Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Fandom! Gabi, A Girl In Pieces

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy's pregnancy, Sebastian's coming out, the cute boys, her father's meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

My Review:

I would give this book ten stars if I could.  I stayed away from contemporary fiction as a teenager because I felt I had enough problems to deal with at the time, and I didn't want to add more problems via a fictional character. So I submerged myself in speculative fiction, reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Nothing quite like horror to put things in perspective.

But then I read this book.

All the memories of my youth came flooding back. Growing up Latina, whatever that means. I really had no clue. I wasn't Latina enough or American enough. The obsession with the hymen. Yeah...'nuff said about that. Addiction, death, guilt, and accepting who you are and learning to be okay with that, are all themes in this book that tugged at my heartstrings. I laughed. I cried. But most importantly, I found a kindred spirit in Gabi, though we're a few decades apart. And I'm Puerto Rican, not Mexican and my mom equated fat with being healthy. Yeah...couldn't pass on that arroz con gandules. She makes the best...but anyways...

Quintero does an amazing job writing about these themes with humor, wit, and so much heart it's hard not to feel it. I wish I'd read this book when I was a teen. I would've realized I wasn't alone.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Under Construction

I've been tinkering with this thing called blogging for a while now.

I love the blogging community and enjoyed every minute of it...

...but I lost my steam, my purpose.
So, this summer,, I've decided to post only on Fridays-- my Fandom post-- because I want to share what I'm excited about with all of you!
more Books...
At least until I can figure out what to write about in between those moments.
Critter in Play-Doh

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Fandom! CW's Arrow

I am an Arrow Fan

Because I have nothing better to do than to sit on my arse and watch TV.  Ahem, in a manner of speaking.

My raving, ranting review: Spoiler Alert! If you haven't seen the season finale of Arrow or The Flash don't read. If you don't care, carry onward!
Sidenote: I've never read the comics. =)
Because Arrow is just badass. And he brought down the Reverse Flash with no superpowers only supertech. I admit, I am a Felicity fan. Whether she ends up with "the man" or not. I hope we get to revisit her backstory and meet her dad. Wouldn't it be fun if ARGUS recruits her to do a "mission impossible" stunt to get her dad out of HIVE and it gets her in trouble with the group at the lair. And she's back to being Goth so Oliver can see her.  I'm surprised Amanda Waller hasn't got her eye on Felicity yet. She's way too good. Okay, 'nuff about Felicity.
Oliver has found his true self, with Felicity's help of course. I'm happy for him. Now we get to see how they break him again in season 4. Hopefully, we won't have to wait long for that. Looks like Damian Dark and the H.I.V.E will be the bad guys in season 4. I was assuming Oliver's backstory would lead him to Russia. I was expecting a more WTF ending. But oh, well.
I like what they did with Thea's character arc. She's sporting the hood now and part of the team. I hope Laurel get's a good character arc. For me, she seems the odd one out. She needs her own island, her own reason for doing what she does. Diggle may get a mask yet. Maybe they can minisize it for baby Diggle. Speaking of gotta love Ray Palmer. Though I think he's a bit on the quirky side of never-land.  Just like Oliver said, Felicity and Ray may be related.  And have you seen the trailer for the Legends of Tomorrow spinoff? Woohoo! Can't wait for that.
Check out the Superhero fight club video
Any thoughts?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What's next?

What's next?

That's a question I've been battling with since...well, since I haven't written anything new.

I learned that I cannot write anything new while on submission. The waiting game kills me. That's when I go on a reading binge.

But then I have to face the music.

And I've been wondering what to write next. I have to finish what I started. Although I have so many shiny, new, ideas, I have to finish what I started. I fear that if I let myself slip into not finishing anything I will fall into that cycle again. No. I stand firm and I have to finish what I started. Even if it's just a first draft. A backlist. Something that will never see the light of day.

I have to finish it.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Friday Round-up

So...this week in review...

I'm all caught up with Game of Thrones.

If Tyrion Dies We Riot!

I haven't written anything new. That has made me feel...I don't know. Afraid, maybe. I want to go back I just don't know if I'm good enough anymore. That reminds me that I forgot to post my Insecure Writers Support Group Post this month. Bummer.


I'm celebrating a birthday tomorrow! I am and will forever be...21.

How was your week?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


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I'm removing myself from the A-Z Challenge for
X- Y - Z
Due to brainfart.
It was a good run and I had fun!