New Year’s Resolutions for 2015

It’s New Year’s Eve (or Silvester, as we call it) and it’s time to sit down and write that list of New Year’s Resolutions.

What do I want to achieve in 2015? What do I want to learn or get better at? Well, lots of things, really.

Here are a few:

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Dinner For One

There’s a little New Year’s Eve tradition that has become cult in Germany and I’d love to share it with you.

It’s a little, 10 minute TV sketch called “Dinner For One” or sometimes also “The 90th Birthday”.

Dinner For One was recorded in 1963 for Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) and features Freddie Frinton as Butler James and May Warden as Miss Sophie.

On NYE, this sketch is repeated every few minutes on the telly. Basically, if you’re German, you’ll watch it at least once during the night’s festivities.

“The same procedure as every year, James!”

ENJOY and Happy New Year to you all!

My “To Read” Pile for 2015

I love buying books. I can spend hours in a bookstore or browsing a fleamarket for a bargain. Usually, I end up buying at least 1 book, which is why my To Read Pile is growing and growing. Even if I only wanted to get a voucher for a friend’s birthday… I’ll end up getting the voucher for her and a book for myself.

A home without books is like a body without a soul. – Cicero

I really believe that. People who don’t have books are highly suspicious in my eyes. Take my ex for example: he only owned two “proper” books. Animal Farm and Anne Frank’s Diary. The rest of his books were picture books with “pretty” cars in them.

I can’t help it. I like to show that I’m well-read. Seeing what others have on their bookshelves can be a great conversation starter! My “To Read Pile” is growing ever higher, though, as I haven’t had a chance to properly get lost in a good book in months.

Some of these books I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. Others were gifts. A few of them are by authors I admire. One is by a very good friend of mine (Die Spiegelsinfonie). But some I chose because I love the cover (Tape & Mister Pip especially)

So here are some books I’ve already got at the ready for 2015:

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End of ROW80 Success!

Hello my dear fellow ROW80 participants!

The fourth Round of Words in 80 Days for 2014 ended officially on December 26, and while I didn’t stick to all my goals I originally posted, I still count this ROW80 a success!

My writing goals:

  • Write a short story each day. Poems also permitted. No matter what word count.
  • Alternate often between writing in English and German to build up more German stories (it IS my native language, after all)
  • Write in at least 4 genres other than fanfiction (but fanfic is also fine!)

My blogging goals:

  • Update Study. Read. Write. five times per week, even if it’s just a picture with writing prompts or inspiration
  • Update my travel blog Fernweh & Wanderlust at least 3 times a week, even if it’s just a travel-inspiring picture or recipe
  • Start German to English translation of Gap Year journal to include on Fernweh & Wanderlust

So how did I do?

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