2014 in Review

Looking back on 2014, I had a really solid year as a writer. At first I thought that my national TV appearance on the show Monsters and Mysteries in America would be the high point. However, clearly my biggest achievement came on April 5, 2014, when the Texas Institute of Letters…

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2012: Looking Back at a Busy Year

Reflecting on the work I did this year, I am a little amazed at how much I got accomplished. Here’s a quick rundown: January to March—Wrote my first YA urban fantasy novel, The Smoking Mirror. I haven’t found an agent/publisher yet, but I’m confident that there’s a home for the…

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Anatomy of a Translation 1.2: Crafting the Poem

I’m presently working on translations of Mayan and Aztec poetry (for a volume tentatively titled Flower, Song, Dance), and several people have asked me about my process. As a result, I’ve decided to break down the translation of a relatively short Nahuatl poem from Cantares Mexicanos, one of the few…

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Anatomy of a Translation 1.1: Getting the Meaning

I’m presently working on translations of Mayan and Aztec poetry (for a volume titled Flower, Song, Dance), and several people have asked me about my process. As a result, I’ve decided to break down the translation of a relatively short Nahuatl poem from Cantares Mexicanos, one of the few existing…

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