Moved to Islas de Papel y Tinta

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It has been a long time since I last posted here, hasn’t it? Well over a half year! I’m surprised to see people are still coming to this blog; hopefully, my posts were useful and new readers still come back every so often to take a look.

However, a year ago my life took a 180º turn when I left the UK and moved back to Spain. I am now living and working in Barcelona; but, more importantly, I’m writing in Spanish rather than in English. Because of this, I thought it necessary to create a new blog in my native tongue.

This doesn’t mean that I’m going to close this one; I would like to have this blog as a space to express my thoughts in English and reach a wider audience. However, most of my activity will be happening at my new website.

If you enjoyed your time in this blog and would like to see what I’m up to, you can come and discover my new project, Islas de Papel y Tinta. I write fairly often there, and I’m taking longer with each post so that I can contribute something interesting with all of them.

Other than that, I would just like to apologize for having gone silent for so long. But a new era in life means a new era in art, and this was a necessary change. I hope, however, that I will be seeing you in my new blog! 🙂

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1,000 Followers!!

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Today is a historical day. Today, I reached 1,000 followers! Can you believe that!? When I started this blog, half a year ago, I never though it would go this far! Thanks a lot to all of you, you’re all amazing people 🙂

It must be the year of landmarks, because I recently reached 5,000 followers on Twitter and am about to reach the same number on Instagram. Looks like The Life & Times of Miguel is taking off! :’D this could not come at a better time, since soon enough I will be publishing SirenSong for free, for all of you to read. That will be my way of saying thank you to all of you for being so amazing and supportive!

Thanks a lot, everyone. I could not have done it without you 🙂

Happy New Year!

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I can’t believe it’s been 5 months since I started blogging! And since then, this place has grown and allowed to meet a lot of amazing people. Thanks to you, I have been able to talk about the things I care about, recommend the books I love, and even write a whole book!! It has been amazing spending this time with you.

So what does the new year have in stock for this blog? You can look forward to SirenSong’s cover reveal very, very soon! The novel itself will go out sometime in January, depending on whether—unlike December—I get enough time off to edit and proofread. Before that, though, I will be revealing little bits and pieces, the first of which will be the full prologue! You can also look forward to character portraits for each and every one of the seven main characters, as drawn by the amazing Hellyon White.

I have also decided to focus more on book reviews on 2017. There are so many amazing books I want to tell you about! And they won’t be just written reviews—you can look forward to some video reviews as well.

That is all for now. All that’s left to say is…

HAVE A WONDERFUL AND FANTASTIC NEW YEAR!! 🙂

Book Review – Cthulhu Armageddon

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Good morning and merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter’s Solstice! Did you all have a wonderful holiday? I hope you’re having an amazing time on these festive days! 🙂

And to completely change the mood from festive to gorey, I bring you a book review for Cthulhu Armageddon, by C.T. Phipps! He contacted me last month to ask if I would be interested in a review copy of his book and I, being a huge Lovecraft fan, promptly accepted!

So hold on to your seat belts, because this is the darkest, most violent book to be featured on my blog yet!

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The Outrageously Charming Art of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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I have a confession to make.

I am into Japanese culture—I have always been. I grew up like the standard Spanish nerdy kid, playing Japanese video games and watching the anime that was becoming so popular in the 90s; think Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya or Sailor Moon. Because of this, I developed an appreciation of the outlandish and outrageous Japanese art; I think nothing illustrates this point better than their TV commercials.

Needless to say, I am a big fan of J-Pop, too—that is, Japanese pop music. Some of the artists I listened to growing up were Megumi Hayashibara, Ayumi Hamazaki, L’arc-en-ciel, and a big, big list of such names. One of my all-time favourite music videos is Stereopony’s “Hanbunko”.

As I said, I grew up watching these baroque-esquely epic, ridiculously exaggerated, delightfully lighthearted shows and videos.

None of that could have prepared me for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.

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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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