Hi. It’s only taken me 32 years of life; a couple of sobrieties; an MS diagnosis; 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 and I sent him one of my armpit instead) to finally realize that I am writing a collection of dark humor essays about the absurdities of living in this body.
Titles in Progress:
1. Curmudgeon (and other SAT words I learned in high school and bust out at cocktail parties to sound smart)
2. Fat Lady on the Brink of Death. Send Flowers
3. F all the Small Talk
4. Pretty Sure God Make Me Fat To Keep Me Off the Pole
5. To the White Boys On Tinder Who Keep Telling Me They Love Latin Food, Especially Flan
6. Trauma Gives Us Character, Right?
7. Thicker Than a Snicker
8. I Wrote This For the Haters But Also to Pay Off My Student Loans
9. Cushion For the Pushin’
10. Fat Girl Cries Herself to Sleep at Night
***Note: We can only choose from these titles. I’ve tattooed all of them into the shape of a cute braid around my thigh to help me remember.
The story is set in present day and follows the friendship of Cristina and her best friend Roberto, as they come of age in a Latinx barrio in Miami. Their friendship falls apart when Cristina is awarded a prestigious scholarship and leaves for college. But they come back together, several years later, just before a deadly tragedy changes their lives, and the lives of everyone in their neighborhood, 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.