My first backpack and the Irish

‘I need to buy a backpack. I am going to Ireland’  I announced one morning to my parents at the end of the Journalism summer term. I was 18 years old. My dad paused his espresso cup halfway to his Greek looking moustache and brushed mom with a severe look. Sat next to him, she was diving into a red watermelon…

Madeira island

I spent on and off about a year and a half in Portugal. Compared to other Southern European communities, the Portuguese kind and laid back attitude is probably my favourite. Maybe it’s not a chance my last month in this country was in Madeira. Being from an island myself, I like fantasising about living where I am surrounded by waters –…

Rejections – creative life and failures

Rejections are the norm if you want to see your work published and there is no shortcut to this. It’s like when you have to learn to cycle. You’re doomed to fail at first. What a catastrophe for an unpublished writer, you’d think. Well, I believe that creativity in the purest sense of the word is today’s limping relative. Being aware…

Writing resources

Wherever you stand in your writing journey, I would like to suggest some resources. Feel free to add more in the comments.   You  That’s right. You are your best creative tool. In schools, we are whipped with strict methods and then we grow up – at least on the calendar – to realize that being a writer is storytelling…

Why do we writers write?

Because there’s a need – to make sense of our life. I write because I am a writer and like most writers, if things aren’t written down, I don’t understand them. It’s about letting a story unfold and being able to amuse me. Because if I cry and laugh and fall in love reading my stuff, I hope my readers…