The Careful Editor

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The quizzical editor May 14, 2010

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The Careful Editor loves words and books, yes, but also games and quizzes. Years ago, she worked on a huge database of crossword clues and it was one of the jobs she has loved most ever. Recently she’s compiled some crossword puzzle with pencil and paper, just for fun. A few months ago she happily discovered that Sporcle, the awesome and addicting quiz website, has a section for games contributed by the users, and the best ones can be published if voted by many and/or chosen by the regular editors. Fun! So she started contributing the quizzes you find listed below. If you want to play, please do, and you can also rate the quiz, comment on it and nominate it.

MOVIE games (my main passion along with novels)

a BOOK game, ‘course

games about ITALY and Italian



Confessions May 4, 2010

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In 2009 I’ve been really good. I spent 400 euros for new clothing, shoes and accessories – totally. Never been so virtuous before, considering that I really like to shop for clothes. In 2010 I’ve been… less good, since I’ve spent more or less 400 euros, again – but it’s only May the 5th! Actually 1/5 of this sum was spent on my new padded jacket alone, which was a great buy and a much needed one also – I found it on sale in an outlet. The rest were mostly tops and a pair of flats ’cause, well, I just needed something nice.

No shopping for now, just swapping – trying to hold on as long as possible. Ah, temptations…


Hello everybody March 29, 2010

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This is the version 2.0 of a blog with the same name which was published on I’m reproposing the old posts before posting some new ones.

The blog is run by a struggling book editor named Raffaella living in Italy, more exactly in that green flat land in the North called Pianura Padana. This is my first attempt at writing a blog in a continuative way, in English moreover. The fact is, it’s now 2 years since I discovered the big world of “frugal blogs” and such: blogs about saving money, spending smartly – living on less, but also living well, making choices based on our personal priorities, smart choices, green choices also. A new way of facing the consumerist world we live in. I found it all fascinating and the ideas on the blogs I read start rubbing on me. I’ve never been careful about money before but somehow I felt I needed to. Too much unsatisfying shopping had left the mark, and I started to be a smart – at least, smarter – consumer, to educate myself and experiment. I remember when I realized it’d be wiser to buy store brand chips instead of the expensive ones… Er, yes, one has to begin somewhere.

So, as you can see, careful here has a double meaning. Hope you enjoy your visit!