Halloween Ideas

So, Halloween is just around the corner, and for this year I wanted to do something a bit different, but with a more “current world events” theme. Long story short, I chose to become a plague doctor. Now, the problem with this is that there are not that many visual references of the actual plague doctor of medieval times, so I had to rely on the few pictures that can be found over the Internet and of course, my imagination.

While doing research I came across the masks done by Tom Banwell which are beautiful, but expensive. So, I decided to draw one, make a pattern out of my drawing and build the mask myself.

 

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I first drew the pattern on white paper and adjusted it to fit my face, then, I traced the drawings to a piece of white cardboard, and cut the pieces out.

 

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Next, I attached them together using tape. I just wanted to have a prototype to see how it would look like. I adjusted the bottom part with manila paper, because the cardboard was a bit heavy and wouldn’t sit in place.

 

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I used leather scraps to make my mask. There is a nearby shop where they sell different types of leather and leather products, so I went in and bought a small piece that would suffice for my project.

 

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I traced my pattern and made a Burtonesque detail around the eyes, just for fun. I wanted my mask to look different and unique.

 

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This is the mask nearly finished. The scissors are there to help the mask stand on on its own. I used soft, malleable pieces of leather, not suede. So although the material was soft, it took me a long while to sew the pieces together. First, I had to drill tiny holes all around the edges. But, in the end, that made the sewing part a whole lot easier.

 

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My sister joined me in my madness as a Black Swan…

 

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And in the end, I threw in a little something to make the whole outfit more appropriate for the times we are experiencing.

 

 

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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