Author:Luz Pinilla

Point of No Return

In August of 2005, I sent my firstborn off to school for the first time. The week before, we'd gone to the Open House to take a look at her classroom and meet her teacher, but on that warm, sunny Monday morning, things felt different. It was real.   I had gotten her up early and helped her into her first-day-of-school outfit: an adorable black and white checkered dress with a matching short-sleeved jacket, white bobby socks and Mary Janes....

Home Stretch

I have received incredibly insightful, meticulous, and sincere feedback from my beta readers. I am fortunate to have these people in my life and so grateful to them for helping me make this book the best it can possibly be before sending it off to an agent. My next draft, officially number three and the one I intend to submit, is going to be ever so much more powerful than the first two! I can't...

Birth Day

Today is the tenth anniversary of my mother's death, but I feel as if I've just given birth. About an hour ago, I sent my second draft into the world.   Well, I mean, to five people in the world, but still. That's way different from just the one person who was reading it before. That was mostly for accountability, for keeping me on track, to make sure I got it done. This, tonight, is for feedback....

My Bucket Item

On October 29 of this past year, I went to a meeting at work about setting goals. They were implementing a new evaluation system and trying to hype us up about it with an activity. The lady facilitating the meeting told us to take a piece of white paper from the table and write down three items from our "bucket list".   "Some of you can write pages and pages of them," she said, "but I want...