Wolf, in League by AF Henley: Blog Tour and Giveaway

The greatest gift of doing a blog tour is being able to touch base with old friends, and Cinderella Stories and I go back a long way. That’s one of the great things about the Internet, isn’t it? Being half a world away doesn’t really mean a thing when it comes to associates and acquaintances, and that is truly a blessing. So it’s an honour to be back as a guest and a friend, and I’m looking forward to sharing with you all the newest release in my Wolf series: Wolf, in League. For those that are joining the tour for the first time, welcome! And for those who have been here before, it’s amazing to see you again.

As I’ve done with the rest of the tours for these Wolf releases, this blog tour and giveaway is all about teasers. Tiny teasers, to be most accurate, which I like to think of as nothing more than a “bite” to whet your “appetite” for the rest. But before I let you get to it, I want to let you know about the giveaway that comes along with the tour. Follow through to the end of the post to learn how you could win your very own signed, print copy of Wolf in League, a “crystal and silver” diamante Howling Wolf Pendant, and a $20 gift certificate to the Less Than Three Press book market.

And now, the teaser, and an inside—or should I say outside—look at the GDBCG…

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It wasn’t the stars that drew him here in the wee hours of the morning, though. It was the bats. There was something about the construction of the Center that drew a bucket load of bats, not that Matthew could have said what it was. The thing he found most interesting about the phenomena was that one could find them swooping and swaying around the building’s concrete block walls and its flat, thermoplastic roof at times other than the hour or so between dusk and darkness. Common sense told Matthew it had to do with insect population, reflective lighting, and a lack of predators, but the owls and hawks that were common to the area made that last reason somewhat unlikely.

Who really knew, though? Maybe the same things that kept the doctors peeking covertly at dark shadows kept the smarter birds of prey away as well. Regardless, Matthew found himself staring at the tiny, black, soundless beasts for stretches of time that surprised him when he finally thought to check his watch. For creatures of the night with all kinds of Hollywood superstitions behind them, they were surprisingly peaceful to watch.

He’d just told himself that he’d better be heading back in when a sound seemed to brush past his ear. He cocked his head, paused, and listened. He almost thought it could have been one of the bats, drawn by the light or maybe the scent of his cologne, but if it had been a bat, then it was one of the most talented bats in history. Because there’d been something awfully weird in the way it had sounded. If he’d been asked to say what that oddness was, he would have had no choice but to admit—foolishly, really—that he’d heard someone speak. His name, even. Which was more ridiculous than imagining someone had spoken in the first place. He was six stories off the ground. He could see every inch of the otherwise empty balcony. Besides, there was no one else on the level Matthew occupied but for a security guard who had been half-asleep, if not completely asleep, when Matthew had walked past him twenty minutes ago; Matthew had checked the sign-in roster just to make sure because he’d wanted to have a chat with one of his colleagues regarding a certain finding Matthew had stumbled across the night before. And there were no after-hours visitors allowed, without exception. Even during the day, not even an expected guest would get past the security gate without a badge—a badge which automatically added their name, picture, and personal details to the roster so that anyone who was anyone would know where they were allowed to be and where they were not. If there was someone out in the darkness whispering his name at barely audible levels, it had to be one of the bats. Or a very talented deer with the ability to fly.

Matthew flipped up his collar, shook his head and turned back to the door that he’d left propped open behind him. The doors were all glass. The windows were glass. Glass, glass, everywhere glass. He’d often figured it was there for security more than just an effort to soften the rest of the cold concrete building. After all, it was easy to see through; nothing could hide behind a glass door. It was also reflective.

So when he saw a face—a smirk, bright eyes, sharp cheekbones—shining back at him, Matthew startled. He whirled back to face the balcony.

There was no one there. Just the stars and bats above him, and the trees, manicured lawn, and fading gardens below him.

Wolf, in League Excerpt
© AF Henley, 2016

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Blurb

Wolf, in League

It’s been months since anyone at the Committee has had any contact from the O’Connell family or their pack members, and they are not happy. Suspicious of the activities that took place in D.C. and determined to find out what the wolves are up to, the Committee recruits one of their newest residents, Doctor Matthew Dietrich, to play the part of neighbor and infiltrate the family.

Matthew has always been a keep-to-himself kind of person. Though idealistic and optimistic, he prefers to work in solitude, at night, while he researches the findings that he hopes will one day change the world. When he’s approached by the executives of the Center, he has no idea why they’d choose him. And to say he is skeptical over the concept of men that can shift into wolves would be an understatement. Until he meets his new partner, the man that will play the part of his “husband” in the Committee’s scheme, Doctor Gavin Strauss.

Genre: Gay, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Notes: Wolf, in League contains some explicit and violent content

Book 3 in the Wolf series

Purchasing Link – save 15% by preordering your copy today! Discount available until October 10th

The Giveaway

On behalf of the tour, please join the giveaway by taking part in the Rafflecopter below. The prize consists of a signed, print copy of Wolf in League, a “crystal and silver” diamante Howling Wolf Pendant, and a $20 gift certificate to the Less Than Three Press book market.

For all the terms and conditions, please check out the t’s and c’s posted on the Rafflecopter.

** Please note that this giveaway is being offered tour-wide and there will be one winner awarded for the entire event.

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Again, a great big thank you to Cinderella Stories for having me today. And my thanks to you as well for joining in. Best of luck with the giveaway and I hope you enjoyed the post!

Until next time,

AF Henley ❤

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About the Author

Henley was born with a full-blown passion for run-on sentences, a zealous indulgence in all words descriptive, and the endearing tendency to overuse punctuation. Since the early years Henley has been an enthusiastic writer, from the first few I-love-my-dog stories to the current leap into erotica.

A self-professed Google genius, Henley lives for the hours spent digging through the Internet for ‘research purposes’ which, more often than not, lead seven thousand miles away from first intentions but bring Henley to new discoveries and ideas that, once seeded, tend to flourish.

Henley has been proudly publishing with Less Than Three Press since 2012.

For more information, please stop by for a visit at afhenley.com.

Crowdfunding & book reading for medical expenses among others

I am crowdfunding for my sister Ate Mae’s medical expenses and for the funding of a small business. She’s scheduled for a thyroid operation this October 22 at the PGH and after that, we’d love to put up a small eatery.

Ate Mae works at a hardware store (I, on the other hand, am a freelance writer) but for the longest time we’ve been wanting to put up our own business. As fate would have it, with another cousin. Our first cousin Nikki had to resign from her call center work due to—guess what? Goiter, like Ate (apparently this runs in the family as my brother had surgery years back for the same reason).

Goiter makes swallowing and speaking difficult which is why Nikki, or Neneng as we fondly call her, had to resign from work. She’s currently undergoing her own series of checkups.

Anyway, we wanted to give back also and that is why my friend—author Joanne Crisner—and I, did book reading last Sunday, Sept 18, 2016 at Ramon Magsaysay Elementary School’s select first and second grade pupils.

Before the book reading, there was a brief lesson where the pupils were divided into groups. Three kids were assigned to us and I watched as Jo taught them how to read the alphabet plus a few words (sorry, I’m not much of a teacher). It was fun, watching the children as they learn.

The volunteers who teach the kids are members of SFC Cornerstone. They tutor the kids tirelessly every Sunday without fail. If that is not kindness, passion, and dedication I don’t know what that is.

After the lesson, Jo read the book out loud to the kids then we distributed copies, we shared a meal, closed the day the way we started: with a prayer and then went on our separate ways. Another day over but the joy will forever remain in my heart.

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My sincere thanks to my friend Jo, everyone in SFC Cornerstone, friends and cousins who helped us including those who sponsored books for the kids, my nephew Jonrae who helped me bring the books, and the kiddies for listening to our story! 🙂

We have yet to hit the target so I am sharing my crowdfunding link in case there are readers out there who can help us. ❤

http://bit.ly/2d9Vcbr

We’ll be at Virlanie this coming Friday for another book reading, this time with children’s author Athena Austria.

Thank you for reading this blog entry! 🙂

Excerpt and Giveaway: Don’t Forget the Parsley by Marie Claire Lim Moore

 

 Don’t Forget the Parsley ( a sequel to Don’t Forget The Soap)

Launch Feb 15, 2016

by
Marie Claire Lim Moore

Genre:
Non-fiction memoir
Links:
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SYNOPSIS:

Marie Claire Lim Moore builds on her first memoir, Don’t Forget the Soap, offering more entertaining stories about her family in this follow up. Like her first book, Don’t Forget the Parsley is a collection of anecdotes from different points in Claire’s life: stories from her second-generation immigrant childhood in Vancouver and New York City mix with recent expat experiences in Singapore and Hong Kong where she balances multiple roles as wife and mother, corporate executive and author. Her positively Filipino parents continue to have a big influence on her whether it comes to managing family and career, meeting heads of state and world leaders or simply making new friends.

From stray observations (everything is funnier at church) and midnight anxieties (if Jessica Simpson gets to go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, why shouldn’t I?) to life mantras (don’t let perfection hold you back) and litmus tests (would you serve drinks at my mother’s art show?), Claire’s warm and honest storytelling will resonate with readers and leave them smiling.

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EXCERPT:

DWYL  

“Do what you love” (DWYL) has become the unofficial work mantra for our time. It has been considered the opposite of the monotonous corporate job. Between Steve Jobs, Oprah, and every speaker who delivers a commencement speech, doing what you love is the only way to live.

Most people who DWYL have an integrated life. They don’t consider work to be work because they love what they do. What they do professionally is what they care about personally. Most people who DWYL also tend to have a little extra money. They’re not necessarily multi-millionaires but their lifestyle may be partly subsidized by a trust fund, their spouse may earn enough so they can pursue their passion, or they may know that one day they’ll inherit a $3 million dollar apartment that their parents bought for a fraction of that amount decades ago.

There was a wonderfully provoking piece about DWYL written by Miya Tokumitsu for Slate._ In the article, she submits the “Do what you love” mantra that elites embrace actually devalues work and hurts workers. In doing so, she underlines the idea that DWYL is for the privileged few with wealth, social status, education, and political clout. Tokumitsu writes, “DWYL is a secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment.”

While DWYL is a lovely idea, it’s just not something most people have the luxury to do. But alas, instead of finding a job you love, you can learn to find meaning and success in the job you have. I want to share a few attitudinal tips that have helped me find my balance and DWYL in spite of (and sometimes even because of) my corporate job.

Live a Life of Purpose

 One of the first things that struck me about Alex was that he was the first person I knew (aside from my very practical parents) who didn’t buy into DWYL. “No, you don’t need to do what you love; you just need to have a purpose,” I remember him arguing over caipirinhas at Posto Seis, one of our favorite restaurants in Sao Paulo.

Alex grew up in a small town in upstate New York. To paint the picture of just how tiny of a town, he often tells the story about how his zip code changed after their postman retired. He and his three siblings could run around acres of land, they recognized every car that passed them by, and they were on a first name basis with everyone at the grocery store. While it was a wonderful place to grow up, he was always looking forward to moving to the city when he got older. He aspired to one day work on Wall Street, build a successful career, and have a big family. No one he knew from back home took this path so he never had one to follow.

When he visited the West Point Military Academy, however, he saw how much it had to offer by way of exposure and access. He made it a personal goal to get accepted to the prestigious academy and he achieved it. Anyone who knows my husband well knows that he would be an unlikely fit at West Point. He never liked being told what to do, he would often challenge authority, and he was not exactly clean cut. But my husband can do anything when he knows it’s for a greater purpose.

Today, Alex is the regional treasurer of Citi’s broker dealer business in Asia. He’s great at his job but I don’t know if he would classify it as doing what he loves. At least for him, equally important as loving your job is loving the impact your job has on others. This can mean the internal clients who benefit from the work his team is doing or it can refer to the family he is able to help support.

My parents have a similar point of view. As new immigrants, they weren’t necessarily doing what they loved but they were doing great work and living a meaningful life. Their jobs supported our family, allowing us to spend time together and providing us with opportunities to give back to the community.

Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do. My kids have to perform for guests, my husband has to go to church, and I have to wake up in the wee hours. A little sacrifice makes you a better person. Chances are you’ll never love 100 percent of your job. Even when I speak to people who are DWYL they still confess there’s a portion of what they do that they don’t enjoy in the least. Tracie Pang, who runs Singapore’s Pangdemonium Theater, doesn’t like fundraising. I haven’t met her but I’m sure Kristen Stewart hates doing interviews. I don’t love the evening calls associated with my job. Even if you can get to the point where you love 60 percent of what you do and find purpose in the other 40 percent, then you’re golden.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Marie Claire Lim Moore is a Filipina-Canadian-American working mother and author of Don’t Forget the Soap. After spending the early part of her childhood in Vancouver, Claire moved to New York City and attended the United Nations International School. She went on to study at Yale, climb the corporate ladder at Citi and travel around the world. She met her husband, Alex, while working in Sao Paulo, Brazil and they married in Manila, Philippines shortly before moving to Singapore. Now Mom to Carlos, Isabel, and Sofia, Claire also manages the Global Client business for Citi in Asia.

Claire is regularly ranked among leaders in the Asian-American professional community and her experiences have been written about in The New York Times, USA Today, Smart Parenting, Good Housekeeping and People Asia. She enjoys juggling her thriving career and growing family, fundraising for Filipino community events and promoting work-family balance for women through her talks as well as her writing. Previous speaking engagements have been hosted by Standard Chartered Bank, The Financial Women’s Association of Singapore, and MasterCard Asia.

In 2014, Claire received the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ (Global FWN100™) that recognizes Filipina women who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields, and who are recognized for their leadership, achievement and contributions to society, female mentorship and legacy. Claire is also featured in women’s empowerment expert Claudia Chan’s Remarkable Women Series along with female role models Arianna Huffington, Tory Burch and Zainab Salbi.

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National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015 Blog Tour: Wish List

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Hello, readers! Our topic for this week is about what we, as readers, wish to see out there in bookstores in the future.

Hulyo 20 – 25: Wish List
Anong Pilipinong aklat pambata o pangkabataan ang gusto mong mailimbag? (Maaaring paksa, uri ng aklat, o ng isang manunulat o ilustrador. Maaaring maglista nang higit sa isa pa.)

What Filipino children’s / young adult book do you want published? (You can choose from themes, genre, book of a particular writer or illustrator.  Feel free to list one or more.

Please note I haven’t got the time to research if my wish list already exists in the market so I’m apologizing in advance if that is the case. Without further ado, here is mine:

Children’s Books

When I was still unable to read, both my grandmother and sister tirelessly told me stories. Sometimes they’d read books to me out loud, sometimes they’d share it to me from their memory.

1. Stories of Juan Tamad (Lazy John)

Because I doubt the children of today know who he is. Admittedly, I can’t remember all of Juan Tamad’s stories anymore (I was maybe two or three all right). But I do remember the story of Juan Tamad and the crabs.

One day, his mother asked him to buy crabs in the market. Juan, being the lazy boy that he is, chose to play with the other kids instead of going home and released the crabs into the water, asking the crabs to go home ahead of him.

2. Other Philippine Folk Tales

We have a lot of folk tales, folklore, legends, myths. Again, I can’t recall them anymore but every region has one: Visayan, Ilocano, Tagalog (as in the case of Juan Tamad), Waray etc. The stories usually involved fruits, trees, animals. I vaguely remember stories about pineapple, coconut, bananas, monkeys, turtles, etc. I’m sure some of the stories are already out there.

3. Life stories of our lesser known heroes and other notable Filipinos like Carlos P. Romulo and Fe del Mundo.

Because. Their life stories need to be told. They gave excellent service to the country and are a good role model. Need I say more? 🙂

Young Adult Books

I hope to see more of these, like Edgar Calabia Samar’s Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon.

Synopsis:

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 sa iba’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!

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I love books like Janus Silang and Veronica Mist’s The Seven. Both for young adults, these books have a touch of horror, fantasy, and adventure.

Synopsis

First of five books. The Key of Credence tells us about Ryan and her friends and how their simple curiosity brought forth a multitude of problems to them. This book lets the readers experience an entirely new and different world—one that involves the Heavens and the Helles, and most of all—it shows how the humans themselves and how the innate goodness of their souls can create a huge difference on just about everything.

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The book doesn’t have to have a touch of horror. It can be contemporary like Candy Gourlay’s Tall Story.

What you want is not always what you get.
Even when your wishes come true

Andi desperately hopes her long lost half-brother Bernardo will be as mad on basketball as she is. But when he steps off the plane from the Philippines, she cannot believe her eyes. She hasn’t seen him for ten years, but even so, how did he get to be EIGHT FOOT TALL? An eight-foot tall boy who is about to crash into her life with his size 22 feet.

But Bernardo is not what he seems.
Bernardo is a hero, Bernardo works miracles, and Bernardo has an amazing story to tell.

A bittersweet story, funny, sad, and magical.

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This concludes my weekly post for the tour. Thank you for staying with us. I hope you go participate in the activities. Check out the schedule here:

https://josephinelitonjua.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/national-childrens-book-day-ncbd-2015-librarians-workshop-and-childrens-book-fair-july-25/

 

National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015: Librarians Workshop and Children’s Book Fair (July 25)

 

Umuulan ng Libro! As part of the 32nd National Children’s Books Day, a Children’s Book Fair on July 25 in Rizal Library at the Ateneo de Manila University will be held.

The Librarian’s Workshop: Creative Reading Programs for School Libraries Servicing K-12 Learners will also be held on the same day. For more information about any of the above events, please email pbby@adarna.com.ph or visit Philippine Board On Books For Young People Page on Facebook.

National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015 Blog Tour: Dream Date

NCBD Blog Tour HeaderHello, readers! We are currently on the second week of the blog tour for the National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015. And here is the theme for this week:

Hulyo 14 – 19: Dream Date Sinong manunulat o ilustrador ang nais mong makasama sa isang araw/gabí? (Kailangang mga aklat pambata at pangkabataan ang nililikha niya. Maaari ring maglista nang higit sa isa pa.)

Translation:Which Filipino writer or illustrator do you want to be with for a day/a night? (Their works must be geared towards children and young adults. Feel free to list more than one.)

Filipinos are talented hands down, if they don’t sing, they write or paint. I’m a huge admirer of talented/gifted/intelligent people so it’s not surprising that my list is long. Thankfully, we have a restriction, being that their works should be geared for kids or young adult, my list therefore, is mercifully shorter. Lol. ❤

Here are the writers/illustrators whom I believe are a cut above the rest and with whom I want to spend a date with. I’ll start with:

CJ de Silva1. CJ de Silva

Known as a “Gifted Child” and a “Promil Kid” of the ’90s, CJ de Silva is now an art director and graphic designer. She still loves to paint and illustrate.

I admire CJ because not only did she hold various exhibits as a child (and sold paintings while she was at it, with price ranging from P5,000.00 to P100,000.00 at the time), she also graduated magna cum laude (meaning with great honor) from the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts, with a degree in Visual Communications.

While Filipinos are generally accepting and kind, there’s always that one person who “organize” bullying against a person/classmate who are more talented and more intelligent thanPicture1 the rest. Being on the receiving end of that kind of bullying I can attest that it is not easy. And that is why, more than her talent and intelligence, I admire CJ for her courage and strength, for she is someone who  endured bullying in high school and still, she emerged as a successful person that she is today.

You can watch interviews on CJ here:

done by GMA7

for Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin

She illustrated one children’s book: Ang Ikaklit sa Aming Hardin written by Bernadette Villanueva Neri

Ang Ikaklit Sa Aming Hardin (Ikaklit in Our Garden) by Bernadette Villanueva Neri and CJ de Silva

Ang Ikaklit Sa Aming Hardin (Ikaklit in Our Garden) by Bernadette Villanueva Neri and CJ de Silva

and one book which I think is for YA, NA, etc. title Stupid is Forever by Miriam Defensor Santiago.

Check CJ de Silva’s works here. The theme of her paintings are mostly mother and child.

2. My second dream date is Johann de Venecia. ^___^ I can’t begin to tell you how much I love his works.

Here is Johann’s profile in Goodreads:

Johann de Venecia began drawing on the walls of his grandmother’s house at the age of four. He was hooked ever since and years later, he earned his BA degree in Visual Communication from the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD).

Johann had moved on from walls to more suitable media, but the childhood enthusiasm remained. He is now based in Long Beach, California with his partner Chris, and is actively pursuing a career as a freelance illustrator and concept artist. I love Johann’s works because of its ability to bring me into an entirely new and different world. Funny how, by just staring at an art work I get to see a story, a fantasy world that holds something dark, sinister. Some of his artworks for The Seven are a tad frightful that the children who saw it during our exhibit in SM Calamba and SM Lipa got scared and one or two of them actually, er, cried.

Like CJ, Johann only has one children’s book titled Brightest:

and one YA, titled The Seven: The Key of Credence by Veronica Mist. I already included some of his illustrations for The Seven in my previous post here so I’ll only place here the remaining pieces.

Here are his other works (only posting a few, there are plenty really)

The first image is Johann’s version of Rapunzel (left) while the other one is titled Death and Rebirth of Spring (right). Admittedly both not children-friendly because of its dark themes BUT I love it.

I forgot what this one’s called but I really love the colors.

This one is called Fatima and The World Slayer

Johann has plenty of works but I won’t post them all here. Go check him out!

3. Dr. Jose Rizal

Jose Rizal’s “The Monkey and the Turtle” published in Trubner’s Oriental Record in London over a hundred years ago. Source: http://elearning.nhcp.gov.ph/rizal-shrine/mga-akda-ni-rizal/

Rizal is the first published (children’s) author in the Philippines. He wrote “The Monkey and the Turtle.” In French. Because he was an overachiever like that. Then, he proceeded to write both Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo in Spanish. Overachiever, as I said.

Bust of Padre Guerrico in clay, by Rizal. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Rizal

I’m assuming everyone knows who he is so I’m not going to post what his works are here (okay so maybe some of it, but not everything because there are plenty!). If you want to see his artworks, go check out the museums in Manila (I forgot which museums, I visited them all sixteen years ago) which have his works on display. It’s the least we can do considering he died for the country and, they are really good! For my non-Filipino readers, you can read this post I made about him: https://josephinelitonjua.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/jose-rizal/ Jho-sigstylediv So, what do I do once I am face to face with my dream dates? I’d want them to show me their work space, at home

and at the office. Their studio if they have one, their current work-in-progress, paintings and illustrations they all did as a child and in Rizal’s case, his writings when he was a kid. I’d enjoy comparing their works when they were still a kid and their works as adults.

Rizal’s pencil sketch of Blumentritt. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jose_Rizal

With that out of the way, I’ll ask them what made them pick up a pencil. What was that aha moment that made them want to draw / write? What were they doing then and how old were they? Who are their influences? What are their favorite books? Paintings? Who are their favorite artists and writers? Who do they look up to? I’ll ask them what’s the greatest thing about being a writer or an artist? What their feelings are while they are up against a work and how do they feel once they are done? What are their frustrations / constrictions as a writer/ artist that they feel? I have a lot of questions, so many I’m sure long after I posted this I’d still be able to think one. Even personal ones. How are they as a person, as a son or daughter, as a significant other? Are they perfectionist only when it comes to their work or does this apply to all aspects of their lives? And I have questions especially for Rizal. I’m sure, wherever he is now, he is still looking after us.  For one, I’d like to know his writing process. Did he agonize over story structure, too? How many words did he write per day? How many hours did he write per day? What did he love doing the most? Writing? Sketching? Painting? Sculpting?

Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo Source: http://elearning.nhcp.gov.ph/rizal-shrine/mga-akda-ni-rizal/

Rizal predicted in his book that one day the Filipinos will no longer suffer in silence but will fight back against the tyranny of its government:

“Ang bayan po’y di dumaraing dahil siya’y pipi, di tumitinang dahil natutulog. Subali’t darating ang panahong malalantad ito sa inyo at mapapakinggan ang kanyang mga panaghoy. Pagsapit ng araw na ito,… sasambulat sa lahat ng dako ang mga naipong luha; himutok at buntong-hiningang matagal na panahong kinimkim sa puso ng bayan.” – Pilosopo Tasyo (kab. 25)

English translation: “The people do not complain because they have no voice; do not move because   they are lethargic, and you say that they do not suffer because you have not seen their hearts bleed.” ― Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not)

Dr. Rizal, do you think we are only ten years away from this? Or do we wait for another three hundred years for this to happen?

“Mamatay akong hindi man lang masisilayan ang pagbubukang liwayway, kayong makakakita, batiin n’yo s’ya at wag kalimutan ang mga nabulid sa gitna ng dilim.” – Elias (kab. 63)

English translation: “I die without seeing the dawn brighten over my native land. You who have it to see, welcome it … and forget not those who have fallen during the night!”

Rizal, if you are going to be given another chance to do over, would you have done things differently? What would you have changed? Do you still think we are worth dying for? (Hey, I know Ninoy said this, but I’m sure Rizal thought it, too). We, the Filipino people who saw the dawn, who saw the sun rise and brighten our mother country, are we on the right track? Do you think the country’s where you want it to be? Now there’s a food for thought.

National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) 2015: The Philippine Children’s Book Summit

Umuulan ng Libro! As part of the 32nd National Children’s Books Day an event titled The Philippine Children’s Book Summit will be held on on July 21 at Elements Centris, EDSA while there will be a Children’s Book Fair on July 25 in Rizal Library at the Ateneo de Manila University.

The Librarian’s Workshop: Creative Reading Programs for School Libraries Servicing K-12 Learners will also be held on July 25. For more information about any of the above events, please email pbby@adarna.com.ph or visit Philippine Board On Books For Young People Page on Facebook.