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