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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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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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