Healing, Latino culture, Mexican traditions, Writing

Heartbreak, Love Potions and Curanderas

If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it-Toni Morrison Writing, especially novels is a long hard road. Sometimes people ask, "Are you finished yet?" "What's happening with that story you told me about?" Oh, that story. Well, three years later I'm finished with… Continue reading Heartbreak, Love Potions and Curanderas

Healing, Latino culture, Loss, Mexican traditions, Writing

Do You Know How to Use a Curandera?

Do you know how to naturally heal fright or trauma? No? More about susto later. During the last two years, I've worked on a story about an ambitious twenty-one-year-old with a ten-year plan to become a State Senator who drops out of college because of a broken engagement. She meets a grandmother and granddaughter who are curanderas. Although… Continue reading Do You Know How to Use a Curandera?

Latina, Latino culture, Mexican traditions, NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo Music, Strong Women, Writing

Butt in Chair, Hands on Keys for 30 Days of #NaNoWriMo

  Like thousands of other writers across the globe, I did a BICHOK (Butt In Chair, Hands On Keys) for 30 days. Instead of being a complete pantser (writing by the seat of my pantalones), as I have in the past, I did a half and half of pantser and plotter. Like having one leg into… Continue reading Butt in Chair, Hands on Keys for 30 Days of #NaNoWriMo

Mexican traditions, Mother's Day, Mothers

11 Things My Mom Taught Me Without Knowing

  The other day I saw a contest, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference. For a chance to win a free pass, one could enter a 500-word essay on the topic, "What my mother taught me." The deadline was within a couple of days, so I passed on the opportunity, but the topic stirred… Continue reading 11 Things My Mom Taught Me Without Knowing