Don’t call me brave. Call me chingona

Dear Reader, I've been thinking a lot about bravery recently, what it actually means and what it takes to be brave. This bravery thing seems like a simple thing to figure out but I'm not quite so sure. I've been called brave once. About a year ago. See, I did something that most people wish … Continue reading Don’t call me brave. Call me chingona

4 ways to write through tragedy (w/prompts)

Dear Reader, The weekend is over and Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Minnesota are probably still on your mind in one way or another. You want to forget but it's still gnawing at you enough to sense you're restless about it. But you don't know what to do or how to start. You have to write … Continue reading 4 ways to write through tragedy (w/prompts)

Let me help you get your writing on point!

Dear Reader , Here's my big announcement. I'm offering creative writing classes in a couple of weeks. Online! Yes, that's the big announcement. I haven't taught my online class since 2013 and so I'm opening up and teaching "How to write like a Rock Star." The class is the jump start you need to work … Continue reading Let me help you get your writing on point!

Stop apologizing: What independence really means

Dear Reader, One of the very first things I heard during my VONA experience was this: “You are allowed to take up space.” The words weren’t foreign to me but how they were put together were. Space? I nodded thinking that I knew what that phrase meant. All through my week, I kept hearing that … Continue reading Stop apologizing: What independence really means

The Writing Life: Halfway mark of the year

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

Afro-Latinos, Black History Month and Twitter

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?

Who runs publishing? Not the people who read the books.

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.

6 tips to survive visiting a Cuban household

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

What it’s really like being a writer.

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.