In Search of Story ... 

Why in search of story? I'm a writer, I love words and the images they make. So I blog about my never-ending search for stories ... from my own country of Australia to Europe, and home again ... from first idea, to drafts and edits, to published book. 

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October 31, 2016

At the risk of being called a complete nerd, I think I can safely claim the title of Australia's most highly-researched children's novelist about Antonio Vivaldi! Yep, I'm proud to admit - I'm a big fan of this Baroque genius.

I can tell you umpteenth facts and fi...

October 30, 2016

Researching in a foreign country takes some planning, but things don't always go to plan ... like my morning at the Santa Maria della Pietà church and the Ospedale della Pietà.

This was where I expected to collect data about the girls who lived in this place, as w...

October 29, 2016

Venice, more than any other city in the world, has a seductive charm that's entranced travellers for centuries. It was nicknamed La Serenissima, "The Most Serenely Beautiful One" — and for good reason.

We arrived in heavy and humid fog four days ago. We've walked t...

October 24, 2016

Sometimes, researching for story-making can be like drowning in a molasses bin of facts and images. Vicenza, our current Italian stay before we head for Venice is the other setting for my novel work-in-progress, The Four Seasons of Caterina. I knew what I wan...

October 22, 2016

This morning, just like Hannibal, (no, not Lecter ... the one, a Carthaginian general (247-182 BCE), we crossed the Alps into Italy. Hannibal came with African war elephants, surprising the Roman Empire and its armies and wining the 2nd Punic War (googled)....

October 20, 2016

We left our beautiful French village, Beynac today, on the first leg of the journey east to Italy. One thing about this town will stay in my head for a long time ... just behind our hotel, up a very steep walk on cobbled streets is the castle (or fortresse) of Beynac....

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