I’m Thinking [1]

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Yeah, that’s a first. 😀

Well, I’ve been absent here for awhile and not just to think. We already talked about how life gets in the way… it gets in the way of everything, it’s like it thinks it’s so important. Annoying. Sorry, just having a little bit of fun here.

So, I’ve been absent but not idle. I’ve finally (finally!) done all those revisions on Halfway Home. Well, I’m pretty sure if it’s gonna get published there’ll be an editor suggesting a whole lot more, but for now… yeah, Halfway Home is at a publisher’s right now, getting evaluated. Exciting times.

I worked through that thing in time to have surgery on my hand. I had a trigger finger which is not so much painful as it is annoying. It also gets painful with time and so I had this pretty standard surgery. And now I have to do a lot of things with my left hand. Of course, as I am just now typing this, I’m being an ass about my hand’s recovery. But seriously, do you know how boring not using your good hand is? Do you know how stupid one feels using the not so good hand, the dunce’s hand? Yeah, brushing teeth with that hand? Not a delight.

With all that going on I’ve got a little time thinking. These last few weeks I’ve read a lot about how writers writing blog are procrastinating on the real writing, how we shouldn’t be writing blog because ever so often we do that instead of the ‘real’ writing. And I thought about that and think it’s utter bull.

For one, blog writing IS writing. Just as writing an essay is, or a journal. Is there any type of writing that is not ‘real’ writing? Is there any type of writing that is ‘worthless’ writing? No, there isn’t. I like to think that all of it makes us better at what we do. This here blog may not be high brow entertainment, but it’s still important – if only for me.

For another, how is sharing experiences not important? What would we even know about writing if those before us had not written about the experience of writing? Jacksquatt is what! Yes, they wrote essays and such, but writing blog is the next best thing. yeah? It’s easily accessible and doable. Every person can do it, and every writer (in my very humble opinion) should do it. We can’t always spent time in other people’s (character’s) minds, we sometimes have to get things out of our own. And is there actually a better way to do that than writing it down? An empty page doesn’t talk back! (I like that about pages in general, not just empty ones.)

So, I stand that blog writing is important. I thought about it.

Also, I’m thinking about a new blog (actually, I’m kinda diddling with it already, but it’s not open to the public yet) – not an additional one, more of a substitute for this one. Something that looks a little bit more professional. Like the someone writing it knows what they’re doing… yeah, I know, it’s risky, but maybe I can pull it off. Thinking of translating my novella The Affair into German, too. You know, just busy thinking.

Are you thinking too? What abouts?

Serious Writer Dude in 2016

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Hello, folks.

Well, I’m a little preoccupied this year and I keep stalling on things. One of those things is this here blog. I’m sorry for posting so little, but life seems to get in the way a lot.

But I’ve been thinking about things I want for my blog and I guess (I’m hoping) to change a little. The main thing will be that I want to include guest blog posts. In English and German, as this is a bilingual blog. I don’t want to include just any guest blog posts, but blog posts that have to do with writing.

So, if you’re a writer and you’re looking for a platform to say something about writing (your writing, writing in general, also if you’ve written something and want to promote your published work), here’s your chance. Just send me an email (addy up on the top right) and tell me your idea and I’m going to come back to you.

I’ve actually already have a guest post lined up, in German. Two wonderful German authors, Ina Steg and Anna Thur, have written a story together and in the blog post that will appear on here within the next week, they talk about the adventure of collaborating on a creative text. It’s an interesting topic, and an endeaver I only engaged in with one friend so far (those texts were never finished and probably unreadable).

So, that’s something I’m gonna include in 2016, hoping it’ll be of interest to you guys and any writer who wants to share this space with me. Other than that I’m pretty happy with my blog (despite being a little lazy just now), but I’d like to include stuffs in the years to come. I’m hopeful for this place to grow and improve – even if it does so slowly.

Leave word what you think of it. Comments are always appreciated.

 

 

Newbie Nominations

Thank you to Enrayn for my nomination, I bow to you. (I’m sure, you’re doing great on NaNo – if you need another buddy: buddy me [name’s Corikane] and I buddy you back)

The idea of Newbie Nominations is simple – it gives newbies the push to search for blogs that will interest them and it helps to build a community of bloggers.

I accept my nomination with reservation, since I’m not strictly speaking a new blogger. I’ve been blogging on WordPress for five years now, however, this blog is fairly new, so, I hope it’s acceptable that I participate and keep spreading the blogging spirit, if you will.

The Rules

  • Answer the questions set by the blogger that nominated you
  • Nominate 5 new bloggers (fewer than 30 posts or less than 5 months blogging)
  • Ask six new questions for your nominees to answer
  • Choose a weekly feature that you can stick to for a month or a monthly fixture that you will stick to for 6 months
  • Add your 5 bloggers to your feed and comment on their posts

Answering Questions

  1. Do you read more or write more? – While I read only 19 novels so far this year, it’s still more than what I put out. But that’s okay, you can’t write without reading.
  2. E-Book or Paperback? – I actually wrote a blog post about this. I love books, I love the way they feel and smell, their weight. I love the printed word. But I find my kindle useful, especially when I’m travelling. At the moment, it’s what’s keeping me sane, as I don’t have my books around me.
  3. What book changed the way that you think? – I’ve encountered many books that changed how I think/thought. Some in little ways, others in bigger ways. I’m reading, I’m learning. Maybe the first one was Stephen King’s IT, maybe the latest is Take Me There – Trans and Genderqueer Erotica.
  4. Do your family/friends know that you blog? – My friends know. My family? Well, they know I blog, but they don’t know about this blog because they wouldn’t be able to read it as it’s in English, and most of my family only knows German.
  5. Should we blog every day or when we have something to say? – Hopefully, when we’ve got something to say. But I also blogged about things just to blog, because sometimes this is not just a way to share your thoughts, it can also be an addiction. And I tend to feed my cravings.
  6. If there were no computers would you keep a diary? – I actually remember a time without computers. I have then, and still sometimes do write diary. I also used an old-fashioned type-writer to write during my early teens… I don’t mind going old-school.

I Nominate

Asking Questions

  1. What are you blogging about?
  2. What made you blog in the first place?
  3. Who/What is the person/animal/thing that inspires you most?
  4. Share the recipe for your favorite cocktail, alternative (if you’re not a drinker): Share you recipe for a favorite snack.
  5. Your favorite quote.
  6. Writing – blessing or curse?

My Weekly Feature

At the moment, I’m writing about NaNoWriMo every weekend. I have a couple of other features, marked by the numbers in brackets behind the title.