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more posts, I promise!

Things are mad crazy right now. During the day I have so much (fun!) work to get done for my new gig, plus mucho orders to fill at night, and friends to pray for. I have Spanish homework, papers to sort, bills to pay, rooms to clean, laundry to wash…

Friday night I leave for New York. During my stay, I get to have lunch with Rosy, my fabulous new book editor at Potter Craft, and later I’ll have coffee with Erin, my book agent, to discuss the official game plan for my novel!! Yes, that breezy little project that has more than 90,000 words, a plot and a lot of snappy title!! We are getting ready to submit to publishers! It only took 2-1/2 years to get to this point, but everything happens the way it should, right? I’ve totally rewritten it three times, and have about 25+ drafts. I’ve scrapped the name “Crafty Chica Chronicles” because I came up with something else that is wonderful, shiny, happy and ultra catchy 🙂 It couldn’t be better timing. Last month around this time I was at a life-changing event (Chica Lit Club Fiesta) and I think of the enlightening experience I had there, like, um almost everyday. Yay, Latina authors! Thank you for inspiring me and so many others!! Sniffles. I miss it. There won’t be one this year, but maybe in 2008! In the meantime, you can see all the exciting adventures that Alisa (event founder!) is up to these days.

On the familia front, my baby is growing up. DeAngelo, my first born/16-year-old, got hired for his first job!! He interviewed last week with Fry’s (grocery store) and received the call today that he starts work on Wednesday. He’ll be an official courtesy clerk! I’m so proud of him!

Remember your first job? Mine was at Jack-in-the-Box. I was a junior in high school. I still remember my interview and my first day at work. It was a Wednesday night and a bacon cheeseburger coupon had just come out in the mail. These two dorky employees (one of them, a manager named Cookie) put me on the grill (first day you are supposed to only learn drinks and bagging!) so they could go out back and smoke a bong made from a tomato.

They came back inside, totally baked and giggling and then we started getting busy at the drive thru. Cookie yelled at me for not cranking out the burgers fast enough. It was such a crazy rush that his register ran of of bills. He ran to the back office to grab cash from the safe and when he pulled out his hand, he forgot about the protruding razors hidden at the top of the inside the box (meant for robbers). He was stoned, after all! He had to drive himself on his motorcycle to the ER, while me and the other employee got the orders out. People were stuck in that drive-thru for a good 30 minutes while I nervously fumbled with the secret sauce and cried from pressure of hearing the car horns honk and honk. I think my tears may have dripped on the burgers (JK).

I remember removing the charred burger patties from the grill, staring at the buns, thinking “OK, what do I put on these? Hmmm, well, mayo is good…at home we always put lettuce and tomato. Oh! And some bacon and cheese, I guess!”

It was a nightmare. It’s where I learned the phrase: “What are you doing, killing the cow in there?” It’s the first time I noticed how mean people can be when they are angry! And how stupid they can be when they are on drugs! I guess it didn’t scare me too much, I ended up working there for three years.

Why am I sharing this? I have no clue. I’m tired. How about I leave you tonight with this very special episode of “How crayons are made”. Our waxy little friends deserve respect!

Author of Crafty Chica’s Art de la Soul: Glittery Ideas to Liven Up Your Life ($19.95, Rayo Books, an imprint of Harper Collins).

Love & light,

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