Enjoying the Writing Process

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Would you like to do what you love and share it with the world? If you love writing there is nothing stopping you from expressing yourself through a written word, and enjoying the writing process too. Yes, there are old beliefs, but let’s break out of a couple of them here and now. First, we don’t need to suffer to … Read More

Anyone Can Write – Start Today With a Word SUNSET

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Sun setting over islands on the Adriatic

In 1986 Natalie Goldberg’s book Writing Down the Bones was published making a bold statement that anyone who writes is a writer, thus challenging the paradigm that writing is for a chosen few. I love this, and actually firmly believe that anyone with a burning desire in their heart not only can write, but that they owe it to themselves … Read More

Sage and Lavender Are Amazing

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In the previous blog I wrote about several wonders of the Croatian Adriatic as captured by The Lady of the Sea novel. In this blog, I would like to focus on one of these wonders: Medicinal and culinary herbs. More specifically, I’d like to focus on two of my all time favorites, which also feature heavily in the novel: Sage … Read More

Spring Cleaning

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On the island, springtime is when each islander gets his kaic, batela, gajeta, pasara or any other type of traditional subsistence fishing boat out of the water for skver or annual boat maintenance. Boat maintenance on the island is a man’s job. The boat is taken out of the water. At the minimum, it is pressure-washed, sanded, and anti-fouled. It … Read More

Bewitched by Gardening

Branka ValcicMy novels, Sea4 Comments

I promised myself I wouldn’t plant anything this spring. So, what happened? The only explanation is that I got bewitched. Because who would want to plant something after spending a good portion of the fall fighting snails, mending calloused hands and aching back only to not actually be home to harvest most of the produce?! Yes, we ate some beautiful … Read More

Awestruck by Spring

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I used to live in Scotland and the problem with Scotland is that it doesn’t see much sun. Duh! Living now on an island in the Croatian Adriatic I am awestruck at the existence of a real, honest to God, sun shining Spring. The Sun has been shining for days now. I soak it in. The island is waking up. … Read More

Trees

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A few months ago I sat next to a tree and leaned my back on its smooth bark. From the top of my head, down my spine, and into the ground a long, violent shiver traveled. Tears sprung out of my eyes and I shook uncontrollably. Then with all its might, I felt the tree behind me, its roots became … Read More

Journeying

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I have always been in love with the sea. This is probably largely related to the many summers I spent with my parents and extended family on a small island in the Croatian Adriatic. There was no electricity or running water on the island. We washed our hair in the sea and drank rainwater collected in a tank during the … Read More

Joy of Gardening

Branka ValcicMy novels, Sea6 Comments

When I was a little girl, I used to spend summers with my grandparents in a little cottage in the countryside of Croatia. The cottage, though nothing more than a room in which my sister, our grandparents and I slept toasty under down duvets for nights were chilly in the countryside, and a kitchen in the cellar, in which I … Read More