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Guilie Castillo-Oriard

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Guilie Castillo Oriard is a Mexican writer and dog rescuer living in Curaçao. She misses Mexican food and Mexican amabilidad, but the laissez-faire attitude (and the beaches) are fair exchange. And the bounty of cultural diversity provides great fodder for her obsession with culture clashes.

Her work has appeared online and, in print, as part of several anthologies (gorge: a novel in stories and Pure Slush's twelve volumes of 2014 A Year In Stories). The Miracle of Small Things, her first novel, was published in 2015 by Truth Serum Press. It's About The Dog (The A-to-Z Guide for Wannabe Dog Rescuers), due out in April 2018 from Everytime Press, is her first non-fiction work.

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Guilie Castillo-Oriard I don't believe in writer's block. *gasp!* *choke!* *faint!* No, really. Look, writing is like any other occupation. Some days you love it, can't wait…moreI don't believe in writer's block. *gasp!* *choke!* *faint!* No, really. Look, writing is like any other occupation. Some days you love it, can't wait to get to it, some days you're just not in the mood. And, like with any other occupation, you have to get up and 'go to work'. Like Henry Miller said, "On the days you can't create, you can work."

There's plenty to do. Always. Editing. Revising. Organizing story ideas, bits of brilliant overheard dialogue jotted on a cocktail napkin, character sketches. And when you've painted yourself into a corner in a current MS, well... The solution is obvious, isn't it? You're not going to fix the problem by painting some more. Climb out the window, smoke a cigarette in the sun, and start over. (From the furthest corner towards the door this time, yes?)

Am I being overly simplistic? Maybe. But this works for me. I sit my little butt down in front of the computer and I write. And it may be absolute crap for a few pages, but eventually creativity (the 'muse', if you will) takes over and self-consciousness fades. And then it's evening and my boyfriend is home and I haven't even made the bed, I've been so absorbed. And when I come back later and reread what I wrote, it's not as crappy as I thought it was.(less)
Guilie Castillo-Oriard It certainly has! Although I began writing as a child (a long, long time ago), I don't think I would be writing now, not full-time, not…moreIt certainly has! Although I began writing as a child (a long, long time ago), I don't think I would be writing now, not full-time, not all-the-eggs-in-this-basket, if I hadn't moved to Curaçao. Here's the thing: this island has a special kind of diversity... It's a microcosm, of sorts. And the stories that kind of multi-everything inspires are of the kind that don't get silenced so easily.

And then there's the whole ex-pat thing. For me, leaving Mexico and becoming a part, however marginal, however within the limits of my 'foreigness', was key to rediscovering myself, and--most importantly--to getting back in touch with that storytelling 'duende' that I misplaced when I bought into the corporate world. So perhaps it's not a matter of Curaçao but rather of having left Mexico. On the other hand, this land of rock and cacti and crystal-clear shores inspires me in so many ways. Perhaps the answer is kind of in the middle.(less)
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Ellen Jacobson, of The Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick fame, has just released the first of a cozy mystery series that revolves, much like Ellen's own life, around sailing, water, and boatyards, and I was thrilled to be included in the amazing roster she put together for what she's—rightly—calling not a blog tour but a blog fiesta!


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“The question isn’t will she know; it’s what will she do with the knowledge`. Luis’s career is in her hands. He put it there, seven months ago to the fucking day.”
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“Stepan leans back in his swiveling chair, stretches his arms up above his prematurely balding head. “Faulty structures are our daily bread, bicho. I mean that literally. Fixing them brings in good revenue.”
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“In the stillness, the fading rain polka-dots his shirt and kisses his face, his arms. It makes the flat surface of the bay whisper; a sshhh that feels more like commiseration than admonition.”
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Guilie Brendan wrote: "Good job. :)"

Why, thank you! (Seriously. Thank you.)


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Guilie Brendan wrote: "Guilie wrote: "Brendan wrote: "I noticed that your book launch party is in New York City. Didn't know my country still allowed entry to anarchists. :)"

Anarchists? You mean atheists, I think :P"
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Sorry, never saw this until now... Must've missed the Goodreads notification. It was a bit tongue-in-cheek, a kind of dig at the inefficiency of US border control on one hand, and the obsession with religion that seems to be taking over your country on the other. So, spelled out, an anarchist would be welcomed, whereas an atheist (such as me) wouldn't. Okay, it was a bad joke :)


Brendan Good job. :)


Brendan Guilie wrote: "Brendan wrote: "I noticed that your book launch party is in New York City. Didn't know my country still allowed entry to anarchists. :)"

Anarchists? You mean atheists, I think :P"


I said what I meant.


Guilie Brendan wrote: "I noticed that your book launch party is in New York City. Didn't know my country still allowed entry to anarchists. :)"

Anarchists? You mean atheists, I think :P


Brendan I noticed that your book launch party is in New York City. Didn't know my country still allowed entry to anarchists. :)


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