About the Writer

MeHello and welcome to my blog!

My name is Dante O. Cuales, Jr. and I’m a writer.

I live in Cebu, an island in the Philippines, and I’m married to a beautiful girl named Bel. We have two kids — Luke Thomas, a toddler just over 2 years old, and Darci Elizabeth, an 8-month old baby.

I have a crazy dream. Do you want to know what it is? Well, it’s to be a great writer! Crazy, right? Audacious? Bold? Lofty? Yes, yes, and yes. But if you dream, you might as well dream big. And if you want to be a writer, you might as well be a great writer. So my dream is to be no less than a great writer — a great, prolific, best-selling, sought-after, award-winning writer of short stories, poems, essays, and novels.

If I have to break it down, my goal is this: To write every day and to come up every week with at least one short story and 1 poem.

And I want to get at least two short stories or three poems published in a national magazine or book anthology every year. I want to keep on doing that until I have at least a collection of a dozen stories and poems that I can publish in a book.

So far, I have already published two short stories (one last year and one this year) in the Philippines Graphic, a national newsweekly magazine here in our country. Early this year, one of my poems was published in Verses Typhoon Yolanda, a poetry anthology edited by US-based poet Eileen Tabios and published by Meritage Press. So that’s not a bad start, eh?

I also want to write essays on a regular basis for magazines and newspapers — in print and online. Maybe Inquirer. Maybe Rappler. Maybe SunStar.

And why not win a few literary awards as well? The Nick Joaquin Literary Award for Best Short Story? Heck, why not a Palanca, too?

So my aimΒ is nothing less than writing excellence and greatness. The road before me is extremely long, but I’ll get there. The journey will be exciting, and I’ll savor the victories, and learn from the defeats.

I invite you to follow me in my road to writing greatness! Check back often. You can get in touch with me at dantecualesjr at yahoo dot com.

I’m also on Twitter: (@josephdc22) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dante.cuales.jr).


50 thoughts on “About the Writer

  1. Hi Dan! Steph here. I’m now following you! πŸ˜€

    I decided to revive my old WordPress blog and will be moving most of my pieces here β€” ikichi.wordpress.com. I’ll have to transfer my domain name later, hahahah! Can I add your blog to my blogroll?

  2. As a follower of “A Way With Words”, you are invited to a domain warming party as I move to a new blog address. Click on this link –


    You’ll think you are in a parallel universe.

    While you are there, be sure to click the “follow” button. Within the next week, I plan to publish exclusively from this site. Don’t miss out on any of the fun!

  3. Dante, you have a wonderful “About” page right here. I enjoyed reading it and I am excited with what happens next on your blog. I am glad I have stumbled upon your blog.
    I had a teacher once and later on he and I actually became somewhat like friends. He once said the following quote to me to encourage me at the time… he said: “If you have a dream and nobody is laughing at you, then your dream is not big enough!”
    What I want to say with this is, that dreams are worth holding on to, not many people do so. For what I have read your dreams are already big, but keep in mind: never be afraid of dreaming even bigger dreams!

    So, it’s nice to meet you. Carry on!
    Prospermind. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Prospermind,

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words!

      You’re absolutely right! The bigger your dreams, the better.

      May you set big dreams for yourself, too, and may you achieve them.

      Nice to meet you, too. Are you based in the US? πŸ™‚

      Take care.


    1. Hi zikaolofin,

      Then we share the same dreams! You’re free to copy them lol… Let’s reach for our dreams together. We can do it!

      Again, thank you so much!


  4. Hello Dante!
    I am a college sophomore, and aspiring writer/healer. I found your about me/bio extremely interesting to read and I wish you great success in your artistic endeavors. I recently started a new blog and was wondering if you could check it out and/or link my blog to yours and I would do the same. I don’t have any visitors right now so I’m trying to publicize a bit. Hope to hear from you soon. πŸ“

    1. Hi Akorfa!

      I love your blog! The layout is lovely and the posts are very cerebral… πŸ™‚

      Sure, I would be honored to add you to my blogroll.

      So you’re studying medicine at Yale? That’s so awesome! That is also one of my biggest dreams in life — to be a doctor. I myself am a nurse, but I didn’t get to practice my profession because I got distracted by so many things. If given the chance, I’d love to pursue medicine.

      Thank you so much for dropping by and for your kind words! I wish you all the best in your studies and in your other endeavors.


  5. Thank you, Dante! I’m actually studying medicine at Quinnipiac University, it’s about 30 minutes away from Yale. πŸ™‚ I went to Yale Medical School this past summer for a summer program, called SMDEP. It was a residential program for URM aspiring physicians. It’s great that we share the same goals, and my mother is also a nurse. πŸ™‚ Thank you for replying to my post and good luck with everything!

    1. Hi KatiB!

      Thank you so much! My dream sounds too audacious, but it’s worth pursuing.

      I look forward to reading your blog, as well.

      Take care,

    1. Hi Ysabel!

      Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

      My dreams are truly audacious, but they are worth pursuing lol… πŸ™‚

      I wish you all the best in your writing journey as well. Love your blog!

      Take care,

      1. What is life after all when you live in monotony and are not bold enough to take risks! Your dreams are inspiring!
        Thank you for supporting my writing Dante:)

        I wish you all the very best too and know that you will reach your dreams.

        Take care too,

      2. So true! We might as well dream big and boldly if we are to dream at all. πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot. πŸ™‚

        I’m looking forward to following your writing journey. πŸ™‚

        Take care,

  6. I always enjoy reading your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogging Award as well. Details are available at my most recent post if you are interested!

    1. Hi Kati!

      I’m sorry for this late reply. I’ve been busy these past few weeks and I couldn’t stay in front of the PC for long periods of time.

      Thank you so much for this second nomination! I am so honored and happy! Yes, I’m very much interested.

      Take care,

  7. Dante, best of luck in your writing career! Have an #AWEsome New Year. It will be an added challenge with the 2 little ones, don’t forget to take time for them. They will grow up and be in college and out on their own before you know it. Stop by my blog at http://downhomethoughts.com and follow if you like. Congratulations on your award.

  8. I can’t agree more with your thoughts. I always thought to dream big.
    “Do or DO NOT, there is no try!” so do something good or don’t do it at all!
    I really appreciated your poems, great job and keep going!
    Thanks for sharing!

  9. Hello, Dante!

    I hope this finds you doing well.

    I see you have been a follower of β€œA Way With Words.” Great! Thank you.

    We have now transformed into, β€œDelight in Disorder: Faith & Mental Illness” (delightindisorder.org). I hope you will join us there. On the left sidebar, there is a box (below β€œGet More Delight”) for subscriptions so you can get the most of our mission.

    Take care & God bless,

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