Too far apart

many“There are too many of us and we are all too far apart.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

I’m writing these words knowing that people from all over the world are going to read them. People of all ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, of different religious beliefs. Most of them, I’ll never get a chance to meet. Most of them, I don’t know how they look like, what’s the thing they want most in this world, or what is it that they’re afraid of… most of them are perfect strangers to me.

Yet, simply by writing these words with these strangers in my mind, having the certainty that my words will reach them, they become a little bit more than strangers. They become human beings, just like myself, and that is one of life’s greatest achievements. Continue reading

Over the edge…

edgeI’m going to write about something I’m sure most of you don’t really want to read. It’s one of those topics we rarely explore, simply because we’d like to deny their very existence.

I don’t know how you think I am, if you view me as an idealist or a realist, if you think I’m good or not or even worse than that, but the truth is that, for most of my life, I’ve been a pessimist. One of the worst kind, actually.

The ones who feel they never get what they want. The ones who see themselves and the world around them as broken beyond repair. There’s never enough light for the ones who are afraid of the dark.

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Help is much needed these weeks, and much appreciated. Any amount at all helps.

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Someone’s got to go first

I love writing. This is what I’ve been born to do, this is what I’ve always dreamed of doing. It’s that one thing I feel I’m kind of good at, and that one thing that allows me to be at my best as a human being.

You know, when you’re able to give something to others, to offer something to this world. To change the world, to build a new one.

But, unfortunately, book sales have been incredibly low this past months. I’ve been trying to offer discounts, e-book bundles, but still… it wasn’t enough.

I took a part-time job as a waiter, but the job was part time only in terms of pay. I didn’t have time to write, and this is, simply put, the worst kind of life for a writer.

So I quit.

I wanted to be able to write, I wanted to be able to blog as often as I used to, to be able to read other people’s comments.

There are no perks to go with your donations. All you get is a big perk in case I reach my goal: a compilation of essays on art and writing that will be made available for free.

This is going to be my way of thanking you for your help, and my way to give people something back.

Someone’s got to go first, someone’s got to make the first step and contribute.

If you want to help me out, you can do so here.

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The angel in the marble

angel“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo

Don’t you love it when your mind imprisons a certain image? You have a certain vision, you know exactly where you want to go and what you have to do. An image that has to be set free.

This is one of the most crucial aspects of good art: vision. And heart. I’m not sure you can have one without the other. Continue reading

Am I The Hero or The Villain?

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Hero and Villain

In literature, there are two roles that manifest themselves over and over again: the hero and the villain.

The hero is the one who is not only content with living a decent life, but goes above and beyond the call of duty. The hero doesn’t just meet but exceeds expectations. The hero goes out of his way to save the day.

The villain is the one who not only does evil, but revels in it. The villain doesn’t simply do wrong out of weakness, but finds his purpose by inflicting pain and suffering.

The friction between the hero and the villain is usually quite fierce, and it sparks the fire that fuels countless stories. Both the hero and the villain tell us something about the nature of humanity; they teach us about the internal forces which motivate our thoughts and actions.

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A hunger artist

hunger“Worry destroys the ability to write.”Ernest Hemingway

Maybe you’re familiar with Franz Kafka’s short story, A Hunger Artist, maybe you’re not. It doesn’t really matter. One of the main themes of the story (the way I see it) is the fact that artists most often feel misunderstood by their audience. And they’re furious because of that.

That’s a myth.

Most often than not it’s the artist’s inability to show people what he wants to show them that gets in the way. Continue reading

Broken or strong?

“Life breaks us all and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”Ernest Hemingway

You know what they say… what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But I suppose that what doesn’t kill you simply makes you wish it did. And then, if you somehow find enough inner strength to go on, builds you up.

The things is, all that matters is the power that resides within us. It’s the power to be in control, to handle everything life throws at you.

But remember: what you give power to has power over you.

So don’t give up your power, don’t let the world break you. Fight on, no matter what. And, besides, strength is just the ability to keep moving forward long after you thought you couldn’t go on.

Help

From time to time I contemplate the idea of abandoning my dream of becoming a full time writer. I get all kinds of ideas in my head. I’m just pretending to be a writer, and I’m not really good enough, and that I should simply give up.

A couple years ago, before I started this blog, one of my uncles asked me about my writing. Back then I was uploading stories on Wattpad, and I was having a lot of fun. So I told him that I had talked with a girl from Etiopia, who said that she really enjoyed my stories. So much that she cried.

And, well, he asked me about money. Was I earning enough?

In fact, I wasn’t making money at all. And I told him that, and I told him that when a stranger genuinely appreciates your art, that’s worth more than all the money in the world.

I was happy back then.

But now this blog takes up a lot of time. And I still write. I answer e-mails on a professional basis. So I have to do this on a full time basis. But I also have to pay bills and stuff.

I know that I’ve written a lot of posts about courage, ambition, perseverance; I know that I’m usually the guy that tries to tell you that your dreams are right there for the taking, that what you want can be achieved, that all your impossible dreams can be conquered, so I’m sorry for this post.

I don’t write about it when I get sick, or when I’m heartbroken, or when someone disappoints me. But I do write about everything that influences my art, and I share it with you, because no one else really cares. Which I’m not sure if it’s sad or not.

There’s nothing else to write about, other than the fact that you can help me out with a small donation here.

P.S. You can also send a donation via PayPal to contact@cristianmihai.net