Dear Reader, It has been such a whirlwind the past couple of months so I apologize for not writing and checking in. In between teaching English at community colleges, writing, submitting, and living something needed to be sacrificed and sleep wasn't one of them. So, let's get this update started. What have I done? What have … Continue reading The Writing Life: Halfway mark of the year
Listen, my black speaks Spanish. And I love learning about African American History. Love it. But I want to know about my history. Who are the people who fought in wars and made discoveries? Whose names are all but forgotten? What are the issues they have confronted and overcome?
Dear Reader, Oh man! My head is throbbing. This week, Lee and Low Books, a publisher of children's books, release the results of a survey they commissioned. Here's a fascinating tidbit. White, heterosexual women are the gatekeepers to publishing. They call it the Diversity Baseline Survey and they conducted it April - December 2015. The … Continue reading Who runs publishing? Not the people who read the books.
I'm going to write down 2015 as probably one of the better years. Not because this year has been stellar in the winning the lottery department. This year has been stellar in one very important area, life lessons.
Dear Reader, How much do I love Christmas time? Lots, I suppose. Today I have a bah humbug type of feeling which I’m sure is temporary. There’s no reason for it and I’m not sad. As a self-diagnosed introvert, this is the part of the holiday that exhausts me. It’s not that I’m not happy … Continue reading 6 tips to survive visiting a Cuban household
Dear Reader, An interesting thing about being a writer is that you have writer friends and they do some awesome things. Like really awesome things. Like life changing things. Sometimes, it really puts your life into perspective. So, I thought I'd share some of my friends' work with you. Why? Because what you think the writing … Continue reading What it’s really like being a writer.
Dear Reader, Jennie Manning. She's a character who gives zero... The word that you're looking for to end that phrase rhymes with ducks. That's how someone described Jennie to me after I read a sample for Culture, Love, and Identity: An Afro-Latina Reading. Zero ducks. Yes, I like that. Every time I've taken parts of … Continue reading The 1 big mistake mystery novels make
Dear Reader, Today, I am dreaming of Miami. It's been nearly six months since I last stepped foot in that town and it changed my life. That was when I felt something break inside of me and a shift happen. There was bound to be change. That was June 26. It wasn't even … Continue reading How the worst time of my life became the best
Dear Readers, My friend Alicia Anabel Santos is on a mission. She was accepted into a writer's retreat in Costa Rica! That's amazing. I know what some of you may be thinking. Costa Rica! Vacay! What does this have to do with me or with writing? First off, it's not a vacation. Writer's … Continue reading I AM THIRSTY!
Dear Reader, I recently Tweeted something odd. At least it is for me. It's amazing how normal I feel whenever I get to work from a Starbucks. Literally feel like I can get things done. Good sigh. — IcessFernandezRojas (@Icess) November 20, 2015 There's something to say about space, especially for writers, that … Continue reading How I learned to give myself (writing) space