I have now completed two NaNoWriMos and finished three novels, which I am hoping to publish. Last year I began writing flash fiction, winning best story twice and several other prizes here at Flash! Friday. My short story, “At Heart,” was published in the Winter 2013 edition of From the Depths literary magazine, along with some of my flash fiction. My work, “You Shall Receive,” will be published in GrayHaven Comics’s 2014 All Women’s anthology.
Latina at heart, I have been featured in my local newspaper for my connections in the Latino community in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where I live. I am the head of the Cultural Competency Committee at my agency, a member of the Statewide Cultural and Linguistic Competency Committee, and have participated in several Dream Act rallies and other events in my region. I also sing on the worship team and often coordinate get-togethers with the hermanos in my church. With the help of my husband, Julio, I have been able to nurture my love for the Latino people.
Round 34: Above the Cloud
Giovanni breathed in deeply, filling his lungs with crisp, mountain air. A certain calm silence surrounded him. The only sound was the wind. It whipped around him, mingling the thin air with Ana’s perfume. He smiled and reached out for her arm, his boots crunching the snow as he turned.
“Oh, Giovanni,” Ana sighed. “It’s amazing up here. I have never seen anything so wonderful in my life.”
He didn’t need to see to know how beautiful this place was.
Vol 2 – 4: Discovering Your Inner Mummy
I didn’t volunteer. He never asked me. As one of the physician’s slaves, I suppose he didn’t have to. He had used his slaves for other “discoveries,” leaving them blind, crippled, diseased, and occasionally cured.
This time, he’d gone too far.
I stared over at the large audience of white men, quivering in anticipation. I glanced behind me at the tray of scalpels and other sharp instruments. I was a goner.
I lay still on the table as the lesson began. He started by pointing out and naming everything on the outside of the body, and I mean everything. I thought I’d die of boredom. How many parts did the human body have anyway?
“I will now give our subject an injection to paralyze him. This way we can see what happens inside a live body.”
A guard held me down, as the crowd oohed, and after a few excruciating minutes, I hovered above, doomed to watch until the end.