Guest Post and Giveaway: Pitóng Talâ sa Pagsusulat ng Janus Sílang ni Edgar Calabia Samar

Magandang araw po at maraming salamat sa aming mga giliw na mambabasa na patuloy na sumusubaybay sa blog na ito. Nagpapasalamat din po ako kay Sir Edgar sa pagpapaunlak na mag-guest post dito. Maraming-maraming salamat po!

Naisip ko po ang tema na ito dahil bilang isang manunulat at mambabasa ay nais ko rin pong malaman kung paano nabubuo ng isang manunulat ang kanilang aklat. Para po sa akin, ang kuwento mismo at ang pagbuo ng isang ideya at kung paano naisakatuparan ito ay parehong interesante. Hindi ko na po hahabaan pa ang pasakalye, narito na po si Edgar Calabia Samar at ang making at behind the scenes ng Janus Sílang.

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1. Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon ang una kong YA novel, pero ito ang ikatlo kong nobela pagkatapos ng Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog (Anvil Publishing, 2009) at Sa Kasunod ng 909 (UST Publishing House, 2012). Halos tig-apat na taon ang inabot bago ko natapos ang unang draft ng unang dalawang nobela; isang buong buwan lang ang inabot ko sa pagsusulat ng unang draft ng Janus noong Hunyo 2013.

2. Siyempre, nagtuturo ako’t nag-aaral (ng MA, at pagkatapos, ng PhD), rumaraket, nagpapakaabala sa maraming ibang bagay nang sinusulat ko ang unang dalawang nobela noong 2004 hanggang 2011. Noong sinusulat ko naman ang Janus, nakatutok lang ako rito. Walang ibang mahalaga kundi ang masimulan at matapos ang nobela.

3. Ang totoo, bago ko pa man inupuan ang unang draft ng Janus noong isang taon, matagal ko nang nililimliman ang idea para rito. Noong 2010, matapos ang PEN Congress, nagpaiwan ako sa Cebu upang mag-isang maglagalag sa siyudad. Sa isa sa mga hapon ng Disyembreng iyon, sa isang kainan sa Cebu, nagbalangkas ako ng kaba-kabanata para sa isang YA. Pagbalik ko sa Maynila, natabunan ang proyekto ng ibang gawain. Hindi ko na iyon nabalikan kahit nang sinusulat ko na ang Janus, bagaman dama kong ginagabayan ako ng espiritu ng hápong iyon sa Cebu nang binuno ko na sa wakas ang nobelang ito.

4. Dahil sa Timehop, naalala ko kamakailan lang ang una kong inisip na pamagat para rito:

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 Buti na lang at nagbago ang isip ko (bagaman maaaring magamit ko pa rin ang “Agoyor” bilang pamagat ng isa sa mga kabanata ng Janus sa mga susunod na aklat ng serye; tingnan na lang sa diksiyonaryo ang kahulugan nito). Nag-iba rin ang bilang ng mga namatay sa simula ng nobela, at hindi tulad ng orihinal kong plano na iikot ang kuwento sa mga biktima, ang Janus ay umiikot sa kuwento ng nag-iisang nakaligtas.

5. Nang malapit na akong matapos sa unang draft ng nobela, saka ko natuklasan na hindi isang nobela lang ang proyekto, kundi isang seryeng YA. Kakaiba ang excitement na naramdaman ko nang dumating sa akin ang posibilidad na iyon—na nakaharap ako sa bungad pa lang ng isang mas malawak na proyekto. Ang kontrata ko sa Adarna ay para pa lamang sa tatlong aklat, subalit lagi kong sinasabi (pabiro, bagaman alam ko sa loob ko na totoo) na may bisyon ako para sa siyam na aklat na bubuo sa Janus Sílang Series.

6. Bagaman 30 araw ko lang sinulat ang first draft ng Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon, inabot naman ng humigit-kumulang anim pang buwan ang proseso ng rebisyon. Makapasko nang ipasa ko ang final draft ng nobela, matapos ang pakikinig sa mga puna at mungkahi ng mga editor ng Adarna. Ito ang unang pagkakataon na naranasan ko ang pagkakaroon ng bukás na diyalogo sa pagitan ko at ng aking mga publisher bilang mga editor din. Sa maraming pagkakataon, nagtitiwala ako sa kanila dahil mas kilala nila ang demographics ng target audience namin. Sa ibang pagkakataon, kailangan kong ipaliwanag naman sa kanila kung bakit ko ibig igiit ang ilang bagay sa nobela kahit hindi lubos ang kanilang pagsang-ayon.

7. Matapos ang akala ko’y final draft na, nagkaroon ako ng finally ay final na talagang version ng manuskrito matapos ang diyalogo ko sa artistic team na sangkot sa Janus na pinangungunahan ni Borg Sinaban na siyang gumawa ng cover design. Nang mapagdesisyunan naming pagsuotin ng kuwintas na may pendant na USB si Janus sa cover, halimbawa, kinailangan kong gawin iyong mahalaga sa nobela. Ngayon, lumabas na sa wakas ang nobela, at sana’y magustuhan ninyo’t abangan ang mga susunod pang pakikipagsapalaran ni Janus Sílang!

*Maaaring i-like sa FB ang Janus Sílang Series sa http://www.facebook.com/JanusSilang. Maaari ring i-follow si Edgar Calabia Samar sa @ecsamar sa Twitter. Bisitahin ang edgarsamar.com para sa iba pang akda ni Samar.

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Excerpt and Giveaway: Sizzle by Scarlett Fox

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SIZZLING BUNDLE

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 Note: ***For readers 18 and up***

About the book:

It is a hot summer day the day that Tanya is to embark on a new life in her native town of Boracay. But the towering and ruggedly handsome Julio, her first heartbreak, owns the resort that she wants to buy. They cannot keep their hands off each other, but Tanya thinks that it is too high a price to pay.

Excerpt:

Sizzle by Scarlett Fox

Sizzle by Scarlett Fox

Tanya snatched another beer from the bar. This was her third beer. She felt lightheaded. Seeing herself on a mirror shaped like the sun, all bronze fire and all, she pouted her lips. She reminded herself to buy the super strength sunblock spf 50. Her skin burned easily. The lotion promised to keep her skin protected from harmful UV rays. Hopefully it can keep stingrays and jellyfish at bay, too.

Her feet clad in gladiator sandals of cloth and native rope dug into yielding talcum powder sand. Her green leaf bikini top hugged her curvy breasts which heaved owing to the bouncy tune that she danced to. Her partner, Hans, a young Dane whom she met just an hour ago egged her to dance. He was tall, has pretty neat abs, nothing to be ashamed of. But his skin was a little too pale for her.

When he saw her he almost immediately offered her a drink which she declined. But she talked to him since he seemed to be nice.

She didn’t need any urging to dance for she wanted to take pleasure in what the night had to offer. The booze, the mood, the men, all for the taking. After all, she had all the time in the world.

The full moon’s twin on the blue sea, a school of fish frisking endlessly, visible under the shiny surface made the evening brilliant and perfect.

At the shore, lovers remained on the beach. There were cabanas nestled behind tall palm trees. Only shadows can be traced in the darkness, only murmurs of the wind can be heard. But if one would walk farther to the right, the moon cast its light on night animals who came to this island to practice the ancient art of wild partying.

This was not an exceptional night. It was only one of so many nights for which Boracay was legendary.

The distant stars dotting the skyline competed with the torches and colored twinkly lights (probably the remains of Christmas past) that draped like leis around the wooden slat fence surrounding the bar. The party began early that evening as the full moon rose over the stretch of powdery sands spread like flat sheet across one of the longest beaches in the area.

A blend of cultures was mixing at the dance floor swaying to a reggae tune. Tourists, regular backpackers, local visitors, they were lost in this make believe world where all is possible. They were at the place to be.

At the table, Hans was only too glad to see her come back. His look of relief was so obvious Tanya became bored with him a little too early.

“Hey where have you been? I thought you left me,” he said in his perfect English with a hint of Danish accent. If it were another time, she would have found it appealing and sexy. But tonight was not that night.

“I went to the washroom. I got thirsty so I got myself a beer,” she said while she chugged the pale pilsen standing up. Hans couldn’t take his eyes off her, especially the part where the bandanna wrapped itself around her alabaster thighs, which turned translucent when the moon shined on them.

“You should have asked me to get it for you,” he said.

“No sweetie, nobody gets anything for me. When I want something I get it myself,” she said her smile lazy and her tone patronizing.

Obviously not getting her, he just laughed then shrugged.

She was pissed. Boy, was she pissed. Her erstwhile boyfriend of two years just took off without a thought when she said she wanted to settle down. He thought she wanted a ring on her finger. What she didn’t say was she wanted to have a business of her own. Something she can manage herself. A little business that would be fun and make her busy. She didn’t need the money. But no matter, she saw through him like looking at a cage filled with snakes when he turned pale and unavailable after that.

What pisses her was the fact that it took her two years to know it. Was she getting soft? She used to spot them so easily. Guys who needed a bed buddy.

So she left Manila to look for a business opportunity and where else could she go to but Boracay, her place of birth.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon ni Edgar Calabia Samar

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SI JANUS SILANG AT ANG TIYANAK NG TÁBON
Kuwento ni Edgar Calabia Samar
Inilimbag ng Adarna House, Inc. (2014)

Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon

Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon

Tungkol sa Aklat/Blurb
Sa tournament ng TALA Online sa bayan ng Balanga, namatay ang lahat ng manlalaro maliban kay Janus. Sunod-sunod pa ang naging kaso ng pagkamatay ng mga kabataan sa computer shops sai ba’t ibang panig ng bansa. Kinontak si Janus ng nagpakilalang Joey, isa rin umano sa mga nakaligtas sa paglalaro ng TALA na gaya niya. Hindi inasahan ni Janus ang mga matutuklasan niya mula rito na mag-uugnay sa kanya sa misteryo ng kinahuhumalingan niyang RPG—at sa alamat ng Tiyanak mula sa Tábon!

Tungkol sa Manunulat
Si Edgar Calabia Samar ay ipinanganak sa Lungsod San Pablo at nakapagsulat na ng dalawang nobela, ang Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog (2009) at Sa Kasunod ng 909 (2012). Itong Janus Sílang series ang una niyang kathang YA. Nagtuturo siya ngayon ng Panitikan at Malikhaing Pagsulat sa Ateneo de Manila University. Mahigit sampung taon na ang nakararaan nang una siyang makakilala ng isang Púsong.

Bookstore Tour Dates
– May 10 – National Book Store SM North
– May 17 – National Book Store Glorietta 5
– May 24 – Fully Booked SM North EDSA (venue tentative)

Links
Blog Tour Schedule: http://www.xizuqsnook.com; http://www.adarnahouse.wordpress.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janus.silang
Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/story/13119778-janus-silang-at-ang-tiyanak-ng-t%C3%A1bon

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Currently Reading: Anna Bayes’ It Is Time and Other Stories

I’m currently reading Anna Bayes’ It Is Time and Other Stories.

Summary

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It is Time and Other Stories by Anna Bayes

This collection of 15 romantic bite-size stories is a must-have for Anna’s loyal fans and serves as the perfect sampler for new readers. Find out why fans from everywhere are addicted to Anna’s writing.

The collection begins with the tale of a woman who has decided that “It is time” to give her lover a final gift.

From the sweet, vanilla exchanges of love (such as “Love Letter,” “Gratitude” and “Ticket to France”), the electrifying thrill of instant attraction (“Stockings, Pendant, Arousal” and “Unexpected”), paranormal love story (“Lucy Reborn”) to steamy tales that stretch the mind and boundaries (for example, “My Reluctant Dom” and “Four Hot Guys”), these 15 stories promise to tease and gratify.

Note: Explicit sex scenes. Adult material intended for readers aged 18+.

About Anna Bayes

Anna writes contemporary, paranormal, BDSM and LGBT erotic romances. She is herself a bisexual submissive, and finds writing the perfect outlet for her wild ideas.

In real life, Anna is an introverted bookworm, looks sweet and kind of innocent, but don’t let her brown eyes fool you. 😉