Category Archives: Stuff I Believe

What Are You?

cornelius-zira-taylorBy Cara Lopez Lee

The stares always come first. First the stares and then the question, which goes something like this: “What are you?”

I’ve memorized the short answer: “Mexican-Chinese-Irish-English-Swiss-French-and-Cherokee.”

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“I’m The Bad Guy?”

BRP2013 GoldHow do fiction authors create believable bad guys? I find I must explore the existence of my own inner villain. Today at The Blood-Red Pencil, I explore this confronting approach to writing antagonists, with a post called I’m The Bad Guy?

First-World Problems and Refugees

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By Cara Lopez Lee

This entire week, my husband and I have been awaiting word on our mortgage loan documents, hoping our lender draws them up soon so we can close on a new house. On Monday, nobody was answering our calls and we grew anxious. For the past three days we’ve heard promise after promise followed by delay after delay. For some reason, it all makes me think of Syria’s refugees, whose situation is of course a million times direr than ours. I can’t help but seek metaphors, because that’s what my mind does when I try to make sense of things that don’t make sense. So I imagine Syrians desperate for a new home, anxious they made a mistake by leaving the old one, and at the moment they most want help, unable to get it.

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Fun and Games – Cara’s Post at The Lighthouse Writers Top-Secret Blog

blot-smallToday you can find me at the Lighthouse Writers Top-Secret Blog, where I share why eight-year-old Ruby kept crying in my recent writing class, and what made her stop. It has to do with Fun and Games and why they are important to creativity—and to humanity.

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Literature in a Razor-Wired Country – Cara’s Guest Post at Words Beyond Bars

3962556_origYou don’t have to travel far to discover other worlds within our world. I met former librarian Karen Levi-Lausa when she coordinated my book party at Denver’s Bookbar, and we got to talking about her program that brings books to prisoners, Words Beyond Bars. Karen invited me to read a couple of the books the prisoners are reading with her, and last week I joined her for a drive to Colorado’s Sterling Correctional Facility for their book discussion. This week, she posted my essay on that visit at her Words Beyond Bars blog: Literature in a Razor -Wired Country. Please take a quick look and help me spread the word about this invaluable program!

Feedback with Compassionate Detachment – Cara’s Guest Post at The Blood-Red Pencil

BRP2013 GoldWhether or not you’re a writer, I hope you’ll find some useful insights in my guest post today over at The Blood-Red Pencil. Today I share a few favorite tips about giving fellow writers Feedback with Compassionate Detachment. We all give and receive feedback at one point or another, and some of the challenges that creates are universal.

Unfinished

Book Cover - Cara Lopez LeeToday you’ll find me over at the blog for YouNiversity, a new mentoring program for young Latino authors, where I’ve contributed a post called Unfinished. You know, that thing that most writing is for most writers most of the time? If you’ve ever experienced the agony and ecstasy of a long project, or even if you haven’t, please stop by YouNiversity, take a look, and maybe even share in the conversation.