2013 is just around the corner...and I'm so excited to welcome the New Year in both worlds. 2011 was memorable, to say the least. First, thank you to all my friends for your amazing support. I appreciate all the encouragement and most of all, your friendship. Whether during poetry readings at Four Bridges, author series, microfiction and more, open mics, art festivals, gallery openings, live music concerts, the Seated Scribes, or drum circles, you made it more meaningful in countless ways. For that, I cherish every moment.
This past year, I started writing poetry again and even dabbled
in microfiction. I now have an ever evolving short story series called,
"The Adventures of Lola in 100 words or more." Each week, I share social
commentaries, hotel dramas, romance, life and death tidbits from Lola's
perspective. I never thought I would delve so deeply into a character,
let alone writing about an industry filled with mysteries and yet part
of a global experience.
If you couldn't tell based on the subject matter
of choice, I'm fascinating by hotels and what goes on when guests are
not paying attention. In every environment, what I've always been
curious about is the life stories of the individuals that walk through
the hotel lobbies as guests, staff and passerby. What can Lola teach
us from their slice of life? What change will Lola make in her life? So
many questions to answer. Well, to find out what Lola is up to, you
better keep reading the blog or you'll miss out on her next
If you love the Lola series, please share your opinion in the comment section. I would love to hear from you:)
Have a fabulous New Year!
Monday, December 31, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Happy holidays! The year is almost over. I've written another Lola installation for this week's 100 word challenge. The hotel is full of festive events, including a food drive. Sadly, Lola is in a funk. Check out the story and let me know what you think:)
Hunger is not seasonal, and suffering is not a trend. Yet every Christmas, there is a surge about feeding the poor. The same working poor and homeless who are visible year round suddenly present a fantastic opportunity. Lola got in a funk when the hotel Manager launched a food drive. This is the same woman who treats her staff like slaves. The same woman who smiles when she calls the cops to remove homeless saying ‘come fast, they have drugs.’ Lola watches as wealthy clients place cans into boxes and thank her manager for caring so much. What a fraud!
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Lola can't stand the charade imbedded in weddings. Brides have the power to turn their special day into the worst thing in the world for bridesmaids. She can't imagine being squeezed in a puffy pastel dress to make a public promise. Lola will avoid the altar at all cost. She made an exception for her best friend. She stood by her through hours of cake tasting, dress rehearsals, bachelorette party and even a Brazilian wax for the sake of friendship. Lola watched in frustrations as thousands of dollars are wasted on stuff. She wonders, when will the marriage planning start?