May 19


Life and Writing Update May 2023

By Odyssa

May 19, 2023

I always catch myself in disbelief. Has it been a year since I left home? Are we really done now with the school season?  Am I really about to go home, finally, to see my family again?

The resounding answer to all of these is YES! And thinking about those colorful months amuses me. I wrote about the lessons I've learned so far in this blog post

In my last life and writing update from March, a lot went on with my publisher, 8Letters Books and got a few features. This time, things are a little different. 

Philippine Book Festival 2023

The largest gathering of publishers, writers and readers is happening! Admission is free! If you plan on going, you can register through the PH Book Fest website. 

Here's the plan: 

sell my books in the 8Letters booth

meet fellow writers, buy their books, ask them to sign, then bring the books back to Hanoi

attend workshops

Image designed by 8Letters Books

Back to school

I received a partial scholarship for a writing program from a university in the US. I know, it's wild. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. Studying writing with a mentor is the stuff my dreams are made of. 

More on this later.

End of school season

A scene from our year-end, one-on-one speaking test at a primary school

The school year here in Vietnam is ending. I can tell I will miss my students.

I've also been counting the days to flying back home, waking up to my dogs' stinky breaths and and walking them at the park. 

I keep saying it in all my posts because it's all I've been thinking about.

More to read here:

Simple writing tips if you want to begin a writing habit

A talk on why travel writing matters

To whom are you giving your remaining heartbeats?

A bicycle parking space for bikes in Hoi An


About the author

Odyssa is a writer from the Philippines. She is the author of Like A New Sun Rising: A Collection of Poems on Love. When not working or writing at home, she's out walking their dogs. She enjoys traveling, practices yoga, gets lost in books and Korean drama. To her, making time for a daily practice or ritual is the best gift to one's self.

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