Upcoming Novel: HEARTS AND ERRORS, Chapter 1

CHAPTER  1: Cursed


A blue Sharpie and an “I’m sorry” card.

It will be three years in twelve days since it happened, and I still get knots in my stomach whenever the date approaches.


As promised, here is the very first excerpt from my upcoming novel HEARTS AND ERRORS! More to come! Stay tuned.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!



5 Inspiring Quotes on Writing

Happy Friday, folks!

“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!”
—Ray Bradbury

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”
—Somerset Maugham

“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”
—William Faulkner

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
—E. L. Doctorow

“I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.”
—Edgar Rice Burroughs

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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I don’t usually post book reviews on my blog, but after finally reading, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, I feel the need to share my thoughts about this book.

Let me start by saying…Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story. Charlie, the protagonist, is perfect. Not perfect because he is not flawed, but because he is flawed and he is real. You can’t help but feel for him, relate to him, and just plain—love him.

I couldn’t put this book down. There were too many things about it that kept me glued to the pages. I found myself reading certain lines over and over again, because they were so beautifully written. Many times I found myself teary-eyed, at one point even crying, other times, nodding my head or shaking my head because I felt a strong connection to Charlie and his sentiments. He is one of those characters that will linger in your head for a long while.

Here are only a few of my favorite quotes from the book:
“You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand.” 

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”

“Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it’s no excuse.” 

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

“But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

“And nobody felt sad as long as we could post-pone tomorrow with more nostalgia.”

I plan to watch the movie very soon. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed since the author of the book, Stephen Chbosky, also wrote the screenplay and directed the movie.

For me, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is up there with “The Catcher in the Rye.” They’re both raw and honest coming-of-age stories that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

To me, a good book is the kind that makes you chuckle, laugh, and cry. The kind that not only tells you a story, but engages you and affects you and stays with you. This book did all of that.

If you haven’t read “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, I hope that you do. And if you have read it, what did you think of the book?



5 Fiction Writing Tips from Famous Authors

Photo by Corey M. P. (Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, Paris)

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
—Anton Chekhov

“Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.”
—Henry Miller

“All fiction has to have a certain amount of truth in it to be powerful.”
—George R. R. Martin

“Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognize them when they show up.”
― Stephen King

“So okay―there you are in your room with the shade down and the door shut and the plug pulled out of the base of the telephone. You’ve blown up your TV and committed yourself to a thousand words a day, come hell or high water. Now comes the big question: What are you going to write about? And the equally big answer: Anything you damn well want.”
― Stephen King

5 Tips on How to Become a Prolific Writer

5 writing tips from author, James Scott Bell:
1. Write a certain number of words on a regular basis
2. You’ll learn a lot from completing a novel
3. Treat writing as a job
4. Have a weekly quota
5. Take one day off a week to recharge




Last night I started reading “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway, a book I’ve read a long time ago but felt like reading again. On the first few pages, I noticed that the word “very” was used quite a few times—sometimes twice in one page. I immediately remembered the quote by Mark Twain:

Substitute “damn” every time you’re inclined to write “very”; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

Very interesting, isn’t it? I guess the lesson here is this: there are many rules when it comes to writing, but every writer can also break some of these rules and even make up their own rules. I think it is what makes each writer unique.


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“I inhale slowly, soaking it all in. I step forward and backward, my neck twisting and turning, memorizing every corner. I feel an instant connection to this place. Something about being here grabs me and infatuates me. I begin taking mental pictures of the narrow alleys decorated with rows of artists and vendors. I start imagining myself dining at the sidewalk cafes, sitting there with Chad during the summer, spring, winter, and fall. I get this strong desire to take off my shoes and walk barefooted on the cobblestones as if I have found my new home.”
Corey M. P., HIGH

5 Quotes About Writing

1. “You can make anything by writing.” 
― C.S. Lewis

2. “No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” 
― Robert Frost

3. “Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” 
― Louis L’Amour

4. “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” 
― Neil Gaiman

5. “You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” 
― Saul Bellow

Happy Friday!

It’s raining here in San Francisco. Perfect day for writing. I’ve been working on two new children’s books the last couple of weeks. I’m hoping to finalize the artwork by this weekend. I’m also in the process of editing my second novel. Lots of rewriting to still do. I’ll post pics of the children’s books soon and also excerpts from the second novel, so stay tuned.

What’s everyone working on these days?

Here’s one of my favorite clips from Family Guy. Enjoy!