Monday, February 20, 2017

Writing Updates

This month, two of my poems were published.
An ekphrastic poem (a poem inspired by art) titled, “look at you…” was published on Spectrum 9. If you’re interested in purchasing this wonderful edition, click on the following link:

The other poem titled, “Word Quake” is on Skullwise Cat Issue 36, on page 61.

You can go to the following link to read the summary for the issue here:

OR go straight to the e-zine issue by clicking the Yumpu link below:


AND if you liked the issue and would like to buy it, go here:


Other than that, I’m still waiting on agent replies to my father-son novel and continue to revise a women’s fiction story.

Keep Writing!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Quote 24

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”
-James Herriot

Each time I read this quote, I glance at my dog’s picture. He passed away some time ago. I’m still healing from his departure, but I know he’s in a better place.
I say I glance at his picture because you see the happiness in his face. Anyone who has seen a picture of him says he was photogenic and smiled. I didn’t know dogs could smile, but he did. All I had to do was say his name and he would stop, look deep into the camera, open his mouth, show some teeth (sometimes the tongue would slide out), and presto!

There was an understanding between him and I that you could see in his eyes- the soul. So, I believe animals tell a lot in their faces, especially the eyes. Take a look at any pet calendar and you will see how special you feel. If you’ve ever seen adopt-s-pet commercials, you know what I’m talking about. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Writer’s Workshop 21: Unexpressed Action

During the April 2016 Writer’s Weekend at Mt. SAC Fiction Workshop with Christina Lynch, participants were given a prompt to write a scene that is rooted with unexpressed action.

The scene should include the pin-the-tail on the donkey and have the parents going through a divorce.
If you would like to try this prompt, the main exercise is the unexpressed action.

The following is my attempt at the prompt. I took the unexpressed action as things the parents weren’t saying in regards to their feelings with the least amount of detail. Turned out very script-like. You can go this way or completely turn it around.

“Mom! Marty pinned the tail already!”
“So, he did,” she said biting her pinky nail.
“Look at that,” Dad said with a scoff.
“At least he knows where to put it,” she muttered.
The boy pulled on the mother’s sleeve, a frown on his face, and a pronounced dimple on the right cheek.
“Must feel good.” Dad gulped the rest of his drink and crushed the red plastic cup.
The boy pulled on the mother’s sleeve again.
Mom sighed. “You’re only saying that because a donkey needs a tail.”
“Mom!” The boy let go of her sleeve and threw down the donkey’s tail still in his hand.
Dad continued to squeeze the cup. “What do you want from me?”
“Mom?” The boy crossed his arms, pouting.
“Yes, dear.” She knelt in front of him.
“I don’t want to pin the tail anymore.”
“Hey, hey.” She placed her hand on his chest, rubbing it like slathering VapoRub.
“You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to.”
“Is that what this is?” Dad rolled his eyes and picked up the tossed tail. He gave it to another little boy who kept eyeing it from the game line.
The children’s voices rose above the music as the game continued.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Writing Endeavors 12: Believe in Yourself

I believe we all have found 2016 to be a progressive year toward our goals or else we wouldn’t be where we are today.
Aspiring to be a writer and poet is not an easy feat, but there are accomplishments along the way that help get us closer to it, making our outlook change so we could call ourselves ‘writers.’
Looking back at 2016, I’ve published some poetry and got two short stories accepted. I’ve sent queries and received some back with promising rejections. I also began a new fantasy novel about a reluctant prince and wrote some more short stories. I’ve got on twitter to begin my journey onto social media and have found lots of information from authors in all walks of life.
Yep, there have been accomplishments last year and I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring.
Though, it might not seem like a lot, to a person with a daytime job, it has been a lot. And I sincerely hope everyone can look back at their progress with positive binoculars. Every little bit counts =)

Here’s cheering for the new year!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Books I’m Reading 29

Publish your Book: Proven Strategies and Resources for the Enterprising Author by Patricia Fry. This book deals with the importance of promoting your book to how to get your manuscript ready for publication. A lot of great tips.

The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield is a collection of poetry. As you read, you feel as the poetry is whispered by the wind. Very interesting formats, too.

Creatures of Fantasy: Mermaids by Kathryn Hinds. This book provides illustrations that go along with the myths and folklore surrounding mermaids.

Creatures of Fantasy: Unicorns by Kathryn Hinds. This book provides illustrations that go along with the myths and legends about the unicorn. Early tales written by prestigious men are included to show the thinking of the times.

Creatures of Fantasy: Dragons by Kathryn Hinds. This book provides illustrations that go along with the myths and legends about the dragon. It mentions how people viewed fossils at an age where science was in its infancy.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Teaching Moments 6: Getting Informed

    Recently, I watched a NOVA special about schools. I list a few of the things mentioned in the special titled: NOVA’s School of the Future: How can the Science of Learning help us rethink the future of education for all children?

It aired on PBS a while back, but it can be found on DVD.

·         One of the premises: they were using scientific studies ranging from behaviorists to neurologists to engineers, scientists try to find what motivates and helps students learn
·         they observed schools in Palo Alto from both sides of the freeway (East Silicon Valley area and West area)
·         they’ve come up with various innovative schools geared to technology and hands-on approaches as well as adding character building lessons to aid students’ learning (I found this section very interesting)
·         to best meet student needs, they found that individualizing lessons and teaching the whole child is better as well as working on emotional relationships with them, such as making them feel that they matter
·         parental support and involvement is important starting from preschool on (the key word here is ‘preschool’)
·         there are things that get in the way of learning such as the divide between rich/well-to-do vs. poor (a really huge gap)
          If you found those points resonating with you, it’s a good DVD/episode to watch for information on what schools are experimenting with. So far, no one size fits all. We have to find what motivates and interests the child as well as what they are capable of.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Art 12: La Desnudez (The Nude)

Charcoal is my favorite medium for drawing.
This piece was done during my art class days (when I had more time to actually draw). But it's a good reminder that it's possible to achieve a piece with fairly good shading. 
I say fair because I’m an amateur artist. Not a professional who sells their work and practices every day. Kudos to all the artists out there!
For La Desnudez, I like the focus on the hip area leading to the thighs. It’s a hard movement to place on paper. Adding the background also helps enhance this portion of the body