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Welcome to Practice Space, a literary newsletter by Andrei Atanasov!
I’m assuming you’re here because you’ve read one of my essays and you want more. Or maybe you just came for a peek.
In any case, I figured a map would come in handy. That’s what this page is for.
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In short, the things I publish come in three main flavours: personal essays, short stories and interviews. At times, there have also been a few poems.
Below, you’ll find a link to every post, sorted by flavour, along with a short description that will definitely (hopefully) hook you in.
Dancing In A Supermarket - Is anxiety making your life miserable? How about saying “Screw it!” and just bursting into dance? That’s what I did, and it felt awesome.
The Spark - My contribution to
The Books That Made Us. This is an essay about Yasunari Kawabata’s Thousand Cranes, a subtle novel of familial ties ruined by secrets. My journey toward becoming a writer began with this book, and the very special person who led me to it.
Three Pieces - Three bite-sized pieces of memoir, a little darker than my usual fare.
The Lords of Summer - A story of a lost friendship, green fields, and bygone summers.
On Talking With Strangers - Or how I made an unlikely friend amid the rubble of a dilapidated store.
This Friday, I Want To See A Circus - The story of how we came to have a cat, followed by a discussion thread where readers shared their own pet stories.
Funeral Blues - A eulogy to my first teacher, who died in December 2022.
I Drink Coffee Now - And other ways in which living with my wife changed me.
The Wrong Family - Maybe some families just aren’t meant to have pets. And maybe they should finally realize that, and stop buying them! This is a one-sentence history of all the pet-related disasters my family’s been through since I was a kid.
My Murderous Roommate - What is it about cats that makes us overlook their murderous behaviour?
Halloween Goodness - An essay about celebrating Halloween in post-communist Romania, followed by some eerie haiku.
YOU DIED. So What? - An essay on Dark Souls and the power of pressing on.
Bones - I’ve never broken a bone, and that used to make me feel inferior. But are broken bones really a sign of prowess, or just a mark of stupidity?
In a Routine Rut - A blog post-like rant against routines.
On Keeping Score - Why do goals often become the source of our anxiety? Maybe it’s because we’re choosing them wrong.
T-Shirt Talk - What do my favourite T-shirts say about me? Also, what’s a “fashion identity crisis”?
The One About The Falling Horses - An essay on animal abuse during film production throughout history. This one’s pretty serious, and I think the following warnings are appropriate: graphic violence, animal cruelty, death and torture.
On Vastness - I propose a new (and cosmic) antidote to worry. Actually, have you heard of the Overview effect? This is that, but before I’d ever heard of the term, and without the need to actually be an astronaut.
Blaze - The tale of how I wrote my first ever short story.
The Sausage - The result of a writing exercise called ‘Am I Saramago?’, wherein the writer is tasked with penning a one-paragraph short story with no punctuation.
Santa’s Last Job - Santa’s real name is Graham Rozenkrantz. He’s a homeless man, and the job of being Santa is the only thing that keeps him going year after year. But all good things come to an end, and one week before Christmas in 2023, he’s fired from his job. To top it off, he’s dying, so this will likely be his last Christmas. Will he survive to make one last child smile?
Snow-Fox vs. Leukemia - What do you do when even your awesome superpowers aren’t enough to save your son? Snow-Fox comes to grips with his son’s cancer, and the fact that the only one who’ll be able to save little Georgie is himself.
What Superheroes Mean To Me - In a world where superheroes are anathema, a kid whose dad was saved by one writes an essay that tries to change people’s hearts and minds.
Evaluation - A tanka poem about exams.
Household Haiku - Five short poems inspired by daily occurrences in my house.
Feral Fun with John Chrostek - John and I discuss writing, his latest project, and how it feels to be the editor-in-chief of his own literary magazine.
Collecting Emotions with Poet Elizabeth M. Castillo - EMC is a wonderfully sensitive poet. We talk motherhood, primal feelings, and her newest poetry collection Not Quite An Ocean.
Author J.M. Landon’s Two Great Loves - In addition to being a writer, Matt is also an accomplished musician. We talk about how his writing and music influence each other, music recommendations for writing, and why he loves Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” so much.
Disclaimer: As fun as they might be, these short descriptions will inevitably fall short of the real thing. It’s impossible to capture the essence of an entire post in a short paragraph. If some of these descriptions caught your eye, rest assured: the posts themselves are even better. So go read them!
I think that’s about all. See you on the blog, Practitioner! I hope you have a wonderful time.
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