BEA and BookCon 2015: A Week-long Magic Carpet Ride

BEA and BookCon 2015: A Week-long Magic Carpet Ride

Alan Zweibel author, comedian, actor said at a panel at BookCon 2015 in New York City, “if you’re really lucky, you get to be friends with the artists you admire.”

From May 26 to 31 I felt a buzz about me like none other I’d experienced as a writer. I walked into the Javits Center…

Belonging to the Tribe of Writers

Belonging to the Tribe of Writers

This month, in honor of Nanowrimo (which I will attempt—next year) and also in response to the #777 challenge originally posed by Heather Demetrios to Lisa Papademetriu who later challenged me, I’m going to post a few thoughts on community. But first, let me explain what the #777 challenge is. Basically it’s a dare to post seven full lines of a current work in progress from page seven, seven lines down. ‎Read more here.

Who Are Your Literary Mentors and Influences?

Who Are Your Literary Mentors and Influences?

Mentorship has an interesting history. It dates back to Homer’s Odyssey when Athena came to Ithaca in the guise of Telemachus’ tutor and aided him on his quest to reunite with his father and take back his home. History and legend record the deeds of princes and kings, but each of us has a birthright to actualize our potential. Mentors help us to move toward that actualization. Read more here

Musings on Literature from South Beach

Musings on Literature from South Beach

I’ve come a long way with Miami. I was born here but I grew up in New York City where I spent my formative years in classrooms that resembled more of a United Nations summit than a typical American middle school. There was an Iraqi, Israeli, Iranian, Russian, French, Spanish, Sudanese, one kid from Singapore, two from New Jersey, and me, a first generation Cuban American kid, all sharing the same eighth grade classroom….