Does Spring Make Us More Creative?
Spring is a season that is often associated with creativity and new beginnings. As the weather warms up and the days become longer, people tend to feel more energized and inspired to try new things and explore new ideas. But does the season really affect creativity?
AI and Publishing
Although we find A.I. generated content to have many viable uses, we at Villa Magna will continue publishing books written by individually creative humans! Creativity is all!
Writers Block? Here are some inspirational ideas
Creativity and inspiration are vital ingredients when it comes to creating original and engaging content. Whether you are writing for page or screen ideas are vital. But what if they dry up? Here are a few ideas to try to get those creative juices flowing... Personal experiences: draw inspiration from your own life experiences. Useful for creating characters or plot points that are relatable and authentic. Observations: draw inspiration from observing the world around you. Interesting people, places, or events can spark great stories or flesh out existing ones. Research: research on a subject related to what you are writing can help you to develop new ideas and storylines. Other works of art:…
Coffee – The essential writer’s tool?
Sitting down to write in the morning? What is in the cup beside you? I’m willing to bet it’s coffee. But is coffee really a writer’s best friend? Coffee can have a positive impact on productivity and creativity. It’s perfect for that extra boost in the morning. The caffeine in coffee has been shown to improve cognitive function, increase alertness, and boost mood, all of which can help writers to focus and generate ideas. However, it’s important to note that the effects of coffee can vary. Some people may experience jitters, anxiety, and insomnia from consuming too much caffeine, which can ultimately hinder their writing. So it’s important to find…
BIG FISH, SMALL FISH
Getting a book published is hard. Starry-eyed first-time authors dream of being published by one of the Big Five: Penguin Random House, Simon & Shuster, HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan. A worthy goal, but in many cases, unrealistic. Recently the Big Five tried to become the Big Four when Random House proposed buying Simon & Shuster. The Justice Department said no. When large companies combine they put forth the verbiage about economies of scale, how it will help consumers, competition and so on. Think about the airline mergers and those of cell phone providers. What has your result been? According to Richard Howort, in a New York Times essay from August, 2022…
Home Is the Road by Diane Glancy
When you think of someone taking a road trip you do not imagine a women her late seventies, driving alone across the Midwest and West. That is the framework Diane Glancy uses for her book Home Is the Road. She feels at home on the road, has since her childhood, when her first car trip was to her grandparent’s farm. She drives from her home in Kansas to her son in Texas to her teaching position in California by way of New Mexico. She keeps to her mobile cocoon except to stop for gasoline and food. She sleeps in her car at rest stops, among the long-haul truckers, arriving after…
Fresh Water For Flowers – Valérie Perrin
I grew up holidaying in France and my father speaks fluent French yet somehow my grasp of the French language is not good. What did stay with me is a love for the 'feel' of spoken French. The cadence, the passion, the beauty. Fresh Water For Flowers was originally written in French and was a huge bestseller in France. Its translation has taken the literary world by storm. The book has an essential French feel about it that goes beyond its settling. The turn of phrase, the style, and the feel of the book are quintessentially French and I loved it. I could not put this book down. I have a busy life…
What We Are Reading – Horse
Based on the remarkable true story of Lexington, a record-breaking racehorse, Horse is not only the story of a racehorse and his owners but a tale of slavery and its effect down the generations to the present day. The story is led by three narratives, brought together by a painting of Lexington. The race training circuit in Kentucky in the 1850s, the New York art scene in the 1950s, and Washington DC in 2019. The novel is beautifully written with compelling characters, extensively researched history, and delivers a devastating end that is a stinging rebuke against slavery in America.
The Gospel of Damascus by Omar Imady
The Gospel of Damascus: The Golden Scrolls In the year 1966, a mother gives birth, a configuration of angels assembles, and a golden scroll is opened. A riddle is born.
Once Upon a Magazine
It’s Friday afternoon, one of those odd days between the 25th and the 31st of December, 1985. School´s out, my allowance money is in my jeans pocket, and I take myself and my mostly empty backpack on a mission. I ride the B&W bus and about a half-hour later I arrive at the 6th Avenue strip in Cali, Colombia.