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I haven't forgot of all of you, as a matter of fact I have tried to enter lots of times an dpost and LJ is always giving me trouble. Maybe it's because of me or I don't know but I grew tired about it and started blogging on my back-up blog.
It's really hard for me to post here, This is the 15 time I try to post this but I don't want to leave any of my friends so I thought it was a good idea to leave here the link where you can always find me:


I hope I can se you there too!

That moment when you hate what you love

Yes I have been afraid to admit this, afraid to even think I was really feeling it but I have to accept that I have come to hate GS.

It’s not that I don’t like GS or absolutely adore every character is that I have come to hate opening the file. I have gone through this MS like 15 times, a whole year, really I think if he could talk he would say Oh Gosh here she comes again!

I truly believe in my MS don’t get me wrong and I know that with each revision I have improved it a lot, but sometimes when I go to my files about to click it open once again, my brain is screaming not again!

For all you’re reading you might already deduced I’m going through GS again. Yes, I took a great course of Margie Lawson in deep editing and I want to apply it to GS. So once last time I have to go through it and then let it be.

Because I don't want to get to do this:

Over editing is a concern in my mind that’s why I’m editing at a slow pace, there’s a thin line between ready and over edited so I don’t want to go over it.

Have you ever felt like this with any of your projects?

On setting goals


I know I have set lots of goals before and also I know I tend to set too high goals for me to achieve. What can I do, I’m a dreamer.

Goals are good for getting your purpose on doing something and not falter (even when I do it often) because you want to achieve it and will stick to it.

The problem is when there is no punishment or reward at the end of it, then you may think that it doesn’t matter that you can get a longer deadline. Now my Bestie Stacey and I have this goal/punishment/reward monthly. We set our goals and share it with the other and we have to stick to it.

When you have a friend at the other side also wanting to achieve her goals it’s easier to work harder. Also if what you put on the other side is a punishment that will be hard and a reward you really want to have. For us a day of only reading and not working on anything else, a great reward.

My goals for this month were:

· Read four books (only read 1)

· Catch up in my critiques (this I did)

· Finish drafting my contemporary novel and be hallway revising ( I think I’ll finish drafting on Friday L)

· Revise the first chapters of my previous WIP according with some feedback ( I haven’t got to it)

I have to say that it was a busy month; I’m taking a deep editing course that has lots to learn and work on. But these are the goals I set and I have to face the consequences. I have to go through my punishment of being a good girl and figure what to blog about every day of this week.

I hope this time I set more realistic goals for myself.

I’d love to know about your goals!


les miserables

A few weeks ago I was talking with my dear friend Pao. We were talking about Les Miserables and how it made her cry when she watched the play (several times), but she never been able to read the book.

We kept talking and at some point she said, “The book was just too much. I couldn’t stand it.”

To what I said, “But it’s the same story and you already know it.”

“I don’t know it’s different,” she said.

So we kept talking as we often do (we can talk for days without stopping) and came to the conclusion that there’s a difference at an emotional level between books and movies. When you watch a movie you can empathize with the character but at the end it is happening over there in the screen and to that guy. You can separate yourself from the character even if you cry or laugh. You can only relate.

When you read a book this story and characters live in your mind, being there they take things or traits of you and you become the one living all those things, good or bad. So in my opinion when you read a book the experience becomes more powerful because at some point you can’t separate the character from you. You are the one being in jail, you’re the one dying, and you’re the one marrying. All those emotions are in you and that makes the experience more real.

Of course all this is my opinion. I can’t wait to know what you think.

I’m back and One Lovely Blog Award


It’s been a long time, I know. But I have good reasons for being absent all this time. I worked hard with Glowing Shadow and now I’m querying it.

In this time, I learned a lot, met wonderful CPS and friends (including my sister of other mother that is very far away in Australia), entered lots of contests and I’m also finishing the draft of a new YA contemporary novel.

Blogging became really hard with all those things in mind but I’m ready to try again. I want to post at least once a week and I have prepared some subjects that I think you’ll like.

So for my first post back I’m posting about the One Lovely Blog Award. My bestie staceynash nominated me.


This is basically a blog hop. I have to share seven interesting facts about me:

1. I met my husband through internet and decided to marry him the first day we say each other face to face.

2. So I married really young, I was nineteen and moved to the other side of the ocean, to Madrid.

3. I speak three languages: English, Spanish and Galician. The two first I can read, write and talk. Galician I can only talk.

4. I think of myself as a citizen of the world, being the daughter of Spanish immigrants in Mexico and Germany. Also there’s the thing that I married a Spanish guy.

5. I learned to read and write English and Spanish at the same time.

6. I read faster in English.

7. I have a severe addiction to chocolate. I can’t stop myself of finishing the package if I open it. And when I make myself stop eating it for weeks I get really cranky. Hulk is peaceful beside me.

And now for my own One Lovely Blog award nominees: I nominee all of you who want to participate!

Four chapters done and going!

I can’t believe it. Finally after two weeks rewriting the first chapter and one rewriting the rest. I have four chapters done, that I’m happy with.

It’s not that I rewrote the hole thing, but look for places to add or change a word or a sentence to convey or not something took me time. I wanted the first chapter to be perfect and I think I’m closer to it.

The kids don’t have school tomorrow but if I can do another five chapters by the end of the next week I’d be very happy.

How about you? Any news?

GUTGAA Pitch Polish


I entered the GUTGAA Pitch Polish, I’m very happy!

This is big blogfest that includes lots of activities, one of them is this one. Also you can add your pitch by making a post of it and adding it to the pitch blog hop here: http://deanabarnhart.blogspot.mx/2012/09/pitch-polish-window-opens-today-at-11.html

I just wanted to let you know my entry is number 43, here’s the link: http://deanabarnhart.blogspot.mx/2012/09/pitch-polish-43.html

If you have time to drop by, read and help fellow writers with their pitches, not only mine. We’d be grateful!

Have a nice day!

Setting real goals…

Since the kids went back to school I set a deadline for me to end this rewrite of my current MS, the end of September or the beginning o October.

But that wasn't very good of me. I set a goal that will put a lot of pressure on myself because I haven’t thought about all the things that come with the beginning of a new school year. All the lists of things the teacher’s want you to make or send and also to make Carlos (my son with ADHD) go back to the school routine. I thought this wasn’t going to be hard for him since he was doing so well by the end of the last school year. But vacations altered everything and now is very hard to go back. It’s hard for him to pay attention and to copy what the teacher writes in the board, he is getting very distracted with everything and he doesn’t wants to do homework. So you can imagine how frustrated he is when he has to work all weekend in all the notebooks he got behind.

So it’s been a lot of hours focused on that, on school meetings, doctor appointments, etc. It just isn’t real anymore to set that goal because that wouldn’t let me breathe. For sure I want to end soon but I need to slow down a bit. Also I only have a few chapters of comments from my critique friends ( no pressure on you girls Guiño).

So I think I should focus on a few chapter at a time, for example I would like to finish the chapters I have all comments of ( the first four) this week. That way I will do everything I can to make them perfect without pressure, if I went for the end of the month goal I’d need to do many more chapters.

Realistic goals are so hard to set, we always want to achieve everything soon. At least that’s my case.

How do you settle realistic goals?

Have a good day!


It is published in the Forbes.com webpage and it’s very interesting.

The title: “ Drowning In Indie Books - And That's A Good Thing”

Only a little extract of it:

“Since then I read more ebooks than physical books. I buy a lot more books, too. Last year I noticed that books were getting cheaper, but the writing was getting worse. It started to get harder and harder to shop the Kindle store because I was either upset by the price of a book or the quality of its writing. Accidentally, I had stumbled upon the new face of self-publishing.

My experience reflects a profound and wrenching transformation of publishing that is shaking the industry to its roots. The beneficiaries of the existing order – major publishers and their most successful authors have become the most visible opponents of the turmoil that these “Indie” authors have introduced.”

I’m still undecided of what is better or if both are better, but this article really made me think.

I highly encourage to read the rest here

What do you think?

I’m back, finally!

Hello, everyone. I missed you all!

It has been a long and summer. But the vacations are over and kids are back in school and mommy has to work full schedule of writing again.

I spent the whole summer with the kids playing and going around. Also we had for 20 days the visit from my husband’s best friend and his family so we toured all the city.

Oh and I decided since kids didn’t want me to be  in my study writing that I’ll take advantage of that and tidy up all the house so I wouldn’t feel bad if I neglected it more once they got back to school. Everything is organized, every single space, drawer, closet, etc. I got the chance to give up to Church eleven bags of things almost new that we were not using and I feel great about it.

Oh! I’m planning to make some post about what I saw this time in my tours around the city. We went with a friend that is an archeologist and explained us a lot of things we didn’t knew and also showed us places we never visited.

This is just an example:


This is the Sun pyramid in Teotihuacan. I went all the way up, but I’ll tell you that story in  the post about it!

Now I’m going to delve deep in revisions. I really want to end this revisions by the end or September or if my head doesn’t help by the middle of October. So back to work I go!

How was your summer?

Have a great day!




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4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book although reading the comments I thought I wouldn't.

I understood every emotion or thing the characters did, even if I wouldn't do it.

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3 of 5 stars

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