Shouldn’t women authors write whatever they want?

Back in September, I was attending the Matera Women’s Fiction Festival and I was at a lecture on self-publishing by romance writers Bella Andre and Tina Folsom. The talk was informative and inspiring, and the writers shared their experiences controlling their writing careers and their passion for their writing. When the question and answer session…

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Strolling La rambla in Barcelona

If you’re visiting Barcelona, chances are you’ll be strolling down La rambla at least once during your stay. This busy, tree-lined, central thoroughway leading to the sea is filled with all day and late into the night. The name comes from the Arabic word ramla, meaning the dried-up river bed. In the 13th century, a…

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Exploring HafenCity and the Hamburg Dungeon

Last week I wrote about getting a sense of what life was like for a turn of the 20th century sailor by visiting Hamburg’s Rickmer Rickmers. If you’re exploring the northern German city of Hamburg, it makes sense to also explore the ‘new’ district nearby – HafenCity. Construction on this so-called ‘city within a city’…

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My short story, Gender Equality, is now online

I’m pleased to announce that my short story, Gender Equality, has been included in the latest edition of Digital Papercut and is now available online. In my story, Francesca has left her native Naples to work in an international organization in Brussels. Recently promoted to a director position, Francesca feels the pressure of espousing progressive…

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Admiring Skopje’s Ottoman bridge

I love Ottoman architecture in general, but I especially enjoy admiring Ottoman bridges. Maybe I’m even somewhat of an Ottoman Bridge groupie. I’ve already written about the Ottoman bridge, Stari most, in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina and even wrote a short story where it plays a small role. I’ve written about the Ottoman Goat Bridge and the Princip Bridge,…

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