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Charming holiday in Guernsey

Charming holiday in Guernsey

A surprise is always magical. It gives you that strange feeling under your feet, like the ground disappeared. When, instead, you know that you will get a surprise, but you have to wait for it, you have that sense of emptiness in your stomach, until you finally find out. When the surprise is the destination of your holiday, the emptiness is later filled with constant excitement, especially if you find yourself being with your favourite person in one of the

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A week in Scotland

A week in Scotland

It’s only been a little more than two weeks, but I already miss Scotland quite a lot. This country made a really good impression in my eyes, and I can’t wait to go back there and spend a little more time walking around the streets of Edinburgh and Glasgow, visit museums, get to know more about the history of this amazing place and hike around its desolated green carpets of grass. Day 1 After our 2 hours flight from Copenhagen

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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society | Book Review

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society | Book Review

Title: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society Authors: Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows Publisher: Bloomsbury Date of publication: 2008 I was in Glasgow Train Station when I spotted this book on a shelf in Waterstones. I already saw the movie trailer and I was waiting for it to be available in my country, but when I saw the novel I thought “I have to read it.” Luckily, I have. It’s been an amazing reading that I’m definitely recommending. Disclaimer: No spoilers for

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Using ads on your writer platforms

Using ads on your writer platforms

Hello everybody! DISCLAIMER: Why would you share your insights to other people? Brief answer: even if the competition among wannabe published writers is high, I still feel like we should all help each other. Facebook page & Instagram profile A couple of days ago, I finally decided to start working on my author Facebook page. When trying to get your name out there, using a blog and social media is the best way to promote yourself. So, that’s why I decided to

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A Christmas Carol – Book Review

A Christmas Carol – Book Review

Title: A Christmas Carol Author: Charles Dickens Date: 1843 Today is my last day of holidays, since tomorrow will be spent between three different airports to go back home. So, what better, during my last day of Christmas vacation, than writing about the most Christmassy book ever? This work of art by Charles Dickens is my first book of 2018. I had it there, on my Italian shelf, and I finally picked it up. Of course, my mind was always remanascing the Walt Disney

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Welcome 2018!

Welcome 2018!

Popping a virtual bottle of champagne (Or prosecco, as every self-respecting Italian) I here wish you an amazing new year! It’s been a while since I’ve felt this happy about a new year starting, and I want to writtenly record this moment on here. In exactly one week I will be back to Copenhagen, the place I feel like home. I will go back to work and my routine, but it’s from today that I want to start with my new

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12 places I would like to visit in 2018

12 places I would like to visit in 2018

Helsingør Since I moved to Denmark in July, I’ve been thinking about visiting the amazing Kronborg Castle, the home of the Shakesperian character Hamlet. Aarhus I’ve only hear nice things about the second largest city of Denmark, and from the pictures I’ve seen, it will definitely be a hyggeligt stay. Odense Can a H.C. Andersen obssessed like me not visit the author’s hometown? Of course not. Bornholm This is a place people mention all the time in Denmark, and from the

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Letter to my 17 year old self

Letter to my 17 year old self

Dear Alessandra of 2012, what a weird year has been for you. And more weirdness is about to come in just 3 weeks. Yes, in a little more than 20 days, you will be 18 years old. Seems amazing, huh? Finally, the beginning of the adult life. Just on the paper; we know that your adult life started way long before the 18 candles on the cake. Well, the Alessandra who’s writing to you is about to turn 23. I

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Moving to Denmark | Basics

Moving to Denmark | Basics

In July 2017, I packed my most important and necessary stuff, I said bye to the most important people in my life – and my country –  and moved 1500 kilometers away… to Copenhagen! I first visited this city in May 2015. I was lucky enough to be asked to join a workshop in the headquarters of the company I was doing an internship in, and I obviously said yes! That’s how I fell in love with this capital city and,

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Platonic love at first sight

Platonic love at first sight

It is a burden. A curse. A permanent thought engraved on the brain. One always present, on the back of the mind, controlling everything. How to move. How to talk. When to come and when to leave. It’s the weakness of the strongest human brain, focusing on something it knows it cannot have. Never. Maybe.

The picture of David Kammerer

The picture of David Kammerer

First meeting – in John Jay – white uniform and red of hair Sometimes it happens. I accidentally discover a character that gets me under a spell, and I suddenly start my too-extended research on everything there is to know about that character’s life. This time, it happened while watching Kill your darlings. Lucien Carr was the first one to catch my eye, but as soon as Michael C. Hall makes his first appearance as David Kammerer, Carr is forgotten,

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The Little Book of Hygge – Book Review

The Little Book of Hygge – Book Review

    A Dane once told me: “To understand hygge, you have to live it“ While waiting for that experience to reach me, I do what I always do when something interests me: I read about it. If I should sum up what I got from this book in one sentence, I would say that hygge is that time spent with people you love, feeling comfortable with less. You don’t need anything expensive to be hyggelig; the less, the better. Just grab

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642 Things to Write About – Book Review

642 Things to Write About – Book Review

I got another book today: “642 Things to Write About“! Yes, I know, what a news. But the nice thing about this book is that is an inspiration spring for writers. My new friend has 642 different writing prompts, a few about personal stuff, others about hypotetical moments that you have to imagine and write about. Here are a few examples: You are Frankestein. Write a letter to Mary Shelley thanking her for making your story famous. Write a scene that

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The Year of Living Danishly – Book Review

The Year of Living Danishly – Book Review

This book has accompanied me during my dreaming ride of making Denmark my home, and while I still work on that, here’s a well deserved review of one of my now favourite authors’ first book: “The Year of Living Danishly”! 354 pages of a continuous surprise; Helen Russell is a great writer with an amazing irony that will make you laugh during the entire reading (And that’s a great bonus!) The book is divided in 13 chapters, one per month

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Home is where the Earth is

Home is where the Earth is

-Where do you live? -I have an apartment in the north of Italy -And how do you take care of your apartment? -Well, I clean and tidy it up, I fix things when they are broken, I repaint the walls… -Okay, now think bigger. Where do you live? -Italy, Europe…? -Even bigger. -On the Earth?! -Great. How do you take care of that? This introduction is quite self-explanatory. This article is about the environment, our poor planet. Since I started

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The Book Jar

The Book Jar

Yesterday I was coping with the fact that there’s not enough time in a human life to read all the book we wish to read. But maybe, it’s not time the thing that lacks. Not in my case, anyway. I stared at my shelves with defiance, waving “hello” to the few books I have read from first to last page, and approching cautiously towards those who are waiting for me. I have an endless list of started-but-not-yet-finished books and another

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I already failed my reading list…

I already failed my reading list…

Almost 4 months ago, I published an article about my Reading List of 2017; all the books I had planned to finish and read during these 12 months. Now, thinking about it, I realized I completely failed. And because I failed, I deserve to publicly humiliate myself about it. I had 9 new books to read and 6 books to finish, on my list. Well… None of those are on my “currently reading” one. I have to say this: I

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The Everlasting Monday, Sylvia Plath

The Everlasting Monday, Sylvia Plath

Thou shalt have an everlasting Monday and stand in the moon. The moon’s man stands in his shell, Bent under a bundle Of sticks. The light falls chalk and cold Upon our bedspread. His teeth are chattering among the leprous Peak and craters of those extinct volcanoes. He also against black frost Would pick sticks, would not rest Until hos own lit room outshone Sunday’s ghost of sun; Now works his hell of Mondays in the moon’s ball, Fireless, seven

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Faun, Sylvia Plath

Faun, Sylvia Plath

Haunched like a faun, he hooed From grove of moon-glint and fen-frost Until all owls in the twigged forest Flapped black to look and brood On the call this man made. No sound but a drunken coot Lurching home along river bank. Stars hung water-sunk, so a rank Of double star-eyes lit Boughs where those owls sat. An arena of yellow eyes Watched the canging shape he cut, Saw hoof harden from foot, saw sprout Goat-horns. Marked how god rose

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Letter to a purist, Sylvia Plath

Letter to a purist, Sylvia Plath

That grandiose colossus who Stood astride The envious assaults of sea (Essaying, wave by wave, Tide by tide, To undo him, perpetually), Has nothing on you, O my love, O my great idiot, who With one foot Caught (as it were) in the muck-trap Of skin and bone, Dithers with the other way out In preposterous provinces of the madcap Cloud-cuckoo, Agawp at the impeccable moon. Clicca qui per la versione in Italiano!

Night Shift, Sylvia Plath

Night Shift, Sylvia Plath

It was not a heart, beating. That muted boom, that clangor Far off, not blood in the ears Drumming up any fever To impose on the evening. The noise came from outside; A metal detonating Native, evidently, to These stilled suburbs: nobody Startled at it, though the sound Shook the ground with its pounding. It took root at my coming Till the thudding source, exposed, Confounded inept guesswork: Framed in windows of Main Street’s Silver factory, immense Hammers hoisted, wheels

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Aftermath, Sylvia Plath

Aftermath, Sylvia Plath

Compelled by calamity’s magnet They loiter and stare as if the house Burnt-out weretheirs, or as if they thought Some scandal might any minute ooze From a smoke-choked closet into light; No deaths, no prodigious injuries Glut these hunters after an old meat, Blood-spoor of the austere tragedies. Mother Medea in a green smock Moves humbly as any housewife through Her ruined apartments, taking stock Of charred shoes, the sodden upholstery: Cheated of the pyre and the rack, The crowd

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Heavy Women, Sylvia Plath

Heavy Women, Sylvia Plath

Irrefutable, beautifully smug As Venus, pedestaled on a half-shell Shawled in blond hair and the salt Scrim of a sea breeze, the women Settle in their belling dresses. Over each weighty stomach a face Floats calm as a moon or a cloud. Smiling to themselves, they meditate Devoutly as the Dutch bulb Forming its twenty petals. The dark still nurses its secret. On the green hill, under the thorn trees, They listen for the millennium, The knock of the small,

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Tulips, Sylvia Plath

Tulips, Sylvia Plath

The tulips are too excitable, it is winter here. Look how white everything is, how quiet, how snowed-in. I am learning peacefulness, lying by myself quietly As the light lies on these white walls, this bed, these hands. I am nobody; I have nothing to do with explosions. I have given my name and my day-clothes up to the nurses And my history to the anesthetist and my body to surgeons.   They have propped my head between the pillow and

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Lady Lazarus, Sylvia Plath

Lady Lazarus, Sylvia Plath

I have done it again. One year in every ten I manage it— A sort of walking miracle, my skin Bright as a Nazi lampshade, My right foot A paperweight, My face a featureless, fine Jew linen. Peel off the napkin O my enemy. Do I terrify?— The nose, the eye pits, the full set of teeth? The sour breath Will vanish in a day. Soon, soon the flesh The grave cave ate will be At home on me And

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New Projects!

New Projects!

Hello everyone! This post is just a brief introduction to what I’m planning on doing with this blog, from now on. I have 5 main ideas I want to develop.  #1: A F. Scott Fitzgerald Series It’s quite useless to say that Fitzgerald is my favourite author. So, why not writing a series of post about him and his work? I’m planning on reading his bibliography in a chronological order, and write a post for each work.  #2: Women in Literature During my

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#Resist! | A zine by Miriam Frei

#Resist! | A zine by Miriam Frei

Let love be your answer Decades ago, writers used to meet and talk in Literary Cafés, beautiful and elegant places where they could sit down; drink coffee, tea or, more likely, alcohol; and chat about new ideas, share thoughts and do a lot of reading. Nowadays, life is easier (And, I must admit, lacks a little of charm) with the internet; writers can sit in their own houses and meet other writers, share ideas and still drink alcohol, without being

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Intervention from the inside

Intervention from the inside

Unfortunately, through the screen, it’s not possible to hear the different voices that populate the multiple spaces full of characters that our eyes scroll every day. The multitude of tabs the average young human being opens every day on his computer are always silent, when he reads them. Of course, there’s a voice in his head. It’s his own, a voice that quickly browses among the perfectly shaped letters, that often jumps from a paragraph to another, bored by what

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How to have a functional smartphone for writers – Android Apps

How to have a functional smartphone for writers – Android Apps

Hello everybody! Basically, everyone owns a smartphone, a device that we use more for chatting, surfing the internet or playing video games, than for phone calls. In every app store, there are plenty of apps a writer can download (For free!) to write, read and take notes, without always having a laptop near. Here’s my list of writing & reading apps.   READ *Amazon Kindle is an app for those who like reading e-books. You don’t need a physical Kindle

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Reading list of 2017

Reading list of 2017

Hello everyone! With the new year come new books, new readings and new stories. As you might already know, I’m not the kind of person who sticks to just one book, reads it from start to end and goes on with the next one. No, I’m the kind of reader who starts a book, then buys a new one and starts that too, and has a currently reading list of 10, novels, non-fiction and all. So, my reading list of

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Nice to meet you, 2017!

Nice to meet you, 2017!

It’s 1 o’ clock in the morning while I’m starting writing this, and my mom and I are having a break on our monopoly game. Yes, my New Year’s Eve was quite low key this year, celebrating with a last movie night in the local movie theatre (Passenger was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!) and now eating, drinking and paying rent on fictional houses on our first morning of 2017. These are the last few hours I want to allow myself to think of

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Welcome to the future of our world

Welcome to the future of our world

In 2010, 6 long years ago, I discovered the pleasure of watching TV shows on the internet. I was 15 years old and that September, I enter my English speaking video world. The beginning of all. Before that, I always thought I would have lived in a not yet clear place, working a not yet clear job. I basically didn’t know what to wish for yet. My middle school love for French was gone, and English caught me into its

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73 Questions With Alex

73 Questions With Alex

Hello everybody! So, yesterday Vogue US uploaded a video on their YouTube channel that I’ve been waiting for ages: “73 Questions With Emma Stone“. Yes, she’s my favourite, and after this video I love her even more. (In my opinion, considering their whole “73 Questions With…” playlist, this  is the #1, followed at #2 by “73 Questions With Blake Lively”.) So, listening to her answers, I thought it would be nice to replicate those questions, and make a blog post! Just to

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Why you should ditch NaNoWriMo this year

Why you should ditch NaNoWriMo this year

October is every writer’s worst month. There are those who are so excited for November that can’t wait for this month to burn, and there are the others who are freaking out right now because, come on, 2 weeks are not enough to plan a whole month of writing. Where am I? None of the above. I will be cheating this year, and use NaNoWriMo to edit my novel. Yes, I plan to finish writing the last chapter at the end of October,

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Library stream of consciousness

Library stream of consciousness

15th September 2016 I’ve come to the library today. It’s an amazing place, full of books and quiet. The silence in here is almost heavy on the shoulders. I, of course, run to the American Literature section as soon as I got here. There was just one Fitzgerald book. I borrowed it. I borrowed a second book too, by Raymond Carver. It wasn’t on my list, but I think it could really help my inspiration gland. After borrowing the books, I went

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Authors Anonymous – Movie Review

Authors Anonymous – Movie Review

“Six writers, four romances, one overnight success. Good thing they’re only armed with pens…” Authors Anonymous Do you know those movies that, when you’re watching them, you hate almost every character in it, the story feels weird, the actions predictable and yet, when it comes to and end (With a  cliffhanger, damn it!) you think: “What? Already? I want some more!” Yes? Well, this is one of those. At least for me. It’s not hard to understand why I chose

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How easily words can describe life

How easily words can describe life

Good morning everyone! I just tried an interesting Facebook app that made me think. It’s the “Most used words on Facebook” app, and this was my result. Considering the fact that I most publish pictures than writing posts on my Facebook page, this is pretty amazing. I think these words describe myself in a very complete way. Amazing, because yes, I tend to get amazed by stuff. I’m an emotional person who gets excited even just watching the seaside, when holding

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The finish line

The finish line

27th October 2015 There’s no easy way to say this. No nice words, no embellishments to make this situation better. I’m dying and there’s nothing I can do about it. There’s no cure, no hope for me to get well, to recover and go back home to my family. I’m stuck here. I’m a prisoner in this hospital bedroom, and there’s no escape. I know that I will spend my last day in here, my last breath will disappear into

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The Writer Tag

The Writer Tag

Hello there! I was on YouTube earlier and watched Kim Chance‘s last video, “The Writer Tag”. Since I don’t do videos, I though it would be nice and different for me to try and write this tag here on my blog! So, here it is. Enjoy! 1. What do you eat or drink while writing? I usually drink tea or ginseng coffee, just a hot beverage to warm myself up (I don’t know if I’ll do the same now that it’s

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When your dad fangirls more than you do | A brief guide to how survive a modern parent

When your dad fangirls more than you do | A brief guide to how survive a modern parent

A few weeks ago, guitar in my hands, I called my dad on the phone. I was quite happy because I just rescued that old instrument from a dark and dusty cave (It was just a garage, I’m only trying to add a little mystery here) a few days before, changed the strings with brand new ones, opened YouTube and searched for “Psycho” by Muse (I want to learn it so bad!) The first part is quite easy, even for

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Brit days – Part 1

Brit days – Part 1

Everyone has its own place in the world. It doesn’t necessarily have to be where we were born, where we grew up or the stop where we get off the train every morning to go to work. Our place can be everywhere in the world, where we already are or on the other side of the planet, we just have to feel it. That’s the important thing: what we feel when we are in a certain place, that’s what we need

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The girl on the train – Book Review

The girl on the train – Book Review

No spoilers on this article, I swear. If you are one of those people who, book concerning, don’t follow the crowd too, you might now be thinking “What? That book again? Where is the get out of here button?” But this time my good reader sense has to stop you right there. I usually take the distance from the popular printed paper, I much prefer reading classics (That’s why my dream of meeting author I love has vanished, they already are sadly on

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Let’s go camping

Let’s go camping

Hello fellow writers! Since CampNaNoWriMo starts in just 2 days, I thought it’d be a good idea to share with you some of my favorite tools for writing. First thing first, what is CampNaNoWriMo? Right. Well, if you are a writer who’s struggling with, obviously, writing, just click here and go join our mad hatters camp. It’s a writing community for people who share this passion and want to keep writing whatever is that they are/want to write (novel, fanfictions, non-fiction, recipe book, groceries list… Ehm,

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(IN)securities

(IN)securities

Hello everybody! I never would have guessed that my first post on my personal blog would have been this, but it’s my way to celebrate a new achievement: by writing about it! We all have insecurities, even the most beautiful Victoria’s Secret Angel must have something that she doesn’t really like about her body (No, they are not perfect, they are just humans, like the rest of us. Hard to believe, uh?), and my main one is my skin. Everytime I looked

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