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Raissa Rivera Falgui

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Raissa's works are as eclectic as she is. A UP Art Studies graduate with an MA in Creative Writing, she's been a museum worker, a teacher, a crafts columnist, a textbook writer, and a food blogger. She also has two young kids.

Her YA novel Woman in a Frame won the 2013 Filipino Readers' Choice Award for novel. Her latest book is Love Among the Geeks. She also has a children's book, Hating Kapatid, which was one of the winners of the National Children's Book Award in 2014. Her other works have appeared in anthologies: Alternative Alamat, Bagets Anthology, Of Words and Water 2014, and The Night Monkeys.

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Raissa Rivera Falgui My husband and I were the main inspiration for Love Among the Geeks! We are terribly analytical about love, yet very romantic all the same. I thought…moreMy husband and I were the main inspiration for Love Among the Geeks! We are terribly analytical about love, yet very romantic all the same. I thought that a biologist would be even more analytical but less romantic, and despite his feelings be determined to reduce love to a hormonal reaction.

I've had the idea for this book for a while, really. It was originally supposed to be YA and start with the weird hotel room scene, but I didn't know where to take it from there. Then I got an idea for another story from an account in the Reader's Digest about a woman who got married just so her mother, who had terminal cancer, "could see her in a wedding dress." She immediately annulled the marriage. I thought a lot about that, because in my country, getting married and annulled are a lot more difficult than in the US, where that woman was from. Somehow the two story ideas ended up together. Clearly they--like the characters inspired by them--were meant for each other!(less)
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I have a bunch of deadlines coming up, but the past few days I have hardly been able to write. A good friend died a week ago. A friend I hadn't seen or spoken to for years. For no reason other than that life got in the way.

It's all the more ironic because a friend and I had just been discussing how disappointed we were with Fern in Charlotte's Web. Naturally as young girls we were drawn to her... Read more of this blog post »
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“....You know,” he mused, “there are many ways to end a love story. There are many possible ways we can imagine a happy ending. But what we really mean by a happy ending, strangely enough, is a beginning. The moment that it becomes possible for the relationship to begin. For, you know, they all end the same way. One will leave the other. Whether they want to or not.” Love Among the Geeks”
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“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you're there.

It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.”
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“You're a hopeless romantic," said Faber. "It would be funny if it were not serious. It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were in books. The same things could be in the 'parlor families' today. The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through the radios, and televisors, but are not. No,no it's not books at all you're looking for! Take it where you can find it, in old phonograph records, old motion pictures, and in old friends; look for it in nature and look for it in yourself. Books were only one type or receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us. Of course you couldn't know this, of course you still can't understand what I mean when i say all this. You are intuitively right, that's what counts.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“I'll hold on to the world tight some day. I've got one finger on it now; that's a beginning.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

“The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless. We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam. Even fireworks, for all their prettiness, come from the chemistry of the earth. Yet somehow we think we can grow, feeding on flowers and fireworks, without completing the cycle back to reality.”
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