Friday, 3 November 2017

Do you Know the Truth About Immigration?

I am an immigrant. 
17 years ago, after living under a very oppressive communist regime, I left my homeland for the first time.  

I didn't want to abandon my parents and the only reality I knew.  
I cried in despair thinking I will never go back. I hated my destiny... my siblings' destinies. None of us wanted to leave. 

I have been treated in different ways during these years, but seldom fairly. 
For many, too many, I am a human of inferior birth. Not worthy of consideration. 

I have no country now. No identity. 
I feel like I don't belong anywhere. 

The UK, the country I love very much, has voted "Leave."  
  • Should I pack my bags? 
  • Should I give up my dream? 
  • Nobody wants Romanians. Is there anywhere I could go?
  • How am I going to provide for my octogenarian parents who survived the Second World War and raised ten children under an oppressive communist regime? 
Is it really true that this world is not for people like me? 
  • What should I do? 
  • What can I do? 
  • What would You do if you were me? 
  • Would you dare to ask for your human rights? 
  • Would you cry and feel alone in the whole universe? 
I hope you'll never find out. 
As for you, brothers and sisters who twist in despair and miss your roots, do not lose hope. Keep fighting, keep loving humans. We are not all the same. We are not all bigots. 
This is what I treat in my new memoir: Racism Without Racists

The book was written with the selfless intention to donate all the earnings to a charity who fights against discrimination, prejudice and abuse. 

Unfortunately, none of the organisations I emailed, dignified me with a response. 

I don't know, but due to my immigrant status and what I learnt during these years, I have an appaling theory: my nationality defines me. As always. 

I hope I am wrong, but I will never know for sure. 

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Romantic Suspense is your genre? iLive is Beautiful & Free

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

Are you cold and down? Make a Mood Changer Tea

I am not a tea lover.
I don't even drink water.
I don't fancy liquid stuff.
I don't know why and I am annoyed because water is fundamental for the body to function properly.
I have to force myself to drink any sort of liquid.
Except for fizzy energising drinks.
Yes, that's the only drink I love. But I don't drink it often because it's not that healthy. Is it?

Anyway, let's move on.

I am a recipe inventer. I am that, I am. My Romanian blog, De Gustibus Non Est Disputandam, is the incontestable proof of that. Almost all the recipes published there (@400) are flour from my bag.

At the moment, I am baking a vegan cake with Raffaello. Which doesn't make it vegan really. Bloody Raffaello. Never mind.

I am open-minded, brave and curious of odd and new tastes. Nothing scares me. Except for insects. Bleah....
Some might say I am crazy, but that's their opinion.
Despite all of the negative introduction, I have invented a few tea recipes too.
Some are so brave that I decided not to publish them until I am famous. Then, I'll make money with them.

Today I want you to try this tea made with fresh ingredients. Like apple and cinnamon.

I have doubts about the freshness of the cinnamon, but I guess that doesn't count much as cinnamon cannot be used fresh. At least, it's what I've been told. Go figure.

I am sure that this combination is from antiquity, but I don't know how many of you actually think to make it at home.

All you need is one apple and a  stick of cinnamon. Powder (cinnamon) is good too.
If you drink your tea sweet, then you need sugar, honey or sweetener.

  • Cut the apple in slices and put them in a teapot. No, not like the image. That's a carafe. I don't have a transparent jug for this purpose. Sorry. 
  • Add the cinnamon stick.
  • Boil the water and add it on. 
  • Let it brew for 5 (or 10) minutes. 
  • Drink it hot. 

How many mugs can you make from an apple and a cinnamon stick? 
It depends on how strong you like your tea.
I would say 4 mugs.

But, you can add more boiled water on top like other 2 times. So you could have 12 mugs or more.

It smells divine and it tastes divine. It reminds you of Christmas. 
It warms you up, not only physically, but spiritually too. It lifts your mood. Honestly. Try it. 

It's perfect for cold times, especially for rainy days.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Free Motivational Book – It's Never Game Over


Maybe you've already purchased this book, but if you didn't, NOW is a good time.

Watch out for these dates: 18, 19 October 2017. 

The price was $4.50 and it's going to be free for download – to keep forever and read whenever.

Personal development is a lifelong process. Have you started working on yourself yet? Now is a good time for running.

  • Do you feel haunted by the past?
  • In the clutches of depression?
  • Are you out of hope and a step away from giving up your life? Suicide is not the ultimate solution.
Don’t pull the curtains just yet. There is always a way. Whatever is your situation now, you have the power to change it. You are not alone. You are strong and resourceful.
  • Depression can be overcome.
  • Happiness can be learned.
  • Self-esteem and self-confidence can be built.
  • You can develop mental toughness.
  • You can lose weight and find love.
  • You can heal your life.
  • Dreams come true if you don’t give up.
  • You can’t control the weather, but you can learn to control your emotions, to find motivation and see the good in everything. 
You just have to believe you can!
This self-help book is the reply to your Mayday. 
You are the master of your destinyYou are the placebo and the universe.
Take life in your own hands. All you need is within your reach. You can do it!
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Saturday, 30 September 2017

We're All Mad Here – Writers or Ghostwriters?

I am an author. But you already know that because I keep repeating it over and over again.
However, it is not you the one I want to convince, it is me.
I still can't believe that. Although anyone can be an author.
In fact we are all authors in our way. You too. So it's nothing extraordinary about being an author.

These past two weeks I have been sewing for 10 hours a day in a row. We are making a quilt that we are planning on selling and donate the money to a charity organisation.
6 days I have invested in it at this stage. But up until this stage, I have invested at least other 4. From morning to late evening.
The letters are dancing on the screen. I write by inertia because my fingers are tired and my eyes utterly confused by these long hours focusing on many different pieces of colourful fabric.

This time off writing gave me the opportunity to listen to videos discussing the writers' world.
I am outraged by what I found out.

Writing is a business. 

If you thought people don't read anymore, you were wrong. As I was too.
People still read. Quite a lot really. And not only electronic versions, but paperback formats too.

This should be great news for me. And it is. It's fantastic news. However, the people who invested years (or lives) researching and writing, don't earn anything. If something, they lose.

Do you know why?
Because writers are not business people. 
We write because it's what we feel inside. 
We write for life. It's in our nature. As it is breathing.  

Once the book is out, we think it will sell itself because it's  a great story.
Ha. This might have been true 20-50 years back. Not anymore.

The book, the amazing work of your life, might not be read by one single soul in this world if you don't invest unbelievable amounts of time and money on advertising. 

Writing is only 10% of getting the book in the hands of interested people.

Of course most give up.
What real writer would want to put up with this inferno? 
"We are creative people!" 
You have no idea how much I sympathise with you. 

Truth is, I would like to sit and write whole day long. Every day of the week, month, year.
But I don't write for myself.
If I need to learn marketing so you could read my books, I am going to learn marketing. I will hate every minute of it, but I am going to do what it takes to become worldwide known.

Some write because they mean business. These people invest loads of money in getting any book in the top 10. Usually, these stories are not that fantastic. Some are, of course.

But how do you know which is which? We are so easily manipulated. We go with the flow.

But the most important and disturbing part is that many authors don't write the books they put their name on.

Because their goal is fame and/or money, they do what it takes to see it happen. So their books are everywhere. And they become bestsellers authors.
Good for them. 
I am not jealous, I am actually impressed. Well done to them! I wish I was so... clever. 

 I don't write for fame and glory.
  • I write because I am very good at it. 
  • I write because I love helping people.
  • I write great content that will remain in history for the generations to come. 
  • I write because this is my purpose in the world. 
I might be mad, but I am also a great real writer. 
If you don't know me yet, you will hear about me soon. 

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In the meanwhile, keep on eye on my NEW free eBook promotion on Half my Age Plus Seven from the 7th until 9th of October 2017. 

The last free promotion went great! I didn't even bother to check until now. WOW! I felt like that child who rolled from happiness when he's got 1 subscriber on YouTube. O.N.E. And the subscriber was his grandma. 
You need to check that out on YouTube. It is very touching. I cried. 

Anyway, for someone who had no idea how to promote it... Well, it did pretty well. 5 downloads. 
Just kidding. It had 20. 
No. Kidding again. 
It had a couple of hundred. 
I am rolling on the floor. I hope we're not all family members. 
I have got quite a large family.