The amazingly talented Franza Haindl nominated me for this award!

You got the Award, now what?

- I list 11 random facts about myself.
- I will answer the 11 questions asked of me by the person who nominated me.
- I will then nominate my 11 picks for the award along with my 11 questions for them to answer when they post a response.
- If you’re nominated, your name/link will appear at the bottom of this post along with your questions. Follow the same format; paste the award badge to your blog, give us 11 random facts about yourself, answer my 11 questions, and choose your nominees…but you cannot nominate the blog who nominated you.

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. I began writing/planning the series I'm working on since November of the year 2009. That's 3 years and almost 2 months ago! Crazy, right!? (I was on 10th grade in high school. I began writing by accident!)

2. The first book I read on my own in the English language was 'Little Bee' by Chris Cleave. L.O.V.E.D. it!

3. I read Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows in one day! (Just because I wanted to know how it ended. If I recall, it was 9 AM when I began, and it was around 10-11 PM when I finished.)

4. I love, love, love nature. I like to be in the wild alone, with nothing but music and my mind.

5. In the Winter of 2011, my aunt and uncle took me to Florida. The timeline and complete plot for the second novel in the series was born!

6. I have around 14 scars on my body from injuries. From a cut leg, falling on rocks, cutting my thumb with a knife, stepping on a board with nails, and from falling from a tree.

7. I have a respiratory allergy to oranges, cilantro, and aged celery. When people peel oranges near me, the smell shuts down my airways and I can't breath.

8. I sleep with a teddy bear. (DON'T ASK!)

9. I love birds and fish. But I don't eat fish. And I prefer to look at the birds.

10. I once participated on a very short movie about gang violence. It was an amazing experience!

11. I have, in fact, heard the cry of La Llorona! Believe it or not, I heard her. (Post about it will be published soon!)

The 11 Questions Asked with My Answers:

1. What was the first book you fell in love with?
A: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

2. Who do you admire the most?
A: Many people around me that do what I believe I won't.

3. What is you favorite genre of writing and why?
A: Fantasy. I love to create my own worlds, issues and solutions.

4. Why do you write?
A: I love books deeply. I have a story that needs to be told!

5. What is you favorite first sentence?
A: Anything that brings me right into a scene.

6. Horror or romance?
A: Most horror I read has dull endings. The movies do, too. But I like horror in movies. I like to be scared (and have someone beside me to hug while watching! Ha ha. No one. *sad face*) Romance in my opinion moves too slow in books.  But I've watched many movies made from romance books, and I quite liked them! So, romance. And horror!

7. Are you the person you want to be?
A: I am the person I was made. If I'm meant to be who I want to be, I will. If not, I will be the person I was made to be.

8. Which experience first made you aware of the shortness of life?
A: Reading the Apocalypse in the Bible.

9. What is the emotion you fear the most and why?
A: Losing someone because of death. I fear having to see people suffer around me.

10. What kind of traveler are you?
A: I love, love to travel. Too bad I rarely do it. But if I could, I would go everywhere possible.

11. What do you desire most?
A: Publish my novels and see how people react to them.  I would just like to have the time and write, write, write. I'm obsessed with writing, but I find myself lost when I see where I am as a writer in a world full of people like me. Better people.

Here are my nominees:

1. What do you think about when you hear the word 'Book'?
2. In one word, describe a book you love.
3. What animal do you fear the most?
4. Favorite time of the day to read?
5. Coffee person? If yes, do you drink it with milk, cream, or just plain? If not, what do you drink instead?
6. Have you published a book? If yes, share the name and a link! Brag! If not, are you working on one that's on its way to the sea of sharks?
7. Favorite candy and why?
8. Tells us, what inspired you to become a writer/blogger in one or two sentences?
9. Every beginning has an end. Do you prefer a happy ending or one that just satisfies?
10. If I pay for you to go anywhere in the world with someone, where would you go and who would you go with?
11. What is a dream you have and always keep alive?

EXTRA CREDIT QUESTION:  What do you dry first after you come out of the shower?

Ha-ha-ha! Don't answer that!! I'll do it for you: The first thing I dry when I come out of the shower is...the WATER! Ah! Got you! Ha ha! I couldn't resist.

:-0 Now, do your blog post!

OTHER NOMINATIONS! (Because I'm special.)

My awesome vampire friend! Elise Valente

Her questions:

1. Should there be a law that forces gorgeous guys to remain shirtless as often as humanly possible, even in the face of inclement weather?
A: Ha-ha-ha-ha! I'm not against it.

2. What do you think of the fact that Pluto is no longer a planet?
A: It's a dwarf...planet. Yes? It's a planet! Because I say so.
3. If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
A: The main character in my novel. Because I want to warn him of what will happen to him! He-he.
4. What makes you think you're so special? I mean, you are special, but please elaborate on your specialness.
A: I'm always, always smiling, even on bad days. I am special--oh, shut it. Ha-ha! Just hand me the award...
5. What is your biggest pet peeve about the writing process?
A: How damn long it takes to finish.
6. If I yell at my dog because she's currently throwing a temper tantrum over her bone, does that make me a bad person?
A: Nope.
7. Did you hate the new Star Trek movie? (Hint: the correct answer is "yes.")
A: No. I liked it!
8. What is your preferred genre to write? Do you ever see yourself writing in a different genre? (I know that's technically two questions, but since one is a follow-up, it doesn't count).A: Epic (urban) fantasy. Yes, science fiction.
9. Without using Google or any other search engine, do you have any idea where the phrase "Klaatu barada nikto" comes from? (+20 geek points if you do)
A: If I read it in Spanish, I can make it sound really funny! Klaatu Barada Nikto! (Meaning: What are you doing standing? And the last word...yeah, I'll keep that.)
10. You love vampires. Yes, this is a statement, not a question.
A: Umm. I do?!
11. Tell us all about your current project and why we should encourage others to start riots over buying it when it's released.
A: My amazing current project (The Empire's Curse!) is a book of epic fantasy! It starts a boy (Zach) and his 4 siblings who take a journey into darkness. After Zach's younger brother falls into a 'Nymphax Dream' for being a curious cat, he has to find a way to save him from this "eternal dream". Luckily, there is a way; Zach can sign a contract with a magical creature, who goes by the name of 'Snatcher'. What he has to do to save his brother is...move a mountain that sits on top of a city; a city filled with White Zombies...and a curse. A curse no one will be able to escape until the day the Serpent Queen comes back from the kill them.

Green Rain

I took this photos sometime ago.
Okay, it was Spring 2011. I thought they came out really cool.
Because I love nature, I'd like to share them with you!
Sorry about my name on them. :-)

A Trip and Back

My family loves going to Mexico!
I's hard to count, hold on. I think...around 14 uncles and aunts. One of them usually goes to Mexico in December. Sometimes they go to Florida, to visit Grandpa, but only some.
Anyhow, they always bring back...CANDY! Among other things, like [stinky] cheese, which I love.

Here is what I [my family] got this year!

JLL-Day of the Three Kings 2013

1-Beans! Why so special? Um, my uncle planted them, ha ha! They look amazing!

2-Papeletas [suckers] Four flavors! (a) tamarindo con chile [spicy tamarind]  (b) paletas de pollo [spicy suckers named 'chicken suckers'] (c) paletas de coca [coke suckers. PS: They have something like baking soda] (d) paletas de cajeta (caramel suckers).

3-Garbanzos [chickpeas] They are fresh! I better cook them soon.

4-More candy that doesn't have name! Ha! They are just in plastic bags because they were sold where they are made. ZAMORA!

5-Habas [lima beans] They are dried, added salt, and pepper. O.M.G! They are yummy!

6-Peanuts [cacahuates] covered in caramel!

7-Peanuts with salt.

8-Coconut candy [dulce de coco] (the one with the pink top on the cutting board).

9-Guava candy [dulce de guayava] (The very brown one on the top right corned of the cutting board).

10-Another candy (on the bottom right corner of the cutting board. I tasted it, I don't know what it tastes like).

11-Spicy Dust! (Bottom left side of the cutting board, three packages in red. It's just sugar with pepper.)

12-Borrachos! [Drunks] the yellow-and-pink and pink candy on the bottom of the photo. These candy have...spirits! Depends on what flavor you eat, each has different portions of wine.

13-CHEESE! [queso] Dried cheese [stinky cheese] We Mexicans love, love this cheese. Oh, I want to eat it all right now.

14-Dried Meat! [we call them: tasajos or carne vieja {old meat}] Because we live where the sun don't shine most of the time, it is almost impossible to dry the meat. And, it also doesn't smell too good when it's drying. So, bring it from Mexico. Cook? Well, so many ways, I can't pick one out.

15- Chongos Zamoranos! The famous chongos I talk about all. The. Time. It's a candy! And a dessert. And a food. And, okay, it's everything! Chongos!

I need to breathe! That was so much and it looks like so little.

I hope you learned something. Now, I need a borracho...

PS: Everything is homemade/natural. Tastes amazing.

'Red Sky' by Daniel Luna

This post is titled after my friend Daniel Luna, who shared this pictures with me! I love them a lot. Good thing he allowed me to post them.

I couldn't believe this pictures when I saw them. It really took me by surprise, I have to say. Now, why are these picture so special to me? Well, first, they re amazing; second, they represent something I write about.

PS: Yes, that really is the place where my story takes place. The mountain has a name: Beata. And there are different legends of what lies under it. Some say a different city, some say a twin city to the city beside it: Zamora. And, if you're like me and know where each legend about it comes're too real. Too much research from my part didn't help, in fact, with the fantasy side of the story.

Back story of what is in the pictures (according to my novel)...

A mountain: that mountain, my reader, is the mountain that sits on top of a city; the city where the White Zombies are trapped, hungry for freedom.

A falling sun: I write about a chapter (Chapter 35 ‘THE WHITE ZOMBIES’) it talks about a sunset behind the mountain that sat on top of their city. Now, why is this important, you might wonder? And I shall tell you…not.

All I can tell you at this point is that the mountain (Beata) is the White Zombies’ battle field; the sun falling is their witness, their aid, and their enemy when they fight for what they believe is right.


Here they...are!

Red Sky

TrueTwit is Spam

Why I will Block you and report you for SPAM (you read right) if I receive a DM like this: “____ uses TrueTwit validation service. To validate click here: ____” minutes/hours/days after I took the time to follow you.

Spam: When you use this service, it will send me a direct message with a link to click to confirm THAT I AM HUMAN, right after I follow you. There, does that sound like spam? I followed you to know more about you, to see what you tweet about, not to be followed back upon confirming that I am REAL. Clearly, SPAM.

First: I don’t want my DM to be filled with links—from people I followed—to CONFIRM what I am! Thank you very much.

Second: my DM is for private messages. How about you send a tweet, mentioning me, saying: “ARE YOU HUMAN? YOU FOLLOWED ME, I WANT TO FOLLOW BACK, BUT I’M TOO LAZY TO LOOK AT YOUR BIO OR RECENT TWEETS TO FIND OUT.”

Block: If I report you for spam, I will also block you. If you read Spam, then Block is just the extra step to protect myself from people like you, who care less about their followers. You might say you DO care about your followers, but you don’t care enough. IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO FOLLOW YOUR FOLLOWERS BACK, DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT SPAM THEIR DM WITH LINKS TO CONFIRM IF THEY ARE REAL HUMANS!

Human or Robot: Don’t we have enough robots doing our jobs already? Clearly, in my humble opinion, twitter was invented so people can communicate with each other. Clearly, you can tell who is a robot and who is a human by clicking, visiting, and perusing their Twitter profile. Ah, you say you had no idea this was possible. You lie.

First: I do not think you are that (what’s the word…) smart to pay a robot to confirm if the people who follow you, and you want to follow back, are robots or not. Am I missing something here? Who in their right minds spam their followers just to confirm that they are real humans and not robots? Like I said before, IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO FOLLOW YOUR FOLLOWERS BACK, DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT SPAM THEIR DM WITH LINKS TO CONFIRM IF THEY ARE REAL HUMANS!

Second: If you DO want to follow back some of your followers, TAKE THE TIME TO CLICK THEIR PICTURE AND VISIT THEIR PROFILE. Once you do this, you will find out so many things about them. For example, you can look at their picture! You can READ their bio (a big factor when I follow back people who follow me). And, you can read some of their tweets.

Third: If the person’s profile you are looking at has: a bad picture, no bio, no tweets of their own only re-tweets, follows 2,000 accounts and only 300 accounts follow back, I am sure you can agree with me that you shouldn’t follow them back! Just my opinion, of course.

Time: Please, just take the time to say thanks to your followers. Take the time to visit their Twitter profile, their websites, check out the cover of their books if they have one and comment on it. Visit their blog and comment on one of the posts. Take the time to know who follows you. Do not pay a robot to do this for you. It is inhuman and wrong, very, very wrong from your part. Not many of the people who take time out of their lives to follow you want to get a DM with a link to click just to be ‘accepted into your real human standards.’

You’re blocked and reported for spam: I am sure that by now you know why it is disrespectful to use a robot to send links to your followers, who you do not follow back. Please stop if you are doing it. Just stop. If you care so much about the people who follow you, Twitter has an option to have your profile private. USE IT! No one will see your tweets; no one follows you until you approve it. Stop spamming people’s DM with links to click. It’s disrespectful to the human world of Twitter

I DO encourage everyone who gets this kind of DMs to ignore them, search the person who sent them, and REPORT THEM FOR SPAM. This kind of thing should not be allowed. Go! Block everyone who does this. They don’t deserve your time! (I know it’s an extra step to go and report them, but trust me, you are better off alone than with those people who don’t care for the time you spent clicking on their “follow” button.)

I am going to end on that note. And if you read this and agree or disagree with me, please leave me a comment!

PS: I took all images from Google Images.