May 31, 2013

El manuscrito encontrado en AccraEl manuscrito encontrado en Accra by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As usual, Paulo Coelho takes us on a journey through time, history, religion and beliefs.
In simple, short truths he teaches us to go through the day feeling full and well.
My advice? Keep it on the bed side table (or on the e-reader library) and enjoy a chapter a day, trying to follow the daily advice in your life.

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May 27, 2013


You can't sleep, you are tired of facing problems every day. You close your eyes, wishing there was a different world, you are ready to leave. You look outside, it is dark and silent in the sky.
Not knowing what you'll find can make you feel insecure, wishing to hide inside the warm covers with a book. (Do it! Do it!)

You feel better now, you feel bold enough to follow your imagination and write about your hero, fighting and panting and risking his life, while you are comfortably spread, sipping a cup of hot chocolate.

Now your fantasy is calling, she's up for it. Let it fly, high, high, let it drop a step further. Cause in the dark scary sky, there is always a warm comforting sign.
Up there, smiling or fading or upside down, you can be sure to find it: The Moon. 

The mysterious, cunning, charming, ever-changing moon. Think of all the people of all times howling their hopes and sorrows up to the moon. Little girls and old men equally asking the moon for the key to answer their main questions in life. 

Take those prayers, make them yours. Write about it, let us know.

May 18, 2013

Write Good or DieWrite Good or Die by Scott Nicholson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Free e-collection of blogs on how to write, how to get an editor, how to get published and self-published. Includes some very good tips, nothing new but then again writers need to keep getting motivated over and over so... I suggest reading one article per day, before starting writing. It makes you feel like you are not alone in your lonely room with a computer screen and no Internet. Because as you very well know, no Internet is allowed in the writing room!
Tips on self-publishing are dated, but follow up is available on their blog

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May 16, 2013

if a man treats life artistically, his brain is his heart -  Oscar Wilde

May 12, 2013


Thank you Glendon Perkins for awarding me the Sunshine Award. 
Glendon Perkins is the author of the novel Buried Alive. 

Please stop by his website and enjoy his blogs.

The rules for this award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and have a link back to them.  (Thanks again, Glendon Perkins.)
2. Place the Sunshine Award in a post or on your blog (done!)
3. Answer some questions about yourself (keep reading)
4. Nominate 10 other bloggers (or I have seen it anywhere from 5-10 bloggers, that is up to you!)
5.  For the bloggers that you have chosen for the Sunshine Award, remember to comment on their 
     blogs and let them know about their Sunshine Award!

Here are some sample questions:
1. What is your favorite color?

2. What is your favorite animal?

3. Do you prefer Twitter or Facebook?

Facebook for friends, Twitter for fellow writers and publishers
4. What is your favorite pattern?

5. What is your favorite number?

6. What is your favorite day of the week?

7. What is your passion?

Reading, reading, reading!

My nominations are:

Glendon Perkins (
Ceejae Devine (Ceejae Devine)
Nathan Michaels (Challenge)
Caroline Coxon (Quirkyworks)
Andrea Capello (Travel Babel)
Tiziana Ciccone (365 Breathtaking Moments)


The first person to share, compare and compete, sisters are bond for ever and know each other better than anyone else. 
Sisters grow up together, helping and supporting each other through the good and bad of life.

Too good to be true? You are not writing a fairy tale? After all, Little Women (by Louisa May Alcott) are not so easy to be found these days...

The Virgin Suicides (by Jeffrey Eugenides) are a powerful (sick) example of how strong a family bond can be.

If your novel requires drama and fights, sisters are an endless source of inspiration. They can be worst enemies. Cruel, soulless, ruthless bitches ready to walk on each other's dead body to prove themselves better. Too much? Just make them complete opposite, so as to underline their peculiarities by confrontation. Think of Jennifer Weiner and her bestselling book In her shoes.

Hard for me to tell, I'm only child! Except, I do have a sister, she is 11 days younger than me, she was my worst enemy in primary school, she has been my BFF through my teenage years, and now she is the sister I chose and for ever will be. People say we are quite the opposite, not just physically but for our lifestyles and preferences (luckily, we do have opposite taste when it comes to boys!)
Every smile, tear, and blushing we share, across the oceans. Wherever my trips take me, she's there for me, waiting at home, my lighthouse, my safety net. 
We may not share the same blood, but we share the same soul.

May 7, 2013


Prologue: Mom Ma goes groceries shopping every Tuesday and every Friday, her cart always full to the brim. 
Every time she dreams of escaping her lovely family of five to live a light, care-free life like the gorgeous skinny blond girl who buys only yogurt and ice lollies.

Opening incident: Mom Ma goes grocery shopping one Tuesday and has to bring her daughter Gredy with her because she is recovering from the chickenpox.
Gredy sees the beautiful ice lolly lady and decides she wants her to be her mom.

Inciting incident: Blondie goes shopping on her lunch break every Tuesday and Friday and sadly buys her single-girl-living-in-a-big-city-with-no-money meals, looking at the voluptuous lady with her full trolley and dreaming of having a kid as cute as her daughter, who now is coming over to talk to her. 

1st complication: Gredy asks Blondie to go to the park together and a blushing Mom Ma begs forgiveness for her cheeky daughter. Blondie agrees to go out together and introduces herself as the PR for TuneMeUp magazine. Mom Ma introduces herself as a full time Mom with four kids and Gredy jumps happily as the kid she is.

2nd complication: Blondie tells Mom Ma she is envious of her family and Mom Ma can't believe her ears. She invites Blondie for dinner so she can see what a mess her life is.

3rd complication: Blondie goes for dinner and loves the family. Mom Ma is a bit drunk and cries her tiredness and envy for Blondie's carefree life.

4th complication: Blondie and Mom Ma agree to swap life for a week. Blondie takes over the four kid and the ever-working husband in Mom Ma's house while Mom Ma goes to TuneMeUp as a guest PR from a famous foreigner magazine based in Antarctica.

5th complication: Blondie sweats her a.s.s. off looking after Mom Ma's family but loves the feeling of belonging. The kids love her because she is young, beautiful and let them do whatever they want, the husband tries to sleep with her but Blondie laughs at his bold bald attempt.

6th complication: Mom Ma is loving her new job and gets offered a promotion as the freshest image of PR solutions. She goes back home to pack her stuff and kiss her kids goodbye.

7th complication: Blondie tries to stop Mom Ma reminding her the responsibilities of having a family but Mom Ma won't hear of going back to her husband and her heavy duty life. Blondie accepts to live in Mom Ma's house to look after the kids until her friend comes back.

Climax and resolution: Mom Ma goes on holiday to Fiji and finds a nice local boyfriend. She learns to scuba dive and live happily ever after. Blondie eventually falls in love with Mom Ma's husband and they get married with the kids blessing. They all go to Fiji to visit Mom Ma and cheers to life and its weird outcomes.

May 5, 2013


Old and wise, white hair and long beard.
Think of Merlin and his messy hut. 
Defender of justice and ready to give his life to fight the Dark Forces, he's the hero supporter, a father figure, like Dumbledore for Harry Potter, like Gandalf for Frodo.

Do you like to keep it light? Bring on a Shrek setting, and your Merlin becomes a 3D senile clown. 
Do you like it weird? Try to beat the Wizard of Oz.
Or show your dark side creating a soulless Death Eaters army.

It's your fantasy world, pick the colors you like the most. 
Is he one? Are there more?
Can he turn the whole sky red? 
For all we know, he can die twice and still be healthy. 
Don't hold off, it's time to risk it. After all, we all love a bit of surreal encounters...

May 4, 2013


Do you still have dreams of being Katniss Everdeen being torn between Peeta and Gale while running swift like the wind? 

Yep, you are not the only one. 

If The Hunger Games trilogy swept you away maybe your next novel hero should be a beautiful and valiant Lady Warrior.

She can be a brunette Xena or a blond Buffy, or why not, an exotic Mulan chopping her long silky hair with a sword.

Sapphic Valkyries have filled centuries of mythology but if you prefer tiny vulnerable teenagers just think of Bella Swan and her mental shield power.

Get ready to create your own Lady Warrior: 
What is she wearing? 
What is her weapon?
Who is her enemy? Creating a good enemy is as important as creating a good hero, but this is a story for another day... 

Still no ideas? Just think of yourself, and what you manage to do, day in day out, fighting with taxes, pollution and family.
I bet you didn't know you are a hero! 

May 3, 2013


Are you fighting with the never ending rainy season? Are you looking out at the snow praying for the arrival of spring?
Get your laptop in bed with you, a new Open Office document open, and travel to a tropical beach like Leonardo Di Caprio in The Beach, an unbeatable bestseller by Alex Garland.
Have you ever seen somebody crying on a beach? Me neither. So pick your smiling muse and bring her to a tropical setting for a crazy party holiday, unless you are more the deserted island type, like Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, or Tom Hanks in Cast Away.
Is your beach being attacked by a tsunami? Could it be a mafia gangsters secret retreat?
Is it in South America rather than Australia? 
What is your hero doing there? Is he ever gonna leave paradise? Or will it turn into a nightmare?
Once you are settled, enjoy the warm feeling of the sun chair under your butt, while you sip on an ice cold Cuba Libre with its little pink umbrella top. Oh yeah

May 2, 2013


Your novel should very well contain at least an Italian interlude, hopefully with this cute... ehm... dog. 
Full of romance, artistic encounters and wine fueled dinners, la bella Italia is the perfect setting for your chick-lit story (Under the Tuscan Sun).
Dotted with snowy mountains, dark alleys, sun kissed islands and gondola trips, your James Bond style hero cannot find a better adventure than Italy.
Are you convinced yet? Do I need to mention Bella running into the Volturi subterranean base?
So pick 'The name of the rose' and get lost in the atmosphere, or if you are Italian (me! me!) then enjoy an Espresso and tell us all about it.
What if the cute dog runs away? 
Why, of course, Raoul Bova will give everything up (even his clothes) to find it :)