49 years old
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It's 18h00 and still light out. Miss France was elected Miss Univers. The French handball team just won the world series. After a week on insane Trumpness, I'm happy to celebrate. What else can we pop some champagne about?
  • Are you a ...?
    Unpublished writer (so far)
    What genre do you primarily write in?
    If you write in more than one area, what is your next most favoured genre?
    Other non-fiction
    Are your reading habits ...?
    Who is your favourite author(s)?
    James Joyce, Robertson Davies, Anne Rice, Anaïs Nin, Saki, Camus & Diderot
    And your all time favourite books? (You can change these at any time, by the way ...)
    Ulysses for the way he plays with words (hence favorite author...), The Narnia Chronicles & any books where the children have a world of their own. Game of Thrones for the complexity of the plot (how many index cards he uses??) Dr. Suess, for the trees.
    What are your working habits when you write?
    Are you the edit-every-sentence-ten-times type, or do you prefer to let rip?
    Prefer to let rip and edit afterwards
    Your ultimate writing ambition?
    The right answer: That other people love - or despise - my characters as much as I do. The real answer: I would LOVE to see my books in print in my local bookstore.
    Your worst habit?
    Clicking on the browser icon when I should be writing. I'm working on it.
    Your opinion on the books industry?
    It is a tough game, but everyone does their best
    Where do you write?
    With tea, in my office with a view on wysteria (leaves all gone)..
    What else do you want Word Clouders to know? eg: do you have 9 cats / like paragliding / eat nothing but tinned fish / work in the bath / live in Kettering?
    I moved to Paris in the 90's convinced that I was going to spend my time writing for the New Yorker, then promptly got sucked into magazine publishing. I finally started writing in 2012 after kid #3, because the words couldn't stay inside anymore.



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    Giselle commented on Jill's picture.
    Everything about this picture is perfect, from the shoes to the birthday girl. Wishing you the bestest of days. xxx
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    "Giselle" commented on Athelstone's Blog "An annual Word Cloud competition.".
    Go for it Ath! You'll be fantastic, I'm sur of it. And I'm almost certain that Alan will give you great pointers if need be.
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    "Giselle" commented on Jan's Blog "I'm here!".
    Hi Jan! Three kids here too, self-employed (ie almonst no money), almost 50 (give me a year or two), husband seriously midliffing crising it as well, also tryng to seriously write. No midlife crisis on my end unless you count ice-hockey, which I've ...
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    "Giselle" commented on Hilly's Blog "Just saying 'hello' ".
    Hilly, it sounds like you're in a great writing mode and you've landed amongst like-minded individuals. Welcome to the cloud!
    6 days ago
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    "Giselle" commented on Barb's Blog "Caption Comp".
    Has anyone seen Ginger?
    7 days ago
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    "Giselle" commented on Giselle's Blog "The Crane".
    Thank you all! @Jane, all is good, the garden is offering bright yellow flowers at the moment. @Tony I love construction sites, airports, train stations... all places where you see everyone working together to get the overall project accomplished. ...
    9 days ago
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    "Giselle" commented on Jill's Blog "Tempus Fugit".
    *Blows nose and wipes eyes* This is such a lovely blog, Miss Forever Young. And Baz's comments so striking as well. Such beauty in the reminiscing, such love, acceptance, and willing to keep on going. You're definitely on a roll Jill, I sense more ...
    9 days ago
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    "Giselle" commented on AlanP's Blog "A Kind of Immortality".
    What a lovely blog Alan, so full of warmth and history. You've just brought Sister Dora back to life for another generation. This would make a lovely plaque at the base of her statue, to answer all the other "Who was she and what did she do"s. Thank ...
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    "Pinkbelt75" commented on Giselle's Blog "The Crane".
    This is boss. I want a crane now, although I should be careful what I wish for because there are a lot of farmers fields near me. Anyway as for me throwing in a new scouse phrase for you: Boss - a scouse phrase meaning very good, brilliant, ...
    9 days ago
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    "Stephen Mark" commented on Giselle's Blog "The Crane".
    Lovely, Gis :-)
    10 days ago
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    "Newbie" commented on Giselle's Blog "The Crane".
    This was so visual, Giselle, I can imagine it as a short film. Some lovely moments when you wave to the crane driver and he waves back and the awful emptiness when the crane is being dismantled. Because of your observance we're able to share this ...
    10 days ago
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    "mike" commented on Giselle's Blog "The Crane".
    There are huge cranes around the Shell building- River Thames - close to The Eye and netx tot Hungerford Bridge. I enquired as to the cost of a flat there and went to the 'marketing suite' (estate agent) The venue was in a room. oak panelled ...
    10 days ago
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    "Tony" commented on Giselle's Blog "The Crane".
    Like the others, I enjoyed reading this sideways look at the mundanity of a building site that most would see as mud, noise, rubble, inconvenience and obtrusiveness. Yet you have given us a tale of gentle observation embracing all of Paris from ...
    10 days ago
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    "Janeshuff" commented on Giselle's Blog "The Crane".
    I enjoyed this, Giselle. I love crane watching too. Hope all is well with you! jxx
    10 days ago
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    "Giselle" commented on Giselle's Blog "The Crane".
    @Richard, thank you. @Bric, I bet you'd make a wonderful crane driver. I'd never really thought of them before, but it mustn't be easy working so far away from everyone else. I was amazed at his sure-footedness and utter lack of fear - before ...
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  • OFP
    by OFP 2 months ago
    Howz my belle paris? Been almost two years since I've been there. Could do with une demi du Kro
  • sooty
    by sooty 2 months ago
    (pm'd you)
  • sirtanicmills
    by sirtanicmills 2 months ago
    Mmmm! Pistachio. Thanks Giselle :)
  • Jill
    by Jill 3 months ago
    That's good to hear. Sending hugs to you in return. :)x
  • Jill
    by Jill 3 months ago
    Thank you for your kind message, Giselle. Hope you will have a lovely Christmas and a well deserved spot of relaxation in your busy life. Jx
  • Lizzielion
    by Lizzielion 4 months ago
    What a touching story. Beautifully put together.
  • Hil
    by Hil 4 months ago
    Thanks Giselle. Yours was sad - beautifully written.
  • Bric
    by Bric 4 months ago
    Very powerful image in your comp entry. Bittersweet and lingering.
  • JD
    by JD 5 months ago
    Thakns Giselle, - and I second Alan's words about yours. Sad, moving, very powerful.
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 5 months ago
    Your comp entry is rather sad, and economical with its words.