Theodora Oniceanu

Biography

Before any introduction of my persona I would like to say 'Hello" and 'Very pleased to have drawn your attention with my work!' to all of you curious beautiful readers out there. I am very happy to be able to show part of my artistic vision and feelings through my writing-work, a result of my quests and researches which come from my early times of childhood when being told stories happened to make me create my own stories to tell then write and sometimes talk about, getting me later to the exploration of great writing and thinking, the ways of marvellous minds like the ones of Lewis Carrol, Hans Christian Andersen, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Eugene Ionesco, James Joyce, Sylvia Plath, Mark Twain and many, many more, learning about the writing process and exploring it as much as I could.
Words can be good friends, one of the foods for the mind and soul that have the charges of atoms hiding away from our eyes many values and facets of the Universe, being able to show us the way or ways we evolve as humans, in spirit, in skill, in body and as a whole species. Just like a polyhedral compound, the visualised word goes through changes of perspective and form as it moves on the canvas of time, on supports that vary in means, meanings, functionality and usage as much as our senses do when allowed to move, get sharpened or rest for a new resurrection in the personal Universe - proposed by another human? -, (when in) another dimension and/or another time.

I was raised in the small town named Tirgu Mures, in Transylvania, a most wonderful region of Romania. My life as a kid was very much influenced by the beauty in the small things, the joy of living it all at its fullest: games, friendship, family, Christmas, life events; a place where everything had to be visited by something that makes happen the magic of a carrier as a human being: a special decoration, a snowflake melting in my palm, a butterfly or the rays of the sun spearing through the trees and their branches. This way of enjoying life was pretty much looked for by my spirit in the books I've read, and many were those of fantasy and magic lands that offered me an escape from the unpleasant realities. I am, of course, talking about those places where anyone can forget about their demons haunting them because demons get defeated all the time! What can I say? It's magic!
I attended the classes of two public schools in this coquette little town and had the chance to study both sports at a high level for two years and further more for the pleasure of feeling alive while moving. I also studied music, arts and literature - perhaps not always at the standards I wished for to but it was a little more than just a nice try. All teachers had something of a professional in their ways of bringing out the best in everyone. All these things combined offered me a lot of inspiration and grounds for the understanding and knowledge to follow after all the quests and researches, the initiatives taken and the ways of studying, observing and expressing the Self, myself and other selves. Of course, learning never stops, research is always open to those who never quit and one way or another, things will keep going the right way - it's only a question of discovering what would really be the right thing for one. This is what I choose to believe.

Now, back to the beloved school issue - a favourite theme of mine - which was a place for me, back in the days, appearing to be a magical place where many interesting things about the world I was falling in love with were to be explored. Many were the fields that fascinated my imagination and I loved seeing later on the application in fields and domains of interest of every single thing we learned, the creativity of man kind amazing my mind as a child and inspiring me to become a better human, first, then find my way to accomplish a dream that is perhaps a little greater that I initially thought, still, a very possible one to make happen.
High-school was spent in a class of Philology at "Colegiul Alexandru Papiu Ilarian" the place where I had the exquisite pleasure of meeting and knowing Mrs. Jaqueline Oheix who was a kind supporter of the cultural events and drama shows of the French side of our side - the applied sciences of languages, philosophy, philology and history (where maths were always present_one just has to pick -up their inner glasses to see that - if things of the unwanted happen). I was lucky to have very good teachers there too.
Three years of college followed: English French Languages and Literature at the University of Petru Maior, in the same town, a place where I studied too little to my own shame as I was working full-time in a company where some of the most important teachings about life and businesses were taught. I was very lucky then too to have learned a lot of things and try to help myself get where I was planning to get: doing art my way. (?) Frank Sinatra would be proud of me, right now. :)
It is not the end of my journey, since I gave it one more try with another school but, this time I will call it off since it brought me only enough sadness: Sociology and Social Studies. I tried, I learned and I discovered that it was simply not for me, for us, those like me - too sensitive to take that, perhaps.
As I kept learning I developed though in the areas that are more convenient to me and my soul. Art can be learned from schools as well as it can be taught by nature and self-taught too. Reality will show that, in fact, those three work together for all the artists in the world; and not only for the artists but for what we call entrepreneurs too. It works for everyone who wants to do something and loves making that 'something inside' happen.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is actually my first published here - that would be "Compact Smokes or A book for children". It is a book about a girl who somehow refuses to grow-up making her way to something that appears to be a fantasy-success of an artist. It is the desired and dreamed of position carried inside and wanted by every human being; success and happiness are something which a young spirit might confuse to be working together inseparably which is not the case in real life, at least not always. Still, the stubborn child in me wanted to offer the crazy unawareness of a so called 'free spirit' a chance to progress happily.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have enjoyed writing stories and poems of my own for quite some time now. Stories were somehow left behind for a while getting back to me when I needed to offer to my artistic expressions a story to get along with and carry the meanings behind to different levels and areas of storytelling and knowledge of the world. They needed to be alive somehow and, in my personal feel, a story would just do that: light the candle of life inside the core of the work.
As I found difficulty in finding 'my kind' of readers and their feedback I started publishing online and, one thing leading to another, I ended up discovering 'smashwords' as a place to have my writing 'shipped' to other minds and souls.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Theodora Oniceanu online


Videos

MissLead_Bleeding Memory
This video is the first of two made for an artistic project (made as an homage brought to victims of abuse of any kind) entitled with the same name as the video itself. The entire presentation of the project can be seen here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/66094733/MissLead-_Bleeding-Memory The narrative part was made using excerpts from "Compact Smokes or A book for children"

MissLead_Holy Stimuli
This is the second video I created for 'MissLead: Bleeding Memory Project' here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/66094733/MissLead-_Bleeding-Memory The narrative part is a words-collage made with excerpts taken from "Compact Smokes or A book for Children".

Books

Something to Follow
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 26,430. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Lines of poetry and glimpses at stories about life aspects all glued together with the lyrics that I managed to combine for an atmospheric dynamic and dramatic writing-project gathered in the form of an e-book that I hope you will enjoy. There are aspects of the world of art and life getting haunted by feelings, thoughts and whatever they might provoke, evoke, rise and raise in any human being.
The Bat of Stars and the Salt on the Lips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,750. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Inspirational
"Compact Smokes or A book for children" is the reason why this brochure-like e-book emerged. It's still about May but not only. Call this one a start of a beautiful nightmare - it did feel like a haunting moment and I did let words follow their stream of consciousness as much as I could.
MissLead: Bleeding Memory
Price: Free! Words: 7,660. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual, Fiction » Inspirational
Based on a project meant as an homage brought to victims of abuse of any kind, this collection gathers some pieces of writing that include particles of journal-style writing, a bit of poetry and rhythmic and rhyming pieces through which the puzzles of the entire picture not fully created send their vibes and generate sensations for the readers to interpret and understand through their own selves.
In T[I'M]
You set the price! Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Epic
Is a journey back home a real journey if you haven't really left home? A traveler left home without knowing, in their try of initiating an exploration taking place in a fantastic way, giving birth to forms of literature easy to dance your eye upon. How much of a present we are when we live in both the past we seek to learn from and the future shaping in our mind as we struggle to shape the 'now'?
The Hour of the Blue Man
You set the price! Words: 3,700. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
Nature of the human heart is reflecting upon the world, burning up to the skies to ask for fulfilment. "The Hour of the Blue Man" is a collection of poems in which one can find a gathering of reflective thoughts and shows upon these subjects as I got to transpose and translate into words - and not only -in the past four years.
Prism Tears
Price: Free! Words: 23,690. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
Along with the classics' old and new and the ancient spheres of spiritual values, inspired from the things we love or resent, the things we remember and the ones we'd like to be at peace with, 'Prism Tears' is meant to offer a place for a reunion of thoughts transposed into the shape of heartfelt, ironical, playful and blue conversations through lyrics, rhythms, rhymes and 'small-talk'.
Compact Smokes or A Book for Children
You set the price! Words: 57,350. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Transgressional fiction, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Particles of life and ideas floating in the air, along with emotions and long recycled and processed feelings, drive May, a young student, writer and actor, to the very peaks of success. But what is success? And is it enough for May to be happy? Constantly working on her vaporous dreams, young May avoids looking for love anywhere else but in her beloved arts. Will she avoid it forever?
Time Files: PersonAll, Revolving around Alice and I[m]Personal
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,730. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Inspirational
"Time Files" is a writing Project of mine, conceived in three parts, one I started to work on to a few years ago. It is meant to bring to the public eye some of the writing I was enjoying to explore while thinking about then write down some of my own versions of the stories I always loved playing a little distortion on, combining and mixing elements from one fairy-tale, film or story to another.

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