A not so puzzling effect

Her eyes dart

from piece to piece

looking for a place to start.

She takes a quick glance to see

exactly what she’s looking for.

I can’t take my eyes away

from her beautiful face.

As it comes alive with a series

of emotions

such concentration,

undivided attention,

then, sheer frustration.

“Help me mommy,” she says.

“Look for a corner,” I offer.

She has to do it on her own.

And when she fits the final piece

seriousness instantaneously

shifts into happiness

for us both.

– Angelica Mercado


Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.

My children are a great inspiration and when a moment occurs, in which I want to describe and keep it forever in words, I toss procrastination to the side (along with some housework, I’ll get to it eventually), sit down, and just write.  Some days it’s hard to get the right words down quickly when you have a 3 and 5-year-old beckoning every two minutes so I have to hit SAVE and walk away, but lately I’ve been getting back to my writing instead of letting it sit there in oblivion.  It’s a good feeling to get back to it.

Thanks for visiting!

Take good care all.

Until next time…


Maybe I’ll Start Tomorrow!

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I’ve been sorting through my folders and reminiscing with the pages that I have torn out of magazines and saved throughout the years.  Hair styles, exercise routines (which I have yet to do 🙂 ), recipes, DIY self-publishing tips, and crafts.  Some I kept and some I tossed because I really need to stop holding on to things and try to get some sense of organization among my papers and let’s face it, I’m not doing all of those exercises.  Among the pages that I kept though was this one:


This cartoon was featured in the Real Simple magazine, October 2003 issue.  As soon as I read it, I tore it out and showed my husband.  I told him, “Is that me or what?  That’s exactly what I do.”  I’m keeping this forever because it’s a mirror image of my writing persona.  This cartoon spoke volumes to me back then and it still does now.  I keep it for inspiration to do the opposite of it, plus it’s funny.

What inspires you to write?

Take good care all.

Until next time…

With Sharp Eyes

Hello everybody!  I hope you guys are well.  I wanted to share a poem that I wrote a long time ago (before I had my children) and had it self published into an anthology.  I wanted to see my work printed in a book.  Hopefully, one day when I really stop procrastinating and trying to be a perfectionist (when it comes to writing), I will be a published writer with an actual salary.




The words are self-explanatory and the person who inspired me to write this is real.

The last poem I wrote was about two years ago and it was pretty emotional.  It was inspired by a phone call I received from my sister who had just been given the news of a friend’s passing.  She was very distraught and I wanted to physically comfort her, but I was at home with no means of reaching her quickly.  I did my very best to express how sorry I was for her loss and that I wanted her to be safe.  It was very hard to hang up, but we promised to keep each other updated.  I sat in my living room alone for a while and in order to release the sadness inside of me, I picked up a notepad and started writing.  I haven’t written anything new simply because I’m not as disciplined in writing as I should be.  I am trying to change that though.  One day at a time.

Take good care all.

Until next time…