Tuesday, June 10, 2014

On Writing


I  can't believe I was asked by Vidya Sury to answer these 4 questions since I don't consider myself a writer but more a crafter and a talker of words. Vidya is amazing and very uplifting and I am honoured that she included me. If I have screwed up in writing this and mentioning the correct places to visit, my apologies as I am not a 6 year old who knows all there is about computers. I need to be taught by them. I still fondly remember pong. So here are the questions:

1. What am I working on/writing?

Literally or just in my cobwebbed head? No I love creating cards and plan to do more today. I love to read people's blogs and give my little answers but I have never considered myself a writer except here and when I took a creative writing course. Now in my head, I am always thinking about writing a biography on my mom's amazing life. I think anyone could write a book about her. Grew up in Germany. Taken by Nazi regime to be given the "proper" teachings but had to send her back home when she did a hunger strike. Saw her 1 yr old brother die (lung collapsed-result of a bomb). She survived the bombings of Hamburg and Dresden when she was a teen. Her other brother died at 19 (shot by the Russians in the hospital). She was part of the German Resistance, against the Germans and blew up bridges. She survived starvation and rape when the Russians marched in. She almost disappeared with thousands of others to Siberia but escaped. She escaped  to the West and helped her father escape and she also suffered a severe brain injury where she was in the hospital for 9 mths having to relearn how to walk and talk...this happened all before she was 22.  So just saying might make a good read.

2. How does my work/writing differ from others in its genre?

I don't even assume I am a writer so that helps and even when I write about my cards I try to inject a little humour even if it is sad and pathetic-lol. One can't think of other people's writing as everyone has their own uniqueness and that is what makes reading great

3. Why do I write what I do?

It's fun!

4. How does my writing process work?

What writing process?? hahahahaaa. I write what's in my head-scary. I think of an idea and create. I am not a perfectionist and I figure I will write and someone else can edit and butcher it until it is perfect:)

OK there ya go now I have the honour of inviting 3 wonderful people that I am blessed to know through blogger land,  to partake in this merriment and answer these questions  and post them by June 17th. Here are the questions:

What am I working on/writing?

  • How does my work/writing differ from others in its genre?
  • Why do I write what I do?
  • How does my writing process work?

  • Tag three writers / bloggers of their choice to answer these questions on writing, on their own blog the following week.
    And thus we shall carry the bloghop forward!
    The bloggers friends I am tagging are:

    Joseph Alsarraff at Joseph's Real Life


    Name: Joseph Alsarraf

    Websites: josephsrealife.blogspot.com

                       Friendliees.com

    Things about me: I enjoy listening to music (I actually think I am addicted sometimes) I really enjoy writing and playing with my toy cars!  Yes, I still collect toy cars and enjoy rolling them around on my desk when I am supposed to be writing. It’s fun and relaxes me when I am trying to think. (I’m actually doing it right now.) I also enjoy riding my bike. I love God, animals, and anything living. I also enjoy weather and staring at clouds. I especially like the deep blue clouds that form right before a severe thunderstorm, those are my favorites!



    Denise Hammond at Yes Virginia, There is Life After Retirement

    Denise was the Treasurer of West Bloomfield, MI, from 1988-2008. Now enjoying retirement from public life, she reads voraciously, practices yoga, gardens, travels, cooks, spends more time with family and friends and enjoys all the things she didn't have time to enjoy in the busy workplace


    Stephanie Faris at Stephanie Faris

    Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing. When she isn’t crafting fiction, Stephanie is indulging her gadget geek side by writing for online technology sites. She lives in Nashville with her husband

    This keeps things going and thanks for reading:)

    34 comments:

    1. Wow, you should write a book on your mother's life. It would be very powerful.

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      1. Oh People are amazed by her life

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    2. What an amazing mom!!! You nust write her story! Wow.... I guess i should not complain about having sepsis and a bloodclot this year. I would love to read more about her.
      It looks like you have picked good writers to feature. Happy creatung Birgit

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      1. You have been through alot-never doubt that one. Thank you and she is an amzing lady my mom

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    3. Yes and also turn it into a movie! Thanks for inviting me! : )

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      1. Oh I agree about the movie and most people wouldn't believe it

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    4. You are a writer. Even if all you're writing is a blog. Because how many blogs are out there that get started and then abandoned? Quite a few. You're still at it, so that makes you a writer.

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      1. Thank you so much. i have never written a book but thank you for the vote of confidence

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    5. Birgit, you must write that biography of your mother. What an inspirational read it will be, really. And you definitely are a writer. You keep your readers engaged, that's the best thing a writer can hope for. And the most essential, in my view. Your writing is very sincere, honest and "as is", doesn't pretend in any way, very real and authentic. Which is what I enjoy most on your blog! So keep writing, my friend. And please do start work on that book :)

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      1. Thank you sooooo much!!! You and the others are giving me some lift:). i am seriously thinking about it

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    6. Will do. It will probably be a week or two, since I have so many other planned things going on. (Promoting book releases, etc.) Thank you SO much for thinking of me!

      Oh, and you did an awesome job considering you don't write fiction! Often our love for writing begins with blogging...so you never know...

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      1. You are a busy lady so no worries and thank you for vote of confidence

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    7. My gosh, your poor boy! But what a strong lady she was at such a young age!! I would definitely buy a book if you told her story. Amazing! Enjoyed reading your answers and the other authors you detailed here. I'm not really a writer either, I just play one on TV :)

      betty

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      1. Thank you about buying a book about my mom...now it is giving me thoughts...

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      1. It is isn't it? I shall check you out too..very soon:)

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    9. Your mother's story is incredible. It WOULD make a fantastic read, so whether you write it yourself, or find someone else to help you write it, or get someone else to write it altogether, please do it!!! I would love to read it.

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      1. I have had so many positive responses to this that now I am seriously thinking about writing her story in my old fashion. Thank you!!

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    10. Sounds like you are more of a writer than you may think. And your mother's story would make one powerful read.

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      1. Thank you for your vote of confidence! My mom and her life is amazing for sure

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    11. I hope you will tell your mom's story. Maybe you can weave your cards with the tale. That would be an interesting way of storytelling.

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      1. That would be a unique way but am unsure how to make the cards as some would be quite horrific to tell you the truth but it would be a challenge

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    12. You need to write that biography! What a tribute that would be to your mother's memory and a fascinating story for others to read.

      Lee
      Tossing It Out

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      1. Thank you and yes I am thinking now of how to start and in what way to go as I don't want it to be a history lesson either even though it takes place in a big part of history

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    13. Write that book .... and be quick about it, please! What an AMAZING life your mum had led! WOW!
      hugs, Asha

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      1. I am getting so many great responses and knowing that my mom's memory is fading, I think it would be the right thing to do even if it is not the best written but it would be her story

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    14. OMG - your mom's story is incredible, frightening and so powerful. It definitely deserves to be written, and I think WWII is behind us enough that it would be fresh and devoid of preconceptions. Please write it - I'd buy it!!

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      1. Thank you!!! I am now really thinking of how to begin and knowing me....I should just start to write and go from there

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    15. I certainly hope you write that biography. It'd be a great tribute to your mother, a family heirloom forever, and a great addition to literature and history for the public, and besides, readers like me want to know...
      :-)
      Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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      1. My mom and her story deserves to be known as it is so powerful and amazing and represents my mom who is amazing

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    16. Dearest Birgit, what a stunning post! And you say you don't consider yourself a writer? You are! :D Loved your answers to the questions. And yes, I too write straight out of my head. Planning, for me, usually ends up as drafts - even though that's good in a way.

      Please do write your Mother's story. I second what Debi said above! What a wonderful gift it would be! It sounds fascinating and intriguing. And when you do, I'll be waiting to roll out the Red Carpet on my blog to tell the world about it.

      I am very glad we're connected, Birgit. :) Thank you!

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      1. So much positive thoughts and wishes that I feel I cannot deny writing this especially since my mom's memory is fading and she deserves so much more as she is an amazing lady. Thank you for your vote of confidence in me and I will strive to do my best

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    17. Wow! Your mother had such courage. You should write her story and you'll do a great job with it. I enjoy reading what you write (and I'm a picky reader).

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      1. Thank you! I try my best and what you said and all the others really means a lot:)

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