Not writing…

I’m a bit stressed out from work at the moment, can’t focus on writing much. And I feel bad when I just post a story and can’t even reciprocate the comments I get. So I’ll post a bit more knitting and crocheting. That, and a few other things, is what I do when I don’t write or read.

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Here’s what I knitted a few years ago, fingerless mittens that come especially handy when walking the dog. My hands are getting painfully cold fast, even if it’s not very cold outside, and these things keep them nice and warm and I still have the fingers free to give treats, grab the leash and such.

I had some old yarn lying around, not enough to make a sweater, but enough for this. I also crocheted a cloche hat, which I also love to wear on dog walks, because it keeps me warm and also protects my glasses from the rain.

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I really hope I’ll find the energy to get back to writing, but right now I need another break.

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Happy Bloggiversary To Me.

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It’s been two years yesterday. Where did the time go? And what am I doing here anyway?

When I discovered the internet in the Nineties, I was delighted by the possibilities for communication across borders and barriers. I started out discussing on mailing lists. I loved them, but they became obsolete. Then came forums. I loved them even more, but by now they are pretty much unknown. I then moved to livejournal which I didn’t love all that much. It was a strictly fandom place, and at times I felt like being back at highschool with all the goings-on there. Eventually I gave it up. I never got warm with facebook, liked g+, but most people I knew weren’t there. I only now tentatively tip my toes into the stormy twitter ocean. Instagram and whatnot I don’t even bother with. I have nothing to say. I’m neither an artist nor a great photographer. I’m an introvert and I’m also a coward because I don’t really want to expose myself to all the hatred and idiocy that goes around in comments these days. And I never wanted to write a journal. So why am I here?

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Jackie, who had to go over the Bridge.

I’ve seen people blog. About their art, about their crafts, about their food, about their ideas. I liked it and wanted to try it, especially for the online learning that had caught my fancy around that time.  I dutifully followed blogging101, but towards the end, we lost our dog, and that put a damper on any enthusiasm for communication I had at that time.

Then I got a new dog and blogged about her. I wrote a bit. I took some pictures. It all was more or less blah. I don’t consider myself expert enough on anything to confidently write about it. Interested: yes. Expert: no. Add to that the fact that I don’t really have time to write

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Maia, who makes us laugh.

good blog posts, research topics, find good pictures… I started a schedule for myself but couldn’t keep it up. I merely plodded along.

Enter the Friday Fictioneers. A weekly picture prompt for flash fiction. There are many challenges around, but this one appealed to me instantly. I entered and was welcomed by many with friendly words and hearts. I couldn’t be happier with that choice. People have been understanding and encouraging. I see that all writers, published or not, ambitous or not, more or less struggle with the same issues. And this helps. Writing a 100 word flash fiction post every week is something I can manage most weeks. I stuck with it and that’s where I’m now. I can still communicate with people, but it doesn’t burn me out.

Amazingly, there are still a few people from the first blogging days around. Thank you, old friends. And a good number of new friends have come. Thank you, new friends. Onwards to year 3. 🙂

Feeling Human again – Meet Maia Mousedigger

I’m a bad blogger friend. People were commenting, following, replying, not a word from me. I’m sorry. I will reply.

For now, I want to introduce our new dog: Maia Mousedigger. There will be more thoughts on Jack, and dogs, and blogging, but not now, I need to get back on track first.

We almost didn’t make it. We were at the point where we didn’t want another dog (anytime soon)–but then we started to look at shelter websites anyway. And then we went visiting and walking. She took to the SO right away, I have no idea what it is with him and dogs, they all simply adore him. The decision was made then. And today we got her from the shelter and now go through a bit of a crazy phase. And here she is, after our first long walk, back in her new home.

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Share Your World – 2014 Week 40 and Blogging 101 on Events and Pages

This post today contains two blogging101 challenges because I’m lazy and only did yesterday’s assignment today.

Yesterday’s assignment: add a new page to your blog, and make sure readers can find it easily.

I added a To-Do list because I don’t have time for anything fancy right now. You can find it under the About page.

Today’s assignment: pick a blogging event from the Community Event Listings to try for some instant community.

041514-sywbannerAll these activities… am I really a dedicated enough blogger? I went to this site, and got lost, as I always do when I’m visiting the Daily Post sites. There is so much there, it is incredible. And most of it is too complicated for me at the moment. I did find an event, however, that looks interesting and is easy to participate in. It is: Share Your World — an interesting idea where Cee, the site owner, asks five questions each week. Comparing the answers from around the world will be fun, interesting and educational. Participating is easy, you just tag and add your link to her comments page. I should be able to do that. I think I could make this a routine, too. And I’m getting more and more away from blogging about MOOCs. Oh my… Continue reading “Share Your World – 2014 Week 40 and Blogging 101 on Events and Pages”

Blogging 101: Try a New Posting Style

Today’s assignment: build your storyteller’s toolbox by publishing a post in another format or a style you’ve never used before.

This is not a food blog, I’m a lazy cook, often improvising with more or less sucess. I’ve been following craft and food blogs, and got discouraged of posting photographs , since the descriptions of the requirements for good photography seemed so strict. Stylish arrangements, decoration and embellishments seem a must as much as proper lighting, a good camera and perfect food. The same goes for displaying crafts or anything else. I’d never be able to do that, but ever since I started this blog, I just threw out my little pictures, since I like blog entries with pictures and when I use my own, imperfect as they are, I don’t need to worry about copyright issues. So, today, to do a different kind of post, I give you a bit of a food blog.

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Blogging 101: Increase your commenting confidence

Today’s assignment: read six posts written in response to yesterday’s prompt, and leave comments on at least two of them. — Done now, there are so many interesting blogs out there–and so professional–feeling shy again. Did comment, will follow up on at least one of them.

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You can find the part about the truth serum in the midst of yesterday’s meandering thoughts, but it was rather short, to the point, and not really fit for any follow up (although I still would like to have that answer). But anyway, in case someone from Blogging 101 comes here looking for an interpretation of the daily prompt: here’s one I have a bit more to say about than the Truth Serum:

When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?
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Isaac.Asimov01” by Phillip Leonian [1] from New York World-Telegram & Sun.[2]United States Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. Call number: NYWTS – BIOG–Asimov, Isaac, Dr. [P&P]. Reproduction number: LC-USZ62-115121. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Isaac Asimov was a biochemist and one of the ‘old’ masters of ‘hard’ science fiction. He wrote fiction, non fiction, and was an advisor for Star Trek. If you can have it all, why even chose between fiction and non fiction? For me, there’s an answer under the cut.

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Blogging 101 – Blog Roll and Truth Serum

What a mess! My sidebar, that is.

Blogging 101 continues to be fun and educational. The last few days I’ve been very busy, so I neglected the blog, but now I’ll catch up.

Monday’s assignment was: Build a better blogroll, share the links you love.
Tuesday’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on today’s Daily Prompt, which is:  You’ve come into possession of one vial of truth serum. Who would you give it to (with the person’s consent, of course) — and what questions would you ask?

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Blogging 101: Be Inspired by the Community

Today’s assignment: write a post that builds on one of the comments you left yesterday. Don’t forget to link to the other blog!

I’ve been bad again and did not link to the blogs where I commented yesterday. But since I find today’s assignment so inspiring, I decided to follow up on that regularly, not just today. Today, I’ll do the assignment, but as soon as Blogging 101 is finished, I’ll be a Blog Traveller and visit your blogs, pick a theme, link back to you from here and post my own thoughts about my journey to your blog and your post. Maybe I’ll make it a Travelling Tuesday. If my artistic skills weren’t so rusty, I could even design a little icon to leave for you. Maybe I can come up with something. But long story short, here is my turn on the assignment:

I commented on Tantoverde’s blog (Tantoverde: Simple, Delicious, Vegetarian) yesterday, who wrote how travelling will make the world a better place. A few days earlier, unrelated to Blogging 101, I commented on Cheefhobo’s blog ‘Of Itchy Feet and Beyond’ where he talks about ‘You know how the French are rude, right?

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Blogging 101: Be a Good Neighbour

Today’s assignment: leave comments on at least four blogs that you’ve never commented on before.

Normally I’m rather shy. I’m not shy in following you, but sometimes I just can’t get my courage up to post. But if I do, I sometimes don’t shut up again (as some of you may have noticed). In any case, I used the assignment to comment on a few blogs I already liked but never talked to. So please don’t be too surprised. 🙂

And, if anyone looks at this blog because of the assignment, let me give you a pretty post as welcome.

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Critters From the Past III: Jack

After Spot, our first dog, died, we quickly realized that life without a dog is not so great. With all the grief of losing him, at his age, it didn’t come unexpected and we were actually glad that he died quietly at home and we didn’t have to make that dreaded  trip to the vet…
We didn’t want another Border Collie right away since our life had turned somewhat towards chaos and the intensity of a Border Collie pup or rescue would have been too much at the time. So we decided we want an active dog but best a mix, that way we won’t compare the new friend to the old friend all that time . That would have been unfair. Some time in the future we would like to have another Border Collie rescue as long as we are young enough to keep up with her or him.
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