December sale

Hi folks,

Since it’s December, I’ve decided to post a special sale for the advertising options that you can purchase through my e-store:

1. Reblog – $50 $30 - 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 97,000.

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 $30 – 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.

3. Post Sponsor$25 $15 – 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. 10 spots available.

4. Star for a Month – $150 $75 – 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.

Also, do check out the really cool e-book and paperback bundles herewhere you’ll also find reviews and stuff about the books.

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.

The funds raised through your purchases will be used to pay for the editing of my upcoming novel.

About these ads

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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Limehouse Blues

Originally posted on maxada mandala:

Diebenkorn blue

There has to be fog in Limehouse
soft as whispers
trailing grayness
misting storefront windows
where old men sit at tables
still as crickets
when the mating season’s passed.

There have to be mirrors in Limehouse
above unnumbered doorways
so that restless evil spirits
drift unknowing by.

There must be a woman in Limehouse
gazing at a dresser top
where there’s an unlit lamp…
pink shade…red fringe.
She considers implications
of a single fortune cookie
broken…empty…flavorless
upon a thin white saucer.

Bonnie Marshall

Artwork by Richard Diebenkorn

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Art and life

lifeHave you ever asked yourself if art imitates life? Or is it the other way around?

Art inspires us to imagine the life we think we deserve, gives us something to believe in, something we wouldn’t even dare imagine: happy endings.

Sometimes I’d like for my life to be narrated by Morgan Freeman. And Hans Zimmer or Brian Tyler would compose the soundtrack. I’d want the story to end just the way I’d like. To quote Orson Welles, if you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. 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.

Life’s a gamble

gambleI’ve always thought that people are never entirely bad or good, and never inherently so. I’ve always believed that people want only one thing: to be happy. And they set out into this world with this goal in mind, doing their best to acquire that which they need in order to be happy.

But happiness is not a destination to arrive at. Ultimately, there are no happy endings in life.

And sometimes life’s a gamble. Continue reading

Impossible

“What we need is more people that specialize in the impossible.” -Theodore Roethke

On Christmas Day I’ll be twenty four. And I’ll be able to say that I’ve been writing for half my life. That’s how long I’ve been pursuing my dream of becoming a writer.

Twelve years spent around people who thought writing was just a hobby. Twelve years spent among people who thought that I was becoming a lost cause. Then they kind of decided that I was a lost cause.

Being a writer in Romania is kind of a ridiculous thing. You don’t get published unless you know someone, and you don’t even get paid enough to survive. In Romania, writing is a hobby. Time consuming and exotic.

Well, I don’t like to think about anything in this world as being impossible. Out of reach. Ridiculous.

I believe that this world is big enough for all of us to get what we want. I believe that it’s equally important to figure out what is it that you really want.

I also believe that we learn a lot more from failure than we ever do from success. And I also believe that the harder the journey, the more you appreciate reaching the destination.

I wasn’t born to easily let go of things. Or people. Or ideas. I was born to hold on so tight until the impossible becomes possible. When cloaked in horror and despair, I don’t wish for things. I want. I try. I fight. I don’t give up.

Because nothing’s impossible. Because our greatest glory lies in seeing the world, not as it is, but as it could be.

There are twelve more days in the campaign. Twenty two people have contributed a total of $1,025 so far. We need to raise another $475 to reach the goal.

There are still lots of perks available to those who want to help out. Also, anyone who contributes $50 or more to the campaign will have a blog post reblogged on this website, and will be featured as sponsor for an entire month. That is on top of any perks you might select from the campaign page itself.

Help me reach my goal, help me fight for my dream and release my novels. Help me prove that the impossible is, actually, possible.

If you want to help me out, you can do so here. Any contribution matters. Any amount brings me closer to reaching my goal.

When words can’t

words2Don’t you feel that certain human experiences can’t be expressed? That certain depths of the soul can’t be put into words, no matter how much we try? Yes, it feels at times that words are simply bleeding out of our hearts, and, yes, we do come close to revealing the essence of the human spirit, yet we fail. Time and time again. Continue reading