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Dancing Chiva Literary Arts Newsletter
February 2012

Hola to all on the Dancing Chiva list! A very warm welcome to those of you who are new on this list.

It's been a busy couple of months, and we are delighted to announce new workshops, new e-books, and two new podcasts for writers. Plus some literary link love— links to websites we love and we think you will, too. Scroll on down for details!


C.M. Mayo will be teaching a 2 day intensive on Techniques of Fiction for the San Miguel Writers Conference on Monday February 20 and Tuesday February 21, four hours each day, directly following the conference.

For both beginning and experienced fiction writers working in English, "Techniques of Fiction" focuses on generating new material with exercises addressing specificity, point of view, synesthesia, imagery, image patterning, plot, rhythm, and the use and misuse of dialogue. The goal is that by the end of the workshop, your writing will be of notably higher quality.

As part of the conference itself, on Saturday February 18, C.M. Mayo will offer a one hour workshop, also on Techniques
of Fiction.Click here for more information about the conference and 2 day intensives, and to register on-line.

(When will C.M. Mayo offer another writing workshop in Mexico City with Dancing Chiva? It's looking like October 2012. Want to be alerted? Click here to receive the newsletter.)


New since the last newsletter:
C.M. Mayo offers 10 Tips to Help You Get the Most From Your Writing Workshop;


C.M. Mayo interviews Sara Mansfield Taber, author of the extraordiary and lyrical memoir of growing up as the daughter if an undercover CIA agent, Born Under an Assumed Name.

What's a podcast? It's like a radio show you can listen to anytime, free. How to listen? Just click on the links. On Dancing Chiva's "listen" page (look for those bat ears), you will find many more podcasts for writers, on Maximiliana, on Baja California, and—coming soon— esoterica.


January 30, 2012: Rose Mary Salum interviews C.M. Mayo in Literal Magazine Blog about translating Francisco I. Madero's secret book, Spiritist Manual. (To read more about this book, click here.)

Rose Mary Salum: You decided to translate Francisco I. Madero's Spiritist Manual 100 years after it first was published. What triggered your desire to work on this project when, even at the time the book was released, he was mocked in newspapers as a
crazy man who talked until he was blue on the face?

C.M. Mayo: The decision was not something I thought out— it was intuitive, sudden, and strangely compelling. Though I'd been living in Mexico on and off for over two decades, I hadn't given much thought to Madero or the Revolution; my interest in recent years has been the French Intervention (the subject of my novel). What happened was, to make a long story short, I had the opportunity to view Madero's archive in Hacienda (Mexican Ministry of Finance), and when I saw the Manual espírita, I knew it needed to be translated. Before I could stop myself, I offered to do it. Because of my previous research on the French Intervention, I had a keen appreciation for the need to translate basic works. So much history is badly misunderstood or not even acnowledged for want of a translation! And the fact is, Madero was the leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution and his Spiritist Manual, completed in that same year, though published in early 1911, is a statement of his personal and political philosophy. Ergo, it is a basic document for understanding both Madero himself and the Revolution. . . .CONTINUE READING


The Spanish version of C.M. Mayo's novel, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (Unbridled Books, 2009), as El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano, beautifully translated by Mexican poet and novelist Agustín Cadena, is now available on Kindle. The English original was a Library Journal Best Book 2009.

>>Watch the trailer:

"Partiendo de una concienzuda y afortunada búsqueda en archivos públicos y privados, Mayo logró reunir un caudal de información notable de la que hace uso con bastante desenvoltura....No me queda sino celebrar esta novela, que, comenzando lentamente, termina subyugando por su notable narración."
Pablo Soler Frost, Letras Libres

"En México se han escrito novelas históricas que recrean con erudición, maestría y poesía una época, un episodio, una atmósfera y unos personajes. Pienso, desde luego, en Noticias del imperio de Fernando del Paso; también en la obra de Enrique Serna sobre Santa Anna o la reciente novela de C.M. Mayo: El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano, sobre el nieto de Iturbide en la corte de Maximiliano."
Enrique Krauze

"El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano no es una biografía... O para decirlo más acertadamente, es mucho más que una biografía. Se trata de una historia apasionada y original sobre ese experimento trágico, heroico, cruel, cómico y hasta absurdo que fue el breve gobierno de Maximiliano de Habsburgo en México. Para escribir la crónica de esa epopeya, la autora, C.M. Mayo, se involucró en un esfuerzo de investigación monumental. De no haber ocurrido de esa manera, el producto editorial habría resultado muy diferente y, por supuesto, de meor calidad... La perseverencia en este tipo de indagaciones resulta fundamental. Es la histamina que impulsa la exploración sin truega y que la autora nos comparte en esa suerte de confesión intelectual que es el epílogo de su conmovedor libro."
EduardoTurrent, El Economista

Also now available on Kindle from Dancing Chiva is the award-winning long essay about a visit to Maximilian's castle in Italy, "From Mexico to Miramar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion" by C.M. Mayo, originally published in the Massachusetts Review.




Texans to Planet Arizona.


The Author's Guild's Blog: Publishing's Ecosystem on the Brink

Knowledgable. Comments zing.

The 3 Questions I Am Most Frequently Asked About the Writing Business

By C.M. Mayo (recently updated)

Reading Tolstoy's War & Peace
C.M. Mayo's blog on the slog, an armchair adventure.

Sam Quinones's True Tales

True tales by others, posted by veteran LA Times reporter and Mexico expert. Amazing, innovative, and always a good read.


Ken Ackerman's Viral History Blog

History and more history. Curious fun. By Ken Ackerman, author of nunerous outstanding works of 19th century and 20th century American history.


Sophy Wisdom by Sophy Burnham

By the best-selling author, literary artist, essayist, and Washington DC-based mystic.

Margaret Dulaney's Listen Well
A monthly podcast by a deeply reflective and elegant writer.

Keven Kelley's The Technium
On where we're going, like it or not... Two especially interesting recent posts: The Ciphers of Social Media and on Fixity vs Fluidity.

Seth Godin
A hyper-creative and deeply philosophical marketing guru.

Swiss Miss

Frequently updated blog by a Swiss designer in New York. Near-daily brief posts about inspiring discoveries.


La Sombra del Sabino in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico
Outstanding reading series, near Cuernavaca

Literal Magazine: Latin American Voices / Voces Latinoamericanos
Edited by Rose Mary Salum

San Miguel Literary Sala
Reading Series in San Miguel de Allende

SOL: English Writing in Mexico
Edited by Eva Hunter, based in San Miguel de Allende


Merryn José's Merlian News Podcasts.

Dr Rita Louise's Just Energy Radio
All shows archived as podcasts. Seriously weird, in a high vibe way.

Discutamos México: Francisco I. Madero
Enrique Krauz, moderador, con Manuel Guerra de Luna, Álvaro Matute, y Jean Meyer.


My Recollections of Maximilian
by Marie de la Fere, edited by C.M. Mayo
A previously unpublished English language eyewitness memoir. Forthcoming.


= = = C.M. MAYO LINKS = = =

C.M. Mayo's home page
C.M. Mayo en español

C.M. Mayo's events in Mexico City, Washington DC, and elsewhere
(workshops, book signings, conference panels, lectures)

= = = MAXIMILIANA = = =

"Maximilian ~ Carlota" A blog for researchers, both serious and armchair, of the Second Empire, the tumultuous period of Mexican history also known as the French Interevention."
Updated on (most) Tuesdays.

Maximilian von Mexiko
A webpage in English with on-line articles, bibliography, original photographs and more

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