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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


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    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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February 08, 2005


sistah #2

Hey, I also fought with a bestfriend over a boy... we didn't talk for close to 4 years. Its a good thing that we grew up and realized that no boy is worth fighting over. Now, we're even better friends than before!!

mell ditangco


Can I link you up? Please say yes? let me know ok?


Hi Mell!
Of course! Wow, I'm so flattered nga. Stupid question: is that something one blogger needs to ask another? I got into this blind, so I'm not familiar with protocol. I just listed blogs I read regularly (but my intentions were good, I swear!), and never thought I had to ask permission.

Thanks again!


i've never been in your situation, gigi, but i hope i won't in the future. =P

girls understand better than guys.


Hi Sarah,

I suppose some guys are worth fighting for -- but not the ones who enjoy having two girls fight over him. :)

mell ditangco

gigi, I saw that you added me too! :) thanks!

well, some bloggers are pretty touchy about being added to blog rolls, so just to avoid trouble, I ask. :)

you never answered my question. Do you plan on writing a novel that is filipino centric ala Jessica Hagedorn? :D just asking, no pressure!


Hi Mell!
Yikes, I've never thought of myself as a novelist -- so I guess the answer is no. :) I've always bowed down to creative writers such as poets and novelists because I just don't know how they do what they do. Plus I can't imagine someone plunking down cash to buy something I wrote. Maybe someday I'll take a few classes and workshops to see if I have the stuff in me to write a short story or -- gasp -- a novel. In the meantime blogging is fun because an idea enters my head, then I sit in front of my Mac and keep typing. An hour or so later I hit "publish" and I don't have to worry about readers demanding their money back. :)

mell ditangco


fair enough! :)

hmmmm, if I had half of your writing ability i would definitely try.

i say write for your purposes, write from your heart as you do now in your blog.

you have much to say, I don't know how much effort you put into it, but to me your writing has this universal quality to it.

one of my biggest problems as a writer is my inability to connect. you do not seem to have this problem.

anyway, just give it some thought. :D


"Plus I can't imagine someone plunking down cash to buy something I wrote."

We do plunk some of our time to read something you wrote. But I assure you, it's worth it.

Keep it up. :)


I never thought of it that way before! You're absolutely right -- in fact sometimes a waste of time is worse than a couple of bucks wasted. Thank you for feeling this way. :)

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