Sunday, December 11, 2011

Fantastique Unfettered #4 and Beyond

Among other things that happened in the last week, we finished FU#4, our one year anniversary issue. It is now at the printer's, and we hope the ink dries soon so physical copies can make their way into the world.

FU#4 was by no means an easy issue, but it's here now (well, almost,) and I believe here to stay. I for one know that I'll remember this issue for a long time, not just because of its sheer outward appearance. It has a certain gravity to it, a resonance. And a kick-ass magenta cover!

In the last week, we also announced our Pushcart Prize nominees for 2011, six authors, three poems and three stories from issues #2 and #3. As we told these authors about their nomination, we asked them if they wouldn't perhaps like to do a guest post or--in two cases--offer a short comment/reaction to their nomination as they had already done guest posts. Lisa M. Bradley was the first to share her thoughts with us, and let me tell you, greenhorn editor that I am, this was moving, the thing you hope people are thinking, but can't be quite sure they are. On top of this, another poet told me that upon finishing a poem, they cut the last stanza, thinking that "Alexa would say that's too much of a tell."


I guess I must be doing something right. I guess we at FU must be doing something right. That's all totally amazing, and I? Speechless.

Speechless, and hopeful as hell that the new Aether Age eZine will be as well received as FU. The official reading period for the eZine will start as the New Year begins here in the West, which is auspicious. Gods of the Hellenes, gods of Kemet, let there be prose and verse fit to move this editor's heart!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Niteblade #18

Two posts in less than 24 hrs? Inform the earthly distributors of a faith of your choosing, for it must be a miracle.

And now, let me tell you about Niteblade #18, lovingly called Spec Ed, which is short for Special Edition. And it is! It's a whole issue devoted to fantastically dark speculative poetry. Seeing as how I am a co-editor of this baby, together with Rhonda Parrish, it's not really my place to speak objectively about the quality of work in this little book. What I will say is that publishing a poetry-only edition takes guts and credit here goes all to Rhonda. Hopefully, readers of the genre will show the same degree of gutsyness in picking up these poems and giving them a chance--even if they don't normally read poetry. Did I mention that the packaging is really cool? Packaging, you ask, since when does Niteblade need packaging, being online and all. Well, listen up. This thing is not only deeply lyrical, it also comes to you as a real physical booklet that you can flip through and put on your shelves or give away. How cool is that?

If I have gotten you the least bit excited at all, please consider pre-ordering, because if you do so before November 30th, you won't even have to pay any shipping costs. So please, click me!

Good News

I'm pretty excited to see two more poems of my Dream Cycle (though Night Cycle is probably more appropriate) finding homes. Yesterday, I learned that Cerberus, Seeking Lethe will be forthcoming from Strange Horizons, and only a few hours ago, Erzebet YellowBoy wrote to let me know that Feral Dream Orphanage will be published in the "new" Jabberwocky in 2012.


(And if you haven't read Erzebet's announcement yet, especially the part concerning lyrical prose, you should!)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

What You Can Do For Unfettered Voices

This is a little booster post for Fantastique Unfettered's first Annual Halloween Fundraiser. Follow the link to find out what your money will be used for (as little as $5 will support a poem!) Alternatively, we're also grateful to you if you help us spread the word so the voices of our authors will reach even more people all over the world.

Thank you to everyone!

If you followed that link above, you saw a couple of projects for 2012 mentioned there. For one thing, we will celebrate FU's second anniversary with a specially scrumptious edition of the zine, Shakespeare Unfettered. The name makes this one kinda obvious, and those of you who have been following other publications earlier this year may guess where we got the inspiration to do this. While SU will not be solely dedicated to LGBTQ, we certainly welcome it! Also, imagine Shakespeare reinvented with a different cultural background: we wanna know all about it.

Then there is the launch of the Aether Age ezine: imagine a world around two millennia ago with something so different in it that history took a decidedly steampunky turn: the Aether, a (seemingly sentient?) substance that connects the planets and allows space travel. Now, where would that take humanity? Wanna find out, better keep your eyes peeled for that new zine. Or, if you're of a writerly persuasion, go check out the AeA guidelines. New talents welcome.

For now, that is all, though I will end on saying that our one year anniversary issue, FU#4, is turning into quite the heavy hitter...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I Snuck Merfolk Into Stone Telling!

Yes, I did. The tailed people come hidden in a poem, a 700+ words prose poem to be exact, A Masquerade in Four Voices. Of course there are more than just four voices in the poem, but who said poets should be able to count stuff accurately? Anyway, you can hear the poem on the site as well, took a lot of people to make this recording happen, because this poem, it's a dainty creature, only the best will suffice, and to be honest, this one was really demanding since the moment it wanted to be written just like that. A little stubborn, as poems go...

Emily Jiang
Mike Allen
Nathaniel Smith
Martin Kauper (audio editing)
Rose Lemberg and Shweta Narayan

Thank you so much guys! <3

Monday, September 26, 2011

Support the Arts

I guess you all know Strange Horizons, they have been around for ages, publishing high quality fiction, poetry, reviews, columns and articles. For free. And they pay their authors pro rates.

So consider this a signal boost for the Strange Horizons Fund Drive. But check this out, if you donate money--just a little--you are eligible to win one of these prizes! Cool, huh? You could also call yourself a supporter of the arts, and who doesn't want that title?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Poems for Morpheus

Over the last few months, I have been writing a cycle of poems about the Greek goddess Nyx, Night, who was considered the mother of Dream and Death and a multitude of other deities (not made fewer by the fact that I often mix Greek and Roman names or use them interchangeably), and about her divine offspring. So far, there are about twenty of these poems, some already accepted for publication (The Tally Of Forgotten Dreams Kept By Morpheus, forthcoming in Dreams & Nightmares and Sister Night, forthcoming in Bull Spec), some still in the submission queue, and others waiting to be polished. And of course, there are still those Dream Cycle poems that haven't been written yet.

At any rate, I like the idea of treating night, darkness, and dream in poetry, it's something that seems to appeal to me personally and I consider this one an ongoing project...

...just like the poems inspired by Tarot, difficult to write if you just like the idea of Tarot but haven't the first clue about what the individual cards represent. Inspiration through research! Research! That thing that always makes me wish I had several heads and a few more hands to go with them, for writing simultaneously, you understand. The first Tarot poem I successfully completed is the Major Arcana (forgot number): Death.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Halloween Is Coming Soon!

And to really celebrate the occasion--I mean more than just any other year--Reaven Electrick Ink will release a jittery creepy anthology this year: Jack-o'-Spec: Tales of Halloween and Fantasy, edited by Karen A. Romanko.

Why should I mention this, you ask? Well, for one thing, I have two poems in there, for another, a whole bunch of other people have even more awesome/creepy jittery stuff in there. Also, it's Halloween, and you need to start giving people treats that actually broaden their horizons (Halloween really will be taken off your normal map of the usual here, on to other places where even strange is stranger) and lower their blood sugar. And creep them out:

"Reading Jack-o'-Spec is like stepping into a Halloween party that's
been going on for 2,000 years. There's something delightfully pagan about these stories and poems, something that captures Halloween's dark,autumn atmosphere. Whether it's a mad scientist invoking Halloween ghosts on Mars, boys trapped in not one but two haunted houses, or a rich evocation of poetic seasonal spirits, Jack-o'-Spec has somethingfor all Halloween lovers." -- Lisa Morton, Author, The HalloweenEncyclopedia

Thursday, June 23, 2011

More Fae! And Romantics! (But don't worry, no opiates...!)

Fae Awareness Month is great. Super fun so far and important. My latest article is a little scholarly though, you'll find Goethe's poem Der Erlk├Ânig (translated by yours truly) and a superficial interpretation thereof. Yeats is mentioned more than once, but it's okay, this is a piece for all the heart throbbing romantics out there. By now they should know where it gets them.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


A little while back, an amazing project came to life, the Fae Awareness Month. When I heard that I immediately thought 'Fae...they are so much like...youkai!' and soon after I had signed up for one article, a little while later, for a second piece, but more of that later. For now, you can find out about Fae Awareness (for it is a serious issue, except for Yeats) and learn what the heck youkai are. Go here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Alice In China

What would Alice in Wonderland have looked like in China?  First off, I think Chinese lifestyle is much more suited to the tone of the novel.  In China, people live their lives with less predetermination than we do (so, at least it seems to me. In case I'm offending anyone, sure wasn't intended).  It starts with buying stuff.  You haggle.  There are no fixed prices for anything, and agreeing on a price can take long.  Then, there are meetings and appointments.  All much more loosely than in the West, I can tell you.  Any plans you try to make in China had better come with a Plan B in case things don't work out quite the way you expect them to (because they usually won't).

So, no straight lines, at least not such as a Westerner could easily follow.  Oh yeah, and although people generally act friendly, they don't always mean it.  Like that one lady who kept charging Westerners more for water, especially if they didn't know any Chinese.  (I could call her the evil Water Witch and write a story containing wells, but that is for another time.)

So, a Chinese Alice, probably would have been less astounded by what one finds Down the Rabbit Hole, dressed in more silk, heavily embroidered.  The Caterpillar might have been a dragon, unhatched as of yet, and the endearing Cheshire Cat would have been a tiger of course.

I explored this different Wonderland that is, for all its differences, no less wondrous than what we already know, in this little poem.  Brew some tea, read, enjoy, and do not forget to take a close look at those tea leaves!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

We Want Poooetry!

Happy news for poets! Niteblade has recently increased the pay rate for all accepted poems to 5$ per poem. In the world of poetry, I'd call that a grand thing indeed, and the Beloved Editor (aka Rhonda Parrish) cannot be praised enough for it.

At the moment, we are reading for the September issue. We would like to see more poems of high quality in the slush. Baffle us. Dazzle us. Sneak up behind us and shout BOO! Make us go all swoony with delight. Seriously, we can handle it. If you have something awesome, please read the guidelines here and send us the best you got. Get to it!

Friday, May 6, 2011

May: My Very Own Personal Poetry Month

So the last couple of days, I have been wow-ed on a regular basis. Hypothetically, I might have even shed some tears of joy. I think I'm still high from the sheer adrenaline.

Basically what happened is that I find myself poetry editor of Fantastique Unfettered and poetry co-editor (with Rhonda Parrish) of Niteblade.

Wow. WOW.

I don't really know why that happened, it just did and I am very much grateful and already feeling the weight of responsibility. Good then that I'm an ambitious gal. I mean, I just lost two markets I can sell my poems to, so I have to compensate in ambition, right?

A note about FU: I am very much tempted to spout out all the things I'd like in my poetry editor's inbox, the market is still quite new and there are possibilities. But I won't give in. Just this much, spec poetry loosely defined, genre-bending is acceptable. The quality of the work counts. I like my slush (submitting early in the reading period seems prudent):
(Please know that every poem is read twice at least, unless it is very obviously not a good fit for FU.)

I should also mention that you can find this review of Stone Telling #3 on FU's site. Please keep checking back (or follow me on Twitter or whatever) for there is more to come

For Niteblade, so far things look easier (from my end; and perhaps I should say clearer). The zine isn't quite so new, the tastes, at least genre-wise are established: horror and fantasy. All that's left for me to do is apply my pickiest, most critical self to the submissions, but since Rhonda and me will be co-editing the poetry...wait, no, we still want the best. Guidelines here.

Please send us things with their own heart...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Word On Titles: They Are Hard.

Or at least, they are for me. You know, I keep thinking, the title of any given piece, that is the first thing the reader sees, sometimes if they look only at the table of contents, the title makes the difference between a reader giving it attention or passing it over. Following this logic, I feel that a title should be awesome, should give a little info on the piece without telling you everything.

And I just have no gift for finding such titles.

I'll come up with this really great poem or story that I think is sweet, and then I'll be finished and ready to hit save, and I just can't think of a name for the damn thing! I mean, like nothing creative comes to mind that doesn't sound trite or like an utter brain fart. Fucking titles, I think, but I'll still have to make one up because I don't really like anything titled 'untitled'. Yay conundrum.

Being as unimaginative as I am when it comes to titles, I actually managed to give two separate pieces the exact same name. Twice. So far.

In both cases, a poem and a story have to share a name.

The first incident was 'The Other Road'. The poem is here and the story is forthcoming from Sam's Dot. In this case, I wrote the poem first but even while I was writing it, I began to feel that it had a story somewhere in it. However, I'm not sure I would have ever sat down and actually written that after I was done with the poem, but Tyree Campbell of Sam's Dot suggested that it would work better as a story and so, people pleaser that I am, I wrote it. Naturally, the story and poem share the same roots, but they turned out quite differently. Both may deal with the same narrative but they still look at it from different angles. Also, the story really does have a different ending. It even has a sequel that I so ingenuously titled 'The Girl Who Chose The Other Road'. You can find it in Shelter of Daylight Issue 5.

Now, the other incident is 'Wine'. The poem was published in Basement Stories #2, right here, and the story has not yet found a home. It does contain violence and sex however, though nothing very graphic. Probably. This time, there is no connection between those two pieces (though on a side note, 'Wine' is also one of my Red Riding Hood poems; I've been doing a lot with this fairy tale).

I don't know if I'm the only person who has trouble naming what she wrote properly or if, like coffee, that's just a writer thing. I'm not saying I never came up with a good title, but something that really satisfies me, grumpy critic that I am in my heart of hearts? Well. I guess I'll just have to add 'Become master namer' to my (long) list of highly desirable achievements. Grrr.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Why the Slush Reader Is Your Friend

Slush readers are always looking for awesome.

This concept may be new and unfamiliar to some, especially if, like pretty much any writer, they have managed to pile up quite an impressive collection of rejection letters. It's essentially true though; slush readers are your friends (this post on slush reading is simply enlightening; go read it).

Unlike friends in real life though, a slush reader (or editor) will be honest to you; this honesty may be displayed in the form of a rejection letter. Also, while a friend may not care about how you format your writing--being a friend, they would probably read any fancy font, and damn the ensuing headache--slush readers and editors do, because, let's face it, you're not the only writer out there.

On the other hand, nobody who reads submissions does so in order to reject people. We read because we want to find awesomeness! We read because we are passionate about what we do and what we want to see published. People who read submissions are very much like treasure hunters, and every new submission that we look at is as exciting as finding Aztec gold or discovering Atlantis or making first contact with the alien mothership.

And now feels like a wonderful time to give you the But. So, when I open this potentially awesome submission, what should be the first thing I see? Yes! Right! I want to see the use of exactly the kind of formatting STATED IN THE GUIDELINES! See, personally I feel that has to do with respect. When I look at a submission, I fully expect to be wow-ed. I do so because I respect each and every writer's effort. In return, following the guidelines shouldn't be to hard; it's really like a friendly handshake and a smile, easy to give but, if denied, a source of potential insult. So, super-big HINT: READ THE GUIDELINES AND FOLLOW THEM TO A T! (Bonus Hint: Following the guidelines for one page and then going back to whatever format pleases you is worse than not following them in the first place.)

Following this first impression (which might lead to rejection without anyone ever reading even one word of what you wrote! Guidelines, people!), I will begin to read. Let me just say GHOSTPIGS.

So, to sum up, while rejection is one huge recurring part of being a writer, why not make sure it happens for 'all the right reasons' instead of an over-abundance of spelling or grammar mistakes, not sticking to the guidelines or boring your slush reader friends?

Please. We want to accept you as much as you want your baby to get published!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Me, Blogging about Writing about My Writing...

This might go well with the story, although the pic is not as dark . But it is a cemetery with dead people and headstones and all that. 

Is not the internet an amazing thing? Yes, today I will do pretty much exactly what this nice heading implies, I will be blogging about writing the stuff I wrote concerning my writing that you can read in all its splendor right here.

Still with me? Good. The Red Penny Paper's wonderful Katey Taylor does some great promotional effort for the stories published in the mag, one of them is a Miniview of each author and their story. Mine you can read here. I'm talking a little bit about how most of my stories start and what I'm writing at the moment, but especially in that last category, there is more coming *tease tease*.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


By Alexandra Seidel

the blanketing sea
bodies stark against the surface
we wait for sunrise

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Appeal of Slush or Why I'm Afraid of Zombies

Since some time last December, I am happily reading slush for Niteblade Magazine. I only ever see stories, so my poetry slush experience is still non existent. I got to do some more reading as a first reader for the Odd Contest; that was really rewarding.

What I like most about slush reading is the sort of talent you get to see, people who you can tell are only just starting out with arranging words right there on that scary, empty white page, and those who show you so little when you want to see so much more of that writing.

Allow me to tell you what will get favorable attention, at least from this set of eyes.

See, there is this totally obvious, seemingly no-brainer: read the guidelines. Even if you disagree with them, stick to them. Just sayin'. I mean, if you managed to write this awesome, awesome piece of dark delight, you can go the whole nine and format it correctly, right? Please, do.

Also, if you do sent something to a certain magazine, make sure it fits. For example, Niteblade stories need an element of fantasy or horror. Your story can be fabulous, but without horror or fantasy, at least for Niteblade, you'll unfortunately not get an acceptance, instead you'll spend time waiting for a rejection slip.

A hook is a really good idea. Not that I myself always get that one right, but you want something at the beginning of your story that makes sure your reader cannot stop until it's all over. It has to be something shiny, for who among us does not share the magpie's like for shiny things, or something sensuously dark that likewise will make you want more.

I like conflict in a story. By this I suppose I mean a certain conflict that is resolved in a satisfying manner. Aristotle called it catharsis, the feeling of cleansing. I do not mean to say that I want to feel like I need to take a shower after I read a story, mind you!

This leaves me with The End. Yes, how a story ends matters to me. Even if the writing so far was great, a story will lose all its appeal if somehow I get the feeling that something is missing, that not all questions were answered, that I am left wanting. Keep your reader satisfied.

Of course, after you wrote the Perfect Story, proofread it. Properly.

And then, there is zombies. Now, I don't have anything against zombies as such. But zombies are a bit like vampires: you can only stand so much of them and as the genre has been explored a lot already, the part that you actually want to see had better be damn good. This is doubly true for zombie apocalypse. Yet, this story is a great example for a well thought out, well executed zombie apocalypse tale. I love this piece.

See, it's the badly written zombies that I fear...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cackling Pages, of course...

Right now there are just too many delicious things I want to read. Just yesterday I received my copy of Bull Spec #4, which turns out to be a truly amazing thing so far, every page worth reading, some of them worth reading more than once. Guess I need to keep sending them stuff so I get free copies:)

Right now on the way to me is Rothfuss's Wise Man's Fear. Naturally, I would just wait all day for the mail only to then devour it whole. I mean, seriously, The Name of the Wind left me speechless and sleepless and I kinda hate it when books do that because it conflicts with life in the real world. Duh. Naturally, there are few things better.

However, I am currently engaged in another captivating read. Catherynne M. Valente's Palimpsest is a wild and haunting thing, and rarely has a book managed to speak to me so clearly, so vibrantly, that I simply could not--would not--read it all in one session. Palimpsest simply is too big for that and I could not fully taste it all if I just kept on reading, so I try to make the pages last, like dark chocolate that you keep in your mouth without swallowing, I try to make it last.

Hence, things keep kinda piling up. I do live among stacks of books, have always done so and enjoyed it, but I hate it when there are books stacked up that I'm itching to read. How can there just not be enough time to read all of this, why do people even have to sleep (this is something I have long been asking myself, nocturnal as I am, doing almost all my writing at night)?

Would it not been something to find a sheet of timeless time that you can wrap yourself in, all cozy, and dive into the pages? I think I would like that.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Looking for Places that Yield Poems

So, lately I was thinking about mapping out the world a little more, poetry wise. That made me think that there is some amazingly engaging travel writing, but as far as I know little travel poetry. But I don't wanna side-track yet again.

I was basically thinking of places I'd like to go. At this point I'd like to mention that I'm happily considering suggestions.

Because lists are a great way of doing these things...(no order of preference here):

1. London
Have never been there. Figure there are loads of interesting places to see. Might be very touristy though.

2. Spain
Like, Barcelona or Madrid. I like the Spanish in general, I love the language.

3. Japan
Just my place. Temples, martial arts...seafood. Okay, just my place except for the seafood. I'd like to see Kyoto.

4. India
Elephants! And isn't India more or less the cradle of Buddhism?

5. New Zealand
Just because. New Zealand is old, and I like old things.

I did not put China on that list because I've been there. But! I would love to go back...only pity is that that would cut me off from Facebook and Twitter. Which reminds me, Egypt isn't on my list either. Oh dear, this shall not end in politics...


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy New Year 2011--Year of the Rabbit

Happy New Year to y'all!

Yes, I am doing the Chinese calendar thing again. If, for some reason, this does not agree with your sense of taste or propriety or whatever, you may bite me. And no, I don't think you have to be Chinese to use the Chinese calender. I'm a Taiji teacher who's been hiking the Great Wall for Buddha's sake, how much more do I need to adapt?

Anyway, I like the Chinese zodiac. It speaks to my vegetarian nature. I like animals and do, in general, consider them cute. The rabbit is unarguably among the cutest of the zodiac...which is totally why you should celebrate this year. Again.

Happy New Year all ye rabbit-born folk out there!

One question bothers me though. Why the hell are rabid and rabbit so much alike? Could there be a conspiracy there?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Croatian?!? Yeats! and sailing stones? WTF?

Prague in winter with snow falling.

Erm. Yes, what a most interesting heading for a blog entry. I really do have no excuse. On a completely unrelated side note, please take notice of how I am using only one space after a period. I know it to be the right thing to do.

A hero?

Okay. Croatian. How 'bout that. Recently, I did a little google digging (how boring is that?) and can you imagine what I found! Yes! It is a rhetorical question, right you are! I found Croatian! Not just anything Croatian, mind you. What I found was my poem Early Insomnia, first published in the unequaled Apparatus Magazine translated into Croatian, right here. Now, I am not a stickler or anything, but I do figure that translating something that I wrote without my consent is not entirely okay in a legal sort of way. Not that I wouldn't have given my consent. It would have been just really nice to be asked! You know?

Seriously, what is it with me and skulls? (World Peace, just sayin')

Then, google also revealed Yours Truly and the much admired, beloved Yeats in one sentence. Where, you may ask. Why, right here. Eric mentions that my poem About Roses 'slight[ly] echoes of Yeats'. What greater praise could there be? Not that a poet necessarily needs praise. At least, poets pretend they do not need praise when indeed they do but nobody seems to care. I will shut up about that topic right now, because it could fill another blog entry, so I might deal with it later. Might I say, mind you.

Life is so pretty in all its moments of being where you are supposed to be...

And I said Sailing Stones. Those are just weird. I haven't actually done all that much research yet, but it would seem that your average stone in Death Valley just moves, like, well, no idea like what because I never heard anything like it. Just moves! I should write a poem about that, or a story.

And somewhere, there are angels.

What have those pictures to do with this blog entry anyway???

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Publications and to Prague and Back

And here's me again (a Happy 2011!)! Yeah, guess that plan for blogging more in December didn't work out...shame on me.

However, there are news and when I say news I mean published poems (and a short story)! *Yay*!

So, on Dec 27, my Cinderella poem went online on Polu Texni, a mag that deserves more attention than it is getting at the moment. I'm hoping that will change soon.

A little earlier (and unnoticed by me, I'm so ignorant sometimes), the wonderful Danse Macabre took another one of my short shorts for their Du Jours. And just a few days ago, I was very happy to find that my short story 'Hans & Gretel' is part of their current issue, Nussknacker. It is a little late, this one, but like wine and...moldy cheese, some things get better with age (okay, not the best comparison in the world, sorry).

I am especially happy to have a poem in BULL SPEC #4 (and another forthcoming in #5!). The current one is 'The Guardian at the Fountain of Eternal Youth', and sadly, my last name is missing the 'l' in this link:( but hey, typos happen.

Eternal Haunted Summer has two of my poem in their Winter Solstice Issue, here and here.

I think that's it so far. I have several more pieces accepted and lined up for publication though, which makes me very happy indeed and, yeah, even a little proud.

The Astronomical Clock of Prague's old City Hall; a famous landmark. Legend has it that the town fathers blinded the artist who built it so he would never again make something as beautiful and inspired.

Now I'd like to post what I really have been meaning to post, a few pics of my two-and-a-half day visit to Prague, also known as the Golden City.

I have been to Prague once in early fall and this time, it was winter, so very cold of course,  but with the snow and the ice and the slate gray sky also somewhat beautiful, beautiful and also ominous. Personally, I love gray and bleak atmosphere, and what could there be better than ominous, so I really did enjoy my stay. I liked the torture museum too.

My visit to the museum of torture. Just my kind of place, and I mean that in a totally world-peace-not-creepy-at-all kinda way.

What I found interesting was that since my last visit a few years back Prague has become so much more western. Also, there were a lot of tourists around, many from Japan and China too. Interesting. I will not be commenting on that, though. I love China. I love Japan (although I've never been there).

Skulls. There just had to be skulls. That's me in the front, BTW, sleep deprived.

If I get the chance, I'll definitely be back. I mean Kafka spent a lot of time in Prague right? There were alchemists too, so what better place for me to be? Well, I could think of some places maybe, but Prague is still nice, and you mostly get by with English.

So far, I haven't really written much about my stay though in terms of poetry or fiction, but I do have the one or other idea. For now, more skulls: