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As a writer who’s on a slow travel journey around Europe, much of the recent writing on this blog is about the places I’ve visited with my partner and slow travelling companion Sean M. Madden. When I’m not writing blog posts, I can be found huddled over my laptop or notebook writing short stories and poetry.

I’m also working on a book about our European travels, in which I intend to include the personal story of my experiences in Greece and Turkey, the lands of my ancestors. My grandfather was a fisherman from Antiparos and my grandmother a refugee from Istanbul, having been forced from her homeland during the 1923 ‘population exchange’ between Greece and Turkey.

NaNoWriMo 2012 Winner

In November 2012 I dipped my virtual ink into the NaNoWriMo well for the first time and, after 30 days of writing, I had written the requisite 50,000 words. Although my focus wasn’t on novel-writing, I decided to take part for the inspiration and motivation it provided, and to throw myself into writing draft chapters for my autobiographical travelogue.

To read some of my flash fiction or poetry just click on the links in the Writing menu above.

Writing Websites Worth Reading

write it sideways (writing advice from a fresh perspective) founded by Suzannah Windsor Freeman

write to done (unmissable articles on writing) edited by Mary Jaksch

Writing Forward (Write on, shine on!) by Melissa Donovan

Writing Our Way Home Mindful writing by Fiona Robyn and Kaspalita

Storyfix Story structure by Larry Brooks