It’s been a long time since I posted anything. Which is a big no no in the blogging world, but hey… sometimes life just gets in the way.
Whatever else that’s been going on, I haven’t given up on writing. I’m still working towards my goal which is to write a novel worthy of being published. It’s not even about the money at this point. I just want something out there, you know.
Anyway, I’m going to try and post on the blog more often. I can’t promise you I’ll ever be one of those regular One-Post-A-Day bloggers, but I’ll try to update every week at least.
My plans for the next few weeks and months is to participate in NaNoWriMo’s April Camp, and to work in the garden. The weather is still horrible here, but spring is coming… Though it feels eons away at the moment (Sleet with a temperature barely above zero on the Celsius-scale.) At least it gives me an excuse to curl up in the couch with a cup of hot tea and a good book.
Yesterday was election day here in Sweden, and it proved to be a sad day for democracy. Sverigedemokraterna (The Swedish Democrats), a party that was formed in the 90’s as the political branch of the white power and neo-nazi movement, has grown in size and power. They are now the third largest political party here in Sweden. Once again the stakes has been raised. Once again, those working towards a totalitarian society based on the ideals of Fascism and Nazism, gets to take one step closer to their goal.
As the granddaughter of a Polish Holocaust survivor, I find this development deeply worrying. In short, I won’t stand for it. I refuse to be silent and let the voices speaking for racism stand unanswered. I refuse to passively watch the laws protecting democracy, freedom of speech and equality become unraveled. I choose to act. To take an active part in changing the course of Sweden, and the course of the world.
If you are reading this and are seeing the same forces at work in your country, I urge you to join me. Join a political group/party. Speak up against extremism. Vote. Do not sit back and expect someone else to protect your rights for you. That didn’t work in Germany in the 30’s, and it won’t work now. YOU MUST ACT!
Remember: THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING – Edward Burke.
It’s been a hectic summer writingwise. I’ve focused on writing fantasy as well as putting Timeless Love, my NaNoWriMo story from last year, through its first round of editing. In short, I have had my plate full. Which is great. There is nothing worse than staring at the screen and having no idea what to write.
But lately it’s been a bit much. I have too many ideas popping up in my head and not enough hours of the day to deal with them all. So I have decided to take a vacation. From now until November, I won’t write a thing in my stories. I’ll keep writing in the interactive stories, I’m involved with of course! And I’ll keep writing down any idea that comes to me. But for the next two months, I’m going to spend my free time playing Video Games. Witcher 3, here I come! 🙂
Long afternoons, the lazy hum of bumble bees and the honey-sweet scent of lavender and hay… August invites you to slow down, to inhale deeply and enjoy the fullness of summer before it gives way to autumn.
It is a month that feels endless, as if even time stops to enjoy the lingering warmth. Every year September’s arrival feels abrupt and sudden, and we remember that time does pass and seasons change. But for now, August is still here and the cold and the rain of the coming autumn feels like an impossibility…
NaNoWriMo’s July Camp is over. Unlike the April Camp, this time I managed to reach the goal I had set for myself: 13 500 words. I managed to write just a little over 15 000 words so GO ME! 🙂
The story I’m working on is an epic fantasy story, and even though I have a total word count of close to thirty-thousand words, I still feel like I am very much in the beginning of this great adventure. This is my first original story written in English in the fantasy genre and it is quite exciting. I have already made plans to keep working on the same story for the November Novel challenge.
If you are curious about the story, you can head over to Inkitt. I posted the first four chapters there.
Just to be clear, this isn’t one of those How To articles. There’s tons of them online, and a lot of them make for good reads, filled with tips and tricks. But it is one thing to read articles and another thing to actually do it.
I have spent hours world building, writing notes on the flora and fauna, the different kingdoms, the people and their customs. I’ve even come up with a couple of rudimentary languages to use. But no matter how many notebooks I fill, I still won’t have a novel unless I manage to write that first magical sentence. And a lot is riding on it. It’s the hook, the very thing that will make the reader want to continue reading.
It is easy to cave under the pressure, isn’t it.
Okay, so let’s say we have the first sentence and it’s a great one. Now we just need to figure out how to introduce our readers to the verse we’ve created, and at the same time not bog down the first chapter with a lot of background info. The first chapter should be fast paced and exciting so it draws the reader in and gives him or her a chance to get to know the main characters. Well, that’s the theory at least.
Yeah… I know, there is no real rules when it comes to writing. Other than the grammar, and even they can be broken.
Maybe a slightly crappy first sentence and a slow, long-worded first chapter is just whats fantasy-readers really wants?
Or I could just go back to the ol’ drawing board and start over… *sigh*
Time to come clean. I haven’t been able to work on my NaNo April Camp project at all.
When I got the e-mail back in late February early March winter was still on full force. Spring seemed an eternity away, and with it any thoughts on the garden. But spring came and I woke up to the realisation that I need to get my ass in gear and start digging flowerbeds and start germinating seeds ASAP or everything will have to wait a whole year.
So, I tore myself from the keyboard, rolled up my sleeves and got digging. And I haven’t stopped since.
Sorry, NaNoWriMo, but the garden waits for no one.
So, I have realized that I drastically need to change the background plot for the story, and have spent most of the day re-writing what I wrote yesterday… It’s the beginning that I can’t seem to get right. I know I should just leave it be for now. You can’t do a lot of backtracking and editing during a 30-day write. Not if you want to write a 50 000 word novel. Well, at least not if you’re me. I’m a terribly slow writer…
Also, I am a master of procrastination. Which is what I’m doing now. Updating the blog when I should be working on the story. And before I decided that the world absolutely need this post, I sorted my notebooks, designed a couple of colouring sheets, matched up all the miss-match socks in the back of the drawer… Yeah, you get the picture… I basically did everything BUT write. I have been very productive. Well, except for in the writing-department.
Okay, enough procrastinating. Time to buckle down and rack up that word count.
I participated in the National November Writing Month last year. It challenges you to write a 50 000 word novel in 30 days. I know… it is crazy, but a lot of fun.
2017 was the first year I actually signed up for an account over at nanowrimo.org. And waddaya know, I actually managed to write a novel! Yup, that’s right, an entire story with a beginning, a middle and an ending. 50 986 words in 30 days.
Okay, enough bragging. 🙂
It turns out that the good people over at NaNoWriMo arranges virtual camps as well, and for the entire April I will, together with our Cyan, join thousands of others happy campers for some writing adventures. Unlike the November challenge, you set your own goal during the Camp. My goal, and this is a big one, is to write another 50 000 word story. And I am itching to go! If you ask me, April can’t come soon enough!
If you haven’t already, you should head over to https://campnanowrimo.org/ and join us. Take this opportunity to dedicate an entire month to writing and creativity. Like NaNoWriMo says, the world needs your stories.