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Literature is not innocent

“When one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, “What does it mean?” It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable,” said Rene Magritte about his painting The Lovers. As you understand, we’ll talk about surrealism, but not about Rene Magritte in particular, although he was one of the most plagiarized artists, the true surrealist with witty and unexpected ideas. Today I’d...

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Author Interview – John W. Howell

We chatted with John W. Howell about his new novel Eternal Road: The final stop, the transformation of the heroes, and the meaning behind historical and supernatural elements. 1. What is the significance of the book’s title Eternal Road? The title came to me one day while I was writing one of the scenes. Eternal Road is the avenue to one’s selected spot to spend eternity. The road is well-traveled...

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Book Cover

Book cover design is more important than ever, they say 😉✌️ And here is mine: If you’d like to know “WHAT MAKES AN ICONIC BOOK COVER?” – check HERE/link   Next post – Three spooky stories from Lagos 

Being creative is hard

I believe that creativity is some kind of human magic because AI and robots still can’t achieve our imaginary level. However, being creative isn’t easy and doesn’t come naturally. The problems with this kind of magic: it isn’t random, it has nothing to do with inspiration, you aren’t born this way; you can train your brain to be more creative. How? By doing creative work (in your field) over a...

The Secret of Quantum

written by Ogunwumi Abimbola My friend had a breakup today (don’t worry, Suzy has a break up every other week; two cups of ice cream later, and we’ll be hunting for her next boyfriend 😉). Anyways, in between tears and sky-high scoops of ice cream, this was the summary of her ranting.  “If I had known Dylan would have been worse, I would have just stayed with Jack”.  “If I had...

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...

The Principle of Sufficient Reason

In the 2008 film The Dark Knight, audiences were treated to one of acting’s greatest spectacles – Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker. Throughout the film we are asked to ponder: why does he do what he does? who is he? what is the reason? Alfred – Batman’s butler – suggests that some men just want to watch the world burn. While the Joker describes himself as a mad dog – he doesn’t think,...

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...