Quizlet features story from ‘Red Ridin’ in the Hood’


Quizlet, an online learning site, is featuring “The Three Chicharonnes” from my book, “Red Ridin’ in the Hood and Other Cuentos” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).


According to its website, Quizlet is “the world’s largest student and teacher online learning community. Every month, over 20 million active learners from 130 countries practice and master more than 140 million study sets of content on every conceivable subject and topic.”

The site offers study of characters and plot in the story, which is a retelling of the three little pigs with plenty of Latino flavor, as well as vocabulary, flashcards, games and other study tools.

Thank you, Quizlet.









Write something beautiful



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


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.



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

Las Comadres Teleconference features ‘Verdict in the Desert’


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.