The unreal

the unreal“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because it’s only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”   Chuck Palahniuk

Life’s all about cause and effect. A man without a cause has no effect on the world. A man without a cause crumbles under the pressure of the mundane. Day in and day out he struggles to find a purpose, a reason, a battle worth fighting. He feels as if wasting time, as if something bigger than himself is always running away, day after day after day.

No man is an island, and a way a man sees himself will affect the way he sees those around him. Those he wants to love. Those he wants to save. Those he wants to protect.

And a man must, at times, be willing to sacrifice who he is in order to do any of those things. Continue reading

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Who are you?

“We don’t know who we are until we see what we can do.” – Martha Grimes

Who are you? What defines you as a person? What qualities do you possess? But what about flaws? What do you want most in life? What are you afraid of the most?

If only it were so simple to answer those questions. A person is the sum total of all his experiences until the present moment. Experiences and reactions to those experiences. Not only the story, but the change that accompanied said story.

What I’m really trying to say is that we change. We become more and more what the world wants us to be, or we become more and more who we want to be. Either way, we change.

But I strenuously believe that we must set our own course, that we must aspire to be the kind of person we’d love to meet, even though it’s no easy task.

Why you should be following irevuo

Number one

Because you are a fan of art. You are an avid reader. You are an aspiring artist. You need a bit of inspiration.

Number two

Because we are doing a movie challenge: The IMDb Top 250. Two movies reviewed every day.

Number three

Because… The Midnight Muse.

Posts like these:

TMM: Madness

Words are loneliness

Burning out

TMM: a set of inspirational posts, essays, and videos for the creative individual who needs a bit of help finding the muse.

Number four

Because we post interesting articles such as:

Writers and Hobbies

The 27 Club

The world’s most beautiful bookstores

Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck

Number five

Showcases. Inspiration for the visual artist.

Oh, by the way, you can submit your own art work to be showcased on irevuo here.

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These are only a few of the reasons why you should be following irevuo. Of course, there are book reviews and movie reviews and articles and essays on art and creativity and culture.

Go check it out here.

Also, we’d be grateful if you’d give a like on Facebook here. Or a follow on Twitter.

 

Five things you should do before starting a blog

So, you’ve decided to start a blog. Maybe because you believe there’s something you like to do, because you think it’s cool, or because you want to reach more people for a certain project.

These are five things you should do before you start blogging: Continue reading

Strive to be yourself

Modern day technology allows us to access information faster than ever. More information than ever. Keeps us connected. Keeps us in touch with people half a world away.

But there is a dangerous side effect to such a high level of media consumption.

We forget who we are. Continue reading

“Those who can do, those who can’t teach.”George Bernard Shaw

The so-called expert loses all credibility the moment he decides to ignore this profound truth: he doesn’t really know what he did to achieve his success.

Not the opening you were expecting?

Life has the quality of being random, which we hate(that is why most people are superstitious.) There are events that we cannot control, predict, or even influence.

That being said, if you choose not to read this book, let me give you one piece of advice that holds true: perseverance.

Is that all, you may ask. Yes, it is.

In my five years of daily blogging I discovered that even though one has no strategy, no knowledge, no relations, but works and works and works, one can usually get ahead of those who contemplate the perfect strategy over and over again.

Don’t think, just do is a principle that holds true in all areas of life.

And I’ll offer the following example: the first draft of any piece of fiction is awful.

The purpose, thus, is not to write a brilliant first draft, but to simply get it done with. Then you can edit.

The same principle goes for almost anything in life. It is important to get started, to develop a habit, then you can develop a strategy.

The Journey is a no-bullshit take of what’s supposed to work for those who are willing to persevere, while the previous statement makes it clear that they could do well enough without employing(or even reading) the principles found in this book.

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I do not like the term “guide” but I had to use it in my title. What I do like to tell you is this: the book is helpful. I put a lot of effort into giving you “no-bullshit” advice. What I mean by that? Stuff that I know works. Common sense that may not be so common. Insights and inspiration. The right kind of mindset. Developing the habit.

 

The Journey: A No-Bullshit Guide to Blogging, only $4.99 on my e-store here.

Blogging

So, you’ve decided to start a blog. Or you already have one, but you just don’t know what to do with it. Well, you’ve come to the right place.
But, first of all, I’d like to tell you that there is no recipe, no how-to guide. Blogging is, like writing, an art, which makes it subjective and hard to simplify in a set of rules and guidelines.
If you decided to start a blog, that’s because you enjoy reading other blogs and/or think you have something important to say. That’s passion, and it is one of the most important tools.
Forget about fancy themes and whatnot. Forget about paying for ads and stuff. Find your passion first.
Content is king.
The story. The words you write. The things you write about.
It’s got to be like an itch. You just got to scratch it. You just got to write…
If what you’re writing at the time is just meh, then I urge you to find something else to write about. Something that really excites you.
There’s nothing like that in your life?
Well, find it.
Why?
Because if there’s something that elicits an emotional response from you, so strong that you’ve got to write about it, then most certainly, it will also elicit a certain emotional response from other people. Like-minded people, so to say.
If you feel strongly about the subject matter of your blog, you will attract people who feel the same way.
If you’re meh about it, guess what kind of people you’ll attract. That’s right.
What else?
Oh, yeah. Have fun. I mean, really enjoy yourself. You’re not killing anyone, you’re not deciding the fate of the world. Just don’t take this whole thing too seriously. Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself.
To paraphrase Salvador Dali, have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.

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Do you have a WordPress blog? Do you want to know more about blogging? How to reach and engage an audience, what to write about? What to know about inspiration(or the lack of it), about what keeps you motivated in the long run? Want to know how to stay consistent, and what makes a blog post great?

Well, you can read all about it in my new book, The Journey: A No-Bullshit Guide to Blogging.

For only $4.99 you’ll get valuable insights about blogging.

Get your copy here.