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The One With #DreamNowTravelLater or #ArmChairTravel…

This past week on Instagram, I’ve shared some travelling pictures I’ve taken some years ago and I figured maybe you too might want to do some #ArmChairTravel … One of the places I’d love to go to is Ireland. I shared a picture on my feed from another photographer (crediting him of course) and this has become one of my most liked picture. For this blog, I’m sharing his picture from a gorgeous cottage in Ireland from his account directly (in case you want to follow his Instagram account).

All the other pictures are by yours truly (Le Mont Saint-Michel, Chateau de Chantilly, Le Louvre, San Gimignano, Niagara Falls, Maine) 🙂

If you could go on a dream writing retreat, where would it be? Or which place do you really want to go visit as soon as you can?

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The One With The Bird Pictures Or Refilling the Creative Well…

Taking pictures is like telling a story: either the photographer, the subject or both.

And while I can’t count taking pictures as writing, it definitely helps fill the creative well. 🙂

And I’ve been taking quite lot of bird pictures in the past few months: from my window, my backyard and on Sunday from a park close to us…The pictures below are just a selection of the dozens and dozens of pictures I must have taken. 🙂

What do you do to refill your creative well?

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Currently…

In an effort to blog a bit more regularly, I’ve decided to  Katy Upperman‘s “Currently” posts 🙂 Don’t hesitate to join us. (Find the origins of the idea HERE.)

Loving

Planning again!

Reading

I am finishing up HATE LIST by Jennifer Brown and man this book is breaking my heart.

Watching

The hubby and I started watching 30 Rock…Otherwise, I may or may not have Gilmore Girls (again) in the background when doing housework.

Listening To

My very eclectic playlist on my iPod while jogging and writing. I wrote at B&N yesterday after working and having my music on helps me to blur out everything that’s not my main characters.

Thinking About

Ways to make my characters even more real.

Anticipating

Family visit! At the end of April, the hubby’s mom and aunt are arriving and then my parents are joining the fun beginning of May.

Wishing

Hmmm 🙂 You know if you’re on Goodreads, you can add FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT to your TBR 🙂

Fear Me, Fear Me Not

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Making Me Happy

Walking the dog with the hubby almost every night and definitely every weekend. Quality time in the midst of our busy schedule is definitely making me happy.

What’s currently making YOU happy?

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Happy Friday – so many reasons to smile

Happy Friday

 

  • So we had the snow storm and we didn’t lose electricity and I definitely got a workout shoveling the snow 🙂 We made yummy brunches, watched TV and even though the hubby had to go to work, we still spent a lot of fun times together. Plus, I got to take lots of pictures. Here’s one of my favorites.

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  • My husband is a big X Files fan and I had watched a few episodes throughout the years and I’m loving the new ones. So that calls for some nice evenings. TV-wise we also started watching Jane The Virgin and we’re enjoying it so far 🙂
  • I’ve made great progress in LOVE IN B MINOR :), formatted an Italian/English version of One Dream Only, and a Portuguese/English version of One Dream Only.
  • This mash-up of  Games of Thrones and The Bachelor…
  • My brother-in-law just sent me his corrected version of my French translation of One Dream Only and I am so excited about it!
  • As always, the support I receive from friends, family, former students, readers. So many reasons to be grateful!

So tell me, what made you smile this week?

Currently

Currently…

In an effort to blog a bit more regularly, I’ve decided to  Katy Upperman‘s “Currently” posts 🙂 Don’t hesitate to join us. (Find the origins of the idea HERE.)

Loving

Taking pictures. Walking on the beach in the morning during the writing’s retreat. So inspiring.

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Reading

I just started Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

Delirium (Delirium, #1)

And I’m reading I Am Malala

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

Watching

The last season of Parks & Rec just landed on Netflix…

Listening To

The Chemical Engineer and I started listening to the first Serial season and we’re already hooked.

Thinking About

Ways to organize myself so I can schedule four hours of writing/drafting/revising on days I’m not working and at least one hour of writing on days I’m working.

Anticipating

Using the Romance Planning Beatsheet Jami Gold has on her website (thanks again Katy and Alison for the tip!) as I go through LOVE IN B MINOR.

Wishing

To finish this revision ahead of time…

Making Me Happy

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Spending time with amazing writer friends…This weekend was AMAZING.

What’s currently making YOU happy?

What´s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday?

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What´s up Wednesday is the brainchild of Jaime and Erin. It´s a weekly meme geared toward readers and writers, allowing us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up. Should you wish to join, make sure to leave a link to your What’s Up Wednesday post in the widget on Jaime´s blog or Erin‘s blog.

What I’m reading

I am almost done reading MORE THAN COMICS by Elizabeth Briggs and I don’t want it to end. LOVING IT!
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And I’m reading an awesome manuscript by a wonderful & lovely writer and friend. The type of writing that makes you pause and think “Wow.”
Yep, I’m lucky..

What else I´ve been up to

  • Taking lots of pictures of Plato The Dog and Peter The Cat 🙂 and posting lots of them on Instagram 🙂

Plato in the snow

 

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  • Walking. A. Lot. Since the fence is still being put up, I take Plato on several walks a day.
  • Taxes, paperwork, trying to organize myself…

What works for me

Critiquing or beta reading. Right now, as mentioned, I’m reading an amazing manuscript and I’m both inspired by the writing (it is gorgeous) and having my brain going into “critique” mode. It helps my own writing I think, especially when comes the time to do a read-through of my own manuscript.

I can’t wait to check all your posts and see what you’ve been up to 🙂

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Playing with Pinwords…

Pinwords lets you add text to images. You can use their background template or upload your own images. I’ve been quite a lot of fun using Pinwords both to illustrate thoughts or share quotes from my upcoming book (those quotes are still going through the copy editors at this stage :-)) I usually share them on my Facebook page and on Pinterest....

Quotes from my novel

Chapter 1

Quote chapter 2

 

Using my own pictures

Anna and the French Kiss

Don't give up

Stop being on what could go wrong

Do you use Pinwords? How do you share your favorite quotes or sayings?

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Discovering Malaysia…in pictures (part 1)

I’ve been in Malaysia now for over a week, enjoying the sun, the beach and the discovery of another culture, of different traditions…We met a lot of very nice people and I sometimes can’t believe how lucky I am…And I get to experience all of this with my husband 🙂 We’re flying back to Germany tomorrow…

Here are a few pictures (I’ll post more once we’re back home and I can play with them a little…)

Some were taken during our road trip, one during a river cruise and the others from a trip to a local market.

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