What often puzzles me is that in literature, typically, you need to introduce a visible flaw in a character to designate him as an “unreliable narrator”, while everybody else around are assumed to be “reliable”. As if not having a visible flaw makes anyone reliable. My take on this is that if you think someone is completely sane and not crazy, it only means you don’t know this person well enough. Still waters run deep.
Today I wrote something that might become the opening of a new novel, which might be about Jay, already familiar to the reader from my previous work “No Sugar”. Let’s see how long this one will take.
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It is a popular misconception that the writers write their books in the quiet of their study rooms, with the rest of the world being considerate enough not to interrupt the process. In fact, very few people can afford such a luxury – nor is it always desirable. Some of the best pieces of texts I’ve ever written were written at places like an inter-city bus.
My romantic diabetic novelette “No Sugar” is now published on Smashwords, enjoy it here.
Today I finished working on the revised version of my romantic diabetic novelette “No Sugar”, enjoy! Will be looking for a way to e-publish it shortly.
Reading now a wonderful historical book “The Guns of August” by Barbara Tuchman and can’t stop wondering – does the history really teach anybody anything, or is the humanity doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again?
One of the challenges of being a writer is what happens when you finish your new work and finally let it out into the wild. It probably is similar to the moment, when a child grows up and leaves the parent’s house – an “empty nest” syndrome, or maybe a bit like postpartum depression. First, you feel happy and proud, some sense of achievement. Then, comes the anxiety – how will the big world accept your child, now that you can’t help? And then you realize that you gave your child a part of your soul, and now this place is uncomfortably void and will take time to heal. And then you start thinking – do I want to have another baby? Am I ready for it? Is it worth it?
For those interested in the background of my latest work “No Sugar”, diabetes (both type one and type two) is currently number 4 killer in the world, according to the latest statistics. Higher than this are only cardio, cancer, and respiratory diseases. While type two is usually associated with overweight and lifestyle, type one hits young people for an unknown reason, which I find especially tragic.