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Guilie Castillo
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We write memoir because it's personal, because it's ours--but, because no one is an island, it's also a fine line between telling my story and telling someone else's, one I'm not entitled to, whether by design or by accident. And, in the end, someone will be offended, and there's nothing you can do about it (even fiction finds a soul susceptible enough to take it personally). Kerry Cohen's advice sounds brilliant: compassion, clarity of purpose... Yes. Thanks for sharing, Beth, and happy weekend :)
This month, I'm still musing about how to write a family history.  Writing about family -- even a family history that sticks to the facts -- presents some chilling challenges.  How close do we write the truth? How do we pu...
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Thank you for commenting, Guilie. I'm prepping for a workshop next month and working my way through these issues. I think most of my adult students will want to write family histories, but even so, not all such stories are shaped by Hallmark. Your comment reminds me of cultural boundaries as well -- how do we write (even in fiction) of another culture when we are outside, looking in?

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The Miracle of Small Things -- #AtoZChallenge Giveaway Results!
Sorry for the delay, y'all... You'd think after 3 -- or is it 4? -- years of A-to-Z-ing I'd have learned not to underestimate the post-April burnout, but every year it's the same. Come May, I'm a useless blogger. (More than usual, I mean.) I did, finally, g...
Sorry for the delay, y'all... You'd think after 3 -- or is it 4? -- years of A-to-Z-ing I'd have learned not to underestimate the post-April burnout, but every year it's the same. Come May, I'm a useless blogger. (More than u...
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X + Y + Z -- Three (Last) Quirks of #Curaçao (#AtoZChallenge 2015)
X-ing In Curaçao, crossings are one of the many quirks used to trap us foreigners into hilarious clueless entertainment for locals. Roundabout in Otrobanda There's your normal, everyday, run-of-the-mill roundabout  or traffic circle . We all know the rules ...
X-ing In Curaçao, crossings are one of the many quirks used to trap us foreigners into hilarious clueless entertainment for locals. Roundabout in Otrobanda There's your normal, everyday, run-of-the-mill roundabout or traffic ...
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Launch party for the short-fiction collection THE MIRACLE OF SMALL THINGS (Truth Serum Press, 2015) in New York City.

Worldly tax lawyer Luis Villalobos is lured to a small Caribbean island by expectations of career achievements and professional ambition. But the paradise we expect is seldom the paradise we get.

THE MIRACLE OF SMALL THINGS is a novel in stories, a portrait in 13 segments of what it means to be an expat. Author Guilie Castillo is a Mexican import herself who transferred to Curaçao "for six months" -- and, twelve years later, is still there. Besides reading excerpts, signing books, and speaking about Curaçao (that magical island where cultural diversity rules), Guilie and publisher Matt Potter (Truth Serum Press), Australian by birth and citizen of the world by nature, will be starting a conversation about the power of place in our definition of self, and how immigration impacts that definition.

Come meet Curaçao. Come as Luis Villalobos should have come to the island: prepared for a drastic readjustment of the things you value most.
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Weg'i Domino & Wara Wara -- Quirks of #Curaçao (#AtoZChallenge 2015)
The sharp crack of tiles against wood -- domino tiles, that is -- is a trademark sound of Curaçao streets. At every bus stop and taxi depot, at every snék (when the bachata music isn't too loud--and sometimes even then).  Crack! Crack!   Crack-CRACK-crack! ...
The sharp crack of tiles against wood -- domino tiles, that is -- is a trademark sound of Curaçao streets. At every bus stop and taxi depot, at every snék (when the bachata music isn't too loud--and sometimes even then). Crac...
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Unda Punda -- Quirks of Language in #Curaçao (#AtoZChallenge 2015)
I'm running behind, I know... It's been a hectic month. Besides the A-to-Z, my publisher and I are busy wrapping up THE MIRACLE OF SMALL THINGS for the NYC launch in September -- final edits and tweaks, illustrations (my idea, not so great in retrospect), p...
I'm running behind, I know... It's been a hectic month. Besides the A-to-Z, my publisher and I are busy wrapping up THE MIRACLE OF SMALL THINGS for the NYC launch in September -- final edits and tweaks, illustrations (my idea...
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Someone is so excited about having won my book in a giveaway she's blogged about it (twice) -- I'm over the moon! 
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Friend and fellow IWW member Mona Leeson Vanek, author of the Behind These Mountains trilogy, has featured the NYC launch of THE MIRACLE OF SMALL THINGS, my short-story collection, on her website. Thank you, Mona!
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The Miracle of Small Things, Guilie Castillo’s first solo book, is due to be released this summer from Truth Serum Press (sister press to Pure Slush) will launch launch in NYC.   When she announced her success Castillo, wh...
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What a lovely poem, Beth. "A certain knowing that / when the snow melts, / the world will turn to light." Beautiful! 
I have learned to celebrate winter, for here the snow arrives  in surprising flakes, then clumps and heaps for months and months of cold and ice.  I say: Deliver me  from these rutted roads and new car dents, the week I graze...
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I find, though, that it's that kind of writing, the one that surprises us, that is the best I produce :) Loved it, Beth.

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Viña! (but not Del Mar) -- Quirks of Language in #Curaçao (#AtoZChallenge 2015)
viña [VEE-njah] Literally: vine Yep. As in the  vine  that gives  vineyards  their name. In context, however, it does not mean vine  -- it means wine . Is it weird that, whenever I hear people order wine in Papiamentu -- red ( viña korá) or white ( viña bla...
viña [VEE-njah] Literally: vine Yep. As in the vine that gives vineyards their name. In context, however, it does not mean vine -- it means wine. Is it weird that, whenever I hear people order wine in Papiamentu -- red (v...
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Truk'i Pan -- Quirks of Language in #Curaçao (#AtoZChallenge 2015)
It's actually truk di pan [TROOK - dee - PAHN] but -- go on, say that fast five times. Uh-huh, that K and D don't really jibe, do they? So, at the speed of speech (especially Papiamentu speech--speed, I mean), it becomes truk'i pan [TROOK-ee-PAHN] Ahhh... S...
It's actually truk di pan [TROOK - dee - PAHN] but -- go on, say that fast five times. Uh-huh, that K and D don't really jibe, do they? So, at the speed of speech (especially Papiamentu speech--speed, I mean), it becomes t...
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I make up lies and put them on paper. Ok, on the computer screen.
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    Writer, 2011 - present
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Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
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Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico - Montclair, NJ - Cancun, Mexico
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Traded tax planning for writing. Yep. Went off the deep end.
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Je ne cherche pas; je trouve. 
~ Pablo Picasso

Writer, dog rescuer, citizen of the world. It's about the journey. And the books. Oh, the books.
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Convinced my boyfriend that his pet allergies were inconsequential compared to rescuing homeless animals. We now have seven dogs, and we've found homes for nine other rescues. B/f now loves animals, worries about their food and water, makes sure they're indoors when it rains... Yes, I'm damn proud of that.
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  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    International Tax Planning, 2008 - 2011
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a review of Tell the Wolves I'm Home
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I hadn't cried with a book like I did with this one in many, many years. The characters crackle with electricity, the story sweeps you up an

Could Mexico’s Missing Students Spark a Revolution?
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Uprooted. November is here, and we’re reading “The Inevitable” by Guilie Castillo-Oriard. The Tepper Twist: “The inevitable has a dark ring

2014 – October 22 – The Way It Is – - Ramey Writes
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Love is in the Air--Get Out the Gas Mask!
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Today is Valentine's Day! A day that is celebrated by millions of people whether it be sweethearts or friends. Let's see what this "Day of L

Fighting writer's block: six easy tips to help inspire writing
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When you’re stuck inside with cabin fever, it’s hard to get inspired. Here are six tips to insure you don’t turn out like Jack Torrance when

Boston, from One Citizen of the World Who Calls Himself a Runner
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Many people were physically injured at the site of the explosions, but even more must have been wounded in other ways. Something that should

Política y elecciones en Google
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Política y elecciones en Google: El centro electoral en el que puedes mirar, debatir y estudiar el devenir de la campaña digital, participar

Curiosidades de Lima: La llama de la plaza San Martín.
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En el monumento de la plaza San Martín existe una pequeña llama encima del casco de bronce de una de las figuras. La historia cuenta que el

C is for Cerialis
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C is for Quintus Petilius Cerialis. And who was he? Yesterday’s post finished with the rescue of Queen Cartimandua of the Brigantes and the

Never Promise the Moon
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“I mean it. I love you.” “How much?” “A lot.” “How much is a lot?” “A whole lot.” “I want specifics. Do you love me like you just want to ge