A matter of perspective

perspective“For everything you have missed, you have gained something. For everything you gain, you have lost something else. It is about your outlook towards life. You either regret or rejoice.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life’s simply a matter of perspective. Everyone’s fighting a hard battle, every single person we meet has lost someone they’ll never get back. Each and every one of us wishes for something that, most probably, we’ll never have.

But what we think about all this is crucial. Continue reading

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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

Why do we fall?

falling“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m almost twenty four years old. A fragile age indeed; I have yet to conquer all the good and the bad that life can throw at me. But I’ve seen things, I’ve done things. Scars have been inflicted upon my body and soul. I’ve kept secrets, I’ve nurtured bizarre dreams and fantasies until they became demons. I’ve lost more battles than I can count…

And I’ve fallen… time and time again…

And yet… it’s not the fall that breaks most people. It’s the fear that they’ll never rise up again.

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