My New Young Adult Novel Is Released!

  My New Young Adult Novel All the Mountains We Can Climb Is Released! ABOUT THE STORY Since her father and sister died in a car crash, Noelle survives with the last words she told them seconds before the accident – words so unspeakable, she’s never shared them with anyone. A year later, still ashamed and guilty, she adheres to her mother’s rules, established after the tragedy. Until she … [Read More...]

Goodbye to NaNoWriMo and Hello To Perfect Holiday Gifts

  November is over. NaNoWriMo too. And I have the first draft of a new novel. Not 50 000 words but that was predictable. 30 000 is enough, though, to know that another story is on its way. A good feeling as November has tilted into December, which means the holiday season has started. When my husband and I prepared our first Christmas together we realized that we didn’t exactly shared the … [Read More...]

Quelques Fleurs New Yorkaises…

En 1986, ignorant qu’un jour nous nous baladerions avec des téléphones qui nous permettraient non seulement de parler mais d’envoyer des textos, de prendre des photos et des selfies, ignorant qu’une révolution technologique changerait à tout jamais notre façon de communiquer et de nous orienter, ignorant que le garçon qui m’avait passé son Guide du Routard de New York deviendrait trois ans plus … [Read More...]

Welcome Home

The only reason I tolerate the elliptical machine and the stationary bike at the gym is that they allow me to catch the morning news. The only problem is that I never liked plugging earphones – I don’t even like earrings.  So unlike the men and women who pedal next to me, I can’t listen to the news. But I can read, thanks to the closed captioning. Closed captioning is great, but sometimes … [Read More...]

Zero Plus Zero Equals the Head of Toto or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

Today marks the end of the series a Month of French Idioms From A to Z. Through familiar French expressions and their equivalents in American English, I’ve shared for twenty-six days my affection for my two favorite countries on earth. Languages and cultures may vary from one place to another, but the need for human beings to use metaphors and visuals to express ideas is the same. The … [Read More...]

Writing for Children

Goodbye to NaNoWriMo and Hello To Perfect Holiday Gifts

  November is over. NaNoWriMo too. And I have the first draft of a new novel. Not 50 000 words but that was predictable. 30 000 is enough, … [Read More...]

French Friday: A Novel Draft in a Month Week 2

As the state of California is currently fighting against beastlike fires, I pause. When I started All the Mountains We Can Climb I had two goals: … [Read More...]

French Friday: A Novel Draft in a Month

Every year the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo starts on the first day of November. This year I'm participating with the goal to have 50 … [Read More...]

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On the Run…

French Friday: Les Gilets Jaunes

Until last Saturday, most Americans didn’t know about the protests that have been shaking France since late October. The coverage by the American … [Read More...]

French Friday: There Is No Universal Female Story

A year ago, the early days of October gave birth to the #MeToo movement, here in the U.S., then followed by other nations, France being one of … [Read More...]

In Homage to Charles Aznavour. En Hommage à Charles Aznavour.

Today one of the most well-known French singers passed away. He was 94 and sang for 72 years. His long, prestigious career is also unusual since he … [Read More...]

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A to Z

Zero Plus Zero Equals the Head of Toto or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

Today marks the end of the series a Month of French Idioms From A to Z. Through familiar French expressions and their equivalents in American English, I’ve shared for twenty-six days my affection for my two favorite countries on earth. Languages and cultures may vary from one place to another, but the need for human […]

Fried Whiting Eyes or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

As I wrote the literal translation for the French idiom du jour, I learned the proper name for the fish called “Merlan” in French. For some reason I tend to mix and match the French and American names for the countless varieties of fish.   YEUX DE MERLAN FRIT FRIED WHITING EYES MOON EYES   […]

Bijou, Caillou, Chou, Genou, Hibou, Joujou, Pou: a Twist to a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

Unless you know of a French idiom starting with the letter X, I must give a twist to the expression-du-jour. I owe the idea to my husband. He masters the French language like a French native and finds a solution to any problem like an American. Merci, thank you, for letting me off the hook […]

To Put the Wagons Before the Locomotive or a Month of French Idioms From A to Z

As soon as I embarked the A to Z Challenge, I knew that I would write about French idioms and their equivalents in American English. I also knew that I would have some trouble with a few letters. With a little bit of help (merci to my husband and to my Wonderful virtual French friend […]

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