The writer’s dilemma

by NVS
Finding the light.
On of the moments I enjoy the most during the day is when I’m writing, then the ideas come to my mind, one after the other, composing all kind of stories. Many times I find myself writing stories even when I’m not actually writing, it’s just the way the ideas get together in my head when I’m walking, commuting, watching something or listening to someone.

Even more, all these unstoppable stories even come to my head when I’m asleep in the form of dreams that begin and end with characters speaking and places showing their colorful essence.

May be it’s because of this that I always find interesting reading about the life and craft of writers that have become famous through their work.

One of the stories that has had more impact on me is the first part ot the memoir written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, called in Spanish Vivir para Contarla (Living to tell the tale). Throughout his book, the Colombian author managed to transport my mind to those times when he started writing and how he didn’t felt dissappointed even when the circumstances weren’t favorable. I was even able to smell the ink of the presses while printing the newspapers during that time when Garcia Marquez used to work as a reporter.

Another moment that has managed to keep me thinking for a long time, was when I was going around San Francisco on a city tour and we passed by Dannielle Steel’s house, right on the top of a hill facing the bay. I remember I wonder then ‘how a writer can achieve that?’

Nowadays, I’ve also being wondering, how the mind of some writers work as for them to produce amazing and unique pieces of fantasy, such as Scott Fitzgerald with his Curious case of Benjamin Button, in which his main character starts his life as and old man and finishes it as a little baby.

However, the thought that has been keeping me really busy lately is this ‘how a writer can move on once their first book becomes a bestseller? This always make me think of the novel by Charles Dickens Great Expectations in which he presents the hopes and dreams of a struggling artist.

And while I keep on wondering about the ups and downs of the writing thing, I’ll also keep on enjoying it at every given moment.

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A story about emperors and thieves

The palace of words.
I’ve always felt that reading a book is a unique experience, each one has its own ‘personality’ and ‘character’, and sometimes, I even find myself getting really fond of some of them, as if they were very good friends.

One of this magnificent occasions in which I’ve been lucky enough as to find a book friend, was when I got acquainted with The Palace Thief, by Ethan Canin.

I must admit that I hadn’t heard about the book or the author, until the third time I watched the movie The Emperor’s club, in which Kevin Kline plays the role of a History teacher who tries to inspire his students for them not to learn only about the facts but also about the mistakes and achievements of the old leaders of the ancient empires.

I was immediately taken by the movie the very first time I watched it, but for some funny reason I don’t know, it was until the third time when I got curious about it and look it up to see if it had being based on a book.

It was then when I learned that the story takes all the best of a short story written by Canin in 1994.

Of course my curiosity was huge and couldn’t wait to read the story that had been able to inspire such a fine film, full of intense emotions, feeling and thoughts.

Now, that I’ve finally read the book I have to say that I’m even more attached to this story and I feel I profound respect for Canin whose words are presented in a way that the reading becomes totally absorbing and absolutely hard to put it down.

A funny thing, during the whole time I was reading the book, I couldn’t help myself and I went through the complete story listening to Kevin Kline’s voice, as if the same Mr. Hundert were narrating the story to me with his soft and paused voice, full of conviction and strength in the crucial moments, and full of pain and sorrow in the times of disappointment.

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Weekly Photo: Dreaming

A whole world of possibilities, ready for us to decide where our dreams want to lead us!

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A Moment in Time

Can the past be fixed?
I always find surprising when I realize how malleable Time seems to be some times.

Even though it’s supposed to be a fixed thing with the same exact quantity of minutes in every hour, in some occasions Time appears to be so elastic that allows some minutes to feel longer and some other to feel shorter.

That also makes me think about how some things in our life are missed while we’re too busy doing other things. Then, when Time passes by, we can’t help wonder “where did the Time has gone?”

Watching a TV series the other day, called Third Watch, this phrase caught my attention when a policeman tells a friend “I’ve spent 25 years of my life in this game and nobody even told me I was playing.”

That made me remember this singular feeling that appears when we recover consciousness of our life after having been too busy, and then we realize all what we have missed during this period.

This situation also reminds me of a movie called Somewhere in time, because it reflects in a very precise way this feeling that an important part of our lives has gone lost “somewhere in time”.

The movie, stared by Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, is based on a novel called Bid Time Return, written by Richard Matheson, and itโ€™s called in Spanish “Pidele al tiempo que vuelva” (Ask for the time to come back), which, I think, it also applies very well to this suffocating feeling that appears every time that we’ve missed something important and we wish we could go back in time to re-do those missing things.

May be this is one of the reasons why we can find so many books and TV series in which the main topic is the search for a device that allows us to travel in time.

But then the question always remains, is it really possible to change our past? Or are we condemned to live with it, just as General Kirk, from The Time Tunnel TV Series, said: “The past is something that we cannot change and we have to learn how to live with it”?

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Weekly Photo: Friendship

The best combination.
The best mix: Friends, movies and pop corn!
I think this is one of those cases in which a picture tells more than 1,000 words. Cheers to the good times with great people! ๐Ÿ˜€

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