ROW80 #1 – Updates and Autographs

Hello everyone!

This is my first midweek ROW80 update of 2015. As we only started on Monday there is not much to tell yet.

I have finished two short chapters of a current WIP and I’ve still got to write today’s story. Even though I take my notebook with me wherever I go (because you never know when you might get the chance to write), I am trying to get in the habit of writing my short stories just before I go to bed. That’s usually when my imagination is at its wildest.

Therefore, over night, my notebook now lives on my nightstand, along with a laptop tray to keep it steady and several spare pens.

I usually only go to bed once I have done absolutely everything else that needs finishing, so by the time I get comfy and lean back against my headboard, I can relax and reflect on the day. Often ideas for scenes or stories will come to me throughout the day, and subconsciously I arrange them into a logical narrative so that I can simply start writing by the time I pick up my pen.

It’s taken me a bit longer to get this new blog routine figured out. I have three university deadlines this week that take priority, but once I have a bit of a breather, I will put everything in place. Preparations are going pretty well, though.

I’ve just come home from a Karl. newsroom briefing. Karl. is the youth page of my local daily newspaper Solinger Tageblatt. It was the last briefing by long-term Karl.-editor Lilian Muscutt, who, over the past 8 years on Karl. has become a good friend and also the person who gave me a proper break at the Tageblatt. I got a freelance gig with them because she suggested me to the local news team.

She’s leaving for a new job, and although I have not been to any meetings in a long time due to time issues, illness, work and studies, I wanted to say goodbye properly.

Lilian is also the author of Die Spiegelsinfonie, a book set in a fantasy version of my hometown. I only got my copy recently and have not had a chance to read it yet, but I wanted to ask Lily in person whether she’d sign it for me and she did! 🙂

Lilian Muscutt's autograph in my copy of Die Spiegelsinfonie
Lilian Muscutt’s autograph in my copy of Die Spiegelsinfonie. It reads: “Lots of joy on the journey through a fantastical Solingen! Lily”

I love having authors as friends! Lily ran an interview with me on Karl. one year ago today (check back for tomorrow’s Throwback Thursday), about participating in NaNoWriMo and my project The Bravery of the Soldier.  So as a leaving present, I got her a printed and bound copy of it Bravery. You can check out a writing sample here.

Right, that’s enough for now. Back to my studies, this Literature Review due tomorrow isn’t going to write itself…


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