Location: Bucharest, Romania
Born: 7 April 1968
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Age: fourty nine
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Mar 28 2018, 10:22 PM
...besides Easter (the Orthodox one being on the 8-th of April), the reason for being busy the whole month is stated below.
Yes, at least April, July and November are those months
focused on finishing a novel or starting another. Unlike November NaNoWriMo, when the target is compulsorily 50,000 words or you lost, in Camp April and Camp July one can establish her own target. And I discovered that for Camps I better edit and polish something already existing than writing something totally new.
Therefore, last July (because last April, not knowing this, I lost, attempting to write something new and failing at 7,000 words or so) I started editing and preparing for publication the first volume of the "Rightness' Friends" now appeared and to be launched on 20-th of April. I won... and it's here. This April's novel is also YA, and it happens in Braila
, the city on the Danube I love the most. The actual crew is a group of teenage cousins and their friends.As you know already, I am not abandoning you. There will be still some posts, even if fewer than usual, in the evenings, after I do my revision quota
. Fortunately, this novel is one volume only!
Feb 23 2018, 09:23 PM
Valentine's Day has not been celebrated in Romania until imported together with Halloween and other aspects of UK/US culture, but we have a local traditional equivalent of St. Valentine's Day, almost forgotten except some country regions. Called Dragobete (a kind of local Cupid elf - Dragobete was the son of Baba Dochia, which stands for the main character in the pagan myth related to spring arrival and the end of the harsh winter), it was traditionally celebrated by the 24th of February by young people.
That day, clothed with holiday suits, young men and women of the villages meet in front of the church and go searching the woods and meadows for spring flowers.
They gather to pick snowdrops (first flower of Spring) if the weather was not too rainy. A feast would occur in one of their homes, complete with dancing and merriment. This was considered to be the time when single people would "pair up". The young people were convinced that they had to be happy and joking all day else love would elude them all year long. If a girl did not meet a boy that day, it was told that no one would love her all year long.
They sit around fire on the hills of the village and talk. At noon, the girls run to the village, each followed by one boy who had fallen for them. If the boy is fast and reaches the girl of his choice and if she likes him, she kisses him in front of everyone. This tradition triggered the expression “Dragobete kisses the girls!
”. The kiss show the two lovers’ engagement, Dragobete being an opportunity to show the love in front of the community.
There are a number of Dragobete customs in rural areas, many of which are not kept by modern Romanians anymore.
In the old days, single women used to gather the last remnants of snow, called “the fairies’ snow”, and the water resulted from the melted snow was used throughout the year for various beauty treatments and love spells.
On this day, no animals are sacrificed because it would ruin the point of mating.
The tradition goes that men should not hurt women, nor argue with them, otherwise they will not do well the whole year. Youngsters believe that on this day they should be joyous and respect the holiday, so that they can be in love the whole year.
Modern Romanians embraced Valentine’s Day in the early ‘90s. More recently, a new movement has emerged in Romania – that of celebrating the traditional holiday instead of what is seen as the commercial, Western European -imported celebration. Bar and clubs organize Dragobete-themed nights, media outlets put up themed campaigns to remind Romanians of their traditional holiday.
I like this, but I don't like the hate messages which are usually implied together with the invitations to celebrate Dragobete, that one shouldn't want Valentine's Day because it is foreign. I think people should not be encouraged to hate, but to embrace both holidays, because love is worth celebrating. (And any opportunity for a little celebration, for getting out of the usual routine, is a good one).
Since I got married to a man who is as fan of the Chinese and Japanese cultures as I am of the Age of Sail and of the Greek, Spanish and Latino-American ones, I admit that we do celebrate Chinese New Year every year too
This, in the same spirit, that everything is worth celebrating, if it means being out of routine for a day or an evening...
Feb 18 2018, 09:04 PM
Our new Caribbean Dawn
community is officially two months old already. To many more years together! Warm thanks to everybody who has made it possible for our writing community to flourish and for the story to get further!
Like all the past beginnings of March, our site has again a good luck March amulet at its lapel - may our mascot, Owly, featured in my staff avatar on the site's banner, the traditional couple I have this month at my avatar and the lucky chimney sweep offered hereinafter to all our Chronicle readers, be they fans of "Caribbean Dawn"and "Before the Mast" or members, help us being the strong writing community we are striving to remain across the years!
Given that our CARIBBEAN DAWN story has shyly started already, join us in discussing
and finetuning the plots. The floor is yours! Let us mention any plot ideas, suggestions or comments regarding the new volume, the ways to strengthen our community and anything else related to our story and community. Also here
is an attempt at structuring the new plot – I would like ideas for improving it.
The start of a new season is a good time for some statistics as well. For the year 1719
we wrote 18,251 posts in 705 threads, out of which 31 (i.e. 4.4%) abandoned threads. For Before the Mast 1720,
until 1-st of March 2018 we have written over 11,700 posts in 552 threads, out of which 529 completed, 6 ongoing and only 17 (3.1 %) archived threads. In preparation for the site's closure, we deleted the advertising section and closed character registration on our second volume, since we have been passing to the third one already, therefore the total post count diminished to the real value of our writing. Since we have started writing on Caribbean Dawn
, our new, freshly opened site numbers already over 1060 posts in 42 threads, out of which 25 completed and 17 ongoing. To many more!
Overall, in seven years and a half of writing actively, we have written over 31,000 posts in 1,299 threads, out of which 1,228 completed, 23 ongoing and 48 (3.7%) archived – a good score, given that in most RPGs, unfinished threads are more common than finished ones. We do finish the stories we start, unless exceptional circumstances!
As per the 1-st of March 2018, statistics show that "Caribbean Dawn" has:
Active writers: 12
Active characters: 51
, out of which:Islanders = 28Seafarers = 22Wanderers = 1Men= 26Women = 25
As for thread/ quote spotlight
, the British liaison officer in Port de Paix, first lieutenant James Blake
, written by Saap
, must be highlighted for the best in-character quote
from the thread A diplomatic audience
:"Is he a good man then? The best frigate is not worth the wood it was build up without a competent man commanding it and an able crew caring for it."
This is the way a seaman, an officer should be thinking, and it is very well said. If we take into account that English isn't the writer's mother tongue, he deserves more congratulations for it!
We warmly welcome among us Jay
, who brought to us the French Navy midshipman Jean Clements
, who brought us a little servant girl in Tortuga, Peggy Fisher
, who brought us the British liaison officer in Port de Paix, first lieutenant James Blake
, freshly arrived to his new mission, and the pirate Jan Drucker
, who had survived the shipwreck of the "Devil's Jewel"
. Also warm thanks to Mimi
, who brought us a second character, the jeweler Manuel Halevi
, making his way to a new life in Tortuga. Some of them are more advanced into the story than others, but all of them have got integrated.
I am offering my warmest thanks, indiscriminately, to all the crew of “Before the Mast”, and now "Caribbean Dawn", who had been sticking with us and actively writing, so that our story had advanced. I also reassure our newer members that, despite being a bit slower than other sites, we are reliable, finishing all the stories we are starting, and everybody knows that writing is a marathon, not a sprint. Slow and steady wins the race!Many of our older crewmates, sailing with us for a longer time, haven’t posted in the introduction forum yet, and our new members do not know them. This is something to remediate, as we have now a forum, enabling a new thread for each member, and a questionnaire meant to find common points between newer and older members, and facilitate discussion subjects. So, please open a thread where answering to the introduction questionnaire, and browse the other replies, looking for people sharing any common interests with you. Now the introduction threads can be an open discussion with the others, for strengthening community and friendship among writing partners!
You know also that we need fresh blood of the history-loving, writing
and dedicated kind… I am making an appeal to all of you to bring other friends of yours who are into writing swashbuckling adventures, because the word of mouth is the most powerful way of advertising. Also, I'd like you to tell me which other ways of advertising you consider efficient and how we can get new members, because the truth is that, due to the site becoming way slower, we have remained only the core members writing together for 4+ years. We would need also new blood of the writing and staying kind, and this transition to the "Caribbean Dawn" is the best moment for others to join!
In addition to this, the ones who have blogs, LiveJournal or InsaneJournal accounts, please advertise “Caribbean Dawn” and try to bring new members. Those who have Facebook accounts – please “Like” our page
and spread the word! Those with Twitter
, follow us and retweet/ reblog some of our messages!
Voting daily in the topsites also helps… You can find them herebelow, in the Chronicles, and under the fourth crown above the c-box.
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Feb 13 2018, 08:44 PM
My love is a bonny fair vessel, tall
With shiny sails and broad pennant.
My love is not one person merely, but a whole
Awesome crew, inspired and valiant.
Many years of writing together, powering through -
How could one for such a love not fawn?
I'm yours today and always, wishing you
A HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY CARIBBEAN DAWN!