All posts for the month October, 2014

Letter to Me

Published October 23, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

Dear Me

Dear Mermaid

Dear Natalia

Dear Lady

Hey you with the bog!

Okay now that I’ve gotten you’re attention listen up because I’m you’re biggest critic here. Now we both know what I’ve been saying from the beginning, since we started writing in notebook when we were smaller to now. You can write! You just need to keep practicing. No one is perfect right out of the gate. There is some great work here that you have. So what that you struggle with grammar and at times sentence structure. It’s what they have Grammar for Dummies for. Duh! And people who are great at editing, who live for correct positioning of commons, use of semicolons and placing the right words where they need to be. So don’t worry about it. Just go through your post, read them aloud and fix it if it needs fixing, reshape and restructure, what is coming out wonky. Because there are some good pieces here.

You use a lot of imagery, try to play on the senses of people. I see that a lot of your piece are emotional, serious, hopeful. There is an attempt at funny in one. You could use some pieces that are out of your comfort zone, to see what you can take your work, see what you’re good at and what you need help on.

Good writers are one trick ponies. Great writers are ponies that have tried all he tricks and keep a couple up their sleeves. And like any trick, to execute it properly to your audience it takes practice, practice and more practice behind the curtain.

Yours truly,

The Me behind the Curtain


Lessons Learned: Blogging 101

Published October 20, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

Kyaru (and Bunnies)

And so, Blogging 101 coasts to a graceful end. In comparison, my participation is more like Princess Mia’s rainy drive up San Fran’s hilly streets: lots of stops, starts and sobbing. Will there be a Hector Elizondo waiting to rescue me when it all gets to be too much? One can only hope.

It was a great learning experience though, and I can see from my stats how much my little blog has flexed its wings. I kid you not, when I checked my stats mid-course, I fairly widdled in my pants with glee. I’ve seen different points of view, galleries of beautiful pictures and met some awesome people. Along the way, I picked up a few easy-to-do pointers, so if you’re new to the blogging world and you want a quick lowdown of what works, read on.

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Published October 20, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

When is started this blog, it was after I started up a blog required for my social media class. My professor wanted us to create a blog that had to do with any subject or topic that we wanted but it had to involve social media or how social media was involved with the subject/topic. For that class I choose something near and dear to my heart, books and I chose to focus on YA novels which is what I read more often than not. It’s called 50 shades of Social YA readers and it touches on subjects of authors, publishers, fans using social media to connect in a way that we haven’t been able to before social media and the internet.

I’ve always had a passion to write and this blog was a way to connect my passion of books, social media and writing in one. But I still felt a restriction, knowing that the post for the blog were for a grade and that there were certain requirements that I have to meet. So I opened another one, one where I could express myself up and really express and work on my writing. The Madness to the Pen is that blog for me. Where I can take all the mad and wild ideas and imagination and put it down in a structured format.

For this blog and it could be the same for my other blog my goals are as follows:

  • Increase the amount of hits I get by 15% by December
  • To comment or read 10 different blog posts every week
  • Increase followers on my blogs by 15% by December
  • To post on my blogs at least 3 times every week
  • Improve on my writing and grammar skills to draw in more readers
  • Create more of an engagement on my blogs through or using social media by getting tweets or posts of my blog posting on other people’s social media accounts

I think that these goals are attainable and though they aren’t really elaborate or huge increases, for me they are as I am student who also works and is involved in a sorority. These goals fit in my schedule and flexibility. For me there is no shame in starting small. There is in biting of more than you can choose and having a hard time swallowing.

The Reality of Roger and Amy

Published October 10, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

This was an assignment my Creative Writing instructor gave us to write a one minute play. Here’s my one minute:


AMY: A woman in her late twenties, wife to ROGER

ROGER: A man in his late twenties, husband to AMY

Scene: ROGER and AMY are a young couple expecting their first child. It is night time and they are seen spooning in their bed with AMY’s hand on her swollen belly and roger with his arm wrapped around her. ROGER has been fighting all day to find a way to tell AMY something but can’t find the words. So as AMY is about to fall asleep, ROGER interrupts it with a question.

ROGER: What do you think of the name Rebecca?

AMY: Rebecca?

ROGER: Yeah. Rebecca. Do you like it?

AMY: It’s a nice name. (AMY yawns) Rebecca.

ROGER: And what do you think if she had blonde hair. Like you.

(AMY smiles, runs ROGER’s arm affectionately)

AMY: I like your hair sweetheart.

ROGER: And eyes?

AMY: I love your eyes, honey. They remind me of the green meadow you took me to for that picnic.

ROGER: Yours remind me of those cute blue heels that you have, the ones you wore for me-

(AMY playfully slaps him on the arm)

AMY: Oh stop it (AMY giggles)

ROGER: What? I like those heels

AMY: I know Roger

ROGER: And that dress that goes with it

AMY: Well it won’t fit now

ROGER: I know

(ROGER is silent for a moment)

ROGER: Think it’ll look good on me?

(AMY stills, opens her eyes and immediately sits up to look down at ROGER)

End Scene.

Lip Service

Published October 10, 2014 by M. Natalia Arocho

Such fun and so cool to see someone think outside the box and come up with an idea like this!

Most artists dont use a lot of ” Mouth ” to express their artistic abilities. Unlike, Laura Jenkinson who has drawn very well known characters straight on her face with those pearly whites. If she has green eyes i bet she cute. Nice Style. What do you think of this creativity?


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