Life after graduation. The NOW.

I should be revising my MG. I should’ve gone for a run today. I should’ve maybe gotten up two hours before the kids to get a solid block of writing time done and start the day feeling like I’d slain a dragon.  What I should really do is silence the nagging voice in the back …

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How to write a Latinx character and other questions

Look at this graphic: The first time I saw this illustration I cried. I mean, LOOK AT IT! One and a half books representing the Latinx characters in children’s books? The equivalent of three pages representing the Native American people? Look at the similarly dreadful percentages of representation of our African American children, and our …

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The Ghost of a Memory

When I was in elementary school, we didn’t read from novels, except for the time the teacher read us Dailan Kifki, by María Elena Walsh, but that wasn’t until I was in sixth or seventh. (More on María Elena in another blog post. She deserves one to herself). The thing is, we had “reading primers.” …

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Another diversity post. Why do we need diversity in books?

Back in 2009 I wrote this blog post about a school visit I did during hispanic Heritage Month. This was seven years ago. SEVEN!!! I was a beginner writer and my kids were super young. I wrote during nap times and at night. I didn’t really know what I wanted to write. My stories were …

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It’s that time in the program: Critical Thesis

The first year in my VCFA program has flown by, and now in third semester, I’m writing my Critical Thesis. I’m not a critical writing kind of person, but I’m passionate about the topic I’m writing about: The Impact of the First Menstrual Period in a Girl’s Life and Its Portrayal (or lack of) in …

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The Walter Dean Meyers Grant from We Need Diverse Books

Today I was supposed to write 3,500 words. I’m at the end of a very emotional middle grade that has consumed my life for the past months. I’m so grateful to work with my wonderful VCFA mentor, whose encouragement and guidance has meant the world for me to keep going. Today, I only wrote 500 …

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