Burning the Handbook of Mortals?

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As a published author, I am proud of every star, review (positive or negative), and every dollar my novel and articles earn. This recent case about a book making it to the New York Time’s Best Seller’s list has just intensified this pride. Instead of dousing my desire to write because any nameless writer can make it to the top of a prestigious list, I am delighted that the product of my own night musings and caffeine-induced daydreams  is there, fighting a fair battle for me. It is perhaps a turning point in publishing literature: it does not matter what is on the list. What matters is what is going to last.

Handbook of Mortals may have earned a bigger publicity albeit how negative the comments are; it has etched a hideous mark on what most authors have been aiming for.

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I won’t even go as far as rating the book with a star. For now. Maybe the writer did her part in creating a wonderful story- I could give her that benefit of the doubt. Then again, I’m a writer as well, a very ambitious one who is easily swayed by competition.

Bosses irk their employees by promoting those who don’t deserve it, so nobody can point a dirty finger at me and expect me not to bite.


ANNOUNCEMENT: Wizarding World Book Club

The title says it all.

You can visit Pottermore’s official website by clicking on the tweet’s link or here:

Now I know what my annual Harry Potter Marathon is for. Get ready for me.




“Too bad, see you next week!”


Hi! I’m supposed to post another Manga Monday update today and just in case you’re wondering, the post above is Prince of Tennis’ Kikumaru Eiji’s favorite catch phrase.


However, owing to circumstances, and as I have started my annual Harry Potter Marathon, I haven’t posted anything. To be honest, I don’t have plans posting anything this month, lol.  Not to mention, the next topic is quite challenging: Top 10 Favorite Anime Characters! which, in my defense, needs a lot of time to pour over.

I’m also trying to finish reading two more books vis-a-vis the Harry Potter series. I know it is a lame excuse but everybody needs to know how to juggle his/HER! time.

So pardon me dear readers if I will be taking a break for this week (Bailey, I’m sorry, too!) but I promise to post in the following weeks to come, HP marathon or not. Be advised that I am going to have lots of scheduled posts and may not be able to promptly respond to comments.

Features are still on, so for those who want to be part of this blog, please don’t hesitate to participate here.

Until then, you can find me in the Wizarding world, and certainly in J.K. Rowling’s clutches.

See you!


Manga Mondays

I would like to announce to the whole universe that your dear President is going to participate in this amazing Tag/Meme Bailey has made for her blog, Nerd in New York, and it’s *drumroll*:


As it says it’s “Mondays” you will see me update (or schedule updates) my blog, instead of posting my usual Literary Lines as part of my “Presidential Break.” The said lines will be part of Book Update Wednesdays, particularly in those weeks I haven’t scheduled any Book Review.

For the rules, visit Nerd in New York.


Manga Mondays a new meme created by Balie (me) talking about Anime/Manga. Manga Mondays: Pretend F.A.Q (because no one really asked questions) What is Manga Monday?  Manga Monday is a new meme crea…

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From the Desk of the President

Dear Students, Educators, Readers, and Writers,

It is a pleasure to welcome you to the new format of “The Ybasco University,” from now on, Viter-Ybasco University, a reflection of the signatory’s ideals in the field of learning. The university which started as a response to an oppressive regime of a nasty dean (may God bless him wherever he is) is now gone. The undersigned does not intend to put superficial limits on Learning equals freedom -the tag this makeshift institution is all about. Truth be told, it has been years since yours truly got over what she considers the Dark Ages for the academe.

From its friendly and colorful theme to its monochromatic tones, the university is about to embark on a journey to the more serious, and professional side of learning. Yes, learning is fun but it also entails much responsibility.


From here on, the blog will be devoted to Languages, Literacy and Literature, three things the signatory values as an educator and a writer.

The course schedule is as follows:

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The schedule the undersigned has made for the site is a framework of her plans for the university, a requirement she hopes to fulfill. Challenges of laziness, work and boredom she may encounter along the way and she most certainly cannot promise anybody she will not succumb to them but will do her very best to always bounce back and write. If there is one thing she has learned in the years she has been writing, it is to trust her talent in stringing words together but not the speed she does it. Thus, a schedule like so may help the President to post updates more frequently if not regularly.

VYU accepts submissions for Blog Feature, Author Feature, Student and Teacher of the Week and you will find all the information you need here.

Most respectfully yours,


NBS Promo: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

National Bookstore’s 10 % Discount for Pre-Ordered Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is still on, until the 30th of July.

For more information regarding this please don’t hesitate to visit:


Or you can also visit their branches nationwide.

Note: This post is NOT sponsored by National Bookstore nor have I been given anything for it. I’m merely sharing my happiness and excitement as I look forward to the end of the month.