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#coolprompts ‘Uguisu no Sato’

#coolprompts 13 November – 18 November  ‘Uguisu no Sato’ The expression “Uguiso no Sato” illustrates the Japanese sense of beauty: physical and emotional. Create a story, a poem, flash fiction (text, any genre) that reflects some of Japanese virtues: Beauty Compassion Patience  To participate: post a story, poem or flash on your blog, tag the post – #coolprompts, pingback to Ray’s post (or any last post on RayNotBradbury’s Blog). Any genre/style is welcome! No boundaries...

The hardest month to swallow – November

I can almost understand why people leap from bridges… Said Bukowski about November. Ray: WAY. TOO. NICE.  Bukowski: I’m glad you noticed that, Ray! Ray: I’m an expert in swearing, bridges and Novembers. Bukowski: Damn, what about popcorn and buzz? Ray: I’m a very dedicated fan of popcorn and almost untouchable by buzz. ALMOST. Bukowski: Ray, you are nice today. Much nicer than yesterday. I mean, almost worth my attention. Ray: Frankly,...

There’s only ONE genre in fiction… 

“Don’t classify me, read me. I’m a writer, not a genre.” Carlos Fuentes  Making a choice is all about marketing nowadays. To choose means to limit your options, but in the same time – the opportunity to catch an agent or publisher, because when they are ‘buying’ your novel – they are buying a platform for the future books in the similar genre, they are buying ‘sameness’ (or analogy) and...

Book Review ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’, Ray Celestin

Why and how: I was already on the way from the store when the expeditor said: “Maybe you’d like to buy Axeman? It is really cool book.”  I picked it, read ‘New Orleans 1919…’ Hmmmm, not my favourite subject for the crime books. But ah, serial killers, lurking in the darkness, feels like an interesting catch.  I bought it. I do not regret it.  Attention: The book is translated (swedish)...

‘Shibui’ yourself …before it’s too late! 

What is your ‘manifest’ of TODAY? How do you reduce your selfishness? Do you embrace the simplicity? Ok, send me the list of your daily desires. So many??? Ouch! That’s where the problem lies.  “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” E.F. Schumacher As you simplify your...

‘The Pearl Territory’, chapter 1

Journal log. 1 #private Captain Pain Berchpull Where should I start? Maybe from the moment when a gamma X-ray hit the Earth and wiped out all the life there. It was the biggest ever microwave-extinction… Basically, we did expect the deadly event; that’s why we built the base on Mars.  We have built the life there. 1,700 of us.  Sometimes I think about the last words of my father: “The scariest...

On Writing

“I wrote a book. It sucked. I wrote 9 more books. They sucked, too. Meanwhile, I read every single thing I could find on publishing and writing, went to conferences, joined professional organisations, hooked up with fellow writers in critique groups, and didn’t give up. Then I wrote one more book..” Beth Revis What a spirit! Something to aim for! What is ‘Good writing’? Only you know – the reader....