Wednesday, 1 July 2015

IWSG - Insecure Writer's Support Group for first July 2015

Anna Nordeman

IWSG - Insecure Writer's Support Group for first July 2015

This is my twenty-fifth post for IWSG. Did you miss my belated IWSG-post for June? Find it here.

What is lost (or gained) in translation? Meow!

Alex J Cavanaugh recently got his Sci-Fi-novel, CasaFire, translated into Turkish!!! Congrats Alex! And this has inspired me to say a few words about the work of translators.

Yes, I was going to write something about working with translations, but I have had no to finish this post. I have had much to do finishing several university courses and working at my new part-time job that I have not been able to post this on time. 
And I am not finished with my incomplete courses yet. I finished an education course and an English course this spring term, but I still have a paper to write for history. I have promised to turn it in the first week of August.  And then the fall term starts in mid-August. I will be taking a course in English.

My former husband has continued to give me worries, but I don't want to go into too much detail about that.

The one fun thing that I have done is to rent a car for the summer. I've got wheels until the end of October! I was lucky to get a very good deal from an aquaintance to my former sister-in-law. And I rented a parking space for it too. 

It is by not means a luxury car, just a compact 1995 model Opal. But it gets me to the farm where I can visit my son and leave my daughter there when she wants to visit her father. My children are growing up too quicky.

It seems that my dealings with cats are not over. At the age of 76, my former sister-in-law decided that she did not want any more kittens to take care of and find homes for. So I said that we would help her. And then one of her year old kittens gave birth to four kittens. So we have nine cats that need new homes. But they are living on the farm, not in our tiny apartment in town.

All I want to do now is to apologise to Alex and hope that he has patience with me. I have lots of ideas for IWSG-posts, but sometimes my computer time is limited.

Best wishes,

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

IWSG - Insecure Writer's Support Group for 3rd June 2015 - Looking at writing habits

Anna Nordeman

IWSG - Insecure Writer's Support Group for 3rd June2015

This is my twenty-fourth post for IWSG. 

Looking at writing habits: What keeps you writing? What works for you?

I am asking this question because I am soon at the end of my rope. I am not writing at all. I am beginning to think that I simply may not be cut out to become a writer. I may not have what it takes. There are already so many good writers, why should I write and add one more book to the pile of unread books?

'Well, with that attitude you will not even be considered for publishing!' you say.

(Many thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh for creating a forum where such questions are allowed. It is just writer's bloc or insecurity or doubt.)  

I feel caught between the electronic world and the traditional world of paper and pencil. I don't write by hand anymore and I don't feel comfortable clicking things down directly into a word-processor. 

I am beginning to feel obsolete. Doesn't anyone write in longhand anymore? By chance I happened to find a few pages of praise for writing longhand in K.M. Weiland's book: Outlining your novel; Map Your Way to Success.

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K.M. Weiland's arguments (see page 38) for writing longhand in the beginning of the outlining process are that writing longhand:

¤ Discourages the tendency to censor or edit.
¤ Brings writing down to a primal level.
¤ Provides a change of pace.
¤ Frees imagination by allowing sloppiness.
¤ Frees us from distractions.
¤ Allows a critical editing during transcription.
¤ Gives us an instant hard copy.

I think I'll break out my pens and pencils and start writing on paper again!

Best wishes,

First Commenter:

Alex J. Cavanaugh

Monday, 1 June 2015

Question of the Month-bloghop 

Question of the Month blog hop - June 2015

If your house caught on fire, what's the one thing you'd grab before running out?

It would depend upon who was at home at the time. If it would happen at night on an ordinary weekday, when my daughter is with me, the first thing I would do would be to wake her and tell her to get out of the house, and see that she actually does just that.

Then I would get a blanket or large towel and wrap it around our cat, Matilda, and take her with me as I leave. Cats can fight and claw when they are frightened. They panic. And fire makes them panic and do stupid things like hiding in a closet or running away from you or cutting you with their claws or biting you.  So I would wrap her in a blanket or put her in a carrier (if I have one handy, which I do not have at the moment) to protect me as well as the cat.

What if my daughter, Elisabet, doesn't wake up in time? Then I would carry her out myself.(Thankfully, we live on the ground floor and don't need to worry about hopping out of a sky-scraper.)

If I were alone, I would just take Matilda, the cat, on my way out.

This is a really good question to think about. Maybe I should make a 'ditch-kit' with important documents and priceless photos handy to take with me on my way out. It depends upon how fast things happens. Fire can burn really quickly, so it is imperative to get out of harm's way fast -- really fast. It can be a matter of seconds. 

There may not be time to save any material possessions at all. Which is sad. (I think of all of my antiques, paintings, books, photos and drawings.) But to perish in a fire is worse. If you come out of it alive and unharmed, you have a chance of starting over, even if you have lost your material and sentimental possessions.

Best wishes,

First Commenter:

Michael G. D'Agostino

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