Born in Greece, studied typography abroad, travelled around. I now live in Thessaloniki. I’ve published a couple of books in Greek and recently I started writing poetry and short texts in English.
This is not a regular blog. It doesn’t deal with the here today. Or maybe it does, in a sense. Things happening today trigger things that should be long since buried.
All texts, photos and illustrations are done by me, except where otherwise stated. I reserve my copyright on these things out of vanity. Use them if you please, but drop me a line asking before you do.
English is not my mother tongue. So, comments, corrections and critique are welcome. Please be honest, but kind.
I now realise I’m stuck on certain words: brilliant, shining, whisper, numb, shadow, cypress, weapon.
I swim in this language everyday for a couple of hours, much in the same way others go to the gym or spa or therapy.
I realise, of course, that I splash about in a pretty small swimming pool, whereas my fellow writers who have English as their mother tongue swim in a majestic ocean. I marvel, but I’m not jealous. After the pool I take a dive in that other ocean, the one that washed me out on these shores, my home.
More words have emerged: fear, realm, fierce, crow.
I’ve been thinking a lot about cliches and other expected phrases that appear in my writings. They happen inside me quite naturally, given my limited, or rather curricular, knowledge of the language. I like working around them in my notebooks, but I have decided that I’m not the one to push forward the English language, discover brilliant new metaphors or uncover any lost but valuable expressions. I want to tell stories, and I will use whatever tools are available to me right now (imagine a now with just a pencil and some paper and whatever you already know).
My Muse is mad at me again.
I’m currently living a poetry I don’t want to write about.
If the current major changes in my life hadn’t occured more or less naturally, I should have invented them myself.
I’m trying to get back on track. I’m now free to choose any new direction and this freedom is quite confusing.