Tagged: humorous-books

What is a novel if not a trap for catching a hero?

“You know the problem with heroes and saints, Nikolai?” I asked as I closed the book’s cover and headed for the door. “They always end up dead.” Leigh Bardugo To spread the word about my wonderful, truly sparkling and never-shredding thriller book Sophia von X, I decided to promote it on Chic Lit Cafe – books & reviews What can I add to everything that has already been said about Sophia’s story...

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...

Anita’s Pond

This is going to be quite long post, mostly because of 1,5k short story I’m sharing today. I’m still working with my thriller Sophia von X… I may need one more week before I’ll hit ‘send’ and leave it to proofreading team. Its so many details, heroes… and words 😂 (=60k) – the story is also a bit crazy (read: I’m not so sure anymore about the genre 💣👽). As you...

Hocus-pocus or how to create an awesome book from a crappy unfinished material in 2 weeks…

Hello, February! The one-month-long vacation is over and the reality of “damn, Ray… are you going to edit the book?” is here, slapping my face with a warning of fast-approaching deadlines. In a world of Indie Publishing, jam-packed with frustration, chaos, confusion, anxiety, and laziness, it’s really hard to stay on track 24/7. Things to remember when you need a push: No one cares! It is you against you. Every...

Surreal Humor & Absurdist Comedy – Why Is It So Weird?

Written by Peter Manley When we think about comedy, there are so many different styles and “flavors” for us to choose from. For example, some of the most common forms of comedy – especially in the stand-up comedy realm – are anti-humor comedy (where a dry and otherwise unfunny statement is said out of indirect humor) and insult comedy, where the comedian directly makes fun of the audience or people...

Urmuz – the genius beneath the boffoon

Written by Andreea Padurean (Her Goodreads Profile – here) One of the most controversial figures of the Romanian Literature – Demetru Dem or Demetrescu-Buzău, known as Urmuz, a genius who left behind a literary work of 50 pages at most. His pen name (Urmuz) was interpreted in various ways, one of the attributed meanings being ‘I amuse’. And yes, he amused himself and the others even when he challenged the dominance...

Blind Tinder Match. XIX century

Idea: blind tinder match between two neighbours (XIX century) Form: poetry He: Sweet nymph, your grace speaks loudly to men’s heart – who could withstand your virgin writing? I truly cherish all your nods and puffs but still, would love to see… at least your hair. In any place you wish. Please, send my fate immediately! Longing… She: My Matadore! Mr. Wisdom! It happens way too fast. My heart enlarges....

5 Secret Ingredients for Creating the Perfect Villain

Written by Nathaniel Postell The unrelenting insanity of the Joker’s laugh comes to mind when contemplating a truly memorable villain. An individual starkly contrasted to the heroic attempts of his caped counterpart, yet… oddly similar in their resolve to accomplish their vision against all odds. What secret ingredients make a perfect villain perfect? Read on and find out. #1 Motivation Compelling characters possess an inherent relatability. Heroes are often written...