Inspiring Fridays

By Michael Coghlan via Flickr

By Michael Coghlan via Flickr

I don’t think I would be wrong if I said that most of people can’t wait for Friday: especially for its evening part, when the week’s work has been done and it’s time to relax… or catch up with all the things neglected during the non-weekend days. Though I have to admit that regardless of how much I am looking forward to the weekend, Friday morning always throws me in a state of panic. “Is it today already?” I think opening my browser. “What’s this week’s theme?” More

My story in anthology by Fabryka Słów

thumb_3015_okladka_duzy27th of June was the release day of the anthology “I żywy stąd nie wyjdzie nikt” (“And nobody will get out of here alive”) by Fabryka Słów Publishing House. It’s a collection of of science-fiction and fantasy stories about war and I am very happy that my story “Słowa żołnierza” (“Soldier’s words”) is a part of it.

There are first reviews already available (Polish only) in Fahrenheit magazine, on Hatak.pl and Kocham Książki.

My story in a Polish anthology by Esensja magazine.

With pleasure I’d like to announce that my story, “Kot na sznurku” (“Cat on a string”) was published today as a part of anthology prepared by Esensja magazine. The collection (named “Kot na sznurku” after my story) will be available as an ebook for all the supporters of the magazine and will contain stories by authors who have previously published in Esensja, including traditionally published authors like Michał Cetnarowski, Michał Cholewa, Paweł Ciećwierz, Agnieszka Hałas and Grzegorz Wiśniewski.

For over 13 years now Esensja have been consequitively delivering news, reviews, essays and stories to its readers. They provide information not only on literature, but also movies, comic books, music, games and cultural events, covering both mainstream and speculative fiction topics.

More information about the anthology is available in Polish at Esensja’s website.

How do I write? Writing Process Blog Tour

by Pete O Shea via Flickr

by Pete O Shea via Flickr

Rachel Stirling from Stirlingwriter blog invited me to take part in a Blog Tour: it is exciting, as it’s my first one. Rachel’s blog post on Writing Process was published last week, and now it is my turn to answer 4 questions. I should also be passing the baton to the next three (un)lucky writers, but unfortunately everyone seems to be enjoying the prolonged weekend and I found no volunteers yet. So I leave the three spots open and if you want to take one of them and write a post for next Monday (28/04/2014) – just let me know in the comments.

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What am I working on at the moment?

At the moment I am focusing on two short stories I have planned: one of them is a sci-fi with a bit of horror flavouring, the other one will be set in an alternative history. It’s a new experience for me to write both of them as I never attempted to write anything horror-related before and the other story is a bit of an experiment as well with two worlds interwoven. But there are always other stories and ideas to be written as well, some of them partially done, some still nothing more than ideas. This way I can avoid writer’s block by jumping into another story if I hit a speed bump while writing the current one. More

From a booklover’s life

by Jules Morgan, via Flickr

by Jules Morgan, via Flickr

I remember the day I was going to Ireland “possibly for a year, maybe forever”. Since I was flying over there, my luggage was restricted by weight and I only could take four books with me. Two of them were dictionaries: Polish-English and English-Polish as I had a hunch they might come in handy. The other two were fiction: one that I already read and loved and the other one that I didn’t, but was supposed to write a review. That’s it, four books.

Just a year later I pushed my bicycle up the hill, carrying a package on it. It was my first bookshelf: meager, small and insignificant, but at least I could transport and assemble it on my own. I had few more books back then, but they still all fitted in and there was even some space left for boxes with “stuff”. More

The Most Dreaded Questions

By takomabibelot via Flickr

By takomabibelot via Flickr

We all have questions that we don’t like to be asked, that makes us feel uncomfortable. From “So, what’s your story about” when you would have to give away the precious plot twist forged so carefully to “So, are you planning on publishing it?” that would lead to hours-long lecture on differences between traditional publishing and self-publishing and why “planning” is not necessarily the correct verb. It even might be “Why did you kill that character?” when you simply don’t know the answer…

But the most dreaded question on my list is something different. It makes me feel a bit lost and I start wondering how one explains passion to others. The ones who have a passion on their own, something that occupies their thoughts almost all the time, will understand, but they rarely ask such question. They already relate and they would instantly understand a simple answer such as “Because I have to.” More

Climbing the Literary Mountains

I remember the time from my early twenties when I first went to Tatra Mountains in southern Poland to hike.

Of course, I’ve been there before, but back then I was too young to consider the mountains something more than just pretty surroundings. Our parents took me and my brother around Zakopane, picturesque town at the foothills of the mountain, and strolled with us through valleys that looked like they’ve been stolen from fantasy books. I can still recall some of the views, particular places, the mood even though over a quarter of century passed since then.

Tatra Mountains, Czerwone Wierchy - by Ryszard Zuchowski

Tatra Mountains, Czerwone Wierchy – by Ryszard Zuchowski

But it was only little over ten years ago when I packed my backpack and embarked on a train to Zakopane knowing this time I won’t be simply admiring the mountains, I will be actually climing them. I felt excited and I felt ready: even if I wasn’t an athelete, more bookworm than a fitness freak, I knew I could walk for ages, so I saw no reason why I couldn’t make it to the very peaks. More

No New Year’s resolutions!

The New Year is here. Some people already had their first days at work while others finally got over their first hangover this year, and they either already announced or they are just putting together their New Year’s Resolution List. And even though I admire people who make the Big Plans, I can’t help but wonder how many of them will stick to it (according to scientists over two thirds won’t make it) and how many of them will have the courage to revisit their list in December 2014 to honestly announce how much they accomplished. Or, letting the statistics giggle cruelly for a moment, how spectacularly they failed. More

Writing in a second language – part III

After a bit of a break I am back with the third part of “Writing in a second language” and a next tip. Last time I advised you to not translate when you write, this time I suggest:

Do not use dictionaries

Catchy, isn’t it? And since I got your attention I will clarify a bit: do not use bilingual dictionaries when you write. Although, all in all, dictionaries are more than beneficial to any writing (be it native or a second language), being too attached to bilingual dictionaries might bring you more harm than benefits. More

My story in a Polish anthology

thumb_3015_okladka_duzyPolish publishing house Fabryka Słów presented cover design for an upcoming anthology “I żywy stąd nie wyjdzie nikt” (“And nobody will get out of here alive”) which will be featuring my story. The release of paperback is planned for 21st of February 2014.

More information on the anthology is available in Polish on the publisher’s website.

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