I can't comment on the general writing population, but for me snacking is the biggest sin I'm commiting when writing. It's like this irresistable need that when I'm really in the groove, my brain screams for something nice and sugary to please my tastebuds.
Often, I can quell the need with more coffee and maybe a slice of bread with cheese- because we all know cheese is fucking awesome.
But once in a while the need is just to great and I have to run to the store to get something to satisfy the craving. Because yes, I'm one of those people who can't have sweets in the house without eating them in like three minutes.
And really, I'm not difficult. I can eat everything from cake to cookies, to chocolate and salty licorice (I'm Danish after all, and we Danes love salty licorice).
In the town I'm living in, it's hard to get your hands on good donuts, though. Like, really hard. You can buy donuts, but they are more often than not boring, dry and not worth the money. So my donut cravings are satisfied like ones a year, but that's okay. I'm pretty sure I would be very, very overweight if I had access to Donuts every day.
So, what's your favorite sweet snack?
Have a great day,
I think most writers I know will agree that Coffee is an important part of the writing process (just like Chocolate). A few of them will probably say they drink tea, but they are british so don't listen to them.
For me, coffee is just an important part of the process. I can sit down and write everywhere, and yes, I can write without coffee, but I find the process much more enjoyable if there's a cup of coffee beside me.
Now, I'm not a coffee snob. Do I enjoy a good cup of coffee? Yes of course. An expertly made latte is wonderful, but I'm just as happy with a cheap cup of coffee with a splash of milk.
And yes, I'm one of 'those' people. I need milk in my coffee. Milk in my tea too. And sometimes, I even use vanilla (gasp)
But really, coffee is like the most wonderful versatile drink (that isn't just water). You can drink it first in the morning, and just before going to bed. You can drink it while eating cake, or dinner. You can drink it alone, or with friends. And no matter where you go, you can always find a place to buy coffee.
So, C if for Coffee, because there really wasn't a choice.
Have a great day
The cute little things, with their vibrating little noses and soft, soft fur. I mean, just looking at them makes most people go "awwww".
Of course, there's also the dust bunnies hiding in the corners and under the sofa. Those are not so cute, and since this is spring, it's a good time to get rid of them in a craze of spring cleaning.
But, B is also for plot bunnies. Those pesky ideas filling your head, refusing to go away until you've written them. There is a lot of different breeds of Plot Bunnies, and I'm just going to mention a few of them.
The Killer Bunnies - Soft, and innocent looking, they follow along as you write, until out of the blue killing of one of your characters. They will close some paths for you, but often open up new and before unseen ways to work the story.
The love Bunnies - With their pink heart shaped noses, and long fluffy ears, these little things can be impossible to get rid off. They constantly push romance into the story, making your characters fall in love, like some furry cupid.
The idea Bunnies - These black, sharp-clawed bunnies follows you around like a shadow, attacking you at every oppertunity, clawing their way into your mind where they dump a new idea before running off again. The idea bunnies never sleeps, never stops, and will always attack when you have a deadline.
That was all about B and Bunnies.
Have a great day
Today is the first day of the A-Z blog challenge. And it is awesome. I've been looking forward for this for months.
April is rain and sun.
In Denmark, April is normally a sunny month, with some rain thrown in just for fun. It marks the real change from winter to spring, even if it officially happens in March. (But really, March is bloody cold, and there's snow and stuff. Not much spring over that.)
April is writing, publishing, and trying something new.
I've done the A-Z blog challenge last year, and failed misserably, so this year I've planned better, and I'm determined to make it, and I think it's going to be so much fun to take on this challenge. But one thing is for sure, and that is that a lot of writing will happen.
April is Easter and Chocolate.
As I'm sure is the case for a lot of people, especially those with kids, Easter and April means lots of chocolate. Like, crazy amounts of chocolate. The stores have been selling chocolate eggs, bunnies and hearts for a month at least, and every time you enter a store your eyes are attacked by pastel colors, and your nose is assulted by the sent of cheap chocolate. ANd the kids love it (and so do I, secretly).
So that's it. A is for April, and April means a lot of different things.
What does April mean for you?
My boyfriend and I live in two different countries. He's Finnish and is currently studying a degree in Finland, and I'm Danish and live with my two kids in Denmark.
Being so far from each other can be hard, especially on days where you just need a hug (thank the gods for free internet calls) But, it is also wonderful and bring so many wonderful things with it.
And it got the perk of traveling to another country when visiting each other.
My trip started very early a monday morning. It was so foggy and cold. In the middle picture above, you would normally be able to see this our local castle.
I walked to the train station and took the 4 hour long trainride to the airport. I was lucky and arrived in a quiet airport, so check-in and getting through security took less than 20 min.
The flight was uneventful, if you don't count my body's fucked up reaction to flying. Dry throat, couging, pain in my jaw and ears. But luckily the flight is only 1 hour and 35 min.
When I arrived at the airport it was filled with asian tourists being led around by travel agents. Apparently Helsinki airport is a big layover for asian tourists. With my perfect (-ly fuked up) sense of direction I of course missed my exit and ended up in the wrong arrival hall. My phone refused to go online or even find network so there was no way to contact my boyfriend who was waiting at another arrival point, and I had no idea how to find that place. Finally I managed to find a signal and got a message through to him. I'm pretty sure I looked like a lost puppy when he found me. Let's just say that being lost in a big airport filled with people speaking a language you don't understand, and not being able to find the person your meeting, after traveling around 9 hours, was not my idea of fun. Luckily he did find me, and we arrived safely at his house about an hour later. And then I fell promptly asleep on the couch after dinner. I'm such a romantic.
We spend the weeks doing all kinds of awesome things together. We took a daytrip to Tampere where we visited the museum and saw the Vampire Exhibit, along with some other cool exhibits.
We also spend a lot of time sight seeing the local area. Because of my ankle, walking long distances are limited, but we went a lot of places where we could drive most of the distance. Since it was February it was cold, but not nearly as cold as it could have been, and as a Dane, the snow was awesome. We don't really get a lot of snow here. And I think I said "ups" about a million time trying to walk around with all the ice on the roads hehe.
Finland is such a cool place and there is so much to see, and I totally recommend anyone having the chance, to go there.
Ive been nominated for the blogger recognition award (squee) by the wonderful Frantasmagoria. She blogs about some really cool stuff, so check out her page.
Why did I start this blog?
Well, I'm a creative person. I write, paint and draw, and blogging was just another way for me to use my creativity. After I made my website, it seemed like a logical step to include a blog :)
My blog is more of a creative outlet than a job, and so I don't really have a theme, as you'll find on most blogs. I blog about all the things I love and find interesting. I know every advise for bloggers is to find your theme and stick to it, but I'm not in it to earn money, or get millions of readers (not that theres anything wrong with that as a goal) so I can allow myself to be a bit all over the place.
Two pieces of advice for new bloggers
1) Network. Join twitter, and use the #writingcommunity. There is so many awesome bloggers out there, ready to help and answer questions. Join blog shares, find people to swap blog posts with. Be part of the community and it will help you so much.
2) Plan. This is probably the best advice I can give. In the beginning blogging seems so easy and then suddenly it isn't. And that's when planning helps :) I wrote a few posts about how I planned a whole year that you can check out if you're interested.
The Curvaceous Vegan
Joy V Spicer
(I know it says 15 bloggers in the rules, but I'm so bad at saving links, so I have to do some digging to find all the blogs I like to read. I normally just go to read them when they post on twitter :P I promise to add more when I find them)
Rules For The Blogger Recognition Award
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.
A writer's life
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