Archivi tag: italy

The perks of being alone

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Long time no talk! These last days have been full of things to do, books to read, places to go to, people to meet. I’ve finished writing a prequel taken from the paranormal trilogy I’ve written and I’ve published it for free. In these days, my life can be pretty well summoned by two words: writing and music. I’m spending my mornings at the conservatory, studying piano for my graduation exam next July. Everyday my alarm rings at 6.30 and I get up, I have a shower, I take the bus and, after the arrival, I stop by a bar on the road in order to write or translate or edit something or doing anything else which concerns Microsoft Word. Then, I go to the conservatory. Everyday. I’ve found out that this kind of daily routine is really productive and that I’m writing very much and that the piano pieces are getting well as if after a long illness. This routine obliges me to be alone most of the time. D’u know what? Who cares! Solitude can be a useful ally if you’re carrying on creative works. Sometimes, creativity needs silence. No one speaking, no one interrupting. Just yourself and your music and your art and whatever you’re doing. What else?

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Do things before you’re ready

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I’m not disappeared into a puffed, light-blue cloud. It’s just that my IELTS test is approaching and I’m just… panicking. I can write, yes, I think I can do it. And I can read and listen to the records (although the latter makes me incredibly anxious). But the speaking? That’s my real problem. Speaking is something you usually practice with English-speaking people, but I live in Italy and it’s not so easy to find someone who can talk to you in a foreign language and, most of all, who WANTS to spend his time with you like that. So, I’m panicking. I don’t know if I can pass this exam and I don’t know if I’ve the necessary skills. Apart from that, life goes on as usual. I spend my mornings playing the piano in conservatory (I should graduate next year) and I’m perfectionning my PhD research proposal. I’m reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (we’ll have time to talk about that) and I’m trying to reduce the pile of magazines standing on the floor like a paper tower. Most of all, I’m writing. I’ve subscribed to the #NaNoWriMo and I’m writing my novel-in-a-month. This year I’m writing into Italian language, but I’ve sweared that next year I’ll try to do it in English. Can I do that? I don’t know but, as wise people say, “do things before you’re ready”.

November fair

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Here where I live, in this little town in the south of Italy, November is the month with the highest number of fairs. It starts with a big fair in a little town next to mine and it goes on with another in my native town. November smells like oranges and roasted chestnuts and popcorn and sugar. November smells like pouring rain and grey sky. I love this month that is a bridge between summer and winter, the main part of autumn. For me, this is also the period of time in which I’ve to make my decisions and my English test. I don’t know where I’ll be living next year and which language I’ll be speaking. What I know is the incredible atmosphere of this (perhaps) last November in Italy. And I’m gonna enjoy it ‘til the end.

The home corner by Ruth Thomas

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I’ve found this book in a remainders’ shop,  near the hugest library of my town. It was completely new, untouched, and I can’t understand how it’s arrived in my little town in the south of Italy, but still…

The story is quite nice, even if I think it should be better edited. The novel is too long for a short story like that. The plot is perhaps too “easy” to justify this number of pages. The last part of the book, for instance, is incredibly long. The story starts finishing too soon, and it finally finishes too late. There’s something that is a bit unrealistic, too, in particular everything which concerns Mrs Ellis and her role in Louisa’s life. Characters are either too good or too bad, as if in a story that’s meant for children. Perhaps, this book really IS for children and extremely young teenagers, but still I’ve found it too simple and linearly written. It’s a “cold” writing, I couldn’t feel anything at all during the reading but the strong need to slap Louisa into her face.

In conclusion, I don’t feel like advising this reading to you. What a shame! But it doesnt’t matter: the next reading will be better!

Goodmorning, miss!

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These mornings I’m experiencing something completely new, for me: I’m reading books in classes from 6th to 8th grades, at school. It’s incredibly funny! Can you believe that? The best moment is when you enter the room and they don’t know you yet. They look at you, they smile ironically and try to understand if they can laugh at you or listen to you and trust you. And then, the miracle: they suddenly feel at their ease ‘cause you’re acting as if you were a student just like them. You’re sitting among them, you’re reading Fred Uhlman, you’re answering their questions and they’re answering yours. You speak all together about friendship, love, hate, future. You’re having fun and they’re having fun. THIS is the secret. And it’s something I’ve never thought it would suit me, and instead… here we are. Yesterday a young, redhead boy from 6th class, sitting just in front of me, has asked me: “Have you a boyfriend? I’m asking you that because my cousin’s boyfriend has dumped her because of her writing”. And I’ve answered “I’ll pick a writer: problem solved”, which could actually be true.

The youngest students are smart, funny and incredibly curious about life, love and… books, too. They want to know how much money you’re earning, in what does your editor’s job consist, why have you suddenly started writing down everything which passed through your mind. A girl has asked me where do I find inspiration, and I’ve said: “Everything that surrounds you IS part of the inspirational process. YOU yourself, while you’re sitting there asking me questions, are part of my inspirational process”, and it’s extremely true.

My parents have been working as primary school teachers for years and years. The main part of my life has been characterized by “schoolish” conversations. And I can remember the infinite times I’ve said “I’ll never become a teacher”. I’m not so sure about it anymore.

New Release: The strategist by Giovanna Barbieri

Hi! Today I’m showing you another great book by an Italian author that’s a friend of mine and an editor too: Giovanna Barbieri. If you love historical fiction, you can’t definitely miss that!

GIOVANNA BARBIERI was born in Verona in 1974 and she actually lives in Volpicella. In 2001 she graduated in Political Sciences, school of International economics.
She’s a member of EWWA (European Writing Women Association) and she’s a freelance editor at http://righerosse.wordpress.com/

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PLOT:
History and fantasy wrapped into one novel.

After a strong storm Alice, a young woman from the 21st century, finds herself in 1163, in a forest in the beautiful Valpolicella area. What happened? Who sent her back to the period of the struggle between Emperor Federico Barbarossa and those against him? And why? Was it a coincidence or a divine plan?

Hurt and confused, Alice is rescued by a family of peasants that take her to the Abbey of the Sacred Heart in Arbizzano, where she is treated by the kind nuns and learns the use of medicinal herbs. Once healed and brought to the castle of Fumane, she will have to decide what to do: fight to return to her time or, to escape the unjust accusations of witchcraft, take part in the 1165 siege of Rivoli beside Sir Lorenzo Aligari, with whom she will fall madly in love.

LINKS:
https://www.amazon.it/Strategist-D-1164-English-ebook/dp/B01KFXSHKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477045292&sr=8-1&keywords=the+strategist+ad+1164

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-strategist-ad-1164-giovanna-barbieri/1124334064?ean=2940153392899

And for those of you who enjoy reading in German language, here’s the German version of the same book!

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DIE STRATEGIN, AD 1164
Genre: FICTION / HISTORISCH
Es handelt sich um eine surreale Zeitreise ins zwölfte Jahrhundert, während der anti-imperialen Kämpfe von 1164-1165
Nach einem starken Unwetter findet sich Alice, eine junge Frau aus dem XXI. Jahrhundert, ins Jahr 1163 versetzt, in einen Wald des wunderschönen Tals Valpolicella. Was ist passiert? Wer hat sie ins Jahr 1163, in die Zeit der anti-imperialen Kämpfe gegen Kaiser Federico il Barbarossa geschickt und vor allen Dingen, warum? War es ein Zufall oder ein Plan Gottes? Verletzt und verwirrt wird sie von einer Familie halbfreier Bauern gerettet, die sie in die Abtei des Sacro Cuore nach Arbizzano bringen, wo sie von freundlichen Nonnen gepflegt wird und wo sie die Anwendung von Heilkräutern lernt. Nachdem sie geheilt und in die Burg von Fumane gebracht worden war, muss sie sich entscheiden, wie sie handeln soll: Kämpfen, um in ihre Zeit zurückzukehren, oder, um den ungerechten Vorwürfen der Hexerei zu entkommen, an der Belagerung von Rivoli im Jahr 1165 an der Seite des Ritters Lorenzo Aligari teilzunehmen, in den sie sich dann unsterblich verliebt.

LINKS
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/die-strategin-giovanna-barbieri/1124115800?ean=2940153395838
https://www.amazon.it/Die-Strategin-German-Giovanna-Barbieri-ebook/dp/B01K7K0TGC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477045622&sr=8-1&keywords=die+strategin

New Release: The Fox by Aura Conte

Hi guys! Today I’m gonna show you the new book release by an Italian author and friend, Aura Conte. The book’s written in English and you can easily read it. And there’s also something about Ireland, so… You should definitely read it!

THE FOX
by Aura Conte

ISBN: 9781370250943 (Ebook) – 9781537679273 (Paperback)
ASIN: B01LZSJMK8

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Plot:

Brian “the Irish fox” McNamara is one of the most charming bachelors in the state of New York, with just one flaw. Emma Abbott is a photographer, the second child of two lawyers and shares an apartment with her best friends. One evening, during an all girls night out, Brian and Emma worlds collide into each other. When back at home, Emma looks for Brian online and she discovers that, though, the young man is tall, Irish and handsome, he also belongs to the “wild” side of the law.
Brian is a hitman, with a huge problem (denial) about dealing with his feelings.

YOU CAN FIND IT HERE:
Link Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZSJMK8
UK:https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LZSJMK8
IT: https://www.amazon.it/dp/B01LZSJMK8

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