Author Archives: Maryanne (mfantaliswrites)

Garden Peace

I do not garden. Much as I love the beauty of a well-tended garden, I avoid working in the garden like, well, like we’re all stuck avoiding each other right now. Gardening combines almost all of the things I hate … Continue reading

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What do we do?

It’s almost impossible to know how to respond to the world right now. I was doing fine, I really was, until the first time I went food shopping and saw the gaping empty shelves. I started to cry (just a … Continue reading

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Review: The Mere Wife

Mere: noun (1) chiefly British An expanse of standing water Mere: adjective being nothing more than — Merriam-Webster online dictionary definition of mere The genius of this novel begins with the title. The Mere Wife, on its face, refers to Grendel’s … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s Tropes

You know how I always say I don’t make resolutions because I can’t — don’t — won’t — keep them? Well, here we are again. I really wanted to take part in the Shakespeare 2020 project, reading all of Shakespeare’s … Continue reading

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It’s a new year…again

Happy 2020! Or not. I’m struggling to wrap my head around this. I’m old enough to remember when the year 2000 was the far-off future. Far enough that Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 novel and the film based on it were … Continue reading

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Thank you, and welcome!

The #NaughtyandNice giveaway is over, but I wanted to thank those of you who followed me on all the different platforms because of the giveaway. Let me know what kind of posts you’d like to see in the new year: … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: Loving Beatrice

Loving Beatrice is coming your way in November. This second novel in my series Shakespeare’s Women Speak features Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing. “Should I examine myself, change my ways, silence my tongue? Should I do as the princess … Continue reading

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Plots and Subplots

On Friday night, I went with some friends to the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to see Twelfth Night (again) at the Mary Rippon outdoor theatre. We knew it was likely to rain — we’d seen the forecast — so we brought … Continue reading

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Book Recommendations for Ali

The other day, my office mate Ali was unpacking a box of books onto our bookshelves. Naturally, that got us talking about what we like to read, and we started  recommending favorites to each other. I knew we’d forget everything … Continue reading

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Courage

Unless you’ve been living on top of a mountain for the past few years, you’ve probably heard about the Tony-award-winning Broadway musical  Hamilton. In Hamilton, writer/composer/actor Lin-Manuel Miranda told the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton in hip-hop verse with a cast of … Continue reading

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