Telling Tales.

The latest installment of my occasional contribution to the “Interview” section of KGB Bar Literary Magazine. If you are a writer or poet with a recently or soon-to-be released work, and would like to be featured in “Telling Tales”, please contact me via email. And hey, if you’re a publisher or agent, this Boricua has […]


“You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?” — Talking Heads   It was 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. Ru Freeman and Jamaica Kincaid sat on a stage and talked. I sat in the front row and took notes in my “writing” notebook, i.e., the one only for information essential to […]

Prom queen dreams.

  I’m looking for a prom date. I’m also 41 years old. I’m not having a mid-life crisis. I don’t cruise local pizzerias to ogle teenage boys. My situation is worse. I’m a writer with a freshly finished manuscript and hopes of publication. The query process to agents and publishers gives me flashbacks of high […]

La chupacabra and the bogeyman.

I’m in my 40s, but no fool. I know la chupacabra has a taste for little Puerto Rican women and the bogeyman lives underneath my bed. I’m afraid of both of them, so I avoid El Yunque after dark and leap into bed from a distance of at least three feet so the bogeyman can’t […]

Crossing the finish.

  I finished. One hundred and fifty-four manuscript pages completed, edited, proofed, and submitted to two first-novel competitions on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is how long it took to write the collected short stories. My answer: I don’t know. It’s not because I’m brain-drained from sleep deprivation […]

Update before I break.

Weekly postings to the blog will be on hiatus for the month of February. I am focused on completion of my manuscript, which I will submit for two prizes. February 28 is the deadline for both — wish me luck! In the meantime, I will re-post links to past stories on my Facebook page (be […]