Last Saturday, October 6, 2018, we celebrated feelings and all things kilig at FeelsFest2018. Organized by my favorite group of romance writers and readers, #romanceclass, the event had book launching, book selling, author meet-and-greets, sing-along sessions, and of course, the most-awaited live-readings of book excerpts. Suffice to say, I had the time of my life. I’ll never get tired of saying how grateful I am to have found and joined this community when I did. Love you, #romanceclass.
Some photos on this post grabbed from @braintabs and @konsuella on Twitter. Thank you! I was too emotional to take pictures or videos. Haha! The rest of the photos were taken by my super supportive mom.
“I am Divergent. And I can’t be controlled.”
Because the theme was #MCYourself2018, I decided to channel one of my favorite YA heroines and went as Tris from the Divergent series. I figured I needed some of Tris’ bravery if I was to come out of the live-readings alive. Haha! Didn’t have a Four though. Sad.
Angeli as Tris-with-an-Arnis launched the paperback of Heartstruck, facilitated a mini-trivia game about arnis, and gave away some Heartstruck stickers. I still find it a little hard to believe that I managed to finish writing this book seven whole years after its conceptualisation. We did it, Alexa and Theo. We really did it. Thank you so much to the Flicker team for making this happen! Pugay!
I also had the opportunity to meet IRL the people I only ever saw online! Hahaha. What I failed to do, of course, was take pictures. But it was such a pleasure to meet all of you – fellow writers and readers, the bloggers, and the book enthusiasts. And everyone looked fab in their #MCYourself2018 outfits, let me just say!
Heartstruck was part of the live-reading program, and you can imagine just how excited and scared I am at the thought of having my words read for all the audience to hear and react to. Goodness. And really, nothing could have prepared me for all that.
Just look at that. Graie and JP as Alexa and Theo. The tough-as-they-come Arnis Girl and the Warrior Prince, come to life~ Huhu.
I dare call myself a writer and all, but I really have no words for what happened. It was such an experience! And they just had to read THAT SCENE, right? They really had to, and it was all that and more. Ugh. Yes, I know. It’s been three days, and I still can’t form a coherent sentence about it.
I mean… Talk about LAGLAG.
Here, go watch it yourself. To be honest, I still can’t watch this video myself. Haha! There’s just too many feelings. I have yet to subject my fragile heart to such attacking.
Thank you, Gela Uy, for everything you do.
Check out our website for links to more #romanceclass books, our post-FeelsFest event wall, and all the other live-reading videos: http://romanceclassbooks.com.