Hello my Write Queen readers,
Another month has passed with new writing adventures!
I've had the chance to write a couple of posts on my latest book publishing adventures
. It felt good to blog. I really have to make it a regular thing no matter what's going on.
Actually I will have to make it a regular thing because I am helping out World Liberty TV
as a copy editor and contributing blogger starting this month. World Liberty TV
, a division of Humanitarians of The World, Inc. promotes the news and events of entertainment and culture happening around the US, especially events in New York. Based in Elmhurst, Queens, World Liberty TV aims to be one of the top news channels online.
I was an intern for their Liberty News Online Network site once upon a time. I am delighted that they asked me to help out with such an important role. I look forward to seeing where this goes. Definitely breaks the monotony of the 9 to 5 life.
The site is still under construction, but in the meantime - visit the Facebook page by clicking the picture.
Speaking of the 9 to 5 life - this month, my writing skills were showcased in a big way. A promotional piece that I designed and edited for my department made its debut throughout the company this past week. Since its for internal use only, I cannot show the piece but I can show a picture of the announcement.
The last thing I want to mention is the fact that I applied to my dream job at my favorite magazine this month. Just in case they are looking into my stuff, I will not be mentioning the name.
I would like to ask everyone to send me their good vibes, energy, prayers, whatever it may be and hope that I land an interview and the job. I have been checking my e-mail and phone constantly during the week for three weeks to see if I would hear anything. I like my job and I am grateful to have it, but who wouldn't want to get their dream job?
I just keep hoping for the chance. We'll see what I'll have to report next month ; )
Until next month - it's exactly one month today until my 27th birthday!
Hello Write Queen lovers!
I've been blogging about new manuscripts, tips for revitalizing submission opportunities and my thoughts on the print vs. e-book argument plus what self-publishing means to me.
You can check it all out on:
Or just click on the book tab!
Hello Write Queeners,
I've decided that to keep blogging for at least once a month, I will write a monthly round up of my writing life. I will do it in the first week of every month, to give myself the opportunity to experience the previous month in its entirety (you never know what could happen at 11:58 PM on the last day of the month).
During April, I participated in the 30 poems in 30 days challenge. I've been a part of the challenge for five years. I was disappointed in myself last year when I didn't finish the 2012 challenge. It became a challenge when my part time temp job became a full time temp job with the opportunity to become permanent. Sometimes survival comes before creativity, but that didn't mean that I forgave myself easily for not finishing.
I was determined to finish this year. I saw opportunity in Instagram. Sometimes I didn't have time to write eloquent 40 line poems (did I even write a 40 line poem? ::ponders::). Instagram gave me the opportunity to jazz up smaller pieces, using original or found pictures and making a haiku a stronger image. Plus it gave me a new audience to introduce my writing to. I know that I gained new followers on Instagram, though I'm still trying to determine blog readership.
It was really fun and I found that even when I was posting late, that a pile of poems were building up because I was incorporating images and taking the time to find the right image for each poem. Sometimes I found a image, but had no poem. It gave me the motivation to write more. In a seemingly visual society, I found that my writing was a little more appreciated when the majority of my work was image based. I may have to rethink my approach on writing!
Overall it was a great challenge.
In relation to the 30/30 challenge, I had a whirlwind publication opportunity! My Day Five
poem has been published in an anthology called "Old Hollywood
". The poem was a part of a contest by Lady Chaos Press
, a fairly new press by the lovely Shannon Lynette
. I submitted my poem five days before the contest ended, which was on April 5th. By April 24th, she was already announcing that the book was out! I must remember to ask her (or simply interview her on the blog - how about it Shannon?) what her secret is to putting together a book so fast is.
Please buy a copy and support Lady Chaos Press!
The final update is about the writing group I am a part of. Hosted by Erica "Rivaflowz
" Buddington, this monthly Write-In is a place for female writers of all genres to come together and talk about the thing we love the most: WRITING! Coupled with yummy food that either Erica has carefully picked out or cooked herself, a group of up to 15 women take the time to talk about what we have done in our writing lives during the past month. After that, for about 45 minutes, we retreat to various corners to write, using a prompt chosen for the meeting.
After the 45 minutes, we go around and read our pieces, offering constructive criticism to improve the pieces and to rave about what we love about it. I'm often speechless because these ladies are amazing. Their input and encouragement to my work, even when I don't like the piece, puts things into perspective. Their own pieces make me want to throw my pen away because they have written masterpieces. I am blessed to be a part of this group.
The April Brunch for the Write-In! Erica sure knows how to cook and make things cozy for us.
So that is my April Update! Thank you for being a part of the Write Journey.
I am stubborn. I know people who are perfectly capable of designing logos, but being the do-it-myself type of gal, I had to make one myself. Which means a couple of years without a logo. I wanted something simple, yet funky. I have a million ideas and not enough time (or expert skill, I'll admit!) to play on Photoshop. But I finally found time today! After waking up at 6AM to find myself shivering, yet sweating after a night with a terrible headache, I had to call out of work. The extra few hours of sleep did help sort out things and I had at least enough brain power to go on Photoshop (if you knew my occupation, you would see why Photoshop is considered kids play).
Well after hours of frustrating myself with my own logo and a friend's logo, I finally finished my own with the help of my boyfriend (the best cure all after feeling under the weather). Now the final result is on top of my page, but I figured that a larger version was in order:
What do you think guys? Yay or Nay? I can always make (or have someone) make another. For now, after not having one, I think this is pretty dandy. But wait, there is more! I actually made another logo! Check this out:
Eh, that's nothing crazy, but I do think it's cute. What do you think? Hmm, maybe we should do a poll! Yes...we will do a poll. Check out the contenders side by side and tell me what you think.
If you want to skip the poll, you can always leave a comment on the posts!
This sickster must get to bed, but I hope that I might get to wake up to some poll results to make my day.
Good night ya'll!
Hello my readers,
If you following the writing schedule on the front page of the site, then you know that I am two days behind on starting my Tanka Marathon. I've been rather busy since starting a new job two weeks ago. I'm learning how to manage my time with a full time job. I like it so far.
As in updating and my writing, I'm going to try to update with regular blog posts twice a week on my days off. As for my writing challenges, I will try my best to post them everyday when I come home from work.
Now for Tanka #1.
grab what you want dear.
my tongue awaits for your hot
mouth, your desire
cooling me off to a trem-
ble underneath your body.
Kaspa & Fiona have taken over my blog for today, because they need our help.
They are both on a mission to help the world connect with the world through writing. They are also getting married on Saturday the 18th of June.
For their fantasy wedding present, they are asking people across the world to write them a ‘small stone’ and post it on their blogs or on Facebook or Twitter.
A small stone is a short piece of observational writing – simply pay attention to something properly and then write it down. Find out more about small stones here
If you’re willing to help, we’d love you to do things:
1) Re-post this blog on your own blog any time before June the 18th and give your readers a chance to hear about what we’re doing. You can simply copy and paste the text, or you can find the html here
2) Write us a small stone on our wedding day whilst we’re saying our vows and eating cake, post it on your blog, and send it to us.
You can find out more about our project at our website, Wedding Small Stones
, and you can also read our blog at A River of Stones.
We also have a July challenge coming soon, when we’ll be challenging you to notice one thing every day during July and write it down.
Thank you for listening, and we hope we’ll be returning from our honeymoon to an inbox crammed with small stones, including yours.
Kaspa & Fiona
Hello Write Queen Readers!
I am so sorry that I am three days behind with my poems. I've been busy. Exciting new things are happening. For instance, I am starting a food blog with my buddy Elizabeth Ramanand of What The Liz
. When we go out, we often discover super yummy food. During the last couple of food adventures, I have been claiming that all of the delicious things going into my mouth has been like having sex in my mouth.
Let's face it, sometimes having food can be better than sex. You experience a crazy euphoria in your mouth and you feel like you have reached your peak. So after saying, "OMG Sex in my mouth" after a few discoveries, I felt like it would a great idea to blog about these awesome discoveries and so did Liz.
So I set up a blog called "Sex In Your Mouth" on WordPress and now we have a blog. Go and check out the first post by clicking the logo below (which reminds me that The Write Queen needs a logo):
The 'Sex In Your Mouth' Logo
You can follow my blog on the site "Bloglovin." I am going to put a banner on the sidebar in a little while.
Here I am at my new location. Still the same domain of course, but a different server. I finally have simple things like a sidebar and widgets on my blog! I don't know how the change will be received, but I hope that it will be for the better. I still have things active on the old site, including the blog for my older posts (http://christinarodriguez.webs.com/apps/blog
)! You can actually access it by making your mouse hover over "Blog" and choosing "The Write Queen June 2008 - February 2011" tab.
I might do a few things with this new server, including open a couple of more blogs. I can actually create more than one. I don't know if this is a necessary feature, but it might come in handy. I'm still updating the site, but I am happy with things so far. My new host is on Weebly. So far, it has quite a few things that trumps Webs, like the ability to actually use my domain name and not just have it forwarded to the site.
I'm excited! I must carry on with the transition so for now, ta-ta! Enjoy your night and your Presidents Day readers!
I AM SO SORRY! I have fallen way behind in my AROS posts. 11 Days is too much! I'm about to post my small stones for the 11 days. I also have two special blog entries coming up by the end of today. Hope you will enjoy all of the posts, feel free to leave comments.