Tagged: mental-health

The relation to the Self

(from the book “Man and his Symbols,” by Carl Jung, M.L. von Franz, and John Freeman, 1964)  Nowadays more and more people, especially those who live in large urban cities, suffer from a terrible emptiness and boredom, as if they are waiting for something that never arrives. Movies, games, travels, political excitements, sports may divert them for a while, but again and again, exhausted and disenchanted, they have to return...

The trajectory of life: Andre Malraux

 “The world has become like the world in my books,” wrote Andre Malraux. The 30s of the XX century were the time of global upheaval and change in Western society. The world was perceived as absurd, and the fate of man as random and nonsensical. Inspired by new literary styles, Andre Malraux turned to existential themes and mythology much earlier than other writers. Many of them, including Camus, called him...

You are weak. You have failed. Let us help you…

We grow up hearing this message. It sinks into our brain, our attitude, and our being, from the very beginning until the end of our life. It impacts the way we think and how we live our lives. I know this because I am no different. We don’t want to admit the truth and instead, we try to convince ourselves that we’re head-strong and free. For freedom is our birthright...

Be Late for Something Day

”You are late.” “Sorry. I was busy talking about my feelings and killing people.” Jennifer Este Essentially, running late is very poor manners; any etiquette expert can tell you that. But on the fifth of September, you are officially allowed to be late as much as you want! ☝️🤓 According to scientists, people who are often late live longer thanks to their optimistic attitude. It makes sense if they don’t care much...

The Sudden Killer or the Tragedy of Kerstin Lund

“Nobody’s ever been arrested for a murder; they have only ever been arrested for not planning it properly.” Terry Hayes I’m sharing the prologue to my upcoming novel, ‘Eyebrow Killer.’ Prologue On a summer evening in 2001, Kerstin Lund murdered her parents with an ax. She was 15 years old at the time. The family lived in the small Norwegian fishing village Henningsvær. It had been best known for its...

‘Blue’ Humor or Can a Sad Clown Tell a Joke?

– Do you hear the helicopter?  – No, it’s an angel…  – What? An angel? Then why does it make such a horrible noise?  – Gone crazy because of life on the Earth.  (Viktor Koklyushkin, Russian satirist) After reading my new, straight-from-the-oven story, called ‘Upside Down,’ one of my followers told me it was sad. It took me by surprise because I never perceived the events in the story to...

Crime & Comedy

After some consideration, I decided that the next book will be Eyebrow Killer – a humorous crime novel. I prepared the blurb and the cover, but the book isn’t ready yet… We – Ray and Aiki – are starting to work on the second draft this August. Yay! I’m planning to publish it in December 2021. Year: 2015 Place: Amsterdam A detective with a phobia and a clever, obsessed killer clash...

Literature – with or without ‘writing style’

#guestpost written by Laolu Ogundele  “So, what’s your style”? Someone once asked me in the middle of a neighborhood writers meetup I attended a decade or so ago. “Straight jeans, dark-colored zip hoodies, and basketball shoes…” I began, but my voice trailed off as I noticed a couple of people try hard and fail to stifle a laugh. “I mean writing style,” the original asker graciously clarified. “Oh, my bad....