Someone’s got to go first

I love writing. This is what I’ve been born to do, this is what I’ve always dreamed of doing. It’s that one thing I feel I’m kind of good at, and that one thing that allows me to be at my best as a human being.

You know, when you’re able to give something to others, to offer something to this world. To change the world, to build a new one.

But, unfortunately, book sales have been incredibly low this past months. I’ve been trying to offer discounts, e-book bundles, but still… it wasn’t enough.

I took a part-time job as a waiter, but the job was part time only in terms of pay. I didn’t have time to write, and this is, simply put, the worst kind of life for a writer.

So I quit.

I wanted to be able to write, I wanted to be able to blog as often as I used to, to be able to read other people’s comments.

There are no perks to go with your donations. All you get is a big perk in case I reach my goal: a compilation of essays on art and writing that will be made available for free.

This is going to be my way of thanking you for your help, and my way to give people something back.

Someone’s got to go first, someone’s got to make the first step and contribute.

If you want to help me out, you can do so here.

Also, anyone who contributes $50 or more will get a blog post reblogged on my blog.

If you wish, you can donate directly via PayPal by sending a payment to contact@cristianmihai.net or clicking on the button below:

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The angel in the marble

angel“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo

Don’t you love it when your mind imprisons a certain image? You have a certain vision, you know exactly where you want to go and what you have to do. An image that has to be set free.

This is one of the most crucial aspects of good art: vision. And heart. I’m not sure you can have one without the other. Continue reading

A hunger artist

hunger“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

Help

From time to time I contemplate the idea of abandoning my dream of becoming a full time writer. I get all kinds of ideas in my head. I’m just pretending to be a writer, and I’m not really good enough, and that I should simply give up.

A couple years ago, before I started this blog, one of my uncles asked me about my writing. Back then I was uploading stories on Wattpad, and I was having a lot of fun. So I told him that I had talked with a girl from Etiopia, who said that she really enjoyed my stories. So much that she cried.

And, well, he asked me about money. Was I earning enough?

In fact, I wasn’t making money at all. And I told him that, and I told him that when a stranger genuinely appreciates your art, that’s worth more than all the money in the world.

I was happy back then.

But now this blog takes up a lot of time. And I still write. I answer e-mails on a professional basis. So I have to do this on a full time basis. But I also have to pay bills and stuff.

I know that I’ve written a lot of posts about courage, ambition, perseverance; I know that I’m usually the guy that tries to tell you that your dreams are right there for the taking, that what you want can be achieved, that all your impossible dreams can be conquered, so I’m sorry for this post.

I don’t write about it when I get sick, or when I’m heartbroken, or when someone disappoints me. But I do write about everything that influences my art, and I share it with you, because no one else really cares. Which I’m not sure if it’s sad or not.

There’s nothing else to write about, other than the fact that you can help me out with a small donation here.

P.S. You can also send a donation via PayPal to contact@cristianmihai.net

Last call

Hi guys,

The e-store is going to close on the 30th, so tonight it’s your last chance to purchase any advertisement you want. At 50% off.

1. Reblog – $50 – $25 – 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 106,500.

You can purchase here. 9 spots available. You can buy as many as you like and use them whenever you want.

2. Two Reblogs –  $80  – $40 – Offer available for two blog posts. You can use them at any time you want.

You can purchase here.

4. Three Reblogs –  $100 – $50 – Offer available for three posts.You can use them at any time you want.

You can purchase here.

5.  6 Months of Reblogging –  $150 – $75 – One blog post reblogged per month for a total of six months.

You can purchase here.

6. One year of reblogging – $250 – $125 – One reblog per month, for a total of 12 months. You will also get featured as sponsor on my blog for the entire period.

You can purchase here.

There you have it… quite a lot to chose from.

This special offer expires Sunday morning.

Payments are secured via PayPal. Also, you can purchase as many options as you like, as available. After that we get in touch via e-mail and set everything up.

Thank you,

Cristian

50% off: one more night

Hi guys,

The situation is critical, so I’ve decided to host a special sale on reblogs for one more night.

1. Reblog – $50 – $25 – 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 106,500.

You can purchase here. 9 spots available. You can buy as many as you like and use them whenever you want.

2. Two Reblogs –  $80  – $40 – Offer available for two blog posts. You can use them at any time you want.

You can purchase here.

4. Three Reblogs –  $100 – $50 – Offer available for three posts.You can use them at any time you want.

You can purchase here.

5.  6 Months of Reblogging –  $150 – $75 – One blog post reblogged per month for a total of six months.

You can purchase here.

6. One year of reblogging – $250 – $125 – One reblog per month, for a total of 12 months. You will also get featured as sponsor on my blog for the entire period.

You can purchase here.

There you have it… quite a lot to chose from.

This special offer expires Monday morning.

Payments are secured via PayPal. Also, you can purchase as many options as you like, as available. After that we get in touch via e-mail and set everything up.

Thank you,

Cristian

The boxing analogy

boxing_2_lgLet me tell you a bit about this sport called boxing. It’s tough and rough, no doubt about it. But the most difficult and painful parts are not the ones you see on TV. No, the fights themselves are just the parts that people get to see. The real fighting, the struggle, take place off-screen. The time spent practicing, hours and hours of physical training, shadow boxing, sparring. That’s the tough part. A few minutes in a ring with another fighter don’t even come close to what happens during a training. Continue reading