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Nino Gugunishvili

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In my newest book: “From My Balcony to Yours,” l share my personal account during the first several months of the COVID -19 global pandemic in the form of short stories and observations.
"You Will Have a Black Labrador," published in 2019, is a collection of humorous, semi-autobiographical essays on everything from love, relationships, family, memories, friendships to food and dogs.
I hope you'll enjoy reading it!
My professional and educational background consists of Film and Television. "Friday Evening, Eight O'Clock" is my debut novel.

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Nino Gugunishvili Writing, for me, resembles a fierce, merciless battle with myself, but at the same time, it brings me freedom, where there are no rules, and where I c…moreWriting, for me, resembles a fierce, merciless battle with myself, but at the same time, it brings me freedom, where there are no rules, and where I can choose who are the inhabitants of the world I'm trying to create, as I'm writing the story. The emotions during the process of writing, and afterwards vary from self-doubt to panic, from anger to fear, which I think could all, sometimes, in different, and often unexpected ways fuel your creativity. Even a jealousy or envy, can drive you, and motivate you to write better, to find the exact words for your narrative. (less)
Nino Gugunishvili There are days when writing even a single paragraph seems as a unacomplishable task. There are days, when I think I’m just starting to learn how and …more There are days when writing even a single paragraph seems as a unacomplishable task. There are days, when I think I’m just starting to learn how and what to write, structure a sentence, then a scene, or a dialogue, word by word, forming it into a narrative. There are days, when I am at the dead end, with absolutely no idea what to write next and how to move forward with a growing self-doubt eating me, almost torturing, with all the “what if’s” and the “no” s.

In those days, I wonder how I managed to write my first book, trying to remember what motivated me, what made me sit and write untill I was happy with the result. Wanting to write and thinking you have the whole story in your head that only needs to be put down on paper is one thing, and writing it is the whole other.

You think you know what the opening should be, and who your characters are, how they act in given circumstances, what are the challenges or life-changing choices they make and encounter, but characters have their own quirks and within the process of brewing up in your head to coming into your story they change, often dramatically, or they vanish at all. You loose those small parts of mosaic that looked so perfectly matched and fitted in your head. The plot twists that you were hoping would develop the story, all of a sudden, seem artificial.

Writing my second book was more demanding, more difficult, more excruciating and panicky. The experience I’ve gained through the entire journey from writing to the publication of my debut novel Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock, made me more responsible and to a certain extent less free.
What if I’m never going to finish writing it? What if I’m going to be stuck forever? What if I'll end up sitting in front of my computer without moving further with the story I planned to tell, ever? These were the thoughts crossing my mind during writing my second book, which I've published only just recently.
Well, the good thing probably is, that all the wonderful stories start with the “what if”s! Don’t they?(less)
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Friday Evening, Eight O’Clock

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When the first thrill and excitement of starting writing your book disappears, you come to realize that while writing is pleasurable and fun and can be exceptionally satisfying, still, most of the time, it can be very hard, demanding, and excruciating. It’s just you alone; no one is there to help you. Can you bear being alone for many days, weeks, months? Are you ready to ignore so many distractio Read more of this blog post »
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“Whenever my mother tells me she had a dream seeing my grandmother, or my grandfather, my grandmother’s sister, my father, or my nanny, then recounts in detail what they talked about, I don’t think that she’s out of her mind. I only become slightly more cautious. Sometimes I’m even angry, at them, for appearing in our dreams, and only just checking on us, not saying anything expectedly wise, not telling us the stories from their otherworldly experiences.”
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“In my family, cooking and serving a meal always was, and still is, quintessential. The most important question you’d hear at our house is either ‘Are you hungry?’ or ‘Have you eaten?’ presuming that as long as you were not hungry, everything else was secondary. A good meal, according to our family philosophy, could defeat any drama, any worry, any existential crisis. Everything could be resolved once you’d shared a meal with your family or friends.” -Make Me an Omelette”
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“We’re washing hands and staying home, socially distanced, and self-isolated. We’re frightened. We’re uncertain. We’re lost, we’re panicking, we’re grieving, we’re hoping, we’re following news from all over the world, we’re optimistic, we’re pessimistic, it’s here, right at our doors, behind our backs, in front of us, reachable, tangible, dangerous, real, yet controllable.”
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“Whenever my mother tells me she had a dream seeing my grandmother, or my grandfather, my grandmother’s sister, my father, or my nanny, then recounts in detail what they talked about, I don’t think that she’s out of her mind. I only become slightly more cautious. Sometimes I’m even angry, at them, for appearing in our dreams, and only just checking on us, not saying anything expectedly wise, not telling us the stories from their otherworldly experiences.”
Nino Gugunishvili, You Will Have a Black Labrador

“In my family, cooking and serving a meal always was, and still is, quintessential. The most important question you’d hear at our house is either ‘Are you hungry?’ or ‘Have you eaten?’ presuming that as long as you were not hungry, everything else was secondary. A good meal, according to our family philosophy, could defeat any drama, any worry, any existential crisis. Everything could be resolved once you’d shared a meal with your family or friends.” -Make Me an Omelette”
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“I'm a product of that life, sweetheart. I did things I'm not proud of." (Domenico Bonacci)”
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“Just how many fully-fledged members do you have in this club?”
“No members, just passengers in my wild youth.” He bracketed her head with his arms and grinned down at her pouting expression. “Jealous, sweetheart?”
“Do I have a cause to be jealous?” She cupped his chin.
“Never.” He kissed the tip of her nose. “There is one thing I am religious about—I never cheat.” His expression turned from playful to serious. “You should know something. My dad used to tell me, ‘Respect women, Domenico.’” He did his best imitation of his father’s baritone. “Make sure you treat them well. Cheating is a despicable act. Always put your mother or your female relatives in place of the woman you cheat on and imagine how hurt they would feel.’ It affected me to the point of imbibing it as a rule.”
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“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
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