THANKS FOR VISITING!
Please don’t mind the noise and the dust
– we are still putting stuff up,
and designing certain elements of this blog.
Things will probably change in the next days.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
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This is the first post on this blog.
So, for the time being, a word of explanation and some hints at what’s coming.
As stated in the Info thingy, this blog is currently my English-language home.
I’m a paleontologist, moonlighting as an independent author.
I mostly write fantasy and pulp stories, and I’ve also published a number of essays on wild historical subjects such as explorers, dinosaurs, strange planets and old writers.
Some of them were also published in English (a list is forthcoming – with links and buying options).
While I keep blogging and writing in my native tongue – Italian – I’m also trying to expand into the English-reading world.
So, I need some practice and some time to get my bearings, and a reason to keep going despite my chronic lazyness – and in my experience, writing a blog is the best way to keep in shape, to keep the writing juices flowing, and to create a sense of commitment.
Hence, my new blog – Karavansara.
Karavansara is the Persian word meaning caravanseray – the place where travellers rest along their travels.
It belongs to the lexicon and mythology of the Silk Road – which happens to be one of my favorite obsessions, and the subject of one of my ebooks.
It’s short, distinctive, easy to remember, and sums up beautifully what I’d like to do with this blog, what I’d like to cover in terms of subjects and ideas.
And it had not yet been taken as a URL, which is important.
So, what’s next?
Right now, I’m planning a tight posting schedule, with three posts per week – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Subjects – my obsessions for the Silk Road, for old explorers and adventurers and their books, for the Arabian Nights and related subjects, for the East, and for what I like to call “pulp history”, which is the pulpiest, two-fisted, often weird side of “regular history”.
And probably anything else that will strike my fancy as we go on.
I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I’m enjoying writing it.
More things, hopefully, will follow.
Comments (and corrections!) are, of course, quite welcome!
20 January 2013 at 20:04
You’re already in my feed reader! Well Done!
20 January 2013 at 20:05
20 January 2013 at 20:59
Good Luck, Dave!
20 January 2013 at 22:25
Happy new blog! 😉
21 January 2013 at 04:45
Don’t have care of theme, but look and pass by
21 January 2013 at 06:54
You are in my Blogopedia, good luck D
21 January 2013 at 08:59
Congrats. As soon as your first content appears, I’ll forward this to all my English speaking readers and friends.
21 January 2013 at 09:01
Despite all my good intentions, as I think about your new blog I cannot but sing this old song 🙂
Best wishes, anyway!
21 January 2013 at 09:03
That’s the way I like it, you’re paving the road for more italian bloggers to come. Godspeed!
21 January 2013 at 10:04
Fascinating subjects: I’ll be happy to read everything!
21 January 2013 at 10:47
what a good news in this rainy monday! 😀
21 January 2013 at 12:02
Doctor Mana, I presume?My best salutations!
I occur to be in need of a place to rest my camel and something to wash out the dust from my throat, this seems to be a quite cozy halfway inn.
May I trade some spices for a cold beer and the chanche to listen to some stories?
21 January 2013 at 15:58
I’m afraid my english like “me parlare bono un giorno”. Sorry!
21 January 2013 at 16:00
Thank you all for the comments, the likes and the follows!
What a great start!
21 January 2013 at 22:47
Good luck with the new blog, Doctor Mana! 😀 Italian blogging is good but…english blogging is better! 😉
22 January 2013 at 09:49
Break a leg!
24 January 2013 at 15:30
Good luck mr. Mana. I like the name and the spirit of the new blog very much!