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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A glance at “Crushing the Microstakes” by Nathan Williams

CrushingthemicrostakesPoker is quite possibly one of the most complicated games on this planet. Some say it’s a game of chance, while others say it’s a sport. The debate has gone off for a long time, but books like “Crushing the Microstakes” is proof that people can really become good at poker. All it takes is a little bit of research and experience. Continue reading

Art and violence

Could art influence people in such a way that they start shooting each other? Do we absorb the violence we see in movies and video games? Do we try to apply what we see in the real world?

Interesting.

It really is fascinating to see that some people believe that we can’t really discern what’s real from what’s not, that we don’t understand that the general convention of art is that it’s not true. As close as art and the real life are, we know art only mimics real life. And it does show for a reason. To transmit a message. Continue reading

You’ve got to sell your heart

heartIn 1938 aspiring author Frances Turnbull sent a copy of one of her stories to Francisc Scott Fitzgerald. In the feedback he offers her there’s one great piece of advice: “You’ve got to sell your heart, your strongest reactions, not the little minor things that only touch you lightly, the little experiences that you might tell at dinner. This is especially true when you begin to write, when you have not yet developed the tricks of interesting people on paper, when you have none of the technique which it takes time to learn. When, in short, you have only your emotions to sell.”

You can read the rest of the letter here. It’s really worth the time, and it’s the kind of advice writers give only to closest friends. It’s not something you can tell anyone about, because most people will think you’re crazy.

Now, about selling your heart… Continue reading

Advertising

Hi guys,

There are quite a few great advertising options available:

1. Reblog – $50 - Do you have a WordPress.com blog? Have you written a piece you’d want everyone to read? Now you can have your content reblogged to an audience of over 103,000.

You can purchase here. 10 spots available. You can buy as many as you like and use them whenever you want.

2. Sponsored Post $50 – Do you have a book you’d want me to review? Or do you want me to interview you? Or simply showcase your works (for graphic artists, painters, etc.)?

You can purchase here. 5 spots available.

4. Star for a Month – $150 – Be a star on my blog for one month. This means the following things:

You’ll get interviewed by me. (1 post)
I’ll review a book of yours, or I’ll showcase your works on my blog, or write an article about your website (1 post)
You can guest blog here. (1 post)
You’ll be mentioned as post sponsor on five of my posts, which means that at the end of said posts you’ll be mentioned and thanked. Also, you’ll be able to provide a short description of your blog/website.

You can purchase here. Just one spot available.

There you have it… quite a lot to chose from.

Payments are secured via PayPal. Also, you can purchase as many options as you like, as available. After that we get in touch via e-mail and set everything up.

Secondly, you can purchase the e-book bundle for only $6.99 hereWhat do you get for that kind of money?

Well… the following:

Jazz (novel)
The Writer (novel)
Fairytale: Episode I (serialized fiction)
Strangers (short story compilation)
An Emperor’s Will (novella)
Remember (short-story)
A Prestigious Award (short-story)
The Portrait of a Writer (compilation of essays)

You have basically 3 days and 4 hours as if this moment to acquire anything you’d like at a great price.

*The funds raised through this endeavor will hep pay for my medical bills.

Thank you,

Cristian

Wednesday

You probably already know about my situation. Wednesday I have the next appointment, and so I decided to offer you guys an incentive to help out. Continue reading

Dreams are real

“People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.” – Neil Gaiman
There are two types of people in the world: the realists and the idealists. Some realists even go as far as to call themselves cynics. I’d just say they’re idealists who once upon a time got their hearts broken.
What I’m really trying to say is this: we’re all dreamers. We all spend an awful lot of time in a strange land, one that does not exist. A promised land, one we promised ourselves when the world outside our windows seemed evil, threatening, ugly. Whenever we got our hearts broken, whenever someone forgot to keep their promise, whenever we got lied to, betrayed, or forgotten. We created that promised land with our imaginations and our hope and our love.
The land that belongs to a future where all our dreams will come true.
There’s only one problem with that. Most of us don’t act upon those dreams. They just pretend that it’s all a nice fairy tale, which of course makes them bitter and remorseful nonetheless, but they chose to believe that those dreams can never come true.
Yes, they don’t.
Because dreams rarely come true. People have to make them come true. Have to create the promised land, in reality, the same way they did inside their heads.
But that’s just easy to say and almost impossible to achieve.
Why?
Because inside your head things are always going to be beautiful, much more than they could ever be in the real world. Also, inside your head… no one can hurt you there. No one can reach inside and destroy the wonderful world you have created. The promise of a better future that keeps you going, that makes you get out of bed even when you don’t want to, that still puts a smile on your face when all you want to do is scream or cry or even die.
I find that to be sad.
Dreams are real. If they exist inside your mind… they’re not just the product of your imagination. If you imagined them, you can make them come true.
What we take for granted, day after day, didn’t use to exist a thousand years ago. Hell, most of the stuff we use on a day to day basis didn’t use to exist a hundred years ago.
The world changes because people’s dreams come true. Because will power is the only thing that stands between what’s real and what’s not. Between what’s possible and what’s not.
That’s all.
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I’d like to thank Matthew and Amelia for their recent donations to my campaign.
If you’d like to help me with my medical bills, you can do so here. Any amount matters. It truly does, especially now, when the next appointment is tomorrow.
Once again, thank you all for your help,
Cristian

Your dream

Whatever it is you want to do, make sure you give it your best. The world does little to reward those who don’t put in the effort required to pursue their dreams.

It’s your dream, your life, your chance. Take risks, try, fail, learn. And never, ever give up.

This is it. Simple, not easy.

But the again, I don’t remember anyone saying it was supposed to be easy.