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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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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Hello! I know this blog has sadly been quiet for months and months, but sometimes, if I blog, I don’t get my daily words, and I’ve been working on a fantastic new manuscript with my advisor this semester. But guess what? I’m in Istanbul! And I can’t flood my social media timelines with pictures and […]

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Hi! I can’t believe I made it to the end of semester 1 in one piece.  I crawled to the end of the school year. My poor children. On the very last day Joaquin said he had no clean uniform, so he was just going to wear street clothes because what is the worst that […]

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

I love them! This weekend I’m heading off to my fifth Storymakers conference. I look forward to this conference every year because of the quality of the presentations and classes. Every year since my first one, I’ve pitched an agent, and this year I’m so happy I won’t be pitching because I have an agent! […]

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I’ll be studying here this summer! I’ve heard people say that overnight success takes years in the making. These past few weeks I had an a torrent of good news that left me reeling for breath. How I love that word, reeling! Since I started writing seriously, I had the goal of finding a literary […]

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Today I rode my brand new bike to Baby Hulk’s preschool. Since I started school I haven’t been exercising much. Every once in a while I’d pop an exercise video, like Insanity or P90X or run/walk to the school. But the videos became boring. Baby Hulk insisted on getting out of the stroller to pick […]

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Friday, 24 April 2015

Yesterday was World Book Day. Every day is now World Day This or That, but yesterday, when I saw the post of astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, I had to share my own tribute to my beloved books. I like reading books because they answer questions I didn’t yet have… #WorldBookDay https://t.co/HXDlGuqlMZ pic.twitter.com/I5v1x6apfF— Sam Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) April […]

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Last Saturday, instead of going to the Real Salt Lake game (we have season tickets!), I took my handsome son on a date. Not to a concert, but to see another kind of rockstar. My kind of rockstar: a writer, and none other than Neil Gaiman. He did NOT want a selfie with me The […]

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Monday, 13 April 2015

My kids’ second Spring break is over and I’m in full production mode for Packet 4 and my free lance project in a non-fiction project. I’ve been toying with chapter books and early readers these past few days, and I’ve been trying to read as many chapter books as possible. I’m shocked (not really. Maybe […]

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Last time I updated the blog, I went ahead and purchased the domain with my name. Blogger makes the transition super easy and painless, so now I (and this blog) can be found by going to www.yamilesmendez.com. Pretty sweet, huh? I had a wonderful weekend with my family. Although the brunt of the cooking and […]

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Yamile Saied Mendez

Yamile (sha-MEE-lay) Saied Méndez is a fútbol-obsessed Argentine-American, Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult author.

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