Tuesday, February 22, 2011

delay

Hi,

I am sorry that I will not be able to post for a little while. I just got a request from an editor at one of the bigger German publishing houses for the full manuscript of a novel I wrote. Of course, checking it one final time before sending has priority. I’ll try to be as fast about it as I can possibly be.

Now, Kid Tip 2:
If you move to a new house/flat or if you take in a foster child, make sure the kids bed is placed in a similar position as in his/her last room. Getting the same kind of light as before makes it easier for the child to get used to the new surroundings.

Sorry again,
Cat

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Writing Related Ecology 1

Hi,

since I am currently revising my MG time travel novel, I wanted to point out something that has annoyed me no end. I always print my manuscript - single sided - because it's so much easier to find mistakes or to rearrange paragraphs (real cut and paste with scissors and glue). Many people I know have expressed their concern, calling this wasteful.

It isn't.

1. A lot of the pulp needed for making paper comes from recycled paper.
2. The timber used for paper comes from trees that are either too thin or too irregular to be used for anything else (from furniture to plywood). Thus, the money earned with it helps to keep forest-workers in their jobs.
3. If you still worry, make sure that you buy paper with timber from sustainable forestry (with the FSC-certified logo ).

A wasteful use of paper is to print out things you don't need to print. But if I want to get my novel as good as I can possibly get it, I need to see my manuscript printed on a paper. Far more difficult is the great amount of ink that is needed to print the lot. To minimize the negative effect the ink has on nature, I use EcoFont. That is a font resembling Arial but it has many, tiny holes in the letters. On screen it is unreadable but in printing it saves a lot of ink, and you don't notice the difference unless you print really huge letters.

I hope this helps,
Cat

P.S.: I thought I had figured out how this scheduling thing works on blogger, but I can't seem to get it right. I start a new post, write it, and change the "Post Options" to the date and time I want it published. But when I just save it, it goes up as draft, and if I click "Publish", it gets published right away. What am I doing wrong?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

new post schedule and Kid Tip 1

Hi,

I finally found out how to schedule posts in blogger. I had already decided to move the entire thing over to wordpress when I did. ;-)
So, after a rather long weird kind of flue (I never became really ill with fever or so, but I was weak and unmotivated and found it hard to stay awake - not a good way to be when you have children to care for), I am finally back to blogging. Since I know now how to schedule posts, I will blog two posts a week. A short one about kids (Kid Tips) on Thursdays, and a longer one about the Science needed for wordbulding or knowledge about something else writing related (regardless of genre) on Mondays. Feel free to ask me what subjects you would be interested in. I love to hear from you.

Now, for our first Kid Tip:
Fostering children is very demanding, but the reward is unbelievably cool (the love of a child always is). BUT if you plan to foster children, get as many informations as you can possibly think of.

For example: the parents of our foster child are both alcoholics (although they are very friendly and cooperative when sober). The mother drank during her pregnancy which we didn't know because no one had told us. When she started school, she began to throw tantrums like a two year old when she had to do homework. It took us a long time to discover that she was not up to the task. She is mentally handicapped through FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders), the only avoidable disability in the world. As soon as we moved her to a school for kids with special needs, she was happy and began to like school and to progress. If we had known about this, we could have diagnosed her much earlier which would have saved her a lot of frustration. So, do your research when you decide to foster a child.

By the way, I never regretted it for a single second that we took her in. Her love more than makes up for the troubles we had.

Have a great week,
Cat

Friday, February 11, 2011

Egypt

Hi,

I always loved Egypt although I've never been there. All the more, I'm fascinated by what's happening there at the moment. My heart goes out to the young (and not so young) people fighting for a new way of life. After the speech last night, I was worried that things would get messy but the people kept their temper despite their growing frustration. I draw my hat to that. It is absolutely incredible.

The more I watch the demonstrations and speeches the more it reminds me of the protest of my Eastern German fellows in 1989/90. Oh, there are many differences but there are also some similarities. Like in the GDR, a single spark - a misjudged situation, an uncaring official, an ignorant bureaucrat - could start a catastrophe, and I am worried sick. But I also see how brave the people of Egypt are, and how well they manage to contain their rage. Sure, it's not much, but I adore the way they handle this, and I pray (regardless of religion, religion shouldn't limit our compassion) that their revolution will end successfully and peacefully.

And now, I'll return to watching the news.
So should you.
Cat

Thursday, February 3, 2011

illness hits

Sorry, but I have to delay my plans for at least this week. My hubby is ill and my youngest daughter too, and I'm not feeling too well either. Also, my eldest wants to celebrate her 16th birthday, and the only one fit enough to bake a cake is my 9-yr-old. I'll be back as soon as possible.

Cat