Flavours of Italy

When I got side-tracked by poetry, I wondered what the heck I was doing. I went with it and it surprised me. Not so much in the first book, but certainly in the second because the choice of topic wove itself into the novel series. It felt right and then it slowly dawned on me…… Continue reading Flavours of Italy

Monica, ti amo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0NLX8sETUs   Ever wonder why we like the things we do? Of course, you do. We all do. It is explaining our reasons that is hard because we often genuinely don’t know. For example I think Monica Bellucci is beyond beautiful. Is that the Italian in me that has the preference? Or is it just…… Continue reading Monica, ti amo

Dancing to tears

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocgP4qVNuwg   Having read some interesting things about soundtracks and how wonderful this can be for capturing the mood of the romantic novel I decided this post to see if this is true. My songs are not necessarily modern and many of them are in Italian.  This particular one I chose is actually in…… Continue reading Dancing to tears

Continuing my love affair with the wisdom of Marcus Aurelius

  When you are annoyed at someone’s mistake, immediately look at yourself and reflect how you also fail; for example, in thinking that good equals money, or pleasure, or a bit of fame. By being mindful of this you’ll quickly forget your anger, especially if you realize that the person was under stress, and could do…… Continue reading Continuing my love affair with the wisdom of Marcus Aurelius

Moving forward and onward

Even though writing is a very solitary occupation, ironically it only functions, when it has an audience. Every author needs a tribe – a lovely way to describe the audience or more to the point, readers.  It is our readers who help us stay afloat, who give us the inspiration and support to keep on…… Continue reading Moving forward and onward