Dorothe Engelbretsdatter: The First Female Author and Feminist in Norway

Dorothe Engelbretsdatter, born on January 16th, 1634, in Bergen was the first woman who wrote and published books under her name in Norway. She was also the first feminist in her country, long before that term became known. Dorothe was born into a pious, educated family. Her father was a professor of theology. She receivedContinue reading “Dorothe Engelbretsdatter: The First Female Author and Feminist in Norway”

Get Inspired by Hugh Lofting

I don’t know about you, but people who create something positive and creative in hard times always humbled and fascinated me. While others feel sorry for themselves, escape into happy memories, or drift into thoughts about a better future ‒ “when we leave this behind, one day, soon” ‒ the positive and creative fight backContinue reading “Get Inspired by Hugh Lofting”

How to Recognize Vanity Publishers?

Today, while searching for something, I came across this: “Looking for an excellent publisher? Atmosphere Press is an independent full-service publisher for books of all genres, from fiction to poetry to non-fiction to children’s picture books, and beyond. Atmosphere’s exceptional editorial, design, and promotional team embraces an author-friendly approach to getting your book out intoContinue reading “How to Recognize Vanity Publishers?”

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Beggar Boy at Christ’s Christmas Tree by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Beggar Boy at Christ’s Christmas Tree by Fyodor Dostoevsky Good old Fyodor starts his story like this: I am a novelist, and I suppose I have made up this story. I write “I suppose,” though I know for a fact that I have made it up, but yet I keep fancying that it mustContinue reading “The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Beggar Boy at Christ’s Christmas Tree by Fyodor Dostoevsky”

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen

I couldn’t post yesterday’s suggestion for Twelve Books of Christmas since I didn’t have electricity the entire day. When you move from the capital to the country, every big storm with trees falling on the wires can cause a power outage… but it’s idyllic otherwise. Mostly…Anyway, The Fir Tree by Hand Christian Andersen. I criedContinue reading “The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen”

The Twelve Books of Christmas

Papa Panov’s Special Christmas by Leo Tolstoy On Christmas Eve, Papa Panov, the old village shoemaker, muses how he would like to gift the finest pair of tiny shoes he has ever made to baby Jesus. He dozes off and dreams Jesus telling him that he will visit him tomorrow. Papa Panov should carefully lookContinue reading “The Twelve Books of Christmas”

The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Three Cedars by Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho also wrote a Christmas-themed story ‒ The Three Cedars. It starts like a fairytale: My grandmother told the following story: three cedar trees sprouted in the once beautiful forests of Lebanon. As is known, cedar trees take a long time to grow, and these trees spent whole centuries contemplating life, death, nature, andContinue reading “The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Three Cedars by Paulo Coelho”

The Twelve Books of Christmas: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol is one of Charles Dickens’ most famous and best-loved works. On Christmas Eve, money-obsessed, selfish miser Ebenezer Scrooge gets an unexpected visitor: the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley. The apparition warns him that he will wear chains even heavier than his for eternity if he doesn’t change his ways.Continue reading “The Twelve Books of Christmas: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens”

The Twelve Books of Christmas: Sisi’s Alpine Christmas by Soleil

“Soleil puts the romance back into romance! Italy! The Alps! A hidden Baroque palace! Lovable eccentrics in an Italian small-town! Horses! Dogs! A heroine fallen on hard times! And an enigmatic Italian Count that might be my new to-swoon-over Hero.” (Beatrice van Paulson, author) Who exactly is this elegant Count Niccolò of Marezza in hisContinue reading “The Twelve Books of Christmas: Sisi’s Alpine Christmas by Soleil”