It is January. I should have written 5 short stories by now. I haven't. This challenge is too big for me and I've been wondering for quite some time what got me to commit to it in August. Then, I was 7 months pregnant with a toddler at home. Today, my daughter is 9 weeks … Continue reading 12In12 – so far so… blank page
So, it is done. The first story is out. Or better, what I came up with so far is out. I am fully aware that this first attempt of a first draft is miserable, and didn't get beyond the first idea. The "story" ends a lot sooner than "halfway through" and I am not happy … Continue reading Reflection on 12in12 – August story
A small yellow envelope waited on his desk that Monday morning. The name written on it was his. Bennet put his café latte on its coaster, laid his keys into the tiny bowl at the top of the desk, put his worn out backpack under it, and sat down to look at it closer. The … Continue reading 12in12 – Take 1: August.
Many years ago, I met a guy with a Rolex watch, and a dirty rain coat. He walked home from the train station at 3am. No one saw him enter the small ally behind the cheap hotel. He was three minutes late. No one ever talked to him again.
I've asked myself this question for some time. There's always something more urgent or important than writing my stories: university, kids, classroom preps, groceries, a meeting, you name it. Life. I still wanted to write. Badly. So I was looking for a way to get something down in the little amount of time that I … Continue reading What to Write When You Don’t Have Time to Write
Leonie, the little girl from the old house next door, rang my door bell at 5:37pm. Her dog had gone missing that very morning. No one seemed to have seen it since. I turned around and asked my dad if he had heard something. He shook his head, turning the meat on the BBQ.
On my tours through the depth of the internet I recently discovered an interesting homepage by a German author talking about how to become a published author. She wrote several blog entries about her journey of writing and publishing 12 books in only 12 months, and what she learned on the way. I gotta say, … Continue reading I Challenge Myself. And You.