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.

The 1 big mistake mystery novels make

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

How the worst time of my life became the best

    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