Monday, September 19, 2016

Why I Write 11: Live Life Write Now

Last week, I completed the first draft to my fantasy novel about a different race protecting Earth, and I realized that after many years practicing the craft of writing, I have finally got to a place where I can write at different times in the day. Especially since my day job hours vary, I can always find a time to write. Of course, there are times I cannot fathom a sentence, but the muse is still there.

Getting into the querying process is probably the hardest thing about aspiring to be an author. The waiting and waiting for some kind of response to the novel queried really digs deeper and deeper into your soul. So, I keep writing. Hoping that the next one would be better.

I write because it’s part of who I am. I can have many days without writing. It has nothing to do with writer’s block (if you believe in it). It has to do with life. We’re here for a short time and the least I could do is enjoy it by creating characters and situations so others may find a break in their lives.

p.s check out my latest published poems:

            “Road Atlas” @
            “Youth” @

Monday, September 12, 2016

Quote 20

“Inventing is the mixing of brains and materials. The more brains you use, the less materials you need.”

--- Charles F. Kettering, U.S. scientist and engineer (1876-1958)

I like this quote because it says a lot about what we are capable of if we only let ourselves. For example, learning to compute in our heads without calculators or learning to play without having to turn on a video game.

Inventing has a lot to do with thinking about our world and what will be useful, not just remove tasks to free ourselves from actually doing the work. Vacuuming burns calories, but if we let robots do all the work, we won’t remember how to do the most basic of needs.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Labor Day Weekend!

Have a great Labor Day Weekend.
Be safe.

As always, feel free to peruse the site. Here are some suggestions:

or 2014’s Death as Metaphor 14

or 2015’s Short Stories 21: Follow that Man

or 2016’s Why I Write 10: News and Additions

Note: if you can’t find the post, type the title on the search bar within the blog and you’re there! Then, check out my twitter page for some friendly tips from WebMD and ASPCA for your pets.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Art 11: Doll (Untitled)

Here is a life drawing I did during an art class back in 2011.
It was a 15-minute pose of a tall model reclining on a chair.
I love the green pastel used and the doll-like lips.
There was an issue with the left arm and it could have used more shading, but I’m proud of the overall image. It’s rare for me to even say that, so I hope you enjoyed this piece.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Writer’s Workshop 19: Fiction Tips

Back in April, I attended the 8th annual Writer’s Weekend at MT. SAC. There were a lot of workshops such as art-related, poetry, and writing.
Here are a few things I learned for fiction from the Fiction Workshop with Christopher Allan Poe and Bonnie Hearn Hill:
  • ·         dialogue is important

-it lets you know character
-drives the plot
-helps us identify the protagonist and antagonist, which is conflict
  • ·         conflict is all about someone wanting A and someone wanting B (not only fists flying)

the goal of the character drives everything
  • ·         always keep learning about your craft: read, write, take classes
  • ·         before write ask: whose story is this? what does this person want? who stands in their way?

by answering these questions, you can build your pitch
  • ·        it’s okay to have multiple protagonists and antagonists, but there should be a MAIN on from each to keep focus
  • ·         consider outlining

Note: My poem, “Disneyland,” got published in Spectrum 6: Pick Up Sticks issue, August 2016.
The issue is filled with great poetry about being a child or about an event that happened in childhood. if interested for a copy, go to

Monday, August 15, 2016

Quote 19

“Don’t struggle to be a better teacher than everybody else. Simply be a better teacher than you ever though you could be.”
--- Robert John Meehan, U.S. educator, author

When I read this quote, I thought, “Wait a minute. Teachers comparing each other leads to competition and a not so happy workplace. How is that even good?”

It’s not.

Teachers should collaborate with each other and work towards building student’s abilities and empathy.

I’ve heard stories that teachers should get paid based on the results they get from student scores, but how does that tell you about the whole child?

If teachers think about being better than last year, they can improve on what was a success instead of wondering if they’re better than the rest.

Isn’t that what we want students to feel, too? A pride for being who they are and doing the best they can with what they got, learning from their mistakes and improving?

Monday, August 8, 2016

Books I’m Reading 25

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home: No-nonsense advice that would inspire you to clean like the dickens by Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer is a collection of tips from cleaning the pantry to washing the rug using natural ingredients.

Yes! We are Latinos by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy is a book in which they take personal experiences of students and write poetry that encapsulates those experiences of being Latino in the United States of America. They also include a brief history about the worn torn countries and multiple migration of various groups in Latin American countries.

Flashes by Tim O’Rourke is a New Adult novel about a seventeen-year old, Charley, who can get glimpses into the last hours of a victim’s life and a nineteen-year old Police Constable, Tom, who is out to prove himself a good detective. They come together during a major case and learn to trust each other.

City Lights Pocket Poets Anthology, edited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti is a collection of various poets such as Allen Ginsberg, David Meltzer, Harold Norse, Marie Ponsot, and many others.

Note: My poem “Go and Come” was recently published on vox poetica! Check it out at