Tagged: fiction-books

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“The Pearl Territory”, ch. 19 – Trotta

Trotta – #privatejournal  My mom was white… Her dad was from the Republic of Chad. He was also a drug addict. Her mother, Alice (my grandma), have died young from overdose. When you are growing up between the empty food canisters, cigarette butts and brutal kicks in the head, you learn to stay strong no matter what. My mom was a tough one. She studied a lot. She had a...

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The journey from the head to the hand

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut Yes, I slipped out. Again. It feels OK though. The thing is – writing (or blogging) should be fun, otherwise I don’t see the point… Any activity should bring joy, and if it doesn’t – do something else. That’s Ray’s rule.  Switch off – switch on.  I never wanted (or...

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7 Cool Destinations For Your Novel

Guest post by Peter Manley (click to check website) Sure, having interesting characters and a compelling storyline are extremely important, but the setting where your story takes place is equally important, or even more important in some cases. Think about it: if your story takes place in a middle-class home in Virginia with no interesting details about it, your book will more than likely be a drag from the start. Even...

There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want

I got so many ‘nothings’ on my list, that I decided to drop them all (too many nothings aren’t so healthy), and just rest. You may call it ‘being lazy’, but in my eyes – I have achieved a lot. “Everybody seems to think I’m lazy I don’t mind, I think they’re crazy. Running everywhere at such a speed Till they find there’s no need.” J. Lennon  I know I...

“The Pearl Territory”, ch 16 – #dialogue

x x x Circle Rulers. Faro sits near the bed, crying. The cold body of Father Callum is hidden in the bathroom. Pastor Hoff knocks on the door. He is not alone. Behind him stands James Garrett, the new leader of Circle Energy. James Garrett: Who is in that bloody bath? In those yellow heels? Faro: (crying) F-f-faa-th-eeer Call-uuuuum. Pastor Hoff: This is good and bad at the same time....

“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...

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...