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Immortal Venus

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Another view of the Torre di Quarate

This tower is an important landmark of the village of Quarate, near Florence. Italy. For more information, follow this link.

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I finally finished my novel, Immortal Venus! It’s a paranormal romance that takes place in Florence, Italy, and the surrounding countryside. Excerpts can be read here. The book should be available by the end of September, or mid-October. It will … Continue reading

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I just enjoyed a beautiful Christmas with granddaughter, Isa. In this excerpt from my novel, my protagonist, Megan, nears the holidays in a very different mood. She’s alone in a strange country and estranged from her husband of 20 years – Excerpt #8:

I return to my work and, ignored, Donatella strolls to the French doors and stares through the rain-streaked panes of glass. I move the saturated brush in one fluid stroke, lifting as I taper it and flick my wrist. The … Continue reading

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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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Excerpt #6 – In literature or in art, there’s no quicker way to identify a locality as Tuscany than to describe or depict cypress trees. Their processions seem to lead us back in time and into the paintings of the Renaissance masters. In this excerpt, Megan is upset, and takes a shortcut home.

In no mood to greet anyone, I veer behind the hedge that lines the side yard, and cut across the lawn towards the cypress woods. It’s probably closer to the millhouse if I go this way, anyway, than if I … Continue reading

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EXCERPT #5: A typical landscape, at dusk. The excerpt describes the view from the point of view of my protagonist, Megan, as she enjoys her morning coffee on the terrace of her bed-and-breakfast.

I take another sip and look around. The terrace is edged by a low wall on which sit huge terracotta vases filled with geraniums. The brilliant red blossoms stand out with vibrant intensity against the dark hedge. Beyond the terrace … 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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