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Hi! I’m Gwendoline!

Here. I’m Gwendoline. Let me introduce my friends. Martine Aubin – my girlfriend. Martine is French and she’s a film star. She is blond, blue-eyed, in super form, beautiful, always a golden tan, always mischievous, affectionate, and loyal, and almost always – even when she’s rip-roaring mad about something – in good humor. She’s very …

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GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN EYES

Extinction Book 1 Girl with the Golden Eyes is being offered – to US residents and Amazon and Goodreads customers only, alas – free, 100 Kindle copies, in a promotional lottery which is called a Goodreads Giveaway. I just thought I’d let you know! It’s one of my favorites – of my own books – …

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WRITING – WRITER’S BLOCK, AND INSPIRATION OR STRUCTURE

Somebody asked me about Writer’s Block – Not being able to write: I replied: Okay, I have written lots – as a journalist, diplomat, economist (even), and PR person working in the Italian film and cultural industries, and then as a TV and radio writer and producer and occasional narrator, and finally as a writer …

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The Beach and the Voyeur

Martine and I came to the end of the narrow, dusty road and found ourselves in a little fishing village – it consisted of a few houses strung out along the beach and huddling close under the cliff. There was a small beach-front path, and a tiny bar that looked like it was made entirely of bamboo, out on the sand, colorfully painted fishing boats pulled up onto the beach, cantilevered over on their sides.

Son of Two Fathers – The Renaissance – Mantua – Andrea Mantegna – Virtuoso of Space

ANDREA MANTEGNA’S HOUSE IN MANTUA: Andrea Mantegna, the court painter to the Gonzagas of Mantua, had a talent for conjuring magical spaces out of square boxes – his “bridal chamber” – or camera picta – in Mantua’s Ducal Palace, with its trompe-l’œil oculus, is one example, creating as it does a complex sense of space, …

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