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Immortal Venus

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Excerpt # 7 – Schiacciata alla Fiorentina – a scene where my protagonist learns about this typical Florentine flatcake (and where you can get the recipe)

The temperature changes again; the earlier chill disappears and the long table at Villa Bella is set anew on the terrace. At lunch I field questions from new yoga students while I nibble the edge of my crostino, toast spread … Continue reading

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5 Ways I’m Like My Protagonist

Some of my protagonist’s story is based on personal experience, so those who’ve read my manuscript and know me have the right to question if this novel is autobiographical. One story incorporated into the novel as Megan Eston’s experience was … Continue reading

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Another Arno River apartment story

Writing about the flood in Florence has brought back a flood of memories. Our stay in 1966 in that apartment along the Arno River was brief, but eventful. On the second day, our landlord asked us to babysit his lion. … Continue reading

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Excerpt #3: My protagonist, Megan, is attending a nocturnal festival in Florence, la Festa della Rificolona, and her new friends talk about a local legend concerning the equestrian statue there, in Piazza SS Annunciata

“Look at the third floor. See the window farthest to the right?” I nod. “The woman who lived there married into the Riccardi family, but she and the Grand Duke, Ferdinando de’ Medici, fell in love at first sight. According … Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome. Benvenuti. I’d like to explain the purpose of this blog … to write about my writing and my painting, creative endeavors that seem to be manifesting simultaneously. I know that writing about writing seems redundant, but the writing here … Continue reading

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November 4, 1966 – The Flood in Florence, Italy

We rented an apartment in Florence, Italy, and we were thrilled with our view of the Arno River and the swans that cruised majestically under the arches of the Ponte Vecchio. It was late afternoon as I hugged my knees … Continue reading

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