No sé como escribir

Normalmente, mi proceso de escritura es uno de destrucción. Yo tengo mil formas de escribir algo y termino tratando de escoger la mejor. Este ensayo es lo contrario, y no tengo ni la menor idea de que estoy haciendo. No tengo diez formas planeadas en mi cabeza de como crear el producto final, o cinco, o una. Y la razón detrás de eso es la misma razón por la cual estoy escribiendo este ensayo en español. Yo voy por mi vida sintiendo que vivo con media lengua, y la facilidad que tengo comunicándome en el inglés es una facilidad de la cual carezco en español, mi lengua materna. Una vez, en una clase universitaria de literatura en inglés, el profesor me dijo que la descripción típica de la escritura es “poner una palabra detrás de la otra”1, y que él estaba asombrado por mi habilidad de pensar en párrafos y en páginas en vez de palabras. Pero cuando escribo en español, me la paso buscando palabras, y poniéndolas una detrás de la otra. Explico esto por que quiero clarificar que yo no soy una persona que no piensa en el español, o que no lee. Yo no soy como algún hijo de inmigrantes mejicanos que nunca le prestó atención a su lenguaje hasta que fue demasiado tarde. Si hay alguien con ventajas aquí, estas leyendo sus palabras.

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Venezuelan Stories: Azul y no tan rosa.

Azul y no tan rosa is a gorgeous film. Gorgeous.

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This one. Really.

You could be forgiven by thinking that of course it’s a gorgeous film, it’s set in Venezuela.

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This one. Really.
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Same country.

But this movie actually doesn’t have nearly anything to do with the gorgeous sights that Venezuela has to offer. It’s not about a cross-country roadtrip full of beauty and amazing sights, though there is a roadtrip at one point. This movie is just… heavy, in many ways, and also astonishingly complicated when you think about how to pitch it. The best I can come up with is a family dramedy about a father and son set inside a political drama about gay rights, with a police procedural sprinkled on top and a side of identity crises. It changes subject matter and manages to trick you into having an easy time keeping up with it, going from one character’s story to another in a way that makes it clear just how connected (and yet disconnected) everyone is. This movie is about homophobia, love, understanding, parenthood, self-esteem, violence, tango, politics, dresses, abuse, crappy television and a badass transgendered woman who kicks butt.

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There’s a scene where she almost shoots the balls off a gangster. It is about as awesome as it sounds .

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Venezuelan Stories: Azul y no tan rosa.

Today is my birthday!

Hey everyone! I just started my first full 5-course semester at the University of Lethbridge, and so far so awesome.

Today I discovered that Mary Robinette Kowal1 shares a birthday with me! And she has this great tradition of posting cool stories on her blog every time her birthday comes around. Which is awesome, because it’s as though an important published author is giving me a birthday present2. So, if you’re interested, here are some links to her stories!

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Today is my birthday!

A Review: The Once And Future Nerd

The Once And Future Nerd is my new favourite fiction podcast.

I’ve had a lot of favourite fiction podcasts, from How To Succeed In Evil by Patrick E. Mclean, to Playing For Keeps by Mur Lafferty, to Shadowmagic by John Lenahan, to The Merchant Adventurer, also by Patrick E. Mclean, because he writes really well and is also a good voice actor, okay? But Mr. Mclean has been bested. It took a cast of multiple people, two writers, awesome special sound effects, great acting, a surprisingly solid world, really good sound quality, reliably funny jokes, and a puzzling riddle of dreams and visions, but it has happened. Mclean has been surpassed, at least in my personal ranking of favourite fiction podcasts or podiobooks, by The Once And Future Nerd writers Christian Madera and Zach Glass.

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A Review: The Once And Future Nerd

On the matter of the genetics of magical ability in the Harry Potter universe.

So the first thing I’ll illustrate will be my personal hypothesis regarding magical genetics.

I have spent a lot of time thinking about this. Partially because I have no life and am a sad, lonely individual on Friday nights and weekends, and partially because Rowling seems to not know her genetics at all (even if some of her fans do) and I can’t really control myself when I see a wrong that I feel should be righted. It brings me a personal peace of mind to be able to explain exactly what was going on.

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On the matter of the genetics of magical ability in the Harry Potter universe.