Does Your Why Make You Cry?

Romania is last in the European Union when it comes to reading books. The book market here is something out of a horror story for writers.

What do these two sentences mean?

I shouldn’t be able to do what I do. And I don’t think that you ever gave it a thought while reading my posts.

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[REVIEW] Metamorphosis by Raquel Swann

From Amazon.com:

Every morning when you wake up does the mirror tell you lies? 

Today, Raquel doesn’t feel quite herself as she opens her eyes in a mountain cottage beside a peculiar old woman with seemingly humble intentions. A choice, in a small shot glass, sits in front of her ready to change her destiny forever. Everything depends on her next move. Everything. A sinister evil which grows in the shadows must be stopped before it’s too late. How can you stop what you can’t see? Can one person really make a difference? 

Metamorphosis is a serious deep dive into the heart of a transgender woman within a fantasy backdrop. This book examines social issues facing the entire LGBTQIA community with a focus on what it truly means to be yourself. There is a hero inside all of us, please join Raquel as she attempts to find strength in the face of unfathomable odds. Whether you are MTF FTM Nonbinary Transgender – there is something to soothe your dysphoria within the pages of this book. 

Review:

Metamorphosis. Defined as a change of the form or nature of a person. Defined as a painful transformation, one that alters you in ways that you cannot go back.

Who do you wish to be? What would you do to become that person?

Metamorphosis by Raquel Swann asks these very questions, and provides us the tools to answer them ourselves in a story that is enthralling and easy to read. An intriguing concept, written as a sort of fairytale, this first person narrative tackles the issue of identity in an original and interesting manner.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to tell you who you should be means to fight a never ending battle. It means to face demons that you’d much rather ignore, it means to accept the uncertainty, fear, and pain of being yourself among others who’d like you to be who they need you to be.

And this theme, this burning desire to be ourselves, it’s something we all struggle with, whether we like to admit it or not.

Metamorphosis is well worth your time for this reason alone. The struggle to be self-defined, fueled from within, while also coming to terms with the fact that we don’t discover ourselves, but rather create that self through heartache and pain.

Who do you want to be? Why? And when was the last time you felt like yourself?

What I Learned from Reading A LOT of Personal Development Books

A couple years ago I decided that it was important to develop myself. It was more than just curiosity. It was necessity. I had went through a series of traumatic experiences which left me with the regret that I could have done better.

If only I had known…

So I began to read about personal development. I studied psychology, NLP, self-hypnosis, meditation…

I think that the vast majority of what happens to us is beyond our control. But we always get to choose how we react to what happens to us.

Which makes how we react a lot more important than what happens.

So, what did I learn from reading over a hundred such books in two years? Continue reading

The Three Elements of Success

Success.

A word that often gets thrown around alongside others such as grind, hustle, perseverance, resilience.

There are but three elements to becoming successful in any given area. Continue reading

Why Failing is (Actually) a Good Thing

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They say you can’t beat a man who doesn’t give up.

The first piece of writing I ever wrote was rubbish. And I kept on adding more rubbish. Then I wrote something else. And then someone said I was a retard. And I wanted to prove them wrong.

I’ve failed time and time again. In all aspects of life.

The first novel I self-published sold 4 copies in 4 months. It got a single 2 star review on Goodreads, and then I unpublished the damn thing.

And yet I didn’t give up.

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The Writer: Chapter 19

Less than six months after I got published, I won the Pulitzer. Actually… I’m just kidding. I sold, well, I really didn’t sell many books.

I know what you’re thinking right now. What a waste of time and energy. But I don’t regret it. The calling is for you to write stories. Good or bad, it doesn’t matter. Success is something that comes as a bonus, if you’re lucky enough.

But still, there were times when I thought that I could have made things differently; I could have tried to write a new book, a better one. But I didn’t. I guess that I had exhausted my patience and courage. Continue reading

The Writer: Chapter 6

Do you know what the saddest thing about you is?

No one is going to remember you. Fifty years from now, when you’re long gone, when all the pictures of you and your family have decayed like old bones in a cemetery, you’ll be less than nothing.

It will be as if you never even existed.

So what’s the purpose of it all? Why should you pretend to be the good guy, why are you trying to bring judgment upon the world, when the world itself doesn’t want you, doesn’t need you, and most certainly is going to forget you the moment you die? Why would anyone want to be nothing? Continue reading