Friday, December 27, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
"A blind rooster gets more sleep," Tobiel said after Tehtena had finished sharing Solomon's comments. Not even the most romantic story could not keep him from making his funny remarks. "And so does his whole neighborhood," Deborah added, chuckling and squeezing her husband's hand.
I should have felt it sooner, sensed it long before you confessed your love to me. But then, does a blind rooster crow at the first faint sign of dawn? Will it not have to feel the warming rays of a fully risen sun to know that the morning has come? Thus my heart did not break into song until your precious words removed all doubt that my night, at last, had ended.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Like many other writers and artists, I have a Facebook page and love seeing the number of "likes" go up. Besides, few things spur me on more when I get lazy than to imagine that 2000+ 'fans' will be disappointed with me if I don't finish my novel or do not give it my very best.
From time to time there are initiatives on Facebook that help people get more "likes", but there are other ways as well. One of them is Twitter.
I have a lot of followers on Twitter—roughly 13,200 at the moment—and I've got so many because I always take a proactive approach. I regularly look at the list of followers of other writers and follow those I find interesting. If they follow me back, I introduce myself with the following message:
Thanks a lot for the follow, (insert name here). Please let me introduce myself: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MakedaQueen-Makedas-Sister/115244978463 & http://ruppertlindemann.jimdo.com/oil-paintings-drawings/ Nice 2 meet U! :)
True, many on Twitter do not like DMs (Direct Messages), but they do not mind a simple, friendly introduction like this. In fact, most appreciate such a convenient way of getting to know who I am and what I do, and roughly one in ten will "like" my page while visiting it. Needless to say, I always ask them for a link to their FB page so I can return the favor.
I have met tons of great writers and artists in this manner and treasure even those who did not "like" my FB page. I am sure you will have a similar experience if you use Twitter this way. It takes a little bit of work, but is well worth the effort.
If you are a writer, you are actually making movies. Only, your audience is given nothing but close captioning on a blank screen. Your viewers see only words in front of them, yet those words will create images in their minds that surpass anything projected onto a screen. They even provide a soundtrack to amplify and enrich your story (yes, a well-told tale creates music in the soul). And not only are you the director, the cinematographer and the scenic artist, but disguised as you characters, you also play every part in your film, and you do it so well that no one recognizes you. It's quite a project and a challenge, isn't it? So take your sweet time and make it an Oscar-worthy masterpiece. :-)
Monday, August 12, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
"Even though I may arrange them differently than others did in the past, the words I have at my disposal are not new, but have been used by countless souls in countless different circumstances and combinations. Oh, how I wish I could speak of my love for you in a brand-new tongue, with virgin words that have never before come over anyone's lips— but then, how would you get my meaning if I did?"
Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
"When a pretty young woman walked by, I saw in the old man's eyes that time inflicted more wounds than it healed." — Queen Makeda's Sister
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Sooner or later the time will come when I might need a beta reader to look over my novel. I have never tried that sort of thing on a large scale, but experiences with acquaintances and friends to whom I had given some of my writings are enough to make me believe that it would perhaps be wiser to actually pay strangers to read my work. Not only will the later be less concerned with hurting my feelings, they will also be more likely to take their task serious. All too often have I seen friends acting all excited and flattered when I gave them my manuscript, only to find out later that they merely read a few pages and then forgot about the rest. That kind of hurtful insincerity can actually harm a friendship. It seems far safer to me, therefore, to entrust people other than friends and family with such a job. What experiences, if any, have you had with beta readers?
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
I do not believe in writer's block, and neither should you. If staring at a blank page keeps you from writing, just fill it with words. That's what I do. I just start writing. The key is not to expect anything meaningful from the get go. As I once pointed out, the muses do not talk you INTO writing, they talk to you WHILE you write. In my experience, even when I start out completely uninspired, it does not take long before a thought comes to me, a precious new insight perhaps or a gem of a metaphor, which I had no idea would rise from my unconscious mind. I may delete everything I wrote up to that point, but it was still the simple process of writing it that brought me there.
So when I find myself not writing, I don't blame it on writer's block. I blame it on a lack of discipline. Every time I sit down to write, the above happens to me, but the problem is that I cannot always bring myself to sit down.
Maybe I should do my writing while standing. ;-)
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Quite often these days I write words I enjoy reading the next day. It used to be that I cringed every single time I looked at something I wrote the day before. Somehow I've learned now to look at my writing with tomorrow's eyes. I still have to tweak a few sentences here and there, of course, but the re-writes are nowhere near as drastic as they used to be in the past. It's a real time-saver, to say the least. ;-)
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
"Know your strength, but focus on your purpose. Take it from a seasoned builder like me that one must not watch the hand that swings the hammer but the one that holds the nail." — Tobiel the carpenter, friend of Tehtena