Who Wants a Free Book?

GASP! Did you say free?

Yes, I did kiddies. My book Becoming God is on sale, and by sale, I mean it’s free until this Thursday. If you’re looking for an action-packed science fiction novel, why not get Becoming God? It’s a quick read, and did I mention free?

Make sure to give me a rating on Amazon, and a comment too. I don’t care if you tear the book to shreds. Criticism is a writer’s best friend.

So here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0147FX71M?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

And you know what? While you’re at it, take a look at my first novel Listlessly, a thoughtful, poetic romance. I made the cover myself too. *Sniff sniff* I’m so proud. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LKQI0SC

The Rush

At times the rush
Of my own blood drowns
My ears. And I can’t stand
The sight of lips open
Then lips closed,
For all I hear
Is the pulse, the gush,
The tireless quake in my

Head. Worse, I can’t
Speak. I can’t
Move. A torrent rages
In my ears, but my body
Shrivels in drought. I’m nothing
But ash and stone. Silent.
Still. And stuck

With the throbbing
Beat
Beat
Beat.

Bloated Bodies

Bloated bodies
Full of hot air tumble
Down hills cloaked
In inky shadow. The evening stinks
Of shame and festered regret
That spurts from their pores.

And the townsfolk hide. Death,
They think, comes pouring
Down the sloped mounds
Outside their homes
Where fires burn in stone chimneys
And smoke pours up into the sky
While the bodies moan
In personal toil.

Week 2 in Frozen Paradise

With another week in St. Petersburg over, I’ve explored new sights and uncovered some hidden gems you won’t find in your travel guides.

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Let’s start off with the Hermitage Museum. Not exactly an original sight to see, but if you haven’t been to the Hermitage on your visit to St. Petersburg, well, you’re kind of a disgrace to humanity. It is a magnificent spectacle of architecture and considered one of the largest art museums in the world with over 3 million works of art. Whether a lover of art or not, you will find something of interest and beauty. That I assure you.

Personally, I spent the majority of my trip in the Winter Palace. Thus, I don’t have any paintings to show you. But don’t worry. As a student of St. Petersburg State University, I get free admission, so I’ll make sure to go back.

Normal touristy stuff aside, the travelers among us know what’s most important: food. Two restaurants in particular stuck out:

1. Gosti (Гости)

With a name meaning “guests,” you can bet that hospitality is the main concern. Yes, the food was scrumptious. Cheap too. If you’re on a budget like me, you can get a business lunch (three course meal with limited selection for a lower price). Mine was roughly $5.

Although both my stomach and wallet were pleased, it was the interior that made me feel at home. Looks just like Grandma’s house, doesn’t it? Just a fair warning, though. If you sit at one of the couches, beware of the urge to fall asleep. Once you sit down, it’s hard to get back up.

By the way, if you couldn’t get enough of Gosti’s sweets, take a trip downstairs. They have their own bakery.

2. Ukrop (Укроп)

Now, I’m not a huge fan of vegetables. Just ask my parents. I barely looked at a carrot until the last year or two. So I hope you’re impressed that I’m recommending a vegetarian restaurant to you.

Ukrop, Russian for “dill” (yeah, not as telling as guests), is a slice of Petersburg’s thriving hipster culture. It’s food was original and expressive, and its design gave off a fresh, modern vibe. Ukrop is clean, but comfortable, hearty, but healthy. And yes, that is a swing.

Week 1

Nothing More

The rivers run red
Over a white ocean
Glazed in liquid salt.
The streams surge
Against their smooth banks
And flood over the black
Cat tails that bat to

And fro. And the waters
Are pale and stagnant,
Drained of their hot-blooded
Hue. One would never know
The tumult and strife
At the river’s head. “Nothing more
Than rain,” they’d say.
Nothing more.