This is (not) how it ends…

“This looks like the end of the story; but it isn’t.” Beatrix Potter

I once wrote that there are three types of stories: the ones we never get to even start writing. We play with the idea for a while, we ask ourselves a couple of times “what if?” but then the promise slowly fades away. Then there are the stories we never get to end. Those are the most painful to get over. Because we never really understand what happened, why we didn’t push ourselves to the limit, what made it impossible to punch those last keys. And then there are the ones that we do finish, the ones we’ve worked on for so long that we feel there are no more words left. We’ve said everything, we’ve felt everything, we’ve done everything. And now it’s time to let go. Continue reading

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A hunger artist

“Worry destroys the ability to write.”Ernest Hemingway

Maybe you’re familiar with Franz Kafka’s short story, A Hunger Artist, maybe you’re not. It doesn’t really matter. One of the main themes of the story (the way I see it) is the fact that artists most often feel misunderstood by their audience. And they’re furious because of that.

That’s a myth.

Most often than not it’s the artist’s inability to show people what he wants to show them that gets in the way. Continue reading

Technology hates me

I’m writing this blog post with the idea that my computer is going to break at any time now. Not much of a hardware wiz, but it’s making some awful sounds. Also, it’s slower than ever. So technology hates me, because this has happened before.

And I kind of need your help. Just so I can keep writing. Or have something on which to write. And blog. And run irevuo from. And it’s kind of nice when you have a computer in the house. Don’t know. Otherwise you feel like living in a cave (been there, done that.)

All jokes aside, I could really use some help from you guys. There are a number of ways you can do that.

You can:

a. Contribute to this campaign here. There are a number of great perks, and you’ll also be helping us with irevuo, and the digital magazine we plan on launching in September.

b. Buy any of the ad options that are available here.

c. Support an indie writer (me) by purchasing an e-book bundle of all his works for just $4.99. Here.

Time is of the essence, which is why I’m kind of stressed lately and haven’t been replying to e-mails (or sending out e-mails or doing what I was supposed to do.) I don’t want to go back to the stone age.

So, yes, do help out in any way if you can.

Advertising opportunities

1. Reblog – Do you have a WordPress.com blog? Have you written a piece you’d want everyone to read? Now you can have your content reblogged to an audience of over 82,000.

It costs $50 and you can purchase here.

2. Sponsored post – 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.

It costs $50 and you can purchase it here.

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The punch you don’t see coming

punchIn boxing it’s always the punch you don’t see coming that knocks you down. The punch you weren’t expecting, the punch you never thought would hit you. Life is just like that.

It’s the bizarre coincidences we never even dared take into consideration, with an even stranger ramification of consequences. And in the ensuing chaos, we no longer understand what’s going on, and we feel like drowning. Time becomes inconsistent: a second, a minute, an hour, a day… we can no longer tell what is what. Continue reading

irevuo needs your help

logo_bigToday I spent almost all day searching the web for all kinds of graphic artists and illustrators and so on. And I e-mailed them and asked them if they’d like for their works to be featured on irevuo. It might sound boring, but it was far from boring.

Actually I got to see a lot of cool stuff, and it simply got me wondering why so much talent goes unseen. You know, when you see a beautiful work of art and you just want to tell everyone about it, because you feel it’s so good it deserves to be seen by everyone. Experienced, felt by everyone.

Sadly, this isn’t a battle I can fight on my own. I need your help. Together we can turn irevuo into a really cool website, one that’s going to promote indie artists of all types. But in order to do that, there’s a goal we need to reach. We need the funds to make it all possible. We need to buy all the software and templates and layouts required in order to create the magazine. We need proper hardware, and we need it as soon as possible.

irevuo needs your help. I need your help. If you want to help us out, you can do so herePerks start as low as $10. And there are many other great options as well.

Not today…

riskI spent most of today sleeping. Not because I was tired, but mostly because I felt like doing nothing. When I finally decided to get out of bed and write some stuff, the power went out. Ironic, isn’t it? I had spent most of my day telling myself that tomorrow I’ll have plenty of time to write, and when I couldn’t, I panicked.

There are few simple truths in life, and one of them is the fact that we rarely appreciate what we have until we lose it. Until it can no longer be. We tend to take things for granted, and when those things are taken from us, that’s when we realize how important they were.

We’ve always despised the ghost of what can no longer be. Continue reading

An artist’s artist

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”Theodore Rosevelt

I think this one should be my motto, because I’m a strange mix between a realist and a dreamer. I’ve always wanted an extraordinary life, I’ve always felt that I was born to be great at something. I dream big, okay? I want to be the hero of my own life’s story, and I want it all: the good and the bad, and the great, and I never, ever give up. But I also try to keep my feet on the ground, to take it easy… step by step. To figure out exactly what foot I should place first.

To me, there are only two things worth fighting for in this life: art and love. And there are no rules of engagement. It’s all about hope, about passion, about the fight that resides inside our souls, about the spaces that rest between people… about the million different ways those spaces magically disappear. Continue reading

How to become an artist

writerIt seems to me that we spend our childhood building our initial vision of the world. We do our best trying to answer as many questions as possible, and in our eagerness to understand everything around us, we name things and label them and we think that we’re absolutely certain that things are exactly how we see them.

And I also feel that we always return to this initial vision. Continue reading

Fifty nine hours… and new perks

To celebrate us reaching the campaign goal I’m offering cool new perks, which will allow you to gain a bit more exposure for your blogs/websites. A win-win situation, I might say.

There’s also a Monster perk, which is quite impressive considering how much are being offered. Might want to check it out here.

Once again, thank you all for your continued support, and while there’s still time, why not help me out with a small donation. Any contribution matters. A lot.

You can help me keep this blog alive and finance my future book projects here.