I'm glad you've paid me a visit. There's not much to tell about me, but some of it is pretty unusual.
I was born and raised in Kyrgyzstan (most probably you have no idea where it is, but Google does).
English is my second language, I'm a native Russian speaker. I work as a translator for Russian publishers translating books from English into Russian. I've translated books by Jerome K. Jerome, S. Maugham, Oscar Wilde, Kurt Vonnegut, Wilbur Smith, Irvine Welsh and the bestselling vampire book by Stephanie Meyer (the list is not comprehensive, of course). I've also translated poems by Sarah Teasdale which were recently published in Russia.
I also write prose and poetry in Russian and English. You can read some of my English language writing for free here:
I'm also an illustrator and graphic designer. You can see some of my work here
Well, the rest doesn't really matter, but if you have any questions, just shoot :-)
NOTE to my American readers: There is such thing as British spelling and I do prefer that; so if you see an unusual spelling, it is not wrong, it's just different.
The Real Magic
Every prince is taught that he should do what he should do and not what he wants to do because this is his royal duty. But what if the royal duty is to marry a princess he has never met and who is (as the rumor has it) stupid and ugly? Should he still do what he's told or would he dare to disobey?
The Bird of Happiness
Sometimes it's hard to tell which is the dream and which is the reality. Kira dreads falling asleep for every night she sees the same dream...
The Faint-Hearted Hare and Other Kyrgyz Folk Tales
A Kyrgyz folk tale about a hare who was afraid of everything so much that he hardly dared go outside. But one day he did pluck up courage and went for a walk. Read on to find out what happened.
There are other stories about animals to delight children, big and small alike.
The Real Treasure
Once upon a time a king sent his three sons in search of the real treasure. What did they find?
How the Week Days Got Their Names
In Japanese, week days are named Moon day, Fire day, Water day, Wood day, Metal day, Earth day and Sun day.
Here's a little tale about how those names came about.
Four legends from the beautiful land of Kyrgyzstan: Legend about Lake Issyk Kul; Legend about the Burana Tower; Legend about the Santash Pass and Legend about Tash Rabat.
Mr. Stork and Ms. Heron and Other Russian Folk Tales
A Russian folk tale about Mr. Stork and Ms. Heron who wanted to get married. This book also includes two more stories: A Cooking Pot and How the Old Man Kept House.
These short funny tales will make your child laugh while teaching some important lessons.
Snow for Xmas
Christmas is a magic time when dreams come true. But are some dreams too crazy to come true? Can one wish for snow as a Xmas present?
This is one story from my book 'Star Children' which contains two other short stories for children: 'Star Children' and 'The Lost Marble'.
'Asteriskos' means 'a little star' in Greek. One night a strange guest comes to Jake's bedroom:
"A tiny ball of fire that wanders to and fro,
I do what I desire, I always come and go.
I ride the rays of starlight and in the sunshine fly.
To Earth I only come at night, my home is the sky."
And here the adventure begins!
Twelve funny poems for kids. Here's a sample:
There Was a London Dandy
There was a London dandy
Who was very fond of candy.
He ate toffee and gumdrops,
Marshmallows and lollipops,
Butterscotch and licorice,
Caramel and chocolate kiss.
What a sweet tooth had the dandy
For all kinds of lovely candy.
Here comes the bitter truth:
He’s lost all but his sweet tooth!
The Ugly Princess
All princesses are supposed to be beautiful. But what happens if a princess is born very ugly?
Everyone's Blood is Red
A lot has been written about this Man, but his true story remains unknown. And hardly anyone even wonders what Yeshua was like as a boy. How did he grow up to become the person who changed the world?
This story is the prologue for the coming sci-fi novel Everyone's Blood is Red.
"The door opened with an ear-splitting screech.
Already? It was barely the crack of dawn. Through the tiny window high above my head I could see the stars blending into the brightening skies. The last day of my life had started."
What did Giordano Bruno think about on the day he was burnt at stake?
One day people will live on the Moon, will build there homes and schools and children will grow up in a strange world where the blue and white Earth hangs in the black skies. But children will always be children.
The book contains three stories:
- Star Children
- The Lost Marble
- Snow for Christmas.
It's a book for those who dream of the stars.
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