Calling All Writers!

It was 2004 when I decided to finish the book I wrote about my father and his coming to America. My book entitled, “I Have a Cousin Who Plays the Guitar” is an introduction sort of speak to my documentary about my famous uncle Saulo Sedano of Los Tres Diamantes. My father would tell us kids when we asked for things that he could not produce or give us by saying “No, but I have a cousin who plays the guitar”. When my father passed I couldn’t think of a title for the book because the one I picked had been taken already and then I remember his famous saying and felt it was perfect. I didn’t know at the time that I would be doing a documentary about my famous uncle but 5 years later in 2009 my husband and I flew to Mexico City and interviewed “El Chivito”. That was his nick name in Los Tres Diamantes.
Many things in our lives can cause us to start writing. The important thing is to get whatever thoughts we have on paper or nowadays, the computer. I started journaling during my 25 year marriage to my first husband because it was such a difficult marriage. And also because I was going through many changes and healing after the suicide of my ex boyfriend, my first real relationship from high school.
During my second marriage I felt it was important to look at all the changes someone goes through from divorce and decided to write my second book that was a compilation of my journals put into a story as a comparison of the two marriages. “Coffee and a Rose” was not an easy book to write but it helped me heal and it is helping me see that there really is a second chance at this marriage thing.
As a teacher, I tell my students that it doesn’t matter how we write at first, but that the important thing is just write down the first thing that comes to mind. It may not mean anything at the time but as you write a script, or story unfolds and before you know it you have chapters, and then a book. As a scholar practitioner in the dissertation phase of my PhD program I realize that all the practice I had writing has paid off from those journals. Journals that I probably need to throw out now 🙂 We eventually get over stuff and work through stuff in our writing which is why its so important.
I challenge each and every one of you to start writing and if you want me to take a look at your writing and give you honest feedback. Send it to me at
Filantrypico, LLC P.O. Box 1517 Discovery Bay, CA 94505-2231
Your work will not be shared or used by anyone and it will be returned with suggestions and markings in red if you don’t mind. I am use to doing things this way as a teacher. If I feel you have a master piece then we will go onto the next step of publishing!
God bless you!
“It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.” – John Steinbeck

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