Monthly Archives: January 2016

January 31, 2016

On The Institute of Hispanic Cultures

Nope, I’ve missed the blogging too much. I’m going back to daily blogs, so look for the ramblings of my feeble mind again with your daily coffee. Blogging is good practice for writing, it’s good discipline, and it’s a good means of getting focused. And it’s delightful to know I have a kind and gentle […]

Bernardo de Gálvez
January 26, 2016

The Writing Life – Blog on Blogging

It’s always beneficial to learn from other writers and authors.            Yesterday I listened to an interview with Michael Hyatt. He suggested that writing and posting blogs on a daily basis gets to be overwhelming, not only for the author but for the readers. He maintained that his readers thanked him when he cut back […]

January 25, 2016

Tidbits from History – The Spanish Silver Fleets

How did the wealth of the Spanish world get to Madrid to fill the new palace of Carlos III?         We’ve discussed Mexico City’s palaces during the 1770s and the Manila Galleons. Hopefully, everyone has heard of the Spanish silver fleets. After gathering silver and gold from Peru and Mexico, the shipments were collected […]

January 24, 2016

Tidbits from History – The Manila Galleons

Today, the Chinese have invaded our markets and taken over our stores. It is not, however, for the first time. I learned of the influence of goods from the Far East while I was working on my novel on 1770s New Spain. We’ve already discussed the magnificent palaces built in Mexico at the time. What […]

January 22, 2016

Researching and Stolen Documents

Why do people steal documents in order to add them to their private collections?            Several years ago, I was doing research at the Archivo Municipal de Matamoros. The room is dungeon-like, deep in the bowels of Casa Mata, a 200 year-old fort. The chairs are hard wood, the table worn oak, polished from years […]

January 21, 2016

Tidbits from History – An Inspiring Life

            How beautiful to live one’s life so well as to be loved by an entire town. His name was Arturo Castillo. Born sometime near 1900 in the northern Mexican town of Reynosa, his family moved across the border to San Antonio and subsequently to California where Arturo, or Artie, as he was called in […]

January 20, 2016

Writing, Researching and Boots on the Ground

      J. Frank Dobie, the Texas Folklorist and author, said writers should walk the land they write about. Editors and agents and those who advise writers insist that we should write about what we know. If we’ve been there, we know the scents and sounds and feel of the space that surround our […]

January 19, 2016

On Translating

            Rule Number One – don’t. I just received the manuscript, no, I take that back, the English version of the published e-book of the biography of Bernardo de Gálvez. It was written (in Spanish) by my dear and beloved friend, the vice president of the Association of Bernardo de Gálvez in Malaga, Spain. With […]

January 18, 2016

Writers using Spanish

Dear fellow writers, if you use Spanish, PLEASE have someone check your manuscript!            I just saw a post on FB by my dear friend Aislinn, a talented and dedicated Spanish teacher. It was a cartoon of four panels. The teacher asks “Who are we?” Students respond “Students in Spanish class” Teacher asks “Como te […]

January 17, 2016

Inspiration from Exercising Friends.

Keeping up with New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight and stay healthy is hard work. My 96 year-old mother called from Orlando last night to report that she is doing fine and still swimming her 21 laps every day. Her husband, Crazy Al, takes her to the YMCA pool in the morning at 6:30 and […]