Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sharks, kayaks, Amazing Graces, interviews, Roman cappuccinos

Hello earthlings!
I know, I dropped from the face of the earth.
Where have I been, what have I done?
Well, just got back from Boston's South Shore, Boston proper and Cape Code-Province town and Hyannis.
Great vacation, except that no one told me there are sharks in Cape Cod. I, typically found out after I got out of the water in Hyannis. Thank God it was still kind of chilly for me (everything below 80 is chilly for me) so I didn't stay long in the water nor went very far. 
Boston was as charming as always. I bloody love that city. The salty fresh ocean air behind skyscrapers! Big parks! Excellent shopping and cafe culture. What's not to like?!
And I finally kayaked! First my family made me paddle boat, which I didn't like since it was too hard (but I never fell in the water, thanks to my Yoga skills, I'm guessing...) but then, once I got into kayak and learned how to turn myself around, hello fun!
As usually I regret not trying it earlier in my vacation. Oh, well, there's always next year.
In other news, VOA Serbian Service interviewed me about my writing successes. The interview
My story "Just a boy" was accepted by Amazing Graces, a book of fiction by DC area female writers and it will come out next year with promotion in Politics and Prose. Hugely proud of that.
Two other stories: "Bucket of melted pig's fat," and "Storm" have been accepted by two magazines and are coming out in September and October. 
What else? Have a few agents interested in my book which I finally finished (sigh) for the second time. So I'm keeping my fingers crosses to find a publisher by the end of the year. 
And lastly, I am going to Rome, Italy and Serbia at the end of this month! The reasons? First, I love Italy and I am from Serbia. Second, my nephew is getting baptised. Third, I'm learning Italian. Forth, I want to do research on this Vampire story I have began to write but don't have enough info to make it historic.
There you go. Not that I needed four reasons to go anywhere.
And one more thing. My birthday is next week. Any ideas on what I should do on that day (Monday)?

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