Writing on Air

Writing on Air by Jim Paredes

As Is Where Is fan mail

Posted on January 18, 2008 by jimparedes

It’s no secret I enjoy feedback from readers of this blog, but I get an incredible high when people write me about my books. Here’s a letter I recieved from Reena Crisanto-Orosa who purchased my book As Is Where Is on the net.

Allow me some chest thumping and beaming. It’s not often people go out of their way to write about  a book which takes a lot of work to do.

Dear Jim,

Not only did I enjoy the book, but I couldn’t seem to get enough of it.  When I saw that I was reaching the end of the book, I started to reread the other parts because I didn’t want to be finished with the book. When I finally gave in and finished reading it, I simply read it again.  And in reading again, I also caught insights I did not catch the first time. My high school classmate from Maryknoll wants to borrow the book after me, but I think I will just buy her one since I want to hold on to my AS IS WHERE IS copy. I want to highlight parts that touched or moved me.  I want to underline phrases that inspired me.  I even memorized phrases that were relevant to me.  I was even taking down notes while reading the book!

I have to confess I do not know how to meditate, and I wonder if you can recommend a cd or dvd to help me get started. There is too much clutter in my brains and I am curious as to how to clear my mind of the clutter and focus on nothing.  I want to, as you say, surrender to the moment.

You’re write up about suffering (to be present to suffering is to diminish it) was very timely as I was going through a rough patch, and I still am. Your insights on this subject alleviated my pain and my suffering. Its as it I was meant to read the book.

I just read your blog and I quote: “Life is short. Wake up to it while you still have time and energy.” I so agree with you and everything you express in your blog are my sentiments exactly.


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  1. Webster12 says:


    Is your book available on any bookstores here in the philippines?

  2. jimparedes says:

    My three other books, Humming in my Universe, Between Blinks, Writing on Water, are available. If they are not, let me know and I will have the publisher send copies.

  3. pating says:

    how can i get a copy? im here in toronto thanks 🙂

  4. jimparedes says:

    Just click on the link on the page or the pic of the book by the side and it will tell you what to do. Good luck and I hope you like it.

  5. bc_mum says:

    hi apo jim, been meaning to email you to order a copy of As is where is but time gets away — anyhow, have you got a copy available in Sydney? I live in the neighbourhood – 🙂

  6. jimparedes says:

    I’m sorry I do not have a copy here in Sydney. I bought a bunch before but the’ve all been bought. It is very easy amd safe to order through the net, It won’t take you 5 minutes.

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