Be Music. But Also Be Funny.

 

 

The Song

By Irina Slav

The 8:05 was Nina’s usual bus. The bus stop was right outside her house and still she sometimes had trouble getting there in time and had to wait for the 8:15. Nina was an office manager at a boutique—that is, small and insignificant—advertising agency downtown. She liked to be the first one in the office, when everything was quiet and all the rooms were empty. That’s why she took the 8:05 and not the 8:15 although in the last couple of months there was also another reason. Continue reading Be Music. But Also Be Funny.

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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

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

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