Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher ©FrogDiva Photography During the last years that I lived in Manila, my preferred hideaway was a little cove along Manila Bay, far from the crowds and visited only by the local fishermen or fishing enthusiasts. It was the place I retreated to in order to catch my breath while being caught up in the... Continue Reading →

May Transformations

Apocalyptic endings ©FrogDiva Photography  April 2020 will go down in world history as one of the most controversial and turbulent months following WWII. This is not the time to... wait, let me stop right there and re-phrase: this is indeed the time to double back, evaluate and re-chart that course, because if you haven't been... Continue Reading →

Networking Among Characters (Part II)

A few months ago I wrote about some of my favourite research activities for characters in my books (Networking Among Characters - Part I), and where I collect different details and nuances about human behaviour. Hanging out in restaurants, cafes, malls or especially train stations are my top favourites, but none of this is possible... Continue Reading →

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 →

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