Zulema's Bright Future

Posted on February 14, 2017
When decades of Armageddon passed, mankind was left to its wits. Tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes left survivors waiting for Earth to explode. But it didn't. Mother nature gave mankind a second chance.

Keeping time wasn't easy since the ashen skies made it hard to monitor the sun's rotation. The natural tilt of the planet changed - north and south weren't north and south anymore. The constellations appeared in different parts of the night sky. Was the world spinning in a circle? No one could tell. Satellites, if they still circled the Earth, were sending signals to pulverized control centers. Offshore backup facilities and generators couldn't withstand the underground tremors.

What was the cause of it all? No one alive knew for sure. They say a meteor hit a country called Australia and shock waves rippled across the planet. There were survivors, but they have long since passed, and now their grandchildren's children tell stories.

IWSG & My Attempts At Marketing

Posted on January 31, 2017
Blog Hop hosted by Alex Cavanaugh
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Time for a post for IWSG hosted by Alex Cavanaugh, where writers talk about their insecurities about writing, publishing, and other related topics.

A different question is asked each month, where your answers are shared and you encourage others who are struggling. This month's question is : How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

This is an easy one. There are a lot of things that have changed in the way I read book and watch movies (both tell a story) ever since I started writing. I tend to focus a lot on plot and consistency, so when I spot a hole in a book or a movie, I do a fist pump like I discovered a secret that no one else knows. When things seem unlikely or unreal and the story is in a contemporary setting (not sci-fi/fantasy/horror/etc.) I shake my head.

Friday Celebrations - Poetry, Print Publishing, And Writing

Posted on January 20, 2017
Is the inauguration over yet?
It's time to celebrate! It's Friday! It's almost February! It's inauguration day!

Ok, maybe not all those things are positive, but I refuse to let the actions of a small group damage my faith in the american people and in our system of government. Life must go on. Peaceful protests must continue. Governments must shift. Voices are to be heard. The crazy will be crazy.

And... there is writing to be done.

Here are my celebrations for this week, quite a few writing related:

Silent Inquiries

Posted on January 16, 2017
I asked the water crashing against the shore,
"Who wrote your soothing melody?"
It answered me not, and continued flowing
In from the depths of the sea.

I asked the cut grass brushing against my boots,
"Who designed the freshness of your scent?"
It answered me not, and emitted its aroma
Into the wind that came and went.

I asked the rugged mountains along the horizon,
"Who dashed snow on the top of your peak?"
It answered me not, and stood proud and tall,
Glorifying its mystique.

I asked the universe behind the setting sun,
"Who positioned the stars at night?"
It answered me not, and covered the sky
With swirls of twinkling lights.

I asked the pitch-darkness of my bedroom,
"Who concocted nightmares and screams?"
It answered me not, and lulled me to sleep,
Escorting me to my dreams.

© Tanya Miranda

Celebrate the Small Stuff - Movies That Make You Think

Posted on January 12, 2017
What kind of world do we live in where The Fundamentals Of Caring is averaging 7.4 stars on IMDB? Talk about injustice! It needs to win some awards. It just has to.

I love watching movies that have me thinking about life, death, and relationships long after it finished. This movie, this situation, these people, all of it can be real.

Well, I guess the aliens in The Arrival can theoretically be real and just not be here yet, but the chances that actual aliens will be that cool are probably in the negative digits. (Can probability be negative? I don't know. I'm not a statistician, or one who gambles.)

In between watching the Arrival and The Fundamentals Of Caring, I recall the last movie that had this kind of impact on me was Seeking A Friend For the End Of The World. It was a bittersweet ending, as you can imagine with a title like that. I would categorize it as dark humor, or depressing humor. It made me think about life and the vast universe, the void, total darkness, the possibility of the human race in complete non-existence... Yeah, I lost a lot of sleep on that one.

IWSG : Planning

Posted on January 4, 2017
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Time for a post for IWSG hosted by Alex Cavanaugh. A different question is asked each month, where your answers are shared and you encourage others who are struggling. This month's question is : In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

Here's my take on 5-year plans... I used to create 5-year plans for my organization as director of e-commerce in retail many years ago. Anything can happen in five years. People leave. New employee roll in. New initiatives are created. Hell, the people who asked for the 5-year plan may move on to other positions at other companies half way through.

So when I created these 5-year plans, I'd only stayed true to the first two years ahead and winged the following years. Hey, life happens and things change, and instead of failing at a unyielding plan you tuck and roll and change your mind. One of my favorite movie quotes of all time comes from the protagonist in Dreams for an Insomniac. "I never give up. I either get what I want or I change my mind first."

Celebrating 2016 And An Intergalactic Superhero Moment

Posted on December 30, 2016
Blog hop hosted by Lexa Cain
As the last Celebrate the Small Things post for the year, I want to do a major 2016 celebration of all the things I'm grateful for this past year.

  • Published a children's picture book, Monsters Under My Bed, with my own drawings. 
  • Published a short story collection, Isabel & Leo, which is based on real life stories from various people in my life. Not 100% real, but not 100% fiction either. 
  • Met a few cool poets/writers while working on a collaboration project over the summer, and created a couple of poems for children. One day our little project will be complete.
  • Became a soccer coach for my son's U10 travel team, and learned a lot about coaching kids. I can juggle a ball pretty good for a 40+ year old who just learned soccer. I have my own soccer cleats and everything!!! 
  • I am running regularly, and completing 10Ks without feeling complete exhausted for the rest of the day. I haven't lost my bounce yet. 

Goodbye 2016 - A Year In Review

Posted on December 27, 2016

It's that time of year when you reflect upon the past year's achievements, failures, and close-calls or almost-there moments. In following IWSG December posts, which, of course, I missed because I let life get in the way of my writing schedule, here are my answers...