Arrábida in black and white? That sounds like an heresy, to say the least… but I am no man of God and being so…

Arrábida in black and white? That sounds like an heresy, to say the least… but I am no man of God and being so…

As mãos

Com mãos se faz a paz se faz a guerra.
Com mãos tudo se faz e se desfaz.
Com mãos se faz o poema – e são de terra.
Com mãos se faz a guerra – e são a paz.

Com mãos se rasga o mar. Com mãos se lavra.
Não são de pedras estas casas mas
de mãos. E estão no fruto e na palavra
as mãos que são o canto e são as armas.

E cravam-se no Tempo como farpas
as mãos que vês nas coisas transformadas.
Folhas que vão no vento: verdes harpas.

De mãos é cada flor cada cidade.
Ninguém pode vencer estas espadas:
nas tuas mãos começa a liberdade.

                              Manuel Alegre

The River Lis in Leiria. The swans are faux, my feelings aren´t. 

The River Lis in Leiria. The swans are faux, my feelings aren´t. 

This little car is actually one of the most important cars in the collection of Museu do Caramulo. Yes, there you have Ferraris , Porsches, Rolls Royce’s and so on, and so on… but all of them has a price and this tiny vehicle does not. 

This is a IPA 300. Way more important than you brand new LaFerrari, some mr. I-play-for-Real-Madrid.

This little car is actually one of the most important cars in the collection of Museu do Caramulo. Yes, there you have Ferraris , Porsches, Rolls Royce’s and so on, and so on… but all of them has a price and this tiny vehicle does not. 

This is a IPA 300. Way more important than you brand new LaFerrari, some mr. I-play-for-Real-Madrid.

lunarobverse:

A brilliant metaphor

(via spookedbyabutterfly)

Mira el océano y recordarte: nosotros estamos en este lado.

Mira el océano y recordarte: nosotros estamos en este lado.

asker

Anonymous asked: When is your book finished? It looks like a good one :)

Thanks a lot for your kind words:)

(It will be a good one, I promisse)


Currently, I am devoted to that book as if it was a job (for me, it is) and I even managed to reorganize all my life in order to do so. And being so, theoretically, I should work as fast as a shark, right? Well… no. The problem is I was caught by a series of unfortunate events and by a very severe depression; the way I manage to deal with this depression will dictate the amount of time needed to finish my book (the first one, indeed).

Usually, I use my writing as an escape from reality, as a door to a parallel world that looks like this one, but it has far more glam and extraordinary people. It´s fine when this works and I manage to finish a few pages - two is a nice number for a single day, even thought I would like to go a little faster. But depressions tend to turn your mind into a roller coaster and that is the main problem: you never now how will you wake up.

(And today is one of those low points)

If it looks like a lamp post, it walks like a lamp post and quacks like a lamp post, it´s a lamp post.

If it looks like a lamp post, it walks like a lamp post and quacks like a lamp post, it´s a lamp post.

Eu sempre tive medo em dizer os meus sentimentos. É como se fosse um crime, você confessa e acaba sozinho numa cela. É mais ou menos assim que eu me sinto. Dizer tudo o que está entalado na sua garganta à alguém que tenha uma reação que talvez seja indesejável , ou não. É meio complicado pra mim. Sempre que os meus sentimentos transbordam pedindo para ser compartilhados as pessoas fogem. Não sei se é por medo ou simplesmente fogem mesmo, não fugir só de mim, mas dos meus sentimentos também. De tanto medo que tive, acabei sozinha sem sentimentos. — Carla Santos. (via romancitei)
asker

thefabulousmomo asked: 8, 22, 24, 28, 31, 33, 40, 43, 44 (if not too many, forgive me :p)

Not too many, don’t worry - like you, I have a degree in History (but not in Art History), so, I know that feeling of writing “miles” of texts in a very short time.

08: What’s the best piece of feedback you’i’ve ever gotten?
I am going to copy a previous answer:

"That was as a journalist. And it was with a text I did not write.

I was the editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper. One day, I was full of work (great news - I was always buried in work), so I ask an intern to do a text about a new road or something; she was still rather “green” to do the job all by her own and the final result was… catastrophic. So, since I had a few days to publish the text, I simply rewrite it word by word, even maintaining a certain link with the original misery. When the other Managing Editor saw the text, he thought the intern had copy it from Lusa, the main portuguese news agency.

As a journalist, I always liked to to something much better than the texts published by Lisa; of the original was mine, I would consider that an insult. But the original was such a misery that to turn it into something worth of Lusa is… is nothing short of a miracle, believe me.

After that, a book worth of a Nobel is peanuts.”

22: Do you start with characters or plot?

Usually, I make a lot of extra texts and lists with… let’s call it the foundations. I am going to give you a very clear example: the book I am writing has also something like the four houses you will find in Hogwarts… except there are not just four, but NINETY (35 of them extinct). There is a list with them all and their story and influence.

The stronger the foundations, the better the text. The plot and the characters come in a different level - and those foundations are the soil where they walk (and run.. and love.. and kiss… and kill… and dream…).

24: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of plotting?

You will get that one easily: historians make too many questions and go deeper than anyone else. That’s why I end up writing the story of 90 houses (most of them don´t make into the actual plot).

Other people rather than historians don´t get how it works. They can start the plot everywhere at any give time. But not historians. And if they are former journalists, the thing gets even worse… a lot worse, indeed.

28: Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?

New copy/paste:

"The beginning (like in everything in life). The end is always in your head and you write it before it ends. The middle can be made of former beginnings (I am experiencing that).


Note: If you are writing a novel with two preludes before a proper beginning, then you understand the monster I am dealing with.”

31: Have you ever been published?
As a journalist, many more times a day than I should. As I writer, I am still a virgin.

33: Are you interested in having your work published?
Yes, but only when it is just perfect. And not at any price.

40: Which is your favorite original character, and why?
Leonardo Venice, one of my characters. He is way more complex that its creator… and that makes him one of the most bizarre creatures ever made. He is a guru and that says a lot…

43: Have you ever killed a main character?
Hum… tempting. The first time I tried to write a book, I actually did that and I loved it. Oddly, that character was ressurected to this book… and killed once again, this time with a strong flair of mistery.

44: What’s the weirdest character concept you’ve ever come up with?
Leonardo Venice, as I said. He is a guru, a 12 year-old guru. Believe me, the concept itself is very shy when compared with the real character.

asker

palavra-valise asked: 2, 8, 9, 15, 18, 23, 27, 28, 46 ahahah.

02: What was your favorite book growing up?
But… how can you ask me such thing if I never grew up at all?

Ok, joking apart, “Wuthering Heights” will always have a special place in my heart. It showed me the way. It was my epiphany: I had to write, to live from my words, my written words. And books, many I have to write.

08: What’s the best piece of feedback you’i’ve ever gotten?
That was as a journalist. And it was with a text I did not write.

I was the editor-in-chief of a daily newspaper. One day, I was full of work (great news - I was always buried in work), so I ask an intern to do a text about a new road or something; she was still rather “green” to do the job all by her own and the final result was… catastrophic. So, since I had a few days to publish the text, I simply rewrite it word by word, even maintaining a certain link with the original misery. When the other Managing Editor saw the text, he thought the intern had copy it from Lusa, the main portuguese news agency.

As a journalist, I always liked to to something much better than the texts published by Lisa; of the original was mine, I would consider that an insult. But the original was such a misery that to turn it into something worth of Lusa is… is nothing short of a miracle, believe me.

After that, a book worth of a Nobel is peanuts.

09: What’s the worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?

http://fabien-euskadi.tumblr.com/post/88850986552/you-sentenced-me-to-suicide

I love that one, but everybody seems to hate it. It´s vaguely based on true events and a dream. I adore this text - if you can read it between the lines, you will dive into a world of questions and doubts. It´s fascinating… even if sad, truly sad.

15: What would you say has inspired you the most?

People I know. I love to capture the essence of certain persons and turn it into a character. Being so, some characters become just slightly fictional, while others not - and that interaction between fiction and reality becomes something rather powerful. But that’s a very complicated process to explain.

18: How do you feel about love triangles?

You see, my answer to #9 clearly shows that I already lived some love triangles (the blonde bride actually exists) and just let me tell you with all the capital letters: LOVE TRIANGLES SUCK ASS!

They are fantastic in literature… but devastating to live in real life. So, I guess I am not going to use them a lot in my books (I know how much the damn things hurt).

23: What’s your favorite and least favorite part of making characters?
Everything is favourite and there is nothing I dislike about it. That´s why my characters, even the minor ones, tend to have an extreme complexity (somehow, a crossover of Realism and Existentialism, mixed with my own peculiar madness).

27: Which is your favorite genre to write?

Get ready for a new kind of sub genre. It goes from epic, historical romance and fantasy to realism, existentialism and social criticism. So, it will be a quite interesting fusion.

Dare to dare.

28: Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?
The beginning (like in everything in life). The end is always in your head and you write it before it ends. The middle can be made of former beginnings (I am experiencing that).
Note: If you are writing a novel with two preludes before a proper beginning, then you understand the monster I am dealing with.

46: Describe your perfect writing space.
A room where I am alone, with nobody to disturb. Soon, I´ll get something even better: a house where I am all alone, on a city where I know absolutely nobody and in a part of the country where I only know seven persons.

✍ Finally, an ask-meme for writers! ✍

  • 01: When did you first start writing?
  • 02: What was your favorite book growing up?
  • 03: Are you an avid reader?
  • 04: Have you ever thrown a book across the room?
  • 05: Did you take writing courses in school/college?
  • 06: Have you read any writing-advice books?
  • 07: Have you ever been part of a critique group?
  • 08: What’s the best piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
  • 09: What’s the worst piece of feedback you’ve ever gotten?
  • 10: What’s your biggest writer pet-peeve?
  • 11: What’s your favorite book cover?
  • 12: Who is your favorite author?
  • 13: What’s your favorite writing quote?
  • 14: What’s your favorite writing blog? c;
  • 15: What would you say has inspired you the most?
  • 16: How do you feel about movies based on books?
  • 17: Would you like your books to be turned into TV shows, movies, video games, or none?
  • 18: How do you feel about love triangles?
  • 19: Do you prefer writing on a computer or longhand?
  • 20: What’s your favorite writing program?
  • 21: Do you outline?
  • 22: Do you start with characters or plot?
  • 23: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of making characters?
  • 24: What’s your favorite & least favorite part of plotting?
  • 25: What advice would you give to young writers?
  • 26: Which do you enjoy reading the most: physical, ebook, or both?
  • 27: Which is your favorite genre to write?
  • 28: Which do you find hardest: the beginning, the middle, or the end?
  • 29: Which do you find easiest: writing or editing?
  • 30: Have you ever written fan-fiction?
  • 31: Have you ever been published?
  • 32: How do you feel about friends and close relatives reading your work?
  • 33: Are you interested in having your work published?
  • 34: Describe your writing space.
  • 35: What’s your favorite time of day for writing?
  • 36: Do you listen to music when you write?
  • 37: What’s your oldest WIP?
  • 38: What’s your current WIP?
  • 39: What’s the weirdest story idea you’ve ever had?
  • 40: Which is your favorite original character, and why?
  • 41: What do you do when characters don’t follow the outline?
  • 42: Do you enjoy making your characters suffer?
  • 43: Have you ever killed a main character?
  • 44: What’s the weirdest character concept you’ve ever come up with?
  • 45: What’s your favorite character name?
  • 46: Describe your perfect writing space.
  • 47: If you could steal one character from another author and make then yours, who would it be and why?
  • 48: If you could write the next book of any series, which one would it be, and what would you make the book about?
  • 49: If you could write a collaboration with another author, who would it be and what would you write about?
  • 50: If you could live in any fictional world, which would it be?
  • This could be fun.
My dear old Sintra, I guess the time to wave goodbye approaches. It´s been quite a long time, but your sands are cold, your mists are sad… and I am far too cold and sad to breathe your tragic dusks forever. I want to set my feet where the sands are made of gold, where greens are soft and blues smell like the skies. But I am going to miss you. Oh, yes I will…

… or not.

(I love you but you don’t love me back)

My dear old Sintra, I guess the time to wave goodbye approaches. It´s been quite a long time, but your sands are cold, your mists are sad… and I am far too cold and sad to breathe your tragic dusks forever. I want to set my feet where the sands are made of gold, where greens are soft and blues smell like the skies. But I am going to miss you. Oh, yes I will…

… or not.

(I love you but you don’t love me back)

The queen Maria I, a minor character in my book. Actually, a minor monarch amongst those who did wear the portuguese crown.

The queen Maria I, a minor character in my book. Actually, a minor monarch amongst those who did wear the portuguese crown.