Dronstad fun facts

I wrote the first part in the year 2014 and soon after that I wrote two more sequels in the year 2015. The story is settled in the country with no name, in the city with no name and focused on a character with no name, but that changed in the edit so country is known as Mithria and the one city is mentioned named Agra. I haven’t specified the continent where the plot is taking place.

The whole setting is placed in the country that was founded by the mercenary forces and refugees that were once captured in the ‘no man’s land’. Driven by the urge to survive, the country was born. Think of it like the birth of ISIS, just without terrorism and more of the Third World war that enveloped and abandoned a multicultural society aside. Rage, anger and vengeance is a drive that made country strive for power and grow rapidly by providing military assistance to the countries that had money to pay for the dirty and dishonest work where their (USA, Russia, China, India, EU etc.) hand must be preserved clean and without the stains of blood on it. This only led to a further growth of Mithria and paving a path to their own destruction. A rise to Superpower in the theater where we already have Super States, was a motion that couldn’t pass unnoticed and therefore every threat must be stopped at its base of origin. This attempts of course failed to perform to desired outcome, which only made these Super States a target to a new Super Power that is now coming in the full heat.

All of the things I said so far is just a pretext to what the novel is telling in ‘real time’ events that follow the character with a phantom mask on his face. As everything is happening in the cloud of mystery, the heavy fog covers the capital of Mithtia where the hero lives. The history of the Capitol, Agra and Mithria are well hidden from the civilians, mimicking the real world where WE as citizens of the Earth know very little about the politics that decide the course of actions in out behalf. A phantom (balaclava – ski mask) on the hero’s face is there to hide the features of the hero and ergo give YOUR face to his likable persona. The story is written in the first person and worldbuilding is semi-present to extent to catch on with the basic outline that is hidden in a thick fog.

The timeframe in which the whole things is developing comes after the revolution followed by a civil war that grew in the all out proxy war of mercenaries and Great Battle for Capitol. Nobody won the fight, but civilians still live in the city, but now divided between the gangs and the mafia cartels that run the metropolis turned to ash. The hero of the story, is in his own way, is searching for the answers that caused all of that to happen. It’s like the whole state just crumbled within itself and became a graveyard and pit of misery. He knows very little about the world he lives in and he constantly learns about the Super States and Super Powers that created this mess. Despite this mystery drive, the story is not adventurous and epic styled, but rather a slightly depressive and mind bending piece of writing. It is hard to pinpoint the genre of the novel because it is a mixture of nanopunk, cyberpunk, apocalyptic, mystery, action, futuristic and contemporary fiction all in one.


First, I need to start with the name. Dronstad – the way I called this novel, is a fabrication of two words Drone and Stad. I believe we all know what drone means, so let me explain the second one. Stad is an added word to place names, originally used by Nordic tribes in Scandinavia. Stad means something like the state, the place, residence, so DronStad is a place of drones, robots, machines. The name of the novel also has a double meaning, because the full name of it in my native language would be Dragon Stadium. Dragon, a mythical being and Stadium that translates to a ‘stage of development’. What this Dragon Project is about shall remain as a mystery for now. The coined name from this two words represents the combination of epic and futuristic. If you think about it, it is a clash of various things, mashed together with a hidden meaning that opens up only if you’ve read the book. The name should’ve spark the interest for the novel, and I can only hope that I gave you a crave for reading it.

In the novel, the city is divided between the gangs that hold different parts of the city. They are at war. The main gang I am talking about is called Black Dragons and their troops are referred to as Wyverns. This gang is made by the whites and it controls the center of the city, while beneath them is the infamous Underground, a mafia controlled maze of tunnels and underground garages. Inside the Dragon gang, there are frequent clashes and it is sort of irony for a gang made of white folks to be named after a Japanese spy organization that was active during the Second World war. Fun fact about the organization is that it was made by the white agents since it was hard for some Asian to blend in the rationally baren states like communist Russia, white Europe or USA.

The rival gang is of course made out of blacks and they are called Dreyfus Guerilla. Their troops are known as Panthers and they seriously hate the whites. Their fight is something that is talked about as a fight between black and white, good and evil.

The North is a fraction held by the rich people, those that built Mythria and raised a plasma wall to defend themselves from the deadly virus that plagues the south. The color of the northern uniform is white to symbolize purity and freedom, while the far south is made out of mercenaries that came to conquer the Capitol. When we talk about mercenaries, we all get that ‘black ops’ sort of feel so we usually connect them with evil, dark, shadows and just plain wrong feelings.

If you would zoom out for a minute, you could see that clash of white and black, good and evil, north and south, caucasians and negroes. But if you zoom in, you would see the fog, a grey place, concrete dust, white fog slithering over scorched black ground. You would see that even there are colors, everything falls to a grey area, a toxic and confusing storyline that is constantly mixing and clearing in the next moment. The challenge is to see the colors again, to draw a clear border, a line between those two. This is what I was trying to do. It’s all an illusion, a cluster of problems and monotony that we live in – a mirror image of reality.

The characters names are carefully planned and each name has a meaning in their native language. This also describes the personality of the character the hero meets on his way. To explain this even more, I will give you an example: Ja – Long Fang translates by meaning to Like a dragon Blade, or Sigurd Sverreson translates by meaning to Guardian The wild son, or Givon Ben Zev translates by meaning to The hill The son of Wolf. Nothing is by meer coincidence and everything has a meaning and all of it is symbolic.

The technicalities

The novel has six chapters, each chapter counting forty pages with partial paragraph that opens up the scene and fills the missing part and in some manner makes a mysterious cliffhanger that will be explained in the next chapter.

Each ten pages of every chapter has some big event that is important for the plot with informations that bring the storyline more clear. These big events form a relationship carrying a bigger information that is crucial for the history/hero/plot.

The scenes are written in a way where it would be easy to follow the development of the plot and give an easy way to be re-written to a scenario for a movie or a scheme for making a video game. The fractions are explained in a simple way to comprehend the lore. I even clarified the way the higher ranks are being formed and the technical requirements for a soldier to be upgraded so that is one of the useful informations for the game developers.

Gangs of Dronstad

The Intent

I have implemented various shocking scenes of violence and brutality, so you can expect a lot of gore images that I am now trying to tone down a notch in the editing because I don’t want my novel to stand out just because of them.

I wrote about decaying corpses, the smell and disgusting image of torture. There are a few scenes of rape, a violent abuse of a person and vile humiliating that will stir up your guts. All of these things are now being moderated and molded to somewhat more acceptable images. Of course there is a context that gives the intro to those scenes and I made sure there is a conclusion to them.

My intent was to challenge moral standing and try to make the reader really question his own principles regarding violent acts. The more you think about it, the less you understand it and the more you are closer to that violence. It is like a magnet that attracts us to our primal instincts to hurt each other and that is what I try to understand. How far will you go to protect your loved ones until you become mad, become a monster you are fighting? How much can you withhold and suffer before your mind breaks? How far is the boundary of humanity? These are the questions without an answer.

Would you like a taste of this problems? Here is a simple mind game.

Violence is bad, correct? Let’s say you easily answered that with a Yes.

If someone attacks you with a knife and you have a gun, would you shoot the assailant?

Again, the easy answer is yes, right?

Will that make you a murderer?

Even it is understandable that you acted in self-defence, you actions will still make you a murderer, so the answer to the question is Yes, you are a murderer.

This way, you justified the violence, so does this make you a hypocrite? How can you be against violence and in this simple scenario support it? Doesn’t this bother you?

Let’s make this even more interesting. Would you still shoot if the person who is attacking you is your best friend? Yes? No? What about if the person stabbing you is your lover? What about if the person that tries to kill you is your child? What about if that person is your pregnant wife?

Would you still shoot, or would you let it happen and die? What is more moral in these stories? Is your life more valuable than others?

See how easy is to get confused. The novel Dronstad is only looking for answers. I think I’ve said enough here. I won’t confuse you anymore. This is just something that I dedicated my writing to, even if I try to remain sane and hold my moral values up to a standard of logic and reason. The lines can easily be blurry, but we need to keep our eye on it and still find the difference between the good and the bad. Some evil can do good and some good can do evil. We still live in a grey world and sometimes I think it is better that way, because that is a common ground of black and white. See, there is one of the answers. The point is that you need to find your own.


Facebook & Twitter social links where nobody wants to socialize with me, but that is 0K.

And some stories to keep you at bay.

Gods don’t bleed (Full)

Drifting Shadow (Full)

Metal Genes (Full)


Dronstad Q&A

As I promised, here are some questions and answers. I tried my best to give an explanations to the questions you posted me. If you have some more, I would be delighted to answer them too. So, without wasting time, here they are,

Stella asks: What do you do when you are not blogging?

Answer: I mostly doing editing on my novels and collection of short stories. Lately that is what defines my life. During summer, I am working on a family farm, work in the potato fields, collecting hay and other village type stuff. Blogging is a hobby for now, but I do plan on going with it as a business and monetize it, but those are just plans that may happen in some future.

Soiba asks: How do you beat writer’s block?

Answer: The best way to deal with it is to write regularly and have a discipline in writing. If you end your writing day with a cliffhanger, it is easier to continue tomorrow because your enthusiasm with the story you write won’t abandon you. I also do a hardcore thing and that is to write forcibly and just plow through the block. You can also use „title managing“ to spark your creativity and just make a dozen titles for the stories you plan doing, but then write those that shake up your imagination the most.

Michael asks: What’s your best piece of work?

Answer: I am too subjective about this, so my answer can’t be the correct one. I would say I like Ramgorian Mind Games the most, as that is one of the most original thing I’ve done in a long time. I do have hopes that my novel will be the best piece I’ve done, yet I write everyday so the next thing I would write in the future can easily overshadow my beginnings. The time will tell.

Joseph Beech asks: Would you rather fight 1 horse size duck or 100 duck size horses?

Answer: Hmm, the challenge would be to take on the horse size duck, but hundred horses seems easier. This is the number game and it is better to have one opponent instead of hundred. Tactically, it would be easier to face the one horse size duck rather to divide your attention on hundred duck size horses.

Also, horses are not able to fly or gave that much of a ‘horse power’ that small, so using your legs to kick them would be much easier that evading the wide beak of a duck. It all depends on a weapon I am allowed to have. If I would to face my enemy bearhanded, I chose fighting the horses. Their bone structure is far easier to crumble with a kick that something sinnery like a duck.

I would fight the horses.

The real question is, why would I fight the horse sized duck or hundred duck sized horses?

Dronstad Kitten

So these are the questions and answers You had for me. I look forward in answering more of them if more questions arise. I hope this gave you some satisfaction. If not, do ask whatever you want beneath this post.

Stay well my Commanders in Quill. March on and stop for no one.

Here, have some links where you can post your questions too. Facebook & Twitter

Memento Mori – Burial customs of Serbia

Death came on the March 3th in 5 o’clock. The grandmother was in her 85th year, very ill and suffering from dementia. For the whole day, nobody have seen her sitting in front of her house, no neighbour talked to her, so my brother from the uncle side called the police to break in. They found her on her bed and assumed she was sleeping, but when they saw she wasn’t moving, not even breathing, they called the ambulance. After the doctor came, he could only confirm the death and so the coroner was summoned.

It was 15:00 o’clock when the coroner made his analysis and determined that the grandmother died of natural causes. My sister came to the grandmother’s house and have seen what is going on. She then called my mother and in the 19:00 we departed for Niš, a city where my mother’s mother lived.

Upon arriving to the house, we found that neighbours were taking care of my grandma. They gave her a rough bath with the sponge, dressed her in the new clothes and placed her in the coffin. Before she was laid in the coffin, they placed a clean white sheet at the bottom, a blanket on top of that, a white cloth on top of that, then they placed the body in and made a few more layers of clothes over that. Because the death was fast, there was no spillage so the coffin was left open.

Her hands were crossed on her chest, the eyelids closed shut, a red thread of wool was laid over the body in the symbol of a cross. It is considered a protection from evil spirits and it is a popular superstitions belief among the Serbs.

The coffin was put on the table and a pot with sand was laid at the place where her head lied. Candles were lit and stuck in the sand. Neighbours were coming to say their farewells to the deceased. There was also a vessel with water under the table and all chairs were positioned in the way where nobody could turn their back at the coffin.

The long night began where relatives are being informed about the situation, the burial is being planned, the all out crying could start.

According to customs, people who come to say goodbye to passing relative, they would leave a few dimes for the candles on a tray intended for that, bring a kilogram of sugar, a liter of oil and a 100 grams of coffee. They would then state their sympathies and move in the circle to tell the same to other relatives and approach the table with a different tray.

At this point, every visitor will pour some wine in the vessel with wine, pour some rakia in the vessel with rakia and eat a bonbon. They would light a candle and leave it in the pot with sand. They would sit on one of the chairs and mourn for a few hours.

Those close to the deceased are not allowed to sleep. Morning comes with other things to be done. This is the burial day. At this point, most of the stuff are set in motion. Gravediggers are hired and showed the burial place where they need to dig. The restaurant in being reserved and burial scheduled. The priest is being informed and ceremony planned, but there is a lot more to be done at home.

Žito must be prepared. Žito is a dish made from boiled wheat grains and sweetened with sugar and mixed with grinded walnuts. The undertaker brings the wooden cross and the obituary printed. There is also a piece of black cloth that needs to be nailed near the entrance with an obituary on it. The rest obituaries are being taped for the lamp posts to inform the neighbourhood of when the burial will take place and where.

People are gathering again for the burial and family members are being elected to perform the duties. There needs to be a crossbearer, a candle bearer, a žito bearer and six coffin bearers. Each one of them has a towel tied on their left arm. Everybody’s wearing black clothes and black insignia is being delivered to those that need to mourn for the deceased for 40 days, the days needed for one’s soul to travel from the world of living to the world eternal.

In the  designated time, the whole column in exiting the house in the next order. First comes the crossbearer, then the tandem of candle bearer with the žito bearer and after them comes the coffin. The column is being followed by the neighbours and the other relatives.

They all get in the cars and are headed for the church. The coffin is being placed on a stand in the middle of the church with a candle lit above the deceased head. The icon is then laid on the coffin and the cross above it. The priest is now holding a eulogy for the body and prays for her soul. He uses the smoking incense to make circles around the coffin while the present burial crew stands near the wall.

After the prayer is recited, the column picks up the coffin and they start a march for the burial place. Before the hole is dug out, the cross is being made with streams of wine over the black soil that will soon receive a coffin.

The coffin is now laid on the wooden beams that close the hole and priest now uses the solution of wine and oil to perform a custom. He makes a cross over the closed coffin and recites another prayer. Žito is being poured onto the coffin and flowers thrown over the coffin, and then the whole thing is being lowered in place. After that, people throw some dirt on top of the coffin, symbolising the help of burying the loved one. The gravediggers finish the rest while the column goes to the restaurant to attend the feast in the name of the passing friend.

Tragic Comedy

The whole this things is one of the biggest manic running around trying to hold on tears and prepare everything in time that you don’t have. At every burial, you have one of the old ladies that knows the best and if there are two, there is a verbal fight over the coffin and dispute on the customs and it is pretty funny to watch. In that crowd, you have someone who just keeps his thought to himself and just sadly gasps when the room is the most quiet. This can’t pass without a local drunkard that only comes to this sort of things to drink rakia and if you add in a couple of people that are always sick, you get a circus.

And I almost left out a person that is trying to get the drunkard really drunks and fuels the fire in between the bickering old hags. If you are looking for a voice of reason, there is none.

I must mention the 40 days again. It is believed that soul needs to travel from one world onto another in that time, and that is also the reason why newborn babies are not allowed to exit the family home. After those 40 days, it is safe for them to meet the world.

For those 40 days the family members mourn, it is also a custom that every morning, the closest relatives must visit the grave and bring nourishment for the deceased and so every morning we make a picnic on the graveyard. The big picnic comes on the first Saturday, the 40 days and then every year in the same time the burial took place.

While these 40 days last, no celebration is allowed, so nothing that runs on electricity or that is used for fun must not be used during this period of mourning. You can imagine my agony of avoiding music because I got used to it so much, and me being away from the computer. I just don’t like it, but this is my grandmother we are talking about and so I have to obey the custom and follow it through because of my mother that was the hurt in this story.

My mom had to get out from the hospital in order to take care of this burial. My family was close by to help, but we couldn’t make it all go away. You try saying the comforting words, you hand over the tissues, but the pain is there. And don’t make me start talking about all of the chores on the farm that need to wait until we deal with this thing. Good thing I am not planning on getting married any time soon, because I will have to wait for a year to get back at the wedding plans. Yeah, the custom says there can’t be no celebration in the mourning period, so no weddings, no parties, no dancing, no singing, no music – nothing.


I would like to thank my fellow blogger that were interested in my absence and sent me the kind words. I hope this explains the time I wasn’t here. I would’ve reply if I had time, but alas, the life is not fair. I will have to space out my blogging, but rest assure, I am fine.

Thanks once again, my Quill Commanders for being the way you are.

Sunshine Blogger Award 2

Here we are with another award given to me by the Commander Roy, a man who is always giving very good posts and stories, sometime poems and many other stuff that I enjoy reading, and so should you. This award honors me greatly. I salute you Roy. I have no words that would suffice in showing my gratitude, so I will answer your questions instead.

For those that read this, please be kind and visit Roy’s blog and meet a very good man who has a lot to say and create.

Here are the rules !

     Write a post thanking  to the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging sites.

Answer the question asked to you by the person who nominated you.

  •  Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  •  Notify them about the same by comments on their blog.
  • Make new questions
  •  List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or in your post

The Questions

Describe a normal day in your life

Hm. I get up around 8 in the morning, check the social media for notifications, have breakfast, get to writing, have lunch, more writing, have dinner, write some more, go to sleep.

What do  you do when you get demotivated in general?

I waste time watching movies, do some painting, read a book. It all depends in what mood I am.

What do you do when u hit Writer’s’ Block?

I try to write through it. It is very hardcore, but it works for me.

Attach a pic of your pets.

Sorry. I don’t have pets.

Write a letter to your doppelgänger in few lines.

You have an ugly face. Stop telling people you are me and stop repeating me.

Beach or Mountains , what do you prefer and why?

I already live close to mountains. I like forests, but beach has the rustling waves and it is calming. I chose beach. Besides, there are girls in bikinis. *stupid smile

Do you believe in first love or No strings attached and why?

First love? You mean the love on the first sight? Hm, I was never in a relationship, so my knowledge of love is pretty low. I don’t have an answer to this.

Roast or Rant in few lines about anything or anyone.

Oh, that was a mistake Roy. When I better think of it, your question is a mistake. You so missed with this question (not even a question, but a request), people will start calling you Roy the Stormtrooper. The only hits you can hope for are the numbers in your stats.

How’s that for a roast?

on What or for Whom are you crazy about these days?

I am so taken by the editing that I don’t have a lot of time on my hand to get interested in other things. At least I am doing something that I like. It is a little bit sad, because all I talk about as of late are these edits and writing. I must break this chain of constantly talking about one thing and get some diverse topics.

Your favorite fictional character either in movies or in novels or both and why?

I like these new villains in Marvel Universe. At the end of day, you see they are fighting for something that could get support and they are believable. I admire their drive to achieve their goals and the fact that they are so into the skirmish that they decided to fight for their dreams and take actions.

More and more, the heroes look like villains. I root for the guy who died trying.

What do you wish to say to your ex or your future.

Try to understand me and give me time to understand you. When we find out who is who, we can act together. When you decide what do you want in life, come search for me.

The Questions for my nominees

  1. What book are you reading?
  2. What is your favourite drink?
  3. What place would you like to visit?
  4. If a rocket leaves Earth in 550 km/h and you have 5 apples, what color are your underwear?
  5. Sun or the Moon?
  6. What genre do you like reading and why?
  7. What are your favourite names for boys and girls and why?
  8. What have you learned from blogging?
  9. You got a gun in your hands, what do you do with it?
  10. You get to talk with a celebrity, what is the first question you ask them?
  11. How do you deal with people you don’t like?

I nominate my Commanders:

Vyache, Huan Te, Obioma, Piper Pierce, Matt, Michael, Kiki, Sofia, Fauxcroft, Farheen and Soiba.

Yeah, my Commanders are great. Don’t believe me? Check it yourself.

March on my Commanders in Quill. Stop for no one.

400 Checkpoint, Quill Commander Award by Dronstad

I am so grateful to all the bloggers who are reading my stories. Your activity feeds my creativity and so I grow. It is my grand pleasure to promote some of you who are exceptionally active on my blog and not afraid to leave a comment and critique me. Just with your kind words and work, you have deserved this award numerous time already and I have no words that would describe what I feel today.

Usually I am not a guy of few words, but for the reasons I make this post, I don’t have much to say, just smile and enjoy the day. Without stalling, let’s begin.

But how will you soar for the stars if you don’t have wings? I present you with the “Dronstad Cyber Wings”, an emblem of 42. Cyber Corps of Dronstad Army.

Dronstad Wings

Use them to decorate your blog. You can pin them on your home page like I did, or not, I leave it to you to decide.

The purpose of this award is to promote patriotism. Along with it, this reward is created to unify bloggers from different Countries through tolerance and appreciation of their nationality. We are already unified by our love for writing and reading, so this is a token of that love.

The rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link of their blog
2. List the rules of the award
3. Post a photo of your National flag and anthem
4. Leave a favorite quote
5. Nominate a few loyal bloggers

(Optional rules: Link the creator of the Award, decorate your blog with the “Dronstad Wings”)

Flag and anthem



Dronstad quote


Dronstad emblem

                                                   Soiba, Farheen, Cage and Rudra.

For all the participants, I left you a couple of photos in my Gallery segment that you can use for your blogs as a cover. Also, feel free to use “Dronstad Cyber Wings” as a cover photo or in any other context that includes this promotion to a rank and an Award.

The cover photos

This reward shall be repeated at every 100 followers checkpoint reached.

– March on my brothers in quill. Stop for no one. – 


I also got Facebook & Twitter where we can socialize.

Rise of AVKF (Reuploaded)


To show how much is the Balkan interest into the Sci-Fi, I must mention yet another website and a small group of people that use their time to promote various genres. I wrote about Sci-Fi Society and Lazar Komarčić SFA, but they are not alone in the Balkan. There are more of these people that stare at the starry skies and write in order to help Balkans Sci-Fi production. They go by the name Autostoperski Vodič Kroz Fantastiku – AVKF, or in English – Hitchhiker’s’ Guide through the Fantasy. The name is a sort of a joke, which travels from ear to ear, bringing in the curiosity about this certain site. Why writing about them, – well, let’s find out.


The Origin

The origin story started at the grim point of our lives, where one of the respected Sci-Fi beacons (SF Serbia) went down due to the editor’s decision to end the site. Nobody knows exactly of why he has decided to do that, however, the fans suggest that it must be the lack of time or energy that caused this step. In those sad days, dragons didn’t fly in the cloudy sky, monsters silently slept in their caves, valiant heroes awaited for the danger to ensue, but it never came. Blades went dry and dusty, shields rested above the fireplace as a memory of the glory days. What? Too poetic again? Ugh, but I like it that way. Come on, stay with me on this… Alright, I’ll stop.

It started as an opinion of a girl that said to her friend: You should make another site; and the guy did it. At the 9th of September 2015, the AVKF was born. The rise of popularity shortly followed and everybody was happy again. Other sites, newspapers and radio programs, even the foreign ones, welcomed the AVKF, recognizing it as a valuable Sci-Fi portal for all that want to get informed in speculative science. Now, 3 years running, it still keeps its trend of popularity, constantly providing quality content for it viewers.


About the website

What makes this site special and worth of looking is: numerous topics and broad interest in all of the things that are marked as fantasy. Primary attention is being steered onto the science fiction, where along with this popular genre; other genres also have a spotlight, reserved just for them. Genre of products reviewed (comics, films and shows); vary from horror, classic Sci-Fi, cyberpunk, steampunk, epic fantasy, anime and subgenres of the previously listed branches. All of the reputable authors, from the John R. R. Tolkien and George R. R. Martin (do all these epic fantasy writers get their R. R. as a badge of success?), to the Arthur C. Clark and Steven King; along with many others can be equally found on AVKF website. What brings the fans to that place are the insightful facts about the authors and their work, so it is partially educational website, a good place for those new to the Sci-Fi. The site’s reach is well accepted in the countries all over Balkan.

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The AVKF website a rapidly growing numbers of followers, which means, there is a chance for them to evolve into something more influential in the Balkans. All of the things I have mentioned deserve to be discussed about and shared around, because that is the only way for them to achieve their goals. Besides the obvious goal to magnify the readership, their path is set towards becoming a powerful organization and publishing house that will give a chance for success to all of the young aspiring Sci-Fi writers in the region.

As of few months back, AVKF has formally became an Association and it is still growing, where their chance of achieving their goals is almost becoming certain and obtainable.

AVKF contributor’s engagement in work is led by few unifying thoughts, and those are: to rival the other fantasy websites, to fortify and to enrich Sci-Fi scene in the Balkan and to get professionally upgraded. The force is strong with this one. *he said it in Vader’s voice

Valinor Club


One of the most trusted AVKF’s allies is the Valinor Club, founded in May 5. 2015. This elite social club herds cosplayers and Tolkien fanatics under its wings, giving them a place to grow and exchange their ideas. The Valinor Club is responsible for a lot of gatherings and themed cultural events all over the region. Such happenings are followed by a massive crowd of people, sometimes it goes over 3 000 souls.

One of notable projects where Valinor was involved in, was the Festival of Tolkien Fantasy, which is under the patronage of a much bigger fantastic society called Evenstar. Members of Valinor often show performances on their tour like: dancing, playing instruments, sword fights (no blood thou), plays for kids and showing the arts of cosplay makeup.

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Visit AVKF and Valinor at:

AVKF, Valinor.

If you don’t understand Serbian, right click – translate to English and enjoy.



The Sunshine Blogger Award

sunshine-blogger-award Dronstad

There’s something in my eye. Oh yeah, a sunshine and Sim that nominated me for this lovely award. Her blog is so naturally happy and positive, it is impossible not to enjoy her writing. I warmly recommend to my Commanders to visit her blog and see for themselves.

So, let’s see what I have to do.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

The questions

  • What other bloggers inspire you? 

Hm, a tough question. I can’t put my finger on that special one, but I would say my Commanders keep me going. All of them have different style of writing and all of them have interesting stories to tell, so that is always inspirational to me.

  • What made you want to start a blog?

I have answered this many times before. It won’t hurt to do it again. I intend to publish a novel, and so I thought it would be smart for me to let publishers see what I got and let them chase me instead for me to chase them. My blog had a purpose of creating a fanbase where I can launch my novel more successfully, but now I am more focused on socializing and having a strong circle of friends. Friends are more valuable than money.

  • What was your favourite cartoon as a kid?

Oh, that is hard. Maybe this one.


  • When you were a kid, what did you tell people when they asked you what you would be when you grew up?

Easy. A cop or a soldier. Heh, it figures.

  • What has been the most rewarding thing for you with blogging?

The amount of friends I got while blogging. Duh.

  • What 2018 movie are you looking forward to seeing?

All of them. *gnashing and growling in a low frequency.

  • Would you rather read a books or see a movie?

I absolutely love movies, but nothing can beat a good book. And there is a problem, you need to start reading it to see if the book is actually good.

  • How did you choose your blog niche? 

I already wrote military fiction, so choosing my niche wasn’t a question. I felt that not so many people write military fiction, and that is the real reason I took on this genre. Now, I see many people write in this genre, but I comfort myself with a thought that I could be having more interesting stories to tell. We will see how it all turns out.

  • What’s the best gift you’ve gotten and from who?

I wouldn’t call it a gift. A gift implies that it is a natural thing one has and it is surmounted in comparative to others who have a similar talent. I like painting, sculpting with wood, writing. My parents are not artistic by nature, so this gifts you speak of are something that nobody knows from where we got them (we – me and my sisters).

  • How do you come up with blog posts and do you have a regular publishing schedule? 

Now this is a skill I practiced for some time. I usually need a second to come up with an ending of a story and about 20 minutes to start from one point in time and work my way to the grand finale of that story. It is the same thing with writing a novel. You imagine the culmination to some event and you build a scene for that event to happen, and that’s how everything comes to place at the end.

Schedule? Yeah, I got one. It is around 14:00h when Daily Prompt posts a topic and Blabbering at 22:00h.

  • What was the most embarrassing moment of your life?

Haaaa, you almost got me… He, he, he, no.

I hope this satisfies your enquiry and sets your mind at ease. I plan on Q&A soon, so feel free to ask more things you would like to know about me, my work and blog. The things I would like to know about my nominees are:

  1. What is your dream job?
  2. What genre do you like the most and why?
  3. If you could be one fictional character, what would you be?
  4. What is a little thing that makes you happy?
  5. What is your greatest fear?
  6. What is your favourite writer and why?
  7. How many friends do you have?
  8. What is your blog about?
  9. 2 + 2 = ?
  10. What word describes you the best?
  11. Who let the dogs out?

My nominees

Commander Huan Te

Commander Ruth

Commander Stella

Commander Obioma

Commander Alyana

Commander Kiki

Commander Sofia

Commander Ankita

Commander Ilija

Commander Vyache

Commander Megha

Here you go. I hope you’ll get some sunshine today and wear shades. Life is great if you make it that way. Ahh, so happy today.

No, no links today. Let’s just enjoy in the moment.

300 Followers Checkpoint Reached + Quill Commander Award

Funny thing happened today. I got my notification about a 300th soldier joining my 42. Cyber Corps Army. I can hear someone shouting “This is Sparta”, and I want to tell you calm down soldier. There are a lot of battles to be won ahead.

This makes me very happy and satisfied with the great turn up of bloggers that got interested in what I have to say. Now, I know you got accustomed to my “promotion” post where I grant my loyal “brothers in quill” their insignia and ranks. But I will not do that today. There are too many people to list here and the number is constantly growing. Soon, I will start forgetting who was promoted to which rank and it seems not fair to people that are loyal to YOU.

In that regards, I decided to create an AWARD which you can use to reward your “brothers in quill”. I do hope you’ll all participate and that’s why I will not do the mass notification. I hereby ask all of my Sergeants and Lieutenants even one Major I have, to take on this task and reward their most loyal readers.

From here on, I will refer to all of my loyal officers as Commander. This is your promotion for sticking out with me and being so kind. Word can not describe what I feel right now.

I do have a new batch of recruits waiting to be promoted, so I will publicly “award” them, as they are fresh on my blog.

Quill Commander Award by Dronstad

But first, how will you soar for the stars if you don’t have wings? I got you covered. A friend of mine was kind enough to create a NEW EMBLEM for you guys and here is the moment where all of you get your “Dronstad Cyber Wings”.

Dronstad Wings

Now let’s begin. The purpose of this award is to promote patriotism. Along with it, this reward is created to unify bloggers from different Countries through tolerance and appreciation of their nationality. We are already unified by our love for writing and reading, so this is a token of that love.

The rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link of their blog
2. List the rules of the award
3. Post a photo of your National flag and anthem
4. Leave a favorite quote
5. Nominate a few loyal bloggers

(Optional rules: Link the creator of the Award, decorate your blog with the “Dronstad Wings”)

Flag and anthem





Dronstad emblem
 Dee KayStories in Between, RoyAnkita IlijaDonnaMegha , Vyacheslav

For all the participants, I left you a couple of photos in my Gallery segment that you can use for your blogs as a cover. Also, feel free to use “Dronstad Wings” as a cover photo or in any other context that includes this promotion to a rank and an Award.

This reward shall be repeated at every 100 followers checkpoint reached.


– March on my brothers in quill. Stop for no one. – 

Awesome Blogger Award

Awesome Dronstad

Is there a better way to welcome an Orthodox New Year than this? I think not. I was nominated by Roy, an awesome blogger that writes great texts on various topics. If you haven’t seen his work, what are you waiting for? Move soldier.

Let’s keep this short, so I’m gonna hit the questions that I want my nominees to answer too.

1. What is the latest book you’re reading and are you enjoying it?

Deep Cover by Brian Garfield. It’s about a Russian’s plan to populate USA with their spies, let them take over the city and military bases by taking prestige positions in all of the important government branches and in a case of war, activate sleeping cells and form a Russian military base on American soil. Will cunning plan work. Read to find out.

2. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Other?

WordPress for life. Ha, ha, ha. I use both Facebook and Twitter, yet my followers seem uninterested in those.

3. What is your favorite word and why?

I like all words, good and bad. Words want to be used, therefore I am not afraid to use any of them. That’s how words live and we can appreciate the meaning they hold.

4. Dogs or Cats?

None in real life. Yet, I got a Kitten here on my blog. She is a mascot for the 42. Cyber Corps of Dronstad Army. She is lovely.

5. Is there any song that holds any special meaning to you?

This one. Listen the lyrics and you’ll see why I like it.

6. What do you feel strongly about?

In goodness of the common people. It doesn’t matter through what horrors they pass through, they’ll always come back to kindness and goodness. They are not thought to hate and they will always try to help someone, because they know what it’s like to struggle in poverty. I feel we should be more good, kind and tolerant to others.

7. If you could grant one person in your life one wish, what would it be?

Depends what they wish for and am I able to grant them that wish. The question is kinda vague, but I understand the point.

If I would have to chose something, I would pick honesty. We daily wear masks and for a true person, I would take it down and say what is on my mind.

8. What is your favorite film?

I have answered this question once. I am able to see “Fifth Element” from Luc Besson once a day for the rest of my life and not feel bored.

9. What is your favorite book?

“Mother Earth” by Arthur C. Clarke. He introduced sci fi to me when I was a child. I became a stargazer and haven’t stopped looking at the stars since.

10. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions?

I don’t make promises nor I plan in advance as the most beautiful things happen by accident. Sometimes, I am a control freak and I pay the price for trying to have everything in my hands, but I am slowly learning to put my hands up and enjoy the ride.

How’s that for an answer? I haven’t forgot about you my brothers and sister in quill. I nominate:




Sergeant Sofia

Sergeant Kiki

Sergeant Love

And Major Matt of the Dronstad Army

Have fun with this questions and know that you are truly awesome people. March on my brethren in quill, stop for no one.

I already mentioned Kitten, so…


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Orthodox Christmas – Serbian style

As the Catholic part of the globe is getting to their usual lifestyle, Slavic population is just about ready to start a rerun of the internationally celebrated holiday the birth of Jesus. This Holy Day that predates the vastly popular Christmas is happening on the 7th of January, just because of the shift in calendars. While Catholics follow the Gregorian calendar, Slavic churches are following the Julian’s calendar so this holiday comes after the initially celebrated birth of Christ, or before the Catholic’s Christmas depended on how do you look at it.

Orthodox Christmas is also bound by the date, which means it is not a traveling holiday. Every year, Christmas is held on the 7th of January, while some Slava’s can travel through the month. If holiday is to be kept in the first Saturday of let’s say August, the date doesn’t matter, but some of Slava’s do have a date where it doesn’t matter if the day falls on Monday, Tuesday or any other day of the week. For more information about what is Slava, click here.

Serbs like saying that they celebrate two Christmases and two New Years, therefore winter is reserved for many festivities and traditions. Orthodox Christmas is one of the most popular religious events that include many ancient customs, some might consider barbaric, as most of the customs do originate from before the Christ was born. Slavs worshiped the Sun, mother Nature and believed in many supernatural creatures that are been sanged about and prayed to.

I will inform you only on how this special day is being celebrated in Serbia and how my house welcomes the birth of Christ.

Badnji Dan

Badnjak – the young one, Dan – day; is a morning before the Christmas, so Badnji Dan comes on the 6th of January. In the break of dawn, men gather in the village center and move to the forest. Their task is fetching a christmas tree or commonly known as “badnjak” (badniak). Badnjak is an oak branch, a young sprouted tree that we cut to bring home. Now this custom is very similar to the Catholic version on bringing a live (abies) tree in the house. The difference in these customs is that badnjak is usually a lot taller and impractical to be taken inside the house, so it is leaned near the entrance.

cutting badnjak Dronstad

Cutting the Badnjak

After the tree is cut, men are happily exchanging flasks of rakija, enjoy the lively conversation, eat walnuts, honey and bread and throw firecrackers to let everyone know it’s a holiday. This lasts for a couple of hours where all men take their branches and carry them home.

I need to mention that this is a pagan custom. According to Slavic Mythology, oak was a sacred tree, a tree of life where treetops were considered a home of Gods, trunks were a home of the spirits and mythological creatures; and roots were reserved for the shadow dwelling demons and dark magic. To cut or harm an oak tree was an insult to Gods (multiple deities), to break their home and summon their fury upon your family. To some extent, priests that were converting Slavic barbarian tribes to Orthodox Christianity, this was a test of faith. To a true believer and follower of the Christ, this oaken tree stood as a minor thing to do, a meaningless custom. Because of this, the badnjak represents two things. First one represents the converting to Christianity, abnegation of barbaric ways and acceptance of light. Second represents bringing of the baby Jesus to home as oak branch is holy, young and healthy, accepting Christ.

When the badnjak is set in place near the door, a little branch is being taken from the tree and taken inside. The first one to bring the badnjak is called “položajnik” (positioner). His duty is to bless the house, pray FIRST for the wellbeing of the house residents, pray for the bountiful year, pray for health and wealth, pray for cattle and children. His prayers are performed by the fire where he uses the oak branch to create embers. It is believed that fire is a purification method, a light of Christ and that sparks stirred in the air bring prosperity, golden coins. The number of embers symbolises the amount of wealth expected for that year, amount of children and cattle born into the household. Positioner must name all of the vegetables he prays to have, name the animals he wants to be healthy. He finishes the prayer by lifting the branch and pointing it at the sky so God could hear it.

Every member of the family after him does the same. Those branches are then left over the fireplace, similar to the Catholic custom of hanging socks. Those are the wishes and prayers Slavs have, where in Catholicism, children use this moment to ask for presents. After this, children sit in the circle on the ground, where grandmother pours them whole walnuts and they try to collect as many as they can. This symbolises the hunger of animals (mostly chickens), the collecting represents the strive of prosperity and all of it has a meaning of bountiful year and wealth.

Traditionally, feast is made and family breakfast is held. This feast is prepared “posna”, which means it is made without any animal product and meat, so it is a vegan style meal and in some religious extent a meal prepared only on water, so there is no fat at all. If you want to know more about this style of food, you are welcome to read the “slava” post I linked previously. We are allowed to use meat on the day of Christmas (7th January) after the 40 days of fasting on water. This fasting is also known as a Great Fasting, but tolerated if person is not that religious, so it is reserved for the church personnel and adamant believers.

Evening of the 6th is the most important part of the day. It is believed that Christ is born in the night of the 6th, to 7th which is noted as the Christ’s birthday. The custom starts with the man of the house bringing two oak logs cut from badnjak wrapped in a clean shirt. He is followed by the children that make a chick sound, while grandmother throws water drops over them as a blessing. The image of something neatly tucked like that symbolises the baby Jesus, a newborn God. Ends of the badnjak are brought to fireplace where same prayers and customs are repeated, the same way it is done that morning. After that, man of the house goes outside with his children where he brings in the wheat straws mimicking the mother hen while children chirp like chicks. The wheat straws are settled under the diner table with vessel filled with wheat grains, corn kernels, beans and other food for cattle. This symbolises the cradle of Christ and it goes under the diner table where family is always gathered, at least once a day.

A plethora of differently decorated bread are set on table out of which many represent different things like: a wineyard, a pig, a divine arc (ražanjstvo), a barrel of wine, a meadow with sheeps, a box with cows, geese, a wheel etc. A piece of every bread is taken with a chant and dipt in a glass of wine. A grape bead is taken from the vineyard, a pig is slaughtered and a piece is also dipt in wine, a rose is plucked from the divine arc, a sheep is taken from the meadow, a piece of cow box is broken from the bread, a wheel is broken in total because of the heavy cargo when family expects during harvest and finally, a barrel of wine is opened to salute the prosperity.

The following custom makes all members form a line near the man of the house. He takes the cork from the barrel (the bread piece), pours wine and says “Christ is born”. Every member blesses himself (check the slava post again) then he replies “Indeed, born he is” and takes a sip of wine from the bread. Everybody does this, then dinner is served.

All churches make ceremonial burning of the badnjak in the vicinity of the church where boiled rakija and wine is served. A huge bonfire is made, firecrackers are lit and a midnight prayer recited out in the open.

Badnjak Dronstad

7th January – The Orthodox Christmas

The morning starts with a tasting of cheese to break the fasting, and a sip of wine that represents the health. Even that day, family members are doing the prayers with the branches of badnjak and the fireplace like yesterday and children are grabbing walnuts.
For breakfast, a special type of cornbread is made with small objects in it. This bread is commonly known as “česnica” (tchesnitsa), a Christmas bingo. To some folk beliefs, this was used to forsee the duties each member of the family will have during the year, so while eating this bread, you can bite on a bean, which means you’ll be a shepherd, if you find corn, you’ll be watching over the pigs, if you find a wheat, your job is to feed the chickens, if you find a splinter from the doorstep, you’ll be the man of the house, if you find a coin, you’ll be a family banker, if you find a cornel, you’ll be healthy, if you find horse bean, you’ll be watching over horses and cattle.


Česnica with a coin inside it

For the lunch, a great feast is held with roasted pork, different salads mostly Russian salad, boiled cabbage, smoked meat and other things that family might have.

The greeting phrase is changed to “Peace of God, Christ was born” followed with a reply “Indeed, Christ is born”. This customary greeting phrase is used for that one day when it’s Christmas.

Some people practice gifting the presents, many times from the Božić Bata (Bozitch Batta), which is equal to the Santa Clause in the Catholic Christianity. Božić Bata roughly translates to Christmas Brother, or Christmas Fellow. He is dressed in the woolen fur coat with woolen fur hat, white beard and a bag of apples he gives to children so they would be healthy. Orthodox Christianity and customs do practice the deeper meaning in customs, celebrate the unity and family values, nurture the traditions of togetherness, so Christmas is reserved for a family gathering and on that day, nobody is allowed to visit friends, work or travel.

Bozitch Batta

Traditional costume of Božić Bata

Orthodox New Year

This holiday is celebrated on the 13th of January. As Catholics have 31th of December, Orthodox have this date as to Julian’s calendar shift of holidays. No special customs are done on this day, but it is usual for the Slavic folk to hang out indoors or even celebrate it on a town’s square. For more informations on how Serbs wait for the New Year, you can see this post.

Overall, you’ve been introduced with the customs and traditions that are performed in this part of the world. If you have a chance, I warmly recommend you to visit one of the Orthodox Slavic countries and see the traditions by yourself. Be sure you have warm clothes and friends nearby. Merry Christmas y’all, and happy New Year.


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