Monday, November 24, 2014

Celebrate Family...and food!

The year is almost over! Holy smokes...I'm getting old.

NaNo has kicked my butt this year. But I'm still beating this thing into some form of...mold.

I do want to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving wherever you may find yourself. One of the things that I've realized as time goes by is that my family has shrunk. Family members have moved away or they've expanded their own families. Some even work on this day.  But guess what? It's not the end of the world. 
One day of family dinner does not a family make. 
Try saying that ten times.

One of the things I love about this season is the making of the pasteles. Pasteles are a traditional Puerto Rican dish. It's a lot of hard work but worth it. 

So here's to many family dinners filled with lots of food, good company, and good health. 


Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday round-up


We are already in mid-November! Someone slap me up side the head and wake me up. Okay, maybe not.

This week...I have been fired as a nanny, housekeeper, and chef.  Yeah, my family is suffering by my inability to maintain my sanity during NaNo and other stuff going on.

But after six years, I no longer feel guilty about that. I can have my November and eat it too. I say!

They eat. The house is livable. And we are healthy. We're good, I say.

Anyways...I've cracked midpoint in my NaNo project and I'm loving where it's headed. Yay!

I participated in Pitch Fiesta and got a partial request! Another yay!

I have three books I started reading: The Thickety, Though Shalt Not Road Trip, and The Girl of Nightmares. And I am hooked on all three. Another yay!

And I leave you with this video's me during NaNo.

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


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It's that time again NaNo-ers. 

Writing a novel in a month is no easy feat/feet. A-huh, you will get brain farts, word vomit, eye wedgies, rapid finger jabbing, and the worst of it all...the i-suck-why-waste-my-time syndrome.
But let's talk about insecurity.

Okay, let's talk about overcoming insecurity. That's why we're all here. To know that we are not alone in this madness of the "why" challenge that can kill creativity and stunt hope. 

I participated in my first NaNo last year and I really enjoyed it. Again, this year I am meeting my goals, moving forward with the plot, having some weird dreams that have nothing to do with what I'm writing but I'm incorporating in it anyway. 
Dragons in a contemporary thriller--yeah. I can add that. Why not?
It's NaNo...Anything goes. 

Whether you are NaNo-ers or not, take comfort in knowing you are not alone. There is an end to the madness--whether in 30 days or a year. But the story needs to be written, needs to take life, and you are the only one that can do it. Because you have Dragons.

Yeah...I'm going back to my hidey hole now. 

Happy Writing!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Playing Ketchup

I mean...catch up.

After a nice mini-vacation with the familia which included attending a birthday party in Kansas and a football game in Texas, I am ready to get back to work. What does that mean...exactly?


I had to catch up on The Walking Dead, Arrow, Supernatural, and Gotham. Ahem, I'm at risk of reverting back to being a couch potato. But...I am also revamping my YA Contemporary with the help of Latino@s in Kid  Lit (.com).  I was selected to participate in their Pitch Fiesta ! So, that means I'm in query writing hell.

Apart from brain mush, eye bleeds, and aversion to reality, I'm reigniting the spark I found in the story. The why I wrote it in the first place. And that feels real good.

As I go round and round...and round with it, I'm optimistic that I will keep my sanity. Which is kinda important, me thinks.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Random musings-The Walking Dead

Okay, so I caught up with the last four seasons in a week. That says something. It took me this long because I didn't think the show was more than zombie eating folks and I just think that's gross. Well, the show is about much, much more. It's still gross.

With that said, I leave you with Carl. One of my favorite characters in TWD.

My son has me singing this...yeah.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Gears of Brass Anthology Cover Reveal!

Gear up for GEARS OF BRASS! 

A world like ours, but filled with gears of brass, where the beating heart is fueled by steam and the simplest creation is a complex clockwork device.  

Within this tome, you’ll find steampunk fairy tale re-tellings, as well as original stories that will send your gears turning.  

Welcome to the steampunk realm, with eleven authors guiding your path. 

GEARS OF BRASS is a steampunk anthology published through Curiosity Quills.  It will be available for purchase on November 10, 2014.  Within the pages, you’ll come across clockwork inventions and steampunk-ified fairy tale retellings.  Eleven authors will guide you through worlds filled with airships, top hats, and corsets. 

Meet the authors:
Jordan Elizabeth writes young adult fantasy for Curiosity Quills, including ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW which was published in October and the upcoming TREASURE DARKLY; she’s represented by the Belcastro Agency.

J. Million is the author of Last of the Giants and can always be found reading or writing.

Lorna MacDonald Czarnota is a professional storyteller and author of several books including, Medieval Tales That Kids Can Read and Tell, Breadline Blue, Legends Lore and Secrets of Western New York, Wicked Niagara, Native American and Pioneer Sites of Upstate New York, and Dancing at the Crossroads: Stories and Activities for At-Risk Youth Programming.

SA Larsen is represented by Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary and is the author of published short stories, community-interest stories, and magazine articles focused on children. 

Grant Eagar is an Engineer who would take the tales he told his children at bed time, and transform them into fantasy stories. 

Clare Weze is the author of The House of Ash (forthcoming) and the co-author and editor of Cloudscapes over the Lune.

Eliza Tilton: gamer, writer and lover of dark chocolate; author of the YA Fantasy, BROKEN FOREST, published by Curiosity Quills Press.

Heather Talty's stories have been featured in Enchanted Conversation, as well as her own fractured fairy tale site, Mythopoetical (

W.K. Pomeroy is a third generation writer who has published more than 70 short stories/articles/poems across many genres and styles, which now includes Steampunk.

Christine Baker is the author of Lana's End, The Guild of Dagda, and many more. 

Natalia Darcy: a bookilicious reader, tea drinker and Zumba aficionado who enjoys playing cards against humanity and washing her hair with ice cold water. 

You can get your steampunk fix before GEARS OF BRASS is released in November.  To enter for your chance to win a copy of GEARS OF BRASS, you will need to share the cover.  This can be on your blog, Facebook, Twitter… Each time you share the cover image, log it into Rafflecoper (#insert link) to record it.  It will give you more chances to win.  The drawing for the winner will be held on October 27th

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