Another year. Time flies by too fast! And time for a radical overhaul of this project, hence a new site. Actually, fate played a rather large hand in this. While cleaning up files I accidentally deleted the site. But, I think it was not an altogether terrible occurrence. Change was sorely needed. Sometimes we all need a little push to get us moving. :)
The fate that migration still looms so large in the media is depressing. The world seems to keep on turning, the years go by, but some things stay the same (or get worse). The migration routes from West Africa may have shifted slightly, but lack of opportunities at home still pushes more and more to desperately attempt the journey north. The war in Syria still rages, and people still flee. The whole world seems to be unravelling.
But! It is too easy to get disconsolate about the state of the world we live in. This will be the year that the novel - The Swan Maidens - is written, based on research done in Lebanon about Syrian women refugees. It has been almost two years since I started it, even though it was not begun as a novel; sadly women's lives there have not really improved much in that time.