I need a little magic…

… no it is not that my life is so boring and I need to spice it up. It is just that I have been writing about “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivy on Tuesday and my #NaNoWriMo novel came back into my mind.

I really liked the style Ivy is writing in. Well I do not want to copy it but that mix between magic and logic explanations really made me enjoy the book. I think that is that little bit that is missing in my first draft.

Seems to be good to just let a draft rest for a while. Somehow it is still working inside of my even though I have not read or touched it since the 31st of November. But it is there and I want to do something with it.

Right now I just am back into my blogging which takes quite a bit of time. But what has worked for #NaNoWriMo should work for the rest of the year as well. Just pre~wrote posts and then use the time for working on the novel.

Uh I am getting excited now :-).

I’ll keep you updated!

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A challenge

Wow have I set myself a challenge!

I did not know what I got myself into when I decided to do the ABC of poetic forms. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy doing it and have a list for practically the whole year. But well doing a formal poem is quite a challenge and you have to really work on it. Maybe Stephen Fry is right with his criticism of the free modern verse :-).

I suppose I will learn a lot and will have a lot of to try out this year as well. For now I want to work more on the Balassi Stanza meaning I want to do some more because it has proofen to be quite tricky to make a good one.

What else is going on writing-wise? Nothing much to be honest. Was quite motivated to blog last week this week is a bit more difficult but that’ll go soon I suspect. It seems to be more difficult to blog at the end of the week as I work more and feel usual quite tired. So I will probably pre-write my posts to keep up not with the Kardashians but with my readers ;-).

I have not started on my #NaNoWriMo Novel again ~ seems like it has to rest for a while longer. But I have thought about it last week and got some more ideas which is encouraging.

What I like is my  meetings with a friend to take pictures. Had a nice one this Monday which kept my mood up.

Well how is your writing or other creative activities going on? Are you in a down or does the new year (and the survived end of the world for that 😉 ) motivate you no end? Feel free to share with us :-).

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This blog post does not really have anything to do with books or with writing but I just had to write something about it. And post it as often as possible 🙂 sorry for being a grumpy old woman!

writing or so….

Novels in a Polish bookstore

Novels in a Polish bookstore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have not been writing a lot about writing lately but it looks like I need a break from it after that intense #NaNoWriMo month. Yes I know it is over since 6 weeks or so and I had decided to take a look back at my first draft in January but when I realised I did not manage my Goodreads goal for last year I was a bit disappointed. I love reading. As a child I spend most days with it.

I can remember when I got the German translation of The Lord of The Rings I read the whole thing in about a week. I just could not switch it off. The local library was my refuge and my adventure which opened up a whole new world in my little Swabian village. I travelled ~ sure ~ to Switzerland which was close and in Germany but I could never imagine to go to places like Kenya, India or Alaska. But in books I could travel anywhere and to any time I ever wanted. Even to dimensions that science still have not found ;-).

As both my parents and my grandparents loved to read I was never short of books. But when I got into my late 20s suddenly I did not find books that really interested me anymore. Quite often I found the books I was reading were not written very well. But maybe it had more to do with the fact that I was changing so much therefore my interest in what to read as well.

Today I can say my main interest is in Fantasy and Crime which feeds my longing for mystery. But last year I have started something I call “window shopping” in the library. They often have books showcased on stands or shelves and I just have a look and let my intuition guide me which one of them I want to read preferably an author I do not know. This way I found Aimee Bender‘s “The Particular Sadness of Lemoncake” one of the best books I have every read.

And my actual finding? Eowyn Ivy’s  The Snow Child a truly haunting story that gives you an immense emotional experience while reading it. But well someone who is called like an sword swinging lady in Lord of the Rings must be a good writer…… :-).

I have found that taking pictures is a good way to get my creativity moving. Remembering Julia CameronsThe Artists Way I remember she suggested to do other creative work and not only focus on one thing and strangely you soon find something that you always wanted to do but never got around to do it. So for today think about what creative activity you always wanted to do and then just do it :-)!