Road to Happiness… and into the Black Hole

Dear Amazing People,

The novel “The Monster: Blade of Darkness” may be my largest work and success so far, but it is not the only one. In the description of my writing activity at the Author page of this website I mentioned some more novels and short stories written by me back in my childhood and student days, including “Road to Happiness” and “The Black Hole”. These two stories were featured in the book “The Thoughts: the World of My Heart and Soul. The Favorites” that was published in 2007 and is currently available at Amazon.com, Lulu.com, Scribd, and the bookstore here. And now I have decided to share these stories openly on Wattpad for you to enjoy both the ancient legend about the origin of dolphins and the futuristic space adventures on a distant planet for free.

Road to Happiness

Road to Happiness” is a beautiful legend written in the style of Ancient Greek mythology that tells you about how Good can heal even the most deep-rooted Evil. The legend also presents to you an interesting mythological theory of the origin of dolphins, specifically the bottlenose dolphin and the Ganges river dolphin. Thus, if you are interested in ancient empires, Gods and Goddesses, and legends about the origin of life, then “Road to Happiness” is a story you will enjoy. You can read it HERE (in Russian).

Black Hole

The Black Hole” is a science fiction story about people’s first journey through hyperspace to the distant worlds. You will join the crew of an exploratory spaceship that travels through a black hole and finds itself on a faraway planet inhabited by strange life forms and unknown civilization. But the discovery the explorers make there is not so much about that alien civilization, but their own one. “The Black Hole” is what you need if you enjoy reading about space adventures, distant planets, and extraterrestrial life. The story is available HERE (in Russian).

So, enjoy travelling the Road to Happiness… and into the Black Hole!

And I am looking forward to your feedback on these two stories!

With great respect and gratitude,

Alexander

Deep Into Another World

Dear Amazing People,

As the Orthodox world is preparing to celebrate Christmas according to the old Julian calendar today, I have decided to release a previously unpublished short novel that is related to this celebration.

Deep Into Another World - E-book

It is entitled “Deep Into Another World” and tells you about my journey to a Moldovan village of Cunicea in summer 2013. Cunicea has quite interesting archaeological and religious heritage, and that was the main reason of travelling there. However, the purpose of this short novel is not only to show you the historical discoveries of the village, but also to direct your attention to the beauty of the nature in the rural environment. Therefore “Deep Into Another World” is full of colourful descriptions of local fauna and funny situations experienced by my colleagues and myself in Cunicea.

So, if you want to spend this Christmas Day learning something new about the Orthodox religion and rural fauna, as well as laughing at some funny but real situations, then the short novel “Deep Into Another World” is exactly what you need. You can order it at the Bookstore of this website or at Lulu.com in paperback and e-book versions (the novel is available only in Russian for now).

Merry Christmas to all celebrating it today!

With great respect and gratitude,

Alexander

The Story of How Let’s Do It World! Heroes Contributed to the Dream

Dear Amazing People,

I continue to reveal the story of writing my largest novel so far, “The Monster: Blade of Darkness”, bits by bits. And this time I would like to describe you how the global movement for a clean planet Let’s Do It World! (LDIW), where I had been a volunteer and researcher behind the Waste Explorer project, contributed to the publishing of this book.

The Monster - LDIW Heroes

You already know that the book “The Monster: Blade of Darkness”” has been created through crowdsourcing and crowdfunding support, and now it is available in Russian and English and in hardcover and e-book formats in more than 20 countries of the world. What you probably do not know yet is that the book was indirectly and directly created by a number of awesome people, who I like to call the LDIW Heroes.

The Monster - The Book with Names

The indirect contribution of LDIW to making this literary dream come true is represented by the “community action experiment” applied to the publishing of the book. During its preparation I joined efforts with other people to make it happen, just like the community of this movement helps to organize national cleanups in different countries.

The direct contribution is represented by the fact that the actual LDIW members together with me took part in transforming the dream about the novel “The Monster: Blade of Darkness” into reality. The talented artist Kärt Viljalo made a number of wonderful illustrations that you can now see in the book and in the on-line gallery. The generous Toomas Trapido supported the publishing of the book through its Indiegogo crowdfunding page. And supportive Kristiina Kerge and Kadi Kenk helped in sharing the page and spreading the word about this literary dream. Their names can now be found in the Gratitude Letter in all “The Monster: Blade of Darkness” books, as well as on the official website of the novel.

The Monster - Contributors Names

All in all, due to the LDIW global network and my participation in it I have found all these talented, amazing, and extraordinary people. And together with other contributors we have succeeded in bringing the science fiction adventure novel about the interrelations between Human and Nature entitled “The Monster: Blade of Darkness” to the readers worldwide. And for that I am enormously grateful to LDIW and its heroes!

This piece of the novel writing story has been featured in the LDIW Newsletter #44 under the title “A book inspired by Let’s Do It! World heroes published”. Thank you, Kadi Kenk, for writing and sharing it!

With great respect and gratitude,

Alexander

Finishing Touches under the Californian Sun

Dear Amazing People,

Recently an article entitled “The Monster: Blade of Darkness”: The Novel with an ELP Footprint in It has appeared on the blog of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) managed by the University of California in Berkeley, California, the US. It tells the story of how I finished the draft of my novel “The Monster: Blade of Darkness” while being in California and studying at Beahrs ELP in June – July 2013. The article was written by me and then shared by the blog administrators from the University of California, Anita and Megan.

Alexander at Beahrs ELP

The reasons for writing about this footprint of California and Beahrs ELP in the book “The Monster: Blade of Darkness” are firstly to acknowledge the contribution of such events and experience in shaping up its final chapters, and secondly to start revealing bits of the whole story of making my literary dream come true in the hope to inspire at least some of you to do a similar thing. This is because the aims of writing and publishing this novel include not only expressing and sharing my ideas on how Human-to-Nature interrelations might develop, but also showing on the real example that it is possible to realize the dream of publishing your own book. I would really like to see and read poems, stories, and novels written by my friends and other amazing people I know. And I am ready to support them.

Alexanders Room at UC Berkeley

So, I suggest you to take a look at the article “The Monster: Blade of Darkness”: The Novel with an ELP Footprint in It about how I made the finishing touches to my novel “The Monster: Blade of Darkness” in a small room of a student campus lit by the warm Californian sun. Perhaps it will motivate you to find a similar inspirational environment and write your own literary work. And one day I will be able to hold your own book in my hands and read about how it had been written. I am very much looking forward to that day!

With great respect and gratitude,

Alexander

FIRST PUBLISHED E-BOOK

Dear Amazing People,

Soon the e-book version of “The Monster: Blade of Darkness” will be released. I know that you are already looking forward to it.

But this is not going to be the first e-book published by me. I have just uploaded on Amazon my first book called “The Thoughts: The World of My Heart and Soul”.

 Alexandr Iscenco - The Thoughts

So, if you would like to get the feeling of my writing style and ideas before getting “The Monster: Blade of Darkness” into your hands or Kindle, you are very welcome to order and read “The Thoughts”. And I will be grateful for any feedback on it from you.

Enjoy The World of My Heart and Soul!

With great respect and gratitude,

Alexander