Thursday, July 31, 2014

A little tribute to Antoine de Exupery & his little prince - my all time favorite story

70 years ago the French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator Antoine de Exupery took off in a Lockheed Lightning P38 from a French air base in Corsica and disappeared into the clouds to be never seen again. For me as a child it was always clear that he simply took off to join the little prince on his little planet - as for sure he must have returned there, since here on earth nobody really understood him.

Alas Wikipedia has the rest of the story:
 >In September 1998, Jean-Claude Bianco, a fisherman, found east of Riou Island, south of Marseille, a silver identity bracelet (gourmette) bearing the names of Saint-Exupéry and of his wife and his American publisher hooked to a piece of fabric, presumably from his flight suit. The recovery of his bracelet was an emotionally-laden event in France, where Saint-Exupéry had by then assumed the

mantle of a national icon, and some disputed its authenticity as it was found far from his intended flight path, implying that the aircraft may not have been shot down.
In May 2000 a diver, found the partial remains of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning spread over thousands of square metres of the seabed off the coast of Marseille, near to where the bracelet was previously found. The discovery galvanized the country, which for decades had conducted searches for his aircraft and speculated on Saint-Exupéry's fate.<

Wherever his inventor went, the little prince has always stayed with me and I hope you have been introduced to him as well. If not:

>The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolour illustrations by the author, in which a pilot stranded in the desert (see!!) meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world.
Though ostensibly styled as a children's book The Little Prince makes several profound and idealistic observations about life and human nature. My favorite part is still of the fox meeting the young prince during his travels on Earth. The story's essence is contained in the lines uttered by the fox to the little prince: "One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye."
Other key thematic messages are articulated by the fox, such as: "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." and "It is the time you have lost for your rose that makes your rose so important." The fox's messages are arguably the book's most famous quotations because they deal with human relationships.<

 And in me as a child they woke the need of keeping in touch with anybody I ever met and cared for - the fox told me so...
 I miss you little prince. Can I visit?





Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Your story matters!

 “Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, 
and which can sometimes pay the rent.” ― Neil Gaiman
 (see how nice I am? Realizing I surpassed my promised ten lines again this week, 
I'm really good to you and keep it short and simple! 
Well, never know when the next blob happens ;))

The writing tip of the day...

I need to think about that now...

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bad critique and how to take it...

All writers have to develop tough dinosaur skin. 
Being told to change/revise our work is of course important. 
Alas some critiques are more scathing than others and even well-intentioned and supportive critique can be painful. And at some point we might all encounter a critter who is downright mean. So it's not you, but their writing that is:
 
But basically we have a choice - after the broken heart picks up it's beat: We can accept critique as helpful - even if we disagree - or we can allow ourselves to become emotionally defeated and give up. But if we want to write professionally and live our dream, then we need to get up after a tough critique, straighten our crown and go back to writing.
Also there are a few things everybody should keep in mind, 
when receiving a not colored pink and tied with ribbons critique:
  •  Not everybody likes your writing! That's ok. People have different tastes, views and perspectives. Your talent is not eradicated just because someone dislikes your work!
  • Beware of wrong motives! There's a score of critters - and other writers - who critique with a mindset of moving you towards their style. Alas it's your unique voice that makes you special,  don't loose it!
  • If you meet an ....... that has not a single positive thing to say, hit the delete and then the block button. Why? There is just no way your work is 100% shit! These people either have a problem themselves, a too big an ego or they plainly envy you and need to put you down - nice thought, mmh?!
  • Don't start handing your manuscript out after you have done the 167. revision, polished and shiny. By then it's too late and the baby too close to your heart. Start early when question-marks are still imprinted on your forehead and heart anyhow and different views can push you on, clear fuzzballs in your brain and help you see light!
  • Build up your defense-system and only ask for critique when you're ready! Value honesty and stay as objective as possible. Don't defend your work or make excuses. Just listen and accept critiques and tips with grace - then go with your own gut feeling: After all only you know the story and only you can tell it the way it's supposed to be!
And you know what my first step is after reading a bad critique - or any for a matter of fact? I close it for a while, walk away and get myself something nice - chocolate or a nice cup of coffee with a higher dose of cookies! 
And what works for you?


Friday, July 25, 2014

Second Draft revisions...

I am not happy right now.
Just sayin.
Neither are my characters.
And only because after all the critiquing others, 
I returned to their first story in search for stuff which
- after a break and some distance -
can now be safely cut.
I thought.
Maybe not.
Or?
So I opened a new folder and moved all the tidbits there.
Guess what?
Score of teenagers march up and demand to know what happened to their memories!
I wasn't even aware they paid that close attention.
Better come up with some new problems for them tomorrow.
That will keep 'em busy and shut them up for a while.
Until the next revision...
 think it's the ... ?! one by now.
Not sure about that last statement... my heart...

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inspire others or get inspired!

I go with the second line today. 
Well, I intended to go with the second line today...
Now that I have collected the fragments of this day,
I wonder if I should turn it into a nightstory -
you won't have any sleeping problems -
or hope that standing around and
hoping inspiration or a piece of the sky
will drop on me and spin me into hack-the-keyboard action.
Well.
Maybe there WAS some more...
The visiting stray cat fell off the cat ladder when I opened the window.
Original cat jumped from sleep into fight-pawing raindrops 
running down outside same window.
Before dropping back into sleep-mode in an instant.
I still pick corn, carrot pieces and beans out of my carpet 
after dropping the hot bowl.
While inspecting a coffee machine a door jumped up on me 
and marked me with a huge bump.
The bump is accompanied by humongous blue spot, 
which was welcomed by it's twin
(arrived earlier when a garden chair attacked me 
while I was searching for fireflies).
Oh and my car has a wonderful new fresh smell: orangejuice!
It came from the back and insisted on cleaning the windshield inside in flight.
I can now stick notes to the glass.
And tomorrow I am sure sun-magic 
will transform my car into a sss (special-sour-stench-bomb)
Which is good to have. 
If you meet not so nice people at a crossing you just roll the window down.
If you're still breathing that is.
Actually after a boring day like this I'm really looking forward to 
a good-night-sleep.
As soon as I have fixed my bed.
It broke down this Morning.



Sunday, July 20, 2014

How to provide helpful critique...

The tips below work in all areas of life - I have adapted them from my communication trainings - and explain how to provide critique that is helpful and respectful. If you give critiques that way, you’ll have a better chance of getting lucky to receive helpful and respectful critiques in return!
  1. Don’t provide a critique unless you’ve been invited to do so. Or ask first!
  2. Don’t waste time on writers who have a narcissistic streak - help those who sincerely want to improve!
  3. Don't haste a critique! Take time and make an effort so you can offer a critique that is thoughtful. You want the same for yourself. (I like the story, good luck is not a critique!)
  4. Critique the writing, not the writer. Stay on a factual level, don't get personal. As a general rule - never start with YOU (should...)
  5. Always start with the strengths,  In communication training I use the Burger-Method: Start with something positive, strengths, then address the weaknesses and problem areas using positive language. End on a positive note!
  6. Be objective! If the piece you’re critiquing is not in a style or genre that you prefer, mention that - it helps the writer putting your critique in perspective!
  7. Make clear suggestions for improvement. Give helpful examples!
  8. Encourage - motivate - inspire! Writers are sensitive souls and it's likely that finding out that more polishing awaits the receiving one will be crushed - some are at that point even tempted to give up. Nurture that poor critter - you might be next! And if you are - say thank you ;)



Friday, July 18, 2014

Friends who critique... critter friends!

Are you lucky enough to have friend-critters?
I envy you! Unless... Sometimes it's awkward and not very helpful I've heard. When the try to brush your ego and tell you only what you want to hear. Nice - but not very helpful!

As a writer, you have to be thick-skinned.
Professional writing is a highly competitive field and we encounter criticism everywhere. But whether we like it, critique is the the most efficient way to increase their skills. We learn much more from mistakes than from what we did right!
Lucky for us everyone can be a critic as each one of us has an opinion. And that's what any critique is - the opinion of one individual!
To get the right answers, you have to supply your critics with the correct questions - this is especially helpful for inexperienced critics:
  1.  Let them know if they should focus  on plots - do things work out?
  2. Where are stumbling blocks - did you stop reading confused?
  3. How are the characters? Believable? Can you feel with them?
  4. How's the pace? Did you fall asleep somewhere?
Critiques help a writer improve and sees the fine line between personal preference and quality of the writing.To accept critique is not always easy, but it improves writing, because we get different viewpoints and addresses spots we  are blind to. Alas to provide thoughtful criticism that is helpful, is a piece of art.That is why it is important to know how to critique others as well.Tomorrow!

  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Critter Groups

 Let's talk about critters! No, not the one in the movie which give you nightmares beyond your world and character's - although I have come across those as well...


As with everything you can't just stumble in a earth-hole and expect to find the right critter right away! If you expect to, it's clear you might get bitten by frustrated critters, who are just not groomed to be around crazy writer's...


I mean first you need to sniff about until you find the correct burrow that houses critters. Once there you need study how they live - aka become one of them - feed them in a certain manner - Critter etiquette! - and after a while you might be lucky to attract them to yourself.

Then you need to be patient and don't scare them away! Just listen to the little voices and thank them for what they offer. None of their gifts are chiseled in stone, but you might get some precious advice.
For those who don't own home-grown critters these are priceless!

I rarely encounter mine twice, but I am always excited to hear from new ones!

What are your Experiences?
Where are your critters hiding?
Mine live here: http://www.critters.org/

Monday, July 14, 2014

Blog Wordcount - OMG!

Reading my own blog, I just realized I broke my own rule. Can I blame writer's amnesia?! 
I mean with all these voices in my head - if you count those together I really didn't surpass my ten-lines-keep-this-blog-short-statute: Each of my characters... mmhh? No? Ok. I tell you what - when I get in a rambling kind-a-mood I promise to take a break next day or only post some eeny-weeny quote and pic to compensate, oki? We know we can do that. Because in that case we just have a conference in the living room instead. Some critter-critiques are due anyhow and those will call for changes, which will result in quite a few ruffled feathers again. The discussion in general I could live with, it's the sleepless nights that have me worried. When they try to outdo the others by whispering in my ear... Just writer's problems! 

(10! The narrow space line break doesn't count!!)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Categorized Writing - YA, Adult or Crossover?!

 I'm a pet reader. I am the perfect marketing target when it comes to Fantasy. I read it all. Even if it doesn't catch me - once it's at home it gets read. Sometimes it's the character/story that lingers afterwards, sometimes it's the HUGE question-mark about what the heck that was all about.

So if you would ask me I would answer that I walk to the adult section (or browse there), but have an open mind for YA. I often love YA fantasy/paranormal because it's more fun and has the focus on speculative content, as opposed to contemporary which is often
more focused on teen issues - which I am happy to happy to announce I am about to be over with.

With finished manuscripts in the drawer and the focus on queries and proposals I face the dilemma of categorizing myself - my characters - their story. Would I use myself as example I would use to modern yet not so new category of crossover - MG to YA, YA to Adult, maybe throw in some fantasy-NA-nerds and whatever comes along.

Alas there's a problem with crossover novels: agent request submissions for YA or adult and then even state no MG. Then there's no crossover publisher: there are YA/children's publishers and adult publishers, who might publish both - but the sections are divided and you can't put a manuscript forward that has to be dealt with on second AND fourth floor. Nope. Human interaction would disturb regular procedures and strategies. And wouldn't you guess: no crossover section in bookstores either, it's either YA/children's aisle or adult side. 

Sure everyone became witness to Harry Potter or Eragon shaking hands of kids and adults alike and crossover was whispered all over again. Clearly successful books enjoyed by both children and adults skyrocket sales and thrill writers to reach an even greater audience.

Still all of the above make it nearly (clearly?) impossible to pitch if you can't clearly state your story as one or the other. Why? Wordcount for one - if you describe your book as YA but your WC is over 75.000 - decline (even worth if you've not been published before). Even worse if your Protagonist actually falls into MG by age (14 - because that's what 12 year olds like to read) - wordcounts is 40. to 55.000. Ha - let's split the trilogy in six books! Adult - well either would be too short and if it's longer than let's focus on pace: YA are quicker, straightforward. Adult goes deeper as the age-group tends to be able to focus a little longer ;) (depending on time of day and if chocolate is near)

In any way you want to avoid ending up with a novel that is too adult for children and too juvenile for adults, which happens a lot. On one agent's blog, I read that the difference between a Young Adult story and a Middle Grade one is that after the end of a middle grade novel the protagonist is still a child or teen, but in a young adult novel the protagonist starts as a teen and at the other end of their journey travels into adulthood.

For example: The first three Harry Potter books,  The Golden Compass or Matilda are actually MG.
Read those too. Never a thought I'm in the wrong category. Clearly crossover. Unless my inner child has taken over completely (wouldn't surprise me) or they weren't written in the language supposed to be MG (is there a word-list I have to follow to be categorized correctly?)

So do we know where we stand now? MY characters are totally confused and wonder if they should be made older (that would be ridiculous and they got a clear NO from the adult - me!). But the adult is still confused too. MG crossover YA?! From Thierry's rumbles and Moron-iness MG, from what'S going on in between the lines - adult. I'd read it. But I'm not normal. Found a good line for the pitch:
YA (let all the smart agents read and find out - they know more about it than I do) with a possibility of adult crossover. HA!
Hope I don't land in the slush-pile-trash-bin as smart-ass - there are already too many other reasons...









Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cara or Carys? Name your Character part 2

Ok, poll is still open as it continues to tie:
Cara or Carys?

She has a twin brother named Camlyn. She's the confident and outgoing. Not in awe of anybody, speaks her mind, quite focused, but also a rebel. Can be fun, unless she thinks the other falls short of her expectations. (I tell, my poor protagonist goes through hell sometimes!)
Can't understand why there's no choice for Shondoreen?!

After all the renaming last week, she felt left out and questioned her own name - Cara until now. I told her she won't get a new letter as her twin is very happy with his and we won't start the name-roulette again.

So the above are the choices she has now, but of  ourse she won't make up her mind as she usually wants the opposite from the last comment. 
I told her she gets the one that has most votes by tomorrow evening. 

CET. 

Go!

Music in Fantasy

I'm curious.
There was a high pitch of music in fantasy in the early 90s with: 
"The Naming” by Alison Croggon, “Song Quest” by Katherine Roberts, “The singer of all songs” by Kate Constable, or "Rhapsody: Child of Blood, Symphony of Ages #1, by Elizabeth Haydon. All heroines, usually unaware, living a protected life until one day an old mentor appears and takes them on or the other road - where - at the end - they tend to face the problem of having to save the world.

Then there was really nothing.

For my book proposal I did a re-check and it turns out that 2014 appears to be the year music-fantasy reappears. Well, good for us - so far none of the newer novels have raised a banner where we come from. Save territory. Nobody knows the entrance yet.

I found (tons more short stories) in novels eg trilogies:
Into the Dark Book #1 The Shadow Prince by Bree Despain or “The Crickhowell School for the Muses” byRachel Waxman. 

Question of the day: If you read fantasy with a musical background - what did you enjoy most, what did you miss and what would you like to find?

No, we can't cater - as you know I only write down what my characters dictate and that crew is pretty established and we (I) most certainly can't alter their past adventures. But who knows, timetable for future lessons are still quite flexible, I can always force them to take another subject to better their grades! (Don't worry, they get annoyed at so many things at that age, they won't realized that additional touch of adulty interference!)

"Music is what a story sounds like..." CHG

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Writing Inspirations...

Now that I am in an in-between state - as in between polishing book one of three and listening to the babble of my characters what will happen in number two - so we can advance to the final show-down - and who will take front stage this time, I can actually look over my shoulder. To pretend there are 
A - other things one might write about
B - I actually have a life apart from writing.
I know it sounds utterly crazy, but just to humor the world I thought I give it a chance to talk to me:
So as I had breakfast this Morning - in my lounger turned to face the open window, feet propped up on my unheated heater, my fox appeared. Well, maybe not my fox as in earlier fox stories, but maybe the cub of one of the cubs. 
It still knows where it came from. Sneaked up the cat ladder, grabbed the - hey have a little snack while you're out, Momo - catbowl and carried it off. Orange fox with orange bowl scuttling down the catladder.
Momo yawned.
Means fresh bowl and fresh food for her.
There's some story hidden in there.
Drove towards my - 5,5 week - reha-welness-tell-us-your-kind-of-crazy - assignment, and turns out all cars (I am keeping myself from using literal here, because I don't want to get my virtual finger slapped) were robbed of there indicators. 
All of them. Not one during a 45 min drive.
Aliens? A governmental force taking over to force us all into a straight line?
I tried to get a better look at the intense "don't look at me I hate this Morning faces". No clue.
I smell another story here.
Arrived at the green building that is supposed to calm my nerves and challenge my mind. Gymnastics. (No again I shall refrain from using the word literal). I stretched, I jumped, I grinned.


I followed and participated in the let's find rules for this group challenge. Insists a lady it's all about how you say it. In a tone that connects my jaws with iron clamps to keep them from opening. Someone mentions critique. She all but hisses and growls and spits like my cat when one of the strays stops by for nourishment: It's all about...
Now I know! It's definitely going to be a murder story!
Not going to tell you who the killer is though.
I need to stay incognito.
And that was only the first four hours of my day, it continued with tons more of inspiration. But you know what? It's just too much information. I think I stay with my nutty fantasy kids and their world - the real one just gives me headaches!

Note on the side: Wonder where I was the last two days?
So do I!


 


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Writer's are nuts - so let's be crazy!

From tomorrow on I shall spend six weeks trying to find myself - I'm told it's good for me.
I always know where I am - either here or in SHONDOREEN
Not so difficult.
 I go where the voices tell me to go - and my characters can be pretty insistent!
Alas I live in a bureaucratic country where everything not involving a 9 to 5 day-job is strange:
Can you live from that thing you do? Writing? 
Nope, but I still do it. Of course! What else could I do?
 But, I'll be a good girl and allow others to discover if I'm useful at anything else.
A writer's social reha type of!
Who suggested that writers are social? We have WORLDS in our heads!
We are happy to tell you about the worlds in our heads!
And we will even introduce you to our invisible friends (not for us of course).
Sure some of them aren't very nice and once in a while we even kill one,
but generally it's a pretty normal and stable environment.
Really!
That's nuts too?
I should do something - real?
Well, let me tell you one thing:

 How do you think we manage these worlds if we would be - normal?!
But I shall tell you about that - six weeks long - until you're graving to read about it!
Yep, there are other people who would call a writer's world real too.
We call them agents and publishers, but they are an incredible shy species.
But once I catch one, I will drag it over and show it, ok?
Yep, I still come and allow myself to be wellnessed for a while. I like actually that! 
 Not so much that I will have less time to write.
But I'll read during breaks - oh for heaven's no not the helpful stuff you want me to to boost my life.
The craziness of others like me!
I shall even critique. I rarely have time for that anyhow.
So thanks for the opportunity!
And my dear visitors: know what? They want me to paint! 
Oh, and then there's that workshop I am supposed to attend - to see if I like that:
Writing.
Huh?!?
I thought writing is... ? Know what:

I will bring my laptop.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Words to cut from your Manuscript!

My Manuscript is still in dieting-mode and today I thought I supply you with my list of words to make it slimmer.
Now, I am not telling you to cut ALL of them. I am guilty of some myself and especially (adverb! Cut the lys!) in YA dialogue "I just can't cut that just, really!" But reducing as many as possible will not only help reduce your word-count, it many cases it makes the story better readable as well.
I usually just read a sentence in question and if it works without - than it's history. Well, everywhere besides speech ;)
The following are the first that should go through the find and replace (with a fluff of air) function:
 Besides just and really I detected quite (those too) a few evens and likes. So even though I like them - I try to reduce them. With like I have more problems as I like to come up with new metaphors to show - and I often need a like or as for that. The good thing about it? I sit and kick my braincells to find a way to create a stronger picture or sense without them.

Nope, I don't always manage.
 

So, I was really surprised just how many of them I found and how bluntly my characters refuse to talk without these. We just had a discussion the other day, I honestly don't need another discussion.

Was and were:  eliminate these in every possible occurrence as it is in most cases passive voice and you you should try to keep the percentage as low as possible.

We all know that the ly are devil's spawn and need to be killed as the infection can be severe. But did you know that instead is one of the words editors hate most?! Not allowed to compare mmh? Well, fact is describing helps!

Here are some more should you get bored: about, almost, appears, approximately, basically, close to,  eventually, exactly, finally, just then,  nearly, practically, somewhat,  suddenly, truly, utterly.
Once you are done with the above and your thats, skim over the and ands as well - found they are sometimes useless (oh beware of the less ness as well!).
And finally (oh blunder!) I try to get rid of some ings too while I'm at it.
Next?
Speech tags: I have been told to remove as many as possible as well. Problem there: MY characters don't just talk, there's most of the time some action involved, so I can't take that away from them (NO, I CAN'T!! Already took names away from them for heaven's sake)
Alas one thing is true - some of these actions or descriptions can be cut: I mean a heart tends to beat in the chest, right? So we can delete the chest. And since the mouth is in your face it's natural that a smile would spread there. So we don't need to explain to a reader where the smile sits, correct?
I hate it when I discover those things though. Haven't I been poetic and first draft?! Wonder who wrote the latest version... "Find and replace" most likely.
At about that time something pops up and I rewrite a scene - and start the above all over...
Therefore - Happy trimming!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Closed for Independence Day... 

Happy 4th of July everybody!


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Have all characters a name they can live with now?! Grrrr...

We had a problem.
We had a serious and highly emotional meeting last night.
My characters got really loud - and yes really is absolutely necessary here - just like the adverb!
Turns out My two heros - well one is a hero now, the other is the antagonist this round but will get the hero part in book three. Anyway - they share the stage quite a bit and have for some time. And then someone shows up and asks ME if I don't get confused.


Me?! Why should I get confused?
I've known these guys since almost fifteen years now (they haven't aged a day) and know exactly who is speaking or thinking. But the question kickstarted my braincells. True - they had the same letter. They sounded different though. Alas, a writer fairy - called critter - pointed out that some readers are a lazy pack (huh?!) and only skim over the first letter of a name and assume they know who's in charge of the scene.
Really?
 
Am I the only one who reads names???
Well, since both these main characters have some heavy twists - and past lives with similar names - I decided we would carry that to the round table.

They got in a fit.
I mean who wants to give up a name he's carried all his life and that has been through so many things with him?!
One's royal. He tried to pull the I am the more important part.
Alas he's the bad guy now, so I told him to buzz off. He stared at me for the next two hours. Meanwhile the other one laid down all the reasons why HE couldn't change his name.
He won.

Since the first one still didn't talk to me, I turned to the others.
Turns out we had two families who name their kids all with the same letter. Well, I'm not gonna change that! Why? It helps me to know where each of these kids belong to for heaven's sake. And if you want to skim over their names, so be it. One of them always did it anyhow.
First guy started talking and declared he wouldn't want to be mixed up with the other anyhow. He came up with the most ridiculous names that just didn't feel right.


Finally - an hour later - we had it! Ok, he now sounds similar to a bad guy in a famous SF series, alas his problem. He agreed.
Back to family number two. Their kids now started with the same first letter as the guy. So we took them to the register and renamed all three - we still try to get used to the change. Of course now they had the same first letter as another character... Turns out until everyone had a name again that would work - half the cast was re-named.
(Shht - don't tell, but I think some of them I will need to kill soon now!)
Forgot one lady and since she has a minor role I simply attached a weird letter to her front and sent her off. She stormed out crying and sobbing that nobody values her work.
Geee.

Only advice I can give YOU: Please think about the pitfalls here early on! Looong before you get too heavy in the story and characters develop - their names do grow on them!
Changing names once a manuscript is finished was a pretty hard venture - and I had to strike a few deals so some would agree. Good that there's a book two in a trilogy. You might see heroes I never expected to become one...
(Our round table lasted all day and some even pestered me during the night!!)

Further reads I recommend:
Name that Character by Anne Marble
How to pick Character names

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Social Media Platform Bug - serious infection! NOT!!

Ok, I followed the advice and after book-proposal turned my attention to platform building two days ago. And you know what? Twitter is the best procrastinating tool I have encountered so far! Until I discovered that you can actually sign up to a service that will welcome new followers for you, I was tumbling over greeting each one single handed. And that darn thing gets so confusing after a while that I welcomed some twice. Not anymore.
Thanks to justunfollow. And I keep getting informed who is divorcing me again as well. What for haven's sake have I tweeted to make you leave again after 24 hours?! I see future twitter-therapy in my future. And if not for that than for the tick I developed yesterday. I am nt the phone type person. I usually ignore it and even my closest friends refrain from calling and usually send me a text or e-mail instead. So I am plainly not used to that darn thing making sounds at me. Continuously.

I am queen of my life and thus I ignored that beeping at first.
Darn insisting that thing.
I peeped at it.
You have a new follower!
Uh - Ah - I what? Ehhaa!! Ok, now who followed me? And why. Gotta read through their tweets. And profiles. Ok most likely they followed me because I followed about a thousand people during the past two days and they just clicked some type of return button. And if they unfollow tomorrow I shall haunt them in their writing dreams!! Found all of them with the magic sign!
Which is the wise reader may ask?!
#
Cool, ah?! Search the world for writers and any fragment related to it and suddenly you have - friends! Followers even! I'm building my magic media-platform-army! And what for? Because I could be investigated to see if humanity acknowledges I'm alive!
And I am. My cell tells me so!
If you will excuse me now, I hear this sound again.
But I think I will turn it off this night...