We Have a Situation

I see I haven’t posted in this blog in, well, almost a year. Of course, the reason is always the same — I’ve been busy. Busy writing, basically, and here is the result of some of that writing: nine new stories that I really loved writing. Continue reading We Have a Situation

A short course in self-irony

I saved this draft two years ago (I have really neglected this blog!) with the intention of outlining a five-step process for learning self-irony. I believed — and I still believe — that the world today suffers from a bad case of no-self-ironism that could eventually become terminal. Continue reading A short course in self-irony

The Entrepreneur-to-be

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I met the Entrepreneur-to-be online, in a work project and I’d confidently say that he’s one of the sweetest and most persuasive people I know. That’s a dangerous combination, such people can make you do stuff you never thought you’d want to do and like it (especially since you get paid for it)! He’s a great motivator and a great optimist, and I can only wish him that he never loses either of these. Continue reading The Entrepreneur-to-be

I can’t get no sleep

It’s 6.50 am and I’ve just finished my coffee. I’m done with the first item on the daily agenda there are three more to go till I close shop at about 3 pm. Continue reading I can’t get no sleep

A recipe for good food

by Irina Slav

No, this is not insightful advice along the lines of “Use only fresh vegetables/fish/meat/whatever”. Just a few tips that I’ve found to be universal and whenever I’ve compromised one or more of them I’ve suffered unpleasant consequences such as a hurt ego and food that I have had to throw out — something totally inadmissible. Continue reading A recipe for good food

That wonderful feeling

by Irina Slav

I spent some five hours yesterday writing a story that was supposed to be short. I had a dream, it had the kernel of what I thought would be a good story, so I sat down and started typing. Continue reading That wonderful feeling

Silver linings

by Irina Slav

I’m no motivational speaker and I never will be but I was thinking the other day that if there’s one single piece of advice I could give my daughter – and anyone else asking for advice — and be perfectly, without a shadow of a doubt, certain that it’s good advice, that would be “Always look for the silver lining.” Continue reading Silver linings

So I went and did it

by Irina Slav

The man_CoverI remember my first piece of creative writing — it was a poem about the snow and I wrote it some time in second or third grade. Then I got too busy with other things but when puberty hit, so did inspiration. I went through the more or less mandatory stage of poetry but fortunately it didn’t last too long. Mostly, though, I wrote stories and non-fiction, pretty much blog stuff. And I was very private about it, which was easy because in those days I didn’t have the temptation of putting my writing on the internet. Continue reading So I went and did it

The Ethnologist

VaneVanya is an ethnologist. Yes, I don’t really know what this is either. Google it, it’s interesting. But she’s not just the degree she has. She’s one of the most violently positive people I know and I mean violently! She has no truck with any kind of hypocrisy whatsoever, and as if this is no reason enough to admire her, she is also a great cook and an excellent teacher. A children’s teacher, no less. say what you will, I firmly believe these things take a very special talent and since I don’t have it and never will, I admire the ones who do. Continue reading The Ethnologist