Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Chasing Scraps - Winner of Indi.com Judge's Pick

The last few months I have been busy with rewrites for my next poetry book.

And while I've been revising and waiting from notes from my editor, I've been recording myself reciting some of these poems from my next book for poetry contests on a website called Indi.com.

This is a really fun website where they post all kinds of challenges for poetry, rapping, cooking, filmmaking, songwriting, singing, comedy, etc... You can win cash prizes, meetings with casting directors, a platform to perform and other prizes.

There are 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners who are determined by who gets the most votes. And then there is the coveted "Judges Pick" which has nothing to do with how many people voted for you, but just you winning by your own merit.

Last month, I just happened to win the "Judges Pick"

Click below to see the winning video about the rat race in life.

Chasing Scraps - Winning Poetry Entry

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My First Children's Book - Pammy The Hammy

This year I wrote my first Children's book. Which is something I never pictured myself doing. But I did it. Perhaps I could blame it on the fact that this winter on our January vacation, I was stuck in the hotel room sick every day, and the resort's WiFi was down.

I based it on a poem I had penned many years ago, and thought I could bring a modern twist to it and teach a valuable lesson to kids about the old adage "You are what you eat".

A artist friend Jesus Munoz Quintal I was discussing the idea with, drew me a fun little sketch of one of my main characters, who narrates the story. This is his idea of what Simone would look like. I love how the veggies are almost as big as she is.

The story follows her and her best friend Pammy. Simone's parents taught her the importance of eating her fruits and veggies and Pammy parents let her eat whatever she wanted. When little Pammy got hooked on eating ham at every meal, Simone swears that Pammy starts to resemble a little piggy.

When I begin the process of looking for a publisher, I will let you know how it goes.