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Technical problems, travelling, et al.

For those who visit my blog regularly, many apologies. It appears that it wasn’t accessible for a whole month. There’s an explanation for it, I promise.

On 8 September, I left for Rome (Italy, not the US, where there are actually 10 States who have a town called Rome) for a month. Came back last Sunday.

During that time, I made it a point not to access the internet, except for basic email to parents and friends, and the odd online reservation to museums. Big mistake.

A few days before I left, I had to change my server’s username; I thought everything was fine, but it appears the changes took only after I left for Europe. Hence disabling my blog.

Well, it’s fine now, and I’m back. I had a wonderful holiday and over the next weeks will discuss my experiences and of course add pertinent photos. Rome is an incredible place, where ancient times compete with 21st century technology. It was exhilarating, humbling, and sometimes disappointing. I was able to experience some of the culture since I was there a month and we rented an apartment, much more I think than if we had traveled through the country. The apartment was in a less “touristy” place than the center of Rome and gave us a glimpse of how people lived day-to-day. I’ll be talking about that.

I’ll also be talking about the incredible sights, the mix of ancient, old, and new, and how conflicting it looked for the Romans. Again, those are only impressions and they stem from my own culture. I may be way off base.

If any of you, my readers, are Italian or of Italian background, I’d love your opinions and rebuttals on what I’ll write. The only way you can learn about another culture is through exchange of ideas.

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Reviewed By Liz » Featuring M. D. Benoit

My series, the Jack Meter Case Files, is featured during the Summer Mystery Reading Challenge at Reviewed by Liz. Thanks, Liz, for a great write-up!

dynastic_queen has posted an interview with me on her LJ blog. She’s starting a new feature, LJ Writers’ Block, where she’ll interview authors. I was honored to be her first victim… ah, I mean interviewee. Thanks, Stephe!

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A New Look

I had to choose another look for my blog, because of a WordPress update that made the theme I was using obsolete. There are hundreds of new themes to choose from, but I decided on this one because it’s a very similar green to the one I had before, and I’m stressed right now so I wanted something calming to look at.

The new WordPress functionalities will take a while to set up to my taste, so please be patient if you don’t find things you did before. They’re all going to be put back.

In the meantime, I’d appreciate comments on the new look. Love it? Hate it? Indifferent? Enquiring minds would like to know.

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