iván BRAVE

Writer

Pet Peeves on Pet Peeves

Pet Peeves on Pet Peeves

4 September 2019

No. No-o. Nope . . .  No-o-o-o. No! No-u-u-u. NO! We shouldn’t complain.   But here is a list of things that make me snarky, anyway. Some I am guilty of committing myself, while others are pure abstractions. At any rate, it’s what I’ve come up with and would like to share.     10. […]

The Man Who No One Loved

The Man Who No One Loved

31 August 2019

I.   Leroy was an exceptional man. Except, for one reason or another, no one wanted to date him. It led to much confusion, then suffering. Why?   In answering this question, he began to consider his mother. The cause of his loneliness might be in her. Only, she was a grand woman, always available […]

10 things I cannot live without and why

10 things I cannot live without and why

31 July 2019

Outside in Bucharest the clouds pour gentle, warm buckets of rain. Button-up shirts look three shades darker around the shoulders and back. Hair, too. The smell of flaky, crispy pastries finds its way through the wetness of morning.  It is still early, but not for long. One reads.   A list, it can be fun, […]

Ode to Road Blocks: a praise in poetry and prose

Ode to Road Blocks: a praise in poetry and prose

10 March 2019

Be water, my friend. Bruce Lee   Praise to the blocks, the stumbles and locks! They keep villains away, keep terror ad hoc. The purpose of a block is to channel, you know, a flow the consciousness doesn’t know; while laziness allows us to rock peace or pajamas. And what’s wrong with a lock? If […]

A book that helps with craft (and a project assignment)

A book that helps with craft (and a project assignment)

21 February 2019

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White rests on my bookshelf like a couple at the beach. Eyes closed, enjoying the sun, a tan, the sounds of the literary world tossed at sea, though thoroughly relaxing.   We have all, in our mission for clarity and acuteness, turned to these pages.   “The work […]

Idioms

Idioms

21 March 2017

For the polyglots and language lovers, enjoy: “40 Brilliant Idioms” by Helene Batt and Kate Torgovnick May (from TED Blog > Language)   My favorite from the list: From Russian translator Aliaksandr Autayeu: The idiom: Галопом по Европам Literal translation: “Galloping across Europe.” What it means: “To do something hastily, haphazardly.”   Quite an image. […]

Leer en Voz Alta

Leer en Voz Alta

March 2017

Para los quien quieren leer mejor en voz alta, aquí tienen una herramienta para afilar sus ondas físicas. “Herramientas para leer mejor en voz alta” by Lourdes Morán (from IMAGINAlee)   Varios de los principios presentados los he empleado en mis clases de inglés, como las de practicar trabalenguas. Uno llega a sonar bastante sonso […]

Chaplin

Chaplin

March 2017

This video is essentially a multi-vitamin. It energizes, inspires, and boosts your mental metabolism. Consider watching it from time to time, think and feel. The Greatest Speech by Charlie Chaplin (on Youtube)   Please let me know your response in the comment section below.

The Art of…

The Art of…

March 2017

The original “Art of” book, in its auditory entirety, is below: Art of War – Sun Tzu (audiobook on Archive.org)   Some of the lessons have always stuck with me, as in “Even if you are competent, appear to be incompetent; Though effective, appear to be ineffective.” Not sure why. Same applies with appearing slow […]

Travel Writing

Travel Writing

March 2017

Write, fly; fly, write. I love stories where the setting and the characters don’t seem to match up perfectly. This can lead to conflict, learning, love, or a laugh. All it takes to swoon an audience–around a campfire, or by candle light–is the voice of a skilled author to tell the tale.   Below is […]

Latin Words & Phrases

Latin Words & Phrases

March 2017

To the sophisticated and well-versed reader, below you will find a list of useful Latin words and phrases from the Art of Manliness. Which one from the list is your favorite?   Latin Words and Phrases Every Man Should Know (from Art of Manliness) Mine, from the list: nosce te ipsum. Though, in vino veritas, […]