After a decade of globetrotting across the continents, I have spent the past 11 years happily enjoying the offerings of Nice: its Mediterranean climate, its proximity to the Southern Alps and Italy, its cuisine and its artistic history. To say the French are proud of their culture and artistic life is truly an understatement, and I appreciate the evidence of their patronage in daily life. I live in the “Quartier des Poètes”, on the Avenue George Sand, and in the quaintly named, small blue-shuttered Provençal building of Les Muses. Somehow this inspires me.
I have to confess to having needed to do a wiki search for more details on this author, but consequently she has become quite a hero of mine. I did say SHE, as Aurore Dupin took a male pseudonym, as did so many female 19th century authors. George Sand was an amazing author, personality, and all-around woman! She was the most famous woman writer in 19th-century France. She wrote novels, stories, plays, essays, and memoirs, and represented the epitome of French romantic idealism. She was one radical, spirited, opinionated, daringly creative, non-conformist woman. I like her independent spirit and commitment to her art whatever others thought.
So here I am, inspired by the name of my street, a writer in the making, ready to muse on all that a written page can create within us, whatever its genre. This year I am committed to regularly writing poems and, at present, I am working on my first picture book manuscript, I promise to keep you updated with all the ups and downs of this writer’s journey.
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