Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
This video was put together using the book's back cover blurb.http://touchepublishers.com/Books/enchantedisland.html
Friday, April 30, 2010
I've already introduced some of the characters from my book Enchanted Island. Now, I'd like to highlight one of the locations in which the story takes place. Without giving away too much of the story, the main characters end up on a small Island nearly 50 miles from Mayagüez Puerto Rico. Mona Island is described by some, as similar to Galápagos Island. The island is closer to the Dominican Republic, but its history is connected to Puerto Rico. The island was visited by Columbus and Ponce de Leon back in the late 1400's and early 1500's. There is evidence of Taino villages and artifacts pertaining to the history and culture of these gentle people. The island is home to the Mona Iguana, which makes an "appearance" in my book :). The iguana is only found on Mona Island.
Mona Island is kept by the Department of National Resources. There are no permanent inhabitants except for resident biologist and rangers. The sub-tropical island has limestone cliffs with plenty of caves. It's said to have the best snorkeling and scuba sites in the Caribbean. There are beautiful beaches, with one of them allowing camping on its grounds. Special permits are required for camping. Mona Island is not a five-star resort but, rather, a retreat for people who love hiking,exploring, and basically roughing it. There are only 100 people allowed on the island at one time. Most people travel to the island by chartered boat.
So if you're looking for a great adventure, look no further. Find answers to questions about traveling to Mona Island here:
In the beginning of my book, four young friends take a trip to Mona Island. Out of jealousy and spite, one of the characters causes a near fatal accident for another. It's on Mona Island, that a chain of supernatural events start taking place. Mysterious happenings, bring the four friends back to Mona Island years later. Together, the friends learn about love, friendship, and the law of Karma. Find out what happens, in a final showdown on Mona Island!
It took me a very long time to even get my driver license. I was nearly 30 years old. I just never had the driving bug. I attribute that to, me, being some rich snob in another life-time and, being used to getting driven around :) Yeah, we'll go with that. It seems that I have an endless amount of patience for most things but, some things just render me an impatient fool! Like driving, for instance. I'm not the best driver but, certainly not the worst. I obey traffic signs, I'm courteous, and drive mostly at the speed limit ;) Ok, well maybe I need to work on the speed thing a little :) I'm never reckless though.
So, I'm driving this morning, in a school zone. I'm going the posted speed limit, more or less :) Okay, seriously, I was driving properly. The guy on my right has a stop sign and, I, of course, have the right-of-way. He barely stops at the sign, and drives on through. I'm going straight and thinking, wow what a jerk! The funny thing is, he gave me the dirty look. Me? I have the damn right-of-way! Argh! See, that right there gets me annoyed. I have zero patience for that. I know it's so darn petty :D It just really gets under my skin. Driving, all it does is, drive me crazy!
Monday, April 26, 2010
I really have to hand it to people in the marketing and advertising fields. It's a tough job! I think I can safely say, for me, writing my book, Enchanted Island, was the easiest part. Getting people interested in the book, was not that hard. It's the getting people to dig into their pockets, is what's proving a bit difficult. There are those I never thought would purchase and read my book, then there's the ones I thought for sure would jump on it, and haven't noticed it at all :). I search everyday, for ways to market the book, it's really like having a part-time job. In networking with other writers, and business orientated people, there were some sites and even individuals, eager to network.
Since I know how hard it is to get the word out about my book, I'm going to dedicate this blog to those people and sites that have been kind to me. Taking an interest in my work, and using networking sites for their intended purpose, networking :) Please take the time to check any one of these people or sites out.
My partner, R.C. Berry is a talented new author. She's one to look out for. Her debut novel Set in Stone: The Life and Death of Medusa, is very well written and hard to put down. It will make a Greek Mythology fan out of anyone. Please check it out here:
On Facebook, a good friend of mine has a page Unseen NYC. It 's a wonderful page where you can go and have all the information you need to see NYC. The page concentrates mostly on the other four boroughs of NYC, since most sight seeing books mostly cover Manhattan. It is a wonderful tool.
On facebook, every writer trying to get their work out there should join the group, For The love of Books,This group is a great way to connect authors, and readers. I have received great support from the group. I highly recommend it. Show some love by joining:
Another great Facebook group is Online Networking Connections. It's created by Cara Wadsworth. The concept is simple, post your link for others to view, and in turn view links that others post. Support each other and create a bigger network.
Here on Wordpress, Cherilaser was the first ever to comment on my blog and give me useful tips. If you're reading this, thanks Cheri! For everyone else you can find Cheri here cherilaser.wordpress.com. Thank you, all who have contributed to my blog. You make my life a little more interesting.
I hope you all get a chance to check out these few links, I'm sure you will enjoy them.
Anyone who talks to me, will find out in five minutes, or less, that my favorite singer is Alanis Morissette. When she first debuted, it was at a time when I was coming off of my first bad break-up. Her lyrics and the way she delivered them, resonated with me. Years later, they still do. That's one of the many reasons I love her so.
Since the beginning of 2010, I noticed that I was surrounded by many self-centered people. Until I started doing something important for myself, I had not notice this before. I'm the type of person that, would rather sit back and let others have the spotlight. It's just not important for me, to be the center of attention. I've always been like that. This brings me back, to one of Morissette's songs.
The song is simply titled, Narcissus. When I was having a hard time in my last relationship, this song spoke volumes as to the type of person I was dealing with. Now that I find myself dealing with a number of this type, I feel compelled to share it here. :)
The good thing is, I've weeded out some of the people who were prone to narcissistic tendencies. I'm in a much more peaceful place, than I was just a couple of months ago.
I've pointed out a few of my favorite lines in the song. So, without further ado, I present Narcissus by Alanis Morissette. (Under Rug Swept album)
Dear momma's boy I know you've had your butt licked by your mother
I know you've enjoyed all that attention from her
And every woman graced with your presence after
Dear narcissus boy I know you've never really apologized for anything
I know you've never really taken responsibility
I know you've never really listened to a woman
Dear me-show boy I know you're not really into conflict resolution
Or seeing both sides of every equation
Or having an uninterrupted conversation
And any talk of healthiness
And any talk of connectedness
And any talk of resolving this
Leaves you running for the door
(why why do I try to love you
Try to love you when you really don't want me
Dear egotist boy you've never really had to suffer any consequence
You've never stayed with anyone longer than ten minutes
You'd never understand anyone showing resistance
Dear popular boy I know you're used to getting everything so easily
A stranger to the concept of reciprocity <--- love this
People honor boys like you in this society
And any talk of selflessness
And any talk of working at this
And any talk of being of service
Leaves you running for the door
(why why do I try to help you try to help you
When you really don't want me to)
You go back to the women who will dance the dance <--- Especially love the next for lines
You go back to your friends who will lick your ass
You go back to ignoring all the rest of us
You go back to the center of your universe
Dear self centered boy I don't know why I still feel affected by you
I've never lasted very long with someone like you
I never did although I have to admit I wanted to
Dear magnetic boy you've never been with anyone who doesn't take your shit <--- The ex..this is def the ex!
You've never been with anyone who's dared to call you on it
I wonder how you'd be if someone were to call you on it
And any talk of willingness
And any talk of both feet in
And any talk of commitment
Leaves you running for the door
(why why do I try to change you try to
Try to change you when you really don't
Want me to)
You go back to the women who will dance the dance
You go back to your friends who will lick your ass
You go back to being so oblivious
You go back to the center of the universe
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Then again, I was reading some discussion boards and the question came up. Is speaking Spanish required to be considered truly Latino? I don’t know if it’s just me, because of my situation but, I think the answer to that question is no. Quickly about my background, I was born to a Puerto Rican father, who was actually born there, and came to New York. My mother’s parents were both from Puerto Rico and settled in New York, where she was born and raised. She was number 9 of 10 kids. They spoke Spanish to each other and English to the kids. So all of the cousins and so on, were brought up with English as their first language. Most of us understand Spanish very well but, speak it horribly. That was my upbringing.
So, should I gather that, I’m less Latino than a Spanish-speaking Latino? If I’m not Latino, then what am I? I’m pretty sure I’m human, at least last time I checked, I was …I know I’m American because, I was born in the United States. But am I a real Puerto Rican? Okay, maybe a Nuyorican ?… Of course speaking Spanish would be ideal. I don’t have anything against speaking it, or even learning to speak it more fluently. Am I less Puerto Rican, even though I was brought up with the culture, customs, food, dance and music? I just happen not to speak Spanish very well. Am I less, Latino because I’m not great at Latin dancing and Spanish music is not my preference? I love it! But I prefer Alanis Morissette, Evanescence, Sade, and not to mention, some alternative and rock music more. I was raised Catholic but, choose not to practice it, in favor of a more Eastern philosophy. I meditate, I believe in past lives, I’m consume a vegetarian diet, and love “new-age hippie” stuff.
Does this teenage girl have a right to call me a fake Puerto Rican? Does anyone? Isn’t it all about your heritage and how you embrace it? The feeling you carry inside, as well as the DNA? It reminds of the issue in the African-American community about not being black enough. What the hell does that mean, really? Fake Puerto Ricans, “acting white”, not black enough etc…It gives me a headache! I suppose, my Nuyorican, rice and beans eating, Spanglish speaking, fake Puerto Rican self, should end this post.
Some chameleon species are able to change their skin colors. Different chameleon species are able to change different colors which can include pink, blue, red, orange, green, black, brown, light blue, yellow and turquoise.
Some varieties of chameleon – such as the Smith’s dwarf chameleon – use their color-changing ability to blend in with their surroundings, as an effective form of camouflage
Color change is also used as an expression of the physiological condition of the lizard, and as a social indicator to other chameleons. Some research suggests that social signalling was the primary driving force behind the evolution of color change, and that camouflage evolved as a secondary concern.
Have you ever met a person with this ability? I have. Somehow, I didn’t find the ability to change colors as fascinating in humans. As a matter of fact, I found it quite bothersome. I really dislike when a person changes colors in any given situation, to go along with the consensus. They camouflage who they really are. I’ve been in situations where I know for sure someone feels one way about something, but because it’s not popular, they conform-change colors. I don’t get that. For example, if someone loves Cheerios,but another expresses a dislike for them, the chameleon now also dislikes them. What is that all about? Silly example, but you get my point. I’ve been in a group situation with people I know very well, and witnessed this chameleon type behavior. Obviously, I’m not talking about situations that call for proper decorum, and people following suit. I’m referring to casual gatherings where there should be no pressure. What compels an individual to drastically depart from who they are? Is the desire to be accepted that strong? I’ve often felt like, the oddball. I just kept stuff to myself, rather than change who I am to be popular. There’s nothing wrong with adapting to your surroundings but, shouldn’t there be a line drawn somewhere? There comes a time, when it’s just fake. I can’t trust a person like this. It makes me think, perhaps, I don’t really know them after all.
Monday, April 5, 2010
I was watching television last night, and just had the best time :)...There's a new show on ABC called Modern Family. It has got to be the most refreshingly funny show on television right now. The writing is so clever and subtle. The characters are magnificent. Each and every character makes the show work. There are favorites, but if one was taken out of the equation, it wouldn't work as well. I highly recommend this show. If you haven't seen it, you can go to abc.com to watch full episodes.
Another one of my favorites is House. Ohh how I love Dr. Gregory House. The show is a drama, but it has so much humor in it as well. The character House, is so over the top but, everyone loves him, even though they profess a strong dislike for him. He's a brilliant doctor who solves very rare and complicated medical cases. It's so worth watching. You can catch house on fox.com
Also on Fox, you can watch Glee. I'm not usually into musicals, but this show is absolutely wonderful. It's not just the singing that's great, the storyline keeps you intrigued as well. Right now it's on hiatus, but will be returning soon. Yet another one of my favorites is So You Think You Can Dance, also on Fox. I have to admit to watching some reality shows. They are my guilty pleasures. But this reality dance show, is better than Dancing With The Stars in my opinion. It's showcases a multitude of dance styles, including ballroom. It's good entertainment.
I have many other favorite television shows, but those were the ones that popped into my head first. Now onto movies. I love movies! My recent favorite movie is definitely Avatar. I actually went to the theater four times to see it. Yes I did say four. The movie is visually stunning! If you have a chance to catch this in the theaters before it's gone, DO IT. Many people have trashed the storyline, citing it as weak and predictable. Well, yes, it has many other story ideas incorporated into it. But for me, it was told in a different way. Yes it reminded me of Pocahontas. It also reminded me of my other favorite movie, The Matrix. I must be strange because, I enjoyed the story. In any event, I highly recommend this movie.
As I just mentioned, up until Avatar, my favorite movie was The Matrix. Like Avatar, The Matrix set a new trend in movie making. I have a raging crush on Keanu Reeves, so that helps. The storyline was fascinating to me. The action was great, as well as the fight scenes. I enjoy all genres of movies. My favorites include silly comedies, drama, thrillers, and I love a good horror flick. The following are just a few, in many of my favorites: Napoleon Dynamite, Austin Powers series, The Hangover, Forest Gump, Braveheart, Gladiator, Troy, Titanic,Friday,Crash, The Breakfast Club...Just to name a few :)
I also love music as much as I do television and movies. My all time favorite artist is Alanis Morissette. She made a big splash back in the 90's but her music is still relevant to me today. It's a shame her music is not as mainstream as her first CD, Jagged Little Pill. I love her vulnerability in her lyrics. She's not afraid to share her journey through life. Through her music, you can get a glimpse of her obvious growth from when she first debuted. It's amazing, I feel like I've grown right along with her. I found that with each of her albums, I identified with her songs, at that particular time in my life. She was singing my thoughts exactly. If you haven't gotten to know this artist, give her a try. http://www.alanismorissette.com
I enjoy most top 40 hit songs-Pink, Lady Gaga etc. But my taste is all over the map. My Ipod is loaded with all types of music. Outside of Morissette, I love Sade, Evanescence, classic R&B, old school hip-hop, various alternative, 80's music-Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson, classic rock, oldies...
So, there you have it, a few of my favorite things :)
In this day and age of camera phones, YouTube, and social networking sites, how safe is it to send your significant other naughty photos? I was never a real fan of this. Not that I ever aspired to be president or some other public figure, I just never wanted sensitive photos of me surfacing. It's amazing how quickly love turns to hate, when a relationship is over. You never really know what an ex-partner is capable of, once you both part ways.
I bring this up because, while I was away with my girlfriends for the weekend, we met this guy and he showed us a very explicit video of his ex-wife. He was a decent enough guy to hang out with for a while, but he was not shy at all about sharing details about his ex. At the time, I didn't really think much about it. After some time has passed, I'm thinking back and wondering what his ex-wife would feel about, him showing us that video.
Shouldn't there be some kind of etiquette involved, when sharing sensitive photos and videos with a significant other?
Okay, what is it with people who can't face up to the truth of their actions? Those impulsive ones, are the ones that I speak of. The people who think the world is out to get them. I mean, people will be so quick to want to retaliate, for some offense they think has been committed against them. After some unspecified amount of time, think it over and, realize they're an idiot. After the realization that they are, indeed, an idiot, they continue on, like they haven't made an ass out of themselves.
There are those that make very public declarations, in a round about way, about those supposed offenses. Make a public attempt to rid themselves of the offenders, then a few days later, behave as though they didn't stick their foot in their mouth. They want to carry on,hoping beyond all hope, that the offenders remain ignorant of their declarations. Well, I'm here to say, I notice! And I think it's down right pathetic behavior. It's fake. A facade.
If someone is so bold, as to publicly accuse others of transgressions, then be bold enough to face the aftermath. Don't behave as if you haven't accused anyone of supposed crimes. Own up! It's the case of the fake people, bleh!
With physical attraction and chemistry on the brain, I suppose it's a good time to introduce another character from Enchanted Island. Juan Torres, he fits the physical attraction category well. If you haven't gotten a chance to meet the other characters in Enchanted Island, check them out here :
Juan Torres is the older, attractive friend of Gilberto Padilla. We first meet Juan when the other characters, Gabriella, Molly and Gilberto, travel to Puerto Rico. Juan is fourteen, while the others are just twelve years old. With Gabriella being mature for her age, Juan takes a liking to her right away. This is much to Molly's dismay, as she developed a crush on Juan immediately. Juan is well-mannered like his friend Gilberto. He lives with his mother, next door to Gilberto's vacation home in Puerto Rico. He displays confidence, and is pro-active when he wants something, or someone.
As Juan ages, he grows to be, the epitome of tall,dark and handsome. At some point, Gabriella joins Molly in admiring Juan. The physical attraction is dangerous, considering, that Gabriella and Gilberto have always had a thing for each other. The chemistry taking place in the group of friends, only complicates things. Juan is not afraid to take action, when it comes to the object of his affection. Although, he respects the relationship Gabriella and Gilberto have, he doesn't hesitate to put it all on the line.
As time goes on, Gabriella finds it much more difficult to stay away from Juan. Gilberto is her best friend and, they too have obvious chemistry. But the chemistry with Juan is more of the physical kind. The chemistry with Gilberto is emotional. Juan finds himself in Gilberto's shadow, since Gabriella has Gilberto on a pedestal. I have to admire his grace in handling the delicate situation. I can identify with Gabriella's tendency to be drawn to Juan. He represents the man's man, the take charge, steadfast guy, that women might not admit desiring, in these days ;)
Find out more about Enchanted Island here:http://touchepublishers.com
Okayyyyyy! I'm so excited! The proof for my book Enchanted Island has arrived. This is the most exciting thing to happen to me in a very LONG time. All the printing company needs, is the go ahead. The book will be printed and, ready for sale in just days. This has been such a wonderful experience for me. I always enjoyed writing, I just never liked the part where I shared my work. I decided to step out of my comfort zone, the ending of last year. I knew it was now or never, because I truly wanted to change my circumstances. I was at a point in my life, where it seemed like, everything I touched went to hell. I was struggling financially, along with countless others, on account of this bad economy. I'm proud of myself for then taking control, and doing something. I don't know what will become of my book, but I have hopes that people will enjoy it. I would be lying if I said I didn't dream of becoming some famous author. My author friend and I, spend the time away, imagining the endless opportunities. I'm proud of myself for accomplishing what I set out to do. I started it, and I completed it. There are so many people who start writing a novel, but never see it through. I did it, working 12 hour days, attending my kids' basketball games and any other responsibilities that come with being a single mom. Of course, I hope this new path, will lead to a great success beyond my wildest dreams. Truth be told, I already feel successful. Anything that comes next, is going to be icing on the cake. Today is a great day. Thanks be to the gods ;)http://touchepublishers.com
Awaiting the book proof in the mail today! So, I'm very excited, anxious,nervous, antsy, and everything in between. I'll take this time, to introduce another character from Enchanted Island. Here are the other two characters I've already introduced:
Now onto the next. Molly Sinclair, the girl you really want to hate, but feel sorry for, so you don't. She has everything handed to her, yet she wants what others have. Molly is the stereotypical, spoiled, rich girl. Her parents barely acknowledge her existence, so she constantly seeks attention from anyone. We first meet Molly when she strikes up a friendship with Gabriella, which soon turns complicated.
Although, Molly has everything, she envies what little Gabriella has. But what Gabriella has, can not be measured. She has the love and attention of her mother. Unlike Molly, she wasn't born into a life of privilege, which makes her humble. Molly is anything but humble, she's vain, and imagines that every boy could be hers if she wanted.
As Molly enters her teen years, her vanity is still very much a part of her personality. Her desire to be valued, causes her to make bad choices. Molly appears to be so sure of herself but, she really has no clue. She's the type of girl, who wants to be so grown-up, yet she's naive and immature.
Molly is not without positive traits, she has a playful nature and can bring humor to sometimes tense situations. In between her lapses in judgment, she does have the ability to be a good friend. With the same intensity she loves herself, she has the capacity to love others. And when Molly loves, she loves for keeps.http://touchepublishers.com
As the release date for Enchanted Island grows near, I'd like to introduce another character from the story. If you missed my first character introduction, here it is http://maytorres72.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/live-from-new-york-its-gabriella-sanchez/ The next character is Gilberto Padilla, he becomes Gabriella's best friend, within days of first meeting her.
Gilberto enters the picture at a time when Gabriella feels, most unappreciated. He's the new student that has a lot in common with the isolated young girl. Gilberto is the first kid Gabby's age, to offer her sincere friendship. He's polite but makes no bones about sticking up for Gabby when the need arises. He comes from a two parent home and raised to be a good-natured and respectable boy. Most likely, the reason he never speaks about the instantaneous crush, he developed on Gabby, upon meeting her. He's the kind of kid everyone gets along with, and because of that, become kinder to Gabby, since she's his best friend.
As Gilberto gets older, he continues to evolve into the all-around perfect gentleman. He's handsome, and possesses all the traits a girl would want in a boyfriend. His bond with Gabby grows stronger, as he finds himself helplessly in love with her. He represents security, and unwavering loyalty. Gilberto is Gabby's rock, and safe haven.
In creating Gilberto, I wanted to portray a young, Latino, boy in a positive light. Often times, in movies and on television,Latino boys are causing trouble, in a gang, or selling drugs. Gilberto is the opposite of all that. He comes from a hard-working family and respects his parents. He's the type of boy that's, safe to bring home to meet the parents. I find myself still wondering, why I haven't met my Gilberto yet :)For more information on Enchanted Island please visit http://touchepublishers.com
After the very first person I dated, I vowed never to date anyone younger than me,once that relationship went south. That was back when I was 19 years old. I'm in my late 30's, and have stuck to that vow. Since that relationship, I have had two others. One was with a man my same age, and the other was with a man two years older than me. Both, of course, went down in flames as well. My last real relationship ended nearly five years ago. Since he was two years older than me, I had to rethink the limits I set forth as far as dating went. I finally decided to give someone younger than me a try. I didn't go drastically lower in age, if I remember correctly, it was a five-year age difference. It was okay for the most part. But he too, turned out to be full of it, and forced me to reinstate my vow.
All this, still leaves me asking the question, does age matter? Most of my life, my answer to that question would be a definite yes. At this point, I'm now going back and forth on the subject. I'm thinking lately, it may be more about the type of person I'm choosing to get involved with, rather than the number of years they've been on this planet. Once I think I have a firm handle on the matter, I come across situations where, age proves to be a factor. Herein lies the problem :)
This is weighing heavily on me, as a result of my friendships with several people younger than me. I like to think I can get along and relate to most people I cross paths with. But how important is it to be surrounded by people of your age group? Outside of my age preference when it comes to dating, I'm a fairly inclusive person. I love meeting people from all walks of life. I enjoy the variety it brings. Lately, it feels like the age factor is hitting me over the head.
The handful of younger people in my circle of friends, seems to be bringing me back to when I was their age. I can truly relate to what they're experiencing, but am I thrilled to be reliving the trials and tribulations? Mostly I'm not. Does this mean I should be seeking out more people my age to connect with? It would be nice, to have people who get what I'm going through for a change. I'm usually the one sympathizing and offering words of encouragement for those traveling through the tumultuous 20's. What I would like, and probably need, is for there to be more people who can appreciate what it's like entering my 40's.
I'm not sure my younger friends understand how draining it is on my spirit to have to relive, through them, all the hardships I went through. I had a rough journey through my late 20's and into my 30's. To all those that know me, this is very common knowledge. As I empathize with their situations, I offer what made my experience better. No, it's not always right for everyone, but overall, can help. When it seems to be a complete miss, it makes me wonder, is it me who's lost patience or is age becoming a factor?
Since I've done everything there is to do, regarding my upcoming novel, I sit and wait. Then, wait some more. It's out of my hands, and into the printer's hands now. I'm so anxious and have so much nervous energy. So, in the meantime, I'll introduce a character from my book, Enchanted Island. The plot centers around four young people. Gabriella, Gilberto, Molly and Juan. Gabriella is the main focus of the story.
Introducing, Gabriella Maria Sanchez. Gabriella is what you would call a Nuyorican. It's a blend of New York and Puerto Rican. It's a term used to describe those with descendants from Puerto Rico, but born in New York. It just so happens to describe me as well. Gabby, as everyone calls her, shares some of my own traits. She's very shy and, awkward with few friends to call her own. We first meet Gabby when she's eleven years old, living in Manhattan with her mother. We learn that Gabby gets teased at school for being brainy. She spends most of her time alone, and escapes her reality, by reading anytime she can. Since Gabby doesn't come from a family with money, she pretty much sticks out like a sore thumb at her school, where most of the children come from the middle, to upper class. After a rocky start, Gabby eventually makes friends with the snobby Molly Sinclair. When the new student, Gilberto Padilla, joins the mix, the real story begins. Gabby and Gilberto become the best of friends right away. Gabby is beyond happy, to have someone who likes her unconditionally.
Gabby is very smart and wise beyond her years, an old soul if you will. I would describe her as, naive with a pure heart. She's strong without even realizing it. She easily forgives and, wants to believe the best in everyone. As I sit here and write about this fictional character, I'm reminded of just how much of me went into Gabby. Living with a single mother, very few friends, not to mention, she wears glasses that are way too big for her face. That pretty much describes my adolescence.
Sometime before entering High School, she transforms into a classic beauty. She maintains a natural look, while still managing to be breathtakingly beautiful. Again, I wouldn't dare to call myself breath-taking ;) but this also sums up what I went through. I got rid of my glasses at some point, as did Gabby. Continuing with her thirst for knowledge, she continued to enrich her life through academics. That's where Gabby and I part ways. I wasn't a horrible student, but didn't quite excel like Gabby. That aspect about Gabby is probably wishful thinking on my part :)
At a ripe old age of 15, Gabby finds herself in love. Also an experience I share with her. She grows to be an exceptional young lady. She has a close relationship with her mother, and dearly loves her friends. Gabby can get feisty at times, and does not like when someone stands in her way when she wants something. What was that you ask? Is that also a trait she and I share? Okay, I confess, yes it is. I have been described by a few, as feisty. I do not enjoy when someone or something is unnecessarily standing in the way of my getting what I want. I can get very stubborn and set in my ways, but hey, I'm a Taurus. I can easily see this stubborn streak in Gabby, in a few instances in the book.
Overall, Gabby accepts everything bestowed upon her with such grace. There are a few moments when she shows momentary weakness but, soon after, prevails in whatever obstacles come her way. Using her smarts she's able to think quickly on her feet. Being so well- rounded, Gabby is able to solve the mini- mysteries thrown at her throughout the journey in the story. There are many things in Gabby that I aspire to be, as I'm sure there's a vice versa in my sentiment ;)
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Gabriella Sanchez is an awkward, adolescent girl simply trying to fit in. Forced in a solitary existence by her classmates’ unrelenting teasing, she attempts to change her lonely existence by befriending Molly Sinclair, the daughter of the wealthy couple her mother works for. Everything seems to be going well, until the day Molly decides she’s embarrassed to be friend with Gabriella. Gabriella’s luck changes when she meets Gilberto Padilla, who accepts her just as she is. The two become inseparable, bringing both their families together as one. Gabriella is so happy she even forgives Molly and revisits their friendship.
With school out for the summer the three friends make plans to vacation in Puerto Rico. Gabriella is overjoyed to be experiencing it for the first time with her best friends. The first signs of trouble show up when a battle begins between the two girls, over Gilberto. But, while in Puerto Rico, Gabriella and Molly meet Juan, a friend of the Padilla family. Molly instantly falls for him while he has his eye set on Gabriella. This infuriates Molly, who inadvertently causes a near fatal accident for her friend.
Eleven year old Gabriella then finds herself in the middle of an age old mystery after curious happenings begin to occur. After entrusting only her friends with the information, the four choose never to discuss it again, until Gabriella starts having cryptic dreams, years later. On a second trip to Puerto Rico, Gabriella now fifteen years old, is determined to uncover the clues in her dreams. She discovers that her dreams unlock mysteries of the ancient Taino tribe, in which she and her friends play an important role. Together they journey through time, to learn Gabriella’s fate, and a lesson of the inevitable law of Karma.
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Back when I was young and in love, I never imagined that my high school sweetheart of five years, would turn out to be such a jerk. I don't think he's a jerk merely because he cheated on me and broke my heart. He's a jerk, because he fathered a child with me and, is basically non-existant in the child's life. I feel bad for speaking about him in this way, because he is my son's father. I never speak like this in front of my son, and I know there's a chance my son could very well read this one day. I do apologize in advance, should you ever read this J. Anyhow, my first love, of course, made a huge impression on me. After the relationship was over, I was devastated and left to carry on, while he went off happily ever after with the new girl. The following is a poem I wrote after months of dealing with the break-up.
Callously, you reduced me to tears
Making me face unfathomable fears
Forcing me then, to carry on
Wondering what, became of our bond
Thinking all along, that we were perfectly secure
It’s then, that you departed, leaving sorrow for me to endure
So, you went on living, without a backwards glance
Causing me to remain, in a steady somber trance
Then, one day I woke up, suddenly feeling new
Free of all the melancholy, that was caused by you
Relieved to be unburdened, of all that extra weight
Now, looking back on everything, I see you weren’t so great!
I've been feeling really disheartened by the qualities I see in a lot of the younger folks. I'm still a baby in the grand scheme of things but, even a gap of 10 years in age or less, is making me feel so much older. I'm so fed up with the self-centered mongrels floating around me. It's like they come along and zap the energy of those in their path. I came across these articles that best represent what I'm talking about.http://www.violentacres.com/archives/173/how-the-me-generation-ruined-modern-conversation/
I feel compelled to talk about a friend of mine. Yes, I'm going to talk about her behind her back. Shame on me? I think not.
One day when I was feeling really low, I decided to search the world wide web for a source of support. I was confused. I was reeling from a terrible heartbreak and, questioning so many things. My sexuality included. I happened upon a site, a support forum. I felt comfortable there, and even entered the chat room. I was so surprised at how welcomed everyone made me feel. This particular site, only had open chat one day a week for people that had not met the forum's minimum post requirement. So, I had to wait another week to enter the chat room again. In the meantime, I posted in the forum. Before I knew it I had enough posts to enter the chat room on any day I wished. Well, that was the beginning of something very good for me. I started to feel better after sharing my story with the women. I had plenty of laughs in the chat room and found myself returning often throughout my day. It probably wasn't even a month, before I started getting familiar with the regulars. These were real women, with real issues. We shared, we encouraged, we laughed. It was just what I needed at that particular time. In my visits to the site and the chat room, there were those that I just really connected to. Through the internet? Yes. There's no explaining how it happens, but it just does. You connect with someone. It doesn't have to be on a romantic soul mate level. You can have platonic soul mates, I believe. It seems like some cosmic force is putting you on the same path. On that site, I found one person in particular, that I could relate to. As luck would have it, she could relate to me as well. I found a handful of people that I could actually relate to as a matter of fact. But I must say, none of them had the staying power. It's been almost two years, since I stumbled upon the site. That one original "regular" from the chat room, has stood the test of time. We took our online friendship offline and haven't looked back. We still connect on many levels, often realizing that we share a lot of the same experiences when it comes to our fellow man. We are different in many ways as well, which always keeps things interesting. I can count on her to understand when I suffer disappointments because, she, too, suffers them. I completely believe that, something higher and smarter than us, wanted us to cross paths. We've come together in a nice partnership to achieve great things. This connection was meant to take place. I can't wait to see where it takes me. I'm glad to call her friend, and even happier in believing it will be a long-lasting friendship. Something I have not had thus far.
So, yes, sorry to talk about my friend behind her back. I hope she won't mind.
I feel like my positive energy is being sucked dry by the negative energy of the people surrounding me. I look around and it seems like everybody is stuck in misery. What's even worse, I'm really starting to believe some folks thrive in it. I have a feeling that these people can only function properly when they're drowning in a sea of drama. The endless, I can'ts or I'm trying to's , I'm lost, I'm lonely, I broke, I'm tortured, I hate where I live, I don't want to even live on this planet,I hate my life, my life is like a song, my girlfriend sucks,my girlfriend doesn't suck,I hate my job, my boyfriend doesn't care, my boyfriend is annoying,I'm in a dark place,nobody understands me, you're the best, you're the worst, and the list could go on forever. I try to be a source of positivity for these people and they turn around and ignore me, in favor of someone who wants to commiserate in their torturous existence. It's like they only want to associate with people who will coddle and enable negative thoughts and behavior.
I do admit to loving social networking sites like Facebook, but I'm beginning to see how these misery lovers are getting their validation through replies on their status updates. It's opened the door to a global gathering of whiners looking for sympathy. I realize that, some may think I'm just as guilty by writing this blog. There's a few reasons why I blog. For one, I come here to let off steam and blog about things going on in my life, for those who would like to get to know me, the writer. I try to keep it positive in most cases. It helps to get my thoughts and feelings out, perhaps giving me inspiration for a story. At least here, if someone wants to read it, they can, it's not like I'm going out of my way to say hey "look at me, I need attention." No one is receiving a status update about my blog unless they've signed up to follow it. I haven't forgotten that, I did make a choice to add people to my Facebook page. However, I just don't subscribe to remaining in constant agony and making sure everyone knows it.
So, there may very well be, nobody reading this and that's ok. I'm getting ready to be in the public eye, with the release of my first book. I figure sometimes people want to know a little about an author of a book they've enjoyed. Lastly, I blog in the hopes of networking and getting some form of promotion for my work. I like to believe, I blog in a way that even if there's something negative in my life, I can still see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
It's not the case with the people surrounding me. It's really getting to me, how people are just so self-centered. I don't know if Tweeting and Facebook status updating, are the cause for all the "Look at me" people running rampant. I for one, am sick and tired of people, whether through Facebook or instant messaging, bombarding me with their troubles. They get sound advice , then ask me how I'm doing, as an afterthought. Sometimes I feel like people ask me how I'm doing just to get it out of the way, so they can continue with talking about themselves, with a clear conscious. I've been in conversations where, I announce something important going on in my life, and it gets passed over. I've also had people pop up on my instant messenger program, solely to rant to me about an issue,and log off as soon as I've helped them to feel better. I'm slowly losing patience and, as a result, will probably end up being less available. That's not exactly who I am, so I'm hoping that this phase won't last too long.
A few weeks ago my book was given to a select few readers for review. They were chosen based on their activity on my social networking pages. I'm excited to report that my first review is in, and it's POSITIVE! A woman from Raleigh, NC said the following:
I was given the privilege of reading Enchanted Island as part of an invite-only preview event.
Early in Enchanted Island, we see the world through the eyes of a young,inner-city girl, of Puerto Rican descent. No matter what the reader’s background, however, many will find themselves able to relate to young Gabriella’s life; the wanting of more than she has, and the social awkwardness that comes, not only from her lack of money, but from just being young. More than that, readers can relate to her sense that she is destined for more than life as it is.
Her grateful attitude to any kindness makes her a fierce friend, and she soon becomes acquainted with two children in her school– Gilberto, a young man of similar background, and Molly, a member of the elite class. Together, the threesome navigates their way through school life, and embark on a journey to Gabby’s ancestral home in Puerto Rico.
While there, they meet a fourth, Juan, to complete their group. Following an accident, Ms. Torres takes us on a supernatural journey, in which the four youngsters understand their purpose in each others lives, and fight to right the wrongs of the past, not only for their sakes, but for the world at large.
May Torres brings a supernatural adventure to live, in a concise and clear-cut way. Her informal writing style is very direct, and unpretentious, letting the reader know exactly where they stand at all time, a wise choice, given her intended reader.
She uses words her readers can, not only understand, but likely use in their everyday life. Teens and adults alike will enjoy the quest through time and history, exploring past lives and the philosophy of karma.
My favorite aspect of the book, however, has to be the character development. The reader feels as though they know the characters, and understand their motivation. That makes it easy for every reader to picture themselves in the given situations, and have a real connection with the book. It was a pleasure to
read this, and I look forward to more supernatural trips with Ms. Torres.
I'm very humbled by this woman's words. It makes the long hours spent writing this story worth it. One review down, and many more to come, I hope. I'm very happy today, thank gods :)