Samstag, 26. Dezember 2009

Book Review

The Unadulterated Cat The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
****************************************** look, more stars. As a cat owner I looove this book. Every word is true even though I am an owner of two un-Real cats because I own a Siamese and a Oriental Shorthair and those are Bred. *g* No, seriously, I think this is Pratchett at his best. I laughed so hard I cried. And read it in one go. Highly recommended, especially to cat owners.

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Dienstag, 22. Dezember 2009

because one post is obviously not enough per day



So... Nanowrimo. I have not forgotten it. Chris Baty wrote the cute little email peptalk thingy and since I stare at my document every day wíthout continuing, I thought I might as well go here and this is what I wrote:

Alright... rewriting... there is just one tiny, I mean really almost non-existing problem....rewriting is only for novels which are sort of... written, right? I mean... I don't want to be nitpicking or anything but... after 50 k, I am not at the end... I am slowly and carefully approaching the climax. O rather I am avoiding approaching it by introducing new characters into the plot and then going shopping and baking Christmas cookies and so forth.

So. What I have is this:

- A beginning.
- A second beginning (because the original story of a city named Orville and humanity being basically not existing anymore and nasty stuff, turned after an attack of frogs-who-once-were-vampires and who were chased by toads-who-once-were-witches into this fantasy novel thingy).
- an interesting female protagonist who met another interesting female aid
- humor, witches and vampires (not sparkling)
- an idea, if very vague, of something bad going to happen to the world and history repeating itself

What I need:

- someone to take away all distractions
- a concrete idea of the climax/catastrophe
- some more words
- not to listen to my excuses not to write
- a new title

My goal:

- Have the thing written by February, which should be manageable because I wrote 50 k in one month so I can write the rest in two... right?
- keep my blog (http://jennifer-renner.blogspot.com/) updated on my progress and tell people about it (same principal that works for my new year resolutions should work for this as well...should...), so that they can tell me to stop procrastinating and start writing
- then rewrite it (or finish last years Thing)

*nods*

So I will keep this blog updated with Nanowrimo. I will. And not just post photos or drawings. Writing is important too.



Hasselblad


Montag, 21. Dezember 2009

mhh



First image drawn at the age of 3 I think.
Second this year at the age of 29.

I see similarities in mood. I am also somewhat disturbed by this....


Die erste Zeichnung enstand mit ca 3 Jahren. Die untere dises Jahr mit 29. Irgendwie sind die Ähnlichkeiten in der Stimmung verblüffend und irgendwie auch unheimlich...

 

once I dreamt....


Sonntag, 20. Dezember 2009

Diana +








Listening to Robbie Williams -Swing when you're winning. Am calm and peaceful and am just happy. Rare enough, thought I'd share and post it alongside gloomy photographs. Contrast is everything you see. :-)

Ich höre gerade Robbie Williams -Swing when you're winning. Ich liebe die CD und bin gerade total entspannt und zufrieden. Dazu gibt's noch ein paar Diana Fotos, die zwar nicht meine Stimmung wiederspiegeln, aber dafür herrlich kontrastrieren - und das ist auch wichitg. :-)
 

and today...

... I'm gonna go and see "Walking with dinosaurs" because I wanted to be an archaeologist once and find their bones in the sand.

Heute schau ich mir "Walking with Dinosaurs" and, weil ich als Kind Archäologin werden wollte, um deren Knochen auszubuddeln.


Wesley is firmly rooted.

Samstag, 19. Dezember 2009

My resolutions for 2010

So. I'm gonna post them here so you guys can hold me accountable that I stick to them. I like them. The suggestions on how to do them came from The Happiness Project.

So, here we go:

Jennifer's resolutions for 2010:

1. accept gloomy thoughts and anxiety as a part of myself and not judge or fear them
2. allow yourself to do Yoga/Eutonie/Meditation every day (15 minutes are enough)
3. allow yourself to enjoy eating enough to stop being hungry (especially while still seated at the table)
4. allow yourself to go outside once a day (horsebackriding, walking, photo tours, Yoga lessons etc)
5. enjoy doing your art and appreciate it
6. treat yourself (theater, cinema, meeting friends,...)
7. start earning money doing what you love (-> advertise your services, go job hunting etc)
8. participate in a Yoga course
9. stick to the big rocks/most important tasks idea

I am going to hold myself accountable by posting the resolutions in my blog/LJ/diary/daily Moleskine calender. *nods*

Freitag, 18. Dezember 2009

new book




This is a project I did with my beloved Manu. She is fantastic and not just beautiful but also a very talented photographer herself. Here is her homepage. The concept is sort of an inversed Pygmalion. And the question to what it means to being alive.


Die Idee hinter dem Projekt ist die Frage nach Liebe und Leben und baut auf Ovid's 'Pygmalion' auf. Das Projekt ist in Zusammenarbeit mit der wunderbaren Manuela entstanden (ihre Homepage ist hier). Ich hoffe, wir beide werden noch viele Projekte zusammen stemmen.


Here is the shop:



Book review

Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel by Marie Phillips


My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I'm giving this two stars not because it was that bad but because I think you could have made more out of the idea. The first two thirds I thought were like: meh. I felt it took too long to get the action going. Once the action had started (I felt it was structured like this: exposition-climax-hint of an end. Where the exposition was like 70%, then there was 25% climax, and the end were the last 5%), it was entertaining and enjoyable. I have to admit I started it in unfortunate circumstances, while my life situation was a bit uncomfortable and so maybe I wasn't in a were favorable mood, but still I think, it lacked some things. Maybe more sarcasm or more wit or more finesse. I don't know.Yet it is a nice read.

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Sonntag, 13. Dezember 2009

winter has come



I took these during a walk. This morning I went out into the forest too, but with the Hasselblad. I love my toys. :-)

Mittwoch, 9. Dezember 2009

Lifesign

Ich bin noch da. Oder wieder da. Die letzten Wochen waren etwas schwierig, harte Entscheidungen mussten getroffen werden und ich bin wieder am Anfang aber auch irgendwie doch nicht. Ich kann es nicht genau beschreiben, aber ich bin wieder da. Bereit zu neuen Blogeinträgen und der Überarbeitung der NANO-Novel (die ist über 50 000 Worte aber noch nicht fertig). Bereit zu neuen Fotoshoots und Weihnachtsfeierei. Zum Abschluss zwei Fotos. Ratet mal welches von der Diana+ und welches von der Hasselblad ist...

I'm back. The last weeks have been trying and difficult and needed some tough decisions but I am back. Not quite as good as before but also not worse. Different. But ready to blog and work on the Nanowrimo-Novel (which is over 50 k but not yet done). And to take photos. And so I leave you with two photos and you get to guess which is done with the Diana+ and which is done with the Hasselblad...





Sonntag, 6. Dezember 2009

Book review

M Is for Magic M Is for Magic by Neil Gaiman


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I think I am not one for short stories. I could not completely dive into those of Poe or Wilde and I had troubles with his. Maybe that is also due to my current situation aka I am going through a rough patch in my life. But the stories are nevertheless wonderful. I particularly liked Chivalry. But 'The Price' is my all time favorite. It made me cry and love my cats even more... (I have a black one as well).I recommend it as a read and the stories don't seem so scary as the one's in "Smoke and Mirrors" which I am also reading at the moment.

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