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Of Mermaids and Monsters

Originally posted on thinkingtwentythingsatonce:
? I was a late developer. Slow to walk, dragging one leg after the other in a sporadic crawl, I found other ways to move around. My voice took a while too; in class I was quiet, introspective, studious. So it remained, year after torturous school year: the frog dancing in…

Rescuing Leonid: Elena

Find the third part of the story here Part IV: Elena It was snowing outside, but the windows of my studio were wide-open to let the fresh air in, and the cigarette smoke out. I was reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment while the cat slept in my lap. The cover of the book was partly …

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Rescuing Leonid: Rebellion

Find the second part of the story here Part III: Rebellion I was waiting before the arrow-like logo of the supermarket. I expected Leonid to arrive on his new mountain bike. It never came. Instead a flashy red scooter from the 1980’s drove towards me. ‘Your mother knows you took her scooter?’ I asked. The …

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Rescuing Leonid: Adolescence

Find the first part of the story here Part II: Adolescence Leonid and I did our first year of Latin-Greek together, but he changed schools to study mathematics. I had not seen him for three years when I spotted his familiar blonde curls near a stall selling snowman jumpers on the Christmas market, or he …

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Rescuing Leonid: Childhood

Part 1: Childhood Our ten-year-old selves hurried across the Market Square of Bruges. Our bicycles trembled as we rode over the cobbles. We had to hold our noses as we crossed the Fish Market before turning left. The brakes of Leonid’s mountain bike squeaked as we halted before the arrow-like logo of the supermarket. ‘Bet …

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Frightening folkloric beings that wake up during winter.

In my previous post I summed up some magical wintry fairy tales. Equally enchanting, but in a scary way, are the monsters that make you shiver, the creatures that destroy the Christmas mood, and the beings that haunt snow-covered moors. So, here are three very fascinating but truly terrifying folkloric beings that have plagued this …

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Welcome

Hello everyone, Welcome to my website! I have to admit that I’m quite nervous about launching a website. Self-doubt is my biggest adversary, and it’s not an easy thing to combat. I’m trying to put all of these uncertainties aside, and go for it anyway. Introducing myself is not one of my strongest points either, …

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