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Re-Post: Writer’s Quote Wednesday ~ Erich Fried

August 2020

There have been many exciting blog events on WordPress over the years. Some are still going. Some had to go. This one I really miss:

June 2015

Sometimes it is quite disturbing to be bi-lingual ;-). Today I was looking for a quote from one of  my favourite poets: Erich Fried. I went on Goodreads, which usually has a vast collection of quotes and I chose one which I really like:

“Eigenartig
wie das Wort eigenartig
es fast als fremdartig hinstellt
eine eigene Art zu haben.”
Erich Fried

Well, you probably realised it directly: it is in German. I didn’t. Must still be my mother tongue then :-).

Ok, some words about Erich Fried just in case you don’t know him. He was an Austrian poet who lived most of his life in the UK. He is in English speaking countries mainly known for his marvellous love poems, e.g. my favourite “Es ist was es ist/It is what it is“. In German-speaking countries, he is more known for his political poetry and especially for his peace work.

This is quite ironic as his last name “Fried” is a short form for the German word for peace: “Frieden”. “Fried” would have been used for “peace” in the dialect I grew up with.

His translations of Shakespeare are just beautiful. I can appreciate this even more now that I live in Great Britain. And yes: He became even more important for me when I realised that he chose the same country to settle in than me even though due to much darker reasons.

But back to his quote, which is a little difficult to translate because the whole thing is a wordplay that does not really work in English.

“Odd

how the word odd

makes it look nearly strange

to have your own way”

this is how you would translate it the right way, but if you translate it literally it sounds like this:

“ownway

how the word ownway

makes it look nearly strangeway

to have your own way.”

Well, maybe that does not make it any more transparent, but maybe it makes you laugh a little. The point is though that writers are often seen as strange because they do their own thing and have their own way in how to shape their lives. This quote reminded me that even though it might look odd or strange to other people my way of living and of creating my life is necessary to be able to create art.

I hope this motivates you a little more to do things your way and maybe it also  motivates you to play a little with words and create some “ownways” and “strangeways” 🙂

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This post takes part in Colleen’s motivational “Writer’s Quote Wednesday“. Please head over and find some more inspiration!

#Quote of the Day: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

This quote was first posted in April 2015 when “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” still existed. Coleen has now moved her blog to “The Fairy Whisperer“:

Today I want to share a quote with you from an author or maybe more a dramaturg who has influenced my views on religions a lot with his play “Nathan the Wise“. Having been educated in Germany of course I had to read the play and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I also saw it once or twice in theatre which was much better.

The name of the man is Gotthold Ephraim Lessing one of the main representatives of German Enlightenment. His advocacy for religious tolerance had a deep impact on me when I was teenager and it still holds on to me even though I am quite suspicious towards organised religion.

The quote I am talking about is

Think wrongly, if you please, but by all means think for yourself!

For many years I thought the quote is Doris Lessing’s but I must have gotten that one wrong. Well….. 😉

How does that motivate you as a writer? Well, it is especially important for writers to go their own way and to think their own thoughts. It is easy to copy what is out there, but like that, you won’t impress any reader. I even believe that we have to challenge the habitual thinking patterns of our readers to make them think for themselves in turn.

I really love the age of Enlightenment because it gave us a lot of freedom that we take for granted today. And it seems to me that we need a New Age Of Enlightenment as so many of our fellow human beings only seem to regurgitate what they heard or read on the internet, the TV or in the tabloids. If they think at all that is. Some only seem to live for feeding and coupling. Sorry for being negative….

Well, today I encourage you to think for yourself even if it is wrong….. I certainly try to day in day out!

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This post takes part in Colleen’s wonderful “Writers Quote Wednesday”. Please head over and find more motivating quotes both in her posts and the comments. Thanks!

Blast from the Past: A Bee’s Breath

August 2019

I am still laughing about my typos…

March 2015

Over at Coleen’s blog “Silverthreading” there is a great meme called “Writer’s Quote Wednesday”. Please head over to learn more about it as well as finding other great quoting posts.

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It’s a hard days night and I haven’t planned to post anything. But as some women are addicted to shoes I am addicted to writing and blogging especially. And I have no chance whatsoever if there is such a brilliant meme like Colleen’s 🙂 !

Got some extra work added to my already hard day-job-work-day this morning. I had it coming as I am about to change my habit of thinking negatively. Usually, I seem to expect the worst and I realised that what I think/expect will happen.

Last night I thought about how it would be if I would think about stressful situations at work and expect to succeed and manage everything instead of telling myself “I can’t do it!” That in mind I went to work thinking:” Ok, no matter what will come I just go with the flow and deal with it!” And it came thick. Really thick!

Never mind the particulars. Yes, I got through it. I dealt with it. And I managed much better than expected but still, I got angry. Really angry that I had to deal with more work than I already had to anyway. Of course, I know there is no point in getting angry as things are as they are. I chose to stay in this job even though I know it’s a modern workhouse. I could go anytime.

I suspect though that’s part of the change: Your mind has figured the new thinking but your emotions aren’t there yet. They will though. Sooner or later they will. And I won’t get angry or just see it coming and let it go.

“And what’s the quote?” you may ask.


image of a white orchid on windowsill and poem with a typo

Well, I just realised I can’t spell 🙂

It’s supposed to be:

breathe out

breathe in

calm yourself

breathe out 

breathe in

know yourself

breathe out

breathe in

love yourself!

 

It’s a poem I have written a few years ago and even made a bi-lingual YouTube video of it.

When it comes down to it you just have to breathe. In and out. And the rest will come. No matter if change, or knowing yourself or just calming yourself.

In this sense: Good night and good breathing 🙂

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This post is pure Stream of Consciousness writing so please bear with me 🙂

#Quote of the day: Howard Asher ~ a blast from the past

This was first posted in April 2015. “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” does no exist anymore:

There is no Writer’s Quote Wednesday over at Coleens Silverthreading as she is on holiday but I want to do it anyway. This book I am reading is occupying me a lot and I believe it holds a lot of wisdom.

The quote I am using is not exactly a “writer’s” quote but one of Sarah E. Olson’s therapist Howard Asher. But I believe it is motivating just the same:

” …This may sound pushy, but I have high standards for you. You have a right to, soon enough, feel like this is a very good life. You have not been cursed to just get by with minimal or “grin and bear it” pain. That’s a lousy standard. It’s a reasonable goal for you to like being you….”

Book Cover Becoming One by Sarah E. Olson

Taken from “Becoming One” by Sarah E. Olson, e-book version, Location 545. If this quote made you curious to find more wisdom from Mr Asher please head over to find out more about the book:

Sarah E. Olson social media links:

Blog:    Third of a Lifetime
Twitter: @SarahEOlson2009
Pinterest: SarahEOlson2009/

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This post is part of Coleen’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Please head over and find wisdom, motivation and food for thought in her posts as well as the posts of other bloggers in the comments.

Blast from the Past: Writer’s Quote Wednesday ~ F…ing Perfect

This post was first published in April 2015:

My quote for this weeks Writer’s Quote Wednesday is not from a writer per se but from a musician I highly respect even though I do not always agree with her language :-):

It’s Pink and her song “F…ing Perfect” which has given me and my writing a push many, many times. One of my biggest problems is my need or want to be loved by everybody. Now that’s not gonna happen and probably is a form of wanting to control everything. I believe as artists and as writers we have to learn that there will always be someone who does not like what we do.

~ too high brow

~ too low brow

~ too sexy

~ too boring….

I am sure they’ll find something. And Pink put it so nicely in her song:

Done looking for the critics, cause they’re everywhere
They don’t like my jeans, they don’t get my hair…

I still have to learn that I can lead a good life even though there are people who do not agree with what I am doing. I do not agree with some things that other people do and still live with them more or less in peace. It’s just fair I suppose.

However, I believe that exactly that problem is one that stops an awful lot of writer’s to just get out there and do their thing and give those who are on the same level than them a great book. And that is a big shame!

So I allow myself to use two quotes today because to all of us who feel like that I say with Pink:

Pretty, pretty please, don’t you ever, ever feel
Like you’re less than f…ing perfect
Pretty, pretty please, if you ever, ever feel
Like you’re nothing, you’re f…ing perfect to me!

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This post takes part in Colleen’s “Writer’s Quote Wednesday” and I hope it gave you a little bit motivation to do what you are here to do. If not or anyway: head over to Colleen’s Blog and find a great quote from Shakespeare as well as other posts in the comments!

image and quote by Terry Pratchett

A Self-Care Suggestion and Sir Terry Pratchett

Hello good people of the blogosphere, how are you doing? I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I have scheduled this post and am either at the beach or sipping a good cuppa on the sofa. So cheers to all of you 😉 .

But I wanted to share two things: The self-care suggestion by Rachel Kelly in the next chapter of her book “Singing in the Rain – 52 Practical Steps to Happiness” and my thoughts on Terry Pratchett’s anger that Neil Gaiman mentioned in an article by The Guardian several years ago. It also mentions “Good Omens” one of my favourite books by the two and as it happens a new TV series by… Netflix? Amazon? No idea… 😉

But first things first:

You might recognise the situation: Something happened. You might have missed a step and your foot hurts. Your mind goes crazy and develops all sorts of scenarios from having your foot in a cast to having it cut off.

This is what Cognitive-Behavioural-Therapy calls “Catastrophising” and it usually is a strategy that we embraced while dealing with trauma. Mind you we certainly don’t do this consciously. It’s rather that your brain has changed its connections and now expects catastrophes instead of miracles.

Rachel describes a technique to find perspective when something happens that is less than fortunate and might get you into the downward spin:

 

Page of Rachel Kelly's book "Singing in the Rain"

She suggests to ask yourself the questions in the above image and then go and create a paper folded boat. Good old origami 🙂 will help you to get your  mind off the catastrophe you are expecting.

There are different ways of dealing with catastrophizing. I usually use something called “Safe Place” but I guess the above questions help to bring everything into perspective much faster. I am going to give it a try.

Maybe you do not consider this self-care as such. Many think when it comes to self-care of a hot bath or something nice to eat. But keeping your mind off the hamster wheel of negative thinking is an important part too. So go on. Give it a try.

That’s it for today. But there is an interesting post I wrote in March 2015 about one of my most favourite authors and here you can enjoy it again:

July 2019

I can’t believe it’s over four years ago that Sir Terry Pratchett passed over to another life. RIP may you have left your anger behind.

Here are my thoughts from 2015

March 2015

Last October The Guardian published an extract from Neil Gaiman’s introduction to “A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-fiction by Terry Pratchett”. I read the article then but got bored and didn’t really concentrate on what he said.

On Thursday Terry Pratchett passed away and this time I fully read the article and these sentences touched a cord:

“…Terry looked at me. He said: “Do not underestimate this anger. This anger was the engine that powered Good Omens.” I thought of the driven way that Terry wrote, and of the way that he drove the rest of us with him, and I knew that he was right.

There is a fury to Terry Pratchett’s writing: it’s the fury that was the engine that powered Discworld. It’s also the anger at the headmaster who would decide that six-year-old Terry Pratchett would never be smart enough for the 11-plus; anger at pompous critics, and at those who think serious is the opposite of funny; anger at his early American publishers who could not bring his books out successfully.

The anger is always there, an engine that drives. By the time Terry learned he had a rare, early onset form of Alzheimer’s, the targets of his fury changed: he was angry with his brain and his genetics and, more than these, furious at a country that would not permit him (or others in a similarly intolerable situation) to choose the manner and the time of their passing.

And that anger, it seems to me, is about Terry’s underlying sense of what is fair and what is not….” (quote from “Terry Pratchett isn’t jolly. He is angry.” Extract from Neil Gaiman’s introduction to A Slip of the Keyboard)

Video credit: Arts & Ideas at the JCCSF via YouTube

I struggle with my feelings for many years. Especially anger which I have directed at myself in self-harming. I also suspect it expresses itself in grinding my teeth at night which causes an awful lot of physical problems like headaches, shoulder pain and exhaustion.

While doing “Love Is In Da Blog” I realised that it is time to do something about that and not the “usual” way with medication or therapy. I began to feel strongly that I needed another maybe more spiritual approach. It feels like these sentences are the answer to my healing wish.

My anger, acquired when my mother passed away when my father did what he did when I got bullied at school and other things, is not a disease that stops me from doing what I want to do. It is the fuel that powers my creativity but I need to allow it to do its job.

I suspect I let it do its job when I decided out of nowhere to do “Love Is In Da Blog” and it has transformed me. It has kick-started a development which end I do not know yet. But I do not need to know it. I trust the process. I trust that the great creator knows where I am heading and that my intuition will guide me the right way.

At last, I know where to go: I go with the flow 🙂

image and quote by Terry Pratchett

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Writers Quote Wednesday ~ Andres Neuman

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This was a brilliant blog event back in 2015:

Today I want to introduce you to a young Spanish~Argentinian author. His name is Andres Neuman, and I met him two years ago on the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize Readers Day. The reading group I had attended then read his book “Traveller of the Century“, and I had loved it.

It was a time when I became a little bit more courageous, so I went to see him and had a few words with him about how much I had enjoyed the book and how good he described some German traits :-).

I experienced him as a very charming author who clearly respects his readers and is eager to find out more about what it was that made the book such a joy. Unfortunately, his blog is in Spanish 😦 , but I’m learning :-).

The story he told in “Traveller of the Century” is a mixture of poignant social observation and fairy tale. But it is also an intellectual book making the reader think about philosophy, history and prejudices of all kinds. And it is a story about friendship not only between man and women but also between humans of different cultures. This book had challenged my mind enormously but was such a joy to read.

Wikipedia says about Andres Neuman:

“Andrés Neuman (born January 28, 1977) is a Spanish-Argentine writer, poet, translator, columnist and blogger.

The son of Argentine émigré musicians, he was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to a mother of Italian and Spanish descent and a father of German-Jewish descent. He spent his childhood in Buenos Aires, although he currently lives in Granada, Spain. He has a degree in Spanish Philology from the University of Granada, where he also taught Latin American literature. He holds both Argentine and Spanish citizenships.

Through a vote called by the Hay Festival, Neuman was selected among the most outstanding young Latin American authors, being included on the Bogotá39 list [15]. He was also selected by Granta magazine in Spanish and English as one of the 22 Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists.[1] [2] His fourth novel, the award-winning Traveller of the Century, first to be published in English, was selected among the best books of the year by The Guardian [16], The Independent [17] and Financial Times[18]. This novel was also shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize,[3] achieving a Special Commendation from the jury; as well as shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award,[4] being named one of “the two frontrunners who so sure-footedly outpaced the strong pack”, according to an article written by the jury for The Guardian. His next works translated into English were the novel Talking to Ourselves[5] and the book of stories The Things We Don’t Do.[6]…” 

And the quote I chose is from “Traveller of the Century”:

“Hans’s expression before the vastness of the universe suggested restlessness, choice, an uncertain future. The organ grinder saw in the horizon a shelter, a protective boundary, an undivided present.”

I love to watch the sky and could relate to both Hans and the organ grinder, who is a real character in the book. They say “the sky is the limit” and I believe we should keep that in mind when we are down and lose motivation to write what we came here to write.

In this sense: Happy writing!

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This post takes part in Colleens wonderful “Writer’s Quote Wednesday“. Please head over to find more great posts.