Camping, colours, crazy (good) times

 

Just a little status update, given that you haven’t heard from me in quite some time ;)

So, what have I been up to in April? (Writing-wise, of course. No one cares about the boring rest ;) )

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Well, at the beginning of the month, I decided  – pretty much last minute – to join the fun at Camp NaNoWriMo. Continue reading

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 ;) )

“Hello, is this the author speaking?”

tumblr_n17kd4yjxo1rfe77so1_500Many people think that being a writer means not being very interactive by default. You sit there alone in your room, typing words into your computer or drawing character charts on your note pad. It’s just you and the story, no one else needed.

Well, partly those people are right, but partly they couldn’t be more wrong. As a writer, your chosen profession is to tell stories. And even though you always start off telling them only to yourself, you already dream about making them public one day, to share them with the world, with an audience. This is the moment when you start to realise that writing a story is not a lonely or self-centred project at all. It’s more like trying to start some sort of conversation. You are not just an author, not just a writer, you are also a story teller and a sender of messages. You are communicating.

robert-frost-quoteAnd that’s exactly where things start to get difficult. Continue reading

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.

 

 

Bring on the champaign

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have an announcement to make: It’s done.

Yesterday, I got to validate incredible 50 977 words – which makes me an official NaNoWriMo Winner. Alcohol-free champaign and cookies for everyone!

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Looking back, I can honestly say I’ve never seen an entire month go by so fast. Today is already the first of advent, November is almost over and NaNoWriMo is coming to an end. candle-in-the-dark

An end that brings very mixed emotions:

 

surprise – When I set out on this adventure, I honestly never thought I’d get this far. It’s still a shock, sort of.

pride – I made it! Still can’t believe I did. And even two days early.

happiness – It was a wonderful experience, which I’m truly grateful for, and it was made even better by all the lovely supportive people around me.

sadness – Yes, there is also a bit of sadness that it’s over and now it’s back to ‘normal life’ (and to editing… oh dear).

 

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(picture taken from quotesgram.com)

Going into NaNoWriMo, I had a very strict goal. Quoting from my first-week-post:

“This first of November, it would be do or die. Either I’d rediscover the magic, or I’d fail miserably.”

It’s good to know that I didn’t fail. It’s even better to realise that I still have that ability of stringing words together and building a story. The magic is still there, so to say, it probably has been there all along.

Even if the story is far from done. Even if the whole thing still lacks proper structure. Even if most of those 50 000 words suck.

The NaNo experience is not about creating a perfect text. It is all about writing and letting your muses run wild (which mine did. A Lot.) and having fun.

The result still needs major editing and several rounds of revision, but for the moment being, I’m quite happy with it.

 

And finally, I would like to thank those who made it all possible: thanks

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.

thanks-for-your-great-supportAll the Swiss WriMos making up the small but amazing Swiss NaNo Community (special shout-out to the Winterthur section. Hope you guys will all make it over the finish line!).

And last but not least, all my amazing Writing Buddies – especially Mika Krüger, who already finished last Tuesday but still waited for me so we could cross the finish line together, and Jery, whose supportive, smart and funny messages were better than muffins, brownies and cookies – combined.

I love you guys, more than I can ever say (or write). You are beyond amazing.