Posted in Camp WriMo, NaNoWriMo, The Solar Eclipse, Writing

Wet, wet, wet

A couple of days ago, I told you it finally had begun raining. That was next to nothing. Now, it really has begun raining. Except for the first couple of hours early this morning, it has been pouring down the entire day. It’s so welcome, it was really needed! But probably it’s yet not enough to turn that drought into a more normal state. So keep on raining for a while longer. Why not the entire week? To fill up the depot in the ground, that is supposed to be there.

I have spent the day on the sofa. A slight cold, mostly bothering my muscles, made me take the opportunity to do “nothing” today. Nothing but reading, writing and so on, that is. A little bit boring now when it’s early evening, but soon I’ll have dinner and then begin today’s session of writing to CampWriMo.

This is not my sofa, and this is not my dog since I have no dog. And I am not a dog, what that matter. But I like the image from Pixabay

So! Three days have gone with this task, and I’m doing well. Didn’t set the rib too high this time, and it seems that I have made the right choice. So far it has paid off! No stress, only an average of 700 words a day is needed, and with three day’s behind me I have now written 3105 words. There is something going on in the story that both surprises me and makes me curious of what will happen.

Maybe I should have my dinner now, so I can begin writing afterwards. 😉

Maybe something like this? No! I have no chickpea-pasta left. But I have some whole grain rice ready to eat. Yes! I eat the vegan way!
Posted in Fantasy, The Solar Eclipse, Writing

So I did!

Or rather – to be honest – I continue on the one I’m working on.

It’s so thrilling! What will happen in the story when I continue writing this afternoon? Me? I have absolutely no idea! But that’s the usual way I do it.

Yesterday some new people were entering the story. One thought the area he saw was “as huge as the big assembly hall in the monastery”!!!

What??? Who are those people? They seemed so extremely technically advanced! And that person  – a monk??? – what was that person doing up in the Orb? Spying? Disconnected from his (hers?) body and all… thanks to some electronic devices… including some kind of built-in videocamera… and then some malfunction occurred so he (she?) got disconnected from the staff below that was monitoring him (her?).

And the question now is – among other – is he alone up there?… in the orb… like halfways between the planet and the sun…

Why did I at first take it for granted that this character was a “he”, and thus a monk?

Exclamation mark… exclamation mark…

(Who knows… I might delete this part later. The main issue now, is to let the words flow without hesitation or regrets – and no editing. Not now!)

Posted in Camp WriMo, NaNoWriMo, The Solar Eclipse, Writing

Finally it’s raining

And finally, I’m here again. Both good – but in different ways. The rain because we all need it. Nature needs it. And I’m good because I need to be. To be back in writing mood.

It’s been almost three months since my last post. Well! I’ve been busy, you know! I just didn’t think this involuntary pause would last for such a long time. But now – I decided, and I made this decision very clear, first of all to myself, but also to some other people in my environment. Now was the time for writing here again! Finally!

Not only because of CampNaNoWriMo – but I guess that task helps to put another “do it” upon me. So, I’ve started. Today, I have! Embrace me and say “Halleluja”!

I’ve experienced a couple of times now, that too many words per day stresses me too much. I don’t feel well while writing, and later I have to throw away so much garbage that I have written. So 50 000 words in July is totally out of the question! Also 24 000 feels a bit too much, but 18 000 too little. So in the end I settled for 21 000 words. That’s 700 per day. Better to reach that amount – and keep on writing more, than forcing myself to write 1000, 1200 or 1600 words per day –  and then have to throw most of them away in the garbage dump. If I even will continue writing! I failed in April, you know! Forced me too hard!

But today! I reached for 700 – and got 923. See! I told you so!

I decided to keep on working with “The Solar Eclipse”. Part three now. And it seems to be heading towards the end. One fraction after the other is gathering in the city, and the big battle is getting closer… and closer…

So! That’s it! I managed to write a blog post here as well. Should really be writing something for my Swedish blog  too, and to the one about Food and Health. Also in Swedish.

And I should really do some homework! Like cleaning and such boring matter. Or I’ll stick that until really dark, vet and cold days? Nahhh… those days, such days, I’d rather prefer to read. Or something else that is cosy.

Posted in Brickstone - a story about love and misdemeanour, Camp WriMo, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writings from the Heart

Day six – of CampNaNoWriMo

Image “Texture” – from Pixabay

”I don’t want to do this today.”
”Okay.”
”I don’t want to talk about it, this former part of my life.”
”You don’t have to!”
”I don’t even want to think about it!”
”So, don’t!”
”It’s been so much, today.”
”Okay.”
”After breakfast, I biked to the mall and bought thin pillows for my chairs on the balcony, and since it was beautiful weather I biked an extra round on my way home and got some really awful pain in the back due to that. I probably pushed myself too hard.”
”How far?”
”Only 9 miles.”
”But that’s good! How are you now?”
”Pretty well, thank you. But I got tired and then very sleepy after lunch so I slept on the sofa for a while. And of course, swallowed some painkillers.”
”Good for you!”
”And all the time I was thinking, I had to work on that website I’m creating for our non-profit organization! But the clock just tick-tocked away the hours.”
”And you?”
”What?”
”Did you tick-tock away the hours?”
”Haha! Could say! After my nap, I went out on the balcony, sat there reading in the sunshine for a couple of hours.”
”How nice!”
”Though I should have worked on that website…”
”Of course.”
”You see, the winter has been so long, so dark and so cold…”
”I know.”
”And now finally it was warm… and all blue sky… and the sun was shining so warm and lovely.”
”Of course you should sit on the balcony then.”
”Yeaahhh…”
”And relax for a while.”
”But I should have done the website…”
”I know.”
”But the back-pain eased up a bit. Slowly… it got less hurtful… less stiff…”
”Good for you.”
”I had also placed an add to sell my bed”!
”Aha.”
”And there was this person who wanted to buy it. They will come tomorrow and fetch the bed.”
”Good!”
”And later there were a lot of people who mailed me about the bed!”
”Oh gosh!”
”Some I dismissed at once, and some I answered I might already have a buyer. They were nice, so I decided to be nice.”
”So what do you do now?”
”Wait ’til tomorrow and hope those who said they will buy the bed won’t change their minds!”
”Of course!”
”I had begun writing the texts to the website from the brief notes I had but got interrupted all the time for a couple of hours.”
”Really?”
”Really. And then I knew you would come.”
”Yes.”
”There was absolutely nothing in my head to talk around!”
”Oh, I see!”
”All empty, you know!”
”I know!”
”Not good with an empty head, when you’re supposed to work on a website.”
”Of course, not!”
”And certainly not if you’re supposed to solve your problems!”
”What problems?”
”Oh! Stupid! You know!”
”I do? Oh yes! Yes, I do.”
”So now what?”
”How do you mean?”
”Are we gonna work on my memories today or not?”
”Do you want to?”
”No!”
”Do you feel up to it?”
”No!”
”Then we don’t! Not today! But how about tomorrow? Same place, same time?”
”Okay! See you!”
”See you!”

From Pixabay
Posted in Brickstone - a story about love and misdemeanour, Camp WriMo, NaNoWriMo, Writing, Writings from the Heart

After all – and again

Today!
Tuesday. March 31st. And therefore – tomorrow is the first day in April. And Wednesday as well.
I need…


CampNaNoWriMo begins tomorrow and I was so sure I would never, ever participate again! So what am I doing?

Well! I signed up! Again! Despite knowing better not to do just that.

Each time, two Camp and one November-NaNo last year, I signed up and it began very well. But also, each time, it has stressed me immensely the further the days had been passing by. And became a mere pain in the neck, the week before finishing it.

But I finished them! All three of them. I became a Winner! And every time I afterward said to myself – never again!

Does this gal ever learn?

Or is the excitement and the anticipation so much bigger, than the experience tells me about how menacing the stress is?

At the same time, I told myself to at least not to write in English again. Use my mother-tongue instead. It would be so much easier and faster writing.
But, what do I do? Well, of course!!!!! I write the foreword in English! … and it seems it will continue that way…

Is this gal stupid or something?

No. She Isn’t. She’s quite sane. But, I guess she likes the challenge, after all. And will not chicken out!This time I call it
“Brickstone! A story about love and evil Misdemeanour”.
I don’t know why I call it “Brickstone”. It just came to me. Like from somewhere beyond.

And it has nothing at all to do with my earlier writings. It’s completely new. It’s not even Fantasy/Sci-Fi

 

Posted in Writing

Around and Around, goes the Time

Time is constantly changing, and so is the world around us. There are threatening illnesses and climate changes. Do we care? Yes and no. We spread fearful opinions or complain about cold or heat. Too much rain, or too little.

Life, in any form it chooses, keeps going on. No matter what we might think about it. Soon it’s April, and with April comes Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s hard to grasp, that an entire year already has passed by since the last time. The month when I began to write Part One about JayCee and the enchanted city.

Since then I’ve written Part Two, and in just a couple of days, it’s time to begin writing the third and last part. Will I make it? Never thought I would participate in any kind of NaNoWriMo again.

I hope you’re doing well, out there! In cyberspace. Enjoy the sun, when it shines, and the blue sky above! Here in the northern hemisphere spring is approaching. It’s getting lighter and warmer. Day by day, life gets more and more visible, noticeable, amiable. Grasp it! Don’t spend time with fear.

Posted in Fantasy, The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry, The Solar Eclipse, Writing

afterthoughts

After what? Thoughts? I’ve always thoughts in my head. So there must naturally be thoughts after thoughts as well.

Oh! I’m just kidding! Not the fact that I always seem to have thousands of thoughts in my head. I do! I have! I am one of those people. What I was kidding about, was the title. I don’t really mean anything with it. I just didn’t know what to come up with as a title. Do you always know what word or words to use?

The first word that entered my mind, was “aftermath”. But that would have been a little bit too… hm… too… something. Couldn’t make it fit into anything relevant. I haven’t experienced any “significant unpleasant event”. So, the word “afterthoughts” is better. After all, I do think! A lot.

Now! That isn’t funny any longer.

But what is a lot of fun, to me, is that I during the days between Christmas and New Year began to go to the library to work on my fantasy story! It seemed hopeless to work on it at home. I always began doing something else instead. Mostly watching a movie.

Well! Anything except writing, editing, whatever!!! I even did the dishes!

The good thing is, that I’ve kept on going to the library with my iPad, ever since, and thus have begun doing something useful with the story. Not every day, and not the entire days. But often enough and long enough to feel good about it.

If you remember, I had planned to translate the Solar Eclipse and Mz Eliza to Swedish. I’ve changed my mind. I’ll stick to it as it is, and keep on working on it in English. I realized it would be too tough to translate.

Just exchange words from English to Swedish, or sentences or even paragraphs, isn’t difficult per se! But writing isn’t only about words as words! It’s to use words to build images that pop up in the head of the reader. It’s showing, not telling! It’s making a story alive!

So, to my own big surprise, at was not easy at all to translate my novel to Swedish. Also to my own big surprise, I had – in English – already built a story in some kind of English manner. Oh, I don’t know how to explain this. But maybe if I say it like this: we all use expressions when we write, don’t we? Not all the time, not in every sentence, that would be way too much anyhow, but we do.

And I don’t mean expressions like “it’s raining cats and dogs”. (It isn’t raining men either… maybe pity it doesn’t? 😉 )

You who have English as your mother tongue, have probably never thought of this. Neither had I! Never, during all those years I have written in Swedish and Swedish only, I have thought of this. What I use to say once in a while, though, is that I paint with words! And of course, I’ve learned about “show, not tell”, “kill your darlings” and other advices that the teachers pour over us.

So when I experienced the difficulties in translating these English “paintings” into Swedish ones, I couldn’t find the Swedish words I needed to paint an image that resembled the English expression. The whole thing went wrong! This may sound very stupid, I realize that. And I’m not even sure if I’ve been able to explain it properly. If so, just skip reading this.

Anyhow! I put the Swedish trial aside, deleted it actually. Then I sorted among the files I had with these stories, deleted a couple so that I only had two left of each. One with the original, and one which I had decided to uses to:

  • one – read it all from the beginning to the end, and simultaneously do some editing
  • two – continue writing on the stories, now at first the one about Mz Eliza.

Why I have to read all of it thoroughly, is because I wrote so fast and mostly on pure intuition that I don’t remember what I wrote. No! I do not KNOW what I was writing! It was more as if someone else was using me as a middle-hand, and the text went past my brain without stopping and letting me learn about the characters and the story. And I need to know that, if I want to be able to continue.

There are parts that I’ve read afterward, that got me totally surprised. Did I really write that? When did I do that? I didn’t remember doing it!

Earlier, I have always remembered what I was writing. I knew the story, the characters, their looks, gestures, how they talked, walked. I knew the landscape, the season of the year, what year! Feelings, intentions. Everything!

And now I know very little! Especially what I wrote about Eliza during NaNo in November, and during CampWriMo in July when I wrote the second part of the Solar Eclipse.

Never, I thought this kind of dilemma could occur.
Never, I thought I could “show” as well in English as I can in Swedish. The issue might rather be some misuse of words (I mean, choosing a wrong one instead of a proper one), and lack of knowledge in English grammar…

But all will be okay. It always does, in one way or another.

Posted in Books & Reading, Movies & TV-series, Writing

Chistmas Ending

So! Now it’s over. All the Holidays and all the Festivity. If there have been any festive days, that is. For me, I’m pretty glad these weeks now have come to an end.

I don’t regret even one thing… and I’ve been smiling quite a lot

Not that I’ve had three bad weeks! Not at all! They have been peaceful and quiet. Lots of reading and movie-watching. Kitty-sitting two of the weeks, and some bike-riding when the weather allowed it. And some church-going. Nothing much else to chose from when one wants to see people. And many of them there are my friends, after all.

About Movies! If I had been a bit cautious here, I would have written down the name of all I have seen during these weeks. I’m not and I haven’t. And I don’t even think I remember them all.

The meditative Hopi

If I had been even the slightest more cautious, I would also have written a review of them. Yes, you’re absolutely right. I haven’t. Actually! I hate writing reviews! It doesn’t matter whether it is a movie or a book or anything else. I hate it. I get an odd creepy feeling inside of me, only by thinking of doing it.

But I can mention the ones I remember from these three weeks. This evening I have just finished watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” from 1961 with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in the leading roles. At first, it seemed to me to be a bit boring, but it turned out really good!

Yesterday I watched “China Town” from 1974 with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. I hardly recognized that young Jack. Time flies! And the movie was good. It’s kind of liberating to watch a crime story that is told slowly, without quick camera clips and angles, and dark corners and shooting all the time. A story can be really thrilling without hasty clip-clip-clip and darkness!

My favorite Jason Bourne movie, by the way, is “The Bourne Identity” from 1988 with Richard Chamberlain in the leading role, and Denholm Elliot as the doctor. So much more a STORY and not just a lot of shooting and running. And as such, so much more thrilling since it keeps the psychology in the story intact. Also so much more true to Robert Ludlum’s book with the same title which it’s based on.

I’ve also been watching the first seven Batman-movies, and a bunch of Christmas movies. I found the TV-series “Tales of the city” on Netflix, based on Armistead Maupin’s novels. Watched the three old ones, and have begun to watch the one from 2019.

And… I don’t think I remember more. It doesn’t matter. No big deal at all.

At present I’m also hooked on reading. A series of books written in the eighties. I kind of laughed at it in the eighties-nineties something, when everyone (it seemed) read it and said it was the best books they had ever been reading. There are no less than 47 books in that series. I saw them read these pocketbooks, which were more or less warned out, laced with dog-ears and silly (I thought) images on the front. Like those cheap paperback books one could buy at newsstands and kiosks. Mickey Spillane and such.

And now I’m totally hooked! Can easily read one of those books in just a couple of hours! So! What am I talking about? “The legend of the Ice-people” of course, written by the Swedish-Norwegian author Margit Sandemo. And I know you can get it in English.

Now! Let’s Wikipedia take over here: The Legend of the Ice People – I’m to lazy too even try to write a review.

My real writing? Have I been writing during Christmas? Well! Let’s talk about that another day!

Posted in NaNoWriMo, The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry, Writing

A new beginning

Since I finished NaNoWriMo, I’ve been a wretched lazy-butt. When it comes to writing. Obviously, I should never participate in such matters, even though it gave me some good as well.

Nevertheless, now I’m on it again. Working on my story about Mz Eliza Elderberry. Went to the library yesterday, sat down, opened my iPad and began. I had copied the entire story from Scrivener to Pages, and therefore it’s easy to keep on working.

I know it’s possible to have Scrivener both on the Mac and the iPad, but I don’t know whether it would cost me extra or not. Maybe I should address L&L and ask. It would be quite stupid to buy the same program twice, I think. Just to be able to switch between devices. I got the expression I would have to do that, but I didn’t go further at that time, to actually ask about it.

Anyhow! Pages works, and now I’m sitting here writing a blog post about writing, instead of actually doing it. And, yes! Right now I am at the library.

About the manuscript, I’ve begun translating it into Swedish and simultaneously I’m doing some editing. The translation work in itself isn’t difficult. But some things aren’t particularly easy to change. For example, Eliza’s name. Mz Eliza Elderberry. That doesn’t function well in Swedish.

Eliza, is okay even though the spelling is – normally – wrong. The most common spelling is Elisa. But it can be done with a z. If I want to keep that. Mz, is totally out of the question. The Swedish version of it doesn’t ring the same bell at all. And Elderberry? Would it be possible for me to give her a family history that would explain that name? Because it’s certainly not a Swedish name.

It is a bit troublesome how I shall solve this. I like the full name, and it also says something about her. Also, the direct translation into Swedish just sounds very, very stupid.

What the name says about her, is that she is a healer, and knows everything about medicinal herbs and other remedies from  nature. Therefore, in the village where she lives, she is believed to be a witch, and that leads to horrible consequences. And that is essential to the story that follows. It can absolutely not be deleted.

So! I have a problem to solve there. And I have other “expressions” I’ve written in English, that are too difficult to just translate straight off. They need quite a lot of thinking before writing.

Anyhow, it feels good to be back on track again, and the problems will be solved. Won’t worry about that.

Posted in Around & About, Fantasy, The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry, Writing

Finally!

Finally, I have begun working on the manuscript to “The Lives and Whereabouts of Mz Eliza Elderberry”. Well, I needed a vacation, didn’t I?

I have been rather lazy these two weeks. Spent a lot of time watching “Gotham” on Netflix among other things. I like that series. About those years before Bruce Wayne becomes Batman, focusing on James Gordon, the police detective, and all the other classic characters in the city of Gotham. Selina Kyle, the Penguin, the Riddler and so on. In a bit different forms…
I hope Netflix will send season five as well in the near future. I’m watching season four now, and it will come to an end sooner than I want it to.

During these weeks I have also been meeting friends, and it seems to be more and more to participate in, the closer we get to Christmas. If I just open my door and go out. Which I do. When you keep on going out meeting people in this area where I live, you also learn there are even more places to go to, to meet people. In this area. And often the same people, and new ones!

It’s so fun! I just love being retired! Saying Hi and Hello and knowing where I can go to be acquainted with someone or many, it’s such a treat.

Okay! I’m home a lot as well. Sometimes just dwelling. I admit. But I’m also knitting a turtle-neck sweater while watching “Gotham”. And today, hence, I began to work on my story. At last, Mz Eliza!

Began by deleting everything that didn’t have anything at all to do with the story. Updated Scrivener, it behaved very oddly so I checked if there were any updates available. And it was! So I did!

Then I made a copy to be sure I would have the first draft handy if I needed it for some reason. Finally, I translated Chapter one to Swedish and made some minor editing. Chapter one was fairly good as it was. 1890 words now. Almost 300 more than the English version.

Felt really good about that, and began to bake some bread. I have still some hummus left from yesterday. It will be yummy!

Tomorrow I have an appointment with a chiropractor. I am so tired of my stiff aching body, so I just had to do something really concrete about that problem. My body need some professional help to be able to heal that.

I’ve begun to write a bit about that on my old Thea-blog, the predecessor of this one. It’s a bit pity that that one should just be lying there dormant. So, you’re welcome over if you would like to read a bit about health, chiropractor-treatments, food-supplements and such.

And Now! I’ll eat some freshly baked bread, still warm and nice. To that, I’ll watch a movie – or perhaps the next episode of Gotham! 😀