Three Cards from the Negocios Infernales Deck Used to Write This Poem

New Poem! “Plenty of Room”

Plenty of Room—for Claire, 1/20/2021 Bone and air,my beautiful body,how I miss you,how I am you,how I unbecome you. How I mend youwith stints and circuits.How I die, piecemeal.How I watch myself withan ice sculpture’s ruedeliquesce.How I strugglefor balanceone-footedon time’s steel wire,a wild umbrella in my hand.How I forget to breathe and remember to breathe.That’s where love lives,in the breath,right next to the rosesand the … Continue reading New Poem! “Plenty of Room”

Break the Wheel that Would Break You

  Amal and I try to talk on Mondays, and for the last two weeks we’ve been drawing cards to see if they inspire fiction or poetry. We usually give ourselves 10 minutes or less to write. One week ago, we used Negocios Infernales cards. Yesterday, we used Dixit cards. But last week’s card inspired this quick fiction story-start. I doubt I’ll go further with … Continue reading Break the Wheel that Would Break You

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