About

 Welcome (Dobrodošli) to the Lantern Post!

Hi, my name is Daniela and I am the Lantern’s keeper -:)! I rekindle the Lantern regularly with poetry, prose, quotes, reviews of books or movies, and reflections on the weird and wonderful art of living in our time.

I love reading, writing, my daughter, hot coffee, movies, white wine and conversations. I smile often and easily. I believe in love, freedom, justice, and humanity. I live in Wellington, New Zealand.

I have been writing or dreaming about it for most of my life. But it was not until May 2012 that I wrote my first ever blog post. I decided to call my blog the Lantern Post in a memory of a dreamy street lanterns I walked under in year 1980 and others, through cobbled streets of old Zagreb, reading poetry (V. Majer; ‘Plinska lanterna na Gricu’/ ‘Gas lantern on Gric’) and holding my heart just a tiny fraction above the abyss … on most days.

The Lantern Post is my little spark in the darkness of cyber space, shading light on my words all the way from the cobbled streets of Zagreb to the wind-swept streets of Wellington. It means to serve as a platform to chronicle and share ideas, love for the written word, and spark conversations.

While during the day I am a regular member of a ‘cubical nation’, my dream is to write full-time and to make difference (however small) through my writing. I have had this dream ever since I can remember … and lacked the courage to pursue it for about as long. While I was a student and a young woman in my home town – Zagreb, (Croatia), some of my work was published in small literary magazines, and some of it was laughed at (I wrote about it here). Character building exercise in each case.

Once in New Zealand, (June 1994), learning English, raising my daughter, and making living was for years my all-consuming reality. It was not until 2009 that I started writing again (I described this experience here).

If any of my writings prompts you to say something, please leave me a comment. I love talking and exchanging views, (in English or Croatian).

Thank you -:)!

Hvala -:)!

‘Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.’ (Oscar Wilde)

 

189 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Daniela,
    I have been “tagged” by a Writer / Blogger Author Stephanie Renee DeSantos to participate in a blog hop interview called “The Next Big Thing”. The blog hop has been underway for some time now — and my turn has just come up!
    It is like chain mail, where each person answers interview questions and posts them on their blog on a specific day and links to the person who “tagged” you to participate. Here is an example blog post: http://www.bgdenvil.com/ . It is a way for us to link our blogs with many, many, many others to support exposure for our work-in-progress or a recently published work– may they be novels, chapbooks, etc…
    I will be posting on January 12, 2013 and you are one of the 5 writers I am “tagging”! I hope you will/can participate on this day too! Please let me know if you will be able to link and post. And any questions on how it works—just ask. The questions you answer and post on your blog are listed on the blog link example included above. If you would like to participate, let me know and I will send you my email so that you can send me your bio and details about your current work.
    Thanks!
    Tsena

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    1. Dear Tsena,

      From the outset I would like to acknowledge your generosity and kindness … I am truly honored that you would think of me! Thank you very much.

      That said, after reading the post from the link you sent me, I must say that I may not be the best candidate. This is simply because I have not published anything yet, and am not actively working on a given piece of writing at this time. While I am always writing, I cannot honestly say that I am actively perusing one set manuscript. If, despite those shortcomings, you would still like me to participate, I am quite happy to answer the questions you may have for me. My email is under ‘contacts’ on the Lantern (lantern.post@xtra.co.nz).

      Thank you once again and all the best,
      Daniela

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  2. Daniela-

    Living in a foreign land and speaking another language develops humility, no? I am an English speaker by birth, but live in Brazil where I try and try to “say it/write it correctly” right? I know I sound like uneducated kid that needs to study more and needs a speech therapist. But I try…we try!

    I love your lantern image and let us illuminate the world with our written words. Beautiful. Let us write forth together, and bring the light within out to shine for the world needs us to do so!

    Regards,

    Stephanie Renée dos Santos
    http://www.stephaniereneedossantos.com

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    1. Dear Stephanie,

      You are so right -:)! It is indeed true that living in a foreign land and learning how to function in it develops humility. I recall well those days (years actually) when people around me treated me as a kid … because I spoke like a kid and my written sentences looked like written by a primary school pupil! Still, I learned so much more than a language here in New Zealand … I acquired the whole new world of which I become part!

      I am off to visit your place in the blogosphere now -:)!

      Thank you very much for reading and commenting,
      Daniela

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      1. Yes, it is summer indeed -:)! 50 cm of snow … oh my God! Hope you can find some fun with it all … I still remember snow on Sljemenu!

        Veliki Pozdrav!
        Daniela

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  3. Hi Daniela,
    I found you in Raoul”s blog and just read your “about”. I like it and I am impressed about your blog. You are really a good and diligent writer. I also started blogging in December but it is still hard work for me although I write in my mother tongue.But I will read and learn more about you to be encouraged to go ahead. Thank you for your thoughts. Wish you a wonderful weekend!
    Best regards, Karin

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    1. Hi Karin,

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting … your words mean a lot! As you probably noticed, I stared blogging in May last year and it has been a learning curve to say the least! And you are right, blogging is a lots of work … but we do it because we love it -:)! On that note, if you have time/inclination cast your eye over ‘Is blogging addictive’ post I wrote some time ago … I think it might make you laugh -:)!

      All the Best,
      Daniela

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  4. D-thanks for stopping by. New Zealand is a magical place and I look forward to reading more of your posts. Too far for me to travel there in this lifetime, yet blogs like this one make it possible to live vicariously. USA~Diane

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    1. Oh you are most welcome, and thank you for visit the Lantern -:)! New Zealand is a magical place … and yes blogging is like travelling … via cyber highway!

      Take Care,
      Daniela

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  5. Well hi Daniela, again, congratulation on becoming a blogger, yes it is really a commitment that requires time and dedication, but it is also the first step, today, if you really want to become a writer. As you must notice already, we have some similarities, I came from another country too, and I know how difficult it can be, between house, kids, work and life, no time for yourself. Learning English for me was a serious task, and then my Spanish,got rusty and not time for practice. When I decided that it was time for me to start writing, the language was a big part of the question, and I ended up choosing Spanish, because of the sentiments and thoughts that I could bring to my writing were more natural in my own language than English.
    I will be reading your blog, best of luck.

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    1. Hi my dear,

      Thank you very much, I really enjoyed reading your comment. It is interesting how you returned to your first language in writing … for some reason I cannot do that. I write in English even though, as you correctly noted, emotions it evokes are different to those sounds of my first language do.

      Many thanks for visiting the Lantern,
      Daniela

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    1. I ja retko govorim hrvatski ili srpski ovih dana … ali uvijek mogu razumeti sve iz starih krajeva … nekad smo bili zemljaci -:)!

      Your blog is really great and I just love the fact that you are writing from Belgrade … keep it up!

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  6. Zdravo Daniela!

    I found your blog from the guest post you wrote on Black Box. Beautifully written. My grandfather was from Croatia and I’ve been learning the language (only at a very basic level so far). I’ve never been, but one day I’d love to go!

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    1. Zdravo, Dobar Dan -:)!

      So very nice to hear from you … thank you very much!

      What part of Croatia your grandfather was from? If you do have a change to go, please do … it is truly a beautiful country!

      All the Best,
      Daniela

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  7. Hi Daniela! I just read your post on Black Box Warnings and I was amazed at how related I felt to your story, and then your name caught my eye since it’s mine too, except I’m Mexican. My father’s not yet dead, but the feelings you described are so deeply into me too, I’ll probably hear from his death in the same way too, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I had a very similar reaction. Sorry to comment on this here and not the original post, but I preferred to leave here for you to read. Very nice meeting you and your writing!

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    1. Hi -:)!

      Thank you very much for reading, visiting the Lantern and leaving such a beautiful, thoughtful comment … I am glad you did. Human relationships are often fraught with difficulties and complexities, especially those between children and parents.

      Many of us found solace in knowing there are others like us.

      I wish you peace,

      Take Care,
      Daniela

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  8. One of my favorite people is Croatian: Nikola Tesla — as well as a dear friend, whose last name is Kauzlaric, even though he’s a few generations from the homeland. Looking forward to reading!

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  9. Hello Daniela,

    What a rich and interesting site you made! It is always a joy to read your posts. Thanks also for stopping by my blog every now and then, and for taking time to read the poems.

    All the best

    Marcus Antoninus

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  10. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a warm space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle .Your vision and thoughts are indeed a revelation. I guess I will be hanging around here a lot.🙂

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  11. Hi Daniela,

    With immense pleasure, I hereby nominate you for READER APPRECIATION AWARD! Its a great blog that you run here. So good luck. Hope this little recognition gives you the extra little kick to come back every day and share your thoughts with the vast world awaiting to hear you.

    Please find the information on the below link if you choose to accept the award nomination.

    http://hisinception.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/reader-appreciation-award/

    Keep inspiring!!
    -Prasad

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  12. This is beautiful. I too have had a desire to write/blog, but am doing it slowly in the midst of study and work. I read your open letter to Jeff Goins. I actually have had the same thoughts as you but just didn’t put them down on paper. I am in the group 550 words daily, that he initiated at the first of the year. It is a wonder group of encouragers and writers from different experience levels and walks of life. I am now a follower of the Lantern Post. What a beautiful name. Looking forward to your writing and friendship. 🙂

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    1. Hi Rhonda,

      Thank you so much for visiting the Lantern! I started blogging almost as an experiment and not knowing the first thing about it! That in addition to English being my second language -:)! However, I soon discovered lots of wonderful bloggers and slowly but surely blogging became part of my life! On that note I wish to encourage you on your writing/blogging journey as words are indeed magical!

      Many thanks for your support -:)!

      Daniela

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    1. Dear Catrice,

      Reading your comment brought quiet tear to my eye … I cannot think of anything more beautiful than to hear that someone felt to have found pieces of self in my writings. Thank you … with all my heart!

      Daniela

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  13. Bok! Ralph je rekao da sam ja druga blogerica koja priča engleski tako super uz hrvatski i dao mi je link tvog bloga🙂 Pozdrav! I ja sam rođena i živim u Zagrebu, još uvijek ima lanterne.😉

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    1. Bok!
      How lovely of Ralph to tell you about me! He is such a sweetheart! I ja sam rodjena I odrasla u Zagrebu … tako mi je drago da jos uvijek ima lanterne koje mi i nakon svih ovih godina na NZ nedostaju!

      Puno hvala za posjet!
      Najbolje zelje,
      Daniela

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      1. Da li razumiješ ako ti pišem na hrvatskom, ili želiš da ti pišem na engleskom?

        Ralph je takav, dušica🙂 Ima, posebno u Maksimiru, on je pun njima, održavaju ih. Ovo ljeto sam ih fotografirala puno pa ću staviti i na blog. Definitvno ću se vratiti na tvoj čim budem imala vremena da pročitam malo tvoje priče.🙂

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  14. “There are indeed times when the love we feel is so powerful and passionate, so all consuming, to leave us no choice but to let it go. ”

    I couldn’t understand why Estefania decided she didn’t want to be with Amadeu in the end. Thank you for putting this to words.

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