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Welcome! Here’s a mixed bag of poetry, musings on creativity, and project updates!

The Writing Record Podcast 4.9.21 – Monologue draft complete, I need cereal to write, and memories of audio

Hi there!I’m testing the Zoom L8 to look into podcasting in our living room. I ran the file through noise reduction through Audacity a few times for minimal post and this is what we got. We’ll see what the living room recording process looks like in the future, but for now, this is what we have to work with. Excited to record this way! Hi there, let’s talk and reminisce from the heart: Today I finished the draft of Erin’s audio monologue! Is it me, or do you have to eat a big bowl of cereal before finishing a draft?…More

Gratitude and humility in my on-going efforts to reclaim my Mexicanity.

I was reminded by the Google doodle of the work of Zitkala-Sa, the great Yankton-Dakota writer and political activist who had a birthday a few days ago. I inadvertently threw myself down the rabbit hole of Native American suffering in the Old West. After all, I live where tragedy was once a way of life: Good old Wyoming. My sweet home. This land, where I raise my son and lay my head at night, is land that has been fought over, and seen disarray as manifest destiny trampled over tradition and culture much older than the relatively young greed of…More

Inner Dialogue about Kubrick Bone

We can now see the surface of Mars as if we stood on its rusted sands. I saw this beautifully stitched 360 panoramic shot of Mars by the Perseverance rover. How maddening that we can’t see our own humility in the distance between our planet and our red neighbor? How fucked up is it we still sit here throwing our bones at one another while a cosmic voyage can lead us to realizing our great human transgressions? I wish desperately to transcend. To become an astral being with infinite wisdom and clarity fit to know these unseen, untainted landscapes. I…More

Note to Self 2.16.21

Welcome to another episode of thinking out loud: Priority number one right now is getting Erin’s monologue squared away. I have a clear breakdown in my mind of the structure, but I’ve yet to go back to our shared document. I’m hung up on that familiar feeling of not knowing the specifics about a character’s field. Their pursuits. While I am fascinated with our generation’s obsession with purpose and purity of fulfilment, I find myself grasping at straws for the details. I just have to be okay writing a shitty outline so I can see it on paper. Then Erin…More

The Writing Record Podcast 1.29.21 – Sustainability and a pep talk for times of hesitation

Back at it again. Moving forward with audio only versions of these ramblings. I meditate on my hesitation to keep growing the Write/Rec Lab. I am relieved to vent about this, because I don’t want to let any of my collaborators down. Sometimes, if you take on too much, you need accept breaks. I may record this again to get to the point faster, so definitely don’t listen to this. This is actually a rambling I’m proud of, so I’m going to let it live out here in the open.But before you go, just remember I believe in you and…More

Starting off on the right foot.

An update on what’s going on at the Write/Rec Lab! Where did January go? I’m still unpacking 2020 and was supposed to be getting my shit together. Here’s what we have been working on this month: Talked to Erin yesterday, we’re going to work on an audio monologue perhaps about yoga and the elitism, cultish nature of the industry, and other quirks. Will create google doc for us to start fiddling around. Will be an interesting challenge to create something aurally enticing, at the same time highlighting her insane talent as a performer. Custom monologue and new production challenges, here…More

The Writing Record Podcast 1.4.20 – Lessons from 2020, Friendship, and onward we go!

Hi everyone, I recorded an episode last week but I hated doing it on my phone (now posted on youtube), so here’s a better recap of 2020, what I’ve learned three months into the Write/Rec Lab, as well as some words of encouragement to any of you about to start on your creative journey.Let’s kick ass this year! Much love, j Check out https://cruzfolio.com/the-writing-record/ to subscribe and review the podcast, I would greatly appreciate it! J. Alejandro on Twitter @jwriterec!More

The Writing Record Podcast 12.14.20 – Question Workflow, Splitting the Week, Bond with the Fam (Video)

Hello friends! If you don’t want to watch, here’s what I was reminded of this week: This week I challenged my workflow. It is hard to impose or question the way you do things, but being objective is half the battle. Break the week apart to see what you can get done on certain days. This may vary depending on your work schedule. Read to your partner. Have them read to you. Build something with your kids. Much love, j Let’s connect! https://www.instagram.com/writerec https://cruzfolio.com/the-writing-record/More

Rough Drafts and My Debut Poetry Collection!

I was inspired by a tweet shared by writer Susana Ramirez (previously featured on Creative Drive!). We needed to incorporate these three things: Crib, Tree, Shoe. I had to solve the puzzle. I had to make a narrative around it. So I scribbled together a flash fiction story! Thanks for allowing me to gather the pieces into something exciting! I went down the youtube and podcasting rabbit hole and found some tremendous guidance from Seth Godin. Loved this recent interview where he dropped some knowledge on working out our craft in the open. I succumbed to Audible and got us…More

The Writing Record Podcast 12.7.20 – Walk the Talk, Self-Champion, My Debut Poetry Book!

Hello all! Welcome to The Writing Record, a creative journal in podcast form where I share lessons I am learning along the way as a working class creative. I am here to write, record, and remind you that I believe in you and your work. This month has been tough, but I am walking away with some fundamental guidance to become more effective as a writer and creative collaborator. If you don’t want to listen, here’s the gist: 1. Walking the talk is way harder than I thought, but doing it is pure joy, especially when you commit to helping…More

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