Hi. It’s only taken me nearly 32 years of life; a couple of sobrieties; a year at an MFA program and a year at another; decreasing and increasing my Prozac (or whatever the generic name is that’s too hard to spell); gaining and losing one-hundred pounds, over and over again; and finally taking an oath of celibacy (after a dude asked me for a photo of my vagina last week and I sent him one of my armpit instead) to finally realize that I am writing a collection of dark humor essays about living in my messy body.
Titles in Progress:
1. Curmudgeon (And Other SAT Prep Words I Learned In High School That I Bust Out At Cocktail Parties To Sound Smart)
2. Fat Lady on the Brink of Death. Send Flowers.
3. To The White Boys On Tinder Who Keep Telling Me They Love Latin Food, Especially Flan
4. That One Time During Sex When He Said Omigod You’re Body Is So Soft, I Never Want to Be With A Skinny Girl Again
5. Cushion For the Pushin’
6. Fat Girl Cries Herself to Sleep at Night
***Note: We can only choose from these titles. I’ve tattooed all of them to my inner thigh to help me remember.
The story is set in present day and follows the friendship of Cristina and her best friend René, as they come of age in a Latinx barrio in Miami. Their friendship falls apart when Cristina gets to leave for college, but comes back together several years later, just before a deadly tragedy changes their lives, and the lives of everyone in their community, forever.
Short Story Collection: Smash
Two teenagers at an inner city high school bond over the absence of their fathers and love for badminton. A young woman regrets some of her choices after the drunk driving death of an old acquaintance. A high school history teacher makes an unlikely friend at an AA meeting she reluctantly attends. The short story collection, Smash, explores the difficult but often comic struggles people face with identity, friendship, desire, and loss.