"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Blogfiesta and Awards

My dear friend Julie is having a birthday today, and to celebrate, she's hosting a super Blogfiesta. It's super easy to enter, and the prize will be a Barnes and Noble or Amazon $25 gift card. Head over there and enter! She has a wonderful blog full of useful idea and information, especially on how to survive the zombie apocalypse :-) She also passed along a blog award to me.

These are the rules that were so clearly stated on her blog, that I just copied and pasted (my excuse is that I haven't slept in days. More on that, another day)

The rules are simple:
Name 5 blogs with under 200 followers that are totally awesome and deserve the award.
Link to those five blogs, as well as the blogger who awarded the award, and let your picks know they are the winners.
Share the love and help an undiscovered blog find the readership it deserves.

Yet another reason the blogging community rocks!

My five blog choices are:

Marilyn Almodovar: I met her through twitter and is a super writer.
  Shar: an amazing writer I had the pleasure to meet at the WIFYR conference almost two years ago. I seriously can't wait for her book to be published. It's amazing!
Carolyn: I met her online too, and then we've met over the years at several writers' conferences in Utah. Carolyn has the best attitude in the world!
Christy: not only is she a great writer, she's also an amazing Irish dancer.
Keru (a. k. a. Manny): a writer I just met through the Favorite Character blogfest, and whose comments were super nice.

It took me forever to link all these wonderful blogs, but it's done! (I hope they all work!)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Author Laura Josephsen is hosting a Favorite Character Blogfest, and I'm participating! I didn't have to think much to choose a favorite character, although an ever increasing number of characters populate my mind and to talk me incessantly.

My all-time favorite character is Diego, the love futbol star of my manuscript SOUTHERN CROSS. Diego is Camila's (my main character's) love interest. Since the book is written from her point of view, we don't get to know Diego's thoughts. But I love what others say about him:

"Looking like a rock star, surrounded by admirers, he cupped his hands around his mouth
so I could hear him from across the street. “I’ll call you later, Camila!” he said.
    I hope he meant tonight.

"As if he feels my eyes on him, Diego turns around and looks straight at me. He grins that smile I’m sure boys take secret lessons for. The fĂștbol star replaces the forlorn lost boy."

“'I was getting worried about you,' Diego says. He stands up to take my backpack from
my hands.
    When he kisses my cheek, a thousand replies blare in my mind. The more prominent are:
    Looking great, Titan.
    I missed you and it’s only been fourteen hours since I last saw you.
    Marry me."

Father Hugo, from the orphanage where Diego grew up:
 “I always knew he’d
reach far and high. I’m so proud of him. I dare wager that even without his adoptive mom, he would have still risen from his dire circumstances. Diego was born a fighter. "

The kids from the orphanage:
"Several dark-haired little ones run inside the house yelling, “The Titan came to play.
Diego came!”
    “Don’t make them crazy. It’s all I ask,” Father Hugo implores.
    “I’ll do my best,” Diego says and runs to meet his greatest admirers, chasing them with
open arms.
    The kids shriek, ecstatic.

I am a futbol fanatic, and I there are several futbol players I admire tremendously. Diego was loosely based on a couple of kids who lived in my barrio in Argentina, and made it to the "big leagues." They are everyone's heroes. The pride and joy of us all.

I'm looking forward to reading the other participants' entries! Thanks to my friend Julie for the link to this awesome opportunity. For details on how to participate, click on the button!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Year (2 weeks later, I know!), New Beginnings (because it's never too late)

New year, new beginnings, a new novel to work on, a new baby in the family. Make that two babies, because added to Rosalia's, my sweet sister-in-law (whom I totally admire and adore), will be my own little baby, my number five. I'll have my own futsal team! We couldn't be happier. And I talk in plural because all six of us are ecstatic, as is the rest of our extended family, which keeps getting bigger and bigger.

I'm excited about 2012 and the challenges it will bring, those that I'm already anticipating and those I'm sure will take me by surprise. Being the stereotypical Sagittarius (spell check suggested "sanatorium." Hmmm, maybe suggesting I should be in one?), I'm the eternal optimistic. Will this be the year I find a great agent to work with? Will the agent be the one who'll find me? Will this be the year I write the "one"? Will I find the courage to apply for the MFA program I've been researching for years and years?

One morning, on the way to the school bus stop, still obscenly early to be awake, the kids and I were talking about goals. El Cangri's goal seemed to be to remain awake long enough to make it to his seat on the bus. But the two older kids were interested in what my goals were. As usual, I got carried away, and by the time the bus arrived, I must have named at least a hundred.

There are so many things I want to do! Luckily, losing weight isn't one of them (can't because of the baby. Come July, I'll be doing Crossfit every day. Or so I say now). But I'll take it one day at the time. For now, one of my main ones is to write a little every day. I'm already doing my morning pages, but I also want to keep up with the blog, make it pretty, meet new people in the blogosphere. I'll start by posting once a week. I know I've said this before, but it's the new year, even though it took me almost two weeks to come to terms with it.

Oh! This year, because I don't waste enough time online ;-), I signed up on pinterest. Today, I found this and pinned in on my board (?). I'm still not fluent in pinterest's lingo. But I thought it was apropos, and I wanted to share.

What are some of your goals for the year?