Great review, and thanks for the Interview! 🙂

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Welcome to my first stop on the tour for Of Life, Death, Aliens and Zombies by Dario Cannizzaro. Today as well as my review I have Dario answering some questions about his book and once you’ve read that there is a giveaway that will hopefully pique your interest, but first here is what it’s all about.


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Misnomer on purpose, this amazing debut rocks nine short and amusing stories – a Zombie Apocalypse without zombies; the Vatican announcing contact with Aliens; a heroin junkie that loves poetry; a timeless love, and much more.

Ordinary characters facing extraordinary situations, dry humor, philosophical musing dressed as whimsical, offhand commentary, and a fairy-tale like writing; those are the key elements of the style of this funny and thought-provoking collection.

The collection comprehends three previously published stories (“The Galway Review”, “Trigger Warning”, “Two Thousand Words” and “Chantwood Magazine”); five new unpublished pieces; and for the…

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David Jensen over at Chantwood Magazine wrote a great review of my book “Of Life, Death, Aliens and Zombies“!

You can download the free issue here.

Some highlights from his review:

“[…] a prevalent focus throughout the entirety of the collection: extraordinary events are quickly accepted as the norm; a moment of deep emotional isolation transforms into a powerful, primal moment between strangers; people in desperate situations circumvent disaster by throwing themselves towards it. ”

“Overall, Cannizzaro has produced a wonderfully poignant collection, asking the reader to question the events contained within and the people who live through them. ”

Thanks David for your kind words! I am truly trying to get my craft out there – the true one, without filtering it or writing “to sell”.

I am not what I do; I do what I am.

peace,

D.

2016 has been a good year.

Yeah, I know. Plenty of musicians died. That sucks. But that’s also life, and it’s gonna happen more and more often – 2016 wasn’t special, we just notice it more because we’re one of the first generation that suffers from media over-exposure. So, buckle up, and use the time you have at its best.

I managed to publish my book and bootstrap a Literary Magazine. 2017 has another book in the making (or should I say publishing?) and another one flipping around my head at night which hopefully will see the digital paper by the end of the year.

I might also indulge in a bit of Ego-boosting and start to play music for an audience again.

But the best part of it all? I’m damn happy. And to everyone making a list of new year’s resolutions, I say only: make it one.

Be happy.

I was gently invited to take part of this blog hop by Lynn Lamb, the author of the post-apocalyptic Survivor Diaries Series, The Oxymoron of Still Life, a Short Story Anthology, and Mechaniclism, an Apocalyptic~Horror Novella. 

Pet Peeves. We all have them, and while they might be small annoyances as the saying suggests, they might have a great impact.

For example, I was invited to write this post the 3rd of November. In the grand scheme of things, when people are gonna read this, the delay of me writing it would not matter anymore. But to me, it matters, and I apologise; mostly, this speaks of my greatest pet peeve. One so big that it’s not a pet anymore – if not one that weighs as much as the Iceberg that sunk the Titanic.

My pet peeve is all about finding the time to write.

But wait, I am not talking about just having time to do it. That’s a big misconception. It might seem, to the untrained eye, that I have plenty of time available – after all, I do have all my weekends to myself, and a good amount of the evenings. I have the time to write. Right?

Wrong.

That’s because time is not enough to write. I know a lot of my colleagues will disagree with me, and complain they don’t have enough time. Well, while this statement might hold true to many, it is not completely correct for me. Time alone is not a friend of the writer; if you leave a writer alone in his house for a full weekend, what he’ll probably do is anything else but write. I know that lately I want to play video games more than I want to write.

Time is not what I miss. What I miss is routine.

I have written two books so far – one is the short story collection Of Life, Death, Aliens and Zombies, and the second one is my yet-to-be-published novel, Dead Men Naked. To write those books I didn’t need much time (well, I did), but I did need a routine. To write Dead Men Naked, I used to wake up every morning at 6, drink an espresso, meditate, and then write until my wife would come in the living room before starting our day.

The first days I did that were terrible. I would wake up tired, and have very little words to write; but then the habit formed, and like magic, the words came by themselves. That’s because the soul is like a lake;  you need its water to be still to see the depths of it.

And from the depths come the words.

So now that we’re in the joyful season, all my habits are gone; there’s friends to meet, gifts to prepare, and plenty of other things to arrange. And while I do love all of those things, there’s a price to pay; this price is the habit – because it’s only from the dull and ordinary that the extraordinary can be born.

Routine is a writer’s best friend.

I want to thank also Richard Gibney for introducing me to Lynn, and a special thank you to Larysia – the talented Canadian poet and author which started this blog hop.

 

 

I will pass the question about Writing Pet Peeves to friends and colleagues Austin Wiggins and Bernard Jan. Check out their websites in the coming days to know about their Pet Peeves!