Where have I been?

I’ve been on my ups and downs. Trying to figure out what’s worth doing, what is needed, what’s important enough in order to maintain inner peace. Inner peace equals a better life, to love. This struggle happens know and then, when priorities need to be done, scheduled and then change them for unexpected reasons. One of those is my writing. Lately, I have been working on my fantasy book. The idea hunts my chaotic brain that this is not my calling and yet it hurts to think it is not. This is all part of the creative life, I think. Does it happen to you?

Every time I make the decision to call it quits, a small thing happens. Either an email, a tiny interest of someone else, a thought…

To think of quitting is to think you are not good. That life and the people around you show no interest at all in your craft. That time is not meant to be spend on typing words, in developing stories. All of these takes away that time needed for other things in life.

The joy that once was there is no longer, replaced by a sorrow that like a entity haunts you constantly. Unbearable, it hits so hard it feels like the sting of a whip in your bare back. It hurts that much.

Do you hurt when you think of quitting?

Perhaps.

I have made some decisions based on current and past events in my life. One will take me years to fulfill, and the end result will not be for the better of some. Either way it will be for me and in the end is my happiness that is important.  For this passion of mine called writing, I have given myself a year to fulfill the goals I have set for myself. My clock starts know!

This fantasy book I am working on, Ascensión Divina, of which you can read a sample chapter located in the upper menu of this blog of the same title (brace yourself it is in Spanish! So visit google transalate), I’ve been revising it, yet again.

What has changed in it? Lots! Well, a few things here and there. I am still deciding if a prologue of explanations is needed for this story. I do not like does explanation prologues that you just can skip and move to the story. What I wrote, and not yet convinced with it, is a story with characters that do not appear in the rest of the book, but that will give you an idea of who is who and where did they come from.

In the first chapter, I have changed the name for one of my Point-of-View characters, there are three in this first part of the series. I have been using her title, Arakoel, and a few people that read it got confused thinking it was her name. Iyeguá is her name and will be used and an explanation of who she is to her race as arakoel, which is the female title of those who rule the nation, sets aside any confusion. Took a mighty heavy scene out that the chapter could do with out and now it flows. Of course, changed the beginning and put it else where and started with a scene of the past that is a climatic moment for Iyeguá.

Today I will embrace the future changes of chapter two that it’s Iyeguá’s and read it very carefully, for it introduces the other POVs and many secondary and third characters in the story.

Know I leave you to read some pages of The Dragonbone Chair, and take care of my little one that fell in school and had to have stitches in his chin. Did I mentioned I have not cook dinner yet. I do it early in order to have time to do homework in tranquility with my kids.

Until next time, my friend and be inspire.

A.R. Román


Writing Fantasy: A Short Guide To The Genre | The Creative Penn

This article is from The Creative Penn, to read it all follow the link bellow.

“By definition, fantasy is a genre that typically features the use of magic or other supernatural phenomena in the plot, setting, or theme. Magical or mythological creatures often feature,…”
(More on this link) http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/06/27/writing-fantasy/


Writing Environment

Advice for writers, very helpful

The Roaming Bard

The work environment of a writer is diverse and unique to the individual. While you may not realize it, there are a lot of factors that go in to a work environment. In this article I am going to touch on a few such factors and experiences of a writer and discuss my personal views/choices for each.

Music/Sound

Every writer/author is different when it comes to the whole music question. I know Patrick Rothfuss, author of the Kingkiller Chronicle, is an adamant backer for the idea of complete silence as he writes. Any noise of any kind is entirely detrimental to the writing and it’ll only serve as a distraction at best or influence the tone of your writing at the worst. How can you write a tender love scene if you have rock and roll, heavy metal music playing in the background?

Then there’s the other half, those, like me, who like…

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George Singleton and a can of WD-40 / y una lata de WD-40

“Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk—away from any open flames—to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.”

“Manten una lata pequeña de WD-40 en tu escritorio-lejos de una vela-para recordarte que si no escribes diariamente, te pondrás mohoso.”

George Singleton

Hay cosas simples que nos recuerdan nuestra responsabilidad, no ha nuestros seguidores y lectores, ha nosotros mismos de escribir diariamente. Aunque no podamos por un tiempo extendido realizar esta tarea, la sencillez de una oración o quizás varias, nos dará la satisfacción de decir me encamino a mi destino. 

¿Qué mantienes a tu lado para recordarte que debes escribir diariamente?

There are simple things that remind us of our responsibility, not our fans and readers, but to ourselves to write daily. Although we can not  do it for an extended period of time, the simplicity of a sentence or perhaps several, will give us the satisfaction to say I making my way to my destination. 

What do you keep near to remind you to write daily?


La escritura llega con el viento… / Writing comes with the wind…

Marguerite Duras

Her English Bio

“La escritura llega con el viento,

está desnuda, es la tinta, es lo escrito, y pasa como nada pasa en la vida, nada, excepto eso,

la vida.”

 

“Writing comes like the wind.

It’s naked, it’s made of ink, it’s the thing written, and it passes like nothing else passes in life, nothing more,

except life itself.”


Exercise the senses: Vision Part I / Los sentidos: Visión Parte I

For the Spanish full version, click here!

As visual creatures from birth, we begin to stimulate the sense of vision. Family Visual Stimulation Education in his article: “a world through the eyes” tells us:

Through the eyes numerous stimuli and experiences enters the brain of the baby. The eyesight of a child increases rapidly. The child not only distinguishes objects from birth, but can be fixed in one determined for a very short period.

Through stimulation and repeated viewing of objects an adequate basis is obtained for his powers of concentration and attention. After two months, the child learns to place an object in space and develop hand-eye coordination.

You can also expand the field of stimulation with moving objects and color contrasts, encouraging the development of your muscles, clamping capacity and coordination.

To keep the interest of the babies the complexity of the stimuli has to be increased gradually.

To keep our interest alive, look for these stimuli. Before taking pen and paper and cover it with letters’, lets concentrate on stimulating our vision.

Below this paragraph you will find places in the internet where the sense of vision has been stimulated.  Taken through the lens of a camera the photographer sees the world through his eyes capturing it in a photo as he sees it and desires it. Yes, a picture says a thousand words. It talks to us, makes us feel. Take your time as I have taken mine to dive into a visual paradise. After a few minutes of contemplation, I take pen and paper. I invite you to accompany me and write either a poem, a short story what you see and what the picture you chose makes you feel. Let your imagination be inspired by what you see and write without fear and encouragement.

Visual Estimulation:

I think of photographers and the thought gives me the desire to take my camera and watch the world through the lens, as they do. It’s a good idea! Grab your camera and go to one of your favorite places and take pictures. Then download them to your computer and watch them, place them in a file that is unique to the visual inspiration. Choose one of those pictures you took in the day and write for ten minutes. A picture says a thousand words; make yours a few of those.

Share your experiences, leave your comments here or leave us your link so we can visit your blog and share our thoughts. We learn together and share as colleagues!

Next Monday, I’ll post the second part in English. For those who read Spanish the full version is on the site already (just click here), but still share with us your thoughts.

You are sharing!

Michael Muller shared his poem with us, it is in the comments section, and this is the photo he choose for inspiration: