beginnings Tag

Behind the Curtain

Considering the fact that I don't really have very much in the way of what's actually on the scene (yet), this entire blog is basically a behind-the-scenes experience. Still, what I normally post here has already gone through a lot of thought, quite a bit of editing and revising, and a significant amount of polishing. It isn't completely raw because raw is messy and ugly and sometimes a little scary. But also strangely comforting, I think, at least in small...

Minty-Fresh

I had a brand new idea for a novel over the weekend. This is eventful for me. I'm not used to this whole idea-generating thing because, although I'm pretty okay at linking words together into fairly coherent sentences, I am NOT that great at just thinking up stuff. I suck at it, actually, and that's not just me pretending to be humble. I really do struggle with creativity. It's the same way with my art....

Winter Gardening

I wrote a poem today, from start to finish. The start was having the idea--that spark of a single line--while I was in the shower. Thank god it didn't come at three in the morning, the time at which most of my good ideas seem to come these days. The finish was printing out a second draft of the typed poem and being so happy with it that my body felt heavy with awareness, like...

Happy Reaping

Tonight I submitted my first of two Final Projects of the semester. Four personal essays that are far better than any writing I have ever produced. No fewer than seven drafts each. Hours and hours of painstaking revisions and every word, every comma, every dot of every i is exactly where I want it, exactly where it needs to be.   Since the semester began I have written several papers and also a handful of submittable pieces,...

School Doodles

This past Monday was my first day of school! I had been looking forward to it ever since I received my acceptance letter back in the spring, and during these last couple of weeks I was starting to get butterflies, even though the courses I'm taking are all online. On Monday afternoon, though, when I logged in to the virtual classroom and discovered our first "lectures" and assignments, I felt downright giddy. I love school!   Can I afford to take...

Marks from the Past

A couple of weeks ago, I stopped by my Tío Toñito's house. After 37 years, he has finally decided to sell his home--the one in which I lived between the ages of 5 and 11. I have so many memories of that place! The backyard, our pets, going for walks through the neighborhood, drawing in my bedroom, watching TV with him in the living room...

From Memories to Manuscript

In some ways, I wish I had documented this process publicly at the same time as I was actually going through it rather than after the fact, but considering that I'm still at the beginning of the post-production period, I figure now's as good a time as any to write about what I've done so far.   I officially began the Memoir Project on June 20, 2014. I titled a Word document "Memoir Notes" and just started...

Beyond the Bucket

Last week was pretty eye-opening. I guess I hadn't really had time to think about much else other than my memoir over the past two years, but in a way I think I might have thought that once it was all written and polished, once I had reached my bucket-item goal, I'd be done. But of course, that's not the case at all, and I knew this all along too.   Finishing this literary work was my bucket item,...

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...