Family Tradition

Hey DJ, you mind cuing up a good song for this article? Thanks, bro. Time for a shout out as the song loads. Aceasta melodia este dedicata din partea mea, Sam Cel Roman, pentru toti fratiorii mei pe care au ridicat un pahar bun, sau rulat o marfa buna cu mine, si a stat de…

The Transylvania Book Fair

After all the research lately into taxes, politics and business, I thought it was time for an unequivocally positive story from around these parts. Last weekend here in Unicorn City was the first Transylvania Book Fair (link to Romanian news article about it here). There are a couple of other book fairs which come to…

¡Solo se vive una vez!

As long as I ever shall live, I will never, ever, and I mean fucking never ceased to be amazed at just what a wondrous and magical journey this life is. Right now my computer is rendering all the wonderful video footage of this past weekend, which I partly filmed for my own memories and…

Official Book Launch Poster

Wow! These posters are going up in downtown Cluj as I write these very words. Awesome! Can you believe there’s going to be singing there? Holy cow! If you’re in Cluj tomorrow and want to come get an autograph or just say hello (or try the delicious cabbage, yum!) then head on down to the…

How Sweet It is!

Holy shit! I cannot believe it but we are all set to unveil my latest project. In case you can’t guess by the cover image above, FINALLY, i mean finally, my book Balada Supravietuitorului is going to be published in Romania. Yay! I don’t know how long you’ve been reading this website but me, the…

The Hard Knock Life

Please don’t mistake anything I’m about to say here but quite frankly, I am exhausted. The filming went wonderfully but it took a lot out of me and then running around (off camera) being a minor celebrity and getting patted on the back about a million times (verbally and physically) wore me out. Luckily it’s…

Gandul Article

Last night while I was hanging out with my rowdies, I got a call with the good news – my Gandul article is finally published. Yeehaw! It’s in Romanian but here is the awful Google translated version. Perhaps soon I’ll translate it “for reals” but for now you have to get by with Senor Google….

Mailbag

From a reader of my book Balada Supravietuitorului: Apropo, m-am căcat pe mine de râs la faza cu WC-ul din Gara de Nord din București, l-ai descris perfect! Bună cartea! I also heard via The Woman that her grandmother started reading it and was also greatly enjoying it as well. So far this book is…

Further Adventures in (Self) Publishing

Oh my word, yesterday I did something that a normal person would’ve done a long time ago – research the fields of writing, publishing and selling books. You might remember my earlier post on this subject. All of my books (so far) have been self-published, which means that not only did I write them but…

Balada Supraviețuitorului a lui Sam cel Român

Well folks, good news! My Romanian-language book is now for sale in the United States. This one is going to be sold a little bit differently than The Complete Insider’s Guide to Romania for a number of reasons. The permanent link to all the venues where you can get the Romanian book are at top…

Cabbage and Tuica

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece called Adventures in Publishing about what it’s like to be an author beyond just the process of writing a book and actually getting it published. Well today I went and delivered my completed manuscript for my upcoming book (in Romanian) to my publisher. This happened literally…

Cum am învăţat limba română în 37 de paşi simpli

This is the Romanian version of How I learned Romanian in 37 Easy Steps (edited for content and clarity), which will be appearing in my new book Balada Supravieţuitorului a lui Sam cel Român. Translation done by the fabulous Diana Lupu. Enjoy! Majoritatea românilor sunt destul de surprinşi când află că un american le vorbeşte…