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There’s no planet M

“And then the earth, the world, the planet, the galaxy, and the entire solar system went crazy.” Robert Ludlum Did you ever hear of the book – men are from Mars, women are from Venus? You probably did, if you’ve had relationship troubles and needed a book to understand your partner. But during your weird shower moments, you might have thought – can men ever be from Mars? Can they have the smug, red planet as...

To create a story is to liberate the mind

“Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it’s the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. …Science fiction is central to everything we’ve ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don’t know what they’re talking about.” Ray Bradbury A lot of people will tell you how to write a great sci-fi novel in 5/7/or 12 EASY steps. I don’t know how to...

All sorts of wild

I don’t know why But every morning When I am eating my eggs They are dropping on the floor Or jumping From my mouth Unhappy With the purpose I’m giving them. I don’t know why But every morning  When I’m starting to read My coffee is getting cold And it is saying Straight to my face: “Social injustice – This is what It Is”.  I don’t know why But every morning A song is born in...

#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 at all! It’s OKAY to bend...

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, I was horrified that you forgot...

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 they are hoping that you are...

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) by Hanna Williamsson. Plus: I couldn’t...