The Locus of Control

Word Count: 2729 You know, after about six years of covering scandals, failures, problems, crimes, the media, and other sources of misery in Romania (and to a lesser extent, the Republic of Moldova), I’ve lately found myself thinking about the bigger picture. If you narrow your focus on the scandal of the day, it’s easy…

Moldova at the Breaking Point

Despite a lack of media coverage anywhere except in the Russian press, the protests in Moldova have been continuing in the snow and cold. Unfortunately, I missed the excitement last night as protesters stormed the Parliament: Protesters broke into Moldova’s parliament after it approved a new pro-European government. The vote was aimed at ending months…

Let Slip the Dogs of Protest

Word Count: 1346 A couple of days ago, Romania made a huge splash across the world as news reports filtered in about the good hitting police of Bucharest taking a break from their usual activities of robbing foreigners to discharge tear gas and deploy riot gear against some unarmed shepherds: More than 1,000 shepherds have…

A Brief Guide to What the Morality Police Will and Will Not Let You Write

Word Count: 3789 After the exciting release of my 2 new books for adults late Friday night, I’ve fielded a number of questions. I’ve also been corresponding with fellow “erotica” authors for a while now as I developed my stories, and I’ve spent untold number of hours researching the current situation in (English-language) adult literature….

Manufacturing Inanity

Although I do not own a television, last night I had the privilege of watching (online) a local Cluj-Napoca program called “Zi de Zi” which featured a host and three guests all debating the issue of “second hand” stores (used clothing shops) here in town. I was alerted to this program because a local blogger…