Saturday, 28 June 2008



What is the wallpaper on your computer?
Some b/w leaves, reflecting flowers in colour. Does that make sense? It's a Samsung background.

How many televisions do you have in your house?


Are you right handed or left handed?
Right. But I can do a lot of things with the left. I actually will have to buy a left-handed can opener, because I just cannot operate the right-handed one. And I can write left-handed, although that's a worse scrawl than with the right.

Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
Teeth. Feeling in my right knee (after severing the nerve there when I was 12).

What is the last heavy item you lifted?

Have you ever been knocked out?


If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
I have no idea.

What color do you think looks best on you?

Have you ever swallowed a non-food item?


Would you kiss a member of the same sex for $100?
Yes. Been there, done that for free.

Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?

Would you never blog again for $50,000?
Sure. Although I'd have to find another way to ramble on ;)

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1,000?

Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for a million dollars?


What is in your left pocket?
Trousers without pockets at the moment.

Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie?
Don't know it.

Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house?

Do you sit or stand in the shower?

How many pairs of flip flops do you own?


Last person who texted you?
My sister.

Last person who called you?
My sister. (and aout the same topic too)

Last person you hugged?
My mom.


7 and 13.

Spring and summer.



Missing someone?
My cats.

Still tired.

Listening to?
Radio in the background.

Worrying about?

Jeans, T-Shirt.


First place you went this morning?
I'll be leaving shortly, so first thing will be the bus station.

What can you not wait to do?
Planning the menue for my birthday.

Do you smile often?

Are you a friendly person?

Thursday, 26 June 2008

The Big Read

Found this on Tara's blog:

The Big Read, an initiative by the National Endowment for the Arts, has estimated that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. How do you do?

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.

I've only read 16 of the books. That's above average but well... I haven't read too many of the classics (Like Dracula). It's just that most of the books listed below are nothing that I'd enjoy to read (of course you never know until you have read them, but still).

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte

8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (Close enough, anyway)

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

34 Emma - Jane Austen

35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

41 Animal Farm- George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding

50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

52 Dune - Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding

69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

72 Dracula - Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill

75 Ulysses - James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal - Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession - AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte's Web - EB White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

94 Watership down - Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


Oh. Dear. Goodness!

Germany won 3:2 against Turkey last night. Yai!!!!!

You wouldn’t believe what went on on the streets. People where singing, dancing, partying on the street and clogging it with themselves and cars. We tried to drive home from where we had seen the match and it was nearly impossible. And sleep would not come for a long time because there was a hell of noise outside :) You’d think we had won the World Cup or something ;). So, I’m very tired right now. But we are in the finale, so who cares?

And I have to say, a lot of people were nervous about the outcome, fearing that the emotions would get the better of everyone - Germany:Turkey matches having a special significance. But everything was peaceful. Loud, but peaceful. The Turkish were actually partying with the Germans, because now that Turkey is out, we are one big German-Turkish-Nation again ;)

Friday, 20 June 2008

TBR July

  • Cost of Freedom
  • My Lord and Spymaster
  • Krieg der Welten (War of the Worlds)
  • Unendlichkeit (Revelation Space)

TBR June

I decided to post my TBR list for each month.
I've never before written a review (only one and that one not very favourable) and plan to start doing it for at least one book of those I've read every month.

June ist almost through, but I'll post the list nevertheless.

  • Die Glasbücher der Traumfresser (The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters) - almost done
  • Everything is Illuminated - only a few pages left
  • Unfinished Tales - not started

Thursday, 19 June 2008

European Championship

I just have to announce the following (being a huuuge fan):

We just reached the semi finals!!!!!!! *yippi* I cannot say how happy I am!

And I don't know what pills they gave the team, but they actually played awesome this time. And the Portguese were actually my favourites because they play a great football and because of the bad performance of the Germans in the last matches. But now... *woho*
(Can you tell I'm excited? *gg*)

Oh, the result?
Portugal : Germany
2 : 3

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Just a little update

For June I had planned on writing one hour a day. That worked while the football/soccer matches where still not that interesting, I could write while watching. But NOW things are getting more exciting and I have to focus. :) Although for most of the four groups the teams in first and fourth position were quite clear after two matches, the other matches were interesting nevertheless (beside the German one last night – booooring).

So I didn’t get much writing done, but (something that hasn’t happened so much with “Ella” – maybe that was/is the problem) I have constantly asked and answered myself questions. Like “Why will Anna be on that ship? How did she achieve it?” or “Who else’s POV will I use and why?” and I have done “research” on e.g. the construction on spaceships and what material is/could be used (the Star Trek world for example uses clear aluminium for windows. It’s much more easy to use, light and robust. Some years ago I read that scientists had invented clear aluminium – with the same characteristics – for real. The piece was only about 15x15 cm or something and still too difficult to manufacture, but still, there it was).
I don’t know yet what time exactly the story takes place, but I know it’s the not too distant future, so clear aluminium for windows is a credible possibility.

But yeah, football is on every night for the next 12 days still (or not every night anymore as we approach quarter finals now) and writing has to retreat a bit.

Wish us luck! :)

Friday, 13 June 2008

I am...

You're Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!

by Lewis Carroll

After stumbling down the wrong turn in life, you've had your mind
opened to a number of strange and curious things. As life grows curiouser and curiouser,
you have to ask yourself what's real and what's the picture of illusion. Little is coming
to your aid in discerning fantasy from fact, but the line between them is so blurry that
it's starting not to matter. Be careful around rabbit holes and those who smile to much,
and just avoid hat shops altogether.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Science Fiction

OK, since recently I'm writing SciFi.

I’d never imagined I ever would, although I’ve always enjoyed it (movies and series). But mostly I read Fantasy, Mysteries and Historicals (and various mixes thereof).

So writing it is a whole new experience. And Jen’s post on Writing Books made me think about what Science Fiction books I know/have read. And beside two Star Trek books (and three ST comics) I came up with… nothing.

Sooo, any recommendations? My story takes place on a space station in the not sooo distant future, maybe stories going there as well would be good for startes. But anything goes.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Cost of Freedom Contest

I just saw that only Jenny and me entered Jen's contest until now.

Where is everyone and what are you waiting for? :)

Go buy your copy here.

And then go to Jen's blog and enter the contest.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Marathon Day 5

I didn’t do the 5th day as well. But I knew that beforehand, so I’m not disappointed. On the contrary, I’m very, very satisfied with what I achieved in the other four days and I think this will be a good basis for the story.

No writing today, as I will be going to bed reeeally early to get up at 3am (maybe 3.30) to join Carol’s live chat (check out her blog for more info).
And it’s back to work at 6.30am, so I’ll need all the rest I can get J

We’ll see how tomorrow proceeds, but as far as I can see I’ll have at least one hour every day and a quiet weekend ahead, so I hope to get a good start into June. Hopefully with more sun, ‘cause I love to write in the sun (or rather in a shaded place, enjoying the warmth). Although the story is set in the rather cold outer space ;)