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Family histories & journals...

How are you all doing on getting your family histories together? You haven't even started, have you? Maybe you could take one step at a time. To begin, just open a file on your computer, and title it family history and photos. Then, just start dumping stuff in. You can sort it all out later!

Added by Janelle Meraz Hooper on November 25, 2010 at 11:44am — No Comments

Identify those photos!

How are you all doing on that memoir I asked you to write? (See earlier post). I know. You haven't even started yet. Okay, at least do this: open a computer file and start throwing info into it so everything will at least all be in the same place!

And please, please! identify the people in that shoebox full of photos you have in the closet. The history of a family is an important part of the legacy you'll someday leave for your family.

I know, I know, I'm nagging. I should do…


Added by Janelle Meraz Hooper on September 16, 2010 at 9:48am — No Comments

Leave your footprint!

I'm a writer, so I hope you'll keep that in mind and indulge me. Hold out your arm so I can twist it. What I want you to do is write your memoir. Do it for your family. Do it for your country. Don't worry about the grammar details, just do it! Someday, your family members will treasure it. As for doing it for your country, we're not famous, but we should document our path to the United States, our service to our country, our parents journey, etc.
I'm just sayin'...Janelle

Added by Janelle Meraz Hooper on September 8, 2010 at 10:53am — No Comments

Need a stocking stuffer?

Dear Friends, my last paperback book,Custer and His Naked Ladies, would make a good stocking stuffer. It has a gorgeous cover and Hispanic characters based upon my mother and her sisters. A lot of Latino books seem to focus on politics, but this story is a fictional family saga about a Hispanic family in the Southwest. It's the type of book women will enjoy. Check out the info on Amazon.com. Many thanks, and Happy Holidays!

Oh! I should tell you that Naked Ladies are flowers that the old… Continue

Added by Janelle Meraz Hooper on December 17, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

Speed Spanish, anyone?

I've been keeping busy writing my books, but I found time to get into some real trouble with an online Speed Spanish course. I thought I could learn a little and have some fun. I thought it would be a piece of cake. Well, it was--yellowcake (nuclear waste). This instructor was serious! Somehow, when I read Speed Spanish, my brain translated it to Party Spanish. Not!

What to do? What to do? Well, I did get through the course, and pulled an A+, but my brain deletes languages fifteen… Continue

Added by Janelle Meraz Hooper on September 2, 2009 at 1:08pm — 2 Comments

A fun way to improve language...

Does anyone out there have time to play? A few blogs ago, I commented about how much trouble I was having picking up Spanish. I'm very disciplined when I write, but I have little or no discipline when it comes to languages. Maybe that's because there's no human interaction.

This is what I'm thinking: an email experiment where messages would be about 100 characters long...shorter than Twitter. To reciprocate, I would help with 100 characters of yours in English. There would be no timeline.… Continue

Added by Janelle Meraz Hooper on April 6, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

I'm gonna need a bigger boat!

Remember that line in the movie Jaws, when the shark takes a big bite out of the boat and one guy says to the other, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” I’ve always loved that line.

With this economy, I’ve decided I need a bigger boat. Maybe you do too. I’m still thinking on this, but I have a few ideas that might help:

Network more- I’ll probably do a lot of this because it’s fun, and writers spend way too much time alone.

Increase my knowledge-President Obama, in his first… Continue

Added by Janelle Meraz Hooper on April 2, 2009 at 11:12am — No Comments

Fun Saturday!

I don't get out much, so I really enjoyed my Saturday as a guest author at a local college. I hardly noticed it was snowing (again!) when the day was over. Our area (Puget Sound) is supposed to be a rain forest. Oh, yeah? my rhodies and camellias are so cold they're dropping their buds, and I haven't got the heart to look at my canna bed.

It's a good day to make a fire and write a new novel---set someplace that's a lot warmer with palm trees and bougainvillea. Wait a minute. This is… Continue

Added by Janelle Meraz Hooper on March 28, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Why am I here?

I found this site when I was searching for news on my cousin, Hollywood actor Rudy Ramos. I'm not sure if I belong--feel free to kick me off!

As an independent writer, I am always searching for ways to reach my readers. I have not been able to reach Hispanic readers, and it bothers me because I think Hispanic women would really like my books. Sample chapters can be read on my www.JanelleMerazHooper.com website. If you read them, write to me! Note: My newest book, Bears in the… Continue

Added by Janelle Meraz Hooper on March 26, 2009 at 11:20am — 4 Comments

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