Till the Machines do us Part

People are different

Believe it or not, one of the greatest things about humans is our diversity. Consider the varying religions, the cultures, the politics, the wars and the peace, the truth is that all those deviations are also the secret to our beauty.

The earth is full of different kinds of humans. Find and you will see people with long hairs and others with the blank head. I have seen green nose men and thick-bearded women. The earth is a colorful planet, and its occupants are separated along those color lines. continue reading

Writer’s Block: What it Means, and Solutions for Getting Over it.

Writer's block

Writer’s block and  Procrastination: Two different problems that every writer must deal with regularly.

Writer’s block is an issue that often come up in discussions among writers. Not that the problem is as threatening as its name suggests. But it is the variety of solution proffered by individuals that makes it a worthy topic.

I am mindful that procrastination and writer’s block are sometimes construed as the same problem. However that is not the case. In my understanding, the two have some differences. Simply put, procrastination is delaying a project completion beyond its due date, for no good reason. I purposely avoided using “postponement”, because postponement does not have the same negative connotations that goes with procrastination. continue reading

How Many Hairs are There on Your Head? Not so Childish Question

how many hairs on the head? hair follicle

Kids don’t often ask Prudent questions. However those seemingly imprudent questions are sometimes my greatest source of writing inspiration.

If you are looking for a fictional idea, you might want to talk to a child. Writing inspiration comes from different things, sometimes from our experiences, and other times from conversations with people. But for the most part, the strongest inspirations are from children. Children’s inspiring power is embedded in their curiosity. You might think you have an imaginative ability, until you meet a child who wants you to lift him up until he touched the clouds. What you imagined – they lived. Continue reading

Write Your own Original Story

Original Story

How you can write your own original story with your own fresh ideas.

Anyone can write an original story. It is often said that we all the same story, but there is always something peculiar to us, and that is the thing makes our story original. There is a little merit to the notion that new ideas don’t exist. Actually that is a characteristics of a lazy writer, and a rather flimsy excuse for copying another person’s work. Just to be clear, there is nothing wrong with imitation, after all it is funniest form of flattery. continue reading

Are We Becoming Some Dope Heads With All These Smart Phones And Tablets.

Smartphont and other digital addiction

Digital Addiction: The scientific fact that our smart phones and electronics is leaving us not much better than crack heads

 

Does it make any sense that; advancement in mobile devices, and the increase in digital accidents appear to be in tandem? In the US alone, cell phones are credited for over a million accidents. In 2015, up to 100,000 accidents and arrests made in Japan, a connection with smartphones, according to Toyota Newsroom.

Call it Frankenstein, and you could be right, smartphones are not just accelerating mortality rate, it is also bent on taking over our senses. Over the years the debate went on about the effect of smartphone on our intelligence. Critics suggests that by simplifying most of our tasks, the smartphones does make us lazier. Smartphones can not only type our text messages, it can also supply us with word choice (mind reading), and even forces corrections on us when we type the “wrong” word. Does this takeover of our brain functions leave us more stupid? continue reading

New Year Resolution: Make Reaching Your Goals Easy.

New Year Resolution

Achieving a New Year resolution: Hardworking alone not enough

In 2016, Kate and Lucy each planned to publish a novel. Kate started out completely focusing on the goal. She carried out an extensive research, compiling every information concerning her topic. When she was not catering to her family, she spent her free time to writing. Eventually, she got overwhelmed and stopped. By March, her New Year resolution ended unaccomplished. An unlikely outcome for a hardworking character. continue reading

The Smoke Writer: A tale of vengeance and shape-shifting.

E-book - The Smoke Writer

Obi, the smoke writer ventured the City of Porta to redefine the art of storytelling, instead he rediscovered his true identity.

The Smoke Writer is a story about having a dream, working hard for it, and hoping that luck come your way. The idea that we can reach any height is reinforced in a society that encourages us to dream and aspire for greatness. All we need to do is ask, and we shall be given. Strengthened by those assurances, Obi wakes everyday eager to claim his rightful status as a wordsmith.

Why can’t he? After all, he is a legitimate descendant of Uche; a legendary storyteller from Ntu village, immortalized in the minds of the people for his magnetizing storytelling ability. Uche’s protege once enchanted the king with a story, and the king froze in awe for five minutes after the story have ended. Even in war times, the Uches were indispensable. Not only did they fought alongside their comrades, they also motivated their fellow warriors with victorious tales of their predecessors.

Conceived in the age of Windows and Macintosh, Obi took upon himself the burden to keep Uche’s legendary alive. Convinced that whoever endeavored to be a storyteller will have to write it, Obi maintained that, tales by the moonlight was for a time long gone, he

A lit lamp covered with a basket is of no use, unless it is place on a stand where people can benefit from its light. Obi needed to get his stories out. To this end he set his eyes on the shining City of Porta. Certainly stars are born in the villages, but it is in Porta that they are illuminated, or forever dimmed. Every author whose work saw the light of the day, went through Porta. For Obi to succeed as a wordsmith, he will have to pass through Porta.

Self-rediscovery in Porta

Crashing his way into the Porta was one thing, but getting a publisher to listen was a different issue. He was on the verge of giving up when he met Ken, a man not limited to conventional publishing rules. Obi then told him one of the saddest stories ever; the misadventure of Raj. The vengeance seeking Raj had arrived the heart of darkness, bent on conniving with the devil to destroy his magician opponent. Consumed with bitterness, Raj made a fatal mistake that got his transformed into a tree.

However, it was with the story of Oji the shape-shifter, which eventually got him a publishing deal. Not only was Oji a shape-shifter, he was also a lover, and he punished severely anyone who dared to make advances to his beloved.

As fate had it, the very tradition of oral storytelling he wanted to change, became his key to fulfillment.

The full story is available on Amazon. Click the image.

 

 

Unfinished

The Inevitable dilemma of relationships

The dilemma of listening to people’s complaint is that; you are either obliged to assist or in the least share their predicament (somehow).

An acquaintance told me he doesn’t visit bars anymore. Why? A drinking-mate formed the habit of complaining to him about his wife. At first, he wasn’t sure if it was the influence of shots flying back and forth? A chemical reaction of sound and liquid can sure cause some hallucination. Such reaction could be behind the bitter man’s lamentation.

He decided to avoid the bar. A library he concluded; would give him the serenity he sought. He was mistaken. A woman found the map to his study table. Perhaps it was his social disposition that attracted people to him. Nevertheless, the woman wanted to talk. He had assumed that far end of the library was the deep end of quietness, apparently for this woman; it was a less strict corner where hush gossip was possible.

Okay, “let’s talk”, he said. “You were saying something”? He asked, hoping for a brief “forget about it” reply. Again he was mistaken. She went into this tirade about her husband; she had helped him become what he is, she picked him from the devil’s jaw, and personally flew him to heaven. She was his: mother, sister, brother, and uncle. Including grandmother.

Okay, “I now know why I am not a renowned writer”, he thought aloud; “I have been wasting my time with the wrong hobby”, insisted my bewildered acquaintance. His true calling was to be a Councillor or rather a listener! A spouse complaint listener – to be precise. There was urgent need to create that title if it was inexistent?

Momentarily he was carried away, he fantasized about his new establishment. Nothing is more exciting than the prospect of great career change – but then it hit him; “my wife!” What was she saying about him? What are her accusations? What was he being persecuted for? If everybody else complained about their partner, why would he be an exception? He was asking me how to approach his wife. He wanted it from the horse’s mouth.

My humble opinion was; talk to your wife if you really want to, but sometimes, sincere conversations are better left alone.

Sincere

Another form of Eerie

Halloween increases in popularity every year. This year, one million more people are expected to celebrate it. As the tradition increases in popularity, so does the languages associated with it. Horror-filled words like, Eerie, haunted, bludgeon, gushed and even mansion (usually desirable), all turns frightening.

As the month of October ends with its abnormal festivities, a different kind of horrors begins; the countdown to the New Year.

The assertion that any event that heralds a new year, not to mention the Christmas before that, should be viewed with scepticism; is ridiculous outright. On the other, if such suggestion is considered on specific situational basis; it starts to add up. For example; what if you have started the year with a certain ambitious resolution? What if you made huge commitment to a partner, or your business? What if your career was in line?

A friend called me three nights ago. At first I thought he was intoxicated. What are the weekends for right? Awkwardly though, brother was sober. Just that sometimes anxiousness can present a sane person as “deranged”. All these months, he has procrastinated executing important tasks. Certainly human mind can be tricky. In complacency, his mind got beclouded by the notion that the sun does set – only as an assurance for tomorrow. He assumed that the uninterrupted cycle of the sun and moon have gotten time frozen in place.

His rude awakening came on the last day of October. As he drank his last in celebration of Halloween (which he knows nothing about anyway), he remembered something; he had bought a franchise, which its permanent extension depended on an agreed number of sales. If! Only he had done a bit of marketing as planned. If only he had created that website, consulted that dealer, designed those packages, his goal could have been achieved with ease. Unfortunately he relied on “tomorrow”.

In this agitated state of his, I was incapable of making any suggestion. Not to add salt to an injury, his articulation needed some straightening before anyone can help. To be clear, yoga is not my specialty. I know however, that taking a deep breath helps with the nerves and blood circulation. It was after some rounds of deep breathing and stretching, that we began to brain storm. The solution was that he will have to put Christmas in focus. Demands are generally high at this time. His target is still attainable, of course not without an efficient strategy and hard work.

Now that everything is calm and on track, I reminiscence and wonder about the Irony; that the tomorrow a man waited for so long, finally was on the horizon; but rather than bring him harvest – it filled him with eerie nightmare.

 

Eerie