Notes and pictures from the Côte d’Azur: Nice

Mosaic at the top of Castle Hill, Nice

This is the start of a short series of posts on the week I spent along the Côte d’Azur. At first I wanted to pack it all into one post, then that got a bit long … plus, I think it will be more useful for those who are just interested in reading about specific places. In this post, I’ll write about what I saw and did when I wasn’t...

Under a sky of stars – tango in Nice

Nice at night

There’s something about dancing outside. When I go to an indoor milonga, I often feel as if I am stepping into another world. Outdoors it’s there, beside everyday life, often surrounded by non-dancers who watch or are simply going about their daily life. In an open square, in a park, or as I experienced when I was in Nice, under an arcade and outside a museum. Maybe I think it’s...

A day around the Port of Marseille

After spending my first night in Marseille dancing tango, I set out the next day to explore one of the city’s main attractions: the Old Port. The area has been completely redesigned in recent years, ahead of Marseille being the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and it’s a great place to walk around. If you get there early, you can walk around the fish market. During the day, there...

8 Things I learnt during NaNoWriMo 2017

A bit more than a month ago, I announced that I was participating in a writing challenge known as NaNoWriMo. The aim was to write 50,000 words during the 30 days of November. You can find out more about NaNoWriMo here. It is a fantastic initiative which promotes creativity and a sense of community among writers at all stages of their journey. It was the second time I participated –...

NaNoWriMo 2017: still writing

A view inside the author's head during NaNoWrMo

So it is now four weeks since I announced that I was doing NaNoWriMo this year.  You may recall that I promised weekly updates of my progress. You can read my account of how week one went here. What about my account of week two? Or week three? How can it possibly be week four already? As you’ll have  probably guessed, I didn’t get around to writing those updates. I...

NaNoWriMo 2017: update after week one

NaNoWriMo 2017 week 1

One week ago, I wrote here that I was going to do NaNoWriMo this month and post weekly updates. And here we are at the end of week one and so I suppose it’s time for an update. I started with plenty of time (for the first five days), a blank screen and ideas for ten short stories scribbled in my notebook. A couple of those ideas were quite developed...

Why I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year

In less than an hour it begins. NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month, but which has actually become an international movement over the years. It stands for a commitment which writers make to write 50,000 words during November. It is kind of like an international writing party which exists on and offline. The fact that others, all over the world, have undertaken the same commitment is intended to...

Writing

One of the main reasons I started this blog was to get me writing regularly. The prospect of writing a novel or even finishing a short story was so daunting that for a long time, I wrote on and off without ever actually finishing anything. Having ideas wasn’t a problem but seeing a project through to the end was. I think this was because I wasn’t writing regularly. While I...