Friday, July 28, 2017

Poetry Journey: My Dream Poetry Conference Panel

As some of you may know, I've been writing. (Check out my poem: Breathing). I don't know... it was something unexpected, but I was really inspired because I've been reading a lot of poetry lately. I think what got me started was reading some kind of self-love, a wonderful poem from Gretchen Gómez. So with the help of Eventbrite, I came up with my dream poetry conference panel called Poetry Journey. Here it goes...

Place
Ohhh, I would love to host this panel in Puerto Rico, duh! I mean, we haven't been able to enjoy many book events here, so I wouldn't pass the opportunity to host this event at my beautiful island. The venue? The Embassy Suites Hotel at Dorado, Puerto Rico. Why? Because it has been one of the best hotels I've stayed in. Besides, this panel would be a 3 day event, so people would need a place to stay... A win win situation!

Guests
I would invite some of my favorite authors, including Gretchen Gómez, José Francisco Avilés-Acosta, Gabrielle Armstrong Velázquez, Cordelia Jensen, Amanda Lovelace and Rupi Kaur.

I would also invite some of my favorite book bloggers and bookstagramers; like Marianne, Cam and Jennifer from Boricuan Bookworms, Sylvia from Serial Bibliophile, Olivia from Stories for Coffee and Natalia, Dianelisse and Dash from Mil y un vidas entre páginas.

There would also be surprise guests: other authors and bloggers!

Moderators
Members from my book club, Reading Buddies! I would love for my friends to be able to moderate this poetry conference panel.
But the main moderator would be my lovely friend, María del Mar.

Everyone selected for this Dream Poetry Conference Panel, from the authors, the bloggers and moderators, holds a special place in my heart. That's why I selected them, because this would be a special event.

Agenda
Day 1: Panel with authors; they would talk about their tips for writing poetry, maybe something about creating writing, their publishing process, talk about their inspirations and more. They will also read some of their poems. There would be a pool party-book signing event, at the end of the day.

Day 2: Panel with book bloggers and bookstagrammers; creative writing and social media tips.

Day 3: Workshop with authors. Poetry reading and prices. It would also be great to have a book fair the weekend of the event.

If you like this idea and would like to be able to organize and register for conferences or events in your area, check out Eventbrite. This is the largest self-service ticketing online platform, and it's super easy to set up. I've been able to use it to register to events at my workplace and at college when I was studying. So, what are you waiting for?

By the way, if you work for a publishing company and happens to be reading this... PLEASE, bring more book events to Puerto Rico! :)

Have you been to a book event? If you could host your dream conference panel, how would it be? Tell me all about it, I would love to know!
            

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Breathing

Here I am
lying on the floor
breathing while I can.

Tell them
let me be
tell them
leave me alone.

Here I am
telling myself
everything
will be alright.

I just need
things
to go back to...
normal?

I don't know.

I just need
some time
alone.
            

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Collaboration/Guest Post at Islander Destinations

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been MIA but this is my last semester, so I've been really busy with grad school. Anyway, today I'm guest posting at Islander Destinations. So be sure to check out my collaboration for their blog! 

Here's a short description of Islander Destinations:

"Islander Destinations was created by two Puerto Rican travelers: María del Mar Mercado and Antonio L. Santiago. She is a lawyer and he is an I.T. Specialist, who enjoy both, the local tourism and the wonders of Puerto Rico, as well as traveling the around world. Both of them are passionate about culture, gastronomy, lifestyle and everything that the different destinations the world have offer. Thanks to this common interests, Maria and Antonio met in the Instagram world and travel blogger groups."

And here's my post:

5 Books to Read on Your Trip
The blog post is available in English and Spanish
Have you read any of these books? Which one did you like or didn't like? If you have a bookstagram, leave the link below (comments) so I can check it out. Have a great week!
            

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Book subscription box: Uppercase {review}

Purchased (with my own money)

In summer, I was looking for book subscription boxes because I really wanted to try one. I've heard and read great things about a couple of them, so I decided to investigate a little bit more. LOL.

Long story short, I subscribed to two subscriptions boxes but I decided to keep one. And that's Uppercase!
Uppercase is a monthly young adult subscription box. You receive one signed YA book and some lovely bookish items. You also receive a bookmark with codes, so you can access special content while you are reading. It's a really great reading experience because it's interactive. The books are chosen by Lisa Parkin.

These are the available plans for the U.S. (it is also available to Canada but with different prices):

  • Brand new, hardcover young adult book
  • Signed book (or bookplate) by the author (isn't this exciting?!)
  • 1-2 hight-quality, exclusive bookish items
  • Reading experience with exclusive content
  • Personal hand-written note to you
*Price: $23.00 monthly + $6.00 shipping

  • Brand new, hardcover young adult book
  • Signed book (or bookplate) by the author
  • Reading experience with exclusive content
  • Personal hand-written note to you
*Limited time offer: $13.99 monthly + $6.00 shipping
*Regular price: $17.00 monthly + $6.00 shipping

If you decide to pick the Book Exclusive Plan (like I did at the beginning), you won't receive bookish items. That's the only difference. But one of the best part about Uppercase, is that you can buy bookish items from past boxes. Like this exclusive tote bag designed by Risa Rodil...
Here are the boxes that I've received so far...

July 2016
August 2016
September 2016
October 2016
November 2016
December 2016

I think it's a pretty good deal, and I'm talking about both plans. I mean, a book signed by the author?! (Fangirling!). Receiving a surprise box every month, surely is the best gift for readers and book lovers. I love Uppercase! So I highly recommend it. I'll be unboxing some Uppercase boxes on the blog. So stay tuned!

Have you tried a subscription box before?
            

Monday, January 2, 2017

I read, you read... We Read!

Hey everyone! Happy New Year! How are you doing? It feels so good to be back! There has been many changes since my last blog post... but I will try to be brief.
Since 2013...

I got married! I married Gustavo on December 2014. We have been together for 10 years and it has been amazing.

We adopted a dog! His name is Gabo but we also call him Gugu. He's such an amazing dog! We love him very much. He has been with us since October 2016.
I started working as a projector coordinator where I graduated from my BA. The project is called FIESTA Colegial and, since March 2014, I've been supervising undergraduate students who orientate their peers about the consequences of drinking and driving.


I started my master's degree! I'm studying Counseling Psychology and this is my last year. Since January 2015, I've been studying and doing my clinical practice.


I changed the blog. Now you can see a new design and even a new name! As you may know,  I started this blog as "Sensational Creations" in 2012. I used to share craft tutorials but I wanted something more... that's why now it's called "I read, you read... We Read!" or "We Read!" for short; and now I'll be blogging about books, crafts and more. 

And finally, one of the reason why I started blogging again! In June 2016, I started a book club with some of my friends and it's called Reading Buddies. This group has been a blessing and an adventure!
I also subscribed to Uppercase (and I love it!). But I will make another post about this. 
So... I think I made a pretty good job resuming a couple of years. How have you been? We definitely need to catch up :)