De la inspiración a la palabra escrita, y esta entrega en particular de Marlyn para su semanal meta de Versos como detonante. Me ha dejado sin palabras. ¡Qué lo disfruten!

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Cuento: La caja de zapatos

(borrador en proceso)

Por: Marlyn Cruz Centeno

“quisieramos ser un mejor animal, un animal tal vez completo y sin prejucios” M. Colón

Algo muy malo estaba pasando, por que Meli nunca llora. Aparte de unas lagrimitas que apenas le nacían en el borde de los ojos y que Meli se limpia rápido. Nunca he visto llorar a Meli en serio, como lloro yo.
Hace unos días, desde debajo de la cama, la vi limpiarse los ojos después que mami le daba muchos puños y le decía que era fea como papá Manuel, Meli siempre perdona a mami porque luego le limpia los vómitos y porque es buena hija. “Los borrachos son así” me había dicho doña Rosita que me cuida a veces. Doña Rosita sabía de eso porque su esposo era un borracho. Doña Rosita también lo perdonaba y le limpiaba los vómitos. Hoy Meli…

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Advice that can give you some help on building an audience!

The Blog

After moving from New York City to Chicago and getting married, Rachel Bertsche realized that her new life was missing one crucially important thing: a local best friend. So she decided to go on one friend date every week for a year, and she documented her quest on a blog at

But before Rachel even started the blog, the 27-year-old writer put together a book proposal based on her search for a local BFF, and successfully pitched it to agents, and then editors. She says, “After I sold the proposal, I decided to start a blog so that I could have a place to document my journey and some of the research I was finding. I also wanted to start building a community and to engage with readers.”

It’s now been over two years since Rachel first launched So did she accomplish her blogging goals?…

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Excersising the Senses: Touch

Para la versión en Español, haz click aquí

Cold, hot, soft, rough … are some examples of feeling. To be able to feel them is thanks to the pressure points that exist across the skin, but particularly on the hands. Lotka Ray explains that these: “are endowed with an extremely remarkable sensitivity. As a result, we can notice a pressure up to a quarter of a gram per square millimeter. The sensitivity of these organs allows the perception of many different qualities. The sense of touch works in virtually all parts of the body, but its accuracy is significantly higher there, which is precisely the ease of body movement, especially hands and fingers. “

Moreover, and interestingly, “the sense of touch allows us to appreciate the external sensations of cold, heat, pressure, texture, vibration, tingling, and hold the weight, strength exercise our muscles, etc..

From the womb the fetus is able to respond to tactile stimuli such as thumb sucking.

The sense of touch is extremely important for every human being. The sense of touch allows us to enjoy a touch, the warm rays of the sun, cool breeze, and a myriad of pleasurable sensations. And protects us from feelings that would cause us harm or pain.

The sense of touch is so sensitive that, even with eyes closed, we can identify objects, textures, temperatures, etc.. “(How does the sense of touch functions)

To stimulate the sense of touch, go slow, take time to perceive and analyze. Touch a surface, feel a change in temperature, or perhaps experience what it  the paint on your hands feels like, the earth, the dough …  write on the smooth surface of the paper that is waiting for your gentle touch. Not just write the first thing that comes to mind, narrate and let your ideas flow. After you finish reading what you wrote, do not fix anything yet. Save it apart, perhaps in the future it be can use for a story. Just remember  do not explain it in a few words, the goal is to encourage yourself to be creative and go beyond.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast

Charles Dickens said “There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”

This is what I found on Wikipedia about Contrast in literature, by the way very interesting:

In literature, an author writes contrast when he or she describes the difference(s) between two or more entities.

Contrast is the antonym of simile. In poetic compositions, it is common for poets to set out an elaborate contrast or elaborate simile as the argument. In Renaissance poetry, and particularly in sonnets, the contrast was similarly used as a poetic argument. In such verse, the entire poem argues that two seemingly alike or identical items are, in fact, quite separate and paradoxically different. These may take the form of ‘my love is unlike all other women’ or ‘I am unlike her other loves.’

If you are interested in using, or practicing, contrast in your poetry, you might like to read this article “Contrast as a Method of Developing Poetry”. At the end of it you will find an exercise. Enjoy!

Ten Minutes to Fulfilling Your Writing Dreams


A question to motivate through the blog “Live to write – Write to live”, that will make you rethink when you say I have no time to write. For me I will stop giving excuses. Enjoy this reblog!

Live to Write - Write to Live

{Guest post from Beth Bader}

I left my dream of writing idle for years when I had the time to pursue it. The longer I waited to try, the easier it was to bury myself in the pursuit of making a living. Sometimes you have to completely lose yourself before you find out what parts of you matter most. That lowest point occurred, ironically, at what was also the happiest moment of my life — becoming a mom.

My little girl had acid reflux. For her it meant a lot of pain, especially when lying down to sleep. For me, it meant not sleeping for more than an hour at a time for months on end. After four months of sleep deprivation and daily hours of consoling an infant in pain wore on me, I slipped into post-partum depression and total exhaustion.

When -taking a shower still seemed like a…

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It is important to get feedback as writers, poets… So we can view our work in a different point of view. Is a simple article, but helps to get a push out there to our peers.

The Daily Post

But in a little while it may strike you as a small miracle that you have someone in your life, whose taste you admire (after all, this person loves you and your work), who will tell you the truth and help you stay on the straight and narrow, or help you find your way if you are lost.
Bird By Bird, Anne Lamott

I used to be very shy about my writing and never allowed anyone to read what I’d written. Subconsciously, by not letting anyone see my work, I felt that there was no way I could hear that it was “bad.” However, after a while, my writing was stuck in a rut and I couldn’t get anywhere with my creative work. Finally summoning up the courage, I sent one of my poems to a writing friend of mine to ask his opinion. He didn’t like it that…

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Versos como detonante creativo 01


Una deliciosa y nueva propuesta creativa por Marlyn Cé en su blog. Su reto, Versos como Detonante, será por las proximas semanas mi nueva adicción de lecturas en el mundo de los blogs. Espero lo disfruten.

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Hay propuestas que se dan orgánicas y que de mencionarlas el entusiasmo es tal que no se puede esperar para comenzar, al menos la idea es emocionante.

Tenía delineadas  muy superficialmente estas próximas semanas. Quería, (quiero) escribir desde la poesía, crear desde un verso detonante, desde un semillero de palabras provistas por voces poéticas que admiro. Ese es el concepto y parece bastante simple. Todo es simple hasta que nos vamos a los detalles, ¿qué poetas? ¿cuáles versos, qué poemas?

De momento era tanto de donde escoger que me vi sentada en el suelo de mi casa, rodeada de poemarios, notas y papeleo sin saber por donde comenzar pleno viernes en la noche.

Dejé mi “reguero organizado”  donde estaba y me vestí para asistir a la conferencia que brindaba el escritor Emilio del Carril sobre “Autopublicarse” en la Universidad Sagrado Corazón en Santurce. Llegué justo a tiempo para encontrarme en…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Distorted

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.  ~Percy Shelley, A Defense of Poetry, 1821 from the Quote Garden

And in nature we find these beautiful distortions that serve as inspiration to those who conjure words.

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