Published on 2013-05-21 17:36:00
A few months ago I decided to, finally, put in writing a very disturbing event that had been told to me by the very one who had experienced it. The event haunted me for years and when I decided that it needed to be told, I had in mind a selfish need
Published on 2013-05-20 05:09:00
When I was 21, I was working for a newspaper, I had no idea whatsoever that I could write fiction...in another language. But Zoe Adams is very certain of what she wants to be and that is... a successful author. Her horror/fantasy novella Best Served
Published on 2013-05-18 09:38:00
I've been blogging since 2011 and, in spite of my innate inconsistency, I've managed to post often enough in order to maintain a reasonable visiting flow. I blog about personal stuff (my boyfriend's battle with his chronic illness
Published on 2013-05-15 11:46:00
C.J Sullivan is the author whose pen created
Published on 2013-05-10 08:36:00
Now it's finally safe to confess that I've had no identity for the last two years. My old identity card expired in 2011..., and since then, I was in the impossibility to change it for a new one. The number of people waiting in line like cattle, in fr
Published on 2013-05-06 15:16:00
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You know me, I am not very much into conformity, not that there is something wrong with it, it's just not my thing; so I thought I would find other authors who share my enthusiasm toward the uncommon, the unexpected, the unusual way of writing a stor
Published on 2013-04-27 05:03:00
My mother constantly reminds me that I am supposed to...eventually get married. It is most insufferable. I have been promising her and the rest of my family and friends that I would conform ...eventually...but I never seem to bring myself to do it. I
Published on 2013-04-23 06:34:00
I just cannot explain but, as soon as spring is springing, I actually become a better person. It could be related to the fact that I was born in late winter, otherwise I cannot justify this senseless fascination with this season. The best things happ
Published on 2013-04-19 05:38:00
Spring has arrived and it's a universal merriment in the air, a general love-making that seems to take hold of everything and everyone. I adore watching this extraordinary explosion of life, it fuels my joie de vivre. I have been writing lately on a
Published on 2013-04-14 10:32:00
Spring has finally arrived, but if you ask me, she has a serious case of severe PMS, for she serves us a crappy weather indeed. It's raining most of the time, the temperatures are a bit higher but we still need the thick blanket for the night. When w
Published on 2013-04-09 05:59:00
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Nicolette Grey is a very special friend I have made in the publishing world. She has recently published her book
Published on 2013-04-04 06:56:00
I have never been confronted with such an overwhelming wave of deaths around me. Ever since the year started, we have been hit by no less than five losses among our friends and acquaintances. We've tried to bear them as "cheerfully" as possible, but
Published on 2013-03-29 13:35:00
I have to admit, I have a thing for a good romance. I am mostly drawn to historical romance, those that avoid cliches and boring stereotypes and actually surprise the reader. I've read so many romance books that I have somehow convinced myself that,
Published on 2013-03-25 16:18:00
This is Irina Apostu, we've known each other from high school and she is one of the most cheerful people I have ever known. After a decade and a half of silence, I've discovered that she is now a very happy Canadienne. She is absolutely in love with
Published on 2013-03-22 04:56:00
One of the perks of becoming published, is the opportunity to interact with already established authors. Kelley J. Nightrose is a mysterious writer of romance who prefers to keep herself in a creative penumbra. She has two published works,
Published on 2013-03-19 03:37:00
I want to thank you from all my heart for your astonishing support, I really wasn't expecting so many people to react so strongly to this beautiful moment in my life. I have received an overwhelming feedback from people who read "Lost in the Seven Wo
Published on 2013-03-15 06:01:00
Last year was a very sad year for me and, as I have mentioned before, the desire to escape the harsh reality urged me to venture in this fascinating journey of concocting my own fantasy stories. I had no idea whether I would be capable to write in En
Published on 2013-03-12 10:08:00
That is one very wise advice that I ran into, during my ceaseless quest to discover buried informational treasures about myths and legends, that I could use for my novel. Maybe it's something in the air, maybe I've been alone for too long (The two we
Published on 2013-03-08 03:28:00
I generally don't like women much. They are loud, self absorbed and obsessed with cleaning. But as I grew older, I have learned to overlook these shortcomings and appreciate the lovely things about them, like their irresistible impulse to nurture who
Published on 2013-03-05 02:37:00
There are ten more days and my heroine trapped in the Seven Worlds will meet her public. I am very nervous and anxious at the same time, I truly hope that my first literary adventure will be well received. I have written the blurb for the story and I
Published on 2013-02-28 02:44:00
Me and my partner, we've been together for almost 13 years now and, during this very long period we've only been apart for 2 months. Those two horribly long months taught us that we cannot properly function when we have distance between us and so, we
Published on 2013-02-25 07:04:00
Today I turn 35 and, although I don't feel much wiser, I do have a strange feeling that time has been kind with me. I am mostly grateful for that tiny grain of innocence that I still have left and that still allows me to believe in impossible things
Published on 2013-02-18 05:22:00
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing has established that, the date when my fantasyshort story "Lost in the Seven Worlds" will be introduced to the mighty reader, will be the 15th of March - the Ides of March. Well, I know that this date wa
Published on 2013-02-14 11:13:00
I am not really the wining and dining kinda gal, to be honest I hate cupids, and hearts for Valentine's day, so I thought I 'd show my affection in a different way, in a way that has always guaranteed me a success when it comes to my life partner. He
Published on 2013-02-09 02:05:00
You see, I am not a native English speaker. I come from Romania, a wild poetic little country in the south east of Europe. So you must understand how overwhelming it must be for me to
Published on 2013-02-05 06:03:00
"I met a demon" is the name of my new short story based on actual events. I have been planning to write it for a very long time, but, to be honest, I was afraid. Somehow I feared it might...influence me on some level. The story is based on a true eve
Published on 2013-01-30 07:52:00
Our beloved Mister Darcy has reached a respectable age of 200 years since 1913, when Jane Austen published "Pride and Prejudice' on the 28th of January. She sold the copyrights for the book to Thomas Egerton of Whitehall for the sum of 110 pounds. Th
Published on 2013-01-26 06:45:00
I like men with an androgynous look, I've always been drawn to them. This is Andrej Pejic, a famous androgynous model from Australia, who turned upside down the entire fashion world. Apparently, the great designers don't request female models anymore
Published on 2013-01-22 03:37:00
My fantasy short story "Lost in the Seven Worlds" is currently being prepared for publication with Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, and I am beating my brains out about finding the perfect tagline for the Ebook. The tagline is a short
Published on 2013-01-16 07:31:00
This is a cake I make when I am in a desperate need for a fast dessert (unexpected guests or unwanted cravings :). I bought some pastry dough and feta cheese. I threw an egg in the grated cheese, I added some orange zest and sugar, vanilla and then m
Published on 2013-01-12 06:13:00
Last year I was a very sad woman. My boyfriend had been diagnosed with a chronic disease
and my reality was gloomy and painful. Back then I hadn't discovered
my...ability to put fantasy into words. Because the constant distress
was almost unbearab
Published on 2013-01-06 07:04:00
It's been a few very noisy days, since my two tomcats have been trying to prove their love to Eugenia the lady cat, who is in heat and in desperate need for some male assistance. And because until a few months ago, Mister Miaw had no rival whatsoever
Published on 2013-01-02 03:33:00
We've all been there. I personally remember numerous New Year's nights, when just before midnight, I would cross my heart and hope to die
Published on 2012-12-27 06:30:00
Between the long-awaited premiere of The Hobbit, the much-anticipated Apocalypse, Christmas Eve and New Year's , one can hardly find some peace. If for Easter people kill lots of lambs and eat them,
in my part of the world, when it's about celebratin
Published on 2012-12-22 04:59:00
I woke up this morning...apparently. The air seems breathable, the water is clear, the sky is a little cloudy but I am sure it's not because of some meteoric dust...but because it's going to snow...again. My boyfriend behaves a bit strangely, so I ca
Published on 2012-12-19 04:38:00
Oh yes, I am definitely in love with Peter Jackson's recent masterpiece "The Hobbit - an unexpected journey". I've been waiting for this movie for over a year, somehow anticipating the grandeur of Tolkien's adaptation. I have the feeling that Peter J
Published on 2012-12-14 04:34:00
Here I am again buried in snow, waiting for a horrible wave of extreme cold. As I type, the thermometer shows outside 14 F (-9C) and it's barely 8.pm. They say tonight the temperatures will collapse to 1 F (-20 C). I am panicked and despaired for so
Published on 2012-12-11 05:05:00
A very thick layer of snow has covered our village and, I hear, that we are to expect a worrying wave of extreme cold. My neighbors keep on connecting these wintery events with that friggin' end of the world scheduled on the 21st of December.
Published on 2012-12-05 07:37:00
I've reached this conclusion after many years of thinking the exact opposite. I've actually noticed that this fascination is shared by men and women to the same extent. My eye gets much more interested by the voluptuous curves of a woman's body. Ther
Published on 2012-12-01 05:38:00
My boyfriend's son has finally decided to tie the knot with his longtime partner, after 12 years of passionate love and beautiful companionship. Of course I attended the ceremony from the city hall, how could I miss such an occasion? Saying "I do" wa
Published on 2012-11-27 07:24:00
When life seems too unbearable to deserve a serious approach, one must find a way to unwind. Some people are still looking for various ways to rediscover their lost innocence, I am fortunate enough to fully enjoy a significant level of naivete (which
Published on 2012-11-23 06:47:00
It's been 14 days since I've last seen the sun. Is it still there? We have been surrounded by an endless fog that seems to have taken hold of the entire world. I can't even remember how it is to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin. People here in
Published on 2012-11-19 07:08:00
Actually my boyfriend has become a grandpa two years ago, but only recently had he the chance to meet his grand-daughter. Little blond Sophie is the daughter of his only son (me and his son we are about the same age) and has been living in Italy with
Published on 2012-11-15 11:43:00
There are moments when things go terribly wrong, and when you least expect it, they turn even worse. That's usually when you find yourself all alone. That particular moment, you expect a certain break from life, some time to replenish your energy, t
Published on 2012-11-11 10:10:00
I have a high regard for femmes fatales considering how much effort they invest into becoming one, and how much even more work they put into staying that way. The femme fatale is not a pretty bimbo with big breasts and a lot of nerve. The real ones a
Published on 2012-11-07 16:18:00
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I wasn't a very scrupulous student during my History classes. Actually I wasn't a very scrupulous student in general :). I only studied whatever I found interesting. So, although my knowledge in history is not as extensive as I wish it to be, I do ha
Published on 2012-11-02 10:22:00
I'm honestly grateful we've been blessed with a few more days of good weather, this long peaceful autumn is an equinoctial bliss considering the fact that we haven't managed to fix our heating system.
We've had some chilly nights, but fortunately
Published on 2012-10-31 12:03:00
When a woman moves her body to the music, something astonishing happens in the mind (and sometimes the heart) of the male audience.Men succumb to a beautiful waving body.
Women have acknowledged the power of their alluring dance moves, ever since Sal
Published on 2012-10-28 14:36:00
Do you like, ladies, the new ultimate male, so aggressively promoted as - the Metrosexual man? That is, in my opinion, the most emasculating idea ever. The fake tan, the mascara, the lip gloss, the obsession and fixation with brands and latest fashion, the man-purses and jewels, and the perfect waxed chest...
All this excessive grooming, half narcissistic, half snobbish has become a rave ever since ...David Beckham..and I really blame his wife for this :)).
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Heaven exists and apparently they have women up there. At least that's what doctor Eben Alexander says, a Harvard neurosurgeon who stayed in coma for a week, due to some meningitis complications. The guy who claims to be a non religious person and declares himself a man of science, confessed a most astonishing near death experience during his coma period.
Published on 2012-10-15 09:48:00
Because the temperatures suddenly dropped, we had to make the first fire in our small fireplace. We miss staying out in the garden, sipping our lattes and chit-chatting about this and that. It's been raining for four days and I'm about to lose my mind here. I've baked and cooked and cleaned and dusted, I've literally run out of decent conversations with my boyfriend....stop raining already!!!
It's a romantic emergency here.
Nevertheless, rain has the opposite effect on my boyfriend, he's flir [..]
Published on 2012-10-12 14:13:00
The old Native Americans used to believe that your own reflection is actually your soul and that mirrors, when you look into them, reflect back your soul. That is why, when someone dies, the family covers all the mirrors in the house, so that the soul of the deceased wouldn't accidentally get trapped. That explains why Native Americans were so terrified to have their photos taken, for fear the camera, that captures the reflection, would actually steal a part of their soul. I must admit, to the r [..]
Published on 2012-10-10 07:14:00
I accidentally ran into these old adverts from the fifties and I was incredibly shocked about their message. These vintage commercials speak of an old world where, not all people were equals, and that is the most painful aspect of all. I dare to believe that, nowadays the world looks a bit better...at least from this point of view. Some of these adds are really painfully offensive and others are just stupid, very very stupid..
The left says "I feel like a fish in the water" and the right [..]
Published on 2012-10-07 16:59:00
We can already sense a gentle shift of airs. So, I suppose it's no turning back now...autumn is here and she is determined to make us bring the feathery quilt out of the winter closet. My blue eyed guest, probably scared of the chilly winds, decided to stick around our house hoping he might stay for winter.
Published on 2012-10-04 08:23:00
There is a certain part of my brain that, most ardently and defiantly chooses to believe in fairies, unicorns and such...
This delightful side of me feeds on revolutionary ideas, like those belonging to fervent theosophists, such as sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who advised us to activate our third eye, should we desire to perceive fairies. Theosophists believe fairies have a separate line of spiritual outgrowth, the angel evolution path.
It cannot be overlooked, the fact that some cultures consi [..]
Published on 2012-10-02 17:55:00
These October days are putting me in a very melancholic mood. I can't help of thinking of what's to expect from the winter to come. But for now I try, as much as my laziness permits, to perform some of the traditional autumnal activities such as...preparing the fruit preserves (plums and grapes...maybe), the pickled jars of green tomatoes and the cooking of the Zakuska (a traditional Romanian spread).
So I first roasted, then peeled, chopped and minced eggplants, tomatoes, leeks and pimento pe [..]
Published on 2012-09-29 10:52:00
This amazing blue eyed gentleman appeared on my doorstep a few days ago miawing his heart out. He was extremely affectionate and showed an obvious desire to make friends with me and possibly with all the other animals in my kingdom :)....that is 3 cats and 2 dogs...not to mention 5 chickens. Since, in this part of the village, I am the only owner of Siamese cats, I assumed he must be the result of my Mister Miaw's fervent love affairs around the neighborhood (he is quite the seducer).
We have [..]
Published on 2012-09-26 08:06:00
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I love experimenting in the kitchen. And my boyfriend constantly encourages me to cook, bake, fry and stir as much as possible. As long as I don't solicit his assistance...of course. I'd do it every day but, I've already mentioned my abhorrence towards cleaning...so..I cook only when forced.
I had promised my boyfriend to cook him again some of those juicy stuffed peppers
that he is so crazy about. He loves them so much that, when he is eating
them, it's like he's having sex with them...th [..]
Published on 2012-09-20 10:23:00
They say it's hot and balmy down there and there are lots of horned, hairy demons with red yes and forked tongues, poking you with their tridents. I live in a bigoted community where people think that donating money to the church or the priests, can contribute to their direct access to heaven.
I think it's stupid, naive and has nothing to do with Christianity whatsoever. These fervent, almost fanatic church goers are certain that God, this astonishingly intelligent and spiritual higher power, [..]
Published on 2012-09-17 12:10:00
They must put something very special in that 5 o'clock tea from Buckingham Palace, that makes everyone throw their clothes off and expose themselves...Maybe it's the extreme etiquette, maybe the suffocating attention of the international press, maybe they wear too many hats, gloves, collars and ribbons...who knows. I happen to have a significant admiration towards the British royal family, for quite a few reasons, but this last year was perplexing...
It started with Prince Philip and his inabi [..]
Published on 2012-09-15 14:14:00
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One of my many flaws, is the lack of patience. If I want something, then it has to happen NOW...which is kinda stupid if you think about it..Rushing into things is stupid most of the times. I am usually impatient to leave, then I can't wait to return and then eager to leave again...My longtime companion has come to peace with my unreasonable restlessness, he even got to amuse himself on this account.
Should I've been in his shoes, I'd have kicked my butt a long time ago.
Anyway, spending most o [..]
Published on 2012-09-09 08:37:00
It took me 33 years to finally realize that writing makes me happy. I suppose I'm kinda slow ...:). This year, I've written my very first fantasy short story (Lost in the Seven Worlds) and this week I've finally started submitting it to various publishing houses and online magazines. I am not hoping much. To be honest, I expect mainly to get some motivation and reassurance....
Published on 2012-09-06 07:00:00
Looking for a job, it's a job itself. I should know it.
I've had very little work lately, some occasional translation jobs and a few online collaborations for writing some, more or less, boring articles. People are desperate for a job these days. I've noticed how job applications have actually tripled their number. And if I were to sum up the general idea of those resumes, it would be I am brilliant, hardworking and very cheap. I know people are desperate, I've been one of them..but I can't real [..]
Published on 2012-09-04 05:24:00
It's almost that special time in the season, when the peasants start gathering their grapes and make the wine. In these parts they cultivate a balmy variety of grapes that they deeply care for and which produces a bitter sweet wine as red as the lips of a sinful woman. It's a very deceiving wine and, although I am no big fan of alcohol, a sip or two of this ruby nectar has an overwhelming effect on my senses.
Unfortunately, I can't help but having sad memories when it comes to wine.
Published on 2012-09-01 11:52:00
I grew up in a family of 5, with a very hardworking mom and a difficult father.. When I was a child, during the mid-eighties, the times were very hard in Eastern Europe. We were still under communism and I remember how scarce the food was, especially meat, sweets or coffee etc... My mom would wake up at 5 in the morning to stay in line for milk or eggs .
The supermarket would only sell 15 eggs per person and I remember how parents would wake their kids up at five to bring them along in order to [..]
Published on 2012-08-30 13:12:00
The further we get from spring the sadder I become. As a most fervent nature adorer and enthusiast, I get extremely blue as we gradually approach the most unpleasant moment of the year...the falling of the leaves.
It's been a hot and very very dry summer. It hasn't properly rained for a very long time. Most of the crops and vegetables are seriously damaged. The grapes are very sweet this year because they benefited from the long periods of extreme heat.
Published on 2012-08-28 06:18:00
Last year when I turned 33, I noticed in my bathroom mirror (the most merciless mirror in the house) the presence of my first grey hairs. They were right there...defying me right above my left ear. I mumbled a "what the hell" and dyed them immediately in dark ebony. I must admit, it sucks.. How could I get old already? It's like yesterday I went to school wearing those frigging itchy pantyhose, I am still that chubby snotty little girl too shy to speak to strangers and too stubborn to wear my bo [..]
Published on 2012-08-24 05:03:00
I met Esy when I was about 21. I had just left my mom's home to move into my very own studio, a horrible place near the train station. Ever since i know myself,
Published on 2012-08-21 05:04:00
We've been trying to sell the house for 2 years now,
Published on 2012-08-18 07:36:00
My mother hasn't stepped inside a hospital since 1978, and that was only because she had to give birth to...yours truly. So you can understand how utterly frightful it must have been for her to acknowledge the severity of her situation (Mama Said..). This entire experience determined her to take into consideration the proximity of an unavoidable, yet unexpected demise. To that extent she started bombarding me with disturbing pleas regarding her final wishes on where and how to be put her to rest [..]
Published on 2012-08-15 17:11:00
My Mama said to be prepared for the worst and give the best I can.
My Mama said I should never settle for less than I dream of.
My Mama said I could accomplish anything I wish for, as long as I really fight for it.
My Mama said I should never let someone cry if I can help it.
My Mama said nobody has the right to make me suffer.
My Mama said that honor and compassion should be my most valuable assets.
My Mama said lots of things that I've got to appreciate along the years. Although she is a simpl [..]
Published on 2012-08-11 05:56:00
I've been lately Google-ing like a lunatic, on my search for writing contests that would suit my fantasy short story. Most of them require reading fees (between 9$ to 30$), word limit (for short stories the word limit is between 3000 and 5000 and my short story has around 6500 words), some of them are addressed exclusively to US, UK or AU citizens, a few impose even an age limit (either 18-37 or above 40) so, there is actually a very small pool accessible to most of the aspiring writers.
The pre [..]
Published on 2012-08-08 06:21:00
He was a taciturn black eyed man with messy hair and an odd disposition. I was a young lady in my twenties looking for some crazy, out of the ordinary romance. He was almost ten years older and, in my eyes, he was supposed to be much wiser and worldly than all the other young men I was flirting with.
He never bored me. It was very easy to fall for him.
He was an artist and he'd paint my portrait in intense shades of crimson and violet. Sometimes he'd cook me pancakes filled with dark chocolate. [..]
Published on 2012-08-05 09:04:00
"Well behaved women seldom make history" is a famous quote belonging to historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. I ran into it on Facebook and I was highly enthusiastic about its overwhelming message. I've joined Facebook about 3 years ago and I must confess, there was a time when the constant display of knickers, boobs and poopy diapers kinda diminished my level of admiration towards Mark Zuckerberg's creation. But I've learned to unfriend, ban and sift through people until I've accomplished a harmoni [..]
Published on 2012-08-03 14:09:00
Meet Mister Miaw, he is a 3 year old Siamese tomcat and he is the most affectionate cat I have ever had in my life, and I've had a few. However well fed he might be, he just cannot help himself from stealing various goodies from the kitchen table, or even from the fridge. Ever since he started crawling around his mom, he started developing an unusual affection towards our beloved German Shepherd, Betty.
My beloved Betty has recently celebrated her 11th birthday and she is the smartest and sweete [..]
Published on 2012-07-31 17:24:00
My country is going through hell these days and I have to admit, I do give a damn about it. I thought patriotism could never touch my embittered spirit, but I was wrong. I am very passionate when it comes to my country. However much I loved it, though, I am not that masochistic as to keep on dreaming and planing to have a normal life here. It cannot be normal for a cancer patient to wake up at 4 in the morning in order to put himself on a list
Published on 2012-07-28 11:45:00
There are days when, one might feel like talking less and ..chilling more..We are still under a merciless heat wave that mellows our spirit and lessens our enthusiasm. Oh what a bliss, some rain, would be!! Hei...British folks, chase your clouds towards Eastern Europe!! The Olympic Games deserve some sunshine.
Published on 2012-07-25 17:45:00
The supernatural has stimulated my imagination, ever since I was a curious little brat watching "Twilight Zone", or "The Outer Limits", on my black and white TV. Before that, as a very young child, about 5 or 6, I used to have some strange recurring nightmares that would wake me up every other night, scaring my mother to death.
All I can recall of those nightmares was me (an adult me) dying in different ways, either mauled by wolves (with the taste of blood in my mouth) or chased by dark shad [..]
Published on 2012-07-23 07:26:00
I cannot really explain, why I am so much inclined to appreciate female beauty. Being a woman myself, I suppose, in simple terms, I'd rather be expected to vibrate a bit differently..But since I wasn't endowed with too much partiality when it comes to expected conformity, I simply gave up finding explanations. I used to paint (poorly) lots of female nudes, none of them reached an acceptable level of accomplishment, so, most of them still lie, somewhere in the basement, covered in cobwebs and dis [..]
Published on 2012-07-20 19:00:00
I have a very shitty car...It's so shitty that, all the doves, sparrows, pigeons and craws flying around my garden, crap all over it...they don't crap on the porch or on the garden furniture...just on the car... I can take a hint. It's a cheap car from 2000, with no AC (these days we enjoy 92 F temperatures) and generally very poorly built, with a serious difficulty in moving the stick and reaching the proper gear..Besides all these faults, her technical inspection expired last month, leaving us [..]
Published on 2012-07-17 17:28:00
I would hide under the table, although my cats have already gained supremacy of the place, if I were certain that, down there, I would escape the constant talk of the End of the World, that is ...near...oh so near. There are actual people who stock up their homes with food and supplies, colonies are being built (for the survivors of the Apocalypse), there are discount shelters offered to those interested to hide, as soon as the sun rises on the 21st of December 2012. That is...if the sun ever ri [..]
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I enjoy following everyday political battles from my side of the world. I take great pleasure in analyzing all the propaganda, I make sure to observe all the sides involved, and then, I reach my own conclusion, unaltered by intrusive media reports that can never be truly objective. I am always delighted to discover the cunning political methods used to induce certain trends and opinions to the population (or the dumb masses, as they say). A smallish part of my connationals are, still and hopeles [..]
Published on 2012-07-11 05:50:00
First of all, I must confess my utter admiration for miss Jane Austen's work and , how long it has been, since I've been longing to read her in English. Today, my dream has finally come true, because my beloved brother, who has just returned from a trip to UK, brought me a most cherished gift...:"The Complete Work of Jane Austen".
I am so happy to have this book that I carry it around with me everywhere, in the garden, in the kitchen...in the bathroom :)). I devour every word of it, and I ev [..]
Published on 2012-07-07 03:02:00
The 7th of July is the very special occasion, when people worldwide celebrate the International Kissing Day. I have to be honest and confess that I am not a huge fan of public manifestations of emotion, but maybe.. I've turned too bitter. So, to prove me wrong, I gathered here some pecks, smooches and french kissing that I find mighty charming. Who'd you like to kiss today?
Published on 2012-07-05 18:39:00
Since I am one of Count Dracula's numerous progenies, being born rather close to his mighty abode, I thought I'd be entitled to express my utter amazement regarding the astonishing proportions of the current vampire hysteria. I keep trying to find an explanation, why do we love so much reading or watching movies about vampires?
I am, myself, a huge admirer of the HBO series "True Blood", I find it resourceful, entertaining, ingenious and very, very sexy. There is also the famous"Twilight", that [..]
Published on 2012-07-03 07:51:00
Why I wake up every day has recently been honored with two blog awards and I must comply with the unwritten regulations of the blogging world and pass them on to other lovely and fabulous bloggers out there. The first award is "The Fabulous Blog Ribbon" from Petro Neagu -
Published on 2012-07-01 17:49:00
To my mother's abhorrence, I still show, no inclination whatsoever, towards more...normal things like...family, children, cleaning, washing socks and going to church. My family and some of my friends have constantly disapproved one thing or another about my character: my obvious lack of responsibility, my apparent withdrawal from the real world, the way I dress, the way I eat, how I choose to ignore, or worse, to defy common beliefs or habits, or both, that I love too much and hate a lot less, [..]
Published on 2012-06-29 09:14:00
My blog is filled with numerous and fervent declarations of love towards my tiny piece of nature. This time of year, I have new reasons to reaffirm my admiration, considering that raspberries time has arrived. This year I expect a double quantity from this savory fruit. I have a few recipes in mind and I shall definitely try to make some raspberry jam too.
Published on 2012-06-27 13:24:00
Because I had an overprotective mother, my childhood was not a very normal one. My mom would allow me to play exclusively in the garden upfront, surrounded by a thick fence, because she was constantly scared that I might get hurt, run over by cars, pushed around by older kids or kidnapped by pedophiles. I remember how kids would come to the fence and ask me to play with them and my mom would send them away. She was strange indeed, but I cannot really be angry with her.
She did the best she cou [..]
Published on 2012-06-25 07:20:00
I have never met him, he had no idea I existed and yet..he has touched my life in a tremendous manner. What I can say for sure is that 3 years ago, when I woke up and turned on the TV...I've discovered new things about myself...The most important one is, that pain never really goes away...Ever since his passing, I wasn't able to listen to any of his songs without weeping...so I chose to avoid doing that. His music and photos are stored in a special folder in my computer, where I can't reach them [..]
Published on 2012-06-24 08:00:00
I have finally concluded my very first fantasy short story, only 6 days before the end of the competition. It took me about 2 months to write 6500 words, which is a very long time considering the fact that real writers could do that in merely 4, 5 days. I only have experience in writing short articles belonging to the journalism genre, so I must confess this has been a most astonishing practice for me. For those of you interested to join this fantasy writing contest, you can still submit your sh [..]
Published on 2012-06-20 09:02:00
Published on 2012-06-17 13:00:00
Sundays are usually very quiet in the countryside. People here are extremely religious, almost fanatic when it comes to working on Sundays. Some housewives don't even cook or wash their hair. They usually sleep or maybe visit their neighbors and relatives and gossip about other neighbors and relatives. So it's mainly a profound general slumber.
When I moved here, 6 years ago, I was well aware that I would trade the city noise with the chirp of the birds and the rustle of the leaves, but I gotta [..]
Published on 2012-06-13 13:35:00
I am sure you are all familiar with that kind of people who can always "get by". They perpetually manage to break through, they are well connected, they always have a friend or a relative, or the friend of a relative who can assist them in getting what they want: a job, a sale, a promotion, a favor or whatever...They are (usually) intellectually mediocre, devoid of any talent or useful abilities and, most of the time, with very low morals.
I have such an acquaintance, a very distant one, let's c [..]
Published on 2012-06-11 09:50:00
I wish to dedicate this post to all my blogger friends who, most kindly chose to answer my plea and offer a feedback on my fantasy ventures in the literary world published in this post. Their suggestions were most helpful and I wish to thank them all.Here they are;
Scarlett from http://scarlettknightblog.blogspot.com/
Jane and Lance from http://hattatt.blogspot.com/
Maryellen from http://maryellenbrady.com/
Gary from http://klahanie.blogspot.com
Petro from http://theseamanmom.blogspot.com
Published on 2012-06-07 13:39:00
For the last month I've been entirely captivated by the fantasy story that's been lately concocting in the intricate web of my imagination. My fervent diligence is determined by the fact that I plan to enter this story into a fantasy writing contest and I have to do that til the end of the month.
If anyone is interested in joining this competition I shall be much obliged to share the link here.
I've been so utterly lost in the enchantment of my fantastic ventures, that I've almost neglected my [..]
Published on 2012-06-05 14:54:00
About 3 miles away from my humble abode, there is a very muddy and unromantic river that flows most unsightly, carving its way through the sandy grounds. A few years ago, its muddy, stinky waters flooded numerous houses in my village causing a lot of grief and despair among the villagers.
So, you see, this is a very unloved river...
I decided to observe its
Published on 2012-06-03 07:25:00
I haven't posted lately, because I have been very frustrated with Google's recent "improvement" to its Blogger platform. Apparently it's much more efficient for them to allocate to each blog a specific URL according to the country. I am currently located in Romania, so the address of my blog changed from .com to .ro.
Published on 2012-05-30 11:01:00
A very special gentleman, Ian from Views from the Bald Patch, nominated me among 7 creative bloggers he considered worthy of the Kreativ Blogger award. I am proud and honored and I wish to kindly thank him.
According to the Kreativ Blogger rules, I need to: 1. Thank the blogger who nominated me for the award, and provide a link back to their blog. 2. List 7 things about myself that the readers might find interesting.3. Tag 7 other bloggers, providing links to their blogs, and letting them know [..]
Published on 2012-05-28 07:29:00
Exactly 12 years ago, one sunny afternoon, I was crossing the street on my way to my father's country house. It was a very hot day and I was very distracted ...
When the car hit me, I remember being very much amazed about the way my body was rolling around in the air, with the greatest of ease, like the astonishing act of a most proficient gymnast. I don't recall much else, aside from a very painful fall and a lot of blood gushing from my right temple like a geyser.
Our very first getaway in a [..]
Published on 2012-05-24 18:11:00
I have, but only recently, discovered that I am bestowed with a very significant dose of romanticism in my heart. I should mention though, that I don't find agreeable anything from that touchy-feely sh!t category that sells so well to the great public and can be read during a one hour train trip, on your way to grandma. My notion of romance has nothing to do with stupid red hearts or chubby Cupids, but to a certain state of mind that alters reality and changes perspectives.
Rain always changes m [..]
Published on 2012-05-22 08:00:00
Published on 2012-05-20 10:00:00
A group of scientists recently recreated, following minutious discovered data, the face of a female Neanderthal.
Aside from the obvious bad hair day, I find her features quite handsome, if I were to compare her to some of today's medically "improved" beauties. She looks wild, stressed and a bit angry but again...so do we nowadays. Of course the object of our distress might be a bit different, related maybe to bad waterproof mascara or a broken nail, whereas she could have been pissed about break [..]
Published on 2012-05-17 07:38:00
I haven't always been most graciously addicted to nature's blissful effects on my state of mind..There was a time, not very long ago, when I used to live in a dark, humid apartment, most unhappily situated very far from any glimpse of sunlight and I remember how all the plants I used to buy to cheer up the place, would die in a week or so.
Published on 2012-05-14 11:00:00
Once upon a time there was a girl called Anna, she was the daughter of a Russian laundress. Because Anna was mesmerized with the graceful swans from her grandpa's pond, she asked her poor mother to send her to school so she could learn how to dance as willowy as her grandpa's immaculate swans. And indeed she danced.
When she grew up and became a prima ballerina at the Imperial Theater, everybody fell in love with the elegance and the grace of her magic little feet that could float above the g [..]
Published on 2012-05-12 06:12:00
I don't like people much..Yes I am a horrible misanthrope with nasty views on my fellow human beings.
I acknowledged that again yesterday, staying in line at the pharmacy. While I was waiting for my turn I could feel on the back of my neck the warm garlicky breath of the sweaty man from behind. He was so close to me that I could actually feel his big belly pressed against my butt (he was short and I was wearing heels). And while I opened my wallet to take out some money, I swear he was staring r [..]
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Published on 2012-05-02 23:14:00
This blue-eyed beauty is not my child, I haven't been blessed with motherhood yet, she is my best friend's little girl, named Marie. She is about 8 months old and her parents are entirely subjugated by this tiny pinkish person who speaks a very colorful language :" La-di-da, bri-bi-ba, bi-bi-pli" are just a few of her most impressing assertions so far, and nobody can contradict her :).
Published on 2012-05-01 11:36:00
my sponge cake
About a month ago I was asking one of my dearest blogger friends, Catherine from Living the gourmet, to consider preparing a more special dessert recipe for us unhappy people who diet. And, to my utter surprise and delight she, most amiably, answered my plea, and, along with her lovely daughter Tammy, prepared a very inspired dessert Shortbread and dried fruit bars.
A cocktail with the spongecake
And because I wanted to follow her good example and transform this recipe into an [..]
Published on 2012-04-27 16:06:00
Yes, I am desperately looking for a muse and I am willing to offer lodging, milk, cookies, afternoon tea and
Published on 2012-04-24 11:14:00
Mister Miaw scrutinizing the horizon from the top of the fence
I haven't left my little "estate" for over a week now and, aside from the urgent need of fresh vegetables, I can't say I miss much the civilized world. Here, in the countryside, at about 5 miles from the roaring city, life has a different pace, douce, peaceful, quiet and graceful. Intruders are easily identified and promptly excluded.
Published on 2012-04-21 05:59:00
I want to be clear...Do you know that famous huge bag, the Birkin bag, made by Hermes, that all the pretentious celebrities carry around their arm, in that hand-job position? Ok, would you pay between 9000$ and 100 000 $ for it? If you do, then it would probably be wise to part ways here...bye bye.
Now, don't start throwing stones just yet, ladies...
I am not a fashionista, for various reasons, but mostly because I am too arrogant to adopt a style that is not unique. And fashion is mostly about [..]
Published on 2012-04-18 13:14:00
There are some amazing old legends in my country, that evolve around the Easter night. My beloved grandma would often tell me about the miracle of this special night when, both the gates of hell and Heaven, are wide open and when all the witches would cast their spells and call their dead. My suspicion is that, these legends and superstitions were passed on from a generation to another, as a constant reminder for the simpletons, that they were mortals and they should fear higher powers.
Published on 2012-04-15 05:05:00
In my country, Easter is generally associated with an excessive gluttony of traditional foods. There are a few people who actually give a hoot about the whole spiritual enlightenment, but the general tendency is to kill lambs, fry them, grill them, stuff them and eat them in huge quantities until a trip to the Emergency Room is desperately required. About a week before Easter the supermarkets get extremely crowded, people usually buy anything in large quantities, as if they'd prepare themselves [..]
Published on 2012-04-12 04:07:00
I don't like taboos. I consider them weaknesses. That's why whenever I sense a soft spot I stubbornly face it and confront it. Maybe to some of you, sensuality is a taboo. Well to me it isn't, on the contrary, I'd include it among my very favorite topics.
Because it's been almost 12 years since I've been in an exclusive relationship (I was about 22 back then), I've long forgotten how it is to flirt, to playfully tease a man or to engage in an enticing game of seduction.
I don't know about you [..]
Published on 2012-04-09 10:15:00
I don't like women much, that's a given. Their whining and crying and bitching and the mood swings, the biological clock that's constantly ticking, the nesting, the obsession for the ultimate clean plate or glass or any friggin' thing (Oh God how I hate that), and the desperate clinging to their man whom they always shield from other women's glances...wow being a woman is a bitch..I've already said that but every 3 months I feel the need to reestablish that. As a woman, I realize I am bestowed w [..]
Published on 2012-04-07 06:20:00
sunset from my garden
Published on 2012-04-04 05:54:00
I love writing fantasy. I have so many wondrous stories to tell, so many adventures to share that my only fear would be the lack of words. Because of my cruel reality, or in spite of it, I often find myself drifting towards a fantasy world. I realize that some slick shrinks might categorize that as skizo.. I call it survival. In my current reality, love and cancer are supposed to coexist happily ever after...so you understand my choice.
Published on 2012-03-31 17:17:00
Published on 2012-03-29 11:16:00
Because I usually wake up very late (I go to bed long after midnight), I never feel the need to eat breakfast. But I take delight in preparing it for my boyfriend even if he enjoys it around lunch. He still appreciates it. Today, for the very first time this year, we used the opportunity to have our first outdoor breakfast-lunch in the garden.
In the countryside people don't care much for discretion. They stare a lot and usually drop by uninvited and sometimes even forget to leave in spite of n [..]
Published on 2012-03-26 11:50:00
Published on 2012-03-22 18:17:00
I used to believe I was immortal. I suppose we all do, till a certain point in life when we really confront ourselves with our own mortality. The transition to a mere mortal usually commences with the discovery of the first grey hair. The shock is tremendous, I remember staring like an idiot in the magnifying glass and talking to myself .."What the hell, I can't get old".
But we really become mortals when someone dear gets sick...and we suddenly realize our time is painfully finite. If [..]
Published on 2012-03-18 18:46:00
I printed these photos and stuck them on the fridge door hoping they would prevent me from pillaging its content. I had to take drastic measures because I really wish to look good in case my plans to say "I do" come to fulfillment.
I must admit life has embittered me, I remember being a lot more enthusiastic, I remember how much I used to enjoy working out and sticking to a diet. Nowadays nothing comforts me more than the opportunity to lay my ever-growing ass in a chair in front of the comput [..]
Published on 2012-03-15 13:54:00
After days and days of horrid blizzards, after days and days spent buried under an endless sea of snow, today Lady Spring blew a warm wind our way. The wind was actually mighty fierce, but it was warm and it dried up the muddy puddles caused by the melted snow. It already smells like spring and while I was facing the strong wind, my eyes on the blue sky, I suddenly realized ..this is it!!! This is the time when the fairies are coming.
Of course it's still chilly and the trees are bald and des [..]
Published on 2012-03-12 14:20:00
Because I've pulled a neck muscle, I've been moving around the house like an ogre with my neck stuck to my shoulder causing everybody lots of laughs. In spite of the ogre situation, I stubbornly followed my plan to cook for my partner mince samosas and french toast.
I am sure you are all fans of Indian cuisine, I've discovered it only recently and I fell in love with the vegetarian dishes, especially the vegetable samosas. Of course they are calorie bombs, especially if you deep fry them , b [..]
Published on 2012-03-09 18:19:00
I am sure we've all been through the inevitable phase called " the washing machine tightened my pants".. and I could bet my last 20 bucks that you've all kept a diet, at least once.
I haven't kept just one diet...but hundreds, from the cabbage soup, the boiled potatoes, the no bread diet, the green tea diet (also called the " long trips to the bathroom" diet :), the 5 bottles of water a day diet, the one meal a day diet to the most extreme diet ever...the no food diet...for 13 days, that's my re [..]
Published on 2012-03-06 06:58:00
What's with men and the slutty nurses so generously portrayed in million pictorials and movies of a certain genre? Men can heroically face mortal danger, they move the world upside down for their families, but when it comes to a promiscuous medical attendant in uniform, they turn into drooling puppies.
Of course not all them, but just the same, a slutty nurse seems to be the ultimate temptation. Could it be related to the idea of caring, service, healing, dedication or maybe medical devotion? I [..]
Published on 2012-03-03 11:56:00
Sometimes I feel like showing off in the kitchen, mostly because (if my recipes succeed) my boyfriend always repays my efforts with some of my favorite relaxing routines like a back massage or a full manicure :). He is so good at both but he's not always in the mood to perform according with my whims. So of course I took the advantage of exploiting his pizza cravings in order to reach my mischievous selfish goal.
I love the garlic butter pizza base with mushrooms and corn, that's my most favor [..]
Published on 2012-02-27 13:13:00
A few days ago I turned a little bit older and hopefully a lot wiser (34 years old wiser), and I have to confess that, in spite of the moderate dose of Xanax that I greedily swallowed hoping to sweeten my bitterness and my general malaise, I unavoidably reached a very predictable conclusion: freaking birthdays suckkkk!!!!! I suppose we are somehow programmed to yearly evaluate what the hell happened in the meantime. For some of you disgustingly happy optimistic people out there, this is an oppor [..]
Published on 2012-02-23 17:54:00
"My LoveIt’s been three long and agonizing months since I last laid my eyes on you. Here, the mornings are pale and foggy, the moist air is almost unbreathable and the unavoidable afternoon rain has seriously weakened poor Mama’s frail health. Evers since you left, I have been inconsolable, in spite of everyone’s numerous efforts and especially Mister Morgan’s disagreeable attempts to please me. To my utter astonishment, last night I heard Mama conversing in the guest room, with Mister [..]
Published on 2012-02-20 13:39:00
I was about 10 when, I'd stealthily sneak into the kitchen late at night after I'd make sure my mom was sound asleep and I'd breathlessly devour Scheherezade's stories to sultan Harun al Rashid. One story after another, I felt hopelessly intrigued by Scheherezade's skillful and bewitching narrative decoy, shrewdly weaved to avoid her own demise. Not only did she postpone her own beheading, night after night, but by virtue of her enchanted nocturnal storytelling, she managed to touch the embitter [..]
Published on 2012-02-16 07:45:00
There is no chance whatsoever to hide from Valentine's Day and everything it entails in today's highly commercialized romance. All the freaking hearts and bonbons and crappy paper Cupids with their stupid arrows and the dining and wining and the grand gestures with red roses or rose petals on the pillow and friggin' heart shaped chocolates and teddy bears , bleah they all set my teeth on edge...
I believe that romance has nothing to do with public displays of predictable gestures but rather a [..]
Published on 2012-02-13 15:11:00
Yes, Lady Winter is definitely taking retaliatory actions against us mortals here in Europe. Unfortunately, people are dying isolated in their houses entirely covered in snow, because, most of the times, the idiotic local authorities are too moronic to act properly. We are pretty much isolated here but my situation is not at all as desperate as that of most of the people from the southern part of the country. I've seen on tv images that silenced our pathetic lamentations regarding the lack of fr [..]
Published on 2012-02-09 17:21:00
In my previous life I must have been one of those exuberant flappers, otherwise I cannot explain my utter fascination when it comes to The Roaring 20's. It must have been astonishing for women of that age to get rid of their Victorian inhibitions, throw aside their corsets and pantaloons, cut off their long flowing hair and embrace the new exhilarating idea of freedom... Freedom to breath, to be able to walk freely with no trains, hoops or other clothing impediments, freedom to dance, smoke, dri [..]
Published on 2012-02-06 08:01:00
It's been 6 days and 3 hours since I last left my lairs and stepped into the civilized world. The supplies are scarce and we've started wondering how could we reach the nearest shopping store, considering the fact that the cars are unusable, the roads are completely blocked, and the windy blizzard is laughingly playing with the stubborn tenacity of the few snow plows that are supposed to clear our way towards civilization.
If it were just a little bit less cold, we'd pull out our rubber b [..]
Published on 2012-02-02 10:45:00
Because it's incredibly cold outside and because the car would not start , we've been forced to stay mostly inside keeping away from the freezing cold. Last night the outside thermometer showed a minimum of - 25 C (-13 F) and to my utter astonishment I discovered ice around the door keyhole.
In spite of all our efforts to keep it warm inside the house (that includes a fireplace and some electric radiators ) we can't seem to obtain more than some pathetic 15 degrees C (58 F) which is ...brrrr. [..]
Published on 2012-01-29 11:08:00
I don't like winter much, I find it depressing and tormenting, at least that's how our kinda winter is, in this part of the world. We live outside the city, in a village somehow secluded, where snow plows don't always reach, so most of the time we must handle the snow problem ourselves...But the snow and the blizzard is not the main issue here, the cold is. While I am typing here at my desk next to the lovely fireplace, the temperature outside is -19 degrees C (-2F).
I had to move my chicken [..]
Published on 2012-01-26 17:15:00
Oh yeah, I have a chick that I adore. Her name is Little Wheel and I raised her since day one. She is now about 4 years old and she is a prolific egg layer. She is very friendly and cute, Eugene the rooster obviously favors her, probably because of her punk-like plumage and her smallish stature. She hates cold weather and because, these days I live in blizzard-ville, I decided to take her inside the house in order to avoid an unwanted health issue on her behalf.
Ever since we share the same ho [..]
Published on 2012-01-22 09:17:00
There must be something miraculously blissful about the Brazilian climate or the Brazilian cuisine ...otherwise I cannot explain how this marvelous country can deliver such beautiful women. And I mean reallyyyyy beautiful in spite of age or any other hostile factors..like gravity for instance:).. That explains why the recent Brazilian Miss Grandma Pageant caused such a stir... The grandmothers that signed in for this beauty contest had ages between 46 and 57 and ...really...not a single one of [..]