si bine ca am la mine

pastilele de inima

sunt alergica la muzica

si dansez, dansez

despre noi, despre ei

un razboi  dansez

in tara vecina

ca seherezada ploua

in povesti de dimineata


iarba verde din straini

iau pastilele cu bere

cu noi, cu ei

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Mâncând în ploaie

Plouă (bineînțeles!)

Umbrela s-a spart

Mănânc un ecler

Și plouă în crema de ciocolată

Am apă-n păpuci

Și eclerul nu are budincă!

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s-o scriu, sa n-o scriu?

Ca un bețiv care caută sticla cu parfum

După ce a terminat și vodka și berea

Și a închis deja la chioșc

Caut sa văd cartea după ce am citit filmul

sau era invers?

Nu mai știu, că pe la pagina 352

mi s-a rupt filmu’

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Încă n-am găsit
Nici un videoclip
de pus pe feisbuc
să te bântui cu el
nici o melodie
să ți-o pun pe wall
(deși mai degrabă
ți-aș pune-o pe perete)
N-au cântat-o încă
pe aia în care
să plâng
Și să urlu
Și să scrâșnesc din dinți
să mă uit pe tavan
cu pumnii strânși
unul pe telecomandă
cu ghearele-n palmă.
Sau să-ți trimit
un banc cu blonde
ca și când
m-ar durea-n paișpe.
Te aștept.
Vreau să te întorci.
În genunchi.
Pe coji de nucă.

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Harap-Alb is on the move

Apparently blogging doesn’t suit me so well, given the large time span between my posts. However, here’s something worth mentioning:

A group of very talented people from Romania had a brilliant idea that I just HAVE TO share. I just found out, even if their project was born a few years ago:

They’re taking a traditional fairy tale and turning it into a comic book. No, not the fairy tale itself, but the characters and their lives after the ‘they lived happily ever after’ line. What, did you think there aren’t other creatures of the darkness out there besides the main antagonist? So far I’ve been telling you about British Mythology, well, just like they have the Kelpie, the Banshee, the Black Annis etc., so do we have these quite scary entities like the ‘Ielele’ (Veelas), the ‘Moroi’ (spirits of children who died unbaptized) and so forth.

The comic book story-line, from what I understood by reading the teaser website, will actually take the characters from this classic tale on adventures beyond the marriage of the prince and princess (who, by the way, is a metamorphic witch).

They will be fighting the forces of evil, alongside Harap-Alb’s trusted friends:

‘Gerila’ (the ice bender) son of a northern giant who can breathe ice, has an ice hammer and is exceptionally strong,

‘Lungila’ (he can stretch like a rubber) who is a huntsman and a great archer,

‘Flamanzila’ (roughly translated as ‘forever hungry’) he can eat anything and everything and then he’ll tell you he’s still hungry!

‘Setila’ (this one is ‘forever thirsty’) who cand drink up rivers and lakes and seas, and even if it’s alcohol, he never gets drunk

‘Ochila’ (the cyclop), who can see through stone and can cover great distances through space and time with his sight, he can kill by looking at the enemy.

and of course, let’s not forget about the one, the only, the EVIL ‘Spanu’ (bald guy), because just like English speaking folks believe the gingers don’t have a soul, so do we, but we also have the bald person, who is rumored to be evil, treacherous and greedy.

The best part about these comics? They’ll be just like the ones with Superman, Spiderman and X-men. Yep, they’ll be drawn in the style of Marvel and DC comics. By the way, the first time someone actually tried to turn Harap-Alb into a comic, was a few years ago. Since then, Sandu Florea, the artist, has been working for Marvel and DC!

This time, it’s Andrei Moldovan, the artist behind the new concept. I wish him and the editorial team good luck and may the Force be with them!

sneak peek:

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On top of the world!

On top of my world, that is…

The city of Brasov, where I’m currently living is considered to be the most beautiful in the country. Yesterday I wanted to eat a sandwich… on top of Tampa (THE mountain). Convinced a few friends and started climbing the 25 serpentines. Ate a sammich, or two, drank a glass of wine, or three, then descended on another path and headed for the Citadel, where a Medieval Fair was taking place.

This was the *wow* weekend!

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Hey guys! Sorry for not updating the story of The Hounds of Saidem for over a month. I do have a good reason. Actually, I have several good reasons. I’ve been tackling two jobs, MA lectures and projects and a two-week pneumonia that scared the s*** out of me! Oh, and I ran out of photos of dogs. The good thing is, I’m not sick anymore and I’ve given up one of the jobs. The not-so-good thing is that although I may have just a bit more time now, I still won’t be able to continue this story for a while. This is because I found out about a novel contest that I’m planning to enter, with the time limit being about a month from now, so all my writing is currently focused on THE novel. Wish me luck please! Thanks for sticking with me. Here’s a treat for your support (this was taken a year or two ago, in the Romanescu Park in Craiova):

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Fantasy Literature (2)

Another fact worth mentioning regarding the transition from fairy tales to novels is the semantic and symbolic charge of the latter. While each fairytale stands for a moral value which it exploits and intends to induce to the reader/listener’s mind, the novels, being more permissive because of their length, have the freedom to present several such moral issues. Furthermore, the novels also include much more elements of folklore in the same piece of text than the tales. For instance, we may have giants in a fairytale, leprechauns in another, mermaids in another and so on. In the novel, these usually come together and interact. The novel itself stands for the folklore of the people creating the fairytales. Created on the structure of the fairytale, the fantasy novel represents the history of the world it shows, a world with its own fairytales.

Curiously enough, the novel is related to the fairy-tale by yet another aspect, not of content or structure, but in point of the development of the species: an intimate relation between the two is implied in the way they both appeared: as literature of the people, vulgar literature. I do not suggest that this determined the force of the fantasy novel, but one cannot stop to think that there might be, somewhere in the so called collective consciousness that C.G.Jung studied, a link between the fate of these two species and the fact that the novel became the best cradle for fantasy, out of all the other epic texts. Fantasy, fairy-tale and novel all seem to proclaim freedom in every aspect.

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Fantasy Literature (1)

At the beginning of the 20th century people were more inclined to appreciate realistic, experimental or even modern writers. We could only guess that after modernism, writers and readers alike found themselves in a ‘dead end’ situation regarding novelty in literature. The obvious step to be taken next was a return to older literary forms. Postmodernism does just that, one of its general characteristics being the reiteration of old literary motives, in original ways. The fairy tale is one of them. The fantasy novel builds upon the structures of the fairytales, being a longer, better, and more satiable version. All fantasy novels are ‘neverending stories’, appealing to the avid readers just like The Neverending Story appeals to literature-loving Bastian Balthasar Bux in Michael Ende’s novel which bears the same title. ‘Within a decade, the commercial genre was up and running and its history (mythical as well as actual) had been thoroughly mapped out, summarized in a five-volume Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature (1983), compiled by Keith Neilson on behalf of Frank Magill’s Salem press. It was then that theoreticians began the serious work of contesting and refining  definitions, and trying to figure out where the potential limits of the genre might and ought to lie. (Stableford, 2005: XLVI).

Tolkien’s novels had a great success even during his lifetime, and we now witness an increasing demand in fantasy books from the part of the readers. We must mention that one important step towards the revival of the interest for fantasy was the screening of this kind of novels. The success of the movies drew (and still does) attention over the books. In our times, the libraries shelves are crammed with fantasy books whose authors were mostly influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and L. Carroll. Since the discovery of special effects in movie-making and following the pace of the technological development of cinematography which began its ascension with Star Wars, fantasy movies have taken their own path of development. Movies like Star Wars, The 10th Kingdom and the lately acclaimed Avatar are not adaptations of books. Books have been written after them (or are to be written) in exchange. This kind of books will fall under the heading of fantasy. The outcome is that the literature loving reader, as well as the cinematography addicted spectator both shift between these two types of art. The first will find in the movies a more palpable visual representation of the books he has read, while the other will find in the books the details which the time-bound movie lacks.

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On my way to work

I found this a few days ago, while going to work. I use to walk by a park, but that morning I took a detour and went through it. I did not follow this alley, but the one to the right. But I couldn’t help taking it with me, given that I incidentally had my camera close by… (OK, it was a lie, I had the camera on purpose, I had read the weather report which announced a snowy day :P)

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