Acknowledgements (Polaris Musim Dingin)

I somehow made it like a trend not to include the acknowledgements page in my recent books. There is a valid reasoning for that, however, in case anyone thinks that I simply don’t have anyone to thank for. On the contrary, I would much rather post the acknowledgements on my blog instead, out of time (and space) constraints.

In any case, I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the following individuals for their gallant contributions toward the completion of Polaris Music Dingin.


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COMING SOON: Polaris Musim Dingin

Have you ever felt “cold” inside? Not the kind that comes naturally when the temperature drops, but the kind that haunts you whenever you feel alone and helpless–whenever you feel unwanted?

When I was writing this book, I was at the lowest point in my life. Back then, it felt like all the walls were collapsing on me, and I didn’t have anyone I could share my problems with. Life, in all honesty, felt like a torture. It took my everything to stay sane–with writing being my sole solace of comfort.

So maybe that’s why I managed to finish writing this book so fast; in 7 days.

Maybe that’s why I was so entranced by the story I was trying to weave; because just as the characters in this book struggled and danced and thrived in my head, I secretly had hoped that I, too, would find strength within myself to do the same.

And if there is anything I’d want the readers to take from this book, it is strength.

The kind of strength that could save you.
The kind of strength that brings hope;
not the strength to withstand everything–
but just enough to get you through another day.

🌟”Polaris Musim Dingin“🌟
Available in bookstores: January 14, 2020

My Writing Playlist: Maybe Everything

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The Cardigans – After All

Aoi Teshima – Lullaby of Birdland

Anggun – Fly My Eagle

I wrote the majority of Maybe Everything when I was heartbroken. So quite naturally, the songs featured in this writing playlist are the songs I used to listen to during the moments when I couldn’t stop thinking about my romantic interest. Even now, I still recall the evenings I spent during my commute just listening to the songs and staring out the window—wishing fervently for the pain to end.
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My Writing Playlist: Unspoken Words

KEMUNING

Femme – Kajiura Yuki (梶浦 由記)

Shizuka na Hibi (静かな日々) – S.E.N.S. Project

Lost Memory – S.E.N.S. Project

Itsuka Dokoka de (いつかどこかで) – Hama Takeshi (濱剛)

Deja View – S.E.N.S. Project

Since I completed the first draft of this project during Lebaran Holiday of 2017, I didn’t really need the music so much. But still, there were some really difficult scenes that prevented me from going on a full writing sprint at times. These songs were what I used to listen to whenever I was feeling stuck at writing a certain scene. Continue reading

One Acknowledgements Page I Didn’t Write (Unspoken Words)

There are a lot of parties involved in the writing process of my newest book, UNSPOKEN WORDS. The writing part—sure, it was pretty much solitary. But I owe the conception of this book to a lot of wonderful people, and I am here to convey my gratitude to each and every one of these individuals.

And yes, this list is going to be pretty lengthy. Because pretty much the reason why I didn’t include this acknowledgements in the book is because I didn’t have enough time (and pages) to fit this in. Continue reading

UNSPOKEN WORDS Giveaway

Hello everyone!

I’m delighted to bring news that my upcoming book, UNSPOKEN WORDS, has an official giveaway going on.

The giveaway period would be from December 22, 2018 to December 29, 2018.

Go visit the giveaway page on Goodreads to enter. You only have to input your shipping information to enter, so don’t miss the chance!

Love,

Alicia

 

P.S. As of now, only Indonesian addresses are eligible to enter the giveaway.

Unspoken Words: RELEASE DATE & Thank You Notes

COMING SOON

This is it, guys.

My second novel, UNSPOKEN WORDS, will be available on bookstores starting January 2nd, 2018.

If you haven’t already, you could check out the Goodreads page to read the synopsis.

If you’re interested in the creation process of the book, you can check out my previous blog post about how UNSPOKEN WORDS came into existence.

Also keep your eyes open for GIVEAWAYS in the near future! I will be sure to post updates either on my Twitter, or my Instagram.

Last but not least, I’d like to extend my gratitude to everyone for being with me on this journey from the very start. I remember announcing the project on Twitter, venting my frustration during my self-edit process, and even holding a poll to decide the cover for this book. Even more so than being my manuscript, UNSPOKEN WORDS has evolved into something that could never see the light of day without everyone’s help.

This is a very big news for me, so I hope you’re as excited as I am in awaiting UNSPOKEN WORDS‘ release.

Love,

Alicia