Thursday, February 22, 2018

Your Life in Airplane Rides

In the last year, I've been spending a lot of time writing. Especially the last four months, I've been working on an MG novel that I'm excited about. While the act of creating is challenging and fulfilling, the real reward for me is when those words connect with someone outside of my head. So it's exciting and gratifying to hold a copy of this Spring's issue of the literary magazine, Potomac Review, which includes a nonfiction memoir essay I wrote last year.

This memoir essay, told through memorable airplane rides I've taken, reminded me that I have a lot of stories about growing up in Venezuela that I should explore in my future writing. It was also refreshing to write for an adult audience.

Fellow writer friends, do you find yourselves going back to the same childhood memories for stories? Any memorable airplane rides?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Happy New Year 2018: A Giveaway and Some Goals

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Happy New Year 2018!  What are your creative goals this year? Mine are

1. DECLUTTER AND SIMPLIFY my house so that I can

Friday, October 20, 2017

Read Local Challenge Party

Earlier this week I participated in a Read Local Challenge Party, at the Point O'View Elementary School in Virginia Beach, VA. This is an effort organized by the SCBWI MD/DE/WV chapter to encourage students to read kid lit authors from MD, DE, WV, DC, and VA.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

School Visit Roundup

One of the most fulfilling things about being an author is visiting schools. I did a number of visits in DC and Virginia Beach last Spring, and I'm just getting around to posting some photos (the schools needed to get permission to share them).

Friday, April 7, 2017

Happy Spring (and Big Catch Up Post)!

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I just realized I'm very behind on this blog, as I've been busy with writing, illustrating, and running Kidlit411 (plus daily life and tearing my hair out reading the news). So I've missed writing my usual round up posts:

1. 2016 Highlights/Reflection 

What a year! 2016 was the year of my debut picture book, A MORNING WITH GRANDPA, illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books) finally came out. It was a whirlwind of activities and excitement, including a book trailer debut, a blog tour, a book launch party, DC events, and book signing at the ALA Convention. I am truly grateful for the whole experience.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Venn Diagram of Trump's Cabinet & Executive Picks

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I normally post about children's writing and illustration, but these aren't normal times. A handy reference chart for Cabinet and Executive appointment watchers (updated Feb. 17).