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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. dgkaye says:

    Thanks for the trailers Olga. Both look like my kind of movies, I haven’t seen either one. And we love your book reviews so you keep blogging just as you have been. We know what to expect to find when we come here. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debby. I recommend both movies (I watched them with my mother in Barcelona and she enjoyed them too, so they cover a good range of ages. There were a lot of people of a certain age watching La, La, Land. I had the feeling we all missed a good musical). Thanks, Debby. We’ll see what the future brings. And of course, the review of your book is also due a post in the next few weeks.

      1. dgkaye says:

        Thanks Olga. No worries. We all have so much on our plates. 🙂

        1. Thank you!

  2. We’ve been friends quite a while now Olga, even pre-Hay. It will come as no surprise for you to hear I’ve missed you and it sounds like I’m going to miss you more. I hope you find plenty of occasions to comment on blogs or to write your opinions on what’s happening in the World. Most of all take care of yourself and be happy.
    xxx Mammoth Hugs xxx

    1. Thanks, David. Indeed. I also miss your previous style of posts, but I know can stressful it can be to have to keep up to a pressing schedule. I’ll be around for sure, but perhaps more behind the scenes. And living the moment. Love to Mike and to all the family.

  3. I’m so glad you decided not to blog a variety of things every day. I live in dread of someone else posting every five minutes! It’s impossible to keep up and it means there are some people’s posts that I just delete (there are special exceptions) – five, six, seven…stop right now!

    1. I know what you mean, Sarah. I have some blogs I subscribe to, that as much as I enjoy them, I’ve changed the notifications to only once a week, and I know that day I can have a look and pick up the topics I definitely must read, rather than try to catch up on everything as they come out. I don’t want anybody stressing over my blog or feeling they have to comment. If something is interesting or useful, or curious, go for it. And if not, there are plenty of blogs and we’re all very different people. I always know I’ll have something beautiful to share when I get your posts. I hope your eyesight gets better soon (or progressively better).

  4. At least you are not going to disappear completely. That would cause me great sadness.
    Take time for yourself, and do what makes you happy. You have been a huge help to other writers, and a great supporter of blogs. Maybe time to take a seat nearer the back, and have a rest? I will always be around, whenever you ‘pop up’.
    Best wishes as always, Pete. x

    1. Thanks so much, Pete. You’re very kind and very right. I am one of those people that will happily join somebody on something that sounds like a great idea and then be left there to carry it while the other person moves on to something else. Routine is good but flexibility is also good and keeps the mind going. I think the seat near the back is the perfect metaphor. I hope things are settling down a bit for you. I’m a big believer in doing things to keep the mind occupied, but sometimes we need to invest time in silence and being with ourselves. And of course, you have my e-mail if you ever want a longer conversation.

  5. Glad you are not going to be disappearing completely Olga as I really enjoy your posts, especially your reviews. I am delighted to see you on Mondays.. and have found that the round up and cutting back on reblogs by putting several into one post has relieved the burden on my regulars.. catch up soon… xx

    1. Thanks, Sally. I look forward to your posts and although I catch some during the week I am ready to “borrow” from the selection, especially when I’m preparing my radio programme (I shared some of your pun collection yesterday). Thanks and keep enlightening us!

        1. Thanks. Still checking on the stories. I need to get the rhythm again before I dare try anything adventurous! (I usually only get between 10 and 12 minutes to talk per hour, and that’s including introduction, saying goodbye, etc…)

  6. Olga, you need to go the way that works for you. Love your reviews. If you like doing them, I’m happy to read them as it takes anywhere from two to four weeks for me to read a novel. I still feel I can keep up on what’s available by reading reviews.
    I’m ready for another push back myself as life has become rather overwhelming on almost all fronts Ugh. 🙁

    1. Thanks, Tess. I hope things take a turn for the better. For the last two years, I kept telling myself that the year would be better than the previous one but it didn’t work, so now I don’t, although at least I like the number 7.
      Not to worry, the reviews will keep on coming. I have the same feeling about reviews, and I’m happy to read reviews on genres I probably wouldn’t read myself but I enjoy being up-to-date. Takes lots of care.

      1. I wish I didn’t sleep and read more but I like my sleep. Sigh.

        1. I don’t sleep a lot but there are only so many hours in the day…

  7. Olga, I think you have it all worked out. Just do what works for you, what you enjoy. The Internet abounds with advice — thousands of people know what we *should* do; each has a magic formula… I say do what you enjoy. It seems that you have come to the same conclusion. Once I get my motivational posts caught up (for my “library”) I will go back to posting once a week. It’s just too hard to keep up with more. I’m working on a Valentines short story. LOL, Every where I turned I was giving a spoiler to the Atonement stories, but I think I finally worked out a story that avoids spoilers.
    Wishing you a relaxing, fun, satisfying weekend. Mega hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I’m sharing a couple of reviews next week but then I’ll be away for a short break and will restart again when I’m back (no point in worrying about being able to reply to comments or running around like a headless chicken). I know how difficult it is to talk about books without revealing any spoilers (some books are a nightmare for reviewers too, but as an author, I’ve scratched my head many times trying to find something I could share that was interesting without giving too much away). Looking forward to your story, although I happen to be travelling to Paris on Valentine’s day (nothing romantic about it, but catching up with my friend and her family after almost two years). ♥

  8. Olga, I’m sure you’ll find the way to blog in a way that suits you. Blogging should be fun and not a chore. I always enjoy your reviews. I haven’t seen La La Land yet but am looking forward to seeing it soon.

    1. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Yes, we’ll get there.

  9. It’s always lovely to see you on planet Blog, Olga. I’ve been told so many times by other bloggers “do what you like doing” and I’ve stuck by that. One the biggest things about blogging is how different all these blogs are. I’ve always loved variety and that’s why I’m still here after (almost) three years. I came here to have fun and for enjoyment. I nearly fell off Planet Blog once, but found my niche.

    1. Thanks, Hugh. I fell into it just a bit by accident. And I kept going. The people makes all the difference, but I must confess that although I’d like the blog to reach people who might enjoy it, studying matters like analytics, what time of the day to post and all this… Not for me. I love your blog. 🙂

  10. Hello Olga! You have to do what makes you happy and what you’re truly passionate about. Thank you for continuing to do the book reviews and for sharing the movie trailers. I wish you all the best––always. 🙂 xx

    1. Thanks, Vashti, for your support! ♥

  11. I have only just seen this! I find blogging very worthwhile, but a balancing act in terms of fitting it into ones’s life. We rarely see films, but have seen both of these. Hidden Figures, particularly, gave us enormous pleasure.

    1. Thanks, Hilary. Blogging has some unexpected pluses, although I tend to find everybody else’s blogs more interesting than mine. When I’m in Barcelona with my mother we try to go to the cinema once a week (on Wednesday and Thursdays is cheaper) so I managed to catch up with some. Here, lately I only go to watch whatever comes to Penistone but sometimes I’m too busy.
      Don’t miss the review of your book this Friday!

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