Hello and Welcome

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”
― William Butler Yeats, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven

Violet--the color of spirituality.
Violet–the color of spirituality.

I remember one childhood summer, my cousin and I were rolling around in the living room and trying to squeeze ourselves into the crack between the wall and the couch because it was cooler there than anywhere else in the room, and I was telling her a story.

It was an epic tale about an angel who falls to the earth and must earn her wings back, but somehow manages to save the world along the way.

Later, while we were making mudpies in the backyard, I told her about how I defeated my evil twin in utero, which was why I ended up an only child. (She’s a wonderful and very patient listener, my cousin.)

I wrote my first teen romance in high school, using up an entire legal pad. All I can say about it is that it was terrible, just terrible.

Then I wrote another. And another. Then I got a computer, and finally abandoned legal pads altogether. I took writing courses in college. I progressed all the way to an MA in Creative Writing, but didn’t make it till the end.

I found work writing for my university’s various publications. I got married and had a family. My daughter now draws some of the characters from my stories, because she’s awesome.

White--the color of purity.
White–the color of purity.

I kept writing. Looking back, I realize that I was never not writing. I’ve started so many stories and left them unfinished. I’ve had months-long spells of writer’s block where I felt as if my brain was constipated. But I am never not writing a story.

I dream of publishing my own book someday, but I’ve realized it doesn’t matter. Having thousands of readers doesn’t matter, although I confess I fantasize about it a lot. No matter what, I will still write. And I will share my stories with anyone in need of a little diversion, a little humor, a little thrill of romance, a little inspiration. For absolutely free.

Because this is what I can do. I can write my stories. And I can offer these as my humble gift to the world.

This is a blog full of these stories. Some complete, some not. Some better than the others.

So thank you for your time, and I hope you can stay. Maybe grab a cup of coffee, and relax a bit. If at any point these stories make you smile, that’s reward enough for me.

“If you can’t believe in miracles, then believe in yourself. When you want something bad enough, let that drive push you to make it happen. Sometimes you’ll run into brick walls that are put there to test you. Find a way around them and stay focused on your dream. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
 ― Isabel Lopez, Isabel’s Hand-Me-Down Dreams

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  1. Happy for you that you can tell your stories here. =) Stepped in from OM’s site. Since that thread was about making connections, I thought you wouldn’t mind my sharing this relevant piece:

    http://holisticwayfarer.com/2013/06/11/unthreading-yeats-cloths/

    =)

    HW

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  2. Hello and thank you for checking out my blog. And an even bigger thank you for sharing your post about Yeats’ poem. I’ve always loved this poem, but now I’ve learned why it’s so beautiful.

    And to anyone else out there, please feel free to share blog posts or promote your own blogs. I’ve been wandering through WordPress, and I’ve found so many wonderful, compassionate, creative and inspiring people out there, it’s mind-boggling.

    Again, thanks, and mi casa es su casa. ^_^

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  3. would you consider writing inspirational stuff? like what tips from books work and which ones don’t and things like that?

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    • Hello, and thank you for commenting! Sorry it took a while. I came down with a bad cold. But yes, I’ve been thinking about writing inspirational stuff and about things I read in books. Thank you for that great idea, and I hope when I do, you’ll be able and willing to read it.

      Again, thank you and I wish you a fantastic day.

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  4. I hope you keep writing, this is a beautiful hello and welcome.

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  5. How beautiful and humble (a bit overly humble) a welcome this is! You know, I really want to tell you one thing. You should not just stop here. That fantasy of yours, where you will have a huge number of readers could just be true if you publish these stuffs! I mean, I see that kind of potential in these writings! It’s as if, your every word screams out loud that “I am written by a professional writer!” And yeah, the first time I read your stories, I thought that it was written by a professional writer and it looks like I stand corrected!
    Well, comparing you to Madam Rowling would be a bit too bold of me and therefore I’ll refrain from it but I will say this- I found myself reading your stories with as much enthusiasm as I read Madam Rowling’s! In case you are wondering if I am talking about J.K. Rowling or not, let me tell you, yeah, I am talking about her. So yeah, honestly and I am telling you seriously, do consider publishing your works, especially ‘My Strawberry Dream Wedding’ and ‘On the Way to Ever After’. They are very well written and they have the uniqueness that a professional writer’s story should have, especially ‘On the Way to Ever After’.

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  6. Thank you, Samin, for the encouragement. I do dream of being published. I actually asked around a bit about how to go about getting published here in the Philippines, only to be told that getting published is about as easy as trying to walk vertically up a skyscraper with nothing but rubber slippers and a ball of yarn, what with the publishing industry here being so cutthroat, fighting over a depressingly tiny market, and all the “it’s who you know” connections in the industry that I don’t have.

    So I guess I’ve got to look around for other options like self-publishing or online publishing. I’ve been doing some research about that, actually. In short, I’m sort of tiptoeing my way toward it…But yeah, I really should add some more calcium to my backbone and all that.

    Also, whoa! JK Rowling? Whoa! As Garth and Wayne would say: “I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!” ^_^

    But you know, it really matters a lot that readers and writers like you see the potential of my stories. Thank you so much. And I do mean it. Just the fact that someone out there had a bit of enjoyment and escape–and maybe some inspiration?–via my stories means a lot to me. ^_^

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  7. The Yeats poem I find rather depressing. I’m hoping I misinterpreted it. The person wishes to give the heavens to someone, but does not have the resources, so instead must sacrifice dreams of their own, begging for the someone to leave something for them. If that’s what it means, it’s all too relevant today.

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  8. What an inviting welcome. Thank you, Sister. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for your really kind comment, and I apologize for the lateness of my reply. And thank you, too, to that Bing search that led to you stumbling over my blog. Seriously, I’m glad to meet you, and I hope you enjoy a few of the stories I have–when you do have time to spare, anyway, as my stories tend to be kind of long.

      So again, thank you, and I hope you have a fantastic day!

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