Gwen has the heart of a warrior. She is one of the best people I know, but unfortunately has had to handle the worst. Life has so often declared war on her, and yet she’s still fighting.
She is a young amputee but disability hasn’t been approved yet. Please reach out if you can help. Thank you.

Kintsukuroi Life

Desperate times call for desperate measures, no?

I haven’t had a paycheck in over a year and disability hasn’t been approved (everyone always asks) yet adulting is still a necessity like paying bills and fixing cars and paying for medical expenses insurance doesn’t cover. If you can help, that would be great. If you can’t, please pass it on anyway.

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You all know what it is like to get up on the wrong side of the bed. You haven’t had your first coffee yet, you’re cranky and in a mood for a fight. Then, you check out your blog and find out you have been NOMINATED FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD by a fellow blogger.

My initial reaction was:

Is this FOR REAL?

Is this SOME KIND OF JOKE? Because if it is, IT’S NOT FUNNY!

It’s NOT a joke. Dammit, I CANNOT do this! I DON’T HAVE TIME!

WHY ME of so many amazing bloggers out there?

I even mispronounced the LIEBSTER as LOBSTER. You see what I mean? I’M NOT THE ONE! PICK SOMEONE ELSE.

To be frank, at first I wanted to turn the nomination down primarily because I’m NOT much of A FAN OF AWARDS (can’t I just take the money and run?) But then, after having my coffee, the world smiled back at me and I figured – It can’t be that bad, can it? So, I decided not to be a 24/7 hater, which I generally am, and accept Rida Yumn Ahmed’s kind nomination.

THANK YOU, dear. I REALLY REALLY REALLY am grateful for nominating me and I’m going to show my appreciation by doing my best to answer your intriguing questions.

MY ANSWERS to RIDA’S QUESTIONS are as follows:

  • What do you think a person with no friends should do even if he had tried hard making them?

I guess, come to terms with the fact that he/she is an introvert after all.

  • You are given a chance to spend a day with your muse. Who and Why?

I wouldn’t say my muse is any specific person. We get the chance to see each other on a daily basis, my muse and me. You see, my source of inspiration and most reliable lover is life itself with all its complexities. Why? Because it’s mine and, despite the hardships, it has shaped who I am today. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

  • Your dream destination and with whom?

Every new journey with my family where we haven’t been before.

  • Your views on growing technology and growing boundaries.

I believe you pretty much answered the question yourself. The more technology advances, the more we are connected and paradoxically disconnected from one another.

  • Pressure makes a person better. For or Against?

God no! Pressure makes slaves out of us, executors instead of thinkers. Give people an ability to pace themselves and they’ll show you limitless possibilities. Therefore, no pros.

  • How will you manage a person who is most irritating but still can’t be ignored?

This one looks like an interview question. Read: How do you put up with your asshole boss or equally annoying colleagues every single day of your life? (I don’t. I am my own boss.)

In short, give your interviewers what they would like to hear by showing your excellent communications skills and confidence, and stating the problem which will ultimately seem trivial when compared to how you dealt with and resoled it. Something like:

In my previous position, I had an issue with a coworker that was rather difficult to work with because his lack of follow-through was affecting my work which kept piling up. (DO NOT ever say the truth, things like – who was getting on my nerves. Smile as if you conquered the world and sound positive, turning all possible minuses into pluses). One day, I asked him if I could have a word with him, and we had quite a productive discussion on various topics. It turned out he was quite unconscious of the effect of his actions and that he only needed to have somebody explain the procedure to him in more detail. After working out the agreement, we didn’t have a single problem ever since. NOT ONE. Amazing, isn’t it? Effective communication does miracles.

  • Given a choice, which will you choose (any 1)?
  1. Blue Pill – Invisibility
  2. Green Pill – Back into time
  3. Red Pill – Reading other’s mind
  4. Yellow Pill – Power of obviating memories of people
  5. Pink Pill – Power of making a philter or say a potion which makes the drinker fall in love with your aura

I do hope this one has nothing to do with colors and their meaning since yellow is by far my favorite one.

I’d still rather choose number 2, the green one. If I could go back in time, I’d love to witness the birth of Modernity. I would die to walk the streets of Paris with Miró, Picasso and Dali or join my literary idols, the members of the co-called Lost Generation, somewhere in Europe. Let me just mention some of them: F.Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, E.E. Cummings, John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, Henry Miller, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf.

I would also like to live in the U.S. in the Jazz Age, the time of the vast creativity, hedonism, Prohibition, bootleg liquor, bob haircuts, jazz and ragtime. I’d sip dry martinis with Fitzgerald and Zelda and enjoy vermouth with Hemingway, preferably pulling out before the stock-market crash (the Great Depression is just too depressing for my liking).


Nominated for: Best Original Screenplay:

  1. George Clooney (alias Wulf)
  2. Mer
  3. DG
  4. Tanya  (Anybody home?)
  5. Jane
  6. Laina
  7. Alyssa
  8. Tom
  9. Aixa
  10. Serendipity
  11. Junaisha
  12. Brooke
  13. Lignum Draco
  14. Lowlife Magazine
  15. last but not least Tony

I’d like to give SPECIAL THANKS to all of you who follow my blog, but are not among the nominees. Much appreciated.

Here are MY ingenious QUESTIONS (please pick 1 option, out of 2, and explain why you’ve chosen it). Knock yourselves out:

  1. Garfield or Oggy? (the ‘anthropomorphic blue cat’ to quote Tom) or Garfield or Odie? (which was what I actually had in mind)
  2. Hot or sour? (subquestion: coffee or tea?)
  3. Horror or thriller?
  4. Beer or wine?
  5. The Sun or the Moon?
  6. The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
  7. Butch Cassidy or the Sundance Kid?


  1. Answer the questions that were left for you.
  2. Nominate your favorite new bloggers (not more than 15!)
  3. Write 7 questions for them to answer.
  4. Add all the rules and be honest with your answers!

And the Oscar goes to…