“It’s good to talk.” So goes a well-known British Telecom advertising slogan. BT is quite right: it is good to talk. This was the first year in four years of editing the Fellowship that I actually traveled to the region to meet and talk to the writers in person before editing their projects.
It was hard, stressful but exciting. I still can’t believe the Fellowship Programme is going to end very soon. It started in May, and I thought it was going to be a very long year until October, the time we expect our stories to be published. Surprise! October has just arrived!
I finally managed to close the B Ring, after almost five months of travel and research. And what do you think the “B Ring” is? A network of cities and places I traveled across this summer.
Compose, write, delete. Compose, write, delete. Compose, write delete.
On my last stop in the reporting travels I was in Belgrade for two extremely hot days. I visited the Autonomous Women's Center, an NGO devoted to affirming women's rights and combat domestic violence.
Getting a visa to travel to Croatia was one of my biggest challenges in this fellowship project!
It has been two months since I updated my travel log with the fellowship. Honestly, I did not know exactly what to write besides regular personal travel impressions, which are not very interesting.
I like to support my reporting by reading relevant sociological studies or philosophical takes on the subject I’m writing about.
Travel time is over. After Kosovo, Serbia and Germany, now it’s time to sit down and listen to my interviews. There are so many of them. And I have to put it all in 2,500 words.
I know now that I should have cut out and collected those newspaper headlines.
Taboos change – rapidly. Homosexuality was once a taboo in Western Europe, as was “living in sin”, [i.e. outside marriage], abortion, childlessness, physical disabilities, atheism and suicide