Thursday, September 22, 2022

How to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona

Many people have asked me how #PuertoRico is doing after #HurricaneFiona and how to help. For a recap of how the Island is doing, check my previous blog post: Apples and Hurricanes.

This post I'll keep brief and focus on relief efforts. I’ve been looking at several orgs the last couple of days and although there are more people doing good work, I’m focusing on 3 right now to not offer a huge menu of options.

First off, Brigada Solidaria del Oeste is doing good work and focusing efforts on a consistently underserved part of the Island.


Taller Salud - Grassroots feminist movement in PR working hard to reach isolated communities right now. Has been another name that's been mentioned often and have seen the work they're doing. It's hard work and they're happy

Thirdly is Fundación Mochileando 100x35. I saw pictures of what they’re doing on FB and their live stories here although their Instagram page is for the blog not the foundation.



My recommendations right now are based on people having feet on the ground and focusing on communities that often get overlooked. I’ll later share info of other efforts that seem to be doing good work. Focusing on these smaller efforts because they share where the money is going and you can see the work.

Circumstances and needs will continue evolving and changing so I’ll keep an eye out for future efforts and if any other cause steps it up, I’ll happily be sharing in my stories and feed. For now, much love to my people back home, from friends and family to every single person affected by this storm. Un abrazo.

Apples and Hurricanes: Puerto Rico and Hurricane Fiona

A common question I’m hearing about the latest hurricane is: “How does it compare to María?” That’s not an apples-to-apples comparison. 


That was then. 


This is now...

which still includes the impact of María.


The current situation takes into account a fragile and exposed electric grid and flooding comparable more to Hurricane Hortense from 1996. Like Hortense, wind speeds weren’t record breaking, but rain was. Also, reports saying the western part of the Island weren’t as affected are false and that’s what happens when you jump the gun to give information. 


Major differences in favor of current day PR is that telecomms are still up for many parts of the Island and at least for me, I’ve been able to contact a lot of people throughout the Island. Still, communications are spotty in several areas and others are facing something very similar to María since they're completely disconnected. Their town has been demolished, they’re cut off from aid, they don’t have power, and they don’t have running water.


Was there wind damage?


Yes and for many farmers, it’s a complete loss of their crops. Were winds as strong as María? No. Were they over 100 MPH? Yes. A LOT of people are downplaying this system and its aftermath and for evidence, you just need to see pictures and video. This was not a glancing blow and this was no pushover storm.


Was the system more powerful when it hit Dominican Republic?


Yes and no. Make no mistake, DR Got hit and the system went from category 1 to a solid category 2 in just a couple of miles. But the results were NOT the same even though they have been impacted. From what I’ve read, DR only had 7% of the population have services impacted. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico has if not 100%, then close to it. Make no mistake, they're impacted, they took damages, and this was no summer storm but the issue with PR weren't the winds.


So what about rainfall?


Some places got 40+ inches of rain in a 48-hour period. Puerto Rico already had several weeks of rain and if soil was already saturated, that water needs to go somewhere. And it did. Straight through several municipalities. Being honest, some towns were basically washed out to sea and hundreds of families had to be rescued.


What is water and power like right now?


The answer as with many things is, it depends where you are. I don’t think I know of a single person who has had consistent power or water since before the storm hit. Some places have gotten power for a couple of hours here and there and other places have been without power since Sunday. Since the volume of water was so chaotic, dams and water treatment plants are still not fully operational for most people.


What are the areas that are most affected?


From what I’ve seen, central towns in the mountains and the entire southern half of the Island got slammed severely with a couple of towns in the North experiencing drastic flooding (see Manatí). As for the South, pretty much every town has had severe flood damage and catastrophic losses of property, crops, and transportation routes. Plenty of bridges have been washed away and plenty of routes are blocked off.  


Why does this matter?


As happens too often, the Metropolitan Area and tourist areas like Condado were spared the worst, have reestablished communications, and they want to downplay. Below is a picture of the Puerto Rican Metropolitan Area. 


Puerto Rico Metropolitan Area


It’s already small but what I’m referring to is actually less than half of what’s highlighted. There’s is more to Puerto Rico than Old San Juan, Condado, and the Metro Area. Some people need reminding of this and unfortunately those people are the decision makers in the government. It makes for a bad combination and will impact logistics of delivering the proper amount of aid and getting it to the people who need it.


What if I want to help?


Support small local orgs. They’re the ones doing real work and have no problem sharing where the money they receive goes to. I took 3 days to find 3 worthy causes I’m supporting and sharing on my feed because if past disasters have taught us anything is that you have to make sure who you’re sending your money to. In short, if I saw meeting pictures that only needed mimosas to look like a Sunday brunch, I won’t be mentioning or sharing.


I’ll share another post detailing these organizations I’m currently supporting and offer you quick access links. I’ll also be sharing posts on social media of businesses back home that I’m also supporting because any money you give to them is money that stays in the Island and helps other businesses.


If you have any questions or know of other small grass-roots organizations that deserve a mention, by all means, share on your socials and tag me so I can boost in whatever way I can. To everyone who has asked me for my family and friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Everyone in my family has been accounted for and I’ve been able to contact people in different areas of the Island, which is how I know that Telecomms are spotty but still working and that the situation is way more dire than they want to make it out to be.


If you found this helpful, by all means share it. If there’s a fact I got wrong, feel free to contact me via social media and I’ll do my best to correct as best as possible.


Peace, love, and bendición para nuestra Isla

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Writer Wednesday: The Cavalry Isn’t Coming (Guest Post by A.E. Williams)

When J.D. asked me to write a piece about where I came from and how I became a freelance book editor, I first thought back to my days at Full Sail University, where I earned a BFA in Creative Writing. They told us something that is probably unpopular to hear at other schools: The “cavalry isn’t coming.” It’s a sentiment to mean that if you want success in the arts, you can’t wait around for other people to come and find you. You gotta make them come to you or become the cavalry itself.


Torn Between Two Worlds


Believe it or not, before I became a freelance book editor and started editing books for a living, I was a restaurant manager for the second largest chicken-based, fast-food chain in the United States (Eat Mor Chikin). Anyhow, I started there in 2006 when I was sixteen. It was my first ever job.

I found a love for writing in 2005. From there I wrote an essay for a contest and won. I started writing my first book, The Knight in Shining Armor, and even planned on pursuing a career as an author. But I soon became torn between the writer and the Chicken Manager.

Due to economics (being a broke twenty-something), I decided to further my career by becoming a trainer, then supervisor, then grand opening trainer, then restaurant training director, and finally manager. All my time and energy went into a corporation and its profits and its brand. Eventually, I started to realized that I had forgotten about writing.


A Change of Heart

Fortunately for me, I had become sort of a local celebrity. Having written and published three books and sold them in the community around my job, customers oftentimes asked about my writing prospects and what my next moves were. Back then I didn’t have the confidence or drive to seriously pursue my passion. And then, one day, I decided to go back to school to study writing. I had already been burned by college before with a $5,000 bill for tuition that I had paid off by that time.

            I also realized too late that my passions no longer lay in the company. I had become complacent, comfortable, and didn’t truly put in all the effort that I once had. So, I told my boss that I would be going back to school to study writing and he was ecstatic to hear it. But that decision would come with a sacrifice of my financial stability, energy, patience, and other things. Of course, looking back, it was all worth it.


Full Sail University


            I started attending Full Sail University in February of 2018, almost a full decade since I had previously attended college. I was nervous, but at my advanced age of 29, I knew I had to take this expensive journey serious and get everything I needed out of it. In high school, I had been a fairly good student, but I fell short when the end was nigh. I did not want to have that happen again.

            Each new course was an incredible opportunity to flex my writing muscles, test my skills, and find out if writing was truly the path for me. So, I made my best efforts and began receiving great feedback from my professors. During my time at Full Sail it was substantiated that I was a strong writer and that I had the skill to make a career crafting stories.

            There was one course where I was introduced to the concept of being a freelance editor, something I had never considered before. I had always been an avid reader and believed that I could help other writers with their craft. And with that, A.E. Williams Writer & Editor was born.


A Career Change

My professor made things seem easy and simple to start up. I didn’t need a fancy certification or crazy equipment to start my business. All I needed was a laptop, some knowledge of writing and editing, and an ability to use resources. So, in November 2019, I began transitioning into this field. However, I was still working at the restaurant part-time and still completing my degree.

In February of 2020, a friend of mine paid me to write some website copy for him. Despite the website never coming to fruition, I can say that this friend was my first-ever paying client who was ultimately happy with my work. Also, I had begun an internship for a social media marketing position with a startup company (which I can say does still exist to this day). And then, well, the pandemic.

With those changes in life and my degree program coming to an end, I resigned from the internship and began focusing on a strong finish to my degree program. In August of 2020, I graduated #1 in my class. High on the heels of that success, I began earning other clients from friends I had made who were working as editors. A.E. Williams Writer & Editor had become a profitable business just before graduation. I found the summer of 2020 to be very busy and determined that a demand was there. I could do this full-time if I really wanted to.


Growth and Success


No, editors didn’t come to mentor me Yoda-style. I had to talk to the editors I knew, join the right Facebook groups, and finally join the Editorial Freelancers Association, an organization made specifically to help freelance editorial professionals (editors, proofreaders, illustrators, etc.). I got my EIN, made the right charts, created a plan, and in May of 2021, I retired from the company.

The clients didn’t come running and I grew nervous as things seemed hopeless, but I educated myself. I surrounded myself with pro editors, took some courses, read some books. And with all the effort I had been making, I started to find clients and make a living.

Now, the clients come to me. After solid brand building and consistency, I’ve made a name for myself. I was also able to gain a major publishing house as a client and find even higher paying clients than I had at my start. In 2022, I’m set to double my gross from the previous year.


The Cavalry Isn’t Coming

            You can become it. Using my managerial experiences, I prepared all my administrative necessities: profit and loss charts, payment collection software, website, domain email address, and future plans. Within the first few months, I contracted two individuals to help with administrative tasks (preparing contracts and invoicing) and branding (social media marketing and email marketing). Having those two assets has really made life easier and then I realized that I had become the cavalry. No sweat.

            Join professional organizations and talk to pros who are doing what you want to do. And then, execute. That’s how you create a cavalry for yourself. Don’t listen to the naysayers, do your research, and be resourceful in all things that you do. Don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way for opportunity. Also, wait for no one. You got this. Go for it.


A.E. Williams, founder of A.E. Williams Editorial, is a Book Editor who has worked with writers and publishing houses such as Hachette Book Group to release outstanding books in a variety of genres. He reads scripts for the Desertscape International Festival.  Also, a writer himself, A.E. has released his own writings on Amazon. You can find him on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Siempre conectados

Tres años han pasado desde que puedo hablar con Mama a cualquier hora. No necesito tener señal, batería, ni teléfono. Sólo necesito tener un momento para hablar con ella y los busco a menudo.


Pienso en Mama y recuerdo todas las veces que sabía exactamente qué decir y cómo manejar una situación. Pienso en Mama y recuerdo las copas de vino, las conversaciones por horas, los abrazos que se quedan contigo y el amor que aún a tres años de su partida lo siento profundamente.


Escribo mucho de este tema porque pues, Mama me dio vida y compartimos mucho en los 40 años que lo pasamos junto, ya que si le sumas los meses en la barriga, fueron 4 décadas de amor. Conste, sigo contando porque la mantengo conmigo. Le escribo, le hablo, le pido ayuda, le pido consejos, le pido fuerza, pero también le cuento de las aventuras de la vida. Lo bueno, lo no tan bueno y pues, de todo bastante.


Cuando le escribo una carta a Mama, le digo lo que la extraño aunque también le deseo lo mejor donde esté y que espero que haya el equivalente a un buen vino para compartir el día que nos reunamos. Le hablo del presente, de mis triunfos, de mis retos y le cuento de todo porque no quiero que se lo pierda.


Recuerdo cuando hablábamos de mi abuelo, su padre, y cómo se sentía tan cerca el día que el falleció. Eso fue en el ’95 y aunque yo le decía a Mama que entendía lo que ella decía, porque sentía algo similar, la entiendo mucho mejor ahora que estoy viviendo por mi versión de eso.


A menudo me preguntan que cómo manejo los días de las Madres, sus cumpleaños y días como hoy y siempre respondo lo mismo: hoy no es más difícil que ayer ni que mañana. Todos los días la extraño y la amo porque es parte integral de quién soy y nuestro amor me ha enseñado a escribirle y amarla en el presente. Cuando un barco fluye en el agua o nadamos, se deja una estela. Y qué son estelas sino las olas que creamos en la vida.


Comparto lo que siento por ella y cómo enfrento lo que hemos vivido porque es mi manera de compartir sus olas y combinarlas con las mías. Conozco mucha gente bonita que han perdido a seres queridos los últimos años y siempre les invito a que sientan lo que tengan que sentir. También les invito que hablen y que no sientan que tienen que quedarse con algo por dentro. Al hablar soltamos y también creamos un momento, un recuerdo, o una acción.


Cada día puede ser uno triste o alegre y está en nosotros cómo celebrarlo. Hoy escogí hablarle a Mama, escribirle una carta, hacer donativos a Save a Sato y Atlanta Humane Society por ser causas que sé que conectarían con ella y al Breast Cancer Research Foundation ya que, al momento, creo que están haciendo buen trabajo y sus altos ejecutivos no se lucran tanto como en otras corporaciones. He estado escuchando el Cheers MamaEstrada playlist con canciones que me hacen pensar en ella y ahora estoy escribiendo este post.


Hay días que me da duro y la extraño un poco más de lo usual (que nunca es poco). No tiene que ser hoy, ni el 17 de enero, ni el Día de las Madres. Ahora aún en esos días la celebro y doy gracias porque si la extraño así de mucho, te puedes imaginar el amor que me dio en la vida...y si eso te pone alguna idea de escribirle, llamar o visitar a alguien que amas o de brindar por ellos, pues he hecho bien por ella y por todo lo que nos dio en vida.


Gracias por compartir un rato con nosotros, porque esto fue una colaboración entre madre e hijo que siguen creando, compartiendo y amando juntos.


Un abrazo,



Friday, May 27, 2022

Creative alternatives to address gun violence

If you think the opioid addiction crisis is bad, it pales into comparison to the addiction the US has with firearms. Just this post alone has been restarted three times because three major shootings have happened in less than two weeks.


It’s easy to feel hopeless with the seemingly never-ending gun-related events that continue to plague the U.S. It’s easy to feel disheartened, because for every effort to try and implement common sense laws that are designed not to limit your right to bear your arms, but to protect people from future events like what happens on an almost weekly basis, we keep seeing thoughts, prayers, and excuses.


It’s easy to feel this way because politicians and gun activists continue to turn a blind eye to this pandemic that’s been plaguing the U.S. far longer than COVID. It’s easy because they continue to use gun laws to appease to a certain voter base that wants guns for everyone and not much else or so it appears. Just look at the talking points of the Florida and Texas governors. Just look at other politicians who make campaign ads talking about machine gun bacon. Look at how fervent they defend the right to guns but fight against affordable healthcare, reproductive rights, the right to clean air and clean water, and so many other things that fall on the wayside because it’s a higher priority to protect the right to bear arms than it is to do pretty much anything else to benefit your average citizen.


You see all of this and it’s extremely easy to want to give up.


Well, it’s easy if you’re not one of the people who have lost a loved one to gun violence. For those people, it’s impossible to want to give up.


Angry? Frustrated? Enraged? Heart-broken?


Yes, to all of these.


But deterred?


How about no. How about hell no. (For an example, look at the acceptance speech of Manuel and Patricia Oliver, who are the parents of Joaquín Oliver, who was murdered four years ago in the Parkland shooting ). Then look at the ad for “The Lost Class” made by Leo Burnett.


In one weekend during May 2022, not one but two shootings occurred. Both showed clear signs that something could happen. Both happened anyways. Then a third shooting happened this week where teachers and students were gunned down by another person who had easy access to an AR-15. And still people insist these are isolated incidents and fight tooth and nail for change to not happen. They still complain about everything that’s wrong with the country and how everything’s so unfair and living conditions are impossible, etc. etc. But regulating guns? Nah. We can’t do anything there. Our hands are tied. Or maybe they’re too busy counting corporate money from the NRA. What I’m not sure is if they check their bank accounts before or after tweeting their thoughts and prayers.


People are expected to train for an active shooter but not much is done to deter, minimize, or make things a little harder for a shooter. By the way, let me edit that last sentence to make it a bit more uncomfortable. Children are expected to train for an active shooter. Children. And if that’s not insane enough, then tell me why it’s harder for you to buy cold medicine at a pharmacy than it is to buy a gun in many places in this country.


Which gets me to thinking maybe we need a different approach to address gun violence.


Imagine debt forgiveness, a living wage, or full health insurance for the entire family if you agree to vote for universal background checks. How about free gas for 5 years if we agree to a nation-wide 48 hr. holding period? How about halving the interest on your mortgage if we raise the age of being able to buy a gun to 21? How about free tuition for your kids if people are required to take a written and practical test to own a gun? How about free treatment for members of your community with a terminal condition or free insulin for any members in your community who have diabetes if we ban AR-15s and all high-capacity weaponry? How about free food, housing, and job placement for people in your community suffering from homelessness if people with a criminal record are unable to get guns nation-wide?


No? Then how about people make a wish list. The sky’s the limit because after all, this isn’t going to fly, right? Then why not go hog wild and say what you really want. People are not saying hand in your guns. They’re saying: let’s put laws into effect to make a background check mandatory. They’re saying maybe it’s not a great idea to sell guns to minors. They’re saying maybe you don’t need an assault rifle to hunt buck. They’re saying, if you have a criminal record or a history of violence, that maybe, possibly, it’s not the best idea to let you buy any weapon you want with little to no resistance. So ask away. State your demands. Let people know what it will take to bring change, and again, this is not to take away all your guns, it’s to try and do something to make it so that we don’t have a mass shooting every week. How sad is it that if we had a mass shooting every month it’d be not only an improvement, but a DRASTIC improvement?


Oh wait, the new talking point for THIS go around is that it’s a problem with mental illness. That’s the only issue. Although I completely agree that the US has a huge problem with mental illness and access to mental health care and coverage for everyone, some people have defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results...except that to compound things, nothing has been done since Sandy Hook, which would make this even worse than insanity. It makes the lack of change irresponsible, idiotic, vile, and dare I say, un-American.


  • Universal background checks.
  • Nation-wide 48 hr. holding period.
  • Raise the age of being able to buy a gun to 21.
  • Written and practical tests to own a gun.
  • Ban AR-15s and all high-capacity weaponry.
  • If you have a criminal record and a history a violence, you don’t get to buy a gun.


There’s no reason all of these measures can’t be put into place. Excuses? Corporate interests? Yes. But no logical reason why any of these measures weren’t implemented a decade ago or right now.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

The Tradition Continues

The Tradition Continues

There are many things and many people to celebrate on Mother’s Day. Each person has their own way of doing it, and for me, it’s always and shall always be important to publish something on Mother’s Day. No matter what life throws my way, no matter the challenges, it’s something that’s important to me…and when something’s important, there is no try. Today I’m happy to report that even with a last-minute push, I was able to deliver on one of several projects I’ve been promising for a while: the all-English version of my bilingual collection, Twenty Veinte.

Beyond just translating the Spanish part, there are some pieces here that have been tweaked or shall we say overhauled. It’s been 6 years since I published Twenty Veinte and in that time, I’ve grown as a person and as a writer so I did allow myself some adjustments on the existing English pieces taking into account what we’ve experienced collectively the past couple of years, even though I didn’t include anything pandemic-specific, because I didn’t feel the need or desire to do so.

Now the Spanish part was interesting to work on…because the pieces in the original bilingual version of the book were FAR from Traditional Spanish and often use very Puerto Rican language. “How Puerto Rican?” you may ask. Well to the point that a text translator was useless as a tool to accelerate or facilitate the process. Then beyond language, there’s context and that’s where it got really tricky with several essays and one particular short story.

In plain English, if you’re not from Puerto Rico, you wouldn’t get several references, jokes, and be a bit lost. That’s where the term transcreation came into play and quite heavily.

Transcreation refers to when you go BEYOND language and take into consideration socio-cultural and historic details and add context to make the communication relevant to the intended audience. So imagine going from writing something mainly for Spanish speaking Puerto Ricans and making it relatable and understandable to a global English speaking audience. If it sounds complicated, it’s because it is.

This required me to do several rewrites and do deep dives to overhaul what I’d written originally. It also showed me how I’ve grown as a writer with more recent pieces and how I once upon a time struck gold, and that certain pieces have aged pretty gracefully I might add.

Translating the essays brought the challenge of making everything understandable. That means that for a piece like Puerto Rico Salsa, Puerto Rico Reggaetón I had to explain a bit more of what the title refers to and explain a bit more of where I was coming from in regards to the opinion within that piece. For Lane Change (Cambio de Carril) I had to absolutely re-think a LOT of what is in that story, since it takes place within a car stuck in a traffic jam in Puerto Rico. By re-think, please understand scrapping about 15-20% of the story and rewriting it thinking of the intended audience.

Then came the poetry.

Translating my poetry was very tricky because I love plays on words and doing stuff that honestly only works or works best in the original language it was written. Transcreating 10 poems of varying structure, style, intent, and rhyme structure might not seem like a lot, but it was. It also sparked some ideas for future projects where I explore the concept of living a bilingual life further, except I’ll concentrate on one form rather than re-diving into stories, poetry, and essays in one go.

The Spanish version of the collection has also brought plenty of challenges, though I’m chipping away at it because, again, it’s important to me. As is Mother’s Day.

I am well aware that if I don’t publish anything on Mother’s Day, nothing will happen in the grand scheme of things. I also know that the date continues to be extremely important to me, because of what it means and who I pay tribute to. I am well aware Mom would ask me when I’d get done with the Spanish projects I’ve had lingering for so long…though I’m also sure she’d be happy and proud that I continue to keep the tradition going and all the other things I've done this year.

I continue to receive messages asking how she’s doing, since I often post #CheersMamaEstrada pictures, videos, and pieces and I only regret having to let people know that she’s passed away and that it’s been some time. The regret is because I feel bad knowing people will feel bad they brought it up. I miss her every day though every time I get asked how she’s doing, part of me does smile, because it means I keep her memory quite alive.

Whether it’s a poem, a song, an essay, a book, a character based on Mama, or this tradition, it’s easy to always keep her with me. I know several wonderful people who have lost their moms or other loved ones in recent weeks and months and it hurts to see good people go through something so tough. Still, it’s a part of life and I always do my best to drop a line and invite them to feel whatever they have to feel, to embrace it, and pay forward all the love they received in life. I also invite them to talk to or write to their loved ones and to do it in the present tense. Write a letter as if you’re catching them up with everything that’s happened. Have a hard question to ask or something you need to get off your chest, write it out or tell them. It’s something I do often and it helps me more than you can imagine…as it does to publish something on Mother’s Day.

So here’s to tradition, to goals, to getting things done even when there are challenges in the way, and to doing the things that are important to us. This makes it Book #19…though it only serves to fuel the fire to get to my next projects, so as I’ve mentioned before. When it comes to my books, best not blink.

My best to you and all the mothers who have made and continue to make life better.

Peace, love, and Happy Mother's Day

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

La Marcha de los Escritores 2022 – MOTW

Ya andamos en el tercer año de este movimiento llamado #MarchOfTheWriters. Es impresionante como vuela el tiempo y conste, mis disculpas por la tardanza, ahora quería hacer un post en español explicando un poco de lo que es este invento. 


Por los 31 días de marzo, hay 31 temas para compartir en las redes y conectar con más lectores y escritores. Para mí ha sido algo bien bonito ya que he conectado con gente muy bonita de todo el mundo y la creatividad se deja sentir. Antes de entrar en los temas, una pequeña nota aclaratoria: la intención de esto es de conectar, de pasarla bien, de ponernos creativos. La vida y el mundo nos regala bastante estrés y estamos viviendo tiempos intensos por una variedad de razones. Así que si te pierdes un día, no pasó nada. O pones más de un post o lo que te convenga. ¿La vida NO cooperó? Hey, todos estamos bregando con aventuras y sorpresas. De nuevo, esto es para pasarla bien así que incluso hay temas que no te interesan hacer posts, relax y le metes empeño al que te inspire.



Ok, otras preguntas comunes que me han hecho.


¿En qué plataforma?

En la que quieras. Puedes enfocarte en Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok o hasta LinkedIn. Lo que te funcione, ESO.


¿En qué lenguaje?

Por lo general yo hago mis posts en inglés simplemente porque me es más fácil ahora no te sorprendas si ves que escribo en inglés y español o ambos.


¿Se pueden combinar posts?

Claro que yes.


¿Cuáles son los hashtags para compartir?

#MarchOfTheWriters #AuthorLife #WritingCommunity #WritersCommunity #AuthorLoop #authorlifemonth #MOTW #MOTW2022 #lamarchadelosescritores #bookstagram #booktwitter #authortube #booktube #Bookstagram 


Ahora si tienes otros hashtags que te funcionan mejor, go for it.


Ok, ahora a lo que vinimos. Los temas:



1.     Nuevo mes, mucho gusto.


Es el comienzo de March Of the Writers así que déjale saber a la gente quién eres, que haces, qué haz publicado y ¡conecta!


2.    Veo veo…tus libros.


Si tienes libros publicados, enséñalos. Si tienes un manuscrito en libreta, a ver la libreta. Tienes una página de autor en Amazon? Ponla para que te conozcan!


3.    El ritmo de tus palabras


Llevo ya tres años recopilando música para un playlist y le seguiré sumando música para inspirarme a mí y a otros que necesiten una melodía para escribir.


4.    Proyectos Activos


¿Qué estás escribiendo en este momento y qué tal te va?


5.    Tiempos de escritura


Hay gente que escribe en bloques de 15 minutos. Hay quienes escriben por horas. ¿Qué te funciona?


6.    Metas para el 2022


Aunque vivimos en momentos caóticos, podemos seguir con nuestros sueños y nuestras metas. Incluso podemos hacer eso y apoyar buenas causas o posiblemente una de tus metas este año es apoyar una buena causa. Cuéntanos, ¿qué espera para el resto de tu 2022?


7.     Tribu de autores


Hay días buenos y días menos buenos. Ahora hay gente que están para nosotros en las buenas, las malas, las horrendas y la anda pal car$%^o. Quiénes son y coparte el amor.


8.    ADN de Escritor


Hay estilos, temas recurrentes e ideas que permean todo lo que hacemos. ¿Qué cosas son integrales para tu cuerpo de trabajo?


9.    ¿Qué andas leyendo? Comparte tu TBR


Un TBR es una lista de libros To Be Read y la mayoría de nosotros tiene un lista laaaaarrrrgggggaaaa. Comparte lo que tienes en la mesita de noche y qué le tienes gana meterle los dientes de tus libros.


10. Agendados e inspirados


Aunque tenemos que tener claro que en estos tiempos hay que ser flexibles, también hay que hacer planes.


11.  Gotitas del Saber


Todos vivimos y aprendemos así que ¿por qué no compartir ese conocimiento?



12.  Inspiración Fílmica


Hay escritores que no ven NADA de tele. Yo no soy de esas personas. Me encantan las series, las películas, los videojuegos y en sí, de la manera que haya una narrativa, de seguro me apunto y me encanta compartir.


13.  Gustitos


El que sólo trabaja y no se premia nunca, pues como que no goza. ¿Cuáles son algunos gustos o premios que te das cuando completas un proyecto o algo importante?


14.  Tu pitch


Aparte de escribir libros, hay que venderlos sea a lectores si autopublicas o a agentes y casas publicadoras si buscas publicar tradicionalmente. La idea es que nos des ese resumen de 30-40 segundos de tu libro. Si lo haces por video mejor para que o llames la atención o recibas tips de cómo mejorarlo.


15.  Socialmente plataformado


Hay un sinnúmero de plataformas sociales en donde conectamos con la gente. ¿Cuáles son tus favoritas o las que participes? ¿Qué te gusta de conectar? ¿Qué retos te encuentras? (Aparte de ganarle al algoritmo?)


16.  Tu fanaticada


La gente no sabe la diferencia que una reseña hace y lo que motiva. Usa este espacio par dar las gracias a la gente que ha reseñado y o comparte una imagen o lee una de las reseñas que más te ha hecho el día.


17.  Leyendo los clásicos


Hay quienes sólo leen lo nuevo ahora hay unos clásicos que se merecen su título. ¿Cuáles son algunos de tus favoritos?


18. Digital o Análogo


Siendo que estamos en el siglo 21 y viviendo los 2020’s, hay quien lo quiere todo digital y otros cuyo romance con el libro físico no tiene reemplazo. Incluso, hay híbridos que le gustan ambos. ¿Hacia qué lado te inclinas y por qué?


19.  Locura metódica


Cada loco con su tema y cada escritor con sus peculiaridades. Comparte un hábito de tu proceso que es esencial para poder escribir.


20. Desbloqueándote


Hay múltiples tipos de bloqueo y por suerte hay una gran variedad de ganarle a ese bloqueo. Dinos qué te funciona y qué le recomiendas a otros escritores.


21.  Marcalibros maravillosos


Nos encantan los libros. OBVIO. Ahora hay muchos que también apreciamos muchos estos artefactos para no perdernos cuando el tiempo no nos da o nos gana Morfeo. Comparte fotos de tus marcalibros favoritos.


22. Herramientas esenciales para escribir


Bolígrafo, lápiz, computadora, maquinilla, MS Word, grabadoras, Scrivener… Qué herramientas son esenciales para escribir y qué te ha salvado la vida en más de una ocasión.


23. Dónde gustas leer


Hay gente que le gusta leer en su casa y hay otros que aman darle un roadtrip a sus libros. ¿Dónde te gusta leer y por qué?


24. ¿Por qué escribes?


Esta pregunta es el equivalente de los escritores de la famosa: ¿Por qué estamos aquí?” ¿Qué satisfaces con tu escritura?


25. ¿Cuál es tu marca?


Más allá de los libros que escribimos, somos una marca y representamos algo con nuestras obras y cómo nos conducimos. Así que cuéntanos: quién eres y por qué deberíamos ponerte atención.


26. Metódico o a lo loco


En inglés se le dice plantser al que va escribiendo según le ataca la musa. Y los que planifican, pues son planners y a menudo es divertido ver cómo cad uno defiende su estilo y preferencia.


27. Hábitat del escritor


Eso fue un título bien firifulli para invitarte a compartir tu escritorio o dónde escribes.


28. El libro que más veces has leído


Muchos leemos mucho…ahora hay ciertos libros que volvemos a ellos porque nos encantan y son parte de nosotros.


29. Que quéeeeee- opiniones NO-populares


Una peli, libro, comida, banda, artista, destino, o autor que todos parecen amar y no soportasssss.


30. Gente que debes seguir


Pero si ya hablamos de nuestra tribu!!! Lo sé, lo sé. Ahora las probabilidades de haber conocido alguien nuevo es bien grande. Así que comparte la gente nueva con las que conectaste y cuadren desde ya para charlas de escribir.


31.  Manteniéndonos en contacto


Triste cuando termina ahora no hay por qué dejar de conectar. Dile a la gente dónde te pueden conseguirte a ti y tus libros!