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Our publishing house’s first book Nicosia in Dark and White won a prestigious POYi Book of the Year award

It snowed in Nicosia (this happens less often than a leap year)

Wrote a new short story

Spent all Saturday in Troodos playing with the snow [snow angel not pictured]

A good week indeed

Snow falling on tropical trees and our little fish pond

I made these as a tribute to Bill Watterson

Moon over frozen lake

The award winning photographer taking pictures of frozen lake with his homemade pinhole cameras

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It’s only January but things have already been real busy.

A lot of new writing and lots of different projects in development. We are making travel plans for later in the year.   Book Ex Machina is getting a site revamp.

But here’s a little sneak preview of a tasty literary treat we call Matchbook Stories.

Each matchbook is a  tiny story in prose or poetry form. They are stories about meetings fleeting and temporary, about moments and places, invoking the feeling of real matchbooks. A few words that can be carried in a pocket and shared with a friend, or perhaps a stranger.

The first four made their debut in a Nicosia Christmas market. But there will be more on the way.

To kick off the project me and Matchbook Stories poetry editor Lee Jing-Jing contributed two each. Mine: Paris, Las Vegas and Cha Cha Chicken. Jing’s: An Old Wives’ Tale and Last Fall.

In due time we will post ways to buy and submission guidelines. But in the meantime, this is a sneak preview.

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So we went to this monthly fair in downtown Nicosia to sell our book. I don’t think I’ve ever been at Ledras street so early in the morning before.

The weather was sunny and breezy and finally cool enough to wear short sleeves.

Nicosia in Dark and White and Origami Dinosaur

Sold some books and someone made origami dinosaurs

There was an exhibition night there in one of the old abandoned buildings at the Ledra Street crossing, found out about it accidentally

Stop! Taking Photos is not Allowed!

Taking photos in not allowed, and sandbags

Those signs are like photographer’s catnip

Meeting

Meeting old friends = serendipity.

Oh, and before i forget, my little half-island, Happy Independence Day!

(I wrote a story about this last year, it’s in the book, and here, and it’s a little sappy.)

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