Tagged: humor

Through hundreds of drafts?

When you print out your manuscript and read it, marking up with a pen, it sometimes feels like a criminal returning to the scene of a crime. Don Roff 1. No matter how many times an author finishes the first draft of a novel, they know this is only the beginning of the writing process… My first draft of The Secrets of A-Ria is a (handwritten) manuscript, in Russian. I’m going...

Sagittarius A* – The Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way

If my body is Universe, I have a black hole. I mask it, but it sits at the center of my body. I question it. Am I living up to my potential? Would I lose my creativity if I got help? Isn’t life a black hole? Claudia Turner There are three prisons that once entered you can never leave – the future, hell, and a black hole. However, it is the...

Imagine a World Without Time

While I’m working on the formatting of So Absurd It Must Be True, Book 2 (yay! it’s almost here!), try to imagine this world… without time.  In Schrodinger’s famous thought experiment, he imagines a cat in a box with a flask of cyanide. The flask will be broken – and the cat poisoned – if an atom of radioactive material decays. We know that it will decay, but when is...

Shame-less by Nadia Bolz-Weber

(nonfiction) #takeawaykeys If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive. Brené Brown, Daring Greatly Alert! Long post, if you can’t read it now, save for later! This book is for women who are almost-enough, who are struggling every day of their lives to be perfect, to deliver the image of the good mother, sexual goddess, ideal companion, and out-of-this-world-body. This book...

About time, love… and faith

This post is based on the book of Martin Hägglund – “THIS LIFE: Why Mortality Makes Us Free” (non-fiction; philosophy) I guess you know that everything you do is divided between the past and the future. Every tiny moment. An hour. A minute. Or second… That means you are never be able to seize NOW as a present moment. Even when I am writing these words to you – today, at...

PANTS DOWN!

Quotes about writing, part #2 A person who publishes a book will fully appears before the populace with his pants down. If it is a good book – nothing can hurt him. If it is a bad book – nothing can help him. Edna St. Vincent Millay I’ve always considered writing the most hateful kind of work. I suspect it’s a bit like fucking — which is fun only for...

10 Eye-Opening Writing Rituals from Great Writers

The author should die once he has finished writing. So as not to trouble the path of the text. Umberto Eco The truth is (social distancing or not), I am still a very disorganised author. How could I publish so many books? 🤨 I don’t know.  That’s why I’m diving in into some rituals of the greatest, in hope to learn a thing or two… or to find the answers.  Kazuo Ishiguro...