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“Scourges, Spells, and Serenades” – free ebook with my stories

“Scourges, Spells, and Serenades” – free ebook with my stories

I’m very excited to announce the first collection of my short stories, Scourges, Spells, and Serenades. This ebook will be available for free only to my newsletter subscribers, and it contains 5 fantasy stories. You can sign up on the home page of my website or by following this link. The collection contains 5 short stories, most of them never published in English before:

Pride and Prejudice and Other Classics I Didn’t Read

Pride and Prejudice and Other Classics I Didn’t Read

Some time ago, I stumbled across people discussing some reference to Pride and Prejudice. To my surprise, one of the points raised was that one cannot consider oneself a book-lover if one has not read Pride and Prejudice. That gave me a pause. I definitely consider myself a book worm, but at the same time, I haven’t read anything by Jane Austen. And come to think of it, I haven’t read a bunch of other books considered classics either. 

Dear Book, I Want to Fall in Love with You…

Dear Book, I Want to Fall in Love with You…

Dear Book, It’s been a while since I’ve fallen in love with a novel, so I’m really looking forward to you being my next love. It’d be so perfect! I’d re-read you over and over again. I’d tell my friends about you. And I’d re-read you once more then, because you would be so worth it! I wouldn’t even care if you had beautiful and enchanting style. Your words could be simply entertaining, and I’d love you all the same.

Watching Novels: Thoughts on Book Adaptations

Watching Novels: Thoughts on Book Adaptations

Sometimes, when one looks at Hollywood’s movie repertoire, it seems all they film are remakes and book adaptations. Some people cringe, hoping for more original content and fresh stories, and as much as I’d love to see those as well, I do have a spot for book adaptations. There’s something enchanting in seeing the story I loved (or at least enjoyed) envisioned by someone else. It’s almost like sharing thoughts on a book and learning someone else’s perspective.

The Wordwitch: A Writer’s Life in Pictures – January

The Wordwitch: A Writer’s Life in Pictures – January

The Wordwitch (which got its name thanks to Myk Pilgrim) is a series of drawings I started back in January 2017. At first, it was one image, but soon more ideas followed and my notebook filled with more pictures. As I just recently launched my Facebook Page, it seemed a good time to start sharing them. These drawings appear weekly on Tuesdays, on social media under the #thewordwitch hashtag, and are a monthly roundup post here. I hope you’ll enjoy…

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Being the Reader I Used to Be

Being the Reader I Used to Be

I’m not the reader I used to be. Ever since I stopped being a student, I struggled with reading as many books as I did in my youth. Partially it was because of my limited time: I didn’t have gaps between lectures or workshops to fill with reading. Being employed full time meant 9 hours a day at my workplace. After that, I had to take care of my food and house chores. It was also the fear of losing…

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A Month in a Writer’s Life – August 2017

A Month in a Writer’s Life – August 2017

August was another month that whizzed by faster than a speeding car. I found myself torn between taking it easy after the Camp NaNo’s final rush, and keeping the general progress, so I finally settled on writing three short stories I’ve been meaning to get ready. It seemed like a reasonable goal, but things didn’t go exactly as planned.

Sex Scenes: How Did It Happen?

Sex Scenes: How Did It Happen?

I read sex scenes for the first time when I was about 11. It came at me quite unexpected, in the Arabian Nights book which I bought for my own pocket money. The Polish title of the book that could be translated as “The Tales of One Thousand and One Night” promised me exotic fairy tales from the lands of sand and sun. I was prepared for them to be dark, maybe even cruel sometimes, as I was very familiar…

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Reading Books: to Finish or Not to Finish?

Reading Books: to Finish or Not to Finish?

For a while now, I’ve been struggling to read more. Part of the problem is what I’ve written about before: the fear of getting too immersed in the book which would result ditching everything else (books have kept me from sleep, eating, and many other things). At the same time, I found myself getting more and more picky about the books I read, so it’s getting harder to find a book that would actually enchant me enough for the first…

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