Clarisse David

Sassy Young Adult Romantic Comedies

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I write YA romance and love romance novels, Netflix TV shows and BTS. Read more.

Hi! I'm Clarisse David.

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Life Lately Vol. 1 | A Whole New World (Not Really)

*blows dust off blog*

Whew. It's been a minute since my last post. Well, actually, no. It has been approximately five months since my last post, but let's pretend that's not the case.

A lot of things have changed, and I can't wait to tell you about all of them. Let's get started.

1. I moved from Iloilo to Manila.

Iloilo is my hometown (in every sense of the word), and all the books I've published so far are set there. But sometimes, in order to grow as a person, you need to leave home and take a step out of your comfort zone.

In the middle of the year, I luckily got accepted as a copywriter at a digital marketing agency. I never even dreamed of getting a job like this before, because it seemed so far out of my reach.

So far, it's been hard and wonderful in equal measure. Wonderful because I'm genuinely interested in what I'm doing, and every day is an adventure. Hard because I have so many things to learn in a short span of time.

And the language! Speaking Tagalog instead of Hiligaynon (our dialect in Iloilo) has unexpectedly been one of the most difficult things to adjust to. I completely understand the language, but I sometimes struggle to speak it since we didn't use it daily back home.

Sometimes, I'd forget and drop a Hiligaynon word in the middle of my Tagalog sentence. Haha. At least, my co-workers are learning bits of Hiligaynon?

2. My e-reader has been a total game-changer.

After discovering the magic of Kindle, I've done most of my reading on the Kindle app on my phone. Years of doing this have led to two things:

  • My eyes can no longer stand staring at a screen for too long. I do that all day for work, so I have to read something else during my leisure time.
  • I've gotten so used to reading e-books that it takes me ages to finish a print book.

As a result of both problems, I finally decided to purchase a Kindle Paperwhite. It has been AMAZING, you guys. Since I bought, I've managed to finish 5 - 8 books every month, something I haven't done since adulthood took over my life.

If you love reading but have been on the fence about buying an e-reader, get off the fence. It's totally worth it.

3. Creative slumps are real.

And they hurt more than getting dumped via text message. Ahem.

I've been suffering through one for almost a year now, and recovery is in sight. Sort of.

After months of worrying about whether I'll ever finish writing a book again, I've decided to stop being so hard on myself. My current writing speed might be glacial compared to how fast I used to write, but that's okay. The important thing is, I'm getting words down on a page.

What about you? What's new in your life?


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