Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I'm still working and the contest is still running too


I'm working on my novels when a flash of (literary) lightning struck. So I wrote a 2700 word short story over the weekend and translated it into German. It's about Katie who moves into a house with a lovely wild garden, only to discover that the neighbor is trying to make Katie's mother turn their lovely garden into a geometrical abnormality like hers. It was fun to write, but as always, the translation was tedious. I'll send the German version to a competition soon, and decided to use the English version as a bonus to my first e-book.

The NLFTMM is coming along nicely. I just discovered that one of my characters is a RSS agent. Well, that was quite a surprise, even for myself. Now, I've got even more paths to travel to finish this story. But it's great fun. BTW, I'm still looking for a title. Why don't you post your suggestion in my little contest to win the first draft. It's a bit boring to choose a winner from just two entries.

Even the ghost story is growing slowly. In the evening hours, when the world is blue, my mood is right for working a little bit on it.

Enjoy your week,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

an interesting approach


here is a very interesting approach to vizualize the tensionhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif of different threads of your manuscript. Check out this link. It's really worth the read.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

summer is coming - win a first draft


for the last few weeks, I've been focusing on getting back into writing my ghost story. Unfortunately, with the summer coming nearer every day (the local pool just opened this weekend), I am not getting the mood right. Today, I decided to let it sit for a while. If I force the story, I only have much more to clear up in revision. So, now, I will start writing the "Non-Linear Fairy Tale Murder Mystery" I have been planning ever since January. I decided to write it in English and translate what I have written into German the same day. Thus, I've got two finished first drafts at the end.

But I need help. "Non-Linear Fairy Tale Murder Mystery" is too long and NLFTMM wouldn't make sense to most people. Please help me find a title. If I pick yours, you will get the full NLFTMM for free, and before anyone else will be able to buy it (or you can be a beta-reader, giving feedback on the first draft). Up to May 31st, you can post a title suggestion in the comments. I'll announce a winner on June 1st.

Some facts about the story:
- the main character is the reader (but I won't use 2nd person POV)
- (s)he takes on a job that Sherlock Holmes declined
- the story features many popular Grimm fairy tales (e.g. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin and many more)
- and a couple of characters from more adult stories (e.g. Ogers, Fantomas, Beauty and Beast)
- the main character will not return to the real world before the mystery is solved (unless (s)he chose so)

I'm looking forward to your suggestions,

P.S.: If I combine two titles, both commenters will get the the price.

Friday, May 6, 2011

as promised


here are the photos I promised. As you can see, we were really lucky with the weather.
The first picture is me - with a Star-Trek-like visor. ;-)

Next is the Olympic Tower in Munich (the little figure at the bottom is my daughter)

Castle Linderhof, where King Ludwig from Bavaria lived (the one who built Neuschwanstein)

Mountains that are not hills (like the ones we've got up north). If you look closely, you can see my two girls playing half naked in a shallow stream of ice water. Brrrrrr

One of two skeletons in the cloister church in Fürstenfeldbruck. The kids loved them - so scary...

Our snail "Nanni", she always tried to escape, but after an afternoon of fun (more for the kids less for the snail), my daughters set her free.

The church of Cloister Andechs. After a long, long walk up the hill, we took this photo, had something to eat and walked all the way back. I think it was worth it.

Evening at the Ammersee

The Siegesturm in Bayreuth, up the hill from the Wagner-Festival-Opera Hall.

OK, that's all the information you'll get about my private life for now. I bet you'd have liked to come along, right? Bavaria is beautiful - if only the people wouldn't speak so weird. ;-)

Enjoy your weekend,

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Back to work


I'm back from an amazing trip down South. Two of my kids and I took the speed train ICE

(photo published by Sebastian Terfloth with a CC license with some right reserved)

to Munich where we visited some relatives and friends. I was thoroughly surprised that the kids didn't fight for most of the holiday (only a few squabbles on the way back). One day, we went for a walk close to the Alps, and they were suitably impressed by the height of the mountains. We returned on 1st of May, and it took me all of yesterday to catch up on emails and stuff.

Today, I returned to my current project (the ghost story) and managed to write 599 words which isn't much but a start. It was rather difficult to get back into the story. The revision of my time travel story took so long that I had to re-read most of what I had written. It's not as bad as I remembered. ;-) Still, revision on this one will most likely spread oveer most of my summer. That would leave me with enough time to plan an new NaNoWriMo novel.

Anyway, I will try to post some pictures of my holiday before the end of the week.
Till then, enjoy life,