Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Summer!

Yeah, I know summer has been active for a little bit now. But now it actually feels like summer!
 
I've been really thinking about my place in the universe these last couple of months.
 
My mission.
 
My purpose.
 
I tend to go through a cycle when it comes to change in my life. I reevaluate my goals, my objective.
 
I have to find a semblance of myself again and figure out where I fit in this moment.
 
That may take awhile.
 
And so I decided to take a summer blogging break in August.
 
I'll be back in September.
 
 I can't seem to give up on my basic need to write. My choice. And lovin' it.
 
Have a great rest of the summer!
 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday Round-up

 
Time goes by so fast!
I started a new schedule this week, trying to remember how I balanced work, life, and writing. I wrote about seven manuscripts while balancing work, life, and writing. After ten months of having all the time in the world, I've narrowed my writing time to three hours. Again. And I find that I'm good with that. It makes me more focused on the task at hand and I don't peruse the internet, or waste time. I'm on a mission.
To write.
To spend time with my family.
To provide for my family.
 
And I do it by:
  1. Eating right and exercise. (I haven't started the exercise part.) It's important to be aware of your body and your mind. Eating a healthy meal and movement helps with that.
  2. Be aware of time. Every moment counts. Work and commute takes a chunk of that time. I get home at 5:00p, start dinner, spend time with kids. The house settles (ideally) at about 8:00p and I get some writing done until about 11p. If I wake up earlier--like today--I write posts, take a peek at what folks are doing online. Break times I plot and plan (for writing purposes, of course).
  3. Weekends are my friend. For the summer I hope to take the kids out during the day, clean house during the evening, and write. I'll schedule posts and anything else I have to do that's pending.
And that's pretty much it. Unfortunately, there's no magic pill. Time is not going to wait for me. My kids are going to continue to grow. The house is going to continue to need attention. I'm going to have to work, pay bills, clean... Those things probably won't go away. Realizing that and making amends with that is the first step to moving forward.
 
So...as the video below shows, be careful what you wish for.
 
I hope you all are having a great summer!
 
 


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

IWSG

 
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Summer!

After getting a very nice pass on a submission, I feel FREE! Weird, but now I can continue with making the story stronger. The knowing is the best part for me. I realized I can't function in the unknown.

And now Summer is here and I've taken a break from writing with no guilt!

It feels wonderful.

I have two first drafts of sequels I have to complete and a revision of a new series. I'm not sure which I'm going to dive into next but right now I don't care.

I'm starting a new job on Monday and am enjoying the precious moments I have with my family, and it's all good.

Once I start my day job, I'll have to work in getting my groove back. And I'm looking forward to it.

What are your summer plans?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday Madness

 

 
I've been thinking a lot about what makes me happy.
 
I love to write, but I'm not defined by my failures or successes in writing.
I will write regardless because it makes me happy.
 
I love being with my kids, exploring firsts through their eyes, but I am a separate person who has to find my own firsts and see through my own eyes.
 
I love working in the community, but my need for stability and financial security for me and my family has become more important.
 
I realized this past month, as I started a new professional journey and started examining my writing path, that I don't have to let go of what I love.
 
I can still fail and write.
I can still enjoy my children and be someone separate of them.
I can still volunteer in the community while working towards financial stability.
 
I can still be me.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

IWSG

Insecurities, yeah, maybe...

I've been so wound up I can't even set goals. It's a terrible feeling. I feel as if I'm in limbo, floating around, stuck in space and time. There are doors open all around me. I can venture outside and escape, only I am comfortable here in my little hell-hole.

Wow...that's pretty pathetic.

My family has been keeping me intact.

My daughter forces me to go outside and see the light of day.

My son inspires me with words of hope.

My other son is ending one journey and starting another. Makes me realize new beginnings are possible.

My other, other son drives me crazy with reality checks. Sometimes, I just need that.

And my significant other keeps us all balanced.

I am not alone. And it is a wonderful feeling.



Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Fandom

Groupie alert!
 
 

I can't wait to watch Jurassic World. I'm a Chris Pratt fan!
 I loved him in Guardians of the Galaxy.

 
Dance off Gag Reel
 
End of groupie moment.
 
Have a great weekend!


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.