Where Have I Been!?

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Well well well — it’s been a while, hasn’t it? Hope you haven’t forgotten about me yet, because I’m back!

So what have I been up to? Quite a lot, actually! In these past few months, I left my bookselling job in Oxford to move to Barcelona, where I became a project manager at an international translation company.

Uncharacteristically enough, now I work on the medical devices division, coordinating clinics and labs with translators so that they can promote their products overseas. I’m saving lives, people!!

During my stay in Barcelona I have survived a terrorist attack (my office is really close to where it happened), a controversial referendum, a declaration of independence, and just generally a lot of noise on the streets. Who knew life in Barcelona would be so hectic!

As for my creative side, I’m happy to announce that I’m translating SirenSong into Spanish! Coming to your nearest bookshop earlier than you think 😉

I may also have another announcement to make, but that will come in time…

So how are you all? Did you miss me a lot? 🙂

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I’m a Video Game Writer!

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Hello again, and sorry for the wait! There haven’t been a lot of posts here lately, I know. But I’ve been away for a good reason! You see, Hellyon White, the illustrator for my novel SirenSong, is also the concept artist for the video game studio Iter Games. So when an opening for a writing position came up, I jumped right at it! I have now fulfilled my childhood dream of working on video games professionally. This is so exciting!

Introducing Golden Arcana, a mobile RPG game played by using cards. I have played the beta, and I have to say, it’s a lot of fun and really addictive! I promise I’ll tell you more about it in due course!

SirenSong is also coming along quite nicely. Right now I’m implementing all the feedback I’m getting from the proofreaders and formatting the book in InDesign. It shouldn’t be long before it’s finally done! And to make things more interesting, I’ll have an update very soon showing you a little big more about the hidden depths of Aurea…

This is a very exciting moment for me right now! I’ll let you know all the updates about SirenSong and Golden Arcana as they come along. And I also promise I will try my hardest to write more often, even if they’re shorter posts. For now, wish me luck, and have a wonderful day! 😀

Goodreads Book Goals: Complete!

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What a year it has been! I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Goodreads, but maybe you know that, every year, it lets you set yourself a challenge. You are asked how many books you want to read that year, and then, as you update your account with every new book you have finished, it tells you whether you’re on track, ahead or behind the schedule you set yourself.

I challenged myself to read 50 books during 2016—a conservative number, by all accounts—but even then, I ran into a spot of trouble…

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Reflections on the Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year

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I have just read a very interesting article on The Bookseller announcing that the good people behind the Oxford Dictionaries have chosen ‘post-truth’ as the word of the year for 2016. If you are wondering, as I was, what it means, here it is:

Post-truth: “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

The article went on to specify that it had been chosen because of “this year’s EU referendum in the UK and presidential election in the US, which has seen the word used to describe the irrelevance of truth in today’s politics, as in ‘post-truth politics’.” You can read more about it at the Oxford Dictionaries website.

I feel we need to discuss this.

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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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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!