"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age."
- Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren (20 September 1934) is an Italian, widely recognized as Italy's most renowned and honored actress.


Edward, Bella, and a night in a very special place. Read chapter 28 to follow them in their journey: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8955111/28/

In this chapter a female vampire is going to show up. Here's a picture:

Camilla's short poem (SatinCoveredSteel helped to translate it):

Sono in fuga i nostri amanti
e i pericoli son tanti.
La vampira che gli appare
li vuol perdere o salvare?

Our lovers have now run away,
and many dangers upon them prey.
Another vampire shows her face:
Enemy? Ally? Which is the case?

In this chapter, Bella and Edward will stay at the hotel Bellwether in Bellingham:

They actually have a Lighthouse Suite!

The Bellis Fair Mall is real: http://www.bellisfair.com/

Bella's dress:

Edward's sweater:

The new chapter is due to be posted in two weeks.
Reviewers get a little gift.


I've just re-watched Bridget Jones, a film I watched in its Italian translation when it first came out (2001). I'd never watched it in English, so I took the chance and discovered some nice things. 

One of them is Hugh Grant's accent. Just amazing!

Grant's accent is an inheritance from his mother and, on Inside the Actors Studio in 2002, he credited her with "any acting genes that [he] might have." (source: Wikipedia)

Grant and many other actors use Received Pronunciation; this article explains when and how RP developed. Did you know there was no RP in the 1700s?

Received Pronunciation: http://abagond.wordpress.com/2008/06/18/received-pronunciation/

Do you have a favourite accent?

Enjoy your Sunday,

- Raum 

Thanks to Momatu's suggestion (see comments below), here's a video with Robert Pattinson talking about British/American accent. 



"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams

Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, business, and general speculation (Wikipedia).

Be creative, and happy writing! 


I've just found an interesting article: 

According to Alexandra Sifferlin, "there's science behind what makes your favorite shows so hard to miss". On this, I agree.
What are your favorite TV-Shows? Do you consider them addictive?

I found some of the reasons listed in the article quite unexpected, so I'd like to hear your thoughts on the subject.

Enjoy the weekend!

- Raum


The title of this article by Mike Wells, "The Crucial Importance of 'Candy Bar' Scenes" intrigued me. I've enjoyed it, and I hope you'll find it useful.

Your comments are always welcome!

Mike Wells Official Website: The Crucial Importance of "Candy Bar" Scenes in Yo...: I recently read through a long thread of comments from a random group of authors talking about their writing process during NaNoWrMo (Nati...


Edward, Bella, and the sun. Sparks will fly in chapter 27!  http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8955111/27/

Camilla's short poem (SatinCoveredSteel helped to translate it):

 Immortale con umana
può parere cosa strana
mentre invece vanno a mille:
nudi, insieme, fan faville.

Human and immortal,
it might seem quite unusual;
instead they are a perfect match:
bared, together, sparks will catch.

The new chapter is due to be posted in two weeks.
Reviewers get a little gift.


Last night I watched this movie

The Lion King (1994)
and enjoyed it very much!
This is the trailer, if you've never watched it or you need a quick recap:

And this is my favorite part:

Mufasa: Simba, I'm very disappointed in you.
Simba: I know.
Mufasa: You could have been killed! You deliberately disobeyed me! And what's worse, you put Nala in danger!
Simba: I was just trying to be brave like you.
Mufasa: I'm only brave when I have to be. Simba, being brave doesn't mean you go looking for trouble.
Simba: But you're not scared of anything.
Mufasa: I was today.
Simba: You were?
Mufasa: Yes. I thought I might lose you.

I'm thinking about opening a new section on MyReadingLounge to discuss movies and tv-shows, with particular attention to dialogues and plot (this is a blog about stories, books, and readers, after all).
Would you like it? Let me know :-)

Enjoy your day,

- Raum
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