Category Archives: Diary

Your Yawning Dog Isn’t Tired — She Just Loves You!

Empathy. It’s that amazing gift that allows us to feel for others — and, I’d argue, one of the essential qualities needed to write compelling fiction. But is empathy limited, as many scientists have long argued, only to human beings … Continue reading

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Postcard From El Paso, Texas

I was standing onstage before a packed auditorium at the El Paso International Museum of Art yesterday, getting toward the end of my keynote presentation for the Wise Latinas International Mujeres & Amigas Conference. I was talking about the plans … Continue reading

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Saturday Sucia Celebration: Kim Trujillo

Every Saturday I pick a fabulous, inspiring woman to celebrate as an example of what it means to be a “sucia” in the Dirty Girls Social Club sense of the word — which is to say a fierce, fun, educated, … Continue reading

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What Good Writing and Good People Have in Common

In thinking about what makes writing good, I realized that many of the same qualities exist in good people. 1. Clarity. Good writing is clear. It makes its point without confusing you or weighing you down. Clear writing comes from … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Get Inspired to Write

Aspiring writers love to ask me where my inspiration comes from. It’s easily in the top three questions I get asked, when I’m asked about writing. The top three questions I get asked when I’m not being asked about writing … Continue reading

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Casting Notice for a New Reality Show

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My Larry David Moment by Alisa Valdes – The Pizza Thief in the Gold Prius

The kids wanted to jump off diving boards yesterday — Mayeila stepping gingerly from the low dive, Alexander cannonballing loudly from the high dive. Mike and I were up for a drive through the country, so we all headed South … Continue reading

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