21 July 2017
Thanks, Debs, for thinking about me for this awards. It’s so exciting! And sorry it took me this long to write an acceptance post, but here I am. I would have never skipped this!
I ‘met’ Debs during the AtoZ Challenge. She blogged about jazz this year and, I mean, it was kind of serendipity that we would meet.
9 March 2015
The Very Inspiring Blogger Award was the very first award I've received from a fello blogger and it was a real surprise fo me. At the time, I didn't know anything about blogger awards, but I've come to appreciate them immensely. It's an award from a peer, a priceless acknowledgement.
The award was give to me by mystery author Sue Coletta.
9 February 2016
This was originally known as Sisterhood of the World Bloggers, but someone wanted to make the tag more inclusive and changed the name.I’ll say the truth, I wasn’t really tagged for this challenge. Sara over at Sara Letourneau’s Official Website & Blog left it open to anyone to grab, but I liked the idea and Sara’s questions so much I thought I’d give it a go.
You have to know this about me: I will never resist a challenge. And there are a lot of challenges floating around the blogosphere, and when one ends up on my desk, I'm very unlikely not to take it up.
Here is what a few fellow bloggers threw at me.
Recently, I came across a book tag on Book Amino, the Coffee Book Tag, and since I'm a reader and a coffee drinker, I couldn't resist!
So, here's my take at it. Welcome to the Coffee Book Tag - Dieselpunk Style
6 December 2015
This post is part of the “Try It, You’ll Like It!” Blogathon, hosted by Sister Celluloid and Movies Silently, where we write about “gateway films” that might bring non-classic-film lovers into the fold! For all the entries, click here!
17 November 2015
Last summer Lucy Flinch passed me on the 777 Challenge. I know I’ve already done one, but I really enjoyed it, and anyway, I’m working on a new story now and can sure post seven different sentences.
8 August 2015
It's all about how you feel about book and reading.
I was tagged by Ali Isaac.
14 July 2015
Celine of the Down the Rabbit Hole blog was the one who got me. You can read her hilarious post here. As you can see, the challenge is actually about what you love/hate in general, but since this is an author’s blog, I’ve decided going with what I love/hate as a author/reader.
27 June 2015
Good for you that a couple of weeks ago, Melissa tagged me for the 777 Challenge. I declined her invitation on account that I already post snippets of eight sentences every other Sunday for the 8 Sentence Sunday on Dieselpunks, but then Sue also tagged me for the same challenge, so gals… grand, you’ve talked me into it!
18 May 2015
Back in March, Crispian Thurlborn tagged me for this challenge to list my 10 favourite screen characters. Because I was already very busy with the AtoZ Challenge, I couldn’t do it right away, but now here I am ready to oblige. Thanks Crispian for being this patient.
The AtoZ Blogging Chellenge happens in April every year. Bloggers are challenge to post everyday, following the letters of the alphabet. It it possible - not mandatory - to choose a theme that will lace together all of the posts of the month. Adding challenge to challenge, the best of fun!
2015 was the first year I took part in the challenge and of course my first choose what the 1920s in their entirety. I enjoyed it a lot. It was exiting to see people read my articles and commenting it, and I discovered I really loved talking about the 1920s and sharing my discoveries.
Jazz is a big part of my research for my american stories and it's a fascinating subject in and of itself. So it's no surprise that for my second year in the AtoZ Chalelnge I chose this stopic.
It was very intersting because having a stronger focus made the challenge mor erewarding and I realy learned from my partecipating to it.
For 2016 AtoZ Challenge I wandered away from my usula 1920s subjects to delve into another era just as fascinating, post WWII America and one of its more charing expressions: film noir.
While I was already quite informed abotu the 1920s when I took up the challenge in past years, I had to learn basically everything for this year. It was scaring, challenging and extremely satisfying.
National Novel Writing Month is a challenge happening every year in November. Authors are challenged to write a novel of at least 50k words during the 30 days of November.
I've been taking part in NaNoWriMo since 2005 and I've always enjoyed it a lot. Ghost Trilogy was born during NaNoWriMo 2010, and I worked to the trilogy for most of the subsequent years, expect the last view, where I worked on many differenet projects. It's always lots of fun, and so motivanting.
A few days before I started NaNo this year, I discovered a challenge to talk about my challenge for NaNo during NaNo. Couldn’t resist. I had a gret time with it.
As for the challenge itself, I've been revising Ghostly Smell Around, the first novel in my Ghost Trilogy. I managed to revised about half of the novel, which was a great achievement. I'm happy with how the challenge went.
I wasn't even going to partecipate this year, because I didn't have a project that would produce 50k words. But then I thought, well, I may not have a project that long, but I do have many shorter projects that can have me reach that amount of words.
So with this NaNo I wrote so many different things. I revised Give in o the Feeling completely, and wrote many blog posts, including the conclusion of the New Woman's New Look Series and the launch of my book, together with the Characters' Speak series.
It was a good challenge.
For the first time since I've taken part in NaNoWriMo I've decided to quit the challenge halfway through. It was a hard decision fo rme, but in the end I think it was the right one to take. I knew from the beginning that my historical preparation wasn't good enough for taking up the challenge, but I hoped the plot would carry me.
Unfortunately, it didnt' happen and a conversation with an historian made me realise that to take up the challenge of an historical novel, I do need a certain amount of historial info, or I'll just make a big mess. Here are my reflections on how it went.