Dealing Out Poetry II: Mother’s Day Edition

Claire and I are continuing to experiment with using the Negocios Infernales cards we created for a game as inspiration for writing. On Mother’s Day (May 10 2020) we started out the day by driving around Phoenix and handing out bouquets to the many mothers in our lives. When we got home, we headed for the front porch to meditate on mothers, the cards providing inspiration and spooky, all-too-on-the-nose guidance. Continue reading Dealing Out Poetry II: Mother’s Day Edition

Dealing Out Poetry: Writing Verse Based on the Negocios Infernales Cards

One of the missions of making the Negocios Infernales RPG that Claire and I are working on has nothing to do with the game. We also wanted to make a writing tool to inspire writers and help them break out of their traditional ways of thinking. That, in fact, was one of the stated missions of the sabbatical: using game mechanics and gamic thinking to stretch my writing.

Today was our first official try at using the cards not for the game, but for art.

You can judge the results for yourself, but I have to tell you, folks: I am pretty pleased. Continue reading Dealing Out Poetry: Writing Verse Based on the Negocios Infernales Cards

Playtesting “Negocios Infernales” at Boskone 2020

The art is complete for our new game NEGOCIOS INFERNALES. We have made a prototype for playtesting! (The size has not yet been adjusted from playing card to tarot card, but that’s a little thing.) For now, this “La Baraja del Destino” of ours is ready to test at Boskone and it is BEE-YOOOUU–TEEE–FUL! All art by the glorious, the genius, the darling Rebecca Huston … Continue reading Playtesting “Negocios Infernales” at Boskone 2020

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe is Eligible for the Andre Norton Award

Dear Reading World (particularly you fond readers of Middle Grade who also happen to be members of the SFWA): This year, Carlos Hernandez’s Middle Grade novel SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE is eligible for the Andre Norton Award. Now, so far, SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE has garnered 4 Starred Reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. It’s also on … Continue reading Sal and Gabi Break the Universe is Eligible for the Andre Norton Award

C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez WorldCon Schedule

Originally posted on C.S.E. Cooney:
CARLOS HERNANDEZ Inclusive Game Design: Panel 17 Aug 2019, Saturday 13:00 – 13:50, Wicklow Room-1 (CCD) Narrative, mechanics, and visuals are the core of every game. How can we use these building blocks to create a more inclusive gaming experience for everyone? The Role of Fantastical Creatures: Panel 17 Aug 2019, Saturday 15:30 – 16:20, Odeon 3 (Point… Continue reading C. S. E. Cooney and Carlos Hernandez WorldCon Schedule

Book Tour: SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE–in Chicago and the NW Suburbs!

Carlos Hernandez will be in the Chicago area and the Northwest Suburbs the last week of June! NORTHWEST SUBURBS APPEARANCES Monday June 24th 4 PM — 5 PM Huntley Area Public Library “Author of Sal & Gabi Break the Universe, will share a reading and autograph session. For ages 8 and up. Register beginning May 20. Carlos Hernandez, author of the brand-new Disney Hyperion hit … Continue reading Book Tour: SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE–in Chicago and the NW Suburbs!

Readercon Schedule: Carlos Hernandez and C. S. E. Cooney

FRIDAY 2:00 PM Salon 4 Latinx Authors Tear Down the Wall Panelists: Lisa Bradley (mod), Carlos Hernandez, José Pablo Iriarte, Julia Rios, Sabrina Vourvoulias Isolationist governments portray immigrants (and citizens perceived as foreigners) as vectors for disease, crime, and terrorism. Currently, the U.S. administration is demonizing Latinx immigrants in this fashion, and oppressing asylum-seekers from Central America. How can authors dismantle anti-immigrant myths while portraying … Continue reading Readercon Schedule: Carlos Hernandez and C. S. E. Cooney

Brane-Surfing: Alternate Carlos Hernandezes from Across the Multiverse!

In a recent tweet, Rick Riordan posted: Everybody in the multiverse is ordering their copies of SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE, so when the book comes out Tuesday, they can post pix of themselves (or maybe even their alternate selves) w/a copy of the book! Will you be joining us? I’ll repost the best! I can’t compete with Rick Riordan’s alter egos from other … Continue reading Brane-Surfing: Alternate Carlos Hernandezes from Across the Multiverse!

Fran Wilde’s RIVERLAND

The day before my book releases, I’d like to talk to you about… Fran Wilde‘s upcoming MG novel, RIVERLAND! Why? Because its greatness is a particular type of greatness worth teasing out. Let us thread then, you and I! The short version is this: Riverland is going so save some kids (and adults). That’s because it uses fantasy to portray an all-too-recognizable kind of household: … Continue reading Fran Wilde’s RIVERLAND