Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Looking the difference between kapsoura and jiwang !


Looking   the difference between kapsoura and jiwang !

Let me  once again stress in the  term kapsoura. Just a small scenario.

Just think of a   boy. He   loves a girl  . This girl does not show a love to him  ,or even more she rejects any relation to him. this is what we  call here in greece that he is "eaten the  khylopita [a kind of noodle form rice] " meaning as blowed out   or ate the mitten  as i found  in the greek eglish lang fora yesterday
This boy   is very very fond of this girl . His heart  is blowing from flames  figuratively [this is how  kapsoura  means]
His love is too strong that canot focus in his work , with his friends etc and gets  alone in his life  for a short time HIs firnds ridicule him  for his  so jerky behavior
He tries to forget her. he cant find any other way than   smoking oe even  drinking .
Untill   sometime  , possibly less than 3 weeks?  he finds the courage to set up again his life  , by fiding a new love or return back to  his workjob .

This is the whole process  for saying someone  has kapsoura.
For you have something related   to say about it in Australia except the  term fondly in love  ?
as far as  i seen in the web , the  term jiwang  goes quite close  to the above  ,wuth less strength but sadness  from boy's part.

Book review: How to handle difficult people by Joe P bloch




This is one of the books of my  collection since  2+ more years.It comes from a malaysian imprint  of price  less than  6 Euros. I here wil describe   the book  by a 'technical' manner.

Book  design and layout:
This book  has a less than A5   design  of ca 148 pages with the use of quite thick doc paper  that makes a  9 mm  thick book. i.e. nearly  the double of the  standard  thickness book .
Cover pages are glossy mat type   with some emoticon type or cartoon type  faces describing 8 of the 10  types of difficultpeople as described  in the book.
The text of the book  is quite  loose with  nonstandard fonts of 1.5  line spacing  making 30 lines  per page.  First pages of each  chapter of the 12 included , are framed . other pages are not . Each paragraph set  is leaded  by a headine formatted with arial type fonts  of double  height. and underlined. The last page of the chapter uses  rockwell  type  fonts with nearly 50%  taller than normal.

Chapter structure  : each chapter is divided  this way :
First each character is analyzed for 1-1.5 page. It then  shows on how to spot  this character . How a character gets his way in his life. . How to avoid  with him  and then seprately in casual encounters in the work and in your family
These are the follwing characters as  analyzed : bIg  bully (ie bullying ), big mouth (someone who speaks very much ), brick wall (stuborn people who cant undestand  others ) ,constant complainer ( folks who alwys  complain ),drama queen (persons who alway  want to be in front of others  ) , procrastinator (delayers ), snooty  snubs, tantrum people  and two faced persons.

Language : Seems quite 'simple'  and easily understanding but  i have found many words  unknown to me that add much time to use my  dictionary to undrerstand them. Same time   I compared with another  book of nearly the same  type of content (dangerous people by joe navaro  ) which ussed simpler  wording.
Bloch's  langauge uses too many idioms and phrasal epxpressions  that add more dfficluty  into the  total meaning . i have fist  to check all unknown words from the text  and then  start to undestand. Sometimes just a  fast but  careful reading  sentence  by sentence can   yeld a better  result  for me
Otehrwise  what is  noted there can be in many cases quite  easy to follow.

The main story : what can you get from this book.
Regardless of the dificulty  of author's  wording or language the 'getting in' seems  quite simple to follow.  NIce and easy ideas  or hints that seomtimes  somone can easily think  if he is not bored or is more clever   These simple ideas are just "take it and use it now"  in most cases
Good for a person who wants fast solutions to a given problem
3/5 mostly from  the 'phrasalities' a/o americanisms  included


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Το πολύ δεν είναι πάντα αρκετό





 Τρις γυναίκες  μάνα και δυο κορες έρχονται αντιμέτωπες  με ένα λάθος του παρελθόντος….
Μια συναρπαστική αλλά και σοκαριστική ιστορία  με αρκετά ηθοπλαστικά στοιχειά που θυμίζουν έντονα μεξικάνικες σειρές (ή έστω τούρκικες )

Το βιβλίο  ήταν μέσα στην προσφορά της εφημερίδας Θέματος στις 10/1/16

Ιδιαιτέρα γλαφυρό κείμενο με αρκετές σάλτσες που ήταν σε σωστή αναλογία  με το  την  ιστορία . 

Περίπου 5 σελίδες ο σκελετός πράγμα που σημαίνει ότι   η ιστορία  ήταν σχετικά πυκνή
Μια από τις ωραιότερες και αισθηματικές  νουβέλες που διάβασα μέχρι στιγμής  αν και πολύ γυναικεία 
 Ένα βιβλίο 380  σελίδων ελαφρώς αριαιογραμμένο των 30 γραμμών ανά σελίδα Και είναι εμφανές καθώς το διάβασα σε ένα βράδυ σε μερικές  στιγμές   πήδηξα στα γρήγορα τις ‘σάλτσες ‘. Με τον όρο σάλτσες εννοώ κείμενα που δένουν  μέσα στην  ιστορία και αναλύουν  τα  συναισθηματικά   στοιχεία  του ήρωα, Κείμενο που πάντα δένει  κάθε ιστορία με το πώς νιώθει ο ηρωας  μετά από μια πράξη του  
4/5

Friday, January 22, 2016

Writers block : What is that?

A totally  different article this time enough

You  surely know that i am a  amateur blogger, with more particulary  writing   technical and radio  articles  .

What you dont know is that  since last year (mid 14 ) i have started to write books starting from tales . Some samples of this were posted in my blog page under  the tag zliangas.blostpot.com/bullshit These are  my first endeavors in fiction and versions of  tales It is a subpage which  was not so much advertised so far in the social media .

All  these ideas came  after reading  a  Malay book called  "Malay tales  revised and retold " by Daphne Lee a Chinese writer from Malaysia   .  This  book  inspired me to modify and  play with older stories in a more  contemporary way.  For example  I wrote the 'red riding hood' into a story of a girl  who has two unlucky occasions  while on  her road to her  aunt's house  (someone stolen her bag for example ) and took  her aunt into a hospital .Since then i have shown  more interest in making new stories some bad some good with the  way  later to compile them into a book. ON 2014   i have made about 10  stories, written in both  Greek and English separately and started  a  "series of series"  of stories under a  main title which is still in the process. Small  part of it  has  been writen in English, It iwll be disclosed as time, conditions and mood permits.

On 2014  I had devised only 20 stories in total for the  whole year starting from April . In 2015  the stories  raised to 60  in just two months ! Since  Sept 15 the time  I started typing these stories  the newer stories since then  became lengthier and lengthier  from condensed 15 pages and up.  There are some but few exemptions with stories less than 10 pages.
So this is  true: writing makes  more writing !

Doing this i also had sometimes writer's block but i very easily overcame it in less than one day or even few hours,   Here is on how  i did  it.   I mention here  also some  hints of how  i was more inspired with  new ideas /stories :

1.Listening to the music . Most of you here  know that  my main interest is in Malay music and heavy /thrash metal  . On 2014  most ideas were inspired  by listening to the beauty of the 'westernized' Malay music  from my top  station RTM Sarawak in shortwaves or  9835 kHz in the country house of Litohoron a rural place , 1.5 km fasr from the village that's   free of local noise. Best times are late nights  when i was in bed as the signal  is very good  (after 10 pm local time till circa 2 am  ) .

2. Walking and or jogging. Since I am quite fat (85  kg and 160 cm tall )  i preferred walking 20-30  minutes  outside the house ,  enough time to create  new ideas and or resolve solutions  to some of these stories.

3. Starting to write a new story project. As  the above two techniques helped me to produce many  more ideas and stories than  i could afford  writing in paper same time  , and some times  was blocked writing older stories ,I preferred to keep in mind the outstanding stories (these in the waiting ) with just a plot or into full analysis. My MP3- voice  recorder is a very important instrument  to keep these ideas in its memory for later  noticing in paper same or next day .

4. Inspired by a book , news or movie  or personal reality. Many times  after reading a book or watching a movie or  even hearing the news  , inspired me to write   my own version or adaptation of that story .
This applies mostly to the other book called  here as  'the  series of series'.
Notice that this idea especially for news or movie seems  not so widely supportred  by other   authors who prefer mostly 'stealing'  stories of others in a way  to write their own.

5.Writing the ideas  in a mp3 as startup . I have at fist recorded these ideas into my mp3  for later noticing in paper.

For safety reasons i have not used my tablet in the countryhouse  . As safety  i mean to preserve it from deliberate attacks from my very nervous daughter. She sometimes ask me  to use my tablet to play wih the physical keyboard by writing her name.. My father  is also keen against computers and tablets.He really  hates them feeling that  computers and new technology destroys humanity.

This is just one sample of  the ideas  that i support  in a mainly basis.

My sources of mind blockade are :
-Family and parent and in-law demands . This  can lead me  to lose more than half day for others requirements and forget some ideas . 
-Requirements to  read  unrelated  books for personal interests (ie psychology books , technical and others unrelated to  fiction  )   In contrast , reading fiction/ fantasy books  as from  Steve king could  help me   to either  find a nice idea or  just use  his way of writing (?)
-Very lengthy stories  in detail ! My latest  stories with  some  detail  can extend to 50  or more pages , dialogues are also included in them . Most of my earlier  stories are  not bigger /lengthier than 10 pages.  The last story for the "series of series"  i write now exceeds   for sure the 70and seems  to grow up !.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The woman of thousand secrets





This is the first book I ever read on history fiction. a  huge volume of 560 pages with  71  mini chapters in in its Greek   version marketed by the only Greek  pocket  book publisher Bell. This  is one of the books i bought  for the very ' high cost'  (hmmm) of  Eu 2 ,as the man who had it wanted to sell out his limited now  stock due to change of business , as mentioned in the previous blog postings  . Now after  reading the book  i feel  it is very well  underpaid comparing also  to the original american  book price of $17 as sold by Amazon and  the excellent at least  story .

This story is really amazing . Will not dig into the story  as many others in Goodreads and Amazon UK and US  have  noticed but will stress on the  plot  and other  by- story material . It is a very dense story with a skeleton- plot  of more than 7 pages , and could be really can be described as  soap opera  although it is not junk quality. Nearly everything is mixed in  : love,sex  passion ,intrigues fights and so on .

Narration is very vivid and you easily can be absorbed  by its  run.  As a jobless person i dedicated about 10 hours to thoroughly  read the book for a total of  2 days with no loss  of interest.  I  preferred to conclude reading it  read it than commencing  to write my own book which is curently  in its 4th edition .
The story blends very well  with historical facts (?) of the Mexican region and the tribes of Mexico and the neighbour countries

Very   highly  recommended  11/10

Friday, October 9, 2015

The unquiet - John Connoly




This is another book  bought with the  low price of only $2 from the  old pal. Nothing more  on this to write  nearly the same  over and over again
This a   voluminous book  from the store with ca 460 pages in a pocket format. this is the Odyssey of Charlie Parker  , a detective to find out a mysterious  disappearances  of children  several years ago and Daniel Clay a psychiatrist  involved in these  disappearances and  sometimes killings.
The story seems  quite  interesting but more  detailed than i  could expect to the level of tiring me , with a quite complex story

3.5/5  a lively writing , thriller and sometimes horror

STEVEN KING :BLAZE



Steven KIng is for me a story of love ad hate . reading his  story on I shudder at your touch thrilled me very much so tat i stopped reading it as it goes against my beliefs .HIs other  book 'twilight zone stories' with 14 stories is better to me though  many of them are not easy to understand them , but Blaze  story was my first narration  that i enjoyed much , and was a idea to write  some short stories based on this character .
This is one of the 6-7 books of Greek version  bought at  a low price .

Blaze is a man adventurer with a pal who is his alter ego and boss  . This pal  dies and Blaze is determined to catch a  baby for money . This story  goes in parallel with his story when he was  a overgrown child of  limited  intelligence and how he grown as adventurer
The story is a  bit funny and King makes you feel sympathy  to this bad guy.

7/10