You Can Change The World


Here in Romania we have a pretty strange educational system. And, well, the whole system does nothing to tell you that you are special, that you are capable of greatness. I don’t know if this is a bad thing or not, but I’ve always wanted to believe that people have greatness inside of them, that people are capable of being great, of doing wonderful things.

But they’re constantly being told that they’re just average, that they have to play a small part, that changing the world is a task reserved to other individuals.

It’s always others who get to do all the things we want to do, isn’t it? Continue reading

Why Don’t We Rise?


“Everyone’s going through something,” says a billboard. An illustration of two people embracing in a garden, their figures seemingly part of the plant life, reinforces the concept. Suffering is organic.

“Why We Rise” Poster: A drawing of a couple amid plants, and the words “Everyone’s Going Through Something.”

Public service announcement or sophisticated ad campaign I know not, but the message does strike me as vaguely positive and ultimately commendable. Any nudge toward compassion, any little reminder that our individual suffering is hardly unique just might begin to make a difference in our lives and in the lives of others.

I do a little research. The entity behind the announcement turns out to be the LA County Department of Mental Health, making good on Proposition 63 which increased funding for mental health services. Under the Why We Rise banner, the department aims to fix what they call a broken system. “We demand that easy access to quality care be recognized as a civil right. Everyone deserves to be…

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It’s YOU. It’s Always YOU.

“We are all self-made, but only the successful will admit it.” — Earl Nightingale

Do you ever stop to think about what makes us special? What makes us…us?

Then, do you ever wonder what can possibly make some people great?

What is greatness? Or talent? Or success?

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J R Holden

Of Wolves and Men

Picture courtesy of Jonny Lindner from Pixabay

How did a member of the canine family become entwined in folklore and myth?

When I was thinking about what creatures my main characters meet in the Tales of the Boy in Winter, I admit it was about maximising the amount of blood in the snow, but for a long time I wanted to write about a wolf in a dark forest, on a long moonlit night.

Imagine being amongst the bare trees on a winter’s night, a little lost perhaps, wanting to be home in front of a fire or tucked up in a warm bed. It’s been a long day. You are on your own. Frozen twigs crackle under your feet as you walk. The air is still. You always forget your gloves on evenings like this. Now your fingers are turning numb.

Leafless trees surround the…

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Sponsors for 2020: LAST SPOT

Hi guys,

As you probably know, I am a full time blogger, which means that I make my living through my blogs.

That being said, I am setting up a budget for 2020, and selling advertising space for the entire year at a heavy discount.

If you become a sponsor for 2020, you will get:

  • A reblog per month for the entire year (12 reblogs in total)
  • A sponsored post per month for the entire year (12 sponsored posts)
  • You will be listed as sponsor on my blog

The cost? Well, usually, 12 reblogs would cost at least 720 dollars if purchased separately. The sponsored posts? Add another 360 dollars. That’s 1,080 dollars if you were to purchase a reblog and a sponsored post each month.

But what if you purchase all of these right away by becoming a sponsor for 2020?

Well, the cost would be only $349.99.  Today only, the price is $249.99. That’s it. Yup. Today only, you pay $249.99 for an entire year of advertising, and save over 75%.

Isn’t that a great deal?

If you want to become a sponsor for 2020, help me keep this blog alive, and also get more readers, you can purchase the last spot left on my e-store here.

As usual, payments are secured via PayPal.

You Read The Blog — Why Not Sponsor It?

You’re reading the posts, so why not sponsor one?

Each new post gets about 1,000 reads within the first 24 hours of it being published.

And, with over 140, 000 followers, this blog is one of the most popular blogs on art and culture on

All shameless promoting aside, I believe it’s also a good way to earn some extra $, which would help me keep on writing full-time. This month was probably my best month in terms of words written since 2010, mostly because I could afford to spend a lot more time writing, instead of worrying about bills and food and stuff like that.

Trust me, a hungry artist is a grumpy artist.

Anyway, here‘s how a sponsored post looks like.

Yeah. It’s been a while since I offered this option.

Sponsored Post – $39.99 $9.99

At the end of a post you’ll get a mention (short description of your blog or book or business) and a link towards that respective website.

That’s it. Quite simple.

Advertise your blog, or a book you self-published, and gain exposure to over 140,000 people.

You can purchase sponsored posts on my e-store here. All payments secured via PayPal, of course.

The Road to Order #1000 Continues

First of all, I’d like to thank everyone who ordered anything from my e-store last night and today.

As you probably know if you read this post, we’re close to reaching order number 1000.

So, I thought of hosting a giveaway, so we can reach this number faster.

Two prizes:

  • The person who has the #1000 will receive a year of reblogging (12 reblogs), one sponsored post per month for an entire year, and a one-on-one Skype chat with me
  • A random person will be selected among those who order until we reach #1000 will receive six months of reblogging, one sponsored post per month for a duration of six months, and a one-on-one Skype chat with me

Oh, and there’s this huge sale on my e-store going on right now. Advertising is discounted by 85% or so. Great opportunity.


P.S. Any product is eligible, including the programs from The Art of Blogging, or the e-books, not just the advertising.

P.S.2 You get an invoice after your purchase, and you know what number your order is, so you can time different purchases to have a better chance at winning