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"The Last Avocado" Update

I hope everybody is doing great! I am feeling very refreshed as I just got back from a relaxing week in Puerto Rico with my family. It was great to spend time with my wife and son and not have to worry about anything. The little one had a blast. If one of my jobs as a father is to provide his budding brain with new experiences, then I am a raging success. He swam in the ocean for the first time. He had plantains and tostones and all sorts of Puerto Rican dishes and loved them. I introduced him to his cousins and some friends. He charmed everybody.

I love being a Dad.

I can finally talk about my latest project. It’s called “The Last Avocado” and it’s an urban fairy tale set in Puerto Rico. It is a very special project for me because it’s not an editorial project. At least not yet. “The Last Avocado” is my first feature length screenplay. I’ve been writing since August and I am almost done with the first draft. And, while I know that this is a glacial pace for all you writers out there, for me it’s been nothing short of a triumph. Keep in mind that I’ve been dealing with a full time job, plus taking care of a baby.

I’ve always wanted to write. I love reading. The written word is one of my addictions. I had made some half hearted attempts before but nothing ever came of it. This year, however, I’ve been inspired to accomplish a lot of those goals that we keep hidden and are afraid to even talk about. I guess the presence of my son has given me that boost. I figure if I am able to care for another human being, keep him safe and happy, then I can do anything I put my mind to.

So I wrote.

I found great inspiration using Blake Snyder’s “Save The Cat” screenwriting book. This book gives you very concrete steps so you cab structure a good story. Story is king and structure is the key. If you’ve ever thought about writing your own material, take a look at this book. I know it changed the way I write.

Happy Holidays!
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