Oh dear…..

 

I have neglected this blog shamefully :-(.

But well things have been rough at day job and I just try to figure a way out that I can get all things I want to do done.

Have been reading some blogs about writing which were quite helpful and which are:

Falling for Fiction

Susan Kiernan-Lewis Living a Passionate Life

Writers Write Creative Blog

Nick Daw’s Writing Blog

Claire J Deboer Author & Professional Writer

Kirsten Lamb’s Blog

Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing

Seeking the Write Life

So no wonder I have neglected this blog ;-).

I have also read some wonderful books:

First of all the wonderful 1. Book of “The Hunger Games” Trilogy. I was a bit disappointed in the beginning but got through and thoroughly enjoyed the rest.

Then a German Classic “Castle Gripsholm” in the German version. It was written by Kurt Tucholsky a German Author in Nazi Germany who passionately wrote against fascism which of course did not do him well. This story is supposed to be just a little summer story but if you can read between the lines there is so much more.

I have to admit I love children’s books and my partners children made me aware of the gorgeous Warrior Cat’s Series by Erin Hunter. It is just nice to read something “easy” now and then. It gives me the chance to just enjoy.

Blimey I was busy reading. There was also “Luis” from Derek Haines which really gripped me even though I have no idea why. It’s the story about a spy which starts before WW2 and shows his life up to the 1970’s or 80’s. That was really interesting and somehow not at all like James Bond 🙂 (Sorry Derek….).

And then a little book about how to write good poetry but I can’t find the title any more.

Then I got “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini which is really exciting as it gives some insight into the life in a country (Afghanistan) which has been secluded for so long or just in the news for wars.

Well my reading list on the Kindle is still 73 Books full besides “The Kite Runner” and I am still 7 books behind my Goodreads goal for 2012 so I better get off here and get reading…… and writing later on :-).

 

 

 

Changes

 

Sometimes the strangest changes happen in an instant and this year seems to be a year of changes for myself.

Am thinking a lot about my priorities and where I want to go with my life. Writing definitely must have a space in it but I am not clear yet in what way. Today I had some trouble at work and even though I was thinking about it a long time suddenly it was totally clear to me that I have to leave this job.

Where it will lead me I have no idea. I will not just quit. I am not that courageous yet but maybe I should.

So if there is someone out there who has a writing job for an aspiring writer and blogger: Here I am and I just have to give one weeks notice :-)!

 

Are your stories like your children?

A few days ago I wrote about the fact that I have decided to stay with the shorter forms of writing eg poetry and short stories and of course my blogs. I said “good bye” to Zara as a project but she somehow does not leave me. It feels like a child I have nurtured ….

20 years is a long time to think about a story.

I wish I could decide on one route of writing and then stick to it!

 

I’ve done it ~….

 

…. I’ve read “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.

I actually did not want to read it as I am always a bit suspicious when books get such big attention in the media. But Randy Ingermanson the creator of the “Snowflake Method” suggested to read it in one of his newsletters and Amazon had a special offer for the Kindl. Well, I could not resist :-).

At first I was really disappointed because the first few chapters seemed to me more telling than action. But Katniss the main character is a strong one really. She is shown as a strong young woman who feeds her family but is also very vulnerable. Her main focus is on keeping her family alive. When her little sister got chosen to take part in the Hungergames ~ a fight of 12 – 18 year olds to the death ~ she takes her place.

And as soon as she enters the games her story telling gets breath-taking. Loads of action but also a romance that isn’t one. Or is it?

 

 

 

 

WritersCafe.org

Last week I sat with a co-worker and as she has come back to our shop after working somewhere else, I asked her if she wanted to stay or what she has planned. She told me she is writing a historic novel and poetry and we got talking about writing. She told me she is a member of WritersCafe.org but has not spent a lot of time there lately as she is studying at the OpenUniversity as well (I have no idea when that girl is sleeping: 39 H work per week, 39 H studies, writing a novel and extra work in a museum…… how lazy am I really??????!).

As I got curious what she is writing and about that site as well I signed up and got positively surprised. You can publish your own writing in several topics and you actually get feedback pretty fast. I signed up on Tuesday and already have two reviews.

WritersCafe.org offers a forum, courses, contests, your own blog, groups and help to publish your works. It seems to me to be a place where writing is taken serious but without being overly competitive. It is definitely worth a visit.

My profile is here: http://www.writerscafe.org/Phoenixrise