Do what you love, don’t skip a beat…

Three weekends out of nine have already passed for The Quill and Brush at Bristol. I have to say that this has already been the most magical and memorable season, thanks to each and every one of you that has taken the time to visit…


In Bristol, every day is a festival day! And with each of these festival days, I take with me wonderful memories of summer, and carry them in my heart all year long. The friends that I meet, the music that floats through the air, the smiles and laughter that I see all around me. Enchanting!


I’ve received such wonderful words, in person and by email, in these last few weeks. They have blessed my heart, and keep my quill inspired to scribble. Thank you to those who have reached out to say that I have inspired you. Know that you have inspired me just as much, and even more! And for all the writers out there, and to each of you who have chatted with me about your special talents and inspirations, stay inspired! Do what you love, don’t skip a beat…


I wish that I could name each and every person that has already been a blessing and an inspiration to me this season, but it would make this post quite long indeed! For today, at the very least, I would like to especially thank two of the loveliest, smartest and kindest of women!


This is Taylor! She was the very first person to purchase a copy of Veleno last season when it was newly published. Not only did she write a review, she also took the time to visit The Quill and Brush this season to chat. By the end of our visit (which made me feel very fortunate to be a writer), the conversation ended like this…

Me: “You are the reason I write.”     Taylor: “You are the reason I read.”

LOVE IT! Thank you Taylor!


This is Priscilla! Priscilla picked up a copy of Venice two seasons ago. She had been to the city, and had wonderful memories of it, which she was able to revisit in my choose your own adventure. Not only did she write a review, but she also came back with a special gift and kind words to say ‘thank you’ for the story. I am very happy to know such a thoughtful, artistic woman…especially one who shares such a fondness for my beloved Venezia!

Grazie mille Priscilla!


My very best wishes today, to every reader of Inspired By Venice. I hope that you are enjoying your summer as much as I am. I’ll be sure to share more of my adventures soon! Stay Inspired!

6 thoughts on “Do what you love, don’t skip a beat…

  1. It was very nice to meet you last week at the faire! I’m so glad my little niece was able to get some of your books and support a local author. I’m certain she’ll love them just as these other ladies have!
    It’s very inspiring to me to see that you’re able to do what you love everyday, and that you get to be a part of such an exciting and vibrant community at the faire. Hopefully I’ll be there next summer at my own little shop! 🙂 Enjoy the last few weekends – it’s crazy how quickly the summer flies by!

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    • Hi Elin! Thank you for your message! Your works in wood are beautiful, what a talent! Your Viking-inspired raven is truly wonderful! Yes, I feel so privileged to be at Bristol, a place SO special, and with so many amazing artists and inspiring visitors. Bristol means so much to me, and to so many. I can sincerely say, I cannot imagine my life without it. When you open your shop, you be sure to let me know!! I want to be one of your first patrons! My very, very best wishes to you!


  2. Thank you very much, I really appreciate that! Your response has made me that much more excited to start getting prepared for opening my own shop next summer. I truly hope that my experience there will be just as wonderful has yours has been…I’m sure it will!
    Wishing you continued success!

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  3. Michelle! I finally got around to reading your blog. Thank you for your sweet and kind words, it’s quite heart warming. I have found it such a joy to read through your short stories and your reflections. I was disappointed that I couldn’t make it to the last weekend of the faire due to being sick, but there is always next year. I’ll make sure to frequent your blog since your words are truly inspiring 🙂 I am looking forward to what this year brings you until I see you next summer at Bristol! Cheers to good health and bountiful creativity.

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    • HI PRISCILLA!!! So good to hear from you!! I’m glad that you enjoyed reading through some of my adventures, and hope that you too will have a wonderful year of excellent health and creativity! Count down to Bristol next year…if only every day could be a festival day. Big hugs and best wishes, friend!


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