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On May 18, 1922, Sydney Schiff (“Stephen Hudson”), the English novelist whom Joyce had met a few times, invited him to a supper party for Stravinsky and Diaghilev following the first performance of one of their ballets. Joyce arrived late and apologized for not having dressed; at this time he had no formal clothes. He was drinking heavily to cover his embarrassment when the door opened and Marcel Proust in a fur coat appeared, as Joyce said afterwards, “like the hero of The Sorrows of Satan.” Schiff had mentioned the party to Proust but had not ventured to invite him because of Proust’s known unwillingness to emerge from his flat. Joyce followed Schiff and Mrs. Schiff to the door, was introduced…
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In our movable marriage, my husband and I have covered these cities. Wilbur nails the excitement, culture and beauty of these cities perfectly.
Number Three – Granada
So good that in the UK they named a Commercial TV Station, a Motorway Service Station and an Electrical Appliance Store Chain after it!
Seriously, Granada is all you have probably heard it to be cracked up to be, and then some more. From the simply stunning ‘Wonder of the Modern World’ that is The Alhambra, to its awe-inspiring location surrounded by the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range, on to its Arabian style souks & tearooms and finally on to its vibrant bars and variety of restaurants, Granada has a whole lot going for it (not to mention its wonderful Mediterranean climate)!
Where else to start but The Alhambra, Spain’s (and arguably Europe’s) most eclectic & astonishing site. The fact that it was built by the occupying Moors does not matter a jot to Spain, who are fiercely proud of their architectural jewel.
As regular readers will…
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I met Michael Wiley at a Florida Writers Association conference a few years ago. In the book he autographed to me, he wrote “Lie to me always,” tying in with his session presentation. Super storyteller!
Michael Wiley belongs to a select group of writers who got their start in the Private Eye Writers of America/St. Martin’s Press Best First Novel contest. The book, published in 2007, was The Last Striptease, featuring P.I Joe Kozmarski, and it went on to earn a Shamus Award nomination for best first novel. Two more novels in the Kozmarski series followed, including the 2011 Shamus Award winner A Bad Night’s Sleep. Michael is a professor of English Literature at the University of North Florida as well as a book reviewer and “occasional journalist.” He manages to juggle it all while continuing to produce both more books—his two upcoming titles, Second Skin and Tar Box (Severn House) are both thrillers featuring series character Daniel Turner—and short stories. He first appeared in EQMMin December of 2014 with the story “Concrete Town,” and he has another story, “The…
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The awards banquet for the Florida Writers Association’s annual conference took place recently in Lake Mary, Florida. I was unable to attend, but was thrilled to learn that my novel, Slippery Slopes, earned third place in the Published Women’s Fiction category. Thanks to my friend and Freedom Writers group leader, Carol Jones, for stepping up—literally—to accept the trophy for me.
On another writing note, I appreciate all of you who follow “Notes from a Movable Marriage.” When I began blogging, my goal was to write fresh material weekly on a variety of topics. I intended to stop posting only briefly earlier this year, when my former website was taken down and a new one created, and a combining of media streams was underway. But a funny happened on the way to the (electronic) forum: I realized that while I enjoyed sharing travel stories and photos and slices of life, I wasn’t working on my next book, the one bearing the very name of my blog.
I changed focus. As a result, AMM will be ready for professional editing in the next few months, with a plan to publish this coming spring.
In the meantime, there are well over a hundred posts in “Notes.” If you joined along the way and missed some, have a scroll through. I will continue to Tweet, so if you’d like to follow me on Twitter, I’m @Tricialafille. There’s also a Twitter feed on my website, www.triciapimental.com. And if you haven’t read Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way or Slippery Slopes (now both award winners) and would like to, simply visit my site and click on My Books to be taken directly to their Amazon pages.
Thanks again, happy reading, and have a beautiful holiday season!
Tried it twice, “won” and was exhilarated both times. Definitely worth the effort!
By CP Bialois
I’m sure most of you know what NaNoWriMo is, but for those that have just heard of it, it’s National Novel Writing Month. It’s a wonderful event that happens every year where writers of all skill sets come together to write 50k in 30 days every November. The best thing about NaNo is meeting other authors and hearing their stories, tips, and tricks for “winning” and writing their novel. Just like any walk of life, each person has a plan or routine they follow that works for them.
For some, it’s staying up on caffeine for four days straight and writing all 50k words in the first week, while others like to stick to the daily word count goal. It’s also the time of year you’ll see advice from everyone on how to prepare, execute, and cross the finish…
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Change(s) first: Early in the new year my blog posts will appear on my new WordPress website, and this site will no longer be active. There’ll be a final post here indicating when that happens. The address for the website will remain the same, http://www.triciapimental.com, but will have a whole fresh look.
Something else new: I’m been posting on myatozchallenge.com, which I discovered at http://www.juliedawnfox.com. Julie Dawn Fox’s blog is of particular interest to me because I live in Portugal, but there’s always valuable info for the armchair traveler. Check it out!
And now for Hope: Click here: The Christmas Scale – YouTube
Wishing everyone a beautiful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2014…
When my first daughter was a baby and I couldn’t get her to sleep, I would put her in her infant seat and go for a drive. It didn’t take long, just a few minutes, really, and she was snoozing. I think this practice is frowned upon these days, but it worked for us.
Movement is naturally soothing to most of us. If it’s fast, like a roller coaster, it’s not comforting but exciting (unless you’re prone to motion sickness, of course).
When I was growing up in Brooklyn, I loved when my dad said we were going for a drive on Sunday afternoon. It was all about going for The Ride, an adventure during which we could be sure he’d complain about all the “Sunday drivers”—of which, naturally, he was one. It didn’t matter where we went, although it usually was out of the city and into “the country” which meant Long Island or Jersey. Sometimes we went to the drive-in in Valley Stream, combining the best of several worlds.
I’ve been thinking of the things for which I’m grateful this morning, and simple pleasures head the list. So my wish for you today is that you recall something that made you happy when you were a kid: jumping rope, playing hopscotch, tossing a ball with a friend. If you can do that thing, do it. If not, take that feeling and delight in it.
And a very Happy Thanksgiving to all!