It’s Halloween!

I’ve always loved Halloween. It’s a time of year that makes me feel so normal…

Particularly if you have friends that like to join you in your weirdness, and then meet some others who are just the same…

Well, actually, it was my sister who dragged me to this costume party, so how could I say no to Frankenstein‘s bride?

If I had said no, I wouldn’t have met this living cupcake with working lights and all.

Do you like Halloween? What do you dress up like?

 

By the way, my heart goes out to all of those who reside on the East Coast of the U.S. This Sandy looks scary. Hope everyone stays safe and make sure to secure everything before you leave, if you have to.

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The Halloween Book Festival & Aliens to Zombies Convention Honor ‘The World Within’

Well, yes! The World Within has won another honorable mention. This time under the ‘Fantasy’ category at the Halloween Book Festival.
The Halloween Book Festival is part of the Aliens to Zombies Convention which will be taking place in Hollywood, California at the W Hotel on October 29 and 30, 2012.
This Convention also honors films, documentaries, short films, animation, student films and screenplays. Of course, as any other convention, there will be panelists, lectures and of course a Halloween costume party. From what I read, this is their second year in what promises to become a fun event that brings together visual artists, film makers, writers and creature-crafters from all over the world.

Here is the list of the Halloween Book Festival winners:


Congratulations to all who placed!

So, if you’re looking for a great Halloween read, here are the links where you can download or get a printed copy of The World Within:

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

Create Space

iTunes

Sony ebook store

Smashwords

La Campechada

For a second consecutive year, Old San Juan opened all of its museums and parks to welcome visitors in order to celebrate ‘La Campechada.’ It all began last year will many activities for the whole family, including live music and performances on the Plazas and streets, artisans, and of course, food, to celebrate the life of José Campeche, the first known Puerto Rican visual artist. This year’s Campechada was dedicated to Francisco Oller, the first Latin American to influence the Impressionism movement. The Campechada ran fom Friday the 12th to Sunday the 14th of October. I could only attend on Sunday and saw two live performances. There were many simultaneous plays and other things going on at the same time, so I had to choose which ones to go to. The first one was a modern dance dedicated to pigeons. It was held at Plaza de Armas.

These silent performers spoke without words. No need to explain their statement of what big corporations have done to society these days…

Afterwards, I saw this play at Cuartel Ballajá that celebrated Oller’s life and his loves, between Paris and San Juan. I did not know Paul Cezanne was a student of his, but only for a short time.

Overall, it was a great activity. I hope to go to next year’s as well. I think it’s good to celebrate the lives of artists who have left their legacy for us to enjoy today.

Giant Black Moth

A couple of nights ago, I met a huge black moth right when I was opening the driveway‘s door. I had just got home from work and it was dark already. When I first saw the black wings flapping I thought it was a bat, but no, it was quite a big black butterfly.


Sorry about the dry bits of grass on top of the LiftMaster garage door opener. They belong to a bird who decided that it was a good place to build a nest, but if you take a closer look, part of one wing of the butterfly is visible. I was a bit worried about closing the driveway’s door, because the moth was sitting on the chain.


But, it moved. When I pushed the close button, the butterfly flew away and got stuck to the ceiling, upside down. I tried to take a closer look and noticed this moth had dark but colorful patterns on its wings, but my camera was not able to catch them, so I had to play with iPhoto to get these…


The patterns ranged from a brownish red to some purple and green bits. I tried de-saturating the photo to get these other color patterns, but still, they don’t do justice to this beautiful black butterfly.


Actually, some people over here consider black moths to bring bad luck, especially if one of them visits you at night. They say they come to announce someone will die. I just regard this as folks tales. I think it was a real pretty butterfly and it’s a shame the sun had already set, otherwise I would have been able to photograph its wonderful pattern. Next morning, I went to check if the butterfly was still there, but no, it had flown away. I wonder what kind of butterfly it was.

‘The World Within’ visits the city of Caguas

Yesterday, I went to meet the sixth grade students of one of my teacher friends, Maribel Méndez. She had assigned ‘The World Within’ to her class and I was invited to visit the school, Concepción Méndez Cano in Caguas, and meet the students. I was, and still am, very thrilled because this is the first group of students who got to read my book and they loved it!

Sorry the photo is a bit out of focus, but you can appreciate the teacher, her classroom and two of the students. This is when she introduced me to the class.

The kids were paying attention to all I said and they came prepared with many important questions they wanted me answer.

Well, yes, you can tell I was very happy to be there.

I got to sign their books. This girl wanted to see what I was writing. They were all so happy too.

And a group photo, of course! I hope many more children get to read it. In case you’re interested, here are the links where you can download or get a printed copy of The World Within:

Barnes and Noble

Amazon

Create Space

iTunes

Smashwords