Happy new year….

… yes I might be a bit early for that but being confined mainly to the sofa and bed not being able to concentrate on anything in the last few days has born a few resolutions for 2013.

The good thing about blogging is the fact you can go back and check next year. Am already looking forward to where it will lead me :-).

A few weeks ago I have read about a new book Stephen Fry has brought out. “The ode less travelled” it is called where explains on the one hand that those who are able to speak and read English are also able to write poetry. On the other hand he critisises modern verse though as being watered down and boring as it is mainly free verse looking within the poet.

I thought that a bit arrogant at first but his challenging thesis did not leave my mind. Thetefore I have decided to go on a poetic voyage throughout the centuries and continents and learn about different pietic forms. I will also try them out. A challenge in itself :-).

Having been ill a considerable time of 2012 I have also decided to put more emphasis on exercise and gardening. Both are not only good for your health but also for your creativity. Lets hope the weather will support me :-).

And last but not least having missed my goodreads goal by about 6 books this year I will put more into my reading efforts.

Three worthy resolutions – lets see if I pull through.

So what are your new years resolutions? Do you have any? Are your challenging, highbrow or just plainly non-existent?

Am looking forward to hear from you but for now:

Let’s get the party started ;-)!

Merry Christmas/ Frohe Weihnachten

Merry Christmas to all of you and those who do not celebrate Christmas: merry ……. ( add your festival when you celebrate it 🙂 )

My thoughts go out to all in trouble and distress: may you find the suport you need!

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Frohe Weihnachten Euch allen und fuer die, die Weihnachten nicht feiern: Frohes ….. ( bitte einsetzen, was Ihr feiert wenn Ihr es feiert 🙂 ).

Ich denke an all die, die in Schwierigkeiten sind oder uebermaessig gestresst: Moeget Ihr die Hilfe finden, die Ihr braucht!

A #MondayPrompt about “The last Christmas!”

Queen's Christmas tree at Windsor Castle 1848,...

Queen’s Christmas tree at Windsor Castle 1848, adapted for Godey’s Lady’s Book, December 1850 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seems like I am very philosophical lately. We had a week with jokes or fears about the end of the world which made me think “What if this is the last Christmas and we know it is?”.

I think this is a question worth exploring and therefore this weeks #MondayPrompt is

“The last Christmas ever!”

So please let the thoughts and idea about a last Christmas inspire you to write, verse, get creative in any form you like and if you want to link your creation to this blog or post it in a comment here. Thanks!

I will post my #MondayPrompt poem on Saturday!

If you want to write to me: morgaine620(at)yahoo.de

Have fun!

Do writers have a social/philosophical/political responsibility?

Stamp wich represents Sophie Scholl (Personal ...

Stamp wich represents Sophie Scholl (Personal stamp-collection of Gretaz). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been wondering about this question a lot lately.
Can’t remember why it popped up. Probably with reading up on how to be a good writer they sometimes ask the question

Why do you write?

and

Who do you write for?

When I read these questions I remembered when I started writing poetry some 20 years ago that I always wanted to be at least a socially critical writer. I used to be a very religious person but I have never followed any dogma without questioning it. So some of my more religious poems were quite critical. But I suspect as a teenager you are bound to be ;-).

Some of the authors/poets that I like/d were socially and politically critical like Kurt Tucholsky, Erich Fried or Wolfgang Borchert. But looking at them I realise they are all German-speaking/writing. So might that be an especial German/central European thing?

I think I was also influenced by reading the biographies of Sophie Scholl, Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King. Their example inspired me and I think one of my core believes is that you can not stay aside or keep your mouth shut when something unjust happens. I have spoken up now and then not as often as I wanted to and I have always gotten into trouble and hardly ever achieved anything which did not motivate me a lot :-).

But I also realised that I enjoy reading entertaining literature of any sort. There is an awful lot of fantasy and criminal literature that I have read. I would never have thought about writing “just” something entertaining which I now think is quite arrogant :-).

“There is a time for everything” to quote the bible and not the byrds:
Sometimes you just need to shut your overactive mind up and escape somewhere into a lovely story but sometimes it is good to have a close look at the drawbacks of society/politics/philosophy and stand up and say something.

I am not sure if you can have an overall answer to this question as our writing era is so much more individual than it ever has been. I think being a good writer today means being versatile. Not doing only one thing but being able to write about many things and with different goals. But maybe I am wrong about this.

What do you think?