Elizabeth Keene3 days ago
I can't stop thinking of that snappy Elton John song, "Honky Cat." :) It would be easier to rhyme a parody, if Honky Pig was Honky Swine..."Your mine, Honky Swine!" (I probably need to go to bed now. I'm a little punchy.)
Claudia Tavani2 days ago
BTW: I am glad you did not stay at El Gringo hostel. I stayed there my first time around, and it well qualifies as the worst hostel I have ever been. I even wrote a post about it on my blog. Too bad you got sick eating Pupusas. I don't particularly like them. The best food in Suchitoto, should you happen to go there again, is at Lupita del Portal, which is right on the main square. Food is delicious and prices are reasonable. Finally, Los Tercios actually does get water in the rainy season :)
Claudia Tavani2 days ago
I am SO HAPPY to read a piece about Suchitoto. I have been to El Salvador twice and Suchitoto is one of the prettiest cities I have seen in Central America. I found it so relaxing, yet so full of things to do, both in town and in the surroundings. Thank you so much for writing this, and expect to read something from me on it too, soon! Shared!
UNWRAPPING ROMANCE2 days ago
I love research! Nothing I love better than to come across a new idea, or being presented with a problem needing solving, and I can disappear into the world of resources and not come up for air until I've found what I'm seeking. :-)
Avery K Tingle3 days ago
Thank you for listing not only what didn't work, but what did work for you. I suspected a lot of what you said about what didn't work, but it's cool to have the opinion reinforced before I dropped money on those options. Thank you.
neetika17 minutes ago
Excellent post, Martina. I love how you have differentiated between being lonely and being a solitary creature. I am extremely comfortable spending time by myself. But a lot of people are extremely uncomfortable by the thought of spending even one evening alone.
'Know thyself: Know who you are, what you want out of life, and what you absolutely do not want.' I love this statement. Some people love being with others 24*7, while some others need a lot of downtime to function properly in public. Knowing whether you are an introvert or an extrovert helps a great deal in being able to decide what you want and what you don't.
It is great to set up rules on how far one would go to avoid loneliness. A lot of people stay in toxic relationships and friendships just to avoid feeling lonely. But such an attitude leads to more harm than good.
neetika23 minutes ago
Excellent post. The personality flaws mentioned above hit the nail on the head. Writing is a lonely profession. One has to be comfortable spending hours with no human interaction whatsoever. To add on to the ones mentioned above, I think even observation skills are very important when it comes to being a good writer especially in social settings- how people dress up, how they interact with each other and what they give away about their personalities even without saying a word. Shared the post on Stumbleupon and Twitter.
Angela Ackerman2 hours ago
Piracy is a frustrating thing, isn't it? My NF books (books that would only appeal to writers and teachers, BTW) are pirated so much I hired a company to keep up with takedown notices. It is especially frustrating to see the very people who should understand most how hard writers work do the pirating, I tell you.