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Some people have published books, while others have proferred excuses.

Some people say: ‘Yes, I want to write’, others say: ‘Yes, but I don’t have the time’.  Which is just another way of saying No.

Some people have decided to banish the word ‘busy’ from their vocabulary. They have decided to replace it with something else, something more nurturing, more nourishing, more inspiring.

I have decided to become one of those people. And the name I will be writing under is Marina Sofia, which has personal emotional resonance in our family.

Update:  These days, you can also find me reviewing crime fiction on the Crime Fiction Lover website.  Just because I have sooo much spare time!

 

62 thoughts on “About”

    1. Thank you for invitation. Sadly, we are moving this weekend and are waist-deep in boxes. After that, who knows how long we will have to live without Internet? Once we are settled in new house, will definitely participate! Thanks for dropping by and liking my latest posts!

  1. I love the tag line of your blog. “Thinking, writing, thinking about writing.” I may steal it. Kidding of course. I am now also not going to use the word “busy.” I didn’t realize until I read your “about” page that it is OVERUSED these days, and used as an excuse to not get things one.

    Finally, before I learned that Marina Sofia is an assumed name, when I headed over to your blog, the first thing I was going to say LOVE how musical your name is.

    1. Thank you for your comment – yes, let’s make a stand against the tyranny of ‘busy-ness’!
      And thank you also for liking my name. This was the name I was going to give to my daughter, but I didn’t have one in the end, so it was kind of… spare.

  2. Hi Marina,
    I am happy you visited my blog. I find yours very interesting.
    Your finding time to write is a triumph over the “busy” excuse, yes. I am sure
    many of your readers and followers share the same philosophy. I share the same,
    with you. Glad to follow you. See you around. ;)

      1. Yes Marina. The feeling is mutual. I am fulfilled finding new friends here
        and reading various poems. Life is beautiful. Let us be happy.
        Cheers to us! May our tribe increase. ;)

  3. thank you for visiting my blog pages and very kind words:-).. love your blog and wish I could use words half as good as you do ! :-)

  4. When I first read your name attached to an “I’m following” email, I thought you had something to do with sailing, which, of course, drew me right over to say hey. Marina linked to Sofia: what a lovely handle as nome de plume.

    Good for you that you’ve made a choice to write and aren’t allowing excuses to keep you from it. Back in the day when I moved from sculpting to crafting fiction (I’d been penning poems and non-fiction for years), I had children crawling on the floor at my feet, strewing toys and noise. It’s amazing that one can be in that moment and yet still occupy enough space to create. But needs must!

    1. Thank you for sailing over to my corner of the world. Actually, you were instinctively right, I did choose the name Marina because of my love for the sea and my wish to learn how to sail. And I will, someday! Here is the more complete story behind the name: http://cowbird.com/author/marina-sofia/stories/#!/11774
      Thank you also for your encouragement – as you say, writing is a need, and could turn explosive if left unfulfilled for too long!

      1. Ah, so lovely. Stories with illustrations–or illustrations with stories! Thank you for letting me in to that world, if only for a moment.

        You must learn how to sail. A small boat with your boys…perhaps a Sunfish so that when you topple, you can right it easily. But perhaps not the best idea for cold seas.

        We’d wanted to sail across to Europe (or there from the other direction), but life and caring for my mama intervened. If you and yours ever make it in this direction, give us a shout, and we’ll take you on board. There is nothing like sailing in a boat, small or large, and living on one was like having a bit of heaven outside our door.

  5. Dearest MarinaSofia, I have nominated you for all the blogging awards on my Awards page [I know it’s a bit of a cheat and getting a tad crowded now, but my way, borrowed from jymiely, of ‘doing’ these lovely awards] – I do enjoy your work and love your attitude to the word ‘busy’ :)

    1. Thank you, David, that means a lot to me , coming from you. I enjoy your haikus immensely (I am a Japanophile anyway), but there are always far too many likes and comments on your site, so I feel quite shy about leaving a comment there.

      1. never feel shy – your comments and likes are oh so very important too…

        enjoy your company…..

        don’t let the moon keep you up all night :)

        David in Maine USA

  6. Hi Marina, thanks for offering help re: Goodreads, it is still bewildering to me, although I am trying! I got my first bad review on there, and quoted it today on twitter, made some sales off the back of it I think! Would love to know what you think of DEATHLOOP… if you have the time… Gil B

  7. Hi Marina, I just wanted to stop by and tell you that I nominated you for the Inspirational Blog award. Please don’t feel obligated to act on it, but please do come and see the photo I made for you. :-)

  8. Hi my pleasure in congratulating you on a well deserved Inspirational Blog award. I am happy I landed here via projectwhitespace.

    Liked the post Happy Bastille Day and loved the quote “Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world”.

    Thanks & regards,
    Dilip

    1. Delighted to have discovered your blog too via Project White Space. Keep up the wonderful work of connecting people and opinions – such an important role in today’s world!

  9. Hi,
    I’ve nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award. Hope you accept this award as I’ve really enjoyed your posts. Check out the instructions on my page to accept the award http://woosha8poetry.wordpress.com, as well as to see the list of other bloggers I’ve nominated.

    Best Wishes

    Sharon

  10. Hi, Not sure if you have seen, but I have nominated you for the Booker Award, which I hope you will accept. Do pop over to my blog to check out what to do.

  11. Hi Marina. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. After a six-year hiatus, I’ve decided to become one of those people too, who has banished the word busy. It isn’t always easy, but it’s rewarding all the same. Best of luck to you on your writing journey.

  12. I’m thrilled that you liked my Lighten Up Mondays article – a funny missive that I post the beginning of each week to – well – lighten up the beginning of each week. I am going to follow your Blog because I’m a novel-writer-wanna-be and can use all the good writing examples I can set my eyes on.

  13. Thanks for liking my post on Trouble in Paradise. It’s interesting : your ‘like’ arrived in my email as I was reading your blog. Coincidence? I’m tempted to invoke that old saying about ‘great minds …. ‘ — but I won’t! :-)

  14. Hello and thank you for stopping by Inkspeare. I love the name Marina Sofia. Best wishes for success in your writing journey.

  15. Marina, I saw that you liked my book review of “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” at Morgen Bailey’s website. Thanks.
    I run a creative writing website called The Writer’s Drawer (www.thewritersdrawer.net), which might be suited to your philosophy. Perhaps you could inspire other writers there, or write a crime fiction review for the Book Review section. Take a look.
    Regards.

  16. Thanks for visiting and “liking” my posts! Yes, finding time to write is challenging, especially if you have a day job, family, etc., etc. I actually had to make a commitment to myself that I would write regularly, and that commitment is what has kept me going. I think if you really want it, you’ll find a way to do it.

  17. Dear Marina Sofia,

    I was happy to come across your blog as I researched Paris blogs on the Internet.

    I’m the owner of Italy Book Tours, a professional virtual book tour company that features books set in Italy, or written by an Italian author. I’m currently in the process of organizing a virtual book tour for E.J. Simon’s Death Logs In, a suspense thriller that is set in US, Paris and Rome. Seeing that you are a writer and blogger who lives in France, and you are open to book reviews, I would like to invite you to read and review Death Logs In or perhaps just feature it on your blog.

    If this offer interests you, please let me know, and I will give you more details about the book tour that takes place in December and January.

    If this offer does not interest you, I understand, and I thank you for your time.

    I wish you all the best in blogging about writing!

    Warm regards,
    Laura Fabiani
    http://www.italybooktours.com

  18. Hi Marina,
    My name is Mark.
    I saw your Tweet about one of my favorite articles ‘The Small Happy Life’.
    I was hearing from my readers that they wanted some more practical steps to take to encourage happiness so I went ahead and created this post: http://wp.me/p6bNAS-1P
    If you have time I’d love for you to check it out. If you like it, it would be awesome if you’d consider sharing it.
    Thanks!
    Mark Rogers

  19. Hi Marina
    Sorry for not being in touch re your Life Of Crime questionnaire – I just couldn’t find the e-mail, even though it wasn’t deleted, absolutely not. Would you be happy to send it again and I’ll deal with it promptly? Mr C has a new phone which I’ll use to take better pictures (mine is rubbish!) and send them too! HUGE apologies, Linda xxx PS DM me if you need my e-mail address but you should have it, I think. Thanks, and SO sorry again!

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