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

Latino culture

A to Z Challenge: R is for Rana and a Rhyme

R is for Rana, a frog. Anytime a kid in the neighborhood (under age 5) fell or got a cut his/her mother would rub or tap the area and sing this: Spanish: “Sana, sana, colita de rana, y si no se cura ahorita, se cura mañana.” In English, it's confusing and doesn't make sense. “Healthy,… Continue reading A to Z Challenge: R is for Rana and a Rhyme

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?

Healing, Latino culture, NaNoWriMo, NaNoWriMo Comics, Writing

Who Really Uses NaNoWriMo?

  Who writes 50,000 words in 30 days during November? Crazy writers. Passionate writers. Driven writers. Writers who have trouble keeping their butt in the chair and hands on the keys use NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) as a last ditch effort to focus. Completion rather than perfection is the goal. We wait, crunked up… Continue reading Who Really Uses NaNoWriMo?