Wednesday, May 2, 2018

My Essay Is Out! Check It!

My craft talk essay "Fighting Against the Bloat" is out in the Tishman Review 4.2! *Click on image to go on site!*
The Tishman Review 4.2 April 2018
It is available as a PDF, and on as a hard copy or Kindle e-book!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Rest in Peace, another beloved legend

So, a science fiction Hugo Award-winning legendary author passed away and I just learned about it when I received my latest Poets & Writers magazine! We are losing our legends. And those of us who became writers, because of these 'myth makers', to know we remain scares me. RIP Kate Wilhelm

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The 100 Pages That Shaped Comics

And if you feel as blessed as I do, you've come across and may have even read a handful of these titles!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Race is a Myth

There's a book out about the myth of Race by a journalist named Sussman who also wrote an extension article on the topic via Newsweek.
Researchers and scientists have been pushing for everyone to use Ethnicity since that is more quantifiable. That's why in my scifi series, the aliens consistently use 'specie'/'Species'.
I will be purchasing Sussman's book soon.
I never understood how in my favorite SF shows, aliens kept using Race. They wouldn't because it's a misnomer.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

I Completed A 20-page Graphic Novel!

Month of February was both a difficult month emotionally, mentally, and physically for me.

I won't get too much into one of the reasons but I can talk about the other reason: I worked on a 20-page graphic novel! It was a rush job as I only had roughly two months to complete it.

Instead of using my special micro nib pens for inking, I decided to use my double-head black designer markers instead. It gave a children's book feel. I drove this idea home especially that I used a junior high school-aged Latin-American boy as protagonist.

I had my mom and five co-workers read the graphic novel and received only positive and heartfelt feedback!

The application package had four deadlines and, on my part, I completed the cover sheet, my bibliography, a resume, and the work sample (graphic novel)! I already had an appointment with a professor colleague who worked on my letter of recommendation. I only have one letter left. That deadline isn't until the first day of next month.

I posted cropped pages of the comic on my Instagram (@Handdrawnbycarmenjr) since it's in the submission process.

Please wish me luck and keep your fingers crossed!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Application Life is Hard

Sorry I haven't posted in a while.

We had a death in the family and I'm currently out-of-state. In the interest of privacy, it was a sibling's spouse who passed away.

I have also been making changes to certain writing goals and choices. I've decided to make the most recent fellowship I applied for my last and just focus on residencies, grants, and the occasional writers contests.

What's a fellowship*? It usually involves a deeply personal packaging of information that may contain: a resume/CV, a bibliography of one's publications/credits/clips, (often) letter(s) of recommendation, and the work sample (in whatever shape the stringent requirements/submission guidelines state it must be).

Why apply to a fellowship? Well, it's as deeply individual and unique to each person. What I can tell you is that being awarded one, the newly 'minted' fellow has the ability to travel, to teach at a number of institutions, to take part in government programs and grassroots organizations. Now you might ask: but can't you do that WITHOUT ACTUALLY APPLYING for a FELLOWSHIP? Well, it depends on what goals one has in mind. Some of mine are to get funding for specific kinds of research, to travel broadly according to particular projects, and for me to promote myself as a scholar in certain pop culture circles.

I have been applying to these fellowships for almost 3 years, before and after graduate school, and now I think it's time to take a break and concentrate on another aspect of my writing career. So there is that.

In the meantime, take care of yourselves, Dear Readers, and continue to 'watch this space...'

*I'm speaking on writing/creative arts fellowships ONLY.

Fellowships** are as complex and diverse as the people who need and/or desire them. And depending on its industry, a fellowship will follow those particular requirements, rules, and guidelines for applying.

**To learn more about what fellowships are and what they can do for you, check out