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Julia Lahme: Om digital kommunikation og ord (mit yndlingsemne) ❤️

I vores meget digitaliserede verden, og med det store fokus på os selv i form af selviscenesættelse og pænhed kan man fristes til at påpege alt det overfladiske og ligegyldige ved internettets muligheder(til gengæld hepper jeg på dem der tør være ærlige og fremvise de knapt så pæne ting). Og det gør jeg da også selv, fordi hvor trist er det ikke lige, at sidde til en familiefødselsdag eller en fest med vennerne, og se hvordan langt de fleste sidder med deres mobiler fremme? Nærværet forsvinder i hvert fald for mit eget vedkommende, og jeg tænker også det sker for andre.

Men alting har jo en bagside, og det der opvejer den side er det, vi får ud af vores tilstedeværelse online. Da jeg var 15år(tror jeg – vi havde en stationær computer, og internet via telefonstikket) brugte jeg meget af min tid foran computeren. Jeg havde ikke ret mange venner i virkeligheden, men til gengæld elskede jeg at møde nye mennesker online. Jeg fandt nye pennevenner, deltog i diskussioner på forskellige forummer og læste Jane Austen og L.M.Montgomery fanfiction. Internet venner er bestemt(og åbenlyst) ikke det samme som ”virkelige” venner, men de gør ensomheden nemmere tror jeg. I dag ville jeg aldrig kunne nøjes med online venner, men jeg har mødt nogle af mine bedste venner via internettet, både herhjemme og i udlandet.

Fornyelig modtog jeg et nyhedsbrev fra Julia Lahme angående internettet som kommunikationsmulighed. Hun mener at verden ikke bare er blevet digitaliseret, men tekstualiseret. Hun skriver blandt andet:

”Men det vigtigste at huske, er at al digital kommunikation begynder og slutter med et ord. Vi søger med ord, vi kommunikerer med ord, og selv den korteste Facebook opdatering er nødt til at blive skrevet med præcis de ord, der rammer mest, bedst og renest”

og ”…informationsflowet ikke er noget som sker for os, eller på os, det er rent faktisk noget, vi deltager i, ikke blot ved at læse. Nej, vi deltager ved at skrive. Fra webshops til hashtags, fra søgeord til kampagner – alt begynder med ordet. Uanset hvor billedbåren, du oplever kommunikation som i denne tid, er det slet ikke billederne, der er det vigtigste. Hele den digitale kommunikation hviler nemlig på ord. På bogstaver”.

Jeg synes det er så fint beskrevet, og det er nok også derfor at jeg selv startede den her blog(først på engelsk, senere på dansk), fordi det giver mig mulighed for at deltage i stedet for bare at læse(og på den måde stå på sidelinjen).  Jeg har nok sådan et kærligheds-had forhold til internettet, og derfor tror jeg pauser fra det indimellem er en rigtig god ting 🙂 Hvilket også er planen i dag; hvor først en familie fødselsdag, og dernæst en tur til Aarhus venter ❤️

 

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Writing Letters

When I was younger, I used to write tons of letters. I have had penpals from all over the world, and loved it every time I received a letter from one of them. This was especially important because it made me feel a lot less lonely. I did not have many friends growing up, but I am glad that I was able to find friends elsewhere. In letters as well in books. Words definitely had a major influence on me, and though I might have been lonely at home and at school, I found a lot of comfort in words, that made characters in books and the people who wrote letters to me (even though I hadn’t met them in real life), come to life.

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I think that is partly why the internet is so important to a lot people, it’s an easy way to connect to people who are on the other side of the world, and can maybe make you feel less disconnected and less lonely. I sure was grateful for it the times I lived outside of Denmark. Today I have many friends, but a lot of the time I prefer being by myself, and the internet can help me still feel close to the people I care about. Nothing beats a normal conversation with people though, so the internet will never come close to replacing that.

Anyway, this was not supposed to be about the internet, but about letter writing, which to me seems like a kind of lost art. One of the things I want to do this year is to write more letters, so finding a penpal or two will be fantastic! There must be people out there who still likes an old-fashioned letter in the mailbox?

 

 

 

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Big Christmas Magic ♥

Today is the 21th. of December, and I am over the moon ecstatic about the fact, that I finally have a long vacation, which means tons of books, long walks, writing, creative living, time with friends and family, movies, chocolate and carols 🙂

A couple of days ago I bought a camera as a (very expensive) Christmas present for myself, and yesterday I brought it with me when I went to meet a friend for lunch. We took it with us on our walk to the water and through the forest. I took some very nice photos and there seems to be plenty of fun creativity things to do with my new investment.

A while ago, I read Elizabeth Gilberts Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear, which motivated me to do other creative stuff then just writing. Besides playing around with my camera, I am trying to learn how to play guitar, and have borrowed my mom’s guitar, which she bought in the 1970s (which is perfect since I am really into the 70s at the moment).

Big Magic is, in many ways, the book I have been missing and I think I will reread it in a short while, because I have this idea that it might have something more to teach me. Big Magic challenges me in a way, because it refuses to let me (the creative person) fall in to the trap so many creatives fall into; we take ourselves and our art way to seriously.  In many cases that means we end up doing less then we should or could, because we want all we create to be perfect and more important than it really is. So go do stuff! (Have you noticed that when people give advice, it is usually about themselves?) .

Elizabeth Gilbert is perhaps most famous for her book Eat Pray Love (which I loved!), but to me she is just as much known for her take on creativity as she is for her authorship, especially in regards to women and creativity. In connection with the publication of Big Magic (which was in September), she also started a series of podcasts called Magic Lessons, where she talks to a lot of different people (like Sheryl Strayed – the author of Wild) about creativity – you can find them here.

 

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So the last time I posted something was in april, and now it is october

It is apparently not going so well with my promise to write more frequently.

Since april I have participated in two writing workshops, been to Germany, dressed up as a viking serveral times, can now call myself a coach and therapist (still waiting for the exam papers to come though), and getting ready to move once again. I earn enough money now to have my very own appartment. The problem though is 1) I have to leave my current place in about a month, and 2) I have not yet found a place to stay. Of course I´am very privileged, because I have friends and family who always have room for me 

In may I went back to school to study something that might actually get me a job in the end, and there a loads of fantastic things about this education; its meaningful, I learn so much, I enjoy getting up in the morning and I get paid a decent salary every month. The problem is though I´am pretty sure that that is not want to do with my life either. I just wished I knew what it was.

So at the moment I´m like this:
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But also hopeful because of people like this:

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To be or not to be productive ♥

Being unemployed do have its positive sides. One of those being that I can plan my day as I want. However, most of my days fly by so fast, and I often end up with the feeling that I haven’t really done anything. I usually don’t spend most of the morning sleeping, but often it still ends up being between 8 and 9 before I get up, and as I don’t like to rush in the morning I prefer to have at least one hour to take a shower, have breakfast and so on, meaning that it is often at least 10, before I start doing anything. Still, this means that I have plenty of time left to do all the things I need to do and want to do. But I don’t know what happens, because I often end up spending the day on a few things instead of being very productive for a the whole day and then maybe call it a day at 4 or 5, without feeling guilty because I have actually done the things that I wanted to do that day.  I haven’t quite figured out how to be more productive during the day, especially in regards to the things that I really want to do;

I talk a lot about all the things I want to do. All the dreams I have, and the good things I want to make happen in my life. I talk and I talk some more. And the closer I get to actually feeling “yes this is what I want” and actually felling it a 100%, the more stupid I feel. Because I don’t do anything about it. “I want to be a writer”. Okay, then write. And I write and I write. Then I stop. And then all the excuse enters. Then I start again. Write, write and write some more. And then I stop. I am like someone trying to quit smoking and failing to do so every time.  And why is that? Fear of course. Fear is the one thing that always tends to stop anyone for doing what they really want. “I want to move to London”. But oh no I can´t. I have to…bla.bla. And then all the excuses start again. One of my excuses for getting some writing done for instance, is that I don’t have a table; I will have to sit with my laptop on my lap making it bit more difficult to enjoy the process. But then go to a library right? There is one just five minutes from where I live…more excuses I guess.

But..I guess I can start on Monday right?

What do you do to implement a good daily routine? Are you able to being productive enough during the day, or are you constantly behind and feeling guilty? I hope not, but if you are do share ♥ 

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NaNoWriMo and feeling a bit guilty

I have not written anything since the first of november. I have been even more busy then I thought I would be. But not with writing though. I got off to a good start and wrote 9000 words pretty quickly. But then I started to get more and more busy with other things. I tried to make writing a priority but a lot of the time I was just too occupaid with other things. And I feel so guilty about that, because I promised to make writing my top priority this month and I failed. The thing is though that there is only a bit over a week left, and I will probably not be able to write the last 40.000 words that I need in order to win the NaNoWriMo.

I try to look at the positive in everything, and figure out what there is to learn from any experience. What I realise now is that I do not work well under pressure. I know that if I want to make a living out of my passion, I will probably have to work under deadlines, but at the moment it does not really work for me. I can´t write if I got a thousand other things occupaying my mind. It kind of kills the creative flow – for me at least. What also happened was that I ended up hating my storyline. It did not work for me at all, and I don´t think I can get anything more out of it. I´m afraid that if I continue the story, it will create some kind of tension everything I sit down and write, and I so do not want writing to be something that causes unnecessary annoyance or stress like this was starting to…

But today I actually got my urge to write back, and I started writing another story kind of inspired by the book “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell… It will probably not be a part of the NaNoWriMo, but you never know….

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NaNoWriMo – Almost there♥

Today is the day before November 1st. I am getting ready to emerge myself into writing. I am excited, worried and happy. It is going to be amazing and really frustrating. I might not make it. I might crack after a week. I might not get pass 5000 words, but I will try my hardest. My November will be filled with a lot more than writing, but it will still be a top priority.

Tomorrow I am going to a birthday in the afternoon, so I will try to get my word count done in the morning. I have to prepare you (or warn you, depend on how you look at it), November will probably only be about the NaNoWriMo event, so I hope you are ready for it? Along the way, I will also post some of the vlogs I watch during the month in regards to this event.

The one in this post is on how to improve your writing, and what I really like about the video is that it revolves around the language itself. For instance, she (Katytastic) warns against using passive voice too much, and to be aware, not to write too much about emotions! She angrily went outside… Especially here, you need to show don’t tell. Both advices I personally need to think about while writing. I might not be able to avoid it all the time, since the story for the NaNoWriMo event, will only be a first draft. The editing will come afterwards (which I have never been good at, and this is usually the point where I give up – but not this year though!).

Last night I decided on a story, and started writing something down about the main character. Today, I will see if I can outline some of the story. I do not have the whole plot figured out though, so I will just see how far I get, and take it as it comes. Usually I work a bit different. I normally just get an idea and then sit down and write. But it is always good to improve where you can, and since one of my biggest problems is to actually finish a story(starting it is a whole other matter, I have no problems there), it is probably a good idea to outline the story as much as possible. I can always change it as I go a long.

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NaNoWriMo

So as you might remember, I signed up for the NaNoWriMo event here in November, where I have to write 50.000 words in 30 days, and though it has not started yet I am already completely stressed! I have no clue what to write and had not given it much thought until yesterday, where I received a mail about the event. In the mail they recommend that you write your idea on their website before November 1st, and I just thought that I would see where inspiration would lead me once we hit November. But I do not feel inspired. I just feel stressed!

I have been writing some things down, ideas and thoughts, but they all sound rubbish and definitely not like something that could be any good.

Sorry for my rant, I suspect it will be better on Saturday when I sit down to write the first 1667 words, which is the amount of words I have to write every day in order to reach the 50.000 words. Of course, I know that once I get into the flow of things I get easily write more than 1667 words pr. day.

To keep myself inspired and motivated and as part of my survival kit, I will watch different vlogs on youtube. I especially found this one funny:

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Sunday is a good day for…

I spend a wonderful day yesterday with my family, and I am glad I went though I still have a very annoying cold. Today seems to be a rainy day, so I will spend the day indoors.

When I graduated last year I was feeling many different things. Happy, relieved, sad, scared and confused. It was scary to enter a whole new world where nothing was decided and everything could happy, but at the same time I was relieved that I had no more exams to attend, no more papers to write… But I must admit that sometimes I miss it, and consider going back to university to do another degree. However it is probably for the best that I don´t. I know that what I miss is the social aspect of it and the learning part of it. I love learning new things. I love write clever (well not always clever) thoughts in my notebooks, and I loved researching and preparing for the writing of another paper. But fortunately I can do that without going back to university. The other day I signed up for at course through coursera, called Modern & Contemporary American Poetry, and started yesterday. Though I never did read a lot of poetry, I am looking forward to learn more about a topic which is so unfamiliar to me, though not totally foreign. So that is how I will be spending my sunday, in between writing a couple of job applications and reading Terry Pratchett´s “The Wee Tree Men”.

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A pretty notebook is needed for studying poetry.

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Being an artist in a world that is not minded for it(or me).

Today was my last day in”Danske Bank” as a project Employee.  We did our presentation yesterday (well I didn’t – two people from my group did) and it was great. The presentation was held twice. First in front of everyone interested (about 40 people showed) from our department, and the second one was just for a small group of people, who we have been working together with for the last two months.

2 months ago when I started on this project, I thought everything would be wide open once I finished this project and I could do whatever I wanted to do. Last week I was contacted about a job, I hadn’t applied for and not really want. They had found my profile online, and thought I might be perfect for the job. I went to the interview knowing that I didn’t want the job, and that I probably would not be any good at it. However the interview went well and they offered me the job on the spot. I said yes, because I had too. I couldn’t say no. I am on benefits, and have to take any job I get offered.

After giving me the job they revealed that every new employee starts off interning. I didn’t like that at all. I have done that too much. I deserve to get a real job. If I really wanted the job I would be fine starting off with an internship, but since it’s nothing I want to do at all, I wish I had said no. But I didn’t! How could I when society is telling me that I need to get a job. Any job. No matter whether or not I am suited to do it, whether or not I need to work almost free for it, whether or not it will kill my creativity, because I risk getting stock in a death end job. And I get it. As long as I am on benefits I don’t really have a say in what happens to my life. So right now I am struggling to find the courage to take a leap. I am scared to hell and confused. I have no idea which way to go or what to do, in order to not become one of those people, who get up, go to work, get home and go to sleep. Not really living, not dreaming, and just accepting things as they are.

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I am an artist. I am so sure that I have something to tell and give the world, but I have a hard time escaping from being the sensible person I have (almost) always been.  Should I take a leap and risk a lot of things in the process, in order to be the artist that I know I am? It is outside your comfort zone things start to happen I know that. This week has been pretty hard, and I haven’t got the sleep I need, so I hope that after this weekend everything will be clearer.

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Pinterest again♥

Have a wonderful weekend♥

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