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Daniela Ronca

Daniela popped up through the mists of Verona, but her blood is contaminated with the strength and sturdiness inherited from her Bosnian ancestors. Her first and most cherished success was the short essay she wrote in third grade, which the teacher read aloud to the whole class. 
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A bit later, she moved to Siena, where she graduated with a master degree in Linguistics and Cognitive Studies. Her studies and her passion for writing always merged together, as she enjoys uncovering the rules of language and she loves to play with words and their subtlest shades.
She observes nature and social interactions, always looking for the lifeblood of the trees and probably missing the forest altogether.
Her work tries to capture her quick glimpses into the bewildering functioning of the world, often with irony and unexpected juxtapositions. 
She would probably write good poetry about birds, flowers and stuff, but she would first need a two week break from her side hustle as an entrepreneur.

Meet Daniela

• What would you be if you were: An animal, a song, a poem, a colour, a flavour?
I would be the chomskian famous sentence “Colourless green ideas sleep furiously”, which sums up the power of language and the stupor that it can cause.
During weekends, I would turn into a hedgehog, and no one could ever predict which side I would attend social gatherings with.
 
• Can you describe in a few words your creative process?
I always scribble down on my day planner. Sometimes those little ideas and observations become impatient and they want to expand into a story. I usually let them cry for attention for a couple weeks, but I eventually give in.
• What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate/ write about?
Most of all, I enjoy linking things together, creating existential oxymorons and unexpected analogies.
 
• What keeps you inspired and motivated?
I believe art is our special connection to the great machine that Nature is. As She creates, we create with Her, and this is the pure magic that keeps me grounded and happy.
 
• How do you think projects like Coffee Grounds can make a difference?
Projects like this are safe playgrounds that can cure the pervasive solitude of artists.

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