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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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EXCERPT #2: a typical landscape in Tuscany. This photo was taken near Strada in Chianti. In the excerpt from my novel Megan describes her walk from the bed and breakfast where she’s staying downhill to the main road, where she plans to catch the local bus to Florence.

I stop at a row of cypress trees, already a familiar sight, and rub my hand over the shaggy bark. Then I stoop to pick a purple flower, but draw back when my fingers meet thorns. It’s prickly. Everything is … Continue reading

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EXCERPT #1: This excerpt from my novel describes my heroine’s arrival at the Pitti Palace with her tour group. The photo is of me in the Boboli Gardens. A corner of the palace can be seen in the background.

At least this time we’re dropped off in front of our destination, the Pitti Palace, but I don’t like the Palatine Gallery here as much as I liked the Uffizi. The lighting is poor, and reflections make the jumble of … Continue reading

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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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