When I graduated from the University of Buenos Aires as a graphic designer, I only wanted to design books and magazines. I’ve loved every minute of my working hours, which have always made me feel utterly fulfilled. They also awoke in me an urge to experience the publishing world from all possible angles. This urge, I haven’t stopped feeling since, and today is leading me to venture into fiction writing.

I guess It was my love of writing that led me, though circuitously, to study design. Recalling the time when I was a teenager, I realize I read and wrote a lot, mostly as a way of addressing my own questions. I understand now why Philosophy seemed to be the perfect one when it came the time to choose a career. I couldn’t have possibly known, at first, how overwhelming all that thinking about thinking would feel, but soon I realized I needed something “lighter”, and shifted to Graphic Design. Luckily, this only took me nearer to books and writing.

Once graduated, I only chose projects that were book-related. Despite my change of heart on what career to pursue, the object of my love had never changed. With time and through my practice, I became skilled in Editorial Design. I’ve worked in diverse environments, and Ediciones Infinito and Aeroespacio magazine stand out, for they have lovingly welcomed my eagerness to learn and experiment, encouraging me into different lone publishing ventures.

As a result of these experiences, thefantasticstory.com was born. It is kind of a publishing house through which I intend to dive into the fantastic, and was envisioned while doing research on a prior project—a compilation of short stories of my own writing, which I decided to put on hold for now.

I am not giving up on my writing though. Moreover, I want it to eventually become bilingual. But, born and raised in Argentina*, I obviously needed to broaden my knowledge of English (and Spanish) if I wanted to meet my archi-ambitious goals. Having committed myself entirely to this, I sat for the entrance exam at Lenguas Vivas Juan Ramón Fernández to study English Translation. Today, I’m a first-year student who is willing to excel.

Ultimately, all this effort is fueled by the same quest that kept me awoke at night, reading and writing, when I was young. This means, my daily work is not only based on the pleasure I take in writing or the will to make a good living, it is sustained by my questioning on life. And I think that’s why I’m attracted to the fantastic, because, if only for a fleeting moment, it opens up a space to let the unknown, the not-yet-recognized, come through and shed its light.

* I was born in Bahía Blanca, but I’ve been living in Buenos Aires since I was old enough to rent my own apartment. Over the years, my love for this city has got totally out of proportion: It makes me want to spend my vacations in it, kiss the ground when I come back from some trip a force myself to take, or cry over a tango imaginarily missing mi Buenos Aires querida.