Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year from Cecilia Brainard



From, Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

tags: New Year, New Year 2021, #HappyNewYear 



Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Paulino Lim Jr.'s Review of THE NEWSPAPER WIDOW, novel by Cecilia Brainard



Book Review of THE NEWSPAPER WIDOW, novel by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard

University of San Tomas Publishing House, 2017, softcover, 238 pages, ISBN 9780715068116

"The Fictional Technique of Cecilia Brainard's The Newspaper Widow"

By Paulino Lim, Jr. 

The author states that her original intention was to write a mystery about a priest found dead in a creek, but the character portrayal overshadowed the plot, elevating the novel above a page-turning whodunit. Still, the  murder hooks the reader, and is rewarded with a satisfying conclusion.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas and a Brighter New Year to All


I'm wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a brighter New Year! Be safe, don't gather with others this holiday seas, so we can gather next year.  Here are some Christmas pictures:  


Thursday, December 17, 2020



Be Safe this Christmas


Please don't gather this Christmas and New Year.  Next year, we can do that.  Stay home, keep safe.  The vaccine is at hand now. Just be patients.

Happy holidays,

From, Cecilia Brainard


tags: #Christmas #holidays #covid19 #keepsafe

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Cecilia Brainard's FUNDAMENTALS OF CREATIVE WRITING, Free for Educational Purposes


NOTE, January 2024 - The pandemic is over, thank God. This book is no longer available at Wattpad but you can find it in ebook form in Kindle and other venues.

Reminder to teachers, students, others:

For educational purposes, Cecilia Brainard decided to make her book, Fundamentals of Creative Writing available for free in Wattpad.

“Cecilia Manguerra Brainard’s Fundamentals of Creative Writing is a marvelous textbook that combines useful technical advice on craft with beautiful practical examples in her own stories. Brainard’s treatments of writerly voice and left brain/right brain theory as it connects to writing are among the best available in today’s writing textbooks. Her story examples cover a variety of story types, techniques, points of view, and historical as well as contemporary topics and themes. This book will indeed help writing students write strong stories and improve their craft. Brava, Ms. Brainard.” (Vince Gotera, Writer, Editor of North American Review, Professor of Creative Writing, University Northern Iowa)

Tags: writing, how to write, creative writing, creative nonfiction, writing workshop, writing teachers, writing students, how-to-write, personal essays

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Covers of When the Rainbow Goddess Wept by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard


This cover study of When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, first novel of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard was not used.  Here's the cover that Dutton/Penguin used. Both were designed by the famous Philippine artist, Pacita Abad.  

And here are the covers used in the editions by the University of Michigan Press and the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House respectively.

tags: Philippines books, Philippines fiction; Philippine novel, Philippine literature 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Cecilia Brainard Reviews Laurel Flores Fantauzzo's Novel MY HEART UNDERWATER




Please read Cecilia Brainard's book review of Laurel Flores Fantauzzo's MY HEART UNDERWATER in Positively Filipino:
"The novel My Heart Underwater by Laurel Flores Fantauzzo is about a 17-year-old Filipino American girl who is sent to the Philippines following a scandal. There, she is able to thread together the world of her parents with her own Southern California experience, and in so doing find healing.
The book follows three storylines: the gender issue of Corazon Tagubio; her father’s accident; and her exile to the Philippines.

Monday, December 7, 2020

Pearl Harbor Day & Cecilia Brainard's World War Two Novel



Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Ten hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Manila.
I'm posting in my blog the first chapter of my novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, which is about the coming of age of a young girl in the Philippines during World War II.

Tags: World War Two, World War II, Pacific War, WWII, WW2, Philippines books, Philippines fiction, War novel

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Betty Ann Quirino Writes about Cecilia Brainard's Books and Shrimp Wonton Soup


Betty Ann Quirino reviews Cecilia Brainard short story collections, Woman with Horns and Other Stories & Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories:

The recipe for Shrimp Wonton Soup needed clear soup broth, which was to simmer for “three to four hours till fragrant”. I could cook this stove-top or I can make the broth in the Instant Pot, I said to myself. I chose the former so that I had a reason to sit quietly, tune out, and devour the books by Filipino American author Cecilia Manguerra Brainard.