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Chronicle Date 09/23/2017: Balanced

Gearing up for Shanghai Comic-Con to showcase "Life of a Bastard Vol.1" I wonder if life is good? Do I feel overwhelmed with having to balance everything from being an educator in China, father to a five-year boy, pursuing personal goals (I started art classes last Monday ), and getting back with my girlfriend after breaking up for a year with all the promises that we both change for the better? It's all a balancing act neglect one of these my universe becomes chaotic, and I just want to shut the world off. 

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I think back to living in New York before I left to reinvent myself in China, the deep feeling of being emotionally detached from everyday living and just feeling like a drone sleepwalking my daily life. Just doing "stuff" that felt unimportant to me still not knowing what I want in life. Hopped on a plane and made my way to China, live that peaceful or boring life that you can't live residing in New York. 8,000 miles away from memories that I just want to forget because part of me is a coward when it comes to confronting profound pain, just suffer silently it will be okay, but that's a lie because pain and memories have their way of coming to the surface and covering your outer shell.  I wanted to avoid relationships that are complicated in China, relationships that I can simply walk away from; it should be easy I don't speak the language.

Professionally things were going great in China, happy and full of creative ideas. But I was naive, and still maybe a little naive when it comes to romance or romantic pursuits,  back in 2011 I had no idea what I was looking for in a person. A good time or something long-term, how much emotional investment do I have to make? Going from one relationship to another to only hear from the previous one that I will be a father. A crazy life, I can say that I didn't handle my personal life with the maturity as I do with other things in my life.

Luckily I found the right therapist to work on having balance, letting go petty anger as worked for me this past year, and giving my relationship with my girlfriend a real chance but also seeing that there are challenges ahead for both of us. I am starting to feel worthy of having things in my life that are positive. Happiness is my ultimate goal not money, cars, fame, or useless stuff will make me feel balanced, having inner peace will.

Damien

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Shanghai Comic Convention 2017
October 5-7, 2017
Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center 1099 Guo Zhan Road, Shanghai, China www.comiccon.com.cn

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LIFE OF A BASTARD BOOKS SERIES DAMIEN BLACK

展位号: AA19


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Life of a Bastard Vol.1
Book Series by Damien Black
Illustrations by Laura Caiafa

Life of a Bastard Vol. 1 is published by Booklocker on Paperback and ebook

Available on Amazon, Kindle and other online retailers.
http://www.lifeofabastard.com/
Media Inquiries: Contact Damien contact@lifeofabastard.com

Shanghai Comic Con 2017 Life of a Bastard Vol. 1

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Shanghai Comic Convention 2017
October 5-7, 2017
Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center 1099 Guo Zhan Road, Shanghai, China www.comiccon.com.cn

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MEET THE INDIE AUTHOR OF
LIFE OF A BASTARD BOOKS SERIES DAMIEN BLACK

展位号: AA19


Pick up your copy of “Life of a Bastard Vol. 1” and enter a chance to win a Kindle

Life of a Bastard Vol.1
Book Series by Damien Black
Illustrations by Laura Caiafa

An uncensored account of Javier Soto’s life as he journeys through foster care. The story tells of a deserted child, robbed of his innocence and tossed through the evils of a 1980s’ American society. With survival becoming the ultimate goal, will he ever break free from the world of institutionalization?

Life of a Bastard Vol. 1 is published by Booklocker on Paperback and ebook

Available on Amazon, Kindle and other online retailers.
http://www.lifeofabastard.com/
Media Inquiries: Contact Damien contact@lifeofabastard.com

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Life of a Bastard Vol. 1 is published by Booklocker RRP $14.95 Paperback, $4.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1-63492-444-3
ASIN: B074DRM7BX
Available on Amazon, Kindle and other online retailers.
http://www.lifeofabastard.com/

 

MY ROOMMATE THE CRICKET

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Before I left Zhenjiang for Chongqing, I thought I laid out enough dehumidifiers to prevent molding because Zhenjiang is very humid Chongqing is just hot in fact one of the five ovens in China. I didn't mind the heat during my stayChongqing it's dry, and I stay most of the times indoors. Returning to Zhenjiang, my apartment smell of mold, my couch covered in mold. After a long ride on the train, I just wanted to crash, but you can't swallow the air. Stripped the couch and wash everything and in the background the sound of the cricket in my circuit breaker.  When I think of crickets, I think of Jimmy the Cricket the wise bug providing indispensable advice to Pinocchio, not a bug I want to kill.  I assumed it is the mating season and why should I hate that cricket for getting some (maybe her). Usually, I need a podcast to sleep, and I sleep in the living room, not in the bedroom, my phone or wifi doesn't work back there.
Crickets sound nice outside far away from your ears as you try to sleep, it is piercing, I get up to walk over to the circuit breaker to complain to my new roommate the cricket. He stops, and I go back to sleep, get up again repeat this simple routine. Maybe I should sleep in the bedroom but why should I allow him to bully me, he is now invading my space, and he does nothing to pull his weight.
I broke down and moved to the bedroom, for two weeks he has lived in that circuit breaker, any ideas evicting the cricket from my circuit breaker would probably end in disaster.

I took a piece of mosquito coil to burn and held it near the circuit breaker. He moved deeper into the wall and ended up AC unit. Time is ticking for him the weather is dropping, and I have the AC unit on full blast.
I spent two therapy sessions discussing this I could have used that time to talk about getting back with my ex.  Maybe is more about sharing space after living alone for two years and having my routine that keeps me at peace. Even when my son and nanny come and stay with me, it takes a day to adjust that I am sharing my space with another human being, My home is my fortress of solitude, I can be myself.

Finally, the cricket has moved on with his life; I wonder if I will miss him?

La vida de un bastardo Vol.1 Serie de libros de Damien Black

La vida de un bastardo Vol.1

Serie de libros de Damien Black

Ilustraciones de Laura Caiafa

Idioma: Inglés (Versión en español 2018)

“Mis recuerdos de este período son a veces confusos. Se retuercen y deforman como las nubes cuando quedan atrapadas entre dos frentes. Me sucedieron muchas cosas terribles que trato de no recordar, pero yo era un niño, era inocente y hasta solía, a veces, ser feliz.”

Un relato sin censuras sobre la vida de Javier Soto y el tránsito con las familias sustitutas. La historia cuenta sobre un niño abandonado a quien le robaron su inocencia y lo arrojaron a los males de la sociedad norteamericana de 1980. La supervivencia se transforma en su objetivo final, pero ¿podrá alguna vez liberarse del mundo de la institucionalización?

La vida de un bastardo Vol. 1 está publicado por Booklocker RRP $14.95 Libro en papel, $4.99 e-book

ISBN: 978-1-63492-444-3

ASIN: B074DRM7BX

Disponible en Amazon, Kindle y otras tiendas en línea.

http://www.lifeofabastard.com/

Sobre la Serie

Nacido en el Harlem hispano en 1972, con una madre portorriqueña adolescente y un padre negro, Javier Soto es una mancha en la cara de la sociedad norteamericana. Luego de un sospechoso incendio presuntamente iniciado por su madre mientras su padre cumple una condena en la cárcel, Javier y sus hermanas son retirados de su hogar para ir a una familia sustituta. Esta historia real de la vida de Javier Soto lo transporta a un viaje conmovedor sobre un niño bajo la custodia de un mundo brutal.

Comenzando en Catholic Home Bureau, el relato de Javier representa la evolución de un niño inocente hacia un adolescente enfurecido mientras batalla contra su paso a través de los peligros del abuso, el hambre y el abandono. Así como miles de niños estadounidenses que son derivados a la red de adopción temporal, Javier y sus hermanas son barajados una y otra vez entre numerosos hogares adoptivos, uno menos acogedor que el anterior. Finalmente y después de separarlo de sus hermanas, Javier debe continuar solo su cruzada de supervivencia.

Una narración indeleble que describe la angustia de un niño, su odio a sí mismo y su ansia insatisfecha de amor que es el derecho que cada niño tiene desde su nacimiento. Con tan pocos motivos para tener esperanza, ¿hasta dónde llegará Javier?

Sobre el autor

La vida de un bastardo Vol. 1 es el primer libro de Damien Black. Al escribir la historia de Javier Soto, él quiere capturar la esencia de la vida en los hogares sustitutos y exponer las crudas verdades de la lucha por la identidad y la inenarrable violencia aplicada a estos niños abandonados. Es su intención que la serie genere conciencia entre los lectores y les permita comprender y sentir empatía por cada uno de los 20.000 niños que dejan el sistema de guarda cada año en los Estados Unidos de América.

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Life of a Bastard Vol.1
Book Series by Damien Black
Illustrations by Laura Caiafa

An uncensored account of Javier Soto’s life as he journeys through foster care. The story tells of a deserted child, robbed of his innocence and tossed through the evils of a 1980s’ American society. With survival becoming the ultimate goal, will he ever break free from the world of institutionalization?

Life of a Bastard Vol. 1 is published by Booklocker RRP $14.95 Paperback, $4.99 e-book
ISBN: 978-1-63492-444-3
ASIN: B074DRM7BX
Available on Amazon, Kindle and other online retailers.
http://www.lifeofabastard.com/

Born in Spanish Harlem in 1972 to a teenage Puerto Rican mother and a black father, Javier Soto is a blemish on the face of American society. After a suspicious fire allegedly set by his mother, while his father serves time in prison, Javier and his sisters are removed from their home into foster care. This true story of Javier Soto’s life takes you on the soul-stirring journey of a young boy in the custody of a brutal world.
Beginning at the Catholic Home Bureau, Javier’s tale depicts the evolution of an innocent child into an enraged teenager as he battles his way through the perils of abuse, starvation, and neglect. Like thousands of American children who are driven into the foster care network Javier and his siblings are repeatedly shuffled through numerous foster homes, each one less welcoming than the last. Following eventual separation from his sisters, Javier is left to continue his crusade of survival alone.
An indelible account that tells of a boy’s anguish, self-loathing and an unsatisfied yearning for love that is the birthright of every child. With such little grounds for hope, how far will Javier go?

Life of a Bastard Vol. 1 is Damien Black’s first book. In writing the story of Javier Soto, he wishes to capture the essence of life in foster care and to expose the raw truths of the struggle for identity and the shocking violence inflicted on these abandoned children. He hopes that the series will increase awareness among readers and allow them to comprehend and empathize with each of the 20,000 children that leave the foster system every year in the United States of America.
http://www.lifeofabastard.com/

Media Inquiries: Contact Damien contact@lifeofabastard.com
what languages do you speak?
English
what countries have you lived in?
The USA and now China
what's your Hispanic connection?
My mother is Puerto Rican
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