My Visit to El Museo del Prado

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I’m not dead, I promise! I have just been too busy in Madrid, using all my free time to visit all the wonderful things this visit has to offer: including, of course, El Museo del Prado. Most of you will probably know it as the place where the works of Goya, Velázquez, Tizziano, Rubens, El Bosco, and so many other geniuses, are kept.

Some years ago, while I was still in high school, I was invited every year to the baccalaureate’s school trip to Madrid’s museums, even if I was too young to come. For three years, and around the same dates, I went on a trip through el Museo del Prado, the Reina Sofía, the Thyssen, and Madrid’s Archaeological Museum. I am very grateful to my teachers for taking me along, since these visits make me learn a lot and helped me become a better artist myself.

The funny thing is, even though it has been almost 10 years since my last visit, I could still remember everything: where to find El Bosco, where the circular room with Las Meninas was, the particular galleries where Tizziano’s paintings were exhibited. It was a heartwarming experience.

Let me tell you about my favourite paintings!

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The Mythology Conference Is On!

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It’s here!

It has started!

It’s the IV International Conference of Myth Criticism!

Do you like The Lord of the Rings? Do you like Star Wars? Do you like John William Waterhouse? Those were just some of the topics we have talked about today—come on in and I’ll tell you all about it!

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Friday Book Share #5

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I may be busy packing up and preparing a lecture that is sure to turn into nervous blabbering, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have to share some books with you! And Friday Book Share is the perfect way to do just that.

Shelley Wilson created this tag to help us recommend books to our friends by telling them what we love about them. There is no way I’m not doing it!

Do you want to do it too? You just have to choose a book and fill in the following:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

And today’s book will be…

THE NAME OF THE WIND

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I’m Going Away!

You may have noticed that I’ve been a tiny bit absent lately. That is because I’ve been preparing for next week—I’ve been invited to give a lecture at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid!

More concretely, I will be one of the speakers at the IV International Conference of Myth Criticism, which will revolve around Myths and Emotions. You can check the official website here.

My lecture will take place on the 26th of October, and will be about the Apocalypse myth. I’ll be trying to explain why humans would become so obsessed with creating a religious tale where the whole of the world dies in some cosmic cataclysm. And to tell the truth, I’m really really nervous! It’ll be my first time talking to such a large audience!

My flight takes off on Saturday, and after that, I’ll stay on Madrid until the 2nd of November. I will my best, however, to keep writing regularly on this blog—and, more importantly, to undertake NaNoWriMo!

Well, off to Madrid it is. Wish me luck!

Bookstagram Recap #5

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We have made it! We have survived another week! Which means it’s time for that section we all know and love—Bookstagram Recap! If you’re not following me yet, you can do it by clicking here: @miguel_morell.

This week’s picture are not as book-centred as usual. In fact, for a couple of days, I looked back on my travels and reflected on the beautiful places I have visited. I hope you will like those photos, too!

Let’s begin!

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Friday Book Share #4

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It’s been a while, but the tag is book: it’s Friday Book Share time!

This is a tag created by Shelley Wilson which helps us recommend books to our friends by telling them what we love about our favourite books. It’s absolutely lovely!

Does that sound amazing? You can do it too! Just complete the following for a book of your choosing:

First line of the book.

Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.

Introduce the main character using only three words.

Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).

Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)

Your favourite line/scene.

And this time, I have chosen…

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Let’s begin!

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Help Me Write NaNoWriMo! #2

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Good morning, my lovely bookaholics! You may remember from an earlier post that I am entering NaNoWriMo this year. And to put a twist on it, I have decided that I’m going to write a story based on your suggestions! You can tell me what characters you want to see, what settings, what themes… and I’ll write something a novel out of it. Then, after the first draft is edited and proofread, I will make it available as a free e-book for all of you.

I have already received a few suggestions. Do you know what they are? Well, keep reading to find out!

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