Twenty days…

First of all, I’d like to thank Adryon, Ben, Jose, Barbara, Chloe, and all the others who have contributed to the campaign, who have commented, who have sent encouragement and positive thoughts via e-mail and stuff.

We have raised $686 so far. That’s almost half of the required amount. And there are twenty more days. And lots and lots of perks. So I believe we can do this. Do you believe we can do this?

In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, you can read more here.

I’ve been writing and working non-stop basically. Getting things ready, like Monday’s short story. Or blog posts for this blog. Inspirational stuff for The Midnight Muse. Contacting people to guest blog for the muse; pep talks and stuff.

I strenuously believe that we can reach the goal. That there’s hope on the other side of so many months spent in fear…

If you want to help out, if you believe in my writing, in my blog, in my projects and ideas for the future, you can contribute any amount you see fit here.

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.

Once again, thank you. To all of you.

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A long time ago…

time2On cold and dark night of December I wrote my first story. It was for the first time that I had the vision, that my eyes saw more than what was right there, in front of me, that my ears heard more, and my mouth wanted to speak in a voice that was louder than ever before.

I wanted to reach people, I wanted to share with them the same dream I had. It was happiness in a way that you know it can only last for a few moments, that kind of happiness you could never expect to last longer. I was happy because I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Continue reading

When the going gets tough…

If you’ve been following this blog for a few months, you probably know that I’ve been struggling. Trying to obtain much needed funding for my projects and novels. But also trying to make ends meet. You know, there’s nothing romantic in wondering whether or not you’re going to eat the next day.

Yet I tried my best. I wrote and wrote, and I blogged, and I launched a website even though I couldn’t even afford to pay for a domain…

Sometimes I wonder whether or not I should give up. If I’m actually not good enough. But I’ve always liked inspiring people, no matter how I felt about myself or my life. The truth is, I really am a deeply unhappy person. I’m just trying to make everyone else feel better than I do. I’ve always done that.

I just want to do what I love… don’t know. I’m kind of lost for words after one week and 6 dollars raised in the campaign.

Two websites and two novels depend on you. My future depends on you. This blog… my career. Two and a half years of work…

I can’t even describe how frustrating all this has become. How impossible it all seems. It’s all going from bad to worse.

There’s really nothing else to say.

If you want to help me out, if you really do want that, you can contribute any amount you see fit here. There are plenty of perks at affordable prices.

Once again, thank you for giving me the chance to fight for my dream,

Cristian

The Midnight Muse: daily inspiration for those in need

tmm“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Today is a special day. I have not one, but two announcements to make.

First of all, story-a-week is back in business. For good. One free short story every week. In the style of the great Ray Bradbury. In case you missed today’s reblog, here’s this week’s short story: Beautiful ghosts.

Secondly, I’m proud to announce the launch of The Midnight Musea website dedicated to inspiring and motivating artists. Daily. In case you need it. Continue reading

Set in darkness

darkest_night2“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” – Sarah Williams

Fear. It comes in all shapes and sizes. At times it paralyzes you, making it impossible to act or even utter a single word. Other times, it takes the shape of pragmatism. It takes the shape of suspicion and pessimism. It takes the shape of a certain complacent behavior. It takes the shape of routine; mind numbing routines meant to keep you busy enough so you don’t even think about what you’re really afraid of.

So… just stop for a second. What is it that you are scared of? Continue reading

Support indie writers

Hi guys,

It’s time for a bit of shameless self-promotion. Because I need your help. Because being an indie writer means that you rely on your fan/followers for income. Because you need to promote your stuff on your own, hoping someone will be interested enough to purchase.

So, yeah, by clicking here you will go to a page where you’ll be able to read reviews of books I’ve written. Also, from there you’ll be able to purchase book bundles (both in paperback and e-book formats.)

Also, if you wish to support this blog (and its only writer) you can contribute any amount you see fit here*. Funds raised will go toward editing my future novel.

If you wish to promote your blog/artworks/books to an audience of over 95,000 people, you can purchase advertising options from this page here. Do hurry do; spots are limited.

Help is much appreciated, and badly needed. The situation is bleak, and has been so for a couple of months. Any kind of help is more than welcome, including private donations to my PayPal e-mail [contact at cristianmihai dot net].

Thank you,

Cristian

*Anyone who contributes at least $50 will have a blog post reblogged on this website and will be featured as sponsor for the entire month of December.

Pagliacci

clown“Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor…I am Pagliacci.” ― Alan Moore

You know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?”

Well, it’s true.

Oftentimes there’s a big difference between what we’re able to decipher about a person, what we see at the surface, and what lies underneath it all. There’s a big difference between appearance and essence. Continue reading