A published post never comes back. It’ll linger on the internet until the Sun turns into a red giant (it cannot go supernova–it’s true, look it up.) You can never have it back or truly delete it, because search engines will cache it, bloggers will reblog it, and people will remember it (or save it or take screenshots of it). But you can still update it.
My family was lower middle class. I went to good private schools, but that was it. We could buy food, lived in a good apartment, and had health insurance. Everything was all right. Vacations were extremely rare, but it didn’t bother me: we lived on a coastal city, and I only had to cross the street to get to the beach–which I did every day. Not bad. So, my family had all the basics … Continue reading →
Every time I go for a long car ride, I select one of my Hard Rock playlists. Road trips and rock’n’roll music are perfect for each other. Any stretch of asphalt gets even better when “Highway Star”, “She Sells Sanctuary”, “Highway To Hell”, “Heading Out To The Highway” and, of course, ”Born To Be Wild” are blasting out of the speakers.
Some blog posts are alive and well. They live in the sunny internet, being read and commented on, and sometimes even admired. However, some of their brethren are marginalized, hidden, and, sometimes (gasp!), even deleted.
Not all blog posts see the light of the day. After a thoroughly unscientific research, I came to realize these forgotten posts are split into five groups:
ROW80, or A Round of Words in 80 Days, is “the writing challenge that knows you have a life.” It allows you to set specific, measurable, and adaptable goals for yourself. What it’s not mentioned enough: you meet amazing people who share your interests, you cheer them on, and you celebrate their accomplishments as if they were yours.
Most writers agree that sharing our precious pages is worrisome. What if I made a mistake? Will readers “get” my writing? And, worst of all, what if they don’t like it? Putting yourself out there is always a source of great trepidation for us introverts. It keeps us awake at night.
Finally I have been able to hack this blog! Hello, I’m Fabius Fabioric. My twin brother, Fabio, doesn’t talk much about me, I know. Sometimes I think he’s ashamed of my repeated attempts to take over the world, or of my genetic experiments, or something. Maybe he knows I’m the better twin (in our case, much better). Anyway, it’s been ages since he visited me, even though I have an open-door policy … Continue reading →
No, this post is not an 80’s movie. As I mentioned in my previous post, last year my former classmates and I had our first high school reunion. And I must confess that I was as nervous as Romy and Michelle before theirs.
I almost didn’t go. We hadn’t talked for twenty years. I was a little afraid that they would judge me. I was afraid that they would have forgotten me. … Continue reading →
Thanks to Facebook, last year I got in touch with my high school friends. We created a group, shared some pictures, and even had our first high-school reunion!
The Facebook group is not very active, but a post last month caught everyone’s attention. One of us, let’s call him Mark, sent a confusing and surprising message. You see, Mark was a bully in school. Mark said that even though he thought his … Continue reading →
Those are some of my favorite Young Adult book covers. Their beauty and creativity sometimes surpass the novel's. Young Adult fiction books, specially the urban fantasy and paranormal romance subgenres, seem to corner the market in cover eye-candy.
Take a look at the covers below.
These are good examples of cover art. Do you have ...
Get ready for a double dose of romance! Today, I’m over at Myndi’s blog talking about my favorite Romantic Comedy movie. I also share a formula for most movies of the genre.
I am a fan of Romantic Comedies, but even I can't deny there's a blueprint for making them.
If you enjoy those movies, here’s ...
As a fan of action movies, fantasy and role-playing games, I pay a lot of attention to adventurers and their weapons. Some prefer the catharsis of bashing a villain with a mace, and others pin for an old-fashioned sword fight. Bows remain my preference.
I've even tried to take archery lessons, but ...
I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. The novel was finished a while ago. It won a prize and complimentary critiques from professionals. It was edited and proofread. I even had drafts printed for beta readers with a temporary cover. But the “real” cover—the perfect cover—was hard to find.