That’s a question I often pose as a non-native speaker

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I wasn’t born speaking English, not even as a second language. Although I had enough education to manage myself, and frequent exposure to English culture on television (mainly American), I would be far from asking such questions if I didn’t cultivate a particular interest in the language. The attraction went…

That you can apply right now

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As a writer and a reader, bearing different hobbies and a full-time job, I know it can be hard to find time to read an article about writing tips, especially when there are plenty of them out here. Also, you sometimes just lack the patience to sit still and read…

Sorry for censoring f*ck in the title and subtitle — I still give a f*ck about getting published.

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Recently, I read the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson for the second time. Because I found it so effective in a controversial way, I had to reread it and tell you something about it.

Fuck. Now it’s okay to write uncensored.

Since I…

To stop caring about earnings

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All my life, I’ve been an overthinker. Overthinkers, as the word suggests, think more than it’s expected. Well, I’m not sure whether I think more than the average, or I just hold on longer to my thoughts. Also, I’m not here to debate the pros and cons that overthinking might…

Internal Monologue Series

A series of short, reflective thoughts

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What are my limits? It feels like the harder I try to find them, the worse I get to know them. My personal space keeps getting stepped on by the needs/whims of others, and even my own often venture savagely to cross that line. My sanity is yet another limit…

What I learned from writing my first novel

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I finished my first novel, and a few days later, after gulping that notion of final, I felt like I had to write something about it. I was about to go to bed when that happened, and although I wasn’t sure what it was that I had to write about…

By hand Series

A series about manual exploitation

These penetration testing write-up series are about owning HackTheBox machines through manual methods like you would have to do for an OSCP examination. I will try to avoid Metasploit the best I can, even if only to set up a Meterpreter listener.

These are not simple write-ups like those you…

Internal Monologue Series

A series of short, reflective thoughts

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Quite some time has passed without me being this alone with a pen and thoughts. I feel like I’m about to confide, although I don’t know what. And I’m not sure if it’s to myself or to this paper. I see that both stay at the same distance from my…

Unless you do something about it

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Afew months ago, we were going through, let’s call it, a wave of restrictions in Portugal. Note that I didn’t say lockdown because we were not locked in our houses at that time, and I believe all sorts of establishments were open, just as frontiers were not closed, etc. …

On a regular basis at least

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I just finished writing a short story and, I realized for the first time: I will never write for an active audience. That could mean many things, but for me, it basically revolves around two simple, identifiable reasons. I can’t, and I don’t want to be writing for an active…

Mark Tey

Aspiring Novelist | Martial Artist and Ethical Hacker¹ | Writing with passion² —

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