Category Archives: Fascination Street

Nourishing your capacity to be amazed at the world. Anything that warms your heart, text and pics.

A Date With a Twist

No Biting

By Irina Slav

“Are you thinking about it?” he murmured into her ear singeing it with his breath. Continue reading A Date With a Twist

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The Cover Letter I Wish I Could Send

Cover letters. What’s your first reaction when you come across the phrase? Joy? Excitement? Hardly, right? Continue reading The Cover Letter I Wish I Could Send

Principles

I recently had to write a review of Ray Dalio’s Principles (the first book) and that of course got me thinking about my own principles as it would anyone who’s come across the book. Now, I’m nowhere near Ray Dalio in terms of success or clout and I don’t consider myself a particularly valuable member of the species but I nevertheless decided to lay out my principles in the hope of, well, defining them. Here’s what I came up with: Continue reading Principles

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.

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

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