NOELLE Q DE JESUS shares, "I'm the sort who writes anywhere--cafes, restaurants while dining alone, on park benches if the weather is fine and even on airplanes. At home, there is my desk which is always a mess, and I like to think of what I write as order from chaos. The desk faces the wall, but on my left, I can look out at Banaba trees and the connector running path in our neighborhood. Frequently, there are times when my desk is too disorderly for fiction, even for me. I am distracted by the other writing I do--copy, freelance, editing. That's when I relocate to my bed and put on some white noise to write. And write, I do."

Painting by Namiko Takahashi Chan Lee