“Once the publication is established, its editorial board shall freely determine its editorial policies and manage the publication’s funds.” – Section 4, R.A. 7079 aka Campus Journalism Act of 1991

Rejected.

Ang story na gusto ko ang pagkakasulat, na gusto ko ang tema ang kauna-unahang na-reject sa mga gawa ko.

For return, no reply, R-E-J-E-C-T-E-D. Apat na publisher din iyon.

Tinanong ko ang isang kaibigan, binasa niya ng buo iyong akda. May kaibigan siyang nasa publishing industry. Malamang daw, ang dahilan ng pagka-reject ay may dalawang genre ito. Hindi lang siya romance, nahaluan ng school issue.

Ang sakit sa puso marinig iyon. Paano iyon, ganoon nga ang mga linya ng nobelang gusto ko pang gawin sa hinaharap. Ayaw ko ng kilig lang, gusto ko may mga pinaglalaban iyong characters. Gusto ko na may kaunting self-discovery ang story. Gusto ko iba, kaso sa pagiging iba nito, umaabot sa puntong wala akong publisher na papasahan. Siguro, ang pagka-weirdo ko na rin ang dahilan kung bakit hindi ako nakakakuha ng napakadaming reads. Paano na ako? Self-publishing nalang forevs?

Gumagawa ako ng mga akdang talagang aayawan ng publisher. Pasaway ako. I do it on my own way. Pero ewan, ayaw kong isakripisyo ang mga gusto kong mangyari para lang pumasa sa standards nila. Siguro pangit nga, siguro ‘di kagandahan pero hindi naman siguro patapon ang mga gawa ko. Naiinggit ako sa mga may libro na na 15 years old palang. Naiinggit ako sobra. Pero katulad nga ng mga sinasabi ng mga ate at kuya ko, bata pa ako. Malayo pa ang mararating ko, gagaling pa ako.

Kapag ako pumasa sa isang publisher, iyon siguro ang magiging pinakamasayang araw ng buhay ko.

Sa ngayon, tatandaan ko ang tinuro ni Ms. Bebang Siy, magtiwala sa alindog ng aking mga character. :)

Ito iyong unedited version ng story na lakas loob kong pinasa: http://www.wattpad.com/21200385-perfectly-imperfect-1

12:06 AM, 1/8/15

Hi and Goodbye (A New Year Special Post)

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2014 is a mix of good and not so good things for me. This year did not fail to teach lessons and I am glad this year will end with a brand new and more mature “Em-em/Me-me”.

Instead of posting my year in a nutshell, I decided to list the most important things I learned from circumstances. Here’s the list:

  1. When God entrusts you a big stuff, no matter how unconfident you are, you have to accept it.

Promotions happen to our lives. Promotion means a greater responsibility parallel to greater glory. It is not always easy as it seems. You may see yourself as the weakling to handle such stuff but when God wants you to do it, you have to do it. You will find out that He will strengthen you as you go along the way.

When He’s giving you a promotion, a big big responsibility that you think you can’t handle, you have to trust Him and yourself. That is simple as that and it worked for me.

  1. You can’t escape God’s plan for you.

It is not my plan to join the campus publication for this year. I really don’t. I was planning to focus on my fiction writing career, try to produce something that is publisher worthy but the plan was “shooed” by the Editor-in-Chief thing. Sometime August, I became the school publication’s Editor-in-Chief and I just feel like, “Why me? Oh why me?”

In my mind, I know God is whispering. “Yes, it’s you. It is for you.”

  1. Reality may shake you but writing is always on your back.

There’s one family issue that really, really bothered me. I was desperate for escape so I dedicated my time writing something. I wrote my first English Novella that is set in Luna East Arts Academy in May and ended it the same month. Yes, I did it in a month (surprisingly). The experience became a therapeutic one, for the mean time I forgot I was sad and scared. It is through the experience I discovered that writing can serve a dual purpose – to entertain the readers and heal the writer.

  1. Nowhere to go but up!

When God starts to lift you up, you will be surprised of the height. Daddy God lifted me to be a self-published author and He keeps on surprising me. You just have to do your best because really, God will take care of the rest. But you have to remember, no matter how high you are lifted you have to;

  1. Keep your feet on the ground.

It is easy to be proud of ourselves and feel superior to everyone but being boastful of our achievements is a no-no. There’s a thin line between being proud and humble. I learned that I can always be proud of myself but I should always be humble as well. Humility pleases Daddy God and I am always honoured to please Him.

  1. Leadership can be developed and nurtured.

There’s always a leader in us. If God calls for that leader out, let it out. I know for sure that my leadership is flawed but there are endless opportunities for learning. I found out that being in charge of someone else is fun, and at the same time it is challenging. Whenever I am being overwhelmed by the position, I think of my God-given talents and abilities. I have to trust myself because I was made for a certain purpose and one of such purpose is the leadership I am practicing right now.

  1. The harder things are, the closer you become with God.

Isn’t it obvious? I’ve been talking about God all throughout the article. It is because this year, He taught me to trust Him more and to have faith. Most of us blame Him for difficult stuff but I figured out, after the “test”, He shows up again with a lot of gifts that becomes “pambawi” for the suffering.

I am and eternally thankful to Him for letting me have and acquire these:

  • A self-published book (My Firsts With Him)
  • Finishing Endless Second Chances (Book 2 of My Firsts With Him)
  • Three semesters in Honor’s List
  • The gift of campus journalism
  • A harmonious thesis group
  • Supportive mentors all around me
  • A loving and caring family
  • Silly friends who are supportive as well
  • A chance to be featured on a magazine (Soon!)

And so many others that if I list it, it will take us another year. Hehe.

 

It’s been a wonderful year and I know, 2015 is going to be wonderful as well. Goodbye, 2014 and Hi 2015. I know 2015 is going to be difficult but I am excited for the greater things to come in my life. J

Happy New Year! May God bless you always.

Thank you for dropping by. :D

Meme/Emem’s First Giveaway (Yay!)

Just in time for the Christmas Season :)

I am hosting my first giveaway. Well, prize is a signed copy of my book and a gift pack. I will handle the shipping fee for the lucky winner.

No worries, the mechanics is merely following, liking, posting and tweeting about this giveaway.

Also, do spread the good word! Everyone likes a free book, yeah?

I don’t know how to put it here in WordPress so links are posted below or you can click the picture above, heehee. I’m using Rafflecopter for this giveway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

https://www.facebook.com/ememalberts/app_228910107186452

Advance Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Seryoso

Sabi mo ‘di ako seryoso.

Hindi ka naman namin niloloko.

Ikaw kaya ang umupo sa puwesto ko

Nang malaman mo ang hirap nito.

 

Sabi mo ‘di ako seryoso.

Tila wala na kaming ginawang matino.

Masyado na nga kaming mabait,

Kalayaan pa nami’y pinagkait.

 

Sabi mo ‘di ako seryoso.

Sana alam mo kung gaano kahirap ito.

Ayaw ko nang makinig sa iyo.

‘Di rin naman kasi seryoso ang supporta mo.

 

ememalberts

12/16/14 8:34 pm

Sulat pa more!

Hindi naman sa ayaw ko nang magsulat, medyo umay na ako. Puro pagsusulat ang mga requirements namin: katatapos lang ng Case Analysis, kasalukuyang ginagawa ang thesis, kasalukuyang EIC ako ngayon at ang output sa Rizal, pagsusulat ulit. Too much formal writing may kill you, lol.

Nami-miss ko lang siguro gumawa ng kuwento. Hindi ma-stretch imagination ko. Sayang mga ideya, kagabi nga lang, bago matulog parang may pelikulang binuo utak ko. Naghahalo na daydream ko at mga ideyang pang-kuwento. Nananaginip ako ng gising. Tapos, ngayon magpupuyat na naman para sa Chapter I. RAWR.

Kaya ko ito. Kaya ko ito. Kailangan kayanin ko.