Roma, by far the greatest film of the year and one of the best in the past 10 years. Alfonso Cuarón is a modern day master film maker who's childhood memories were brought to life in the film Roma. It is a black and white film which is visually stimulating, the cinematography, shot by Cuarón captures memories from his past in a manner which speaks to the heart and soul. First time actress Yalitza Aparicio; in her debut film portrays the nanny from Cuarón's childhood with such authenticity that you are sucked into the emotional roller coaster the character Cleo goes through. The production is authentic, most of the film was shot on location in the neighborhoods of Mexico City Cuarón grew up in, even the furniture and items in the family home are the real ones form his past. If you are looking for a classic film experience, a film that drives on emotion, character and story this is the film to see. No CGI, no slap stick comedy, no epic battle scenes or props needed. Roma is a true story that speaks visually and emotionally on all levels that will leave you in tears of joy. A MUST SEE for lovers of film.
-Coming out of a transitional period can be liberating but at the same time like starting over. The past two and a half months have been quite a rush. Life, job obligations and the advancements I made as an indie author/artist have all culminated to a massive leap into brighter skies yet a deep plunge into darker waters. All is good and all is for the better.
-Despite the technical and electronical hiccups and break downs, which usually happen during transitional periods in our lives such as, light bulbs suddenly flickering and blowing out, the car breaking down, engine failure, the physical world around you transforming and affecting the lifestyle you live and those in our lives either coming or going, it was all meant to be. Know that everything in life is vibration and these vibrational occurrences are caused by the electromagnetic field of the universe in accordance with the Earth and the human body. It is normal for such instances to happen during these transitional periods in our life. Our energetic bodies, aura, heart, mind, and soul are all affected and connected as one.
-Now that the transitional period has passed where do we go from here? With most people there should have been some sort of growth, loss, or gain; sometimes all three at once. Whatever your paradigm is it’s up to you to figure out what was happening in your life, the why, and the where it’s taking you.
-For me the dwindling days of summer and the blossoming of autumn is a time to set aside the pen and paper, put away the manuscripts and books I’ve been working on, and sit on the art work I’ve been working on. This period of time in my life is a time to unwind, contemplate and map out the road ahead. It’s a time to focus on little side projects and advance my knowledge in other fields. Not only is this time of the year time consuming and exhausting, but it is a time to let the body and mind rest. It is a time to let things pass and figure out how to move forward from my sudden stand point in life.
-Where I go from here I do not know. I only know the road which awaits me and the many different paths I can take from further down. Each day is a gift; each day is a new step in a new direction towards my dreams. The older I get the younger I feel, the more child like I live my life the bigger the dream becomes, the more passion I put into all I do the closer that dream becomes.
-There is no right or wrong way to live life. There is no right or wrong way to look, to dress, to travel, or to be entertained. In the end your appearance will not define you, the clothes you wear no matter how worn out, brand new, expensive or cheap they are will do the same job, cover your body and keep you warm. No matter if you drive a fancy expensive car or a clunker it will always take you to where you need to go. And no matter what your vice is or what you indulge in for entertainment, it will always entertain you and bring you some sort of gratification.
-“Look poor, think rich,” clever words from Andy Warhol. The bigger my family gets the more passion and drive I have to succeed for them. It is no longer about me, the way I look, the way I go about my life, it’s about them, those I LOVE.
-As I carry on with more to LOVE, no one nor negative words or actions will stop me or bring me down. My LOVE for my family trumps all those who blindly live their lives. All the ignorant critics and shallow souls are nothing more than big fish in a small fish bowl on top of a mantle inside a wooden doll house, and weeds on the path I take towards my dreams. These negative people and influences are just passing points in life as I carry on for those I LOVE.
-LOVE will get me there and LOVE will be there in the end. There is a lot to share and a lot to do as the colorful autumn leaves begin to fall and the cold of winter begins to fill the air. Time is precious and money will always be there to make, but all you dream will not wait, it will not manifest without action. So now is the time to carry on, now is the time to continue further down the unknown path, now is the time to strive and now is the time to be alive. Lots of promising things coming soon; live and strive, be you and love all that you do, LOVE will take you there.
We all go through transitional periods in our lives, careers, and from within.
The seasons are no different. As summer comes to an end and autumn falls upon us, there is something magical about these transitional periods. It is felt from within, but ignored. It is happening around us; the physical world seems to crumble and break, light bulbs breaking, car trouble or broken plates and we ask ourselves why? Is this a sign or a message from the universe?
Recognizing and seeing these changes is understanding and having awareness of the spiritual and the physical connection that manifest as one during these transitional periods. Life gets chaotic at times yet it is an exciting time. New projects begin and new career advances happen. As with a flower, it grows from shit and blooms into a beautiful rose. So do we as humans during these transitional periods.
Farewell summer you were a joy, a time to reflect, a time to build, a time to manifest, a time to carry on. . . As the final hours of summer come to an official end the welcoming brisk warm breeze of Autumn now Falls upon us. It is a time of transformation, a time of rebirth and a time to bring out something new. The tides have come and gone, the sea waters no longer harsh and the skies now open to brighter and beautiful days. There is now balance and more light and love resonating from within, this is the time when all new things begin, this is the harvest, and the womb, this is where life is born. . . Lots of new projects, updates, and life coming very soon, keep checking in for updates. Much LOVE and many blessings to ALL.
Who challenges you? Who fuels your passion? Who inspires you?
Behind every successful man there is a great woman. No matter how successful you are in life or how independent or dependent you are, having a great woman by your side will always get you there. They are the mother Earth energy, that life force, the feminine that balances out the masculine. Their love and nurturing will always bring you back down to Earth. Their voice and loving ways will always blanket and comfort us with empathy. Their strong personas and warrior spirit to do whatever it takes to care and support the ones they love will always empower those they stand besides. They are the guiding light, the kick in the ass when needed, the wisdom and the mother figure to all.
Beauty and brains is a deadly combination one that may intimidate but one that will overshadow those who try to take you away and give you reason to stay, to never leave, to never give into temptation and never allow her to go. Having someone willing to sacrifice just as much as you to chase a dream without knowing when it will be reached and achieved, having a woman who will literally live through hell for you, and having a woman who will put up with your strangeness and unconventional ways is a genuine force which cannot be reckoned with.
Never give up. Never stay down. Always get up. Always move on.
After receiving my first negative review for my first novel Esperanza, I just received another STRONG, POSITIVE review. Out of a 5 star rating system Esperanza got 5 stars. This review as with the other positive reviews recognized the original, powerful, nonlinear story Esperanza is. It's impact on the human spirit and what all struggle with and how it gets to the root and ugly core of the darker side of illegal immigration not many dare look at or talk about.
Being the quiet, humble introvert I am, I usually don't embrace such praise with the loud and proud "look at me" persona an extrovert may. But after getting knocked down for my writing in a previous review this one I am damn proud of. This short and sweet review captures the elements of Esperanza with truth and recognizes the "unique" "original" writer that I am that some may shy away from or dare not try.
Well I hope that those who have been knocked down before in life or are going through a slump take this as a form of inspiration to get back up. Sulking won't get you any where, diving deep into your heart, finding the inner strength and courage to look all who judge in the eyes and "GET UP, and "MOVE ON" will get you there where ever that may be.
What inspires you? -When the weight of the world is on your shoulders and your back is against the wall sometimes in life we have to go back to those little moments that matter most. We have to get away from the daily grind and redundant work routine. As an author every now and then I have to clear the mind and step away from the writing process. For me it's being with family, traveling and finding peace and harmony from the subtleties of life. This photo of me holding my daughter was taken a year ago in Guanajuato Mexico in a little eccentric cafe. Besides the coffee being amazing this moment with my daughter was joyous. Guanajuato is one of those hidden gems of Mexico with a rich history. It's an isolated city tucked away in central Mexico. Just reflecting back on this day and the time spent there is refreshing. Not only is my daughter my life force but the thought of her is fuel for the heart and soul. -Can you think of a time and place which just fills you with a sense of peace and harmony? A moment to always reflect on when you just want to get away? Please share your thoughts
Esperanza received it's third official book review. After getting two strong reviews this third one is a little dent in the armor. As with the previous two reviews this review praises Esperanza for its strong non-linear storytelling, the content of the story, the characters, the struggles, the plot, and how it's main plot point of an illegal immigrant is reflective with today's current events.
As an independent writer and this being my first novel, I got a few jabs and a right, left hook combo from this reviewer regarding my writing being "mundane" and its "slack writing." That's OK these are flaws I recognized in myself and by others (editors, beta readers, and others who have read Esperanza). It's a truth pill that isn't so good to swallow but will make me stronger, something I've been working on and improving with.
I except this review and I only move on from here. Not everyone will like the way I write or the stories told. That's the reality, that's life. As humans we can't dwell on the negative but use it as fuel to climb higher up the mountains we dare venture up.
Has anyone else experienced any form of failure, ridicule, or negative judgment with what they do? Please share.
Dreams begin to unfold after making many sacrifices, having a strong work ethic/time management, being disciplined, focused, never stopping when failing, but continue to get up and move forward, and last having lots of patience. After receiving another shipment of my novel Esperanza I'm almost out of stock and there has been a flux of online Amazon sales. It's so surreal that this story I started writing 10 years ago about an illegal immigrant woman from Mexico who comes to America and gets separated from her child is reflective during this time of current events. I hope that those who have read Esperanza share this story and their thoughts and those who haven't or are curious take a chance. I did 10 years ago on a dream of becoming an independent author/artist without knowing how to begin or where it would take me and the time of becoming his here. Anyone out there struggling to formulate a dream, chase it, and achieve it, know that there is nothing that can hold you back but you. Block out and drain out the negativity in the world and around you, stay positive, stay true to you and strive for your dreams and anything can be achieved.
A new shipment of my novel Esperanza has arrived. I can't wait to take these out into the world, interact and share these with those who are interested in a story about an illegal immigrant woman from Mexico who crosses the border into America and gets separated from her child. It's surreal how this story I began writing 10 years ago is reflective to today's current events. I will be venturing out onto the parks/streets/subways/bookstores/cafes of NYC and New Jersey with these books. Some independent author guerrilla tactics for now. DM me if you would like a signed copy sent to you.
-Persistence; persistence is what has gotten me past the 10years I spent writing, editing, modifying, and publishing my first Novel, Esperanza. From the very beginning I knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy journey, nor a short one. I never knew where the road would take me and when it would end. Along the way there were many challenges, critics, and adversity to overcome.
-The human spirit is strong and once you discover who you are, and you trust in your heart and all that you desire your outer shell becomes just as strong. Nothing will bring you down or stand in your way. All negative forces will be ignored, repelled and not worth your time. The inner strength you behold will be your driving force in perusing whatever it is that you want to achieve.
-For me it was writing my first novel. I knew nothing about the writing process or how to go about writing a book. I taught myself and I learned a lot from my failures and short comings. I wasn’t afraid to continue down the unknown path no matter how frustrating, difficult, or self-destructive it became.
-It is currently April 2018, now eight months since I self-published Esperanza, (August 2017) and the road I am now on is much different and more difficult. Publishing was not the end but the beginning, and this new journey I am now on is an interesting one. Being the introvert I am I must now be an extrovert. I must now not only share Esperanza with the world, but also a part of me, and my life journey. Everyone is unique and original in their own way. My life is no better than anyone else, the same, or different. We all share a universal piece of what living life is all about, yet pursue it in our own light.
-So at this moment, and this point in my life I must continue to be persistent. I’m now swimming in new, deeper and darker waters than before, with bigger sharks out there to bring me down, and stop me from pursuing my dreams of becoming a successful author/writer/artist. Where the tides guide me I do not know, but I will not stop swimming.
-I’ve grown from being a prominent soccer player at the adolescent and collegiate level, winning a 2001 DIV III national championship with the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey mens soccer team, as an independent author self-publishing my first novel, and now continuing to write my second novel The Mime and attempt to get it published traditionally with a publishing company.
-There are other artistic avenues I am continuing to take, create and achieve. New and old writing projects are currently being revisited and shaped along with building a “brand” around me. This is a turning point in the digital age, and the new “brand” is “you/me/I”. We are the product, we are the choice people make daily to listen to, follow, and acquire from.
-So, if there is something for me to share and for you to get out of my experience as an athlete/artist, it’s that persistence is one of the dominant characteristics which I abide by and has gotten me through the toughest of times, past the ignorant ones who judge without knowing and try to stop me and enabled me to carry on, and continue to pursue all I desire without stopping, without giving up.
-Along with all of our personal endeavors we as a human race stand at a crossroads of the next stage of human existence. Politically, economically, and socially the old way of being is dying and phasing out and the birth of a new age is beginning. Whatever the new way of being or living in society will look like, what challenges will come, or destructiveness, persistence is what will enable me, you, and us as a human being to strive.