Thank you Oloriel… or Selena… or Selena Moonshadow…. or Mirjana Miric Inalman — a woman with more aliases and hats than I have.
Oloriel is a force of nature, and if you haven’t felt her wind blow your way yet, I’d be surprised. Yesterday, she was kind enough to lend her praise to the cover reveal for Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One, and I’m here to say thank you kindly, darling.
I am constantly at awe at this woman’s prolific output — whether it be her own magnificent poetry, written under the influence of no drug other than her own intoxicating sense of the surreal and the beautiful — or her photography and artwork, which is sometimes dark and gritty, and other times astoundingly lovely.
Oloriel reaches out from her Eastern European home and attracts collaborators from around the globe, drawn to her flame like the proverbial moths. One such project, Cyanide & Cherries, excited the wanna-be musician in me, and I’m just waiting for my invite to participate. The brainchild of Oloriel and H.K. Abell from the Weltschmerz Collection, Oloriel provides poetry and artwork to accompany music — the result is like nothing I’ve ever seen or heard.
She’s also currently working on what she describes as Serbian surreal novel about dreams and swearing, which she plans to publish in a small printing sometime in the near future.
Recently, Oloriel and her husband have launched a literary magazine, called The Tophat Raven. I was actually honoured to have one of my stories featured in the first issue, and was incredibly impressed by the presentation of this online magazine, both in content and aesthetics. She seems to know instinctively that something needs to look good as well as read well. They are always looking for submissions, so do take the opportunity to get involved with an amazing project.
Thank you, Selena, for finding the time to work with me and promote my upcoming book.