#WeNeedDIverseBooks, Writing

NaNoWriMo Madness or The Only Way to Write A First Draft

Yes, I'm slogging through the madness of NaNoWriMo. The video above is a good indication of how we NaNo-ites or NaNo-etta's feel about now. I could only take three minutes of the video. She's a good singer--sorta. I've been typing words upon words, compiling hundreds, then thousands. Fifty thousand words is the goal; 1,667 words… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Madness or The Only Way to Write A First Draft

#WeNeedDIverseBooks, Books, Diversity, Latina writer, Latino Literature, Self Identity

DiverseLit: 10 New Summer Reads 2014

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.–Vera Nazarian   The weekend was beautiful, sunny but not too warm, breezy but just enough to cool the face. It's going to be an awesome summer to go to the beach, backyard, or lay out on the… Continue reading DiverseLit: 10 New Summer Reads 2014

#WeNeedDIverseBooks, Diversity, Latina writer, Strong Women, Women Prisoners, Writing, Writing Process

Writing Strong Women

  Last year, I read “The Sandoval Sisters,” an award winning historical fiction book by Sandra Ramos O’Briant and enjoyed it so much that I began to follow her blog, http://www.bloodmother.com.  I was pleasantly surprised when she asked me to be part of a blog adventure initiated on Twitter #weneeddiversebooks and #diverselit, in which we… Continue reading Writing Strong Women

Books, Junot Diaz, Sandra Cisneros, Writing

Burritos With A Side of Lit-No Salsa

I'm feeling like the above quote after reading about Chipotle's "literary packaging series." They had author, Jonathan Safran Foer, select 10 authors to feature on Chipotle's cups and bags. “What interested me is 800,000 Americans of extremely diverse backgrounds having access to good writing,” the novelist told Vanity Fair.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVcoo6rxAXA   But not one of the… Continue reading Burritos With A Side of Lit-No Salsa