Searching for inspiration

inspirationWhen I tell people I’m a writer most of them want to know where I get my inspiration from. It seems like such a silly thing to ask. But the thing is that oftentimes I can’t even give them a satisfactory answer, mostly because the best answer would go like this, “Everywhere.”

I don’t go out looking for inspiration. I don’t do this or that thing because I want to have something to write about. This may become a sort of reflex, when you live your life in order to transform it into art, but I don’t think we should purposefully search for ideas. Continue reading

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Help needed

I’d like to thank everyone who donated, commented on my situation, offered advice or kind words, and I’d also like to tell you that the things are not as gloom as the dentist first thought. My next appointment is Monday, and he said that time is of the essence, should we want to recover the molar.

So far we’ve raised $545 in 5 days.

If you’d like to help me out, you can contribute any amount you like here.

Also, because time is not on my side, I’m offering 5 spots for reblogs at $50 each — which you can buy here.

Once again, thank you all for your support. I wouldn’t have been able to afford the medication, let alone the treatment, if it weren’t for you guys.

More than a dream

I often say that people should set short time achievable goals and crazy long term dreams. The thing is, we live in a world of small steps. Even though we don’t like to admit it, even though we often choose to search for a shortcut, progress is an extremely slow process. Excruciatingly so at times.

So it’s understandable that this year I set out to write. That’s the most important thing a writer can do. Then, I wanted to sell a few books. Not a precise number… I just wanted to sell a few books. Self-publishers know how difficult it is to sell just one copy of your book. Not ten, not a thousand, just one. Continue reading

Love and… uhm… stuff

It’s Valentine’s Day, and, well, Yahoo is offering lovers the chance to auto-compose romantic e-mails. They’re kind of funny, but I’m not sure how many of you want to send their loved ones the same e-mails as a thousand others.

Anyway, even if you hate this day (for various reasons), there’s one undeniable fact: “We make art because we are capable of love. We can feel our surroundings, not only touch them or see them or smell them or whatever. We can feel them on a level that doesn’t really make much sense. It’s like… some people choose to think that they’re sad because it’s raining outside, while others believe that it’s raining because they’re sad.”

It’s really nice to fall in love. There’s not much I can say other than that. There’s hope and courage and strength for those who love truly. If you’re not in love, I hope you do fall in love one day. And even if you do get hurt, there’s nothing to make you feel more alive.

That’s it, actually.

Why I write

I write because I want, maybe even by accident, to create something beautiful.

I write because I want to find out who I am.

I write because there’s nothing else I’d rather do.

I write because I can’t dance, I can’t sing, and I can’t paint.

I write because I want to leave my mark upon this world.

I write because I feel that sometimes only words can change the world.

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Impossible journeys

one_wordWhen I first started this blog back in April 2012 I had absolutely no plan whatsoever. I had tried blogging for a few weeks back in January 2011, but it didn’t work out because I couldn’t find any readers.

The thing is, the Internet is pretty much a bizarre world. Yes, you’ve got millions and millions of people, so the potential is there, but at the same time you can’t stop asking yourself how on Earth are all these people going to find you among so many others who are doing kind of the same thing? Continue reading

40K

I woke up this morning to a pretty cool surprise. I had reached 40,000 followers on this blog, which is kind of a big deal, at least to me.

When I first started blogging a year and a few months ago I couldn’t possibly imagine that so many people would like my writing. To be frank, I didn’t even know what I wanted to write about, or if I had anything to say. I knew that I wanted to become a self-published writer, and I knew that I wouldn’t give up. I made myself this promise: that I would be relentless in this pursuit, no matter what. And I’d just keep blogging and writing.

A lot of indie writers ask themselves if blogging can help their careers. Today I’m going to answer this question. Continue reading

48 hours

Two days from now, on the 2nd of May, my WordPress VIP upgrade will have to be renewed. Or, as WordPress says in their e-mail, all the bundled upgrades (and plugins) will be removed.

Currently we’re at 25% funded. Given the time we have left, it’s kind of a now or never situation. And every contribution counts. There are still lots of unclaimed perks.

Can we make this happen? I believe we can.

You can contribute here. And you can also buy advertising here.

Thank you,

Cristian Mihai