William Styron on a good book…

A good book should leave you… slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.

Un buen libro debe dejarte… un poco exhausto al final. Vives varias vidas mientras lees.

William Styron in an interview 1958, Writers at Work.

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It is necessary to write… / Es necesario escribir…

It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?  For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.  That is where the writer scores over his fellows:  he catches the changes of his mind on the hop.  ~Vita Sackville-West

     Vita Sackville-West can not explain better my lacck of writing in Mink. I know I have been out, but I love that you comprehend that is because I’m catching “the changes of” my “mind on the hop”. But tomorrow I will return, I know in my native language, with the second part of the fourth chapter of ‘The children of Oshmdwa’. Believe me I’m working on putting up the English version of the chapters I owe you, and I will. For now I leave you be and go back to my world of fiction which is going through some mayor changes.

     I have gone back to the begging, it had to be done, the story came to a holt and the future I pictured for the characters would not come to be. Maybe it was good like that, but not for this writer. The future of this characters are linked to each other even if they hated each other. To sad for them, I’m the forger of their lives.

     Until tomorrow, my friends, I’m back to my fiction world and some laundry and some motherly duties. Thanks for being here and letting my words touch your life.

Es necesario escribir, si los días no son para que pasen de largo. ¿Cómo entonces, poner la red sobre la mariposa del momento? Pues el momento pasa, es olvidado; el humor se va; la vida misma se va. Ahí es cuando el escritor se apunta una ventaja sobre los suyos: él agarra la oportunidad de su mente en vuelo. ~Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville-West no lo pudo haber dicho mejor cuando a mi falta de atención a Mink. Sé que he estado fuera, pero me encanta que comprendas que he estado atrapando los cambios en mi mente. Pero mañana regresar en mi lengua nativa con la segunda parte del cuarto capítulo de ‘Los hijos de Oshmdwa’. He estado trabajando en poner la versión en inglés que debo, y lo haré. Por ahora les dejo y regreso a mi mundo de ficción que esta pasando por cambios extremos.

He regresado al principio, debía hacerlo, la historia llegó a un punto donde me obligó a detenerme, y el futuro de los personajes no era el planificado. Quizás era mejor de esa forma, pero no para esta escritora. El futuro de los personajes está relacionado el uno con el otro aunque ellos lo detesten. Triste para ellos, yo soy la forjadora de sus vidas.

Hasta mañana, mis amigos, regresaré a mi mundo de ficción y realizar una limpieza de ropa y a las responsabilidades maternales. Gracias por estar aquí y dejar mis palabras toquen tu vida.

A quote from Samuel Butler

“Books want to be born: I never make them.  They come to me and insist on being written, and on being such and such.  ~Samuel Butler

Quote taken from The Quote Garden

This are the words that best explain my thoughts on writing a story or book. Samuel Butler hit the head of the nail with this one, for in the past he has read my heart, for books exist and they choose their word smith. We are just storytellers waiting for the story to choose us and whisper in our ears the story that needs to be born to reality.




Quote to encourage / Cita para dar aliento

    A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.  Sir Winston Churchill British politician (1874 – 1965)

      Un pesimista ve la dificultad en cada oportunidad; un optimista ve las oportunidades en cada dificultad.  Sir Winston Churchill, Politico británico (1874 – 1965)

A quote of perseverance / Una cita para la perseverancia

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.  Victor Hugo, French dramatist, novelist, & poet (1802 – 1885) 

Ten coraje con las grandes penas de la vida  paciencia con las pequeñas; y cuando laboriosamente hayas realizado tus labores diarios, ve a dormir en paz. Dios está despierto. Víctor Hugo, dramaturgo francés, novelista y poeta (1802- 1885).

A quote for Monday

◊Cita en español abajo

“Todo tiene su tiempo y sazón, todas las tareas bajo el sol: tiempo de nacer, y tiempo de morir; tiempo de plantar y tiempo de arrancar lo plantado; tiempo de matar y tiempo de sanar; tiempo de destruir y tiempo de construir; tiempo de llorar y tiempo de reír; tiempo de hacer duelo y tiempo de bailar; tiempo de arrojar piedras y tiempo de recogerlas; tiempo de abrazar y tiempo de desprenderse; tiempo de buscar y tiempo de perder; tiempo de guardar y tiempo de desechar; tiempo de rasgar y tiempo de coser; tiempo de callar y tiempo de hablar; tiempo de amar y tiempo de odiar; tiempo de guerra y tiempo de paz.”

Eclesiastés 3:1-10

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Una cita para lunes

“There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under heaven:a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men.” 

Eclesiastés 3:1-10

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Your words will always be with me

I know I owe you friends a little apology for my silence these past weeks. Thankfully I had pre-schedule some posts to have you entertained, of which I totally forgot and was surprise to see.

A dear love one passed away suddenly on the 18th; her parting took us by surprise. We’ll miss her, but will always remember her. My eyes tear up just to think that she will not be with us, but my heart rejoices thinking she is watching over us.

I know today is not Monday, I have not forgotten and I was going to do this yesterday, but Hurricane Earl decided to pay us a visit. Thankfully he just said hello from the distance and did not do much damage. So here it is, Mondays Quote on a cloudy and breezy Tuesday!

I’m sharing the words of a woman loved my many and taken from us too soon, but the times we had with her will last us a lifetime. This quote is taken from her last facebook status and summarizes her joyful life.

For you Norma, my dear mother-in-law, who loved this blog, enjoyed reading it and whom I will always remember and love. I will pass your words to your grandchildren who love you.

Enjoy life, love and live with passion. Memories will hold you thru bad times and there will always be a story to tell the grandkids.” –Norma I. Santiago Santiago.


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