Monthly Archives: June 2011

Today’s Leftovers, 9th Issue, 2011

Two weeks ago I was so determined to start writing more. I obviously haven’t done that (yet) for various reasons. I will try to do better in July. Like I hope the second half of 2011 will treat me better health-wise, because the year pretty much sucked so far in that regard. I did try to write one special blog post about something that happened and which stayed on my mind for long time. But I gave up after three different attempts, because it wasn’t really my story to tell in the first place.

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My Entry For The Outlander 20th Anniversary Contest

If you have been following this blog for the last two years you will have noticed that I am a huge fan of the “Outlander” novel series, written by Diana Gabaldon. You only have to check the tags on the right side  column to find the various posts I wrote about it :)

“Outlander” was first published 20 years ago and there will be a super special 20th Anniversary Edition. Karen from the wonderful blog “Outlandish Observations” decided to have a contest in celebration of this occasion. The prize is a copy of the 20th Anniverary edition, signed by Diana Gabaldon herself. The contest rules require a short description of what “Outlander” means to you. Of course I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to once more share with the world, why “Outlander” is my favourite novel series. The following is my contest entry, keep your fingers crossed for me :-) Continue reading

Prompt: “About Me” Page

This prompt was provided by Mel, who started the whole Prompt-ly list in the first place and I’m so grateful to her for doing it.

Look at your “about me” section if you have one. Muse for a moment (in a blog post) on what you chose to include… or what you left out. Does your “about me” page really show who you are? What could an outsider learn about your personality from your page? (Mine, in bullet points, shows what a neat-freak I am.)

I obviously haven’t really looked at my „about me” section, which wrote in early 2008 and haven’t really edit afterwards. I just found two typos *headdesk* I’ve edited those now at least, but there might be more? Anyway…

I started the page with some basic stats: gender, age, marital status, location.
Why did I do that? When I start reading a new blog I tend to want to find those basic facts out about the writer, so it only felt natural to include it in my own page. Marital status definitely is not a necessary information *g*, but I at least like to know the gender and age of the writer and I’m also always interested in where the writer is located- The wonderful thing about the internet is that it’s so easy to meet and get to know people from all over the world, so to me it makes complete sense to include this information n the „about me” page.

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A Change Is Gonna Come: Prompt-ly (Writing Project)

I’ve been unhappy with my blog for a while. Not with the blog itself, it’s not the blog’s fault that I can’t come up with interesting things to write about. I feel like I’ve just been recounting events from my life, interspersed with a Grey’s Anatomy review (given up on those a few weeks ago) or movie or music reviews and… not much more. Nothing I really feel proud about having it written and published. The weird thing is, I did start blogging all those years ago, because I actually only wanted to recount tales from my life or maybe get some advice or shared a story. I was sick of doing it all on message boards, which even though I was in charge of, weren’t meant to be my personal outlet for those stories.

Things seem to have changed though and I feel like I still want to write about stuff. Just write. Period. About anything. But obviously just not the ordinary  stuff I used to write about. This is were “Prompt-ly” comes in. It’s a listserv / mailing list offering various writing prompts and other writing ideas, inspiration and support and meeting a whole new bunch of interesting people. I joined it a few days ago and am already planning to use at least two of the various prompts that are already floating around to turn it into a blog post.

I have no idea yet how much this will change the topics of this blog or my writing in general, but I’m definitely intrigued by the inspiration this group provided so far. So expect a first Prompt-ly post later today…

My MS Is Really Trying to Kick My Butt This Year

When I got my first Tysabri IV on 3rd June I didn’t naively believe that it would manage to stop my MS from progressing right away. I knew it would take some time for this medication to take effect and that I might even have relapses while I’m on it. I did not however expect a relapse just little over a week after I got the first IV of this new MS wonder drug! But exactly that happened and it’s so not fair and it sucks! Big time.
I had such a hard time making up my mind about if I want to try this new drug in the first place and I spend most of February and the beginning of March thinking and worrying about it and trying to cope with the fact that my MS is progressing much more than I believed it did. I spend most of February in a rather dark place and I was so happy when I finally got out of it and managed to put the whole MS issue in the back of my mind again, where it belongs, because I don’t want this issue to rule my life. And then… The MS strikes once more. I admit that right now I’m not just concerned about the current symptoms and but also insanely mad that I have an MS attack at all! After all the mental and emotional crap it already had put me through this year. I am so pissed off!

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|Prompts| for Mid-June

I’m really trying to get back into writing and blogging mood. Consider this as an exercise.

|First| Being at a city hall wedding. Lunch at IKEA restaurant. (Those events were unrelated :-) )
|Last| ‘Retired’ from some of my Green Party functions.
|Old| My MS acting up again, which freaks me out and worries me quite a bit, to be honest.
|New| Being addicted to the “Gilmore Girls”
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My 1st Tysabri IV

My first Tysabri IV (read this state of my health blog post from April for details) was originally scheduled for 13th May. I had to cancel it because I was sick and the MS nurse and I rescheduled it for today. I didn’t spend that much time thinking or worrying about it in advance, because I’ve did all of that back in February / March. I did – subconsciously ? – try to distract me yesterday though, when I started to fill my virtual bookshelves at Goodreads. I’ve managed to „transfer” approximately 15% of my books, which means the whole project will keep me busy for a while longer. I’ll also try to include the date, when I read it, which means digging into blog archives and the book reviews I kept on my site in 2002 – 2006. It’s fun to revisit this all and to remember reading these books. And yes, it’s very distracting from any worries that would have maybe crossed my mind otherwise.

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