Reviews & Interview
by Courtney Skelton
By Tetiana Aleksina & Tony Single
is a very short yet somehow compelling story that
starts quickly and ends way too soon. I would like
more descriptions of what is going on -IE where
this takes place, what time frame. I really would
have liked to have much more added to the story
as the story left me wanting more. the dialogue
kept me going as it hooked me in on every word spoken.
It is largely based on emotion and thoughts within
the plot line. This can be easily read in one sitting.
It does have adult content, so this is not a children’s
bedtime story. If you want a quick fantasy read,
this will do the trick.
Pulse: Cradle 2 Grave
by Tetiana Aleksina & Tony Single
is something that normally would not fall into this
category of book reviews I read yet I tried it.
the short book is nothing that can carry any label,
much less one, as it is collection of poems that
seem to be okay being in a class by themselves.
There seems to be a range of emotions, from bitterness
with a taste of regret, a sense of ominous threat,
self-doubt with a fair amount of self-awareness,
all the way to heart-felt sorrow as well as an ominous
fate. I personally like ‘not today’
and ‘you don’t say my name’ as
my personal favorites yet there are plenty of others
that are good enough to be bulletin board material.
and Tony have agreed to take a few moments out of
their busy schedule to answer a few questions to
give us some insight behind the making of these
How did the story Moreeffoc come about?
Tetiana- I guess
I started this mess. 'Tell me all about yourself.'
It was a real request which I got on one site. Of
course I was outraged! 'I can’t have witnesses.’
Somehow or other, I wrote the first three paragraphs
then Tony caught the ball.
Tony- I don’t
even recall how we settled on the story’s
locale and characters, but once those things were
in place the process of telling it from three different
perspectives was quite fun and involved. It’s
when Tati and I began to get an inkling of just
how perfectly matched we would be as writers. Plus,
she is indeed quite the cheeky one, which always
keeps me on my toes!
Thanks to many big budget science fiction movies
(and novels), there is a plethora of similar stories
for readers of this genre to pick up and read. What
do you think separates your story from the rest?
because it’s written by us?
Tony- For me, the
difference is in our use of language. Because English
isn’t Tati’s native tongue, she often
frames things in a way that is slightly unusual.
This suits me just fine as my writing style is fairly
idiosyncratic too. So, when we write something together,
it often feels more cohesive than a collaborative
piece normally would. In fact, it sometimes feels
like some strange, freewheeling weirdo who’s
stepped off a moon rocket on a visit to Earth, and
they’ve decided to make field notes on what
According to the web-site wikipedia- there is potentially
a reboot of the television show ‘twilight
zone’. If you were approached, would you consider
have moreeffoc as the plotline of an episode?
Tetiana- Give me
a moment. I need to check what this is… ‘Twilight
Zone’. Oh, yes, sure thing! Do you have Rod
Serling’s email? Oh my god, he died! Never
mind. Who is the producer now?
Tony- Sure! Why
not? I’ll take my payment in three monthly
installments of a truckload of dark chocolate.
Tetiana- No. A
bank transfer please.
One pulse-cradle to grave threw me a bit, I must
say. It was not so much of the content or of how
good it was, yet because I liked it (my 1st poetry
book read). Having said that, what came easier for
you to write, Moreeffoc, or opctg?
Tetiana- Both of
them I can compare with gathering puzzles. When
you see that a piece clicks and sets in the right
place… yes, it is a challenge, and yet great
fun at the same time.
Tony- For me, One
Pulse was definitely the easier book to write because
much of the poetry already existed. It was more
a matter of collating it into one vaguely coherent
mess. The illustrations, although fun to do, took
a long time for us to plan and for me to draw. However,
it was time well spent as we’re quite satisfied
with the result!
opctg is some compelling stuff. Do you have more
material and if so, enough for another installment
for your readers?
Tetiana- You bet,
Corky! We’re full of ideas and plans. ?????
Tony- Yes sir,
yes sir. Three bags full, sir! Erm. Madam.
When you two write, do you set aside time together,
or write each on your own and then get together
and compare notes?
Tetiana- In different
ways, actually. We do a bit of both.
Tony- Yes, sometimes
we Skype, and write together like a house on fire.
(A very creative house fire.) Other times we lock
ourselves away from any and all distractions, and
Lastly, if your readers get only one thing from
reading your work what would you want it to be?
Tony- Herpes. Okay,
okay, I kid! I don’t want anyone to get herpes.
Actually, I couldn’t have put it any better
than Tati just now. Hm. How does it make you feel?
That’s what I’d ask anyone who reads
our work. (Oh, and I don’t have herpes. Honest!)
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