Time

Hi all! I just want to remind those wanting to contribute to my blog to e-mail me at mishagericke@gmail.com (mishagericke(AT)gmail(DOT)com). So far the first two Fridays of February and the first Friday of March are booked. So I still need two people for February. That’s at least three weeks away, so book the date. You can send me the post later. ūüôā

More information on our first blogger will be posted next week.

Then, I have to announce that I have finally gone and signed up for twitter. You can follow me @MishaMFB and I will automatically follow you too.

And finally, I would like to say welcome and thanks to everyone who joined up recently. I hope that you enjoy the blog.

Now, back to the post.¬†It’s tiny today, for once.¬†After all, it’s Saturday. A lot of people have been posting about time in some way, so I decided to put my two¬†cents in. But, me being as strange as I am, this is what I¬†came¬†up with.¬†

Time…

That elusive thing that every writer craves and none seem to have.

Ever.

It’s strange really.

We try to put it into neat little compartments. Their time, my time, writing time…

We try to define ourselves by it. I write every day. I write weekends.
 
We pretend to suspend it for a little while. I’ll do this later.

But it always catches up with us. Oh no! My time has run out.

Mine always seems to race ahead of me, leaving me breathless by the end of it.

We sacrifice things we love, trying to buy more of it.

But somehow we still get cheated.

But the fact is that no matter what, time marches to it’s own drummer.

Sometimes it crawls and tortures.

Sometimes it slides by without us realizing it.

But it also does good things.

It changes us.

It teaches us.

It heals us.

What do you do for time? What does time do for you?

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Well excuuuuuuse me Princess!

Just want to remind all of you interested in a GPF spot to mail me. Next week’s slot has already been taken, but I need more people to fill in the rest of the month. I have decided to put the posts up at 06h00 my time on Friday mornings, so please remember to click over to show support to our first brave soul. My mail, for in case you don’t want to go hunting for it, is mishagericke@gmail.com.

In the mean time, on my last Friday post for the foreseeable future, some of you might want to leave now. I’m going to be showing a bit of my dark side.¬†

Yesterday, I was making my way down a certain Mr. McLinky list, looking for some new blogs to read and stumbled onto one that had someone (who will remain unnamed) who seemed to be deeply upset by the fact that she didn’t seem to be reaching anyone out there. Main theme of the blog as I read it being that she didn’t have a big following.

So I commented as follows:

I clicked over here from Grab a Pen.
How long have you been writing?
How long have you been blogging?
It took me three months before I reached seven people.

It took me three and a half to realize that if I follow other blogs and commented as often as I can, people come back to me.
I don’t say this to be mean, but rather because even though the post I just read isn’t the happiest ever, you have great style.
Style = Potential
Style=Skill
So there must be some other reason why you have few followers.
I also found that asking a question at the end of each blog post is an easy way to get people to comment.

But anyway, I can give you a few tips. I’m not even remotely close to big, but I do have over 150 followers and quite a few regular visitors.
If you want them, or just want to talk, feel free to e-mail me.

Now, please, anyone. Did I seem rude? Did I seem to be ridiculing or insulting her in any way?

Because honestly I was just trying to help her out.

But this is word for word the e-mail I got back (except for the name that has been changed):

Nice to meet you.

I clicked over here from Grab a Pen.
How long have you been writing?
If you have a chance to take a look at the rest of the web page, you’ll find I’ve been writing since I was 9.
How long have you been blogging?
Again, if you look at the beginning of my blog, you’ll see how long.
It took me three months before I reached seven people.
It took me three and a half to realize that if I follow other blogs and commented as often as I can, people come back to me.
I don’t say this to be mean, but rather because even though the post I just read isn’t the happiest ever, you have great style.
Style = Potential
Style=Skill
So there must be some other reason why you have few followers.
Thank you. I think I have style too. It might be the reason why I’ve published a book already and have another one coming out in the fall as to why I have a few followers.
I also found that asking a question at the end of each blog post is an easy way to get people to comment.
But anyway, I can give you a few tips. I’m not even remotely close to big, but I do have over 150 followers and quite a few regular visitors.
I appreciate that, but I’m quite happy to have anyone who wants to stop by. I’m not terribly interested in advertising.
If you want them, or just want to talk, feel free to e-mail me.
Sincerely,


Little Princess with No Manners.
 
 
Now, feel free to correct me if you think I’m wrong (as I will not send any snotty e-mails to those who dare to ask/say something not even vaguely impertinent) but that was so far out of line that I think the she didn’t even know it existed.
 
This is how I feel about this.
 
So freaking what. If I didn’t read the rest of the web page and I try to strike up a conversation,¬†you either answer like a civilized human being or you shut¬†the f*(k up.¬†
 
If you want to complain on your blog and want to suffer your pain in private: don’t link up to one of the most read blogs out there.
 
Yes princess: Headdesk is now appropriate.
 
Secondly: If you are going to staunchly refuse to do anything about increasing your readership then why in the name of all that is holy do you complain about it?
 
Who knows? Maybe she just wanted to be a martyr and suffer for her art or something and my attempt to help her out really rubbed her wrong.
 
But then this is what you do, Princess, you ignore me. You could have kindly not have taken me up on my offer.
 
Or… You could have gnashed your teeth and sent me an upbeat mail about how you really just freaked out that day and felt down. Because, like OMG! You don’t even really like followers.
 
Or something like that.
 
But bitching on someone – as far as I saw the first one to comment for at least five posts – for daring to comment after you complained about no one commenting…
 
Not. On.
 
In fact:
 
STUPID.
 
I have complained too. Hell knows I complained about few followers in the beginning too. It’s very hard to blog to empty space.
 
But every time I complain, I take the risk that – GASP! –¬†someone who I don’t know from¬†Adam or Eve¬†is going to tell me to pick myself up by my shoe straps. And guess what? The normal reaction will be to thank that person and to ask them how to do it. Because if you post something on a public blog, someone might just answer and it might just not be what you would like to hear.
 
But that is not your commenter’s problem.
 
EVER.
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Takes a deep breath.*
 
Thus endeth the rant.
 
If any of you read through this, and I suspect that some of you will…
 
I just want to thank all of you who have told me to pick myself up by my bootstraps when others only offer sympathy. And thank you for those that always cover me with love and sympathy when I’m down.
 
I need both sometimes and I love everyone of you for it.
 
And really, if I misconstrued anything¬†she said, or you differ in opinion about how my comment seemed, please let me know. Because I honestly don’t get what her problem was.

More on GPF

Hi all!

I am now super excited!

So far, everyone who commented was quite positive, so I am definitely going to do it.

Right now, I don’t want to tie myself to a specific day, since there might be some admin involved. Still, if it is at all possible, I would like to start next week.

Since a lot of the commenters asked, I thought I would throw some topics out for consideration…

How do you build your world?
Your favorite character that you have written. How did he/she occur to you?
For the plotters: How do you decide what to write?
For the pantsers: How do you keep track of what happened?
Voice.
Agents and Publishing…

To name a few.

But really, anything as long as it falls within writing and the literary world. If it’s interesting, even better. After all, you’re representing your blog. ūüôā¬†

So… what do you do now?

Well…

Please please please contact me at mishagericke@gmail.com with the topic of your post and when you would prefer to do it. Please make sure that the¬†re line¬†says it’s about GPF.

Right now I need people who are willing to post this coming week.

Then I also would love to hear about what you would like to read about. Maybe we can get someone to post about it. Feel free to e-mail these to me too. Just make sure that the re line says that its a suggestion for GPF.

So people leave your mark on the pages of this blog’s history. Be the first one. I’ll give you a cookie. ūüėČ

An interesting proposition

Hi all! I just want to say thank you to the people that took the time to give me advice yesterday. It was really invaluable to me today.

Then… *cough cough* if you look to the right side of your screen, you might noticed that I have hit 150 followers! Just wanted to say thank you to every one of you for pressing that follow button and making this blog just a bit more special.

I’ve been thinking lately. Yes, I know how scary this is. But I think it’s time to add something new to the equation. So I went and updated the blog a little.

Still, it didn’t feel like enough. Then it hit me. Wouldn’t it be awesome if I could get some of you, the followers, to write for me on the blog?

What do you say? I give you cart blanche on the topics as long as they fall vaguely within the themes of writing, your WiP(s)/novel(s) or the writing life.

It could be an awesome opportunity for everyone to get to know everyone a bit better as well as to advertise your (and my) blog.

I was thinking once or twice a week sounded nice.

Would you ladies and gents be interested in something like this?

Can writing a lot be a bad thing?

Today, I managed three thousand words, which both makes me want to write more and to stop and take a deep long breath.

There are advantages to both, I guess. If I continue on my 5k per writing session trend, I will be past a quarter of my rewrite by tomorrow. If I continue on my 3k per two hours trend… I will cross that threshold by the time I go to sleep.

Which for me is an absolutely blistering pace. 

But. And this is a big one: if I continue rushing at my current pace, will I be able to maintain it? 

Doubtful.

Will I actually be able to improve the quality of my story¬† if I rush as¬†if I’m¬†doing NaNo on steroids?¬†

Even more so. 

But I want to see where this is all going…¬†

Sigh.

Heaven knows that I haven’t have a burst of productivity like this in months. My record stands at 7000 words in an afternoon and a night. After that I crashed and took months to recover. It was incredibly frustrating. I couldn’t even blog properly.

Now I’ve more or less tripled that count in less than a week.

What does that mean?

Is it due to the fact that my life is now virtually stress free?
Is it because my mind finds it a lot easier to work with a story that has already been written?
Or did it just turn out that I happen to have a writing threshold of 5800 words a day?

These questions become very important when I consider the end goal: Publishing.

This book will take about four rounds of rewrites and edits before I will start publishing.

At the rate I’m going now, I will finish the second draft in about a month – well ahead of my April 30¬†target.

By April, I could actually see the end of my edits already.

I can query by May.

If I don’t kill myself by then. Of course, I’m not really talking about putting a gun to my head an pulling the trigger. I’m talking about looking into the barrel to see how a speeding bullet looks.

But I’m not complaining. I mean. After a month long dry spell, it is wonderful to actually be able to write as freely as breathing.

Still part of me is scared that some part is pushing me too hard.

Are my fears unfounded? Or can too much writing be a bad thing? What would you do if you got hit by a rush of words?

I await your advice. In the mean time, I’m going to get my bloggy fix before deciding what to do.

100 posts and an award

Wow!

It seems like I started this blog a very short time ago.

And then I think about it and realize. Oh yeah. It was a very short while ago. August, I think.

With November and December in between where I barely posted at all.

So… when I post, I post a lot. And often.

Daily almost.

But here I am, with my 100th post having crept up on me.

What to do what to do?

Well, there is that award I won…

Thank you very much, Amanda. I really felt special when read that I received it.

So here are the rules of the award:

1) Thank and link back to the person that gave the award. (That’s me: always thinking ahead.)
2) Tell seven things about yourself.
3) Award ten recently discovered, great bloggers.
4) Let them  know that they won the award.

So, instead of boring you with more about me, I decided to bore you about my blogging experience. MUHAHAHAHA!!!

1) I never (ever) edited anything that I have posted on this blog. Sorry to those that cringe when they read nonsensical and half finished
2) I’ve only reread one of my posts after I have posted it. I cannot remember which one it was. See mom? Not a narcissist.
3) I get insanely envious when I read some of your compositions. And then I forget about it and feel honored to get to know those talented individuals. For those of you that are wondering who I refer to: If you’ve posted compositions…
4) I am absolutely amazed at the amount of you that do not enjoy chocolate. Freaks.
5) I am very proud of the fact that I posted a how-to list on blogging when I had (I think) seven people following. I am also proud to say that I’m pretty sure I broke any one of my own rules at least once.
6) One rule of the above stuck in my mind: keep under 300 words. I uhm cough… never… cough… managed it… cough… since… cough… post. Oh wait. My message to say that I was absent… See? I’m terrible.
7) One day, when I am ready for a wonderful cringe fest, I will start reading my own posts. But right now the plan is to write so many posts that the amount of reading will freak even me out.

Well… I must say that picking ten of my most recent great blog discoveries is pretty hard. My memory is long and my sense of perspective is (as I’m sure you all realized by now) is whacked.

But here are my latest stick-out blog favorites. (To my old favorites, you are classics to me.)

1) TalkToYoUniverse
2) Seton Hill Writers (Very Very New, but lots of potential)
3) Operation Awesome (I love Oliver)
4) Vanora’s Thoughts
5) Rachna’s Scriptorium
6) Samuel Park’s Daily Prep for Writers
7) Musings of a Penniless Writer
8) Julie Cross: Author
9) Write Liz Write
10) Of Writerly Things

Well then folks, that’s all I have to say for today. Oops: except to mention that I have been walking (as an exercise) every day since last reported.

So, what weird things can you tell me about your experiences as a blogger?

Heeeeeeeeeere’s Misha!

I’m back!

Finally after weeks of drumming my nails to the quick with frustration.

You see, I nearly died of curiosity to see what was happening to all of my bloggy friends.

Sigh. And here I am.

There’s so much to tell you!

So… I’ll do it news-style.

1) As you are well aware, I now have a job. Sadly (?) it involves commerce, but it is exciting enough to keep me interested. The only thing that I have against commerce is the fact that most of the jobs involve sitting at your desk and doing accounts.

This one does too, but it’s a high adrenaline kind of job. ^_^

When I have something to do.

When I don’t… I get to write.

2) Speaking of which. Work settled down enough on Thursday for me to write between e-mail checks. Since then, I have written almost 20 k words! Ten thousand of which was on the Doorways rewrite.

3) I looove being in full swing with Doorways. I’ve moved some things around and hurried things along a little. For now, it writes like a dream. It’s great to know where things are going.

The only thing that is a little tricky about the book is voice. I have two, and the story requires me to switch between them every now and then. And right now, Callan is drowning out anything and everything that James has to say.

4) In unrelated news, I know of a registrar’s secretary who will have a very bad day on Monday. My registration is due on Tuesday, but they still haven’t opened up my account. I hope for her sake that my account is open by 08h30 on Monday.

Right now, I’m not angry.

I’m storing it for later…

5) Good news again: I was given an award! I will blog about it on Monday when more people are online.

6) I’m pathetic at remembering news. Which probably doesn’t count. I’m sure you all realized how scatterbrained I am.

So…

What’s news there? You can’t believe how much I missed you.