100 Days of Solitude
I am indeed a writer *
*(One Hundred Days of Solitude: Daphne, Day 1)
I have found a writer.
-What? -You might as well ask. -What the hell are you talking about?
Ok, You’re right. I admit it. Looking for new writers is one of the multiple tasks this blog has blessed me with. As well as introduce them to you. Yes. You’re right. Let me start again.
I’ve found an artist. And a masterpiece. That being stated, I’m not taking it back.
100 Days of Solitude is the book you would like to write. The one you will love to read. The literary critic sleeping in me would love to display her University diploma and prove it to you, with a deep analysis on how to write a book. I’d ask you to be attentive, to take down notes and learn. Because this is how you write a book. One bit after the other, constructing an intelligent network of sentences that tell you a story. As simply and as difficult as that. Yet, I shall not do so. This is not a classroom. And the reason that kept me moving from Day 1 to Day 100 in a few hours was not an academic desire. It was pleasure.
Still, this cannot be a regular review just as this is not a regular novel. The author has opened a door. I’ll use it. So, humbly, here I am. And this is to Daphne:
Dear City Girl,
You are a writer, do not doubt it for a minute. You know it. The best part, though, is that the not-a-translator also knows, and Depression knows, and Antagonist. And they might be hurt. You are a witty writer, and that must hurt even more. Be happy, you know you’ve made it. And not just once.
You’ve written a book with as many layers of interpretation as one needs in everyday life. Because we can also be City Girl, and Sifnos Chick, and Depression and Runner according to how our day goes. You made it clear for us.
We can concentrate on the simplest things, and they can be as significant as handcrafting a postmodern analysis of life, writing about writing about writing… Could it be more postmodern that this? Yes, if intertextuality smells like sage, and olives and lemons. Inebriation.
City Girl, you have found the courage to go ahead, to accomplish one thing at a time. And you invited us to be witnesses. I am honoured. I’ve learnt: Every day is an accomplishment. And a defeat. Antagonist was defeated (you are a writer). You have learnt to love it all, North winds and electric blankets included. Showing us how life can be seen through a different window each time. Because that is life after all, how we take it, how we face it, how we live it. There’s no other way. This is how we get things done. This is how you wrote your book. One day at a time.
Sifnos is a reminder, bringing back things you already knew. But you needed to be away, you needed solitude to welcome all the characters and be aware of them, understanding that they all had a role to play. Now you can write anywhere, in Athens or in Macondo. In the end, the important thing is that you keep writing, one day after the other. Can I tell you a secret, City Girl? I will, in a minute. But first promise me, the first thing you’ll do is disclosure my secret without second thoughts. You must let Antagonist know, A.S.A.P.: 100 Days of Solitude is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. And I can’t wait for more.
About the author:
Daphne Kapsali is a writer, reluctant yogi, massage therapist and pathological optimist. In 2014, she gave up her life in London to spend the autumn and winter living alone on the small Greek island of Sifnos and writing full-time. The result, a book called 100 days of solitude, was published in March 2015. She has since published another two books, a novel entitled you can’t name an unfinished thing, and This Reluctant Yogi: Everyday adventures in the yoga world. All three are available on Amazon. Forever torn between two alter egos, City Girl and Sifnos Chick, Daphne divides her time between London and Sifnos, in an attempt to keep them both happy. She blogs about their adventures on 100daysofsolitude.com.
One more thing: Daphne has just launched a crowdfunding campaign in support of #100daysforeveryone: the right of everyone to do what they love, and live a life that makes sense to them. Please, visit the project page on kickstarter: