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This is the three-year journey of an aspiring writer from his earliest attempts to finish his first novella to the book launch. Among other things found along the way in the meantime :)

Book Launch

>> Thursday, 23 August 2012

Although the book in which my novella appears was published last May, it wasn't until the first week of August that we held the book launch party. On August 4th, about thirty people gathered in the courtyard of a museum in Vilabella, and I'm happy to say it all went well — we kept it short, the weather was nice, and my family had a lot of fun while I faced the audience and made my speech (which I can't recall right now, but they assured me it was coherent). We only missed there the authors of the two other stories included in the book, who should have been invited to come. The city council that handled the publication wanted the book to be read and not just build some hype about it. So they decided to give the book for free to all attendees. It was the best idea I've heard of in three years of financial crisis.

This is the queue to get the book signed. It was a first to me!

The councilor for culture, me in the middle and my editor.

Now I look forward to writing the next book and start over the process of publishing.


Keep It in Tune

>> Monday, 13 August 2012

I have been silent for a long time now, or should I say out of tune. I guess you can expect that from a writer. It is better to keep the process of writing in silence, at least for me.

Anyway, the topic of my blog post today is piano tuning. Being a piano may seem easier than being an author. No piano benefits from staying in silence, though. A piano is used, if I may put it like that, to sound good; and, for that, it must be in tune. Tuning a piano can not be done without a specialized knowledge, and there are trustworthy dealers such as Sherman Clay, specialized in Piano Tuning Portland, who make the difference.

Pianos should not be left to their fate. Instruments have a health to take care of, and the change of seasons has an effect on them, which is usually harmful. Pianos go out of tune on a regular basis, and nothing better than having a professional to fix that and tell you what to do to keep them in good shape.

The change of season is just around the corner. If you have a piano around, think how easy is to keep it in good tone by using services from a good dealer. Thankfully, piano tuning is as simple as that.

The image above has been taken from Sherman Clay.


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