Tagged: Books

There’s no story unless something is out of place

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence. Octavia E. Butler Continue sharing some critique on my books. First one, for my debut #ya novel Dulcinea and The Death Code.  1. I think, overall, I would simplify the beginning more, shorten it,...

“The Pearl Territory”, chapter 15 – Ola

Ola – #privatejournal I don’t know what I want. I’m so fed up with my life that all I really desire is to die. Dead. Dead. Dead. The year 2718 is usually described as the year in which so-called “Team Happiness” was blessed by Almighty Matrix Power, meaning its nine members were presented by the Divine Universe itself. If you ask me, I’d tell you that I don’t believe in...

You are under arrest! Surrender immediately!

Please, come out slowly from your car… Show me your hands! I can’t see them! What is it? The book? (reading loud) “So A-B-S-U-R-D IT MUST BE TRUE”. Well, this is a WEAPON! I’d like to see your license. Don’t have one? Only Kindle… Put your hands behind the head! GO!  x x x Thank you all for wonderful reviews for my debut book of satire and adult humour – So...

“The Pearl Territory”, ch 14 – #dialogue

x x x  Pain Berchpull and Boulder Jackobs sit outside under the moon tree eating grapefruits. The moon tree reminds them of a big ash tree, with branches up to the end of the sky. Considering there’s no sky, the branches are shrinking and hanging back, sprouting into the ground around Mara’s Palace. Bou: I haven’t eaten grapefruit in ages! Yummiest fruit ever! Pain: You hate grapefruit. Bou: Yeah, but...

A drop of ink may make a million think…

Frank Prem, in his last newsletter, asked: Do you consider yourself to be a poetry reader, and if so, what sort of poetry do you find interesting to read? Where do you find it? Yes, I am a poetry reader. My first book was a poetry book about animals. I couldn’t read it (yet), but I memorized it (when my parents read it to me), so everybody thought that I...

Writing is a lot like making soup…

Writing is not just a process of creation. It is also a process of self-discovery. Cristina Istrati Working on the final revision (before sending to editor #1) of Damn Ray Reviews. Check ‘table of contents’.  Introduction “Idaho”, Emily Ruskovich “Big Magic: creative living beyond fear”, Elizabeth Gilbert “Hot Milk”, Deborah Levy “Here I am”, Jonathan Safran Foer “Ripples on the pond”, Sebnem E. Sanders “Born a crime”, Trevor Noah “The Book...

“The Pearl Territory”, ch 13 – Alexis

Alexis – #privatejournal  Sexual guilt, anxiety, depression… I am free from all of that crap. I left my soul in the respiratory for a year. Do I feel worse than I did before? Damn, no. Everyone who has left their soul at least once knows the drill – the feeling that “you” can never be “I”,” and that your spirit is not a good Samaritan who will fix your problems with...