Latest Book Review for Wings At Dawn!

I have become a staunch anti-Valentine´s Day crusader, nevertheless, I received something far better than roses and chocolates this morning. A glowing review of Wings At Dawn by the Online Book Club that I am absolutely thrilled to share with you here. [Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Wings At Dawn" by Marie Balustrade.]... Continue Reading →

When the journey involves Steps

It is not often that I find an English translation to a German poem that I am satisfied with, but in the case of Hermann Hesse´s Stufen, many concur that the translation by Walter A. Aue is one, if not THE best translation thus far. Here the original Stufen Stairs into the blue ©FrogDiva Photography... Continue Reading →

Facing Demons

Christmas season is hectic, and each year I promise myself that I will not be dragged into the rush and commercialism. So far I have managed to trim down and cut a lot of corners, but have nevertheless ended up on the receiving end of other people's hectic schedules. This is not always a bad... Continue Reading →

Missing my co-writer

As many of you know, my dearest feline companion Champagne crossed the rainbow bridge last November. She has left a huge vacuum in my life both as my constant shadow and co-writer. She sat patiently with me through the long nights while I wrote or researched, regardless of whether it was a book, blog, translation,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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