<![CDATA[The Myth Bookshelf - Updates + Interviews]]>Sat, 28 Nov 2015 11:07:25 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Book HaulĀ #1]]>Sun, 25 Oct 2015 06:35:51 GMThttp://themythbookshelf.weebly.com/updates--interviews/book-haul-1About two weeks ago, I heard about the city's public library holding a book sale, and when I learned two nights beforehand that everything was $2.50 or under (in Canadian dollars!!) my first reaction was: "well, I'm screwed". Because if you're anything like me, you love book sales and almost come to look at the books in the same light as if you were adopting animals at a shelter. And while this is all a very lovely, romantic notion, the reality is that you end up with more books than you will ever find time to read,. 

But such a thought never deters a true bibliophile -- they will march into that book sale and adopt all the books that they either A) have the money for, or B) can carry.

So here are the 9 books that I picked up, totaling to 8 dollars and 50 cents. It's almost like getting them for free! I was thrilled with all of these, especially because it was the first public library-run book sale that I've attended. 
Top row:
  • Muses, Madmen and Prophets: Rethinking the History, Science and Meaning of Auditory Hallucination by Daniel B. Smith (nonfiction) 
  • Telling Tales (collection of short stories), edited by Nadine Gordimer (fiction)
    • This one includes works by Chinua Achebe, Woody Allen, Margaret Atwood, Hanif Kureishi, Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez!!
  • Hold the Dark by William Giraldi (fiction)

Middle row:
  • Practical Aromatherapy: Create Your Own Personalized Beauty Treatments and Natural Remedies Using Essential Oils by Deborah Nixon (nonfiction)
  • The Empire of Sleep by Henri-Frederic Blanc (philosophical fiction) 
  • Menachem's Seed by Carl Djerassi by (fiction)

Bottom row:
  • I Was Vermeer: The Legend of the Forger Who Swindled the Nazis by Frank Wynne (historical account)
  • The Global Future: A Brief Introduction to World Politics by Charles W. Kegley and Gregory A. Raymond (textbook)
  • Too Far by Rich Shapero (fiction)

​In case you haven't noticed, I tend to gravitate around non-fiction. And as for that textbook on Global Politics...well, if I can't take a class on it I might as well learn on my own, no? 
I am actually supposed to be receiving a kit of perfumery oils to start dabbling in the creation of scents, so I thought the Practical Aromatherapy book would come in handy, even if its very basic. 

Which ones interest you? Have you been to any book sales lately?  
<![CDATA[Interview with author Haidji]]>Thu, 10 Sep 2015 05:25:46 GMThttp://themythbookshelf.weebly.com/updates--interviews/interview-with-author-haidjiI recently read and reviewed the book Harables: Short Stories 1 by Haidji, and followed the experience up by contacting her about her work. She is also the author of SG Suicide Game, but her scope of artistic expression is not limited to writing, as she also dabbles in painting, drawing and photography (to name a few). Intelligent, sincere and well-composed, she graciously provided me with insights into herself and her thought process. She really seems to defy description, and it was a pleasure to talk with her, so read the interview below and make sure to check out her work via the links at the end of this post. ♡

How would you describe your relationship with words and/or writing? 
I never thought about it.  Writing is like breathing, you breathe the impression in, and breathe the story out.  Would you consider that breathing is a relationship with the air?  Maybe writing is a relationship with the soul of things around and inside of you.  It is the air that my soul breathes.

How do you go about your writing? Ex; do you start with an idea and sit down to write it out, or is it a more “spontaneous” process?
There is not "one certain process".  Sometimes the idea                    comes first, sometimes it is spontaneous; some stories                      are written fast, others can take days, months or even years.
There is no rule.

You seem to gravitate around novellas as your preferred form of creative writing. What is it about short stories that you particularly enjoy? Do you think it can achieve things that other mediums of writing cannot, or as effectively?

There is no preference; I do not have a a preferred form of writing.  I never thought about it, before             reading this question.  Some stories are longer and turn into novels, or novellas; other stories are                 shorter and become a short story.  Usually I "feel" at the beginning of the story, if it is a short story             or a novel, or something in between.  There is no "something" I particularly enjoy about writing                     "short stories" or "novels".  It all depends on the story, and some stories are meant to be short                     stories, other stories are meant to be novels.  Each medium is different, each person is different.  It             is not that the medium that can achieve something that another one can't, but there are readers                 who prefer short stories, readers who prefer novels, readers that like both.  I do not think about                 what I can or could achieve with a certain story, I just write until the story is finished.

What is the most gratifying thing about putting your work out there?
The most gratifying thing until now was a message from a person saying that she wanted to                     commit suicide but after reading "SG - Suicide Game", she recovered her faith in life, decided to                 believe in dreams again and to work for it.  I do not think that there will be something more                         gratifying than that.  It happened already 3 times. 

And the most frustrating? 

I don’t know what answer to make, because there are many “small frustrations” in a writer’s                         process.  I think the "most frustrating" thing is that I won’t have time — in my lifetime — to write all             the stories that are inside me, waiting to be told.  It’s like a deep resource and I won’t have enough             time to bring all my stories to the surface and share them with my readers. 

And lastly, one adjective to describe your work?

can't judge my own work, but the adjective I hear most is "thought provoking".

///September 7th, 2015.

Author links
Official Blog
Google plus page
Email – haidji@gmail.com
Facebook official page
Instagram - @haidjiofficialprofile
Twitter - @Haidji

Her work
Suicide game
Life into Mist (Amazon.com)
Harables: Short Stories 1 (Amazon.com)
Fancy & Adrian (Amazon.com)