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...(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)


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Another first Wednesday of the month! Welcome!

Hello everyone! Welcome to June's IWSG post!


I haven't been very good about blogging lately, so there's plenty for me to be insecure about. I got back on the horse, so to speak, a few weeks ago but I've been slacking again lately. I do have a reason for that - of course I do - a very valid reason, in fact. I've been working on an academic paper and had a presentation to do on Monday.

I hate presentations.

This one was on the social contract theory and its influence on the philosophy of punishment, ius puniendi in particular. Fascinating stuff. No, really. Absolutely fascinating. But reading stuff on legal philosophy is rather time-consuming, and trying to write a paper on it even more so. My presentation was ok - not brilliant, but ok - so now all that's left to do is actually write the paper.

How about you guys and gals? What are you writing at the moment? How's it going?


Sunday, 25 May 2014

Quoting Sunday - Gardner

I've been reading John Gardner's The Art of Fiction - Notes on Craft for Young Writers this past week. It's a great book on craft, and I love Gardner's tone. He can be deliciously vicious at times (or arrogant, if you want to put it like that), but he writes a good game and I think I can safely recommend his book if you like reading about the craft of writing. 

Here's a bit that made me laugh (I guess you could also see it as slightly offensive, but I'm going to go ahead and consider it humorous): 

As a matter of fact, most of the books one finds in drugstores, super-markets, and even small-town public libraries are not well written at all; a smart chimp with a good creative-writing teacher and a real love of sitting around banging a typewriter could have written books vastly more interesting and elegant. 
John Gardner in The Art of Writing Fiction 


Friday, 23 May 2014

What makes you pick up or put down a book?

I find this an endlessly fascinating topic, and I posted some related questions over at The Book Bunnies... pretty please hop on over and let me know what you think!

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