Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Guest Blog by Nelson V Brasil

Firstly, I want to thank Fang-tastic books for allowing me to Guest Blog.

Since this is the first guest blog I’ve ever written I thought I’d write about the insurmountable (dramatic right?) stress that comes along with it. What should I write about? Will people actually want to read what I write? Will the host regret giving me the opportunity? Will everyone laugh at my topic? We tend to always lean towards the negative thoughts when it comes to the unknown.

I received the email with all my blog tour stops, and was ecstatic to find that a few were reviews and promo’s, then I scrolled down and saw the dreaded, yet excitable guest blog. Immediately I began to mull over topic ideas for my first-ever, coming out extravaganza of a guest blog…

As the days came and gone, I had no clue what to write about. I began to stress a little bit, I mean I call myself a writer, how could I not know what to write about? What the hell is wrong with me right?

Then Saturday morning before my week tour began, I sat outside in my back yard, and it hit me. I’m a fraud, I could not for the life of me come up with any topic that I felt would give Fang-Tasticbooks justice. I scrolled down to read other guest blogs, some wrote about the paranormal, others about secondary characters, I was way out of my element. I could not speak about paranormal or science fiction, I know virtually nothing about secondary characters ( I tend to just write and they develop themselves). Then I thought, maybe other guest blogger’s feel the same way as I do. Maybe, they mull over the same stress and anxiety when it comes to writing a guest blog. With that said, I’m going to list a few rules to keeping your sanity before a guest blog.

1.      1)You are a writer, you are creative, and you make up stories for a living, just sit in front of a blank word page, and start writing. Something will come out.

2.     2) The more you stress, the less you’ll be able to think of topics. The stress will consume your mind like a zombie consumes corpses…

3.      3)Breathe, and be confident. People will like what you wrote, and if they don’t you know what not to write the next time.

4.   4)   Be sure, at the end before you submit your guest blog that you read it over for errors, and have someone else do the same. There is nothing worse then gramatikal errors, or misspelleding words…  (LOL)

5.     5)  Allow your personality, humor, and wit, whatever else it is that defines you to come out in your writing. People like to get a sense of who you are on a personal level.

6.     6)  Lastly, just accept whatever outcome your guest blog brings. Be it no comments, and no feedback, or a thunderstorm of praise. Just be big enough to accept it, and take it in stride.

This is what I came up with. Not very creative, not the greatest blog of all time, but something I hope other bloggers and writers could connect with. Especially if they’ve felt the same way as I did.

For those of you who actually read this whole blog, thank you very much! I appreciate your time, and if you’ve felt the way I did before writing this, leave me your story in the comments.

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I Don’t Remember
By Nelson V Brasil


In one night, in one fire, Roger Amarante’s life changed forever. He lost everything, and more importantly, everyone he ever loved.

But what he doesn’t remember can’t hurt him, right?

His seven-year stint at the Faja Rasa Retirement home has left him confused and empty to say the least. He doesn’t know why he’s there, who he is, or what has happened. He hates the nurses with a passion, and has not uttered a single word in the whole time he’s been there. When he meets an over achieving college student with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, his life once again changes forever.

Michael Ponte is searching for the heart he apparently lacks, so that he could achieve his childhood dream of becoming a Fire Fighter. When he crosses path’s with a disgruntled, beaten down mess of a man, his heart is tested.

Will they have the strength to conquer what they fear is impossible?

Some hurdles are harder than others to overcome.

I DOn’t REMEMBER will elicit a full circle of emotion that will spark hopefulness and hopelessness, and trigger thoughts you didn’t even know you had.

About the Author:

I was born Nelson Vieira Brasil in San Jose California on August 12th 1984. Being the first generation in my family born in the United States. I am full-blooded Portuguese, my family hails from the small island of São Jorge, Açores. The Açores islands can be found in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, there are nine islands in all, and they are all a part of Portugal.

I grew up in San Jose constantly surrounded by my many uncles and aunts. To this day, most of my uncles, aunts, and cousins are within a 5-minute drive from my house. We get together during the week for dinner, and sometimes during the weekend for birthday parties, or to just play some cards. I love my family, and would be lost without them.

My parents are at the top of my heroes list. Both come from humble beginnings. Both have menial education, but have flourished to great heights in their lifetime. I would consider my parents to be great successes. They came to this country with little to nothing, and have worked and earned everything they own. They raised two children the right way, instilling values, and morals in them. They taught us the difference from right and wrong, and gave us the trust and confidence to make decisions on our own. They always encourage us to reach for our dreams, and would stop at nothing to support our means to achieving them. If I can become half the success my parents are, I will be happy.

Now that family and all that jazz are out of the way, let me tell you about why I write. I write because it brings me joy. It allows me to openly express my emotions and inspirations. It alleviates my stress, and empowers my confidence. It gives me an outlet to vent frustrations, or to praise successes. It allows me to let it all out, instead of bottling it up inside.

I’ve been writing poetry and short stories since middle school. In high school, I began thinking that I wanted to write fulltime or at least become an English teacher so that I could be around reading and writing all the time. As I began college, I continued to write, and finally, began writing my first novel. The pride I felt from finishing my first novel is inexplicable. Then tragedy struck, my clumsiness caused me to tip over a glass of water onto the keyboard of my laptop. I lost everything on my hard drive. To say I was devastated is an understatement. I felt like I lost an arm or a leg. But with encouragement from family and friends I set out to write the same novel. Î DOn’t REMEMBER, is finally in print. Hopefully it is the first of many more to come.

Aside from writing, I enjoy doing many other things. Some of which include watching movies, reading, playing and watching sports, going to the lake with friends, gambling, and playing music. There many other things I enjoy doing but I won’t bore you with the rest.

My goal is to keep writing, even if I don’t sell a single book, it doesn’t matter to me. All that matters is that I write, and publish my works.

My wish is that my writing brings out an emotion from the reader. Any emotion, happiness, sadness, anger, as long as it brings a rise to someone then I feel as though I have accomplished my goal.

1 comment:

Nelson said...

Once again Thank You for allowing me to guest blog!