Help make it happen…

We are different. You and I. We live in different parts of the world. Probably. We think differently, we act differently, we’ve lost different things, and, most certainly, we want different things. We feel lonely at different hours of the night. We see the world differently, we have certain perspectives, ideals, and principles. We believe in different things. But the biggest difference is that my struggles are mine alone. So are yours. Continue reading

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I am not alone

This might sound strange, coming from someone who spends a lot of time alone, writing, and maybe this is the inescapable truth about writers: we spend a lot of time alone, in quiet rooms, contemplating worlds that exist only in our heads, but I don’t feel lonely.

I am alone, but I don’t feel lonely anymore. Continue reading

Life’s a gamble

gambleI always thought that people are never entirely bad or good, and never inherently so. I always believed that people one 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 require in order to be happy.

Happiness is not a destination. It is, I’m afraid, a series of moments in which we feel we have everything. There’s nothing to add, nothing to remove. And we’d like to stretch each and everyone of those moments for as long as possible. Of course, a moment of happiness never lasts forever. Continue reading

Interview with Skywalker Payne

GE DIGITAL CAMERA1.  First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself.
I have lived and traveled throughout many of the major cities of the USA. I began my work as a nurse just a little over six years ago working in the Navajo nation and also worked in the Hopi and Navajo Indian nation before moving here to work in Homer, Alaska, the “cosmic hamlet by the sea. I am a professional oral storyteller and a practicing Buddhist. My husband, Brian Payne, draws Zinc Comics. Continue reading

Thank you

I’d like to thank Mireille, Klaudia, Mary, and Djazz for being the first people to contribute to my fundraiser. Your contributions have made the road a little less bumpy.

It’s no big secret that contributions from people are a much needed supplement to my income. They allow me to finance my projects, my book releases, and all the other blogging related costs.

So, if you’d like to contribute (any amount you see fit) and help me out, you can do so here. Lots of really cool rewards for your contributions too, especially if you’d like to gain a bit more exposure for your blog/website.

Paperback bundles

1471831_571295139610515_818275074_nTo all those of you who are interested, I’m offering signed paperback bundles. They are comprised of three titles: Jazz, The Writer, and Strangers. Not only signed paperbacks, but more… each bundle will include a one of a kind essay about art, love, or any of the main themes that I write about in my stories and blog posts.

There are only four such bundles available. They cost $40, International shipping included, and you can buy them here.

Happy endings

happy_endings“If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” Orson Welles

Sometimes when I write I think too much. I worry about things I shouldn’t worry about, and I write as if I’ve got something to prove to someone. That’s a mistake. Over thinking, trying to outsmart the reader only to outsmart yourself.

When I wrote Jazz I wanted for the ending to the story to deliver a certain message. Throughout the novel there’s some talk about happy endings, about what we want to get from life, and stuff like that. Of course, those characters are mistaken in their belief that happiness is a destination, but nevertheless… they want and try to reach for something, and they’re not even sure what that something is. Continue reading

Lucky thirteen

As this year’s adventure is drawing to a close, I get to make an inventory of all that I have accomplished so far. I think that I have come closer to realizing my dream of becoming a professional writer. I wrote and released the number of novels and short stories that I had planned in January this year.

So, yes, it was a lucky thirteen for me. There have been some tough times, but I managed to overcome them.

For 2014… I have just one big project planned… a serialized novel, about which you’ll find out more in January…

Most of the sponsorships will expire at the end of this month, so there are only 13 days left to secure a spot as a sponsor for next year. Also, it’s not a big secret that I rely on donations and contributions to make ends meet. Books sales are not enough to cover living expenses, so if you with to help me out with a donation just before my birthday on Christmas day, you can do so here.

Books, books, books

1471831_571295139610515_818275074_nChristmas arrived a little bit early this year. Of course, Santa was wearing an UPS uniform, but it doesn’t matter. Oh, and it’s snowing here in Constanta, which doesn’t happen very often.

Anyway, I’m offering paperback bundles to anyone who’s interested in a nice present. They are comprised of three titles: Jazz, The Writer, and Strangers. Not only signed paperbacks, but more… each bundle will include a one of a kind essay about one of the main themes of the novel.

There are only four such bundles available. They cost $40, International shipping included, and you can buy them here.

P.S. Of course, if you’re more into digital stuff, you can buy an e-book bundle (which includes additional titles, yet to be released in paperback format) for just $4.99 here.

Advertising options

During this month’s sale there are also a couple of advertising options. Given the nature of this blog, they’re mostly aimed at indie artists, but anyone is welcome to advertise something they feel readers of this blog would benefit from.

That being said, there are four advertising options available:

Post Sponsor – $25 (regular price $50, ) – basically this means that you offer to sponsor a certain post of mine. In return, you’ll get mentioned at the end of the post, with a short description of your website (or the website of your choosing). You can see such a post here.

Sponsored Post (5 spots left) - 50$ (regular price $100) - I will write a blog post about your blog, or review one of your books, or interview you about your art. That’s right, this post is restricted to art related blogs/websites. You choose how you want the blog post to be, and what you want to contain. Also, the post will be kept “sticky” at the top of my website for an entire week.

No matter how you buy ad space, the following thing will happen: you’ll receive an e-mail from me within 24 hours of purchase, asking you for info on what you want advertised and stuff like that. And we’ll work from there.