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.

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, starting...now, 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!
Books
Movies
TV
Quotes
Images
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 mini...you 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?