Write Now, Dream Later

Much as I fantasise about becoming a hermit and dedicating my days and the rest of my life to writing, there is no way this can be financially viable unless I strike gold around the next river bend! In any case, social distancing and lockdown are proving to be very good for introspection and re-assessment... Continue Reading →

Social Responsibility as Fiction Writers

Let me re-phrase that title: what REALLY is our social responsibility as fiction writers during this pandemic? The writers' guilds and forums are all aflutter with plot ideas for all genres and characterisation of every possible actor in the next books using the lockdown and social distancing as a backdrop. Why not? After all, there... Continue Reading →

Writer’s Block Under Lockdown

When you can't quit the day job just yet and dedicate yourself body and soul to writing, a writer will move heaven and earth to find time to write. Now that all the research is done for Sunset Shadows, I can finally hunker down and put all the pieces of the puzzle together. At first... Continue Reading →

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 →

To Search, Research and Re-search

The Search ©FrogDiva Photography As 2019 comes to a close and look back on the year and decade that was, I have a lot to be grateful for as a writer. What began as a more sophisticated journal that transformed into a blog and eventually became the source material for books, and inspiration for more.... 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 →

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