Victoria Ray - out of standard books

An Orchestra of Bones: The Restless Spirit of The Dead

written by Laolu Ogundele Here’s a philosophical question for you. What would it feel like to have skeletons in your closet? Scary? Shameful? Embarrassing? Okay… Now, how about a church full of skeletons? What would THAT feel like? You won’t be far from the truth if you chuckled and imagined it’d be a fitting setting for a horror movie. But the residents of the beautiful Austrian town called Hallstatt won’t have to...

Andrei Platonov and The Soul of The World

Andrei Platonov once said, “From our ugliness will grow the soul of the world.” He was right. He knew the hardships of life better than anyone else… Yes, this world is ugly. Almost 1 billion people are illiterate. More than 800 million people don’t have access to clean water or a reliable food supply. Approximately 13% of the world lack access to electricity. Plastic choking the oceans. Global warming. Shootings at...

Depersonalized Violence or When Free Will Is Not So Free

Based on The Insanity of Normality (Arno Gruen) and Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein) You have the free will to choose either to be or not to be… We learn it very early on, almost from the cradle; but as soon as we grow up, we are simply capitulating by giving up our free will to the group we belong...

The Mythology of Food

Eat less fat. Eat less sugar. Eat less meat. Eat more vegetables. Don’t skip meals. Eat little but often. Drink eight glasses of water a day. Less alcohol, less dairy, less caffeine, fewer diet drinks. With all this advice, we might soon forget how real food tastes because the media, national guidelines, and food labels are secretly trying to sell us unhealthy meals as healthy products. A myriad of food...

Food for Thought or “Ping-Pong” Mindset

It’s been a while… But considering that time is not fundamentally real, and everything around us is happening simultaneously, I was probably absent only for a tiny moment, a billionth of 0.0000000000000000247 second (or 247 zeptoseconds) — the period in which a single particle of light is passing through a molecule of hydrogen. I didn’t write a word all that time, too. And it felt good. ‘Cheers’ for the freedom...

Upside Down or Completely Married

(short story, written summer 2021/1498 words) When someone asks if I’m in a relationship or not, I always answer: “Of course, I am.” Usually, as a sign of acceptance, the person pats me on the shoulder with the following question: “So, how is it?” “It’s demanding,” I sigh. My understanding interlocutor winks and coughs, or sometimes an unexpected alien laugh escapes his mouth. At this moment, I lower my eyes...

An Unkempt Lawn

Hey there! 😬 ça va? Long time no see 😉 While Ray is preparing a blog post about the time off-line, she decided to post a short story – An Unkempt Lawn (satire, symbolism/written summer 2021). I hope you are fine 💙🔆📚 and see you next week, in March! An Unkempt Lawn  (1546 words)  Mrs. Dawn had a kindhearted nature: somewhat naïve, attracted to all things romantic, cheerful, and gentle. She...

The Story of Harmless Bullet

Day 29 Home, Sweet Home  /absurdist comedy/ The “Sierras Find & Kill Guyamas” team forced me inside the bulletproof van to deliver my body safely to the end destination. My tired bones swayed from side to side as if penetrated by the speed and annoyance of the rumbling wheels of our car. It seemed the men in black masks enjoyed their trip; they were superbly indifferent to my aches and...