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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Social Media

A lot of people approach social media with the vague hope of it being a sort of wonder solution to marketing and promoting. They’ve been told that social media sells stuff. But I think that they don’t understand how social media actually works.

Social media, social networks, in a way the Internet, can be defined as a continuous flow of INFORMATION. Also, social media enables easy access to ENTERTAINMENT. And lastly, social media is a way for people to interact with each other. Continue reading

Last call…

Hi guys,

Since it’s almost the last they of the month I decided to try and sell the remaining advertising options. Discounted, of course.

1. Reblog – $50 $40 - 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 101,000.

You can purchase here. 2 spots left. You can buy as many as you like and use them whenever you want.

2. Sponsored Post$50 $40 – 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. 2 spots remaining.

3. Post Sponsor$25 $20 – Receive a mention as sponsor at the end of a blog post. This also includes a short description of your website and a link.

You can purchase here. 6 spots available.

4. Star for a Month – $150 $100 – 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.

Cheers,

Cristian

Review: The Collector by Terri Wallace

collectorWhen ten year old Junie Rae Campbell wakes up in the parking lot of a seedy motel, and her mother is found dead inside, she has no choice but to go with the social worker who comes to collect her and take her to the tiny, sun-baked Oklahoma town of Crankston’s Landing to live with Granny Enid. But when lies and lechery threaten Junie and the people she has latched onto, secrets are exposed, untapped abilities reemerge… Junie Rae learns that a safe life comes at a very high price.

Terri Wallace’s short story, The Collector, is one about secrets. About the heavy burden of keeping them. Continue reading

The “baby”

babyIf you write long enough odds are that you’ll start working on a story for longer than normal. Odds are that you’ll try to make it perfect, even when it’s clear that you’re just afraid to let it go. You’ll fear rejection and bad reviews. You’ll think you’re not good enough to write the story the way it deserves to be written. You haven’t lived long enough and stuff like that.

Maybe you do so because you feel this story’s the “one.” This is the story where you actually say something no one else can, where you leave behind more of you than you’ve done before. It’s a story that defines who you are more than anything else ever written. Continue reading

The Woodkid Collection

Originally posted on The Tenacious Urbanite: A Fashionista's Chronicle:

Howdy fellow fashionistas!

As I mentioned in my Native Collection blog post I also had another collection which I was simultaneously working on. This collection is inspired by neofolk artist Woodkid, particularly his first album The Golden Age. Before I launch into the contents of the collection I’d like to discuss the album itself.

The Golden Age is truly a masterpiece that will take listeners through a musical journey. Each song evokes a strong emotion that I poured into my collection. My favorite songs off the album are “I Love You”, “Ghost Lights”, and “Iron”. The album incorporates classical music with bold drums and graceful lyrics. Listening to it I couldn’t help but to think back to past world history lessons from the French Revolution (which is fitting considering that Woodkid is French). The album cover is a side shot of Woodkid covered in an all-white thorny mask against…

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The brightest stars

brightest_stars“It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.” – Richard Evans

Contrast. This is what this world is based upon. Good and evil, dark and light, suffering and happiness. It’s the only way to find a balance, the only way to equally experience everything.

I often tell myself, in times of struggle, that they are necessary. That those times are lessons. That, without them, I wouldn’t be able to evolve as a human being.

Evolution is not easy. It’s not even supposed to be. Evolution means fighting against overwhelming odds, so if it is for us to do more and be more, we must be prepared to fight the worst life has to throw at us.

Ironic, isn’t it?

At least that’s how I see it. Without pain and anger and suffering, we wouldn’t have compassion and love and patience.

Life is a balancing act.

Conceptualizing Truth

Originally posted on kendunning:

This post pertains to the  realities of learning, change and the importance of truth.  When we learn, beginning as small children, we take in abstract thoughts and ideas, we learn how to get around and deal with our world.  Like programming a computer we fill our minds with data, and like children, we look to our future.   But the computer analogy only goes so far, we’re not computers, we’re complex organic beings.  Educating a human being is not exactly the same as programming a personal computer.  A major difference is that with us the software (ideas, thoughts, mental constructs we take in) significantly direct the physical development of our brain.  Our neurons create connections and pathways to accommodate our growing body of information.  You might say our software significantly directs the development of our hardware.

In our day to day lives are we creating an internal “map” of the…

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