“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
This blog is about … everything. The majority of my posts are about journalism, but you’ll also find creative non-fiction, assorted rants, and my personal collection of internet treasures.
If pressed, I’d have to admit that this blog’s only unifying theme: Fabiola and everything she’s interested in — hence the “Fab Files”.
My impetus for creating this site was simple: I needed a room of my own on the internet — a place to store things that I’ve polished and published as well as the half-formed musings that keep me human.
I am a Salvadoran-born Toronto-raised twenty-something with a wide assortment of interests and concerns. Despite my best efforts at cold hard realism, I continue to believe that journalists can and must tell the kinds of stories that make positive differences possible at the various levels of human interaction.
But first, I have to make things simple without making them simplistic. I must balance style and substance, often on a tight deadline and with incomplete information.
Ernest Hemingway once said “It’s none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
Well, at the enormous risk of disregarding Hemingway’s advice, I admit herein that I am learning how to write more effectively, think more critically, and contribute more thoughtfully to the defining issues of the day.
It’s a relatively new thing to have public files tracking your growth as a writer. You can browse my earliest entries if you’d like a good laugh, and I don’t mind because I consider my entire craft a work in progress.
If there’s one thing I know, it’s that I won’t always get it right. In these cases, I invite your feedback with extra enthusiasm.
I sincerely thank you for visiting this space, and I encourage you to come often.