Wednesday, November 4, 2009

One really should read the fine print

It's official: vogue is a dumb blonde bimbo. So, here I am, back in Miami, getting sorted and preparing for the cruise starting on Saturday. Of course all information, boarding pass, luggage tags etc are no longer sent to you but you have to go through a complicated process online with the cruise... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Made it in one piece...

All your good wishes for a safe journey have worked their spell! I've made it back to Miami and the immigration man in Chicago, reluctantly, let me in. He was really one of those..but, it's all done, I just kept grinning like an idiot and wished him a good day and bang, he stamped my visa until the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

See you later, alligator!

Departure day has finally arrived and not a moment too soon. Some 36 hours from door to door, but who cares, I'm definitely heading in the right direction. For the first time with my brand new 6 months visa, I hope they will let me in. Meanwhile on vogue2, Napoleon will have to wait a little longer,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Can talent be learned?

It seems a contradiction in terms. Talent is a gift, the capability of doing something better than everybody else without apparent effort. Learning on the other hand requires, above all, effort. Can the two go together? What triggered these ruminations is an episode which happened many years ago and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

How often can you help?

What a mess. It's happened again! What I'm talking about is this: across from me live an elderly couple in a small villa. Both retired, with three dogs and five cats, no other family there and doing pretty much nothing all day long, not even walking the dogs which sh.... in the house. But that's... Sign in to see full entry.

A somewhat uneasy morning

Today is one of the few Turkish bank holidays, this one vaguely dedicated to youth, furthering youth etc, whatever that may mean in detail. Such holidays entail parades of semi-uniformed young people, marching along the streets to the sound of drums, waving immense Turkish flags and shouting... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Did you know..

I'm not particularly bright today, but my mind just stretches to tell you about an explanation for an expression one often uses and doesn't really know where it comes from. Did you know where "Graveyard shift" has its origins? According to one explanation, it dates back to the Middle Ages. People... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Will the bubble burst?

Right now, I'm truly in writer's heaven. I told you recently, that I had submitted article ideas to five online magazines, two of which I have written before. What can I tell you? I got three assignments back. One is for a (for me) new magazine. The next is for gonomad. And the third is for my... Sign in to see full entry.

Addition to previous post

Sinome and lusterlove both complained that the link did't work. Please just type in: www.abyssandapex.com/guidelines.html. That's the paying mag for short stories and poetry. Try it out, all you great poets out there. Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A home for short stories and poetry

It's very difficult to find an online magazine which publishes short stories and poetry and even more rare to find one that actually pays. So, I was delighted when I happened upon this gem and thought: this goes on blogit, chop, chop. Here is the link. And they pay. Another one, which sadly doesn't... Sign in to see full entry.

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