Thursday, January 20, 2011

I won a Blog-award! My first one ever! Thank you so much. I hereby present to you:

Seven things about me

1. I hate big cities and wouldn't visit New York for all the money in the world.
2. I would visit New York for a meeting with an agent or a publisher (hate sucks).
3. I definitely wouldn't take my kids to New York or any other super sized city.
4. I love daydreaming, preferably in a forest.
5. I'm still a member of "women in forestry" although I haven't worked in forestry since my PhD.
6. Despite my undersized figure, I'm not eating all the time and I love sport (Nordic Walking, swimming, cycling, walking the dog) as long as I don't call it sport.
7. More than anything in the wolrd, I love my family (all included)

I think that should do. Do you think you know me better now?
Oh, before you go, please read the previous post again and help me decide what to blog about in the future.

Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Blog post 101 and a question


I should have celebrated my last blog post. It was the 100th, and since I never thought I'd write that many, I really should have noticed. But I didn't. Also, with the end of the year drawing close, there were many more things to take care of. So, when I opened my blog today, to finally get going on my New Year resolution, blogger told me that I would now be writing my 101th blog post. So with that, I welcome (back) all readers near and far. May 2011 be gentle to you.

On New Year's eve, I decided to improve my blog and I spent hours thinking about the how-to. There are many things I'm interested in, but I wasn't too sure if my readers would enjoy the same things. Finally, I realized that I could ask. Stupid of me, really. I have seen other people ask on their blogs but never realized I could do, too. That's the old "control-freak" sneaking up on my again when I thought I had defeated him last year. ;-)

So, here we go. I know that I won't be able to write a blog post every day. As much as I would like to do that, it just can't be done. With the sort of family I have, I can probably manage two or three posts a week - at least that's what I am aiming for. Now, for the subjects:
  1. I have a degree in forestry and a PhD in science. Should I write regularly about a subject of science (biology, ecology, even chemistry, physics or math) if I promise not to make it boring?
  2. Also, I'm a foster mother of two children with handicaps. Anyone interested in how my family copes with that? I've learned some neat little tricks in the last 8 years.
  3. My writing is good enough that I am agented (in German at least). I know the ins and outs of my trade, and I'm really good at plotting. Shall I write about writing?
  4. I have noticed that there are many good blogs and websites "out there" (no, not the universe, the Internet). How about writing reviews of those sites as a sort of road map ("How to find what you're looking for")?

If you would like me to write about something you think I might know anything about, leave me a comment. If you want one of my suggestions, please leave me the numbers in a comment. My plan is to have a structure before the end of the month and schedule some posts that will hopefully interest many readers.

Join me on this journey and please help,