Friday, October 9, 2009

Vote please?

I submitted another photo for one of the JPG themes. Vote for me, if you dare. :)

Or if that doesn't work, go here.

This weekend, the roomies and I are off to Atlanta for the Kings of Leon concert! It's going to rock! I haven't been to Atlanta in forever so it'll be fun to check it out and eat some really good food.

Now I have to go pack and get some sleep before I'm up in five hours for the long drive. Fun!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Time to pimp!

Candor by Pam Bachorz is out now! It's getting immense praise, and I'm being slightly hypocritical by recommending it without having read it, but I promise it will be next on my reading list. I already know I'm going to love it because a) the subject matter, and b) Pam is awesome! So everyone check it out and support a new writer!

Aside from friends getting to see their dreams come true, I'm in the midst of dealing with Laptopgate '09. It shuts off about three times a day and since no one seems to want to call me to say, "I loved your resume, please come work for us!" I'm trying to will it to not stop working altogether since I won't be able to afford a new one at the moment.

You know what else doesn't help my laptop situation? My cat. He likes to lay down right by the fan blocking the escaping air. Why?! I know he likes it because it's warm, but come on. Cats. I swear.

Alright, let's see how much writing I can get done before my laptop shuts off again. Good luck to my friend, Lon, as she ventures off to the most amazing script writing expo on the planet. Next year I will be there for sure!

Friday, September 18, 2009

To Do Lists - What's the point?

Today I'm going to work on my personal site. I keep neglecting it and that's not doing anyone any good. It's not that I mean to neglect it. It just falls by the wayside, but I've been fantasizing about all the stuff I can do with it, so I think that means I need to go work on it a bit.

My laptop is on its last leg. It keeps shutting off at will because it's overheating. I've had it for almost three years which apparently is the life expectancy of a laptop anyway. Unfortunately, since this is my only computer, it's pretty much my lifeline for everything. I'm scared to start the backup process because everytime I sync it with my mybook it shuts right off. Ahhh.

I started reading The Fellowship of the Ring! It's so fun. I've been on a massive LotR kick lately, so it's fun to go back to the beginning and start all over. Every now and then I get in the mood to re-read Harry Potter or His Dark Materials, but then I think of all the books that I haven't read yet that I need to read and I ixnay the idea. Someday.

As for writing, I'm having a lot of fun writing the "pop group" story as I'm calling it for now. I don't know if it's something I'll ever share with anyone, but it's keeping me entertained. We'll see how it turns out. I need to buckle down and work on the other stuff that I need to get written though, so the "pg" story may have to take a backseat for a little while.

And now I'm going to work on my site. Hopefully, if my laptop doesn't shut off too many times throughout the night, I'll be adding stories, pictures, and articles, while watching the ALMA Awards. Score!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Playing "hard" on Rock Band is really hard.

I have a slight obsession with playing the drums on Rock Band. It's fulfilled all of my young girl dreams of becoming a rock star. No really. I've been in the habit of playing Rock Band with my brother once a week, and he's always on guitar and I'm always on drums. He always plays Expert. He's like a god of Rock Band. Anyway, the point is, today after playing "Today" by Smashing Pumpkins, I found it to be a little too easy on the Medium setting, so I went with Hard instead. I died. My brother saved me twice so I actually completed the song, but I realized that the problem is the kick pedal. How do you get your foot to move that fast?!

Right now I'm in the middle of trying to rewrite the last chapter I wrote of East Water. I'm enjoying this new re-write of it, but I hit a snag this last chapter. I hate when that happens. I need to get it ironed out tonight so Maika can do a read through of it before I send it to the critique group for their opinion. It's almost 4 a.m. so I'm not sure I'm going to pull that off.

What I will pull off, however, is my critique of the current story being read in my group. I realized the other day how incredibly lucky I am to be able to read these stories as they're being developed. There's something amazing about the creative process, and getting to watch it in action has got to be one of the coolest things ever. The stories in our group so far are so unique, so I'm having so much fun reading them. Speaking of which, I need to go work on this stuff now, so until next week!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I can't believe it's been a week already

I've joined my first ever online critque group which is going to be so fun. I used to love critiques in college. I think it's the narcissist in me that gets pleasure out of someone reading something that I wrote. I'm due to submit on the 15th (or possibly before), so this means I have to buckle down and get writing. The story I'm workshopping is ... East Water. Yes. Again.

I wasn't too happy with the last draft. I thought it was good, but I thought it could be better. I'm actually not sure if East Water can ever be exactly what I want it to be. The story seems too massive for the bindings of a book. I'm hoping that I can maybe write it so that it can be an ongoing series, but I'm not sure the story justifies that either. I suppose we'll see where it goes in the critique group.

I had a dream the other night where this plot bunny came into my head. I took that plot bunny and ran with it, so now I'm in the midst of writing another young adult book about a vocal pop group. No really. I'm already a little too in love with it. I'll keep you guys updated on that.

I added a short story to my Writer's Cafe page if you guys want to check that out. It's under the "writings" section of my site. I meant to add more of these old short stories that I wrote, but I'm having a very hard time finding some of them! Talk about the ultimate nightmare. I've been thinking a lot about certain stories that I *know* I wrote, but they are nowhere to be found on my laptop. I'm starting to get paranoid.

Anyway, the short story I added is one that I wrote for an online fiction challenge years ago. I was experimenting with writing a story that used no dialogue whatsoever. This was an exercise for me because dialogue is like my crack, so I tend to rely on it a bit too much. This short story probably highlights why I should never write a story without dialogue again. :[

I guess at the end of each update I can put what I'm reading. Currently I'm reading The Tortilla Curtain by my former 'SC prof, T.C. Boyle. This is something I probably should've read ages ago. Better late than never right?

Until next time!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Once a week. Promise.

I've set a new goal for myself. Let's see if I keep it.

So on my many adventures this year, I was able to do a road trip around the country with my friend, Edie. We were gone for a month, and what we both discovered was that we could do this again, and for a longer period of time. It was absolutely amazing.

I should've kept a blog during the journey, but realistically, there's no way I could've updated from the road that often. When we weren't driving, we were sleeping, and when we weren't sleeping, we were falling in love with all the amazing sights that our country has to offer. There are some beautiful things here, but there are also some really weird things.

I took so many pictures, and there's no way I could put them all here, but I will share one. At some point, I'll put the best ones on the Flickr. It's hard to pick just one to share, but I picked this one because one day I want to live on the beach, maybe this beach, and this is what I want to see in my backyard.

Big Sur, California

Isn't that gorgeous? I love being in places where I feel like I'm in an RPG video game, and this definitely fit the bill. I just wanted to explore and climb the rocks and swim in the water. I didn't get to unfortunately. By the time we had arrived, the sun was going down. What's most amusing is that in order to get to this beach, you had to drive down a one-way, narrow winding road that curved down the mountain. It was precarious, but extremely well worth it.

I'll be adding some stuff to the website this week, possibly even today. I'm going to add some more short stories and pictures, so check back!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A new blogging experiment

I've never used Word to update my blog before, so I'm really curious to see if this is going to work. I'm sort of excited about it. I'm not sure if it's any different than just logging into blogger and doing it, but I guess that's what we're going to find out. I'm not liking how these extended paragraphs look though. :\

I have come down with a really nasty flu that I've been trying to get rid of. It started sometime last week and now I'm in that phase where I feel better but I still have ickyness to get rid of. I really hate being sick like this. However, I have to keep my mind off it, so I'm working on a couple of freelance projects and hoping for the best.

Okay, the elongated sentences are really distracting me from writing this update. There has to be a way to fix this on Word.

I know I'm behind in posting pictures, and writing, and things of that nature. I made a to-do list and hopefully as I go through it, you'll be able to see some more fun stuff popping up on the site here and there. I'm really excited about a number of things I've been working on, but I haven't formatted anything in a presentable way. I really need to stop getting sick and picking up freelance projects so I can work on the important things in life like that.

Okay, this is the end of the experiment. Let me press Publish and see what happens!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

No one on the corner have swagga like us

I have no idea why it's been so difficult for me to get around to updating this thing. I've had a million and one things to update about and I keep missing the opportunity. Better late than never right?

Well the biggest news is that I finished my new YA novel. It's way different than East Water. Way, WAY, different. But different is good right? I'm really excited about it and the feedback from the '202 Crew' is fairly positive. I need to go add some scenes here and there, and change one scene completely, and fix some continuity issues, but when I'm done with the revision it will be perfect. Or at least as perfect as I can get it.

The other big news is that I went to my first ever writing conference. I went to the AWP Conference up in Chicago where I saw snow for the first time ever. No really. I had never seen snow before. I was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Florida, and went to college in Los Angeles so the whole concept of a white Christmas, or snowballs, or snow angels was completely foreign to me. But it was pretty! They were these tiny, little, teeny, white flakes of goodness that turned silver when the light caught them at just the right angle. I didn't expect snow to feel soft and flakey to the touch, but that's exactly what it felt like. It was really amazing.

The conference itself was a great experience. I was able to go to two YA panels which got me really excited about YA books in general. I also went to one that was about "Innovative Latino Writing" where they read amazing poetry and talked about the "ez" factor (as in a last name ending with the letters "ez") in the literary industry which made me want to laugh and cry at the same time. Hearing them talk about how they're told that their stories aren't "ethnic" enough is frustrating, but on the bright side they talked about how they feel this might be changing. I hope so. Otherwise I'm really screwed considering that my Hispanic last name doesn't even end in "ez." Ha!

I got to see a number of brilliant readings. Particularly Eric Bogosian's, who had me laughing and captivated. I also learned a lot from my friend's panel where she had to present her pedagogy paper along with other people. I took so many notes in that particular forum because everyone had such great ideas. I felt like I was in school again, but I really can't wait to apply some of this stuff to my creative process. The other really enjoyable forum was the "Women in Travel Writing" one. I really loved hearing each author read their tales of going abroad and what they got out of their experiences.

I think that, for me, the conference was successful for two reasons: First, it allowed me to realize that I wasn't as in the dark about what I was trying to accomplish as I thought I was. Like I didn't feel completely out of place or completely like a novice. Sure I'm not published yet, but I definitely had no problem following what was going on around me, what anyone was talking about, and at one point (due to my publishing background) found myself an actual expert in a couple of subjects that were brought up. So that was a good thing because I seriously thought I was going to walk in there and people were going to know that I was an outsider and an unpublished newbie.

The second reason was that I found myself excited about every single thing that I experienced. From the panels, to the readings, to the topics, to the book fair itself; I felt like a kid in a candy store, and that reaffirmed that I was on the right path, and that writing is what I need to be doing right now.

Considering I'm still unemployed, this entire trip could've been a complete bust. With no income, I was out a plane ticket, hotel room, and conference fees, and it all could've been for naught. I'm so glad that I went and had the opportunity to learn from the pros, take lots of notes, get inspired, and see snow for the first time ever.

So now it's time to get back to work. I'm revising this new novel, and doing my "homework" on the script that I want to write. I call it homework because I'm going through the Screenwriter's Bible and doing each and every section exactly as outlined. I should've done this with my other script, but I wanted to see what would happen if I just winged it, and honestly that one came out pretty well if I do say so myself. I even had real working actors read it and they were one with it, so I can't wait to see what I produce by actually following the screenwriting rules. Wish me luck!

I'm going to leave this long overdue post with a song meme because song memes make me happy. Not to mention, this may be my only chance at ever writing decent poetry:

Write a song/poem by putting your itunes/mp3 player/whatever you listen to music on on shuffle and writing down the first line from the first 20 songs that pop up. Use the first line from the 21st song as a title.

Title: See The Water Break My Hand

More than us and we are them
Gotta find a way to flow
Tender is the night lying by your side
Aruba, Jamaica, oooh I wanna take ya
Want to but I can't help it
My name is Luca
Don't wanna sound full of myself or rude
Miss America sits in the shower
Yeah I feel like a force of nature
Look at Earth from outer space
I wrapped you inside my coat
Faith, you're driving me away
Yesterday seems far away and I can see it true
You gone too far this time
Each time we have a quarrel
Just a simple suggestion
You say it's your birthday
Well it's not far down to paradise
In the night I hear 'em talk
Last night I had a dream

---- The songs ----
1. More Than Us - Travis
2. Flow - Live
3. Tender - Blur
4. Kokomo - The Beach Boys
5. Because Of You - Ne-Yo
6. Luca - Suzanne Vega
7. Frontin' - Pharrell
8. Miss America - Blur
9. Force Of Nature - Oasis
10. Politik - Coldplay
11. Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong - Radiohead
12. My Iron Lung - Radiohead
13. Faraway - Supergrass
14. The Reflex - Duran Duran
15. A Teenager In Love - Dion & The Belmonts
16. Green Behind The Ears - Travis
17. Birthday - The Beatles
18. Sailing - Nsync
19. Heartless - Kanye West
20. Over The Moon - Rent Original Broadway Cast Soundtrack
21. Virtual World - The Verve