The Lake*

Sorrow Lake ©FrogDiva Photography In spring of youth it was my lotTo haunt of the wide world a spotThe which I could not love the less-So lovely was the lonelinessOf a wild lake, with black rock bound,And the tall pines that towered around.But when the Night had thrown her pallUpon that spot, as upon all,And... Continue Reading →

Networking among characters

When writing a novel, one of the crucial elements in addition to a damn good plot, is substantial characters that incite a range of emotions from the reader. Does the villain truly make your reader want to jump into the book and murder him his/herself? Can you laugh and cry with the lead characters? Are... Continue Reading →

The Parable of the Pencil*

Here is a golden nugget from my archives that I unearthed last night in a fit of insomnia. This is dedicated to all those struggling with their craft and searching for purpose, regardless of whether you are a writer, photographer, artist, dancer. May you find the courage, meaning and direction. The pencil maker took the... Continue Reading →

The Past Is The Best Archive

For someone who dislikes social media as much as I do, marketing demands have catapulted me into this bizarre world that I am trying very hard to master. Unfortunately there is no way around it in the current world and if you want to build up a network of sorts to project an image, social... Continue Reading →

Magical Mornings

River silence ©FrogDiva Photography With the current heatwave cutting across Europe, sleeping in the usual place becomes a challenge. I follow the example of my cats and seek out the coolest and most comfortable place to sleep (and rest), in the hope that my body will follow the suggestion. The conservatory has become my preferred... Continue Reading →

Thrilled!

July has always been a good month for me, and so far the first week has proven itself true. I am thrilled to share the latest review of Wings at Dawn, this time from Literary Titan

Going against the grain

©FrogDiva Photography I once had a writing mentor who insisted on specialising and niches. If you are a poet, stick to poetry she said. If you want to be a journalist, ditch fiction, and so on. Obedient student that I was in my youth, I followed instructions. My chosen path was journalism, beginning with news... Continue Reading →

Short Story Series (EB #1): In Search of Wings

The Short Story Series were originally published on Through Frog Eyes as a collaborative effort between a guest photographer and my writing. I am relaunching the stories individually for all those who are new to the website and Marie Balustrade´s writing. The EB Series features guest photographer Ed Bannister from the USA for four stories... Continue Reading →

What pushes you to keep writing?

Keep pushing ©FrogDiva Photography Every writer has his or her own special quirk or technique. Hemingway and Shakespeare needed copious amounts of fermented grape juice to get them going. Others needed a special city to inspire them, others a particular time of day. The list is endless, but what all the successful writers have in... Continue Reading →

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