Squeamish about self-promotion as an author

When you get into publishing, regardless of whether my choice or circumstance, there are a lot of things nobody really prepares you for especially if you take the independent publishing, self-publishing or like me, the hybrid publishing road. Traditional publishing is a tough nut to crack and I have all but thrown in the towel... Continue Reading →

Those little golden nuggets!

It's not often that I grant an interview, and I this is the first time I have been interviewed as author and photographer, so I am grateful for the convergence of this dual identity. It's no secret that I lead a double life as writer and photographer, throwing in author on top of it all,... Continue Reading →

Fragments of a Night (Part II)

Welcome back human tom cats and queens! Glad you could join me again for my CatDiva Tales! Click HERE for your recap in case you've forgotten who's who... remember, we are in Berlin during the early 1930s. The Storyteller ¬©FrogDiva Photography Where did I leave off? Oh yes, the appearance of Slinky Jane, the sleuth... Continue Reading →

Fragments of a Night (Part I)

Welcome, to my feline short stories, I am your storyteller, The CatDiva. It's been a while, I admit, and I first had to dust off the cobwebs of house cat idleness, you know, devil's playground and all that. Nevertheless, I have re-acquainted myself with the keyboard (no easy feat with these delicate paws and claws),... Continue Reading →

Time and Vision

It was almost 03:00 when I shot this, after having spent the night writing, plotting, outlining, and thinking. Someting struck me about tthe simplicity of the look and the statement of the elements - time and vision.¬† Time & Vision ¬©FrogDiva Photography When it comes to any form of writing, time is essential. A lot... Continue Reading →

Suspense Thriller meets Photography

Lockdown 2020 provided me the opportunity to explore portraiture photography in my makeshift home studio. It was a ten wonderful months of experimentation and learning, trying out new approaches and playing around initially with natural light and then moving up to studio lights. The former I love, the latter not so much. I'll take the... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Shadows

One of the most difficult things about being a writer is having to deal with all the publicity that comes with having to market your book, your image as an author, and exposing yourself to critics, hecklers and non-believers. Being a literary activist adds yet another dimension to this complex and complicated journey, because you... Continue Reading →

Unapologetically Marie

It took me years to understand the concept that suffering is pivotal to finding the core of an artistic soul. It seemed like too much of a cliche, the starving and suffering artist or writer who crawls through the darkest alleys of life in order to produce a masterpiece. My writing journey began in short... Continue Reading →

The Isma Ortiz Series: Broken Roads (3)

For this Guest Photographer & Short Story Series project, the guests were asked to submit three sets of photographs, the choice was entirely theirs and were not confined to any particular genre or theme. The short stories that ensue are based on the set of photos submitted, and the title of the photograph is imbedded... Continue Reading →

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