Blessing… in disguise

blessing“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” – John Steinbeck

They say change is the only true constant in our lives. Defined as the process through which something becomes different. Some of us fight it, others choose to focus their energy on adapting to the new circumstances; to make the most out of whatever it is that has changed.

Change is inevitable.

There’s good and bad in our lives. There’s good and bad in the world around us. How we react to all that is entirely up to us.

But what I really what to write about is the so called “blessing in disguise.” Continue reading

Life… and stuff



Ever felt so out of balance that it seemed as if the entire universe was conspiring against you? Probably.

The idea is that you should try to live. No matter what. But how do we do that? Especially when one loses hope and faith and courage. When all one does is exist.

The important thing to remember is that we are here to fight the odds and beat them. Life’s a struggle because that’s the only way to learn, to grow, to evolve.

We become better by fighting against all that is trying to destroy us.

In the end, it’s entirely up to us. How we life, why…

Stories

stories“The Universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser

Stories. The words that make up our past, the words we tell those strangers we’d like to become more to us. Stories. The words we tell those strangers we’ll never get to meet.

Stories. The plane on which reality and imagination collide, a place of endless possibilities. Continue reading

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

You’ve got to hand it to Hirst. He does come up with some really catchy titles for his… thingies. Britain’s richest living artist…

Whether we like it or not, we live in a post-modern world. But the question is, “What’s art?”

What is the definition of art? And who can define it? Does art have something to do with the means we use to express our beliefs? Is art about how or why? Or what?

Is it enough for the artist to call a dead shark “art” for it to be art?

 

Help if you can

Twelve days left. A new appointment on Wednesday.

If you want to help me out with my medical bills, you can do so here.

Special offer still stands: anyone who donates $50 or more to the campaign will have a blog post featured on this blog. That’s besides any rewards you might select from the campaign page itself.

Thank you,

Cristian

Friday Review: Shadow of the Raven

8119-Tl3n8L._SL1500_Thunder claps roar and Odin’s ravens fly. Dragonships set sail – and the kingdoms of Western Europe hold their breath. Warriors of Thor are on the move.

By the mid ninth century, Danish raids on Anglo-Saxon kingdoms have escalated. Several bands even dare to overwinter on the coastal islands, particularly those at the mouth of the Thames, where the kingdoms of Wessex and Mercia border each other.

The kings of these lands must put past enmity aside and take the first steps towards unity; steps they see as vital in the face of this newfound threat to their lands . . . Continue reading

Punch the keys, for God’s sake!

This is probably one of the best writing advice anyone can give you. Punch the damn keys. I mean… don’t be afraid. Just punch the keys and write what you want.

Sometimes I do just that. I know it might sound silly but I start to punch the keys really hard, writing whatever comes through my mind… I try to force the words out of my head, to get rid of the anxiety or fear or exhaustion. I punch the damn keys… and that’s all it takes.

Some writers half-expect words to magically appear on their screens.

It’s not going to happen.

The only thing you ca do is punch those keys, to force your brain to imagine into existence the story you want to write. That’s it!