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Blog #32: Natalya’s Tale

Blog #32: Natalya’s Tale

My debut novel — Natalya’s Tale — is now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions! To order copies, click on this link: http://www.amazon.com/Natalyas-Tale-Mishka-Zakharin/dp/1516915437/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1440854804&sr=8-2&keywords=mishka+zakharin   For more about Natalya’s Tale, I refer you to these previous blogs: http://www.mishkazakharin.com/workingfile/?p=100 http://www.mishkazakharin.com/workingfile/?p=263 And, for those who know me personally, I will be receiving copies the second week of September — so if you prefer buying it directly from me, let me know and I’ll reserve one (or however many you’d like!) for you… (From me, it’ll be $10 per copy, but if I have to mail it $13 within the U.S…. and I’ll have to let you know if you’re outside the U.S. what the shipping cost would be.)   And it hath been a busy summer with my exploration of CreateSpace… In addition to my debut novel, I have also amended my writing canon somewhat. I discontinued Mishka’s Florilegium and The Mishkan Book of the Dead with their respective publishers so as to revamp them as: Mishka’s Expurgated Florilegium (and then some…) http://www.amazon.com/Mishkas-Expurgated-Florilegium-then-some/dp/1514818914/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1440855323&sr=8-3&keywords=mishka+zakharin And The Mishkan Book of the Dead, 2nd Edition http://www.amazon.com/Mishkan-Book-Dead-2nd/dp/1515136221/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440855323&sr=8-1&keywords=mishka+zakharin   (I also discontinued BANANA YOU!, The Year of the Golden Monkey, and Spectre of Life from the ‘Daemon Mishka’ series—though highlights of the three will eventually reappear in a combined volume…)   Speaking of ‘Daemon Mishka’, I should also note, although Possessed By the Daemon Mishka has gone through a facelift (new cover design), the innards remain unchanged. http://www.amazon.com/Possessed-Daemon-Mishka-Zakharin/dp/1591093430/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1440855323&sr=8-9&keywords=mishka+zakharin   And please note, with CreateSpace (via Amazon) many of my other books have also changed—particularly in regard to a price reduction! (Huzzah!~) So a much more affordable Mishka to tantalize and titillate and… traumatize? (No, no, don’t say traumatize!) And… tickling of one’s fancy?! (Uh! Say traumatize.) Butanyhoo…   So now (mayhap) I can continue on with actual writing, beginning with the second draft of my second novel ‘The Telemachy of Mishka’… Forsoothly!—anon……   # # # #   —Mishka Zakharin © 2015...

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Video Trailer (Spleen of Fiery Dragons)

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The Green Room

The Green Room

Welcome to The Green Room! What… the hell is a Green Room?  (Aside from the obvious answer—which is actually, at least in part, the correct one…) For those that know me reasonably well—you are already aware.  The Green Room, traditionally, is my office.  And sometimes it’s actually green.  Given it is the room—in whatever home in which I’ve lived for the last 27 years—that the majority of my writing occurs, when I had notions of including a blog on my new website, I thought “The Green Room” would make an apropos name for it… (This should, no doubt, cause great confusion—well, I mean, I won’t think it’s so great… but I digress—when I say “I was in the green room, and—” (whatever~)… and, to whomever I am speaking, he or she will say, “How were you IN your blog?!”  Then there will, as per usual, be great ire and angst and slapping and running about and screaming and—oh! the blood… and apologies and cleaning up and getting over it… and then, inevitably, “No, no, really—how were you in a bl—”) Nevermind.  Just skip that whole last bit… Hi, welcome to my blog!  (Yea! Huzzah! Forsoothly!~  Etc…) So what should you, the reader, expect in your visits to the Green Room?…  Well, for my part, I suppose I hope you’re not expecting much!  (HAA!!  Yeah, yeah—no, I mean that…) If you show up to the actual green room (i.e. the room in my home)—you’d better bring cake… or things shall go hard!  (I don’t mean that dirty…) But—and/or however—if you are merely stopping by to peruse where a mishka’s mindful musings may have meandered… I just really don’t know.  Sorry.  Yep—just no idea… (What the hell?!  I’ve never done a freaking blog before?  What do I have to talk about?…) All that being said—for those of you remaining after nearly a page of my rambling drivel… there are free gifts!  (Huzzah!~ again.)  Just have them delivered to me at— (Hup!—sorry… my bad.) I meant I have free gifts for all of you!  Two free ebooks from my collection at Smashwords: ‘Poopy Derringer and the Singing Monkey of Death’ and Other Metaphysicalities In his latest short story anthology, Zakharin answers (or at least addresses) all of the Big Questions in Life: the Time Loop of the Very Existence of All Things [Poopy Derringer and the Singing Monkey of Death]; demonic underpants...

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Natalya’s Tale

Natalya’s Tale

Mishka’s debut novel — available (presumably) early in 2015 Who amongst us (if of an age) hasn’t faced that daunting dilemma:  the inevitability of turning 30?!  And so then, in dire frustration over all that life is not, lapsed into another dimension of myth and magic and talking butterflies!  (Or perhaps that last bit isn’t quite as inevitable for everyone…) At heart, ‘Natalya’s Tale’ is reflective of the Arthurian legends:  a knight on a quest, wandering strange lands, battling wild beasts and mythological monsters or witches and wizards, and engaging in a series of heroic endeavors… except in this case, rather than a knight, it’s Natalya Yvain—a cannibalistic prostitute who, tired of turning tricks and eating babies, goes on a journey through the Otherworld (a shadow world of our own) in search of greater meaning in life. Natalya—despite her penchant for human flesh, both professionally and nutritionally—is a sort of “Everywoman;” she’s just an ordinary person who becomes caught up in extraordinary circumstances, finding herself faced with having to try to save the world.  Accompanied by her guide, a butterfly named Katara, Natalya meanders about on her quest, meeting a variety of bizarre friends and foes, many of who offer up their own personal tales along the...

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