Write something beautiful

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When exercising in the morning, I watch TV because it makes exercise tolerable.

This morning, “The Hours” was on. The movie is based on the magnificent and Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham. The movie is also wonderful with Nicole Kidman in her Oscar winning role as Virginia Woolf, and a cast of fantastic actors, from magical Meryl Streep to Julianne Moore to Ed Harris.

Needless to say, I stopped exercising and watched because it is such a damn good movie with screenwriter David Hare adapting Cunningham’s novel.

The language in the novel and the film is beautiful, poignant, and heartbreaking. But it is also hopeful and complete with truth. I cried at the end of the film because of that hope, truth and the beauty of what I had seen and heard. The message about what makes our lives rich and worth living. Even though we experience with loss and pain, it makes us what we are.

As a writer the film inspired me want to write something as beautiful. Granted, I may never be a Michael Cunningham or Virginia Woolf, but I can be me and write my own message of hope. My own beauty. It may be a long journey, a journey of a lifetime. But that is what makes life worth living doesn’t it?

For all those other writers out there, may you find your own version of beauty, truth and hope.

The internet is a wonderful thing

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On the internet, I happened to stumble upon two sites that I had never seen before.

Five years ago, the National Geographic School Publishing “Inside Language, Literary and  Content” book included the story “The Three Chicarrones” from my book, “Red Ridin’ in the Hood and Other Cuentos.”

Anyway, I just happened to notice today these two web items that I hadn’t seen before related to that.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+three+chicharrones&qpvt=the+three+chicharrones&view=detail&mid=74E876AD98EE02C6CD1C74E876AD98EE02C6CD1C&FORM=VRDGAR

http://insideng.com/StudentReadE/accessibility/inside_e_read/0117.html

The internet is wonderful and full of surprises. Heck, it made my day.

Las Comadres Teleconference features ‘Verdict in the Desert’

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Mark your calendars for January 30  for Conversations with Las Comadres Teleconference interviewing Zoraida Córdova author of Labyrinth Lost, published by Sourcebooks Fire, and Additional Conversation with Patricia Santos Marcantonio, author of Verdict in the Desert published by Arte Publico Press.

http://lascomadres.com/latinolit/january-zoraida-cordova-patricia-santos-marcantonio/

‘Verdict’ hits Amazon best seller list for Hispanic American literature

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VERDICT

“Verdict in the Desert” made it to the top 100 Amazon.com Best Sellers in Hispanic American Literature.

 

(The book did drop to 105 or thereabouts, but it was great for a while. however on Kindle, it hit no. 44 in Hispanic American lit best sellers)

About the book:

In the summer of 1959, everyone knows his place in Arizona. Michael Shaw is an alcoholic lawyer struggling with his reputation as the son of one of Mitchell County’s wealthiest, most successful attorneys. Toni Garcia, the first in her family to obtain a college degree, has returned to Borden, Arizona, because she’s worried about her father’s health. But as a Mexican American, she can’t get a teaching job in spite of her education and intellect. Their worlds collide when Michael is assigned to represent María Sánchez Curry in the bloody murder of her husband and Toni, desperate for work, accepts a job as the defendant’s interpreter.

María and Ben Curry’s tumultuous marriage was well documented by María’s many visits to the ER. The couple was also well-known at local bars, where they often drank to excess. But the killing of a white man by a Mexican woman—even in self-defense—is not permissible in a time when justice is determined by the good-old-boys club. Also unacceptable is the growing relationship between Michael and Toni, who fight to save María against all odds.

In this evocative exploration of class and race in 1950s America, Bobby Darin is on the juke box, Doris Day is on the silver screen and pink flamingos grace front yards. Former crime reporter Patricia Santos Marcantonio crafts a stirring tale of forbidden love in a world where democracy rules but due process and fair treatment aren’t as readily available on the wrong side of the tracks.