Defining Moment

by Jahzeel Dionne V Ybasco

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How do you define success?

What is success for you?

These questions are possibly the most common ones you can find in slam books – those colorful little notebooks containing questions that made the lives of those born in the 80’s and 90’s go round. They were meant to be handed down to a person’s closest cliques. If you were not in someone’s slam book, you were not definitely not a friend. It was the closest thing to Facebook when I was in high school.

I loved to read the somehow irrational and childish answers of my beloved classmates. Apparently, I had classmates who were too lonely to include “attaining happiness” as a gauge to their success. Either that or they considered themselves successful upon reaching High School. As far as I am concerned I didn’t have a classmate who was so depressed he committed suicide. There were those who attributed success to owning a car and having a personal swimming pool in the backyard of their make-believe castles. Yeah, and maybe my answers back then ran along those lines as well. I even wanted to have my own basketball court on the rooftop. I also wanted to have my own library-this being more plausible.

Oh yes, I did love to answer those success-questions. I had a foolish idea back then that teaching in College defined success. Compared to the first jobs I had, at last I had something I was interested in doing, something that could give me the drive. The bosses were great and inspiring and they even made me want to be part of a new generation of educators, people who could motivate students and show how learning could be possibly fun. However, good things tend to last short. Good people went out, new people came in. New rules were set and those hungry for power intimidated the weak. I might have become a better teacher after what I went through in those years I stayed there but sadly, it did not make me feel successful. It did not.

“But dreams do come true.”-Giselle, Enchanted

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Mine did. My mother received two copies of my novels just few days ago. The fact that I have been able to produce a novel finally sank it. She couldn’t believe it. And I…well, I am ecstatic. If slam books still exist, I know I have the perfect answer now. Some people may say it is still too early for me to define this moment my success. Some novels have been published but more of them have been scrapped from polished bookshelves. But just like pregnant mothers, giving birth to their children, seeing my book in print gives me that satisfaction. There are some parts I need to improve but those mistakes cannot puncture this inflating bubble inside me that can only think of one thing: That is my novel.

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And to seal the deal, I have finally received my first 2-star review. I thought I should congratulate myself. After all, the battle doesn’t look so sweet when it is too easy. If this isn’t success, and I don’t know what is.

After all, I have written one. Who knows how many I can write?

Author Pages

I am glad to announce that I have finally acquired my Author Pages in Amazon and Goodreads. I still don’t know how to write an autobiography, though.

Amazon Author Page:

http://www.amazon.com/Prex-J.D.-V-Ybasco/e/B010NXS61I/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Goodreads Author Page

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14138953.Prex_J_D_V_Ybasco

I am honestly looking for that someone who can write my biography…Syme? Maria? hehe

Prex J.D. V Ybasco

READER/REVIEWER

Hi everyone, this is your President. I am proud to announce that I have been given a chance to be included in the Read to Review project of

We ♥ YA Books!

in Goodreads.

I am looking for Readers-Potential Reviewers for my novel TO BE CONTINUED. All you have to do is click the link and follow the procedures. Thanks everyone.

https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17027602-r2r-12—to-be-continued-by-prex-j-d-v-ybasco

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PREX J. D. V Ybasco

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TO BE CONTINUED is alive and free AGAIN!

TO BE CONTINUED is Free in Kindle Unlimited this July 26.

To Be Continued
20 Chapters
Young Adult Novel

Not all stories end happily nor tragically. Most of them just need to be continued.
Azalea Anthony is a writer, or what she claims to be.Vim Harvey is her friend, or at least what she wants to believe.Jasmine Morrish is Azalea’s archenemy, or so what Jash believes Azalea makes people believe…er–There are other characters, too: like Warren, the basketball player, Beatrix, the model, Tom, the perfect excuse of a brother, Eclaire, the eccentric bff, etc.
They all hangout in one place where they can enjoy a steaming cup of debates, an aroma of gossips, a side dish of basketball, a topping of drama, and a menu of articles : The Big Coffee Shop.

http://www.amazon.com/Be-Continued-TBC-Book-ebook/dp/B010ICWX36/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1437112128&sr=1-1&keywords=to+be+continued+j+d+ybasco&pebp=1437112130937&perid=0JCTJM6JPCKN92V42MKX

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Thanks to those awesome people who downloaded my novel last Monday. Reviews will be much appreciated.

TO BE CONTINUED is ALIVE and FREE!

It’s official! My Young Adult novel, “To Be Continued” is available in Kindle Stores for free on July 13 (for a limited period only). Please get a copy. Flames and Love are equally accepted–although, truth be told, I will be more interested reading awesome reviews. Hehehe.

Thank you guys!

Review: She Sees Metaphors

I read so many feel good young-adult novels that I always envision the world a not-so-perfect place but a great one to live in, to thrive and struggle, to be encouraged and discouraged at the same time. Bryce Salazar, with his novel, She Sees Metaphors, has reminded me that each individual in this world looks at life from different aspects.

It is an intimidating piece of work that will make you think if you have studied enough figures of speech in college or just mentally kick yourself that you didn’t do well in Literature. However, after reading more chapters and getting over the initial shock from chapters peppered generously with metaphors, readers will be able to see the core of his work. It is a complex web of events with Jaqui, the woman who sees metaphors, at the center.

A question that bugs me then is what metaphors can people see in Jacqui? Do the other characters look at her from a different figure of speech? After She Sees Metaphors, will we expect He Sees Sarcasm next?

All I know is I can use a Pickle to interpret things for me more lightheartedly.

Shameless Promotion 01: TO BE CONTINUED for free

Hi everyone. I am going to give away copies of To Be Continued through KDP Select from July 10 – 15. 

For those who have followed my novel through Wattpad, thank you so much. You can still finish reading the novel here until July 9. 

I am still working on how I can give away free copies of books through Amazon and I will keep you posted on that. 

For those who are interested in purchasing my book you can visit this site:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=to+be+continued+j+d+ybasco

AMAZON LILY*

by Jahzeel Dionne V. Ybasco

Good things kept happening to me last month. My family and I had our second family reunion, I successfully finished the marathon, my family also celebrated Fathers’ Day. I was also able to get the highest number of classes in our company for three straight times. But what served as the icing on the cake last month is how I was able to release my book, “To Be Continued”** in Amazon and Kindle. It is an amazing feeling, being able to do what I have always loved, writing. It is even a better feeling that I have been able to publish my work.

"TO BE CONTINUED" copyrighted

“TO BE CONTINUED” copyrighted

When I was a kid it was just a petty dream. I was then playing with characters in my head, adding personalities here and there, coming up with different plots. I had several notebooks full of childish stories, most of them similar to animes I saw. There were times when I ran out of character names so I “borrowed” some from those animations. Side characters from popular ones became my favorites and I even made them a number of fanfictions. Then, three years, when addiction to animation temporarily stopped, I began having crazy ideas that it was about time for me to make my own story.

The process was difficult but interesting. Old ideas got trampled by new ones. I started creating and recycling names. Opportunities to write were difficult to come by. Then I realized that making use of my time when I did not have classes was the best way to face this challenge. Unlike before when I had to check papers after an examination period, which by the way I tend to miss every now and then, I could just maximize my time reading novels, editing my work, imagining new things, and putting them on print.

Seeing my work in Amazon and Kindle is like witnessing the culmination of all my efforts. I still get upset from time to time that my statistics doesn’t move any higher but I still have a long way to go. Allen, one of my students, told me that I shouldn’t lose focus on my real target. My target is to write and not just to get any royalty. Oh boy! How he woke me up! He is right. Publishing my first novel should serve as the gate for me to publish more. I am ecstatic that I have one book up there but I know I’ll be happier in the future once I have completed the series and maybe produce a fantasy novel.

*title inspired by one island in One Piece

**You can see my work here:

http://www.amazon.com/Prex-J.D.-V-Ybasco/e/B010NXS61I/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1435929755&sr=1-1