ENGLISH In this post: coffee, beer, and shopping on the island of enchantment. My first outing while in Puerto Rico was for shopping; there is a new super Walmart in Toa Baja that is all the rage with the locals of the several Toa somethings and other neighboring towns; to that place my brother drove […]
ENGLISH AND ESPAÑOL PARA ESPAÑOL SIGUE HASTA EL FINAL DE LA PÁGINA I have spent about a month in Puerto Rico, mostly taking care of some family affairs like helping to take care of my mom and watching, with a lot of pride, my niece graduating from high school. In between family engagements, however, I […]
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Two and a half stars. A children’s fantasy book first published in 1872 and considered one of the classic precursors of the fantasy genre. THIS REVIEW CAN BE ALSO ACCESSED IN MY GOODREADS PAGE. Princess Irene is a little girl of indeterminate age–at the end of […]
Prologue: A little over a year ago I was in Paris with AwHus experiencing, not romance as you would expect, but a sense of confusion. The renovation of our apartment had started a little before we had anticipated and we arrived home to find that we did not have a functioning bathroom anymore. Miscommunication with […]
SYNOPSIS: In the African savannah survival favors the lucky. A new flash fiction long enough to be more than a meme and short enough to be comfortable with the limited attention span of modern society. Hoofprints, fresh droppings, trampled grass and a bovine scent; the herd cannot be too far away. Something is closer, probably […]
SYNOPSIS: Because in extreme climates it is adaptive to be obsessed by weather. ENGLISH We have had three grey days in a row: sometimes the sun peeks from behind a cloud with it face sand washed by all that floating atmospheric dust; most of the time a glowing general grey permeates everything, even my […]
Lizard-Monkeys and Other Stories, my beautiful, funny, mind-bending book of speculative fiction is now widely available in paperback and ebook formats.
Whisper Falls by Elizabeth Langston My rating: 2 of 5 stars Sussanah and Mark are two teenage lovers separated by 200 years of history and reunited by a magical and benevolent waterfall that acts as a selective portal between their two realities. Two and half stars. The book starts so silly that I had to […]
SYNOPSIS: The first post of 2019 talks about the joys and pitfalls of being an independent author who just published her first ebook. ENGLISH I have been gone for a while from the blog, I have been writing, editing, publishing and promoting my first book. That’s right, I wrote a book. And it was […]
Check-out my new interview in the awesome Doha Heat Podcast.
I have been very distracted by the rain. Basically, what I want to do is move around the house with my cell phone on hand taking videos and photos of the storm, watching the improbable rain in the desert fall, and fall, and fall from an oddly-luminous grey sky. That’s it, that is all. So […]
“My XXgrandmother Judith was born in the island of Puerto Rico in 19XX, my grandfather was born in Chicago, or so they tell me, “boricuas pa’ que tú lo sepas.” It was a strange time, the world was changing, the world is always changing, some times for the worst. My XXgrandmother marched in Washington, D.C. […]
Prologue: Many people are obsessed with dreams but nobody really knows why we dream. One current hypothesis is that dreams are the way the brain integrates memories, or cleans mind-junk from our neuronal connections. The brain doesn’t rest during sleep, but it is active, too active, in my opinion, as I tend to dream long, […]
Disponible también en español. Por favor, sigue hasta el final de la página. SYNOPSIS: He is aptly named Maj, his majesty, the cat, and he owns his name as much as he owns his new humans and almost everything else that he fancies in the house. ENGLISH I have mentioned before this stray cat […]
ENGLISH SYNOPSIS: In every writing forum I’ve ever visited, whether about creative writing, writing a Ph.D. dissertation or a scientific paper, there is always somebody who asks this question: How to stick to your writing? At some point, everybody who has ever written anything would take pity on the ones struggling, and offer their […]
¿Cómo se vive un día en un país desértico? En éste post: la descripción corta de un día común en mi vida de Qatar, donde las temperaturas promedio del verano puede alcanzar entre 96 y 116 °F. Estuve en el comedor con la puerta de cristal abierta y la botella amarilla llena de agua. Rocié […]
¿Queremos privacidad o vivimos para que nos vean? En éste post: una historia corta que revela el secreto absoluto para alcanzar la fama. DISPONIBLE SOLAMENTE EN ESPAÑOL “¿Qué crees que va a pasar?”, me preguntó sin mirarme. Ya nunca me mira, pero no me molesta. La verdad es que yo tampoco la miro mucho y […]
In this post I will tell you how I became the mosquito hunter. Dear readers, I have to admit that writing a second post is more difficult than expected. It´s not because of the lack of ideas no no, no, it´s because there are too many of them coming at the same time in a […]
ENGLISH In this post: Distractions, outrage, and cut flowers. I have been thinking, what am I if I am not what I always was? This is a blog post that I was thinking of writing yesterday but time passed, and now the idea seems stupid and empty. I had my central idea and my secondary […]
Happy Mother’s Day! To all mother’s out there, we heard that what you do is not easy, so you deserve to celebrate. Chill, relax, take care of yourself.