Freshly Pressed. Again.

freshly_pressedAbout four and a half months ago I got Freshly Pressed for the first time. Now another one of my posts has been picked. So, yeah, it’s cool.

If you’re new to this blog, the only thing you need to know about me is this: I’m not the guy who writes what you want to read, I’m the guy who writes what he wants to write.

That’s it.

The only thing I know about being picked up by WordPress editors is that it’s one of those things that just happen when you least expect them to happen, so instead of me pretending to know something about this whole thing, let me make a few lists.

The first list: my favorite posts of 2012.

One of the most ironic (and sometimes frustrating) things about blogging is that you don’t know why or how posts actually get people talking. It might be something you’ve worked on for hours and hours or just a stupid post you wrote during a cigarette break.

But it does happen that you write a post that you really like (either because you worked hard on it or because you think it’s just so smart), and it just doesn’t take off…

So here’s a list of my favorite (and not so well known posts) of 2012:

What we write about tells us who we are…

A lot of writers out there, if asked, will say that writing isn’t easy. But it’s not because of the rules you have to obey, or the conventions, or the need of a vivid imagination. Writing isn’t easy because you have to relieve the most painful moments of your life, over and over again, and then you have to write them down, hoping that they’ll matter to someone else other than yourself.



John Steinbeck once said, “All great and precious things are lonely.”

And only in that solitude can we properly appreciate a piece of art. Reading a book, listening to a song, staring at a painting, all demand that you shut out the rest of the world. A great book almost always demands that of you.

Maybe this is what makes art so important. The link it creates between human beings. Miles and years apart. You get to see inside my head, and I get you to spend a few moments alone, wishing to find out who you are and what’s your place in this world.


There’s victory in every failure

We all want to become so good at what we love doing that it becomes effortless. We want to stroll our fingers across the keyboard and win the Pulitzer.

But it’s not like that.


A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing a Perfect Novel

It seems to me that it’s in our nature to search for shortcuts. That’s why how-to guides are so popular. We want guides, recipes, formulas, and crucial insight from experts. We have gurus in basically any field. And I understand. It’s part of what makes us great – we evolve by building upon what others built before us. But, sadly, writing is not the same as gardening. It’s not just a craft, no matter how much we’d like to believe so.


The Portrait of a Writer (3): More than Words

Every day, somewhere in the world, a writer sits down at his desk and writes the best thing he has ever written. Maybe he doesn’t even know it yet. Maybe he will never know it.

Honorable Mentions:

You either write or live

Art and violence

Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight Rules for Writing a Short Story

Now, for our second list. Random stuff that I like.

  • Favorite novel: The Great Gatbsy
  • Favorite authors: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, David Foster Wallace, Nicole Krauss (and her husband, Jonathan Safran Foer), Julio Cortazar, Camilo Jose Cela, G.G. Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Jorge Luis Borges, Chuck Palahniuk, Frederic Beigbeder, Michel Houellebecq, and a bunch of others. Oh, and my favorite Romanian writer (which I consider to be the best writer this country ever gave birth to) Max Blecher. Seriously, look him up.
  • Favorite movie: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (seriously, I can watch it as many times as I want, and it never gets boring.)
  • Favorite painting: Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich
  • A list of other random stuff I like: minimalist covers, post-modern art, Constantin Brancusi, Jackson Pollock, Paul Gauguin.
  • Favorite English words: Hell’s Kitchen. Don’t know why, they just sound cool.
  • Favorite English words I use way too often: “and stuff”

And last, but not least, a list (if you read that out loud it’s actually kind of funny) of places where you can find me (or my books):

If this isn’t shameless promoting, I don’t know what is.

Have a great (and very lazy) Sunday morning, afternoon, night (and I’m sorry for you folks in the Far East because it’s already Monday.)

Sincerely yours,

Cristian Mihai

79 thoughts on “Freshly Pressed. Again.

  1. I see creativity! That's art. Once you like what you are doing and work at it to your taste, other things can follow. Originality is more attractive than popularity sometimes. Nice posts!

    Congratulations on being freshly pressed.


  2. Congratulations!

    "If you’re new to this blog, the only thing you need to know about me is this: I’m not the guy who writes what you want to read, I’m the guy who writes what he wants to write." I really like this!


  3. Congratulations again! I wish I could also get on Freshly Pressed as well, but I'll keep writing. You truly are an inspiration to writers everywhere. (Oh, and one of my favorite books is Gatsby too. And God rest David Foster Wallace. Loved his story "Everything is Green") Once again, congrats!!! :)


  4. Congratulations on your work. You and I can be connected. I read a lot about John Steinbeck books of which one of my favorite is of Mice and Men. The first time I read your blog. I was thinking you must be knowledgeable. Well you are not far from it. Keep on writing. You will help make the world a better place.


  5. Congrats…you are right, when it happens it's just random…but it's the love of writing and posting and connecting that gets us noticed. I was excited when I got to be fleshly pressed in 2011, I always wondered how I may again appear on FP…but twice for you though…kudos. You got that quality in you. :)


  6. Hi, Cristian. I have posted a comment here yesterday (or at least I thought I did), but today it seems to have disappeared. One would think that commenting on something would be easy enough, even for a beginner like me, but there it is… Anyway, congratulations and thank you for visiting my blog.


  7. I seond that completely, a good blog is one where the author writes what matters to them and what they want to write about, not what readers want to see. Readers want to read what authors feel passionate about. Also, great on the Freshly Pressed, I never really knew what that was for.


  8. congratulations…. grt blog you have here…. thanks for your like n visit to my blog…. it motivates me….to pen my heart out without fear….do visit again… defo gonna stalk your's…


  9. congratulations on living a charmed life! it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy, and you've certainly worked hard enough to deserve the honor–twice. i'm sure it won't be the last time either.


  10. Thanks for liking my post, "Parents Must Read." I am new to the blogging world, but I have always had such passion for writing, and I am enjoying it more than I expected. I was wondering if you would consider reblogging my post, "Parents Must Read," so I could start growing my blogging community. I really enjoy your work, and would eventually like to be published, too. Thank you for considering…


  11. Wow! Thank you for your comments. I am enjoying your posts very much. Curiously, I am a closet writer. No, that is not a person who writes about closets, (hmmm maybe there is a story there) I simply have never published or wanted to publish. It is only recently, and that through a chance comment, that I have shared any of my short stories with anyone. I have only written for the pleasure of writing.


  12. Congrats! It was bound to happen because you stay true yourself. You write what you want to write and that's what makes everyone want to read what you write.


  13. Congrats, Cristian! You are braver than I am and it's paying off. I keep a food blog because I'm afraid of my fiction. I have abandoned my characters, mid-story, mid-war because to keep going is so much harder than to stop. To get rejected over and over again is humbling. I'm telling myself that my food writing will help my fiction, but I fear it's a lie. Reading your blog is like looking in a distorted mirror and it's for that reason, I think you attract so much attention. You're honest and remain doggedly determined. Thank you for what you do.


  14. I think there's a hungry internet monster eating my words. This is the third time I'm trying to comment on this post; I don't know what is happening to my comments. Am I doing something wrong? Congratulations, Cristian.


  15. Cristian, that is wonderful! Freshly Pressed, twice. I guess that makes you twice as fresh!!

    I think one of my posts was Freshly Pressed, but I AM so focused on my clients, students and friends (and my favorite Goddesses and Gods) that I do not recall.

    Nonetheless, given how much I have enjoyed your posts, I AM not surprised that you have received this honor more than once.

    Truly, congratulations!!


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