Sometimes, even the best of plans can be ruined, and March is a perfect example of this. I had all my blogposts and social media planned out. This being the womens history month, I was gonna write and post about female authors through history, and I was really excited about it.
And then February just ended up being filled with so many things, that when March finally came around I was so tired that even trying to write or go online made me wanna fall asleep.
Seriously, this was my february schedule:
11th - 16th: Visited my parents (Danish winter vacation for schools)
20th - 24th: Went to a summer house with the whole family. Celebrated my dads birthday and my grandmothers 90th birthday.
25th - 3rd: Went to Finland to spend a week with my boyfriend.
So when I came home from Finland I not only missed my boyfriend a lot, and was sad that it’s gonna be months before we can see each other again, I was just plain old tired.
So, instead of stressing and feeling bad, I decided to give myself a break. So for the last two weeks I've done other stuff instead. I have been working on my cross stitching, I've been cleaning, and having fun with my kids. and I've allowed myself to watch way to much Netflix.
But, know I’m back on the horse again, so to speak. And I’m gonna start posting normally on my blog again and actually be active on twitter :P
Have you had a nice and productive month so far?
So, I’m often asked how I decide genre. How do I decide what genre to write in, when I don’t keep to one genre?
Well, I mainly write in three main genres.
Under these categories there’s a lot of wriggle room. Meaning that each genre has a ton of sub genres to move around in.
But how I decide on one of these sub genres, well that depends completely on the story and how it comes to me. I never sit down and think: I want to write a steampunk. That’s not how it works for me.
More likely it happens something like this:
1 - A scene jumps into my head. It often have a character or two, doing something in a very vague setting. Now this happens about 20 times a day, and most of the time I simply ignore it as being stupid or useless or too cliche.
2 - the scene gets stuck in my head. I keep going back to it. It slowly builds. Why is this person standing in the dark corner, holding a knife? What kind of knife is it?
3 - I sit down and write the scene and spend an hour working on it. I add a lot of random details that all help me see the character and idea better. I add little notes and questions. I add other ideas in bulletform below the scene. <- - - this is where the genre is most likely to come forth. As I build this first scene I am likely to add things that will give the story a genre.
4 - I reread the scene and look at it critically. Could this be used or is it crap. Is there actually some substance to build from?
5 - I start writing and the precise sub genre will emerge from there.
1 - I get an idea, I sit down and write for 10 hours. And suddenly I have the first 10k words of a new novel that I never planned to write and in a genre I had no idea I wanted to write in. < - - - this happens more than I care to admit.
So far I’ve played around in a lot of genres and sub-genres, but my first love will always be fantasy <3
March is Women’s history month.
Women have had great impact on the world and society but is often forgotten by history books and in teaching moments. When I was still in school, women where often delegated to a corner of history. We learned a lot about what men had accomplished, while women was mentioned as a footnote about raising kids (as if that isn’t worth mentioning. Imagine giving birth to 13 kids, running a household, doing all laundry by hand including diapers, doing all cooking from scratch, taking care of the chickens and maybe other livestock, the vegetable garden, make all clothes by hand, brew beer, get water from the well, and never get a day off.)
But, women have done great (and not so great) things throughout history.
Marie Curie who was the first woman to win a nobel prize, and the first person two win a second. She invented radioactive science (even the word). And she was the first female professor at the University of Paris. But I for one never heard one single word about this women.
Or Ching Shih, the most successful pirate with a fleet of over 17000 people.
Or Bessie Coleman, the first female American pilot with an international pilot license.
What about Clara Barton, Mary Edwards Walker, Margaret Sanger, Boudicca, Mary Wollstonecraft, Sojourner Truth, Elisabeth Blackwell, Millicent Fawcett, Caroline Herschel, or Mary Anning?
History is so full of great women, who did great things, while often fighting against all odds in a male dominated world.
So the challenge this month is to post about a new women (historic or living) every day. As I’m an author, I’m going to be posting about female authors. Every day I’ll highlight a new female author, and my Monday blog posts will be about female authors too.
I hope you will all join me, and help spread the love and knowledge for these great women who helped shape the world we live in today :)
A bit of background:
In july 2018 I hurt my ankle. Nobody knows what actually happened, but after a festival I came home with a hurting ankle. At first I thought it was just a sore ankle from walking around on grass/fields for a week, but the first day back at work had me in so much pain I had to call the doctor and go home early. Since then I have been in and out of hospitals and doctor appointments, and they still don’t know what is actually wrong with the damn thing.
But, going from 20k steps a day to around 4k steps wasn’t exactly good for my body. Sitting still every day, not working and being in pain wasn’t good for my diet either.
So, in January I took the step to cut out sugar for a whole month. Now, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, and I knew I needed to decide exactly what sugar meant. After some looking around I decided that for me, it was all those empty calorie sugars I wanted to get rid of.
So, in January I cut out:
All added sugar
All soda (unless zero sugar)
All junkfood and ready to eat food
Generally food that I knew was filled with sugar
I started the day I returned from new year visits at my parents (January 5th).
And let me tell you, it was hard. It was so freaking hard I was ready to quit 20 times every single day. Those first ten days my body protested all the time. It needed sugar and junk food and was more than happy to tell me.
But, slowly it got better. And at the end of January I even managed to quit my beloved coke zero that I’ve been drinking for years and years. We’re now almost at the end of February, and I’m still keeping my sugar intake low. I’m not cutting out sugar completely, but try to keep it to a single tiny little sugary treat once a week or so. One week I enjoyed a bit of dark chocolate with blueberries (which was so good) and another week I baked a carrot cake with my kids.
Now for the important part, what happened?
Well, a lot happened. I feel better. I have more energy and actually sleep better at night. I don’t feel the need to eat constantly and that need to go look in the cupboards after dinner is almost gone. I also don’t crave fatty things as I did before. Also my craving for empty carbs have gone down a lot. White bread, pasta, white rice and so on was something I ate daily, and I don’t crave it anymore. I can happily eat a salad and feel full.
All in all since January 5th I’ve lost almost 4 kilos. Now keep in mind I haven’t gone totally healthy. I still eat gravy and cheese (all the cheese) and butter and bacon. I eat lots of nuts and dried fruits. And I still have freshly baked bread on Sunday. But even though my calorie intake is probably pretty high, I feel better and my system seems happier.
All in all this has been a really cool thing to go through, and I’m very set in not going back to the old ways. Feeling the difference between four months ago and now is so wild and it really shows how much I’ve “poisened” my body by stuffing it with all the wrong kind of things. So from now on my goal is to keep it to small treats instead of a daily dose.
Thank you for reading.
Do you ever play the game where you think, if I win the lottery I want… ??
I know the old saying that money can’t buy you happiness. Well, I’ll say that who ever came up with that saying never tried being poor. Because sure, having money wont make you happy, but being poor wont either. Being poor (or low income) is stressful.
So, if I won the lottery, here’s what I would do.
Well at first I’d probably faint or something stupid like hyperventilate and feel sick. I’d check, recheck, and then check once more, and probably wouldn’t actually believe it until the money was in my bank account. I would pay off all my dept, and make a saving account for both my kids to secure them when they move from home, so they can follow their dreams.
Then I’d buy a nice house. Not something stupidly big, because I’d feel so alone in a giant house when the kids are with their dad. But something nice, and with room enough to have guests.
I’d take my kids traveling so they can see the world. And I'd go travel with my boyfriend to see all the romantic places the world has to offer. And I'd travel to explore and meet people.
I’d go shopping for furniture. I love second hand furniture, and 95% of my furniture is second hand, but to be able to go to a store and choose the sofa I want, not the one I can afford, would be awesome.
Other than that, I would just enjoy life. Just the fact that I could go shopping for groceries and buy what I want and not what’s on sale. I guess it’s the small things that would make a difference.
Oh, and being a writer, I would get a nice office setup. I’d get big white boards, and bulletin boards on the walls for planning books. I’d have a nice desk with room enough for all my stuff (and where I don’t have to move it every time we eat) and a desk chair that doesn’t make my back go all stiff.
What’s your dreams if you won the lottery?
Hate it or love it, it's hard to ignore Valentine's day. It's on tv, in stores, on social media. It's absolutely everywhere.
Normally Valentine's Day is a day of flowers, romantic dinners and chocolate (all the chocolate). When your boyfriend is in another country, studying for four years, things is a bit different though. So today there’s gonna be a lot of messages and cute hearts and stuff send back and forth.
Luckily I’m going to spend all of week 9 with him, and we’ll make up for not spending valentine’s day together.
So, if you’re sitting alone today like me, I recommend a good book. Books make everything better <3
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
I've not read this one myself, but a friend of mine have highly recommended it, and it's on my to read list.
Young Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady of the Night. Sybel only lacks the exquisite and mysterious Liralen, which continues to elude her most powerful enchantments. But Sybel's solitude is to be shattered when a desperate soldier arrives bearing a mysterious child. Soon Sybel will discover that the world of men is full of love, deceit, and the temptations of vast power.
The Devil all the Time
If romance is not your thing, I recommend this book. It's one of my favourite books, and is absolutely amazing.
In the backwoods of Ohio, Willard Russell’s wife is succumbing to cancer, no matter how much he drinks, prays, or sacrifices animals at his "prayer log." Meanwhile, his son Arvin is growing up, from a kid bullied at school into a man who knows when to take action. Around them swirl a nefarious cast of characters—a demented team of serial killers, a spider-eating preacher, and a corrupt local sheriff—all braided into a riveting narrative of the grittiest American grain.
Have a wonderful day.
“If your office plant could talk, what would it say about you?”
So, today’s post is gonna be a little bit silly. I saw this on pinterest and thought it was a fun little thing to post about.
I mostly write at my dinning room table. I do have a very pretty old desk, but because it’s old it’s not the best to work at so I mostly use it for storing my computer when not working. And on my dinning room table, I got these two little cute plants. They are small enough to not take up too much room, and they fit my salt and pepper set perfectly <3
So, what would they say if they could talk?
Well, they would probably say that I sit at my computer too much. I do spend a lot of time in front of the screen. Between blogging, writing, editing, social media, updating websites and procrastinating, I spend a lot of my day in front of the screen. Less when my kids are here, more when they are with their dad.
And they would protest me forgetting to water them. I’m so bad a watering my plants and I generally can only keep things that are green alive. Add flowers to the mix and they will die in less than three weeks. Only exception is my peace lilies. But then, they don’t always have a flower.
Also coffee. Not just that I drink a lot of coffee, because I do, but also that I tend to forget about it halfway through the cup when I get caught up in something I’m doing and then end up drinking it cold (yes I’m one of those people).
That I re-watch the same shows on tv way to much. But, I just work better with sounds in the background. Sometimes it’s music but more often it’s some show. And yes, it’s old episodes that I’ve seen a hundred times before. If I put on new stuff I get distracted, but old shows is like an old friend. They just make a bit of noise in the background while I work.
That I look cute with my new glasses. Okay, I’m just saying that because I’m still a bit self conscious about my glasses. I’ve had them a few months now, and I’m still getting used to them.
That I’m way to obsessed with my planner. Which is true. I don’t deny it. But the planner is my lifeline for everything.
So yeah, I think that’s the biggest things the plants would talk about if they could.
What would your plants say about you? Let me know in the comments <3
Today I'm gonna share my favorite brownie recipe with you all. The base recipe was from an old cookbook I got when I moved away from home, but I've changed it a bit over the years. I hope you enjoy.
The first month of 2019 have now passed, and it’s time to look at what happened. And to look forward to the coming month.
Social media challenge: So January was my first month of my social media challenge. This month I decided to do an Instagram photo challenge, because I was on the fence about Instagram. The verdict about Instagram fell hard and I’m no longer gonna post regularly on there. (You can read more about that HERE)
Other than that, my social media challenge have lead some good things with it. I made a group on facebook and have been a lot more active on there. And I’ve learned so much about twitter. I found the #WritingCommunity which I for some reason never heard about before, and I’ve met some brilliant writers and bloggers on there.
Febraury is all about Motivation, and you can read more about that HERE.
Planning: I also managed to plan all of my blog posts and social media in the first week of January, which I tell about HERE. I’m pretty damn proud of myself for that.
Writing: And I’ve been editing. In January I managed to get through all 35 chapters of Dragonslayer, and in February I’m gonna do it all again. If you wanna know more about dragonslayer, you can read more HERE.
Healthy me: 2019 is also the year where I wanna get more healthy. I’m a big sugar/carb/snacks/junk food lover and 2018 was such a bad year for me when it came to food. I hurt my ankle and since July I haven’t been able to walk as normal. So I went from 20K steps a day to 4K steps a day, which has not helped my body stay healthy. So January was my first step. A month completely without sugar. And I have to be honest. The first ten days were hell on earth. Headaches, cravings, upset stomach… But with the support on my wonderful boyfriend and some hardcore willpower I did it. And I already feel so much better. I plan on keeping the good stuff going in February. I'm not gonna abandon sugar completely (February holds two birthday, a trip to Finland, and a weeks vacation with the kids) but I am gonna think about what I'm eating and not just stuff myself with sugar. January have taught me that no, i do not die if I say no... lol. I also plan on focusing a bit more on my food in general in February. The big hurdle for me was the sugar and now that the worst is over I feel I can concentrate a bit more on the rest of my food.
How did your January go?
Do you have any plans for February?
Let me know in the comments.
How I plan a year of blogging and social media.
The social media
This is part three of my series about how I plan a year of blogging. If you haven't read part one, you can read it here -The Planner- and part two here - The Blog -
In my last post I talked about how I planned all my blog posts. This time I’m gonna explain how I planned a year of social media.
Now, one of my years for 2019 was to be more present on social media. For me this meant planning and noting down in my planner to keep track of everything. To achive this I decided to make a challenge for each month. Some were easy, because they were already made and all I had to do was follow them. Challenges like Booktober and A-Z April are things I enjoy and it made great sense to use them.
Other challenges was made by looking at the national “theme” of my month (mentioned in my last post). March was among those, where I have chosen to post about a female writer every day.
And then again some were chosen because of an event that month, like September where it is my birthday, so it made sense to make that month all about self-love. Or Christmas in December, because I loooove Christmas.
The rest was just funny ideas I came up with or found by looking at the net. Like february motivation, because who doesn’t need a bit of motivation once the joy of the new year slowly wears down.
After I had found a theme for each months challenge, I started to actually decide how the challenge should go. Again my love for lists came into play and I wrote a list for each month and started to fill them in. What authors did I want to feature? How does self-love actually look like? How do you post motivation?
I asked all these questions and the more questions I asked, the more ideas I got. And it took less time to plan every single months social media than I thought was possible. Every time a list was completed, I transfered it to my planner, so it’s easy to see what needs to be done each day.
Now, one thing I keep in mind is that this does not mean I have to only post about this every single day. I try to do one post each day with the challenge and the rest of my engagement comes naturally and as needed. These challenges are all about getting into the habit of social media, and never ever stand in a situation where I go “Uhhh it seems that I’ve forgotten to post anything the last two weeks”.
All of this, both the blogging and the social media took me about a week to plan and life is so much easier this way. If you want to check out all my challenges, you can find them all here: 2019 challenge
I hope this have given you some ideas, and I’d love to hear how you plan your social media in the comments.
Have a lovely day.
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