Separation of Work & Write

by Gabriel Novo on August 25, 2014 · 2 comments

in Nerd, Writing

One of the most difficult things for me to find is the space I need to write.  Sometimes it’s a headspace that I need to drift into or a physical space that allows me to stew in my own writer juices.  Often times, it’s a digital space that is free from distractions.  That last one is damn near impossible to achieve.  Many of us use the same machines to do our day jobs as we do for our writing.  Not everyone has the luxury of multiple laptops.

I have been going back and forth about buying a laptop solely for writing, something small with a good keyboard and serious battery life, but it’s really fucking hard to justify the expense when there are amazing books that were hammered out only using pen and paper.  So in the meantime, I think I’ve found a happy medium. [click to continue…]


Fuck It, I’m Turning Pro

by Gabriel Novo on August 16, 2014 · 6 comments

in Popular Articles, Writing

Sometimes you get tired of your own bullshit.  The excuses, procrastination, and utter nonsense you distract yourself with instead of diving headlong into your passion.  Steven Pressfield talks a lot about this in his book “The War of Art” and calls the insidious force Resistance.  Procrastination and crisis have been the strongest forms of Resistance in my life.  I’m either wasting the time god gave me on this earth or allowing chaos from my life to drain my energy.

The shot clock of my existence shows question marks across its digital display, so I can’t afford to be lazy or distracted anymore.  Another great point that Pressfield makes in his book (seriously people, go buy a copy it’s life changing shit) is about Turning Pro.  It’s the moment when you make a conscious decision to stop being an amateur with your passion and instead turn it into your calling. [click to continue…]


Depression is a Sneaky Fucker

by Gabriel Novo on August 13, 2014 · 2 comments

in Personal

This month has been jam-packed with personal highs and lows.  I flew to the West Coast for the first time in years (had an amazing trip), I hit 2 years of being in remission (which has its own conflicting set of emotions), and I’m still struggling with my recovery.  Slowly, I’m beginning to recognize the long term effects of my fight with cancer both physically and mentally.

Then I came across unbelievable news in my Twitter feed.  Robin Williams, a man I grew up watching on television and movies who always filled me with laughter, was dead.  Depression had cruelly snatched away his talent from this world.  I was at a red light when I read the news and started banging my steering wheel yelling “Fuck!” over and over again.  People probably thought I was mental.  My reaction surprised even me, but in my heart Robin Williams was one of the “good ones.” [click to continue…]


I Feel Trapped

August 11, 2014 Personal

Anyone who’s met me in real life knows that I’m a laid back guy who’s quick to laugh, comfortable in groups, and has never met a stranger.  This is me in my element, surrounded by the world in all its deliciously varieties, eager to taste every adventure I can get my hands on. There are […]

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2 Years in Remission (sorta)

August 1, 2014 Personal

Being diagnosed with cancer removes all certainty from your life.  Everything is suddenly thrown into question and you have no idea what will happen to your small corner of the world.  If you’re lucky enough to survive the ordeal that is cancer then “being in remission” is your attempt at reclaiming the certainty you lost. […]

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Taking Back My Time

July 14, 2014 Personal

I’m a huge fan of social media.  It’s allowed me to connect with people in ways I couldn’t have dreamed of just years ago. Friendships were created, bonds strengthened, and all through social media.  But as much as I love it there’s a cost to its convenience… TIME. The worst culprit when it comes to […]

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5 Years of Cuban Nomad

May 27, 2014 Blog

It took a harmless looking email from Twitter to remind me of how long Cuban Nomad has been in existence.  When I opened the mail there was a lovely looking cake (which you can see on the right) and a big blue exclamation, “Happy Twitterversary!” “You just turned 5,” it continued.  Five years.  Wow. I […]

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Story Nuggets

May 26, 2014 Writing

One of my favorite forms of procrastination is scouring the internet for nuggets of writing wisdom, all under the guise of research.  Yes, I should be writing, but occasionally I stumble upon something that makes the time wasted worthwhile.  An article, video snippet, or audio clip catches my eye and increases my storytelling knowledge one […]

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Agents of SHIELD ruined Captain America 2 and that’s not OK

May 9, 2014 Movies

I’m a huge fan of the Marvel universe in all its forms, but I’m especially enamored with their movies.  After IRON MAN reignited the superhero genre for Marvel they’ve been pumping out solid live action comic book films ever since.  Their vision is far reaching (check out their cinematic universe game plan) and execution solid.  […]

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Cancer Through Photos

April 1, 2014 Personal

Writing about a situation is how many authors come to terms with it.  They coalesce thoughts and emotions into words they can touch.   Then they take these raw materials and build a framework which allows them to examine, dissect, and finally understand a thing. I’ve written a lot of words about cancer, my struggles and […]

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Haven Publishing – "Rhest for the Wicked"

March 21, 2014 Haven Publishing

After a lot of hard work from our author, editors, and illustrator, Haven is now proud to present its first official novel release, Rhest for the Wicked by the talented Robert V. Aldrich. The Isis Military Complex. A military research facility deep in the Nevada desert before it was abandoned and left to rot. In […]

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