A Clean Simple Page

After eighteen years on the net this is my first vanilla blog. Clean and simple, all text, few links, and I can write on the fly.

Besides the usual presence on Facebook (including the fan page for my screenplay Bolden: The Untold Story of JFK’s Assassination; Twitter (@cantaraworld); YouTube (short vids of celebs and cities shot with a Flip); Seed&Spark (where I follow/support new indie films in production); Pinterest (mostly photos of Old Hollywood and Filipino interest); LinkedIn (resume); Disqus (@cantara); Docs.com (the ARC of my memoir A Poet from Hollywood and director Stephen Gyllenhaal’s book of poetry which I published in 2006); I post at:

The Film Squatter—scriptwriting; and The Little Book Fish—occasional book reviews, essays on literary/publishing matters, and Michael Matheny’s novels complete in PDF.


I am Bobbi Quetzal on various discussion boards.

I am Simona Wing at IMDb.

I am Wanda Tinasky nowhere.

So consider this the place where, proclaiming my domain, I let it all hang out.

Being Published vs Publishing Yourself

I confess I was temporarily enchanted by the claim of the (99% white) literary agents of “Diversity Pitchfest” that they were really — really really! — looking for Writers of Color to add coins to their coffers.

But the thing is, I’ve published myself and I’ve been published by others. (Hell, I’ve published others. Stephen Gyllenhaal case in point.) Preference: If money isn’t a factor — that is, if I’m not being paid — I would rather publish my own work in my own various blogs, zines, and paperbacks. I like to revise and I enjoy rewriting and getting the words just right, not to mention I’m continually proofreading my work, even after it’s “gone to print”.

In other words, I love the process. I find myself in the process. And hey, the finished product’s not bad either.

But once a piece is accepted by a publication it’s in their hands and I’m never satisfied. I welcome readers, but be advised: What you read of mine at any given time won’t necessarily be the final version. It’ll be close enough for rock and roll, though.

6 Lit Agents Who Asked to See My Work from Diversity Pitchfest (#DVPit) Then Never Answered

I have no idea whether any of these young people are employees of AAR-signatory agencies or not. (Oh, I lie. I actually do. I just don’t give a damn anymore.)  At their request as one of the many, many Writers of Color they seek I sent them material;  it’s been—what, two months?—and not a peep from any of them.

  • Annie Bomke Agency – Annie Bomke
  • Bond Literary Agency – Becky LeJeune
  • Browne and Miller – Abby Saul
  • Fuse Literary Agency – Jennifer Chen Tran
  • New Leaf Literary Agency – Suzie Townsend
  • Writers House – Alec Shane