Francine Rodriguez’ Blog

Returning To The Old Bunk Bed

                                  How would you like to cook in a state-of-the-art kitchen with all stainless-steel appliances, surrounded by granite counters and glass accessorized cabinets, and later eat off of expensive china plates?  How would you like to live where there is a fully equipped gym, bathrooms stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, fresh linens every day, a backyard, vending machines […]

Mexican Food For Real

Mexican Food For Real I just finished reading Ally Wong’s excerpt from her new novel, that has a chapter on how to judge a good Asian restaurant.  Everything she said made a lot of sense, and I started thinking about how you pick a good authentic Mexican restaurant, because there is a Mexican restaurant on every corner, every place you […]

Monday Morning Group

CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS POSTING Monday Morning Group Francine Rodriguez     I think it was some time in 1996, at the waning end of the surge in the crack epidemic in South Central.  It was the point where rehabs had opened their doors up and down the coast.  Some of the doors opened onto pastoral seaside hideaways, or non-descript […]

Monday Morning Group

|by Francine Rodriguez    Today the crack smokers are getting older.  Getting high in the open air of South Central is not a common sight anymore, and the behaviors that sometimes accompany it have for the most part, gone underground.  I’ve been carrying this memory around for all these years.  So, here goes:     I think it was some time […]

Why Catfish

                                                                  Now that I’m officially “old as dirt,” and still above-ground to watch it all, I keep coming across spectacles that make me stop and stare and try to shake the cobwebs out of my brain. So, let me explain, prior to writing my prior two novels, I generally stayed the hell away from technology with the exception of my […]

A Woman Like Me Review by Viga Boland

Reviewed By: Viga Boland Review Rating: 5 Stars – Congratulations on your 5-star review! Reviewed By Viga Boland for Readers’ Favorite If you’re going to write a long fiction crime thriller, you’d better make sure of three things: you have a really great plot, gripping characters, and most important of all, the skill to create a true page-turner. Well, Francine Rodriguez […]

              Why Pose Is Such An Important Television Breakthrough             For several months friends kept telling me to watch Pose, a television show that centers on the drag ball culture in New York during the eighties.  Most of the people who recommended it told me it was a lot like Paris Is Burning, a 1991 documentary that highlighted gay and […]