The Post-Nano blues

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I originally started writing this post this past week but somehow it got deleted – lost, whatever somehow it didn’t get saved. So I’m rewriting it.

I certainly don’t have the post-nano blues. In fact I wanted to write but time just simply slipped away from me the first week of December. Work was busy and my personal life was jam-packed with all different appointments as well.

On Thursday (the official last day of Nano) and on this past Monday I worked overtime at work. We had a really big assignment, one that yearly returns and is for a huge charity event. So on Thursday I arrived at work around 7.30 in the morning and I was back home at 11 in the evening and on Monday I was home around 10 in the evening.  So there was no time to writ on those days.

On Saturday we had our yearly TGIO (Thank God It’s Over) party, we always have it on the first or second Saturday of December to celebrate that we made it through another November filled with writing. Despite the fact that I didn’t make it, I am content with what I did during November. In fact I’m super happy with it! So how could I not go to the TGIO. We talked, had fun and shared a perfect meal – I love that Florin Burger!

Sunday was the day I had planned for purchasing presents and making my surprise gift for our yearly Sinterklaas Surprise (which is kind of like Secret Santa). On Tuesday we actually celebrated Sinterklaas. It was such a fun thing! I got a great gift, the first part of The Mockingjay on a blue ray disk and a powerbank! And the packaging was simply amazing! My best friend’s son had me, so with help from his dad they made a complete stage out of cardboard boxes and they put Beth Hart and her complete band on the stage! So cool! It’s the best Surprise I ever got.

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The present was hidden underneath the stage. It’s really a beautiful present to receive and so perfectly catered to me! I love it!

Anyway the rest of the week was busy, busy, busy and the weekend I spend at my parents place. I hadn’t been there in a long time, and I also visited my grandmother. She’s such a sweet lady, I called her up in the morning and I went by we had a meal together.  It had been a long time since my grandmother and I had a meal together at her place. I should really do that more often.

And now it’s Friday again! How the hell did that happen? One more week until the Christmas break, wow the year is almost over! It’s almost unbelievable how fast the year flew by. And it is even more incredible how fast these past couple of weeks have flown by since November ended and not much writing has happened. Hopefully I can change that this weekend, but seeing how much I still have to do before Christmas I’m not sure if that will happen. We’ll see!

 

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November in hindsight

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All throughout this month I’ve been thinking about my ‘November in hindsight’ post and I decided that I wanted to post this on my blog on November 30th. To literally finish the month off in the only right way, especially since I’ve been posting these hindsight post quite late these last couple of months. So half way through the month I started to write the first couple of things for this particular post. So that I would be able to just add some last minute changes to in on the 30th before publishing it.

Nanowrimo

My November has been all about Nanowrimo and it was a good month. We’re now literally at the end of the month and I can tell you that I have a accumulated a grand total of 33 516 words. A word count which I’m really happy about. This is way, way better than I expected to do and I’ve written way more creative stories than I ever could have imagined. And even though I haven’t reached the 50 000 words which were our goal for Nanowrimo I am content with what I did. It was hard – I’m not going to lie about it – I struggled but in the end I was able to get to a really nice word count. A word count which is much higher than I expected to reach, so nothing to be ashamed about. Maybe I’ll reach the 50 000 words next year. We’ll see.

Our Epic Blue Unicorn group had four meetings at the Library on Friday afternoon, around five we would gather and sit at ‘our table’. The only thing missing is the fact that they don’t put up one of those plates with reserved on the table for us. But other than that we can easily call it our table. Next to our Library meetings we also had one Ikea meeting. We had so much fun, we’ve invited some new people to our group and I sure hope some of them will stick around for the future. This was the fifth year our group was active and during those five years I’ve made some wonderful friends who are really dear to me.

Reunion

I was supposed to go to Groningen for another meeting with some of my vacation friends but that didn’t happen. For several different reasons we had to decide to move the weekend to February or March of next year. Because December and January are just going to be too busy to make it work. Hopefully I can tell you all about my city trip to Groningen in the first couple of months in the beginning of 2018. I’m looking forward to it.

Efteling

Since Groningen wasn’t going to happen I was free to make some last minute new plans for the last weekend of the month. My parents were going to the Efteling – it was a day out to the park provided by my dads work – and my mom asked me if I wanted to join them. The Efteling is a beautiful theme park in the Netherlands, and during the winter months they turn the park into a winter wonderland of sorts. It always has a special atmosphere which is vastly different if you go there in the summertime.

If you ever have a chance to go to the Efteling you should really do so it is a really beautiful theme park, whether you go there in the summer or in the winter. The theme park is different from any other theme park I’ve been too. They have their very own style which appeals to young and old people alike. Most people in the Netherlands have been there at least once and the park has been voted best theme park many times over. This year the park has even been voted the most beautiful theme park in the world by the Americans. And the park has been scoring well on all types of theme parks lists. It’s an original park by which I mean that it is not based on Disney for example so it has a very unique style.

I’ve been to the park so many times and I still love it each and every time. From an early age on I’ve been going there, with my parents, with our school on a school trip and nowadays I often go there with a group of friends. It is always fun to see that people from a young age all the way up until the elderly enjoy themselves.

Reading and writing

Since November is all about Nanowrimo you have already been able to read all about my word count and writing for the month in the beginning of this post and in all the other posts I made about Nanowrimo. So it would be a little redundant if I repeated it all again. So for now this is all going to be about my reading.

I’ve finished up my latest book in the last couple of days of this month, it was The Circle. A book which really got me thinking about all the things we’re giving up when we aren’t careful with our privacy. I learned one thing, I don’t ever want to give my privacy up. Not because I have a lot to hide yet simply because we should be able to keep some things to ourselves if we want to. And everything – every single detail certainly isn’t a good thing.

Music and television

I decided to write some posts I haven’t previously added to my blog, the first one was about the 300th episode of Grey’s Anatomy. One of my favorite shows of all time. Another post I wrote about a television show was the one about the Once Upon A Time season six finale.

I also managed to wrote two cd reviews from albums I’ve been listening to these last couple of weeks. The first one was about The Corrs’ new studio album, named Jupiter Calling. I’ve loved the Corrs for at least the last twenty years and I was really surprised when this album came out. The second one was about Pink. A singer / songwriter who I really admire. She has been at the top for so many years and each and every time she comes up with a new song or a new album which tops the charts. Beautiful Trauma is a great new album – with a wide variety of songs.

Looking ahead:

  • December is right around the corner, everyone in the world knows what that means, the holidays are coming!
  • December also means lots of extra time at work! The busy December month, probably goes for a lot of people at work.
  • We in the Netherlands have Sinterklaas, which we celebrate on December 5th. We do a Secret Santa type of thing which is always a lot of fun!
  • Of course there is the TGIO party (Thank God It’s Over) and that refers to the party to celebrate that we’ve survived another November full of writing. I’m going to Utrecht to meet up with my fellow Dutch Nano’s.
  • Christmas! Who doesn’t love Christmas? I know I do, it means I’ll get some
  • New Years Eve still sounds so far away but it is right around the corner! And this year I hope to celebrate it in a different way than I did previously.

Once Upon A Time

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Recently I’ve started my one month free subscription to Netflix and I have to say I love it. For the longest time I tried to stay away from it because I can be somewhat obsessive with these type of things. In all honesty I bench watched television shows before there was a name for it. So knowing myself I thought that I would be better off not having Netflix at my fingertips. But now I have and the first show I watched was ‘Once Upon A Time’. Mind you I did watch it, Once Upon a Time (pun intended) but when they stopped airing it on television here in the Netherlands I stopped so I was pretty far behind.

However that show is so good, the characters are sublime. Especially when they switch from their fairy tale character to the regular character. I was intrigued when I saw the announcement for the show – way back when. Bringing fairy tales into today’s world sounded like an awesome idea. Especially since I’ve always liked that idea, I was even thinking of doing a modern version of a fairy tale for Nanowrimo that particular year. But then Once Upon A Time started in September and I wasn’t able to stop myself I had to watch this show. And therefor I threw that writing idea right out of the window especially since I fell in love with some of the characters – namely Regina and Emma and I knew that no matter what I tried to write it would become Femmeslash fanfiction.

I’ve now finally been able to watch all six seasons of it and I love it, still I do. But I am afraid that I could have done without those last couple of minutes of the sixth season finale. If they had cut the show off right after that look into the future with the Charmings living happily ever after, Emma and Hook married and Regina finally being called the Queen in a positive manner. And of course Belle and Gold dancing together to that oh so well known song from Beauty & the Beast.

I mean, really wasn’t that all we ever wanted to see a happy ending for all of the fairy tale characters. And the worlds that have been destroyed when Emma lost her faith during the final battle have been restored from Wonderland to Neverland and from Arendelle to Oz. And even the Evil Queen got her happy ending and a new adventure with Robin Hood!

But then they added those last few minutes! And I’m sitting here and all I can think is why? Why? I mean I knew that there was going to be seventh season and I also know that a lot of people aren’t returning.

Why oh why

I know myself, I’m going to watch the seventh season – even if it is just to find out if my assumptions, the ones that I have right at this moment are going to be true. I need to see it for myself.

How can I not worry about the seventh season when I know that a lot of the regular characters are not coming back or only as a guest role. I mean there is no Snow White, no Prince Charming, no Emma Swan (only as a guest star), no Belle (only as a guest star), no Zelena (she will only be a recurring star) and Henry has been replaced by an much older actor. As a fan from the start I can only worry until I actually see it. And right now the seventh season is not available to me, I have no idea when we will get it on Netflix. Once it is though I will be watching it and I hope with all my heart that my fear is not coming true.

I often wonder why they can’t stop a show at it’s peak, why do they always have to drag it on. On one hand I’m wondering why they can’t stop at the top, however I am one of those people who feed this kind of behavior. By the simple fact that I continue watching the shows. Let’s face it most shows keep adding seasons, why? Simple, because we keep watching them and it generates money – lots of money. I’m not saying that all shows loose their appeal but some certainly do.

And while I keep watching them I have to admit that it’s sometimes really hard to do so. A really good example is Glee, I loved the singing (I really have a weak spot for musicals) but they should have finished long before they did. Charmed is another one of those shows, loved it but it continued way too long. Bones, CSI (plus the spin offs), the Law & Order franchise, ER and the X Files are all shows which ran out of steam long before they stopped or should have stopped. I guess with The X Files they gave it another boost with the new seasons. Law & Order SVU is still running pretty strong, I mean I still watch it but I can imagine that a lot of people have given up already. Especially since most of the original cast have been replaced several times over. And the list continues on.

On the other hand there are also shows that never really got a chance. For instance Firefly – yes, I am one of those people who still thinks after all of these years that this show never got the chance it deserved. And I think that’s a shame, however the show got a cult-status right now something which it might have never gotten if they just kept going on and on.

In conclusion I guess it’s fair to say that there is a fine line between the top and that slippery slope. But once you’re over the top there is no turning back. I really hope I’m wrong when it comes to Once Upon A Time.

Do you have a favorite show? Or know of one that should have stopped a long time ago or one that didn’t get a chance. Let me know.

Book 8 – The Circle by Dave Eggers

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I read this book in Dutch and I still can’t get over how strange it is to read books in Dutch. Now you must know that I have been reading books in English since I was about thirteen years old. For the longest time I haven’t read any books in Dutch, but lately I sometimes choose to read a book in my mother tongue. But it’s specific books, I refuse to read a book like ‘The Hunger Games’ in Dutch because the translation of young adult books and children’s books often aren’t that good in my opinion. With a book like ‘The Circle’ that is less of a problem.

A while back when ‘The Circle’ came out in the movie theaters with Tom Hanks and Emma Watson I was intrigued. It is one of those story lines which if you start to think about it won’t let you go. The implications made in the movie trailer were enough for me to get me thinking and I wanted to know more. I guess I was always a little naive when it comes to my online privacy. No, scratch that, that is not true, naive is probably not the right word because that sounds really negative and kind of dumb. What I mean is that whenever they say in the news that our email is being checked and that our phone calls, text messages or our online searches are being checked that never really bothered me. I mean, have fun with my online searches! I guess my searches are quite peculiar and maybe – no I’m sure they are questionable for someone who doesn’t know me. But I am a writer so that isn’t really a surprise. My mail and my text messages are not all that interesting, I’m pretty sure other people have way more interesting mail than I have. That is why it never really bothered me.

Privacy is extremely important and it seems that our privacy is being more invaded literally everyday. And when you read this book it gets you thinking about where you stand and what you want to keep private. And what is important to you.

On one hand what happens in The Circle seems far fetched, but let’s be honest here. Companies like Google, Apple and Facebook have a pretty big share of the market and I guess that The Circle is a fictive combination of all of those companies. And they are trying to become even bigger – worldwide and every person. What they want is to take over every single transaction and interaction on the internet, every way of communication and they want everyone to be transparent.

Mae Holland is young and ambitious and with the help of her best friend she gets a job at The Circle, the worlds most advanced and powerful internet company. A job which everyone wants. Being part of The Circle means that you are with the in-crowd and that you belong to the people who are at the forefront of new discoveries and technologies.
Mae starts at the absolute bottom of the company but soon she’s is getting more and more sucked into a world where everything is measured and where the only numbers that count are the ratings you receive and how high you rank among your peers. She gets isolated from her normal life, she’s starting to disconnect from her family and only engages in events run by The Circle.

It becomes and even more worrisome situation when she becomes the first ‘Circler’ to go transparent – previously a couple of politicians became transparent. Which means that she’s constantly wearing a camera around her neck. And everything in her life is being filmed, every conversation, every situation, literally everything. The only time she’s allowed to mute the sound is when she’s in the bathroom or take it off when she’s in bed. So literally no conversation is genuine anymore, everyone knows that they are being filmed whenever they are in her proximity. However The Circle tries to make it look like they want the world to become a better place by throwing everything out in the open. They want to use the camera’s as a way to eradicate crime and dishonesty by politicians. They believe that this is the way to make the world a better place, but is it really?

Mae is naive, she allows all of it to happen without really questioning the implications of her actions. And that doesn’t feel real. The Circle has added her parents to their insurance because Mae’s father needs medical attention. Very expensive medical attention which their regular insurance didn’t cover. And I guess that is why in the beginning Mae goes along with everything they ‘suggest’. She’s probably afraid that her father’s medical help will be in danger or even be stopped completely if she doesn’t go along with The Circle’s plans. And if that happens, his health will deteriorate. But there is hardly any suggestion in the book that she feels that way. Even when Mae’s parents break contact with her because of all the camera’s she just leaves them and when she doesn’t hear from them she doesn’t even try to contact her parents. This continues on and around Mae more and more lives get destroyed and still there is hardly a reaction. There is no conflict in Mae, the only thing she seems to worry about is a guy, a very cliche mysterious guy who seems to appear and disappear when ever it is convenient.

The book is good, it definitely gets you thinking at the same time though it is the type of book which is really easy to read. Sometimes a little bit too easy in my opinion. There is no real challenge in reading the book. However I do think that it makes the book better readable for a bigger audience. And in this case I think it’s good that it is so easy to read because more people might pick the book up and read it. And in the end it could get them thinking about their own internet safety. And I think that is the real reason why this book was written.

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Nanowrimo – the last weekend

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So, the last weekend of the month is upon us. It’s unbelievable that we’re already at this point! It really flew by, even faster than other years if you ask me. Originally I had planned a weekend away for this weekend so there would be no writing for me. But that unfortunately had to be postponed most likely to February or March of next year.

So I’m home instead of away, I also asked an extra day of on Monday because I wouldn’t be home. Of course since my original plan didn’t go through I made other plans, but it also means that I have time to write at least something during this weekend. Which would have been next to impossible if it all came down to my weekend away. But still I have a lot of writing to do and not nearly enough time to do it. And of course there are other things I need to do. We have a huge time pressured assignment at work which needs to be done so this following week is probably going to be full of work as well and probably overtime. We’ll see what happens, I can’t predict the future. But I know that it will be a busy month ahead. In fact I’m actually surprised that I got Monday off. When I asked it, I hoped I would get it but I didn’t actually believe that I would.

Anyway, lets get back to the writing that is still ahead of me. I’m so pumped right now, I’ve gotten so much further than I expected. I want to do my best, I always do. Honestly that really is all I can do. We’ll see how I get through this weekend and eventually on Thursday we’ll see what the final word count of the month is going to be. I still have a couple of blog posts in the making for this month. They will be up in the next couple of days. And I’m working on a couple of different short stories. That is going really well at the moment. Something which I’m really proud off. It has been such a long time since I have been able to express myself in a creative writing manner. It feels so good to do so.

Dialog?

For me this month has been all about dialog? I already talked about my love for dialog in the post about the 300th episode of Grey’s Anatomy. To me it’s what makes a story good. I want to read or hear earnest talks between people. It doesn’t have to be cheesy but it has to be genuine at least. And that is what I have been focusing on. Most of the short stories I have been working on have a large portion of dialog in them. One of them I even wrote 95 % of the dialog on one day and then I rewrote the piece the next day by adding in all of the details. The story is called ‘The argument’ and the first version is 500 words long, the rewrite is about 1300 words long. I only made small changes to the dialog in the second version – added or left some words out. But the added details fleshed the story out, made it stronger. I really liked the exercise and it helped me out a lot. I think that putting the focus on the dialog first made it a stronger story in the end. The story I wanted to tell was clear from the dialog alone – and I could have left it like that. Besides that if you don’t have to think of the dialog adding the details goes much easier as well. The second time around you can make the setting stronger by adding in details, displays of affection or any other emotion by adding touches, specific movements or actions to your characters. It’s all about action / reaction that makes it all stronger. So for now at this moment this is what works for me and I’ll continue to use it for now.

Will it work for you? Maybe it will, however it might also not work at all for you. I don’t know, I can’t tell anyone how to write. There are so many different ways to go through the process. Everyone has their own way of writing that story and we all need to find it for ourselves. However trying out different things might help you just like it helped me and that is the reason why I’m posting this here. Writing is not something that is easy for me. Not by a long shot, especially not these last couple of years. I’ve had my struggles and I know that I’m not the only one that has them. That is basically why I set up this blog. It is a way for me to continue writing. To push myself to do what I love and to not give up on it. And eventually to become a better writer.

Next to finding what works for me I have also tried to change the scenery. Whenever I’m home, alone. I noticed that I get easily distracted and sometimes it just doesn’t feel right. Whenever that happens I try to go somewhere else, often I go to the Library. It is one of my favorite places to write. I like the hustle and bustle of it all. They call it the ‘living room of the city’ and that really is what it feels like. Even though it is a big and industrial building they have managed the give it a really small and comfortable vibe. And that is why I spend a lot of my time off there. Just this Friday (all the Friday’s in November) I was there and now on Saturday the clock has barely past two in the afternoon and I’m here again. This time alone, yesterday with the Epic Blue Unicorns I managed to write less than 200 words. That didn’t really help my word count at all. I was just really tired and we had some conversations which required my attention. And by the time I got home it was already nine thirty and after spending some time on my phone with my mom I was too tired to make any type of coherent sentences or accumulate a word count. So I’m hoping that at least today I can do some catching up.

By the end of Saturday upped my word count to 30 203 words. On Sunday I didn’t have a whole lot of time to do some writing because my parents came over and we had a day out planned. My parents stayed the night and during Monday we had some plans to go shopping – early Christmas shopping. Not really that early … but you know what I mean. And now it’s Monday evening, the 27th and I have three days left and my total word count is 31 809.

Did you reach the 50K?

Did you reach the 50K already, congrats to you. That is a huge amount of words and you should be proud. However there is also something I want to say if you haven’t reached the 50k and if you might not even make it there. One thing I want to say and I have said this before but I’m going to say it once again and I hope that every participant in Nanowrimo takes this to heart. Nanowrimo is a commitment to write 50 000 in a months time to get that novel started. And while we pledge to get those 50 000 words written there is no shame at all if you don’t reach that goal. In fact you should be damn proud because no matter what happens you sat down and started writing. Whether you wrote 5000, 10 000, 50 000 or even a 100 000 words. No matter how many words you’ve written or whether you reached the goal of 50k be proud. Be damn proud of yourself! And whatever you do keep writing and feel blessed that you have this creativity. It’s quite something, remember that and don’t allow anyone to tell you something different! Writing is heard enough and until you sit down and do it you have no idea.

Just remember that, 50 000 is a number – something to reach for – but writing a story is what it really is about. And a story can be short or it can be long, it all depends on the type of stories your writing.

Celebrating every milestone!

Celebrate every milestone small or big. It is one step closer to your goal. I’m currently celebrating that I reached the 30 000 words during this past weekend. It’s nowhere near the 50k but that is no reason not to celebrate.

P!nk – Beautiful Trauma

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I’ve been lucky enough to see P!nk perform live a couple of years ago at Pinkpop. She brought a full show, all the bells and whistles it was during the Fun House Tour. Do I need to say more, she literally brought the whole circus! And I absolutely loved it! She’s an amazing performer, who always goes the extra mile. In this case for one song at a festival I might add they brought the whole trapeze act just so she could fly above the crowd! And so they could drop her down to about half a meter above the crowd while she sang ‘You let me fall!’. Can you imagine the crowd? We went nuts! I had seen many, many, many performances during Pinkpop, Parkpop and several other festivals but I had never seen a show as elaborated as this. Not even when I went to a concert. It was truly awesome! And P!nk’s performance is right up there at the top of my list of favorite performances I’ve ever seen.

Whether it’s a huge stadium show or a one song performance at an award show – she’s performing to the max. But she’s also a great singer/songwriter. She has written many songs over the last two decades not only for herself but also for others. For instance for Cher, Celine Dion, Mya and for Adam Lambert among others. P!nk doesn’t shy away from writing songs with a deeper meaning. For instance ‘Dear Mr. President’ which she wrote as an open letter to George W. Bush about the problems in the world when he was the President of the United States. Maybe she should write and updated version of the song to President Trump, but I’ll doubt it’ll do anything to change his mind.

I guess that many of P!nk’s songs have a certain element in them which a lot of people can recognize themselves in or at least relate to. Whether it is the song ‘Family Portrait’ about parents who fight and eventually get a divorce and how the kids get caught in the middle. I’m sure a lot of kids can identify with that feeling.

Stupid Girls’ is another one of those songs, she’s singing about how most girls are more worried about the way they look than they are about education and how they are perceived by the world around them. At the time it seemed as if she might have been specifically targeting Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson. P!nk has always said that she was not targeting anyone specific. But with the examples she used in the song and in the video clip it is not really all that surprising that these are the names everyone came up with at the time because they were exactly who P!nk was talking about.

Just Give Me A Reason’ is the duet P!nk did with Nate Ruess from the band Fun. She actually had to trick him into doing the collaboration. When he sang the song it was only going to demo it, but P!nk convinced him that it had to be a conversation between two lovers. That the song had to show the two perspectives between lovers. Eventually he gave in even though he wasn’t too sure about doing a duet. It became one of the biggest hits. Everyone who has ever been in a relationship will recognize what they are singing about.

Beautiful Trauma is the seventh studio album which P!nk released.
Revenge the song with Eminem – such a funny song, I really like it. It sounds like one of the older songs which Pink made in the past. One of those songs that shouldn’t be taken to seriously but still has a point. And then Eminem comes in, it has been a while since we heard him on a record. At least I haven’t heard him in a while, he tries hard but he’s not that angry Eminem he used to be back in the days.
What About Us – If you can write a song which receives this much airplay on the radio and after weeks and weeks of playing it the song still sounds good and doesn’t annoy in the least bit then you know you got a true gem in your hands. ‘What About Us’ is one of those songs. In fact it’s one of those songs which just keeps getting better and better with time.
Barbies this song sounds familiar to me, it sounds like another P!nk song but I can’t put my finger on which song. Maybe I’ll figure it out one day, but for now it just sounds familiar.
For Now, I really love this song! It’s awesome! So beautiful!
Secrets is one of those song which really make me feel happy, there is a night beat in this song – it’s one of those up-tempo songs.
Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken another gem in my opinion.
You Get My Love a beautiful ballad, which really shows the singing qualities that P!nk possesses. She doesn’t have the best voice in the world or the biggest range but that is what I love about a voice.

P!nk is someone who deserves respect, because she’s an all-round artist who goes all the way when it comes to her music. I love her voice, her writing and composing of the songs and her performances are like nothing I’ve ever seen before. And I have seen quite some live shows by a very wide gamma of artists and bands, so I think that I can definitely give my opinion when it comes to performances. If you have a chance to see her perform life, do it. You won’t regret it! I guarantee it. She’s extremely driven and talented.

She has been at the top for at least the last seventeen years and I hope that she’ll be around for many more years. I’m looking forward to see what’s in store for P!nk.

November 23th – One week left

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There is only one more week left in November, one more week of Nanowrimo. And well I think it’s not really going that well. At least according to the numbers it isn’t going too well. Like I said before I didn’t really believe that I would get anywhere near the word count. However I must admit that I’ve gotten a whole lot further than I had expected before the month started. There is no way to make an accurate estimate when you have no idea what you’ll be writing. The only thing I was sure of was that I would be writing blog posts but even those I hadn’t thought of before the month started. I could have done that prepared myself in some way, but I honestly didn’t know what to do. It was as if I had literally no inspiration at all.

I knew I would be doing a ‘Oktober in Hindsight’ post and I hoped that there would be a book review before the end of the month – which I’m still working on, there is a little bit more I to read to finish the book and the review. And I was going to write some updates on Nano of course, because I wanted to log the progress I’m making and I just have to tell you all about our wonderful meetings with our writers group at the Library or the Ikea or whatever other place we can come up with. But other than that I had no real ideas. I was just hoping that I would get some inspiration for other posts as the month continued on.

And I obviously did because I managed to write quite a lot of words, 27 500 words so far. Which is certainly a number that I didn’t expect to reach. And I’m happy with what I did so far and I’m not done. I am never giving up, but the end is still very far away.

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