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 →

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 →

It’s not the length but the depth

Bigger is not better! OK folks, get your heads out of the gutter! I am not going down (oops) that path. Let's not talk about sex for a minute, and shift our focus on manuscripts. As author and writer active on social media, I joined several online groups for authors, initially to promote the book(s)... 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 →

Crimes of (floral) passion

Usually, if I am to photograph flowers it is to accent a look, but never solo. Cold winter days when the weather is just too dreadful to go out are perfect for fiddling around with unsatisfactory projects that I hid under many digital layers in my archives. Not only did I intensely dislike what I... 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 →

#authorandphotographer

When I first got involved with social media, I had in mind to maintain two distinct and separate identities: photographer and writer. Somewhere along the way, I realised that this was utter bullshit, because I am not just one or the other, but both. One fulfils the other, and both are integral parts of who... 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 →

Website Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑