Book Review: The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares

I am a big fan of Latin American writers, especially G.G. Marquez and Julio Cortazar, but I have to admit to the fact that Adolfo Bioy Casares exerts a special influence on me. He lived his life under the shadow of Borges’ immense genius and was often overshadowed by the brilliant prose of a writer who can, with ease, be considered as the best writer never to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

But Casares, even though not as famous as his best friend, and most certainly not as brilliant, managed to grow in a different direction and forge a different style. He did all that, but he managed one more thing, for which I commend him greatly. He wrote this short novel.
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Showcase: Vincent van Gogh

Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who created some 2100 works. Considered to be among the most influential artists of all time. He only sold one painting during his lifetime. Famous for cutting his ear off, being misunderstood and marginalized all his life to become a genius after his death. Continue reading Showcase: Vincent van Gogh

[Book Review] Whisper to me: Sweet breath of Life Divine by Randal Cobleigh

From Amazon.com:

The “WHISPERS’ in my case came from my guardian angel. Not only did this angel whisper beautiful poems to me that I have documented in my book. This angel stood next to my death bed in the hospital and administered a healing to me that doctor’s could not fathom. I was supposed to have been “Dead by Dawn” but the kidneys and liver were now somehow functioning normally. This was the second and last time I was to see this angel. But Divine forces have continued to hover around me. Many times people feel the influence of spirit when they come near me. Some find it to be refreshing and enjoy the sensation. Others sense an overload of anger and might be in great despair without truly knowing the reason. One relative in particular has become vehemently hostile towards me and I feel love and sorrow for this individual, but it never seems to help. Many find the experience very awkward and feel as if they are very hot and prefer to leave. Your Guardian Angel can help you find and enter “THE RIVER OF LOVE AND KNOWLEDGE”. If you are in harmony with life, such an experience should help you to realize your talents and gather tools to produce preciously talented creations of your own design. You don’t need to connect with any religion to feel the great love of God’s spirit. God will give it to you for free. Just ask for His grace and Love. When I enter “The River of Love and Knowledge” I find my “Voice in the Wilderness”. Creativity flows like a mighty river and my spirit quivers with love of the creator. If one thing is possible, what then is impossible?

First of, a disclaimer: This book is a bit rough around the edges. There are some errors and typos, and some formatting issues.  They do distract from the writing itself from time to time. Grammar Nazis have been warned!

That being said, this is a very niche book, which is why I included the description from Amazon. If books that revolve heavily around religion are not a thing, this is surely not going to be your cup of tea.

I do not shy away from reading a book, especially since there’s something to learn from everything, and to be honest, Randal’s life story is quite inspirational.

All I can say is that there are good bits, there are bad bits, and since I am not exactly in the target audience of this book, I am sure that those who are interested will find it a much better read than I did.

Whisper to Me: Sweet Breath of Life Divine is available both as a paperback and an e-book on Amazon.

How to Become an Artist

It seems to me that we spend our childhood building our initial vision of the world. We do our best trying to answer as many questions as possible, and in our eagerness to understand everything around us, we name things and label them and we think that we’re absolutely certain that things are exactly how we see them.

And I also feel that we always return to this initial vision. Continue reading How to Become an Artist

George Orwell: Why I Write

“From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer. Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books. Continue reading George Orwell: Why I Write

Here’s How to Write a Brilliant Sentence

“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”― Ernest Hemingway

Average writers write average sentences. You, I’m guessing, don’t want to be average.

You want to be great. You believe you can be phenomenal, which means you need to write damn good sentences … without even thinking about it … day in and day out.

Do that and you’ll become unstoppable.

Everything you write … every blog post, every short story, status update, tweet… is formed by a bunch of sentences. If you can write a brilliant sentence, you can write a brilliant short story, even a novel.

Want to learn how? Read on… Continue reading Here’s How to Write a Brilliant Sentence