STOP RIGHT THERE! What do you think you're doing? Naming and killing fictional people without any moral quarrel with yourself? What? You're not even sure if your hero's name is final? You're begging to get Mirandized! Hands were I can see them! You have right to be uncertain. Anything you write can be misheard, misunderstood … Continue reading Pick My Brain
One of the perks of being a writer is that even a waste/recycling container can make your day. There I was, shivering in the cold winter morning with a garbage truck backing up on me (beep beep beep!), shoving newspapers into the recycling container and cursing at its inhumanely small slot. I noticed the container … Continue reading Sacrificing Myself to Modern Moloch
Throughout the global grid, war zones are almost exclusively men’s playgrounds. I believe war is basically the manifestation of the tragedy of our unrealized potential, both individually and collectively. But it’s testosterone which continues fights with gunpowder, and we still lack women in the ranks of power as moral leaders. Thus, I’ve come to my … Continue reading His War, Her Pain
Yesterday, I had a wonderful time at my humorous grandmother’s funeral. I enjoyed sharing good memories about her with my relatives. People handle grief in many ways, but it has the ability to turn gradually transparent as time passes, bringing new spiritual lenses through which to view the world. For me death is the most … Continue reading The Power of Resonance (and Tailbone)
Pull up a tree stump and hear me out. Here comes the secret to the Gandalf's moth-catching trick at the top of the Tower of Orthanc, where he was held captive. Since not many of us has the master's degree in Elvish and Mumble, here's the translation: "Writing blurbs is like chasing butterflies, trying not … Continue reading In Quest for the Most Beautiful BLURB
Children go through various growth spurts, but soon everything gets bigger, faster and more dangerous. And annoying. The young people can only snooze and booze and swear, right? They are disrespectful and oblivious that age and wrinkles equal experience and wisdom, and before they do reach maturity, they don't know nothing about anything and less … Continue reading The young – a threat or an opportunity?