Words

words“Words are loneliness.”Henry Miller

You find yourself late at night in a quiet room. There’s no one around; no movement, no noise, nothing to break time into small pieces. You are alone. And you begin to type words on a computer. While the entire world seems to dream, you type away all the dreams you have stored up in your heart. Slowly, maybe even painfully at times, you write all those dreams into existence. They take a different form… not quite alive, but not as dead as they feel when they’re trapped inside your mind. Continue reading

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Christmas sale

It’s December – Christmas, the holidays, my birthday, etcetera, etcetera, so I decided to post a special sale throughout the month.

First, you can buy an e-book bundle containing 4 novels, a novella, 4 short stories, a compilation of essays, and a compilation of short stories for only $4.99. That’s a really great bargain, especially if you look at the reviews my books have received so far. You can purchase the bundle directly from my e-shop here.

Also, you can order a bundle composed of three signed paperbacks (The Writer, Jazz, and Strangers), complete with one a kind essays about one of the main themes of the novel, for only $40 (shipping included) here.

Then there are advertising opportunities to purchase:

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 97,000.

You can purchase here. 10 spots available. You can buy as many as you like and use them whenever you want.

2. Sponsored Post$50 $25 – Do you have a book you’d want me to review? Or do you want me to interview you? Or simply showcase your works (for graphic artists, painters, etc.)?

You can purchase here. 5 spots available.

3. Post Sponsor$25 $15 – Receive a mention as sponsor at the end of a blog post. This also includes a short description of your website and a link.

You can purchase here. 10 spots available.

4. Star for a Month – $150 $75 – Be a star on my blog for one month. This means the following things:

You’ll get interviewed by me. (1 post)
I’ll review a book of yours, or I’ll showcase your works on my blog, or write an article about your website (1 post)
You can guest blog here. (1 post)
You’ll be mentioned as post sponsor on five of my posts, which means that at the end of said posts you’ll be mentioned and thanked. Also, you’ll be able to provide a short description of your blog/website.

You can purchase here. Just one spot available.

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

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.

Have a great Christmas,

Cristian

Art and life

lifeHave you ever asked yourself if art imitates life? Or is it the other way around?

Art inspires us to imagine the life we think we deserve, gives us something to believe in, something we wouldn’t even dare imagine: happy endings.

Sometimes I’d like for my life to be narrated by Morgan Freeman. And Hans Zimmer or Brian Tyler would compose the soundtrack. I’d want the story to end just the way I’d like. To quote Orson Welles, if you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. Continue reading

Life’s a gamble

gambleI’ve always thought that people are never entirely bad or good, and never inherently so. I’ve always believed that people want only one thing: to be happy. And they set out into this world with this goal in mind, doing their best to acquire that which they need in order to be happy.

But happiness is not a destination to arrive at. Ultimately, there are no happy endings in life.

And sometimes life’s a gamble. Continue reading

Impossible

“What we need is more people that specialize in the impossible.” -Theodore Roethke

On Christmas Day I’ll be twenty four. And I’ll be able to say that I’ve been writing for half my life. That’s how long I’ve been pursuing my dream of becoming a writer.

Twelve years spent around people who thought writing was just a hobby. Twelve years spent among people who thought that I was becoming a lost cause. Then they kind of decided that I was a lost cause.

Being a writer in Romania is kind of a ridiculous thing. You don’t get published unless you know someone, and you don’t even get paid enough to survive. In Romania, writing is a hobby. Time consuming and exotic.

Well, I don’t like to think about anything in this world as being impossible. Out of reach. Ridiculous.

I believe that this world is big enough for all of us to get what we want. I believe that it’s equally important to figure out what is it that you really want.

I also believe that we learn a lot more from failure than we ever do from success. And I also believe that the harder the journey, the more you appreciate reaching the destination.

I wasn’t born to easily let go of things. Or people. Or ideas. I was born to hold on so tight until the impossible becomes possible. When cloaked in horror and despair, I don’t wish for things. I want. I try. I fight. I don’t give up.

Because nothing’s impossible. Because our greatest glory lies in seeing the world, not as it is, but as it could be.

There are twelve more days in the campaign. Twenty two people have contributed a total of $1,025 so far. We need to raise another $475 to reach the goal.

There are still lots of perks available to those who want to help out. 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.

Help me reach my goal, help me fight for my dream and release my novels. Help me prove that the impossible is, actually, possible.

If you want to help me out, you can do so here. Any contribution matters. Any amount brings me closer to reaching my goal.

When words can’t

words2Don’t you feel that certain human experiences can’t be expressed? That certain depths of the soul can’t be put into words, no matter how much we try? Yes, it feels at times that words are simply bleeding out of our hearts, and, yes, we do come close to revealing the essence of the human spirit, yet we fail. Time and time again. Continue reading

Independent writers and entrepreneurs share the same road

Being an independent writer is very similar to being an entrepreneur. No one is there to help you succeed. You only have yourself and your skillset to make it in this cruel world. Cristian has been working on his novel for over 2 years without knowing if it will be a success or not. His dedication and unwillingness to give up is what will ultimately bring him success. Soldiering on and doing what you believe is the single most powerful ingredient in succeeding in what you do. Writing for the love of writing is akin to entrepreneurs who struggle to set up a business for years without getting paid because they love to build businesses and help bring value to people. Becoming a self-made business man can share a similar path to becoming a self-published novelist. The road isn’t an easy road to travel, but the getting to the destination is sweeter than anything in this world. Continue reading