About tattoos

tattoos“A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye. As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition.” — V. Vale

We are born and then we die. And in between we do something that is called living.

But that is not enough.

We need others to know that we have lived.

“I was here.” Continue reading

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TMM: Madness


All great art has madness, and quite a lot of bad art has it, too.

 Madness. Defined as a different way of seeing things, of perceiving reality. Madness, defined as obsession, as being persistent against all odds, being unreasonable in the face of obstacle.

Madness. The artists’s way of suffering, of being plagued by self-doubt and depression and numerous addictions.

Madness. Being unable to form social relations with others. Being different. Being awkward.

Madness. The lonely voice of despair you hear when there’s nothing but darkness and silence around you.

Madness. To give up on the immediate pleasures of life for the opportunity to create something that might endure for eternity.

Madness. Without it, there wouldn’t be art.

“Why is it that the words we write for ourselves are always better than the words we write for others?”Finding Forrester

The truth is that writers write for a million different reasons. Maybe they even write for no reason at all. But I believe that it happens to every writer to write at least a short story, a poem, a play, something with no expectations at all. Just because. Just for the fun of it. Continue reading

Artist of the Week: Adolfo Bioy Casares

“To classify it [the novel] as perfect is neither an imprecision nor a hyperbole.”Jorge Luis Borges

The Invention of Morel may be described, without exaggeration, as a perfect novel.” – Octavio Paz

This is what two literary titans had to say about Adolfo Bioy Casares’ best work. His magnum opus. The Invention of Morel. An odd piece of work, difficult to define as science fiction, almost impossible to define it as something else.

Not nearly as famous as his lifelong friend, Jorge Luis Borges, Casares is every bit as talented. A great visionary, a wonderful stylist (as most South American writers are), Casares is well the time and effort to read.

 

“Is there any difference between our desires becoming reality, and our desiring what is already real? What matters is that our will and reality agree with one another.”

Artist of the Week: Francis Bacon

“OK, I got Velazquez portrait of the Pope Innocent X. Quite an ambivalent study of absolute power. And here comes Francis Bacon. Despite never having seen this painting in person, Bacon became so obsessed with it that he compulsively repainted it over and over again, each version more horrific than the previous. […] It’s not until an artist finds his obsession that he can create his most inspired work.”Anamorph

Obsession is a nasty word. Or so most people think.

Obsession and vice go hand in hand. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, adverbs, and obsessions.

But art is also built by people who are obsessed with the act of creating beauty. People who have a certain vision and will stop at nothing to achieve it.

Burning out

In case you didn’t notice, I spend last week finishing projects and releasing them. As a matter of fact, I managed to release more books than I was able to announce.

So, how long can you keep this up? The grind.

How long before you burn out?

Well… the thing is, this whole grind thing… it’s only meant to put you in a certain state of mind, which is everything when it comes to doing pretty much anything in life.

And the state of mind that comes with the idea of hard work, of having to fight to get what you want, doesn’t allow you to act all lazy and Netflix and chill your way through life.

But it is more important to work smart.

Say what?

Yeah.

It is more important to do what you can, when you can, and then become better at it, and do more in less time.

You’re not rewarded for the time you invest. You are rewarded for the value of your time. And you are the only one who gives said time its value.

That being said, how do you avoid burning out?

By having fun, of course.

You need to enjoy the journey. I keep writing this, expecting it to become the eleventh commandment or something. If you do not enjoy the good and the bad of a situation, you’ll run out of motivation, patience, and energy.

“One of the huge mistakes people make is that they try to force an interest on themselves. You don’t choose your passions; your passions choose you.”Jeff Bezos

TMM: Words are loneliness

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“Words are loneliness.”Henry Miller

You find yourself late at night in a quiet room. There’s no one around; no movement, no noise, nothing to break time into small pieces. You are alone. And you begin to type words on a computer. While the entire world seems to dream, you type away all the dreams you have stored up in your heart. Slowly, maybe even painfully at times, you write all those dreams into existence. They take a different form… not quite alive, but not as dead as they feel when they’re trapped inside your mind. Continue reading