- Paris, France
- December 31
- Writer, copy editor, translator, travel planner. Head servant to my cat.
- A reader, a writer, a fingernail biter, a cat person, a traveller, a cookie inhaler, an immigrant, a dreamer. …And now, self-employed! If you like my blog and if you're looking for sparkling writing, painstaking proofreading, nimble French-English translation, or personalized travel planning, feel free to check out www.alysasalzberg.com.
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When I was a teenager, I gathered free travel brochures and carefully cut out images of places I dreamt of visiting, places whose existence reminded me the world was a remarkable place, even when my own life was darkened by hard times. The pictures were taped to a huge sheet of… Read full post »
Dear reader, let me start this by saying, the question in the title refers to post size. I’m very sorry if you were thinking of anything else. I’d add a perfunctory “Get your mind out of the gutter!” But truthfully, most of the time I’m right there with you.… Read full post »
This week's Fiction Wednesday prompts were: a. do your own thing, or b. write a story in 500 words or less. I chose the latter, knowing it would be a challenge, since I'm...shall we say a bit long-winded?
I'm happy to say my story comes in at 499 words - I even… Read full post »
Though the city’s history began long before cobblestones, they are an essential part of Paris.
The streets of Paris were first paved in the late 12th or early 13th century, under King Philippe-Auguste, who also constructed the city's first wall. While the wall was co… Read full post »
Maybe it’s Brassawe’s recent fascinating, engrossing posts about some great literary works and writers, like this one about Jane Eyre adapted to film. Maybe it’s heidibeth’s recent Open Call about favorite things. Maybe it’s my having… Read full post »
And we both end up/
No fear is quite like
a cold 5am question
when you've nowhere to go
and nothing to do
but scratch your skin,
hoping it's like an itch
that will go away Read full post »
A recent search for pearls has brought something very troubling to the surface of my life, and a suprising read has me contemplating wearing rat skulls in my hair ….
But let me start at the beginning:
For many of us, in one way or another, one of the… Read full post »
This week's Fiction Wednesday prompts were either to do your own thing, or to write a story that included the words "chance", "encounter", "umbrella," and "sewing machine".
Some of you might recognize those words as coming from a famous description of Surrealism being like "the chance encounter betwe… Read full post »
I have a difficult relationship with warfare.
War involves most of the things I fear and hate: suffering, death, inhumanity, despair, pain, cruelty, deprivation, oppression…. The list goes on, of course.
When I watch war movies or series, I rarely think of glory – rather, I… Read full post »
Every time we return home from a visit in a sunnier corner of France, my boyfriend complains, “It’s raining again. That’s Paris for you.”
But now the rain has gone.
We’ve spent weeks under unusually sunny skies, and, the last two days, under clouds th… Read full post »
About seven years ago, a guy I was dating took me to A.’s birthday party. From the minute I saw her, vivacious and warm, I knew she had to be my friend. I did what I could to make that happen, and I am so lucky to say we’re… Read full post »
As some of you know, Fiction Friday has undergone some major
changes. One of the biggies is that it's now Fiction
You can find information about this, as well as prompts and a list of stories for each week, at the new blog I've created (with former Fiction Friday heads Rita… Read full post »
I don’t really cotton to politics. Mainly because they depress me and make me feel powerless. When it comes to the news, I prefer to burrow deep into celebrity gossip, which is mostly inconsequential and rarely, if ever, makes me overly sad or afraid for the future (the popularity of the… Read full post »
Every year the Eurovision Song Contest comes to TV’s across Europe. And every year, like a perpetually thwarted cartoon villain, the French have a foolproof plan to win.
The contest began in 1956 as a friendly competition between European nation… Read full post »
When I watched the royal wedding a few weeks ago, several things surprised me, some even more than my ability to finally and easily let go of my secret dream that William and I were destined for each other (even the engagement ring he gave Kate looks like a ring I… Read full post »
June: Peasants Harvesting Crops, with central Paris in the background, from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry
And suddenly, spring is falling away to summer.
After being away from Paris for three weeks, it’s amazin… Read full post »
Over the last few months, we fans of fiction here on OS have had a real treat, with Fiction Friday Open Calls.
Two weeks ago, Rita Bourland, the person who resurrected the tradition, announced that she was taking a break from OS, and Naomi de Plume graciously took up the… Read full post »
For those of you in the US, Mother's Day is tomorrow.
Now, some moms are pretty easy to shop for. Or maybe you give or do the same thing every year, to Mom's infinite joy.
But if you're in a pickle about a fitting gift for M-O-M, I have a… Read full post »
Just what is it about the Harry Potter books and movies? A story about a kid going to school to become a witch or wizard isn't new. When I was young, for example, one of my favorite books was Worst Witch by Jill Murphy. Stories about discovering magic/… Read full post »
In my normal state, my sense of smell has been described as “acute”. I think that if you put a hidden camera in our apartment, you’d find I’m a poor man’s Francine Fishpaw, sniffing things and reacting strongly to odors of all kinds.
But these last three wee… Read full post »