December? Already?

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When did that happen?

It does not only mean that Christmas is approaching fast, but also that NaNoWriMo 2016 lies already behind us.

If you participated: how did it go? Did you reach your goal?

I most certainly did.

Given that I had decided to write a story that has been on my mind for ages, things were going exceptionally well. I managed to write every day – even after working from 8 AM till 5 PM, even when I had to make up for my Book Berlin weekend.

My average was a fairly high 2000 words – between 1552 and 2525 per day. Therefore, I beat NaNoWriMo on day 25, and got to amazing 60 155 words in the end, a result I had never expected, not even in my wildest dreams.

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However … I couldn’t help but notice that this NaNo felt completely different from last year’s. Back then, I had to struggle really hard to reach 50 000 words, but felt really proud in the end. This year, I’m sort of missing that feeling.

But yeah, maybe it’s just because there are some scenes left to write. The complete story is most likely going to be around 80 000, so there are a few more words to write, and a lot of revision to be done. An AWFUL lot of revision.

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My personal highlight this November was most definitely the Book Berlin – a small, cosy yet very impressive book fair. It was so much fun meeting great people (hi Michael, Sarah, Tinka and everyone else!) and witnessing my dear friend and fellow author  Mika Krüger presenting and selling her books there. Already looking forward to next year!

Still, I would like to thank all those who supported me this NaNo:thanks-1804597_1280

My cats for their endless support and patience and all the hours they spend sitting next to me while I was typing.

All the NaNoWriMo staff who made something great and you keep making it better and better each year.

All my friends who were supportive and kept asking about the story.

daisy-1403041_1280The  Facebook-Community, lead by the wonderful Tinka – it’s always so much fun with you guys!

And of course my beyond-amazing Writing BuddiesMika Krüger, who I met last NaNo and wouldn’t trade for the world, Michael Kracht, a great editor and amazing person, and Sarah Ricchizzi, who I finally got to meet in Person at Book Berlin. And of course everyone else I didn’t mention by name – you are all important to me, and I’m proud of every single one of you.

You all rock! <3

Everyone out there a happy and peaceful Advent!

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Pictures used:

Welcome December:  LoveThisPic
Winner Badge:  NaNoWriMo
Buch Berlin Logo:  Buch Berlin
everything else: pixabay

Hallo Autumn – a little Update

tumblr_nvjohkgppe1txq9ggo1_1280It’s getting really ciold out there … and really colourful :)

Personally, I’m a HUGE fan of the ‘darker time of the year’ – especially when it’s still golden rather than completely dark. But even then I love the shorter days, the colourful nature, candles, tea and cookies (or gingerbread). It’s the ideal season to cuddle my cats, and to curl up with a good book.

That’s why I updated the ‘sneak peek’ section on my German website. Now you can get a first glimpse at three short stories and one short crime fic leaves-1076307_960_720here  (sorry, German only at the moment being). There’s also a link to order the books, if you think you might enjoy reading more.

All those books are anthologies, which means you’ll find a collection of great stories and poems by different authors. In 2017, I will definitely publish a collection of just my stories, as well as my first novel (hopefully/finally).

And NaNoWriMo is coming up, too …

How about you? Are you enjoying the season, looking forward to partcipate in the NaNo fun, or do you have a great book to recommend?

In that case, I’m looking forward to your comment :)

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Happy hoppy Easter :)

rory-bunny-cat_zpserexhqvyHappy hoppy kitty bunny Easter, everyone :)

Don’t worry, I’ve been really busy with work recently but I will be back with another blog entry soon.

Meanwhile, I hope you have a great time and an awesome day, with lots of fun and laughs and chocolate eggs.rory-bunny-cat-2_zpsne7oek9y

(pictures taken from http://www.grrfeisty.com/2015/04/diy-bunny-ears-for-your-pet.html . Great idea, but wouldn’t last on my kitties ;) )

A new year? Already?

Funny-fat-cat-happy-new-year-comicsLooks like 2015 literally flew by… and here we go again, New Year’s Eve.

And as always, it’s a very retrospective time. Don’t worry, I won’t keep you for long. I’m sure you have things to prepare, friends or family to meet and fireworks to watch.

So, what kind of year was 2015?

Well, that’s hard to pin down exactly.

For the world as a whole, it certainly wasn’t a good year. Terrorist attacks, wars, refugees, nationalist/fascist movements growing stronger and so many natural desasters – every evening I turned on the TV expecting yet another tragic or terrifying announcement. My heart sank and broke so many times that I totally lost count. My faith in humanity was at a constant low – so thanks for everyone who managed to (at least partially or temporally) restore it.

For me personally though, it was surprisingly okay year. 2015 brought some lows, but also a lot of small successes: I finished my teacher’s degree. I moved into a new (nicer and bigger) appartment. My cat Cookie – who is suffering from two chronic problems – has been doing well all year. I didn’t lose any friends or family members. And the list goes on –  it’s all (more or less) small favours, but I’m very thankful for each of them.

229656_10153210702212371_8439471006348626115_nA year ago, on New Year’s Eve 2014, I made three resolutions. Only three, and very simple ones at that, since I have a history of looking back the next year and realising I failed at least partly at everything I wanted to achieve. (Which is a common thing when it comes to resolutions, I believe ;) )

The most important resolution last year was the third one: Write, write, WRITE!

Given that I hadn’t done any serious writing in ages, I was sort of worried. But in February, I managed to get my first short story published, and soon started working on a few more (some results on whether they will be published are still pending). I joined an authors’ network where I was able to establish new contacts and make new (writing) friends. And finally, my personal highlight in November: I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time, and ended up winning.

Currently, I’m working on another short story (crime fiction) and trying to decide whether I should do a second draft of my NaNo project (“Blood and Rain”) or return to “Solving Puzzles” in order to finally complete the first German draft. Decisions, decisions… but I bet the new year will bring a few more of those.

So my resolutions for the next year will once again be very simple. The most important one, obviously: to write even more. I hope this year will see the finished draft of a novel, and I’m doing my best to fight that nagging little voice in my head that insists it’s going to be mediocre at best.

tumblr_nzyidjnOjW1rmz12oo1_500Instead, I’d rather listen to the voice that tells me: Keep on fighting. Be grateful for the small things. Don’t let perfectionism get the best of you. And write, write, WRITE.

Everyone out there, have a great start into a happy, healthy, successful, inspiring, creative and downright amazing 2016! Let this be YOUR year.

Thanks for sticking with me in 2015. You made my year, all of you.

 

Season’s Greetings :)

animals-beautiful-cat-christmas-cute-Favim.com-332360Wow. Has it been another year already? I can still remember writing last year’s blogpost on the 24th of December, my first blog post ever (on this site). Which also means that I’ve been running this page for over a year now, and I loved every minute of it ^^ Thanks to all my friends, followers and supporters, of course. I seriously couldn’t have done without you. THANK YOU VERY MUCH <3

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So to everyone out there: I wish you  very very merry Christmas, a blessed Yule, happy holidays and a great time with all your loved ones (or a peaceful time alone, if you prefer).

Lots of love and joy and cookies to all of you! 45305-Christmas-Tree-M-m-Cookies

 

 

PS: If you haven’t read it yet, last year’s Yule/Christmas-themed story can be found here.