Titiretada 2014 – Photo Blog

I have been so busy lately, that I haven’t been able to post anything in here. Let’s hope I can can change that, soon. These photos were taken in March, this year, in the Puppeteer Fest that takes place at several venues around here. I took awesome photos of the “Cantastoria” event, where actors sing and tell a story using hand-made moving scrolls and posters. Anyhow, I’ll shut up and let you enjoy the pics.

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Gold Medal Winner!

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Philomena Sparks has won a gold medal at the Global Ebook Awards under the Steampunk category. I found out yesterday and was not expecting this at all. I am so stoked. Just wanted to post it here for all to see. Also, I wish to congratulate all who placed in the competition!
For the full list of winners, please click the screen shot above. And, if you want a signed copy, just let me know in the comments section. Philomena is on Amazon, Smashwords, Nook, iTunes and other places all over the Internet. I am and have been so terribly busy lately, and haven’t been able to blog as I used to, but I hope to catch up soon and post more frequently…  or so I hope.

Here is a list of all the places where you can find Philomena and download a preview if you like.

Amazon – available in print and for Kindle

Nook

Sony eBook Store

Smashwords

Kobo

iTunes – for iPad, iPod, iPhone or your favorite iToy

CreateSpace – only in print

Philomena has won two awards!

Philomena Sparks has been acknowledged, and twice already! Sorry I did not post about this before. I have been incredibly busy writing other stuff for other people. Her first acknowledgment was a Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival in January this year. The second acknowledgment came to light a few days ago, on Saturday the 15th of March. Philomena Sparks got a Runner-Up tie in the Sci-Fi / Fantasy category at the Sharp Writ Book Awards. You can click on the links to see for yourselves. I am particularly stupefied by this second award, because this book competition is run by MENSA people. (Pun deliberately intended). I am deeply honored by this recognition.

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As I have written in previous posts, the book is available in print (paperback) and in electronic format.

Here is a list of all the places where you can find it and download a preview if you like.

Amazon – available in print and for Kindle

Nook

Sony eBook Store

Smashwords

Kobo

iTunes – for iPad, iPod, iPhone or your favorite iToy

CreateSpace – only in print

And, if you get to read down to this part, I have a special treat for you all, for a limited time only. You can download Philomena Sparks and The Curse of the Big Ben for free, from Smashwords, if you use this code: DU25F

So, enjoy it while it lasts!

 

Captain Harlock!

As as child, I loved this anime series and never missed an episode. Captain Harlock was, and I am not ashamed to admit that he pretty much still is…, my hero! Thank you, Leiji Matsumoto, for your creativity. Although it seems, from the trailer, that Harlock is not fighting the Mazone this time, the plot seems interesting, and the animation looks exquisite, visually captivating and intriguing. Can’t wait for this movie to come out.

There are many trailers in You Tube, but this one I believe is the the best. In the meantime, I can only admire Medicom’s Harlock statue.

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Priced over $400, which means that I won’t be able to own one in the near future, to proudly display on my book shelves at home. Unless something like a “Let’s help Marielba get her Captain Harlock Medicom statue” fund raising campaign exists, of course. So, come on people, let’s make this happen!

*hint* Click the button above, add $$ and make me happy.

Only joking, of course…

One can dream though…

Happy 2014

So 2014 is here and so far, so good! I’ve had two great news in less than a week. I hope the streak keeps on going. First, I got an emial saying that my book, Philomena Sparks and The Curse of the Big Ben won a Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival. Sadly, I won’t be able to attend the Award Ceremony. I’m OK with that though. And, the other good news is that my book was reviewed and appeared on last Sunday’s local newspaper, El Nuevo Día. Can’t be happier with the good vibes and all. I wish everyone a blissful 2014, yay!

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Here is a list of all the places where you can find it and download a preview if you like.

Amazon – available in print and for Kindle

Nook

Sony eBook Store

Smashwords

Kobo

iTunes – for iPad, iPod, iPhone or your favorite iToy

CreateSpace – only in print

And, if you’d like a dedicated copy, I’d be honored to do so. Just send me an email:

marielba.cancel@gmail.com

La Campechada 2013 – photo blog

La Campechada is a festival that celebrates art, performance and music. It started a few years back and it seems to get better each time. You can see theater plays at different plazas in Old San Juan, along with artisans, painters, food kiosks and musicians. Here are a few photos I took that afternoon on November 17, 2013. I guess I wanted to capture the movement in this performance by “Y no había luz.”

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iPad games

I’m not a real gamer. I am proud to say I was part of the Atari generation where I was happy with a joystick and a red button, and even then, I was disastrous. I lost at all games, had poor high scores and basically ended up handing the joystick to my brother, or whoever was home desperately waiting for “the next one to lose,” so they could have a turn. Although, I think the only game I was really good at was Maze Craze. The rest of them? I just sucked.

As the years passed, I continued to suck at all computer games, so I avoided all of the diabolical inventions that followed: ColecoVision, Nintendo, Play Station, XBox, etc. I still cringe like a vampire on garlic each time someone mentions the idea of playing a video game with me.

But, I must admit I recently succumbed to the empire of the iPad. Since they were born and spread all over humankind, I wanted to join in the realm of these reality alienating devices, so I started saving until I triumphantly entered an Apple store and left feeling like a goddess, holding tight my powerful tool. I knew I could take over the gaming world now.

Yet, this gaming world conquest requires a strategic path. I refuse to download a game just because it happens to be the latest craze. So, I carefully check and read about games before downloading and playing them. I refuse to inundate my iPad with nonsensical stuff, like Candy Crush. Instead, I search for more mentally challenging puzzles. The ones I have discovered and love so far are: Bridges, Machinarium and The Room.

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This is a highly entertaining game where you have to connect same colored dots to each other, without leaving a blank space on the board. The first levels are very easy, but it gets harder as you get into the 10 x 10 and 14 x 14 boards.

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This board has one connecting bridge. You can only cross two colored paths in one bridge, but as the game gets harder, you get two or sometimes three bridges on the board, and you have to figure out which colors get to use it. It’s a challenging and entertaining game.

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Machinarium is such a beautiful game. I loved it. Although it took me ages to finish it, I was quite entertained walking around in a world full of tin, robot-like creatures, trinkets and puzzles. You have to solve a puzzle each time you want to continue the game and get to the next level, and as you play, you pick up objects and clues that help you solve the puzzles along the way.

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It’s very cute and the music is awesome. I’d love to own the soundtrack. The only thing that bothered me a bit is that you have to keep on playing a spider killing game in order to get to the clues and keys to solve the puzzles.

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Some of them were quite hard and frustrating, but the game is so cute it was worth going through all the trouble.

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The Room is such a great puzzle game. The graphics are extraordinary and the puzzles are excellent. Basically, you are alone in a room with a strange object, and you have to figure out the way to open it and find out what it does.

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It’s amazing. I loved the sound effects and the fact that you actually have to move or tilt the iPad in order to solve some of the puzzles. The graphics make an excellent use of perspective, and you can examine the object from above, below, far and near. Very cleverly and well made.

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The end of the game is beautiful, and overall, I found the game a bit short, but just my luck, they uploaded an update last night, so there is more to come! Can’t wait to see what this new chapter is all about.

Are there more puzzle games like these out there?

Suggestions are welcome.