Wednesday, 5 November 2014

It's the first Wednesday of the Month, and we're all Insecure...




Hello my dearies, and welcome to this month's post!

I don't know about you, but November is always a very special month for my writerly insecurities. It's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) time, and yes, I'm Doing It Again.

I find NaNo both wonderfully freeing and terrifyingly revealing of any writing issues I have. There's nothing quite like putting yourself under pressure to find all those cracks and crevasses you can normally gloss over - and that goes both for the writer and for the plot (or lack of it, as the case may be). When you have to write close to 2000 words a day to finish on time, and deal with a day job whilst doing so, there is no time for hesitation, but also no time to think things through. The result, for me, tends to be a whole lot of semi-coherent sentences that then need to be boxed into something recognisable as a plot. Judging from what I've written so far, I shudder to think of the amount of revision it will need.

But words are words, right? By the end of the month, I'll have 50.000 more words than I did before. That's something to help with the insecurities, right?

How are you guys and gals doing? Nanoing? If yes, I'm Tessa C over there ; )
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Insecure Writers in September

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Hello my dearies!

Welcome to my blurb and to another month of Insecure Writers giving each other the support they need.

I don't know about you, but this summer was kind of busy for me. Lots of travelling, lot of catching up on projects at work after said travelling. Right now, I'm on holiday at the beach in Spain, and it's really, really relaxing. I've even managed to write some... only a couple of pages, but it's there, ink on paper.

Things tend to flow easier for me when I go old school and use my fountain pen on (preferably unlined) paper. Structuring works better when I use my laptop, but the flow of it, that comes when I see ink making marks on paper. I even have special kinds of ink, one that's very dark purple, almost black, and one that's dark grey. I like them, because they look different on paper, and somehow add value to whatever I write with it, if that makes any sense.

Do you have a preferred method of writing to get into the flow of it? Or maybe a particular place, or a ritual of sorts?

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ps. please don't forget to pop in on the other Insecure Writers. You can find a link list and more info on the group at www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com 

Sunday, 31 August 2014

I Am Groot

Hello my dearies and welcome, once again, to the blurb of my life.

I've recently come to the realisation that I'm not very communicative. This is, considering I'm supposed to keep up the blogging, something of a problem. A busy summer, work problems, an annoyingly perky Mr Muse who likes to play peek-a-boo (which he probably learned from my goddaughter, the rascal)(or maybe he taught her, who knows), and me still struggling with the whole celiac thing do not add up to a particularly happy Tessa. A not so happy Tessa equals a Tessa who does not communicate well.

Hence, I Am Groot. Without the cool voice, or the green-thumb-superpowers (I have something of a black thumb, in fact - any plant given to me invariably dies, unless it happens to be basil. Basil likes me) (is there a basil-groot?).




Do you have your Groot moments, too?

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ps. I only saw the movie today (it came out reaaaally late in my corner of the world) and LOVED it. If you haven't seen it yet, GO NOW!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

IWSG...and yes, I still exist...

Hello my dearies!


YES, it's that time of the month again! 

(click HERE to get to the IWSG website)


I haven't been around in a while...and that's not just me being internet-lazy. The past two month I've mostly been on the road, first a week in the US (South Carolina) for a family wedding, then two weeks in Iceland for a road trip with a friend of mine, then another long weekend for another wedding in Germany, and before that almost a month in Spain.

And then I came back to over a thousand emails in my inbox and about that many papers on my desk, waiting to be sorted and organised.

Not much time for writing - not even my diary, which I'm usually quite good about. I meant to do a lot more (sound familiar? It certainly does to me...) but somehow other things happened... ah well.

BUT!!

But...

But...(I just realised that "but" actually looks quite ugly when you write it, doesn't it?) I've been having IDEAS!! Yes, IDEAS!!! As in, the plot bunnies have started hopping by again. Which makes Tessa a very happy girl!!! So for this particular IWSG post (and I missed the last one, sorry) I'm going to give you an inspiring photo from my Iceland trip (and I may post some more soon, it was just so beautiful over there!)...


ok so here's a second one... 

This is a hotel bar sitting area... the view is breathtaking (and bigger than you can see on the photo)


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