2017 ~ The Year of Finishing Unfinished Projects!

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December is always a month of looking back what the old year has brought. Apparently for successful blogging and writing you are supposed to do exactly that for your blog and writing projects and then set new goals for the next year.

I am not good with goals. I set myself many and even manage to create small steps to achieve them and then I just stop. Of course, we could go into all the psychological stuff why this happens and I could analyze it from many a point of view but to be honest. I don’t care.

However, in December I remembered a few of my writing projects that I have started in the last few years but never finished and I got an urge to use 2017 to do exactly that.

What are those projects?

  • a love story
  • a fantasy story
  • a sci-fi story
  • a poetry book at Blurb

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  • t-shirts at Teespring

Ok, I admit the Teespring thing isn’t exactly a writing project but I want to create t-shirts that motivate writers and bloggers and do something on the mental health front too.

And I am happy to report that some progress has been made ;-).

I have finished the outline of the love story with Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method and am now working on figuring the different viewpoints of each character to give it a little more depth.

At first, I had planned to put it in a book but as I am so addicted to blogging it will appear here on “Just Fooling Around With Bee or The Bee Writes…” later in the year.

And I have created a t-shirt to support my quest of finishing unfinished projects:

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photo credit: Teespring

I have ordered mine already and can’t wait for the end of the month to find out if others want to join the quest. It will arrive in mid-February. So cool!

Last year I have already made a shirt with them with one of my poems:

Yes, I know there is a typo in it 🙁 but never mind. The shirt is very comfy and I wear it at home all the time.

That’s it for this week. I am off to get on with the love story :-).

So stayed tuned on “Just Fooling Around With Bee or The Bee Writes…” to find out more about my 2017 finishing unfinished projects quests or visit the Teespring page (and for my readers in the US here) to see the different shirts or even make your own!

The fun of making your own book/ Die Freude daran, das eigene Buch zu machen

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I tweeted yesterday about me making my own poetry book. That was one of my new year’s resolutions for 2012. The Gadget Show or the BBC’s Click has shown me a site called blurb where you can transform you blog into a book or just make a picture book with your digital photos.

Yesterday at last I have started. It will be a small paperback with poems and pictures for my step mum, granny and some friends. I downloaded blurb’s software to create it myself and at the beginning it was quite confusing to learn how to use it. But their manuals and help pages are really good.

I  have designed the front and back page but stopped at deciding which poems I want to have in them and which pictures. Will go on when I am finished with this.  And man is that fun!!!!! The prices are acceptable which means you can make a very personal gift for everyone you love. You can also put your book up for sale at the blurb shop. How exciting is that?

I suppose mine will not be exactly professional as I have no idea about editing and publishing but it is for a present so that is enough for me. It made me imagine how it would be to have a book published ~ a proper one I mean ;-)!

Well, I need to get writing no time for more blogging……. 🙂

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(Links in diesem Eintrag sind in englischer Sprache)

Ich schrieb gestern in einem Tweet, dass ich einen eigenen Lyrik Band machen will. Das war einer meiner guten Vorsaetze fuer 2012.   The Gadget Show oder e BBC’s Click hatten eine Seite vorgestellt, die blurb heisst. Dort kann man seinen Blog oder seine digitalen Bilder in Buecher verwandeln.

Gestern also habe ich endlich angefangen. Es wird ein kleines Taschenbuch werden mit Gedichten und Bildern von mir fuer meine Stiefmutter, Oma und einige Freunde. Ich habe die Software von Blurb herunter geladen, um es selber zu gestalten, und war am Anfang ganz schoen verwirrt. Aber deren Anleitungen und Hilfeseiten sind sehr gut.

Ich habe das Cover hinbekommen und dann aufgehoert. Muss jetzt nur noch entscheiden, welche Gedichte und Bilder ich drin haben will. Meine Guete macht das Spass!!!! Die Preise sind akzeptabel, was bedeutet, dass man persoenliche Geschenke einfach machen kann fuer alle, die man liebt. Man kann sein Buch sogar zum Kauf in Blurb’s Laden anbieten. Wie aufregend ist das?

Ich denke, meines wird nicht wirklich professionell aussehen, da ich keine Ahnung von Editieren und Veroeffentlichen habe, aber es ist ein Geschenk und so wird es gut genug sein.  Ich habe mir vorgestellt, wie es wohl waere,  wenn ich meine eigenes Buch veroeffentlichen wuerde ~ ein richtiges meine ich  ;-)!

Tja, ich muss jetzt losschreiben keine Zeit mehr fuers Bloggen……. 🙂