December 5, 2017

Blogging and Success

Blogging is a needed means of communication.

It's surprising what blogging can do for a writer.  Not only can you find hundreds of ideas to write about, in some cases, you can even come up with a few in a matter of moments. It's as if you have that moment and that time to write.

It can be about Transylvania, or about politics or world events.  For example: King Michael of Romania passed away.  He was an elderly statement, who lived through one of the many major events in the world.  He outlived almost every statement of his time. Yet, he never needed to share his views on a small forum.  He had the world.

He knew his part in history and he knew how to communicate with the people he needed to.  He understood that he could share what he knew even if it wasn't what people wanted to hear.

Communication, is your platform for sharing, sharing what you know and what you feel is right. It is also the platform for success. In this case, is success something that is monetary? Is success something that you choose to have.


How scared are you of that word?  

How much does it scare you to change?

When blogging about Transylvania, should I only write what earns me the most income or should I find something new?  It's scary and nerve wracking and, really, it's a lot easier to stick with what you know.  Except you shouldn't.  You might fail, but that just simply might mean you lose a few less loyal readers, or a few less comments, or....

You succeed beyond you dreams.

That's a whole other thing, you might say it was luck, or just purely something that wasn't out of your comfort zone, but when you communicated in a different way after thinking and debating and then doing it, the blog post revived your love of blogging.  Blogging to communicate to people and to be better than before- success is nice.

It's like building a castle, and, in Romania, there are many castles, and some are very famous.  What this means is building it, and then seeing where it can go.  It also means keeping it growing and expanding and renovating it.

In my case, the love of writing about Transylvania was there, but my fear of success was greater.  I can point to a blog post I wrote a number of years back- about maps of Transylvania, which shows something of the passion I have for the land and people.


Still scared?

Maybe it's time to redefine success.

One extra blog post a year? One more thing I can share about Transylvania? Write one more book?

It's certain that there is a lot of information to find on Transylvania, and you can run a blog for years on it, you can write a lot on facts about Transylvania, and what it means to various countries, or you can build something greater and keep going.

Your blog can be successful, and you don't need to fear this success, but you have to try.  Sometimes, it is a matter of keeping on, and just aiming for better.  In this sense, our platforms can grow, and while we might not be statesmen or huge money making success stories, we shouldn't fear our own blogs, and we should never give up on our dreams.

Success is a daily choice, and even if you failed once, you know what not to do.  If your blog is smaller than you'd like, see what you can do to make it bigger and better.  Stand up for your believe in your readers and yourself.  Communicate your vision, build the castle you want and don't fear success.

November 26, 2017

Facts About Transylvania and Hungary

Hungary shaped Transylvania in many ways.  Although the majority of the people are Romanian, there is still a strong link to Hungary.  After all, there is a large minority of the Transylvanian population which is Hungarian in origin.  This being said, it is harder to find information about Hungary and Transylvania as opposed to Romania and Transylvania.

Facts about Transylvania and Hungary are as hard to find as the more detailed ones about Transylvania and its part in Romania.  Perhaps it is because Transylvania is not a "large" province of either one, and being a more primary based resource part of both, it isn't as high on the events and people, however, you can find information.

In this regard, you will have to look at the cities in Transylvania to find more details about the people and the events which shaped the country of Hungary. (And we aren't talking about Hollywood or magic or legends, rather just harder to find facts)  Facts are easy in a sense to find, the details are harder, and not knowing the full background it makes it more challenging to knowing more about what shaped Transylvania.

Take for example, the martyrs of Arad- the book the concise history of Hungary explains it, but not in much detail.  This area, the city and the dates of this event is important in the lives of the Hungarian community there.  In 1849, thirteen generals of the Hungarian Revolutionary army were hanged for their support of, or promotion of a parliamentary government for Hungary, which at this point was a part of the Austrian Empire.  Some were from princely families, such as Karoly Leningen-Westerburg, who was linked to the German princely House of Leiningen.  The only reason that the Empire of Austria survived was because of the help that the new Austrian Emperor, Franz Joseph I, received from Russia.

It wasn't until 1867 that this Empire would become known as the Dual Monarchy, or the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Another fact: this happened during the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, was in the Diet of Hungary which as part of their reforms listed 10 points, one of them being the reincorporation of Transylvania. the meeting on the 29th of May, 1848 (with Hungarians, Saxons and SzĂ©kelys- no Romanians were a part of the group) ratified the idea that Transylvania should be reunified with Hungary.  However, later on, the Saxons would reject this idea.

The treaty of Trianon, in 1920 also re-arrainged the boarders between Hungary and Romania, which made Transylvania a part of (at the time) the Kingdom of Romania.  Before this time Transylvania was a part of the Lands of the Crown of Saint Stephen.

November 16, 2017

Count Dracula and Magic

There is something about Dracula which is a source of interest to many people.  For some it's synonymous with Transylvania, and for others it's the feeling of power and magic which Dracula has: he's undead.  In fact it is the father of all vampires.

The book is also uses very powerful imagery.  The idea that it is written in letters and journals and various other media make it all the more fascinating for the reader.  At that point, horror wasn't the thing- it was considered an adventure story.  The fact that there was death and evil made it more of a selling point. It was exotic in its own way- being played out in a land which, at the time took weeks of travel to get there. It gave the magic to the reader that Frankenstein and other novels of the time also created.

It didn't make money for Stoker while he was living, something that many would learn from later sources, as his widow was a strong support in keeping the novel and legacy alive. After his death it was the magic of movies one in particular: Nosferatu, which would eventually help give new life to the book.  Some changes were made, but the land, Transylvania was the same, and Count Dracula became Count Orlok.  The second setting was in Germany in Nosferatu and in Britain in Dracula.

Count Orlok vanishes in a puff of smoke at the rise of the morning sun, due to his need to feed on blood, Dracula, in the novel dies from the combined wounds to his neck and heart.

Count Dracula and magic?

With the movies and the many ways Dracula dies has always made for more of a mysterious aura and the idea that he can only die under certain events (sun, dangerous and many mortal wounds) In Nosferatu the Vampyre was see a remake of the first movie, and the ending is similar, with the sun he dies, but Van Helsing would drive a wooden stake through his heart to make certain. (Unlike Count Orlok, who vanishes with the sun)

All of them use their coffins to transport themselves to various places.  They need the coffins or some method to transport themselves over water (this is noted in Dracula with the helpers he has).

All of them are killed by sunlight or to numerous wounds.

All of them are nearly immortal. He is undead, or a walking corpse (not a zombie) with an evil character.

In most cases, they have super-healing factors, but can be killed by other means (see the Dracula novel) but that is hard to do.

In some movies, as in the book, Dracula has the power of telepathy, the ability to read minds, and to hear his "children" if they need help- should he ever be close enough. (in Bram Stoker's Dracula the movie with Gary Oldman, it's clear this is one of his powers.)

Dracula, a simple novel created magic and the genre of horror and a lasting legacy of horror where the powers of good vs evil are found and fought.  It is where science and myth join and where a land developed more of a magical meaning to more people.