Archive | February, 2013

Mission: Soonly Availiable

27 Feb

I just returned from Thessaloniki today and, although I should have posted this since Saturay, I didn’t have the time 😀

These are the first copies of Black Rose 🙂 I piled them up as soon as I got them. Now the only thing I have to do is to see how I can make them availiable through Amazon!

It will take some time but I’ll try to complete this task the soonest possible! Thank you for supporting me,  fellow bloggers, friends and random people who found themselves in my blog by chance!

I have already given out the first 4 copies to some friends of mine and I hope that people out of my circle will be interested too.

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Next to them there is a painting of the Little Prince I did a long time ago.  It’s a perfect match with the books! Everything is all black and purple! 🙂

Writing Again: Frost-Extract I

21 Feb

Since my exam period is finally over, I started writing again!

Last time I posted about a new project I had in mind and here is the first extract. The weather here is cold again and this made me work on it with greater enthusiasm. After all, I need cold weather to write Frost! 🙂

Major source of inspiration about the place  was a random search I was doing on Canadian mountains a while ago. When I saw Wells Gray Provincial Park I was so amazed by the beauty of the landscape. Canada is one of my favorite places and I wanted to combine it with my love about Irish folklore. So I ended up with a new heroine  of Irish origin  living in Canada.

Oh, I wish I could visit both Ireland and Canada. But for the time I have a lot of things to do here 😛

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Extract from Frost Project

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 When I was little, I used to write Santa a letter like all the other kinds. Most of the times I asked him to bring snow over Gray Wells, but this wasn’t even necessary because Gray Wells was covered in snow most of the year.

 It may not have all these fancy decorations like the big cites had with a million colorful lights but it’s the hearts of people that made this place merry, not some plastic lights. Every year, the mayor would appoint the Municipal workers to set the big tree right in the largest square of our town. When in primary school, I used to go every Christmas to help decorating it along with my father. Now it seemed bit of absurd but, when they needed volunteers, I never missed the chance to go and offer my help. This reminded me that the spirit of solidarity still floated in there air.

 This snowy season was the best thing for me. I didn’t know why but looking at the tiny snowflakes landing on the surface of the earth was so awe-inspiring. Plus, I wasm’t like the rest of my age. I disn’t know the reason but I almost never seem to get cold enough and the only possible explanation the local doctor had given my father was that I’ve an extraordinary thermoregulation system.

 I was thankful, because Gray Mountain was so beautiful when it was covered all in snow and the yews and pines on the slope were full of transparent stalagmites.

 “She’s here!” I suddenly heard crossing the huge wooden bridge over the river. A few meters ahead, the Blue Square was all full of workers sweeping away yew leaves. “Noel!” I heard my name and then a bunch of seven year olds turned to wave at me, all wearing caps in different colors.

“Hey little fellows.” I said when I was finally near them “Who’s ready to fill this tree up?”

“We are!”

“That’s right! But, before that, where is Mr. Jacobson?”

She’s on his van,” a sweet voice echoed in my ears and then I saw the boy with the blue scarf smiling at me with his two front teeth missing.

“Mr. Jacobson is a he, Tobias, not a she!” I murmured patting his head lightly.

“Really?” Tobias exclaimed all in surprise.

“Indeed.” I smiled at him and then moved towards a blue minivan a few meters away from the tree. “Mr. Jacobson?” I shouted and the man in the green coat turned to my direction.

 

Education in Greece: Athena Scheme

21 Feb

There’s been a lot of fuss lately in Athens concerning education!

The reason is the new Athena Scheme which will merge the foreign language departments together among others. As a foreign language student, I couln’t but express my disapprovement about the new scheme. Each department has its own unique goals and shouldn’t be mixed up with the other. But it seems that the Greek Minister of Education didn’t think that by implementing this particular scheme he will only achieve the degradation of each department, limitation of their value, lack of educational standards and professional training.

In the case of Greece’s two largest Universities, the implementation of this scheme will only lead to huge and therefore malfunctioning Departments. Deep cuts in personnel is already a fact in Greece and this will only worsen things up. Higher education is something that every Government and county ought to invest because knowledge is very powerful and can bring change. If we have a malfunction in this area, I can’t imagine what will be next.

As a student of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of English Studies, I kindly ask for you support. 

Here is our Petition: www.change.org/petitions/professor-konstantinos-arvanitopoulos-greek-minister-of-education-save-the-departments-of-english-french-german-italian-and-spanish#supporters in which you can sign up if you agree with us.

This petition will be delivered to:

Professor Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos, Greek Minister of Education.

Thank you. 

Text written for promoting our petition by the teachers of our department:

SAVE THE DEPARTMENTS OF ENGLISH, FRENCH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, AND SPANISH LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES IN GREECE

Based on financial logistics rather than on criteria of academic excellence, the ATHENA scheme of the Greek government regarding University Education calls for the merging of the Departments of English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish Languages and Literatures, into a single “Department of Foreign Languages and Literature” [sic] at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. 
The above Departments have a long-standing tradition in teaching and research within the framework of autonomous programmes of academic studies. Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as research in these Departments, covers distinct disciplines of literary and theoretical/applied linguistic studies, always in fruitful dialogue with the sociocultural context in which these disciplines develop. The ATHENA scheme will turn our Departments into a huge and misleadingly-named new “Department of Foreign Languages and Literature,” with five language-based “directions”. Inevitably, this will lead to language degrees with limited value, lack of educational standards and professional training. 
Therefore, we the professorial staff of the aforementioned Departments are opposed to the proposed merger and request from the Minister of Education to respect and preserve each Department’s autonomy, tradition and its valuable contributions to society and the European mission.

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The World of Absurd

18 Feb

Hey!

It’s been a little while since my last post…  I had to take care every single detail about my book and then… I had to deal with three very important gentlemen who are currently keeping me away from my laptop. 😛

The reason is that Mr. Shaw’s, Pinter’s and Beckett’s plays aren’t going to be read by themselves. And since I have to give an exam on Thursday, I started reading  their plays, again…

Since time flies, I’d like to share with you a short impression on The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter.Waiting For Orders Here’s a short info for those who don’t know what it is about: The Dumb Waiter is a one-act play by 2005 Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter written in 1957; it premiered at the Hampstead Theatre CLub, on 21 January 1960. It was produced for television on BBC 2 on 23 July 1985 (You can find out more about the play here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dumb_Waiter).

 I have to say that this play actually introduced me into the Theatre of the Absurd. I didn’t have the chance to see it on stage yet, but I found some videos of different versions of the play on youtube and ended up watching the one with Colin Blakely as Ben and Kenneth Granham as Gus  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYV0sbzEIJQ).  

The Dumb Waiter is a terrifying play that makes you want to find out what is actually going on. Who are they? What are they doing there? And who are they waiting? I can reassure you that you’ll have to see it with your own eyes instead of reading it in order to fully understand its message. And, if the right actor exploits all the tension, contrast and suspense in the drama, then the result will be more than astonishing.

If you see it, or, if you have already had the chance, I believe you’ll agree that the final scene partly asserts the audience that impending betrayal was inevitable after all. The victim will not come because it is already there. Pretty ironic, right? Pinter’s metaphor for institutionalised terror along with this comical tension of the characters, interconnect perfectly in The Dumb Waiter and remind us that despite who we are, we’re all in the grip of invisible, higher powers that can easily interfere and change our lives.

Empire of the Sun-We are the people

12 Feb

Is it me,or every time someone listens to this thinks of Tommorowland! 😛

I know I do! 😀

The curious harlequin

9 Feb

I’m running forward

over the wild world before me

I’m moving gently in silence

breathing softly

breaking this silence with my presence

There is nothing else but me

a curious harlequin running eternally…

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Some more sketches

9 Feb

Picture0056 Since I bought a new black pencil I had to test it right away! So, I came up with these sketches.

It feels like she’s staring at you… 🙂

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