Inspiration

[Inspiration] Writing dialogue

Many people hear voices when there is no-one there. Some are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.

Ray Bradbury

Writing dialogue is tricky. You put in your book too little dialogue and characters won’t be developed properly; you put in it too much dialogue and you end up having unnecessary information. In both cases, the book turns out boring. Continue reading “[Inspiration] Writing dialogue”

Blogging

What’s in a name

Today Google is wishing me a Happy Birthday. It made me smile because I had completely forgotten that today was Elen’s Birthday.

Elen is me, and at the same time she’s another person: Elen is that part of me that turns on the computer after working for 8 hours every day to write stories that maybe nobody will ever read, but she’s happy like this anyway.

Continue reading “What’s in a name”

Backintherain, Blogging

Wait… is it Christmas already?

“I’m positive I’ll be back with new content in November,” I said in October… and here I am now (I know, I’m a bad person).

Continue reading “Wait… is it Christmas already?”

Blogging, Writing Challenge

Komorebi – my ‘Shinrin Yoku’ challenge

Once again thank you to Ray for her new challenge, this time based on the nourishment from the nature.

I live in Florence, Italy, but no matter how beautiful this city is, there’s almost no nature here. You can find some really nice places in the country outsite the city, but for me nothing’s like the wild, amazing landscapes of south Italy.

I was born and raised in the Calabria region, where the sea and the mountains are extremely easy to reach from every city (in more or less 20 minutes by car).

The Sila (this is how the last part of the Appennino is called) offers wide, wild places where there is nothing but trees. No internet, no phone line, no nothing! It’s the perfect place to relax and just be with nature. Continue reading “Komorebi – my ‘Shinrin Yoku’ challenge”

Blogging

Getting ready for the Bologna Children’s book fair

I’m back!! Sorry I haven’t been updating my blog this week, but I had some really tough days at work. As you probably know by now, I work an office job in Florence, Italy. I was an event planner, but my bosses change their minds easily on what we’re doing so in two years I’ve been an event planner, a training-courses organizer, a normal secretary, a translator/interpreter, a promoter and the referent of a website. Currently, I’m all these things together.

At the same time, I try to realize my dream of becoming a writer and this blog is what keeps me on track and makes me want to write something new every day. Continue reading “Getting ready for the Bologna Children’s book fair”

Quotes

Here, it says to “like yourself.”

What does that mean? Good things- how are you supposed to find them? I only know things that I hate about myself. Because that’s all I know, I hate myself. But even if you force yourself to find good things, it feels so empty. It doesn’t work that way. People like your teacher just don’t get it. I think when you hear someone say they like you, for the first time, then you can begin to like yourself. I think when someone accepts you, for the first time, you feel like you can forgive yourself a little. You can begin to face your fears with courage.

Natsuki Takaya – Fruits Basket

Quotes

Nobody completes anybody

That’s not a real thing. If you’re lucky enough to find someone you can halfway tolerate, you sink your nails in and don’t let go no matter what.

Settle. Because otherwise you’re just gonna get older and harder, and more alone. And you’re gonna do everything you can to fill that hole, with friends, and your career, and meaningless sex, but the hole doesn’t get filled. One day, you’re gonna look around and you’re going to realize that everybody loves you, but nobody likes you. And that is the loneliest feeling in the world

BoJack Horseman