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

The Fashion Editor

YoYoanna is one of those rare individuals who were born to do something specific and were smart enough to realise it early on and work to achieve it. She’s a complete encyclopedia of dresses, suits, shoes and whatnot when it comes to red carpets, and she’s also shockingly well versed in hot TV series and films. Plus she reads voraciously, whenever she finds the time. A true media girl and intelligent, at that. Continue reading The Fashion Editor

The EFL Teacher

MartaMartina, as you can see, looks like she earns her living on a catwalk but she’s in fact a teacher. An EFL teacher. Just writing these words a cold shiver runs down my spine. I am absolutely terrified of teaching. I’m crap at explaining things, especially things like language. Teaching is for me the absolute horror job, but wait to see Martina’s perspective. That’s what I call real, blessed passion, and she’s passionate in everything she does. Continue reading The EFL Teacher

The Visual Effects Artist

MuryMury has been CGI-ing actively for some time now and she says she loves it, which doesn’t stop her from complaining about the inadequacies of some of the people she has to work with. And by the way, she does her work in passing from one part of Europe to another, she’s literally unstoppable when it comes to travelling.

Continue reading The Visual Effects Artist

The Translator

I’m starting a new category where I’ll post short profiles of people who love their job and can tell you why exactly they love it. Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do.

Da Pootz

AngeAngelina is a long-time translator and interpreter. She speaks about four languages but being shy, she’d rather not admit just how fluent she is. Here’s what she had to say about herself. Continue reading The Translator

10 things new mums always underestimate

by Irina Slav

Okay, when I say “always” I may be exaggerating, but it is, I think, a universal truth that we are rarely, if ever, fully prepared for something we have never experienced, and that’s especially true when it comes to motherhood. Continue reading 10 things new mums always underestimate

Zombocalypse survivor or fresh meat?

by Da Pootz

image: Angelina Alexandrova

This test was sort of unavoidable, to be honest, so here it is.

Continue reading Zombocalypse survivor or fresh meat?

A reminder

Well, dear people, this blog seems to have 32 followers now, with less than ten posts, which I deeply appreciate and hopefully deserve. The way I see it, that’s 32 potential contributors. If you recall, the idea behind this blog was for a group effort — no, strike that — group entertainment. So, contribute! If you don’t know what it’s all about, scroll down to the welcome post, I don’t want to make it too easy for you.

Thanks, everyone!

Da Pootz