE READING: “Ask Me Nicely” performed by Gab Pangilinan and Bibo Reyes01:15:01 - 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 Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Wattpad.




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    00:00:49 - The Playlist Series by Jay E. Tria00:01:02 - La Mere Poulard00:01:09 - Brigitte Bautista interview00:01:20 - SURVEY: Representation on Illustrated Contemporary Romance Novel Covers00:04:30 - “You On Your Own Terms” — workshop by Maloy Luakian (Hey she’s holding a writing workshop on Saturday!)00:06:57 - Content builds community — what it means to an introvert on Wattpad00:08:29 - The importance of an author’s brand to productivity00:10:30 - “You On Your Own Terms”— my testimonial!00:12:32 - The episode with Paolo Manalo00:12:48 - Everything Calligraphy 00:13:14 - Vinta Inks00:16:45 - Pink Sands (Santa Cruz 1983) ink00:17:27 - April Feels Day 201900:17:53 - What is a live reading?00:18:57 - INTERVIEW: Jay E. Tria00:19:35 - Jay tells us about herself00:19:37 - The #RomanceClass community00:20:17 - #StrangeLit00:20:38 - Jay’s latest releasesSecond Wave SummerYou Out of Nowhere00:21:08 - Flair — steamy romance books00:29:57 - Books by JayBlossom Over FlowersPlaylist #1: Songs of Our BreakupPlaylist #2: Songs to Get Over YouPlaylist #3: Songs to Make You Stay#StrangeLit - “Majesty”Others 00:31:18 - What Jay learned from Paolo Chikiamco in the #StrangeLit workshop00:32:25 - Where Ansela learned how to crack an egg: Sabrina (1954)00:36:41 - What digital apps does Jay use?SpreadsheetsMicrosoft WordNotepadFreewriting (on Notepad)00:38:19 - Scrivener?00:39:19 - How does Jay manage writing with having a day job?00:50:52 - What’s Jay working on now?00:51:13 - On writing about fictional bands and writing songs in books00:55:53 - Jay’s influencesMina V. EsguerraArctic MonkeysBanana YoshimotoGail Tsukiyama00:58:45 - Film adaptation: A Song to Get Over You01:03:13 - Who is Jay’s literary benchmark?01:05:23 - Find Jay on Twitter, Instagram, and on her website.01:06:19 - LIVE READING: “Ask Me Nicely” performed by Gab Pangilinan and Bibo Reyes01:17:03 - Please rate and review this podcast on Apple Podcast!



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    Story Design with Brigitte Bautista

    Story Design with Brigitte Bautista

    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).




    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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    00:16
    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.

    00:57
    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. 

    01:24
    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. 

    02:08
    Now before we move on to the interview, I will read the blurb of You, Me, U.S.

    02:15
    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?

    03:09
    And now here is my interview with Brigitte Bautista.

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    03:23
    Ansela: Hello, Brij.

    3:24
    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. 

    03:35
    BB: Fancy!

    03:37
    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.

    03:54
    A: Please tell us something about yourself.

    03:57
    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.

    04:16
    A: Of course.

    04:19
    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 Na

    Plot Challenges with Mina V. Esguerra

    Plot Challenges with Mina V. Esguerra

    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 writes contemporary romance novels. Visit minavesguerra.com 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 01:10:50 – Live reading of an excerpt from What Kind of Day by Mina V. Esguerra, performed by Gio Gahol and Graie So



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    Poetry Jam with Paolo Manalo

    Poetry Jam with Paolo Manalo

    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/Intro00:01:02 - Why this episode is late00:05:20 - Introducing our guest Paolo Manalo00:06:00 - 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 drinking00:12:15 - That Ann Wigmore quote00:13:35 - Paolo’s new book pamphlet E is for Epal00:14:00 - Paolo’s first poetry collection Jolography was published 15 years ago00:14:39 - What even is an EP 00:14:52 - Paolo’s soon-to-be-released poetry collection00:16:14 - 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 ?Puns00:19:57 - Epal cover design, and getting blurbed by Bob Ong00:20:51 - About Epal cover designer Michael Balili, author of poetry collection Velocirupture00:21:24 - Plotter vs Pantser — does this apply to poetry?How does Paolo plan his poetry collections (or does he?)00:21:56 - Visionary vs Gatherer00:24:33 - Paolo as a professor of Creative WritingOn teaching poetry to both CW majors and non-CW majors00:26:39 - 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 collections00:33:35 - Paolo’s productivity toolsNotebooksPlanners (“Plan-nerd”)Not a lot of digital appsFountain pens forever!00:36:10 - Bullet journaling and the pomodoro technique00:36:30 - Hobonichi weeks planner00:37:00 - Most productive hours of the day/Most productive places to write00:38:57 - On writing about the world when you’re outside00:40:38 - 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 bookNotes as “baggage”00:46:49 - Jolography reduxresequencedretconnedrealigned with Epal and the upcoming collection00:50:00 - Any plans to be a full-time poet?00:50:47 - On having students succeeding as poets00:52:30 - Who are the future of poetry?00:54:00 - Paolo’s current favoritesWendy CopeIsabela Banzon00:58:55 - Favorite Pinoy poetsVirgilio Almario a.k.a. Rio Alma01:01:15 - How long does a poetry student take to find their voice?01:03:36 - On living up to reader expectations: poetry and fiction01:06:01 - Poetry eventsSpoken-word sessions at Sev’s Cafe (now closed)Conspiracy Garden Cafe - Words Anonymous’s “Dirty Laundry” Filipinas Heritage Library01:08:30 - Have you thought of producing audiobooks of your work?Local authors are creating audiobooks of their fictionLive readingsCan actors properly do a reading of someone else’s poetry?01:10:24 - “Instagram poets”01:12:29 - On writing for a specific medium01:14:29 - Poetry stickers?01:15:52 - Discovering different media for poetry01:16:47 - Where to find Paolo online01:17:28 - On students asking authors to do their homework01:18:24 - Where to find E is for Epal :Solidaridad in Ermita, ManilaBookay-Ukay in Quezon CityGacha Press on S

    Spreadsheets and Divas with Tara Frejas

    Spreadsheets and Divas with Tara Frejas

    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.



    Music:
    Bright Wish by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
    Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/




    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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    00:00:00 - Intro00:00:10 - Welcome00:00:29 - Introduction to the episode00:01:03 - About Tara Frejas00:01:44 - End of intro00:01:50 - Start of interview00:02:00 - Tara tells us about herself00:02:34 - #RomanceClass00:04:00 - We're at Barcino00:04:33 - What we ate00:05:33 - Tara's Zomato Gold subscription discount code (use this to get a 20% discount): TARA4734Q00:06:00 - Carla de Guzman hangs with us00:06:15 - Tara tells us whether she's a plotter or a pantser00:07:14 - Tara's book Like Nobody's Watching00:07:42 - Tara's book Scandalized00:07:45 - Anvil's Spark New Adult workshop00:08:00 - Mina V. Esguerra organized the Spark NA Workshop00:10:28 - The Author at Once workshop00:11:36 - Using spreadsheets to outline stories00:12:13 - About Play It By Ear (Backstage Pass Series #2) by Tara00:15:17 - About #RomanceClass April Feels Day00:15:27 - Tara's editor Layla S. Tanjutco00:16:02 - Productivity tool: ColorNote on Android00:17:40 - Pio Alvez, the third wheel character in Waiting in the Wings00:18:32 - Live reading of an excerpt of Waiting in the Wings at April Feels Day 2017 (YouTube)00:20:00 - Carla is the president of the Official Pio Alvez Fan Club (Philippine Chapter)00:20:56 - Productivity tool: Daily Note app on Android00:21:05 - Productivity tool: Writeometer app on Android00:20:00 - Tara talks about her day job00:23:00 - On writing every day00:24:42 - Tara's non-digital productivity tools: notebooks and planners00:24:45 - The Starbucks planner00:25:10 - On using post-its00:25:28 - Scrivener00:26:19 - On writing songs (with lyrics!) in books00:27:32 - Tara's most productive hours of the day00:32:47 - On words not used + Tara's multiple drafts00:34:00 - Who's writing career does Tara aspire to?00:35:45 - Mina V. Esguerra's books: Iris After the Incident, The Future Chosen, My Imaginary Ex00:37:00 - Why Tara writes about theater and kpop culture00:38:00 - Tara's upcoming book: Play It By Ear00:39:50 - On fans shipping idols00:41:35 - What Tara is currently working on00:41:53 - Tara's upcoming book: wedding anthology, co-authored with Ana Tejano, Mina V. Esguerra, Jay E. Tria, Carla de Guzman, Six de los Reyes (coming in 2019)00:42:27 - The Fake Date trope00:44:00 - #ProjectDatu00:44:38 - On how #ProjectDatu happened ahead of schedule00:45:30 - On diva characters00:46:00 - On how Pio's story got written ahead of schedule00:47:08 - About the #RomanceClass short films00:47:34 - The books-turned-to-films: (1) Beginner's Guide, (2) Songs to Get Over You, (3) What Kind of Day00:47:51 - #Romance Class films teaser (#RCU)00:48:00 - How the #RomanceClass films got made00:49:20 - I Didn't Write This Episode 1 "Ode by Arthur O'Shaughnessy" by Yulin Kuang (YouTube)00

    Pressure to Rep with Chi Yu Rodriguez

    Pressure to Rep with Chi Yu Rodriguez

    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 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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    Chi Yu Rodriguez websiteChi on TwitterBuy Chi's booksLove and Other Questionable Life Choices



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