image of fig tree in desert landscape

The Fig Tree

A few years ago I was using a writing prompt for creative writing. I feel it’s time to resurrect it. I wrote this story several years ago.

I quote Kasey Mathews from the WANA group “Write to heal” for this writing prompt: 

“With paper and pen, or computer handy, lean back in your chair, or against the wall, or a sofa etc., close your eyes and imagine you are sitting under a large tree with your back resting against the trunk. On the other side of the tree, a Storyteller has come to sit down and also rest against the tree trunk. With eyes still closed, just listen. Wait for the storyteller to begin his or her story. When you hear it begin, simply write down all that you hear. “

This is what the storyteller is telling me today:

Today I guide you to a far-away land where a girl patiently waited for her mother to come home. She had gone to get water from the well a little away, but today she needed much longer than usual.

The girl was afraid as her father had died a few months ago. They were living on a little farmstead away from the hustle and bustle of the city that ruled over the land. The girl desperately wished for her mother to come home and make breakfast. But mother would not come.

image of fig tree in desert landscape
Image by Ben Kerckx from Pixabay

“Oh, what shall I do?” the girl asked the lonely fig tree they were nurturing carefully, giving it water every day. The little family’s farmstead was situated right in the middle of an approaching desert, and their only income was this fig tree and the goats which roamed the landscape for food. It was the girl’s task every evening to go and fetch the goats and bring them home to stay the night in the little barn her father had build.

The fig tree rustled its leaves and played with its fruit. After a little while, it whispered:” Give me some water, little one”. The girl who had waited under the tree for her mother looked up. “But I only have a little left and mother has not come home yet. I won’t have anything left if I give it to you and she won’t come back.” The fig tree considered this for a little while and then whispered again:” Give me some water, little one.”

The girl looked out over the deserted plain towards the city, which already gleamed in the morning sun. She turned her head a little and looked towards the oasis where her mother had gone to get water. The rocks strewn all over the plain shivered in the heat, and she could see a little point quivering in between.

“I have asked the fig tree for advice. It gave it to me, so I better follow it” the girl thought and went into the house to get the last drops of water in the jug. She carefully carried it outside the door and to the right where the fig tree grew on the wall. She gently poured out the last drops of water on the roots of the fig tree. “Thank you little one” the fig tree whispered.

fig tree leaves in front of blue sky
Image by Antal Bódi from Pixabay

The girl took the jug back into the kitchen and looked around. There were bread and butter and honey but nothing to drink left. “Oh, what shall I do?” she wondered again. But as she did not find an answer, she went back to sit under the fig tree.

The girl gazed over the plain, which quivered with heat. Her mother should be nearby now, but she wasn’t to be seen anywhere. The point the girl had seen before still was out there somewhere.

“Go and prepare some bread with butter and honey” the fig tree whispered suddenly. The girl looked up into the profoundly green leaves and saw the fig trees not yet ripe fruit dance. “I haven’t been taught how to prepare bread yet,” she said.

“Go and prepare some bread with butter and honey” the fig tree simply answered. “Oh, I am doomed!” the girl thought, but she got up and got back into their hut. “What if I drop the honey or butter? What if I cut the bread too thick or even cut myself?” the girl worried.

She stood in front of the table where bread, butter and honey waited. She stood and waited. But her mother did not come. “I have asked the fig tree for advice.” she thought. “It has given me more advice, so I better follow it.” She, therefore, went to the table, took the knife and cut three even pieces of bread. She laid them out on the big plate they only used for celebrations. Then she carefully spread some butter on them all and trickled some honey on each of them. She covered the plate carefully with a huge bowl to keep away the insects.

fig tree branches
Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

But all this new work has made her thirsty. “Oh, I wish I would not have given the last drops of water to the fig tree.” She thought. “What shall I do?” But this time she did not wait for the fig tree to give advice. She went outside and caught one of her goats. It was the biggest one which gave the sweetest milk. So she took her back to the shed where the goats slept at night. She went back into the house and got the wonderfully decorated jug they only used for special occasions. Then she milked the goat and the sweetest milk the goat had ever given poured into the jug.

The girl was happy. “Mother will be pleased when she comes home and sees such a beautiful breakfast.” she thought when she took the jug back onto the table. She covered it carefully with a cloth to keep the insects away.

She went back outside to sit under the fig tree again. It rustled with its leaves gently and whispered:” Well done little one. See over there……” and one of its branches pointed towards the oasis where the girl could now see a camel approach with two women sitting on it.

“Oh dear,” the girl thought “strangers! And mother is not here! What shall I do?” She leaned a little closer to the fig tree to hide under its leaves. She watched the camel approach.

Camel and rider in desert
Image by Simon Matzinger from Pixabay

But the two women on the camel were not strangers. They were her mother and grandmother. How happy was the girl to see her family approach? She ran towards them and cried:” Oh, mother! Oh, grandmother! I am so glad to see you!”

Both women got off the camel, and the girl could see that it was carrying a much bigger skin filled with water than her mother usually brought home. They hugged the girl, and her mother said: “Let’s hurry in. It is getting hot, and I have not made breakfast yet. You and your grandmother are hungry!”

But the girl answered: “The fig tree told me to make bread with honey and I milked the goat, and everything is waiting on the table inside, but I had given it the last drops of water, and I am so thirsty”.

Mother and grandmother looked at each other and then hugged the girl. “You have done well. Here have some of the fresh water we have brought first and then let’s have the breakfast you have prepared” they said to her. They gave her to drink, and when she finished, she watered the fig tree again. “Thank you for your advice” she whispered, but the fig tree just rustled its leaves and played with its fruit.

blue sky with two fig tree branches
Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay

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For Poets and Writers with a Blog ~ Ingermanson on Google Analytics

I shared this article first in August 2017. Many use Google Analytics successfully, but I have to admit I am not one of them. I guess Randy Ingermanson’s advice to read up on how to use it makes sense. Another point on my to-do-list 🙂

But feel free to make up your own mind.

Good Morning, Afternoon, Night (depending on where you are or when you read 🙂 ) Poets and Writers. Most of you have a blog and I believe that Randy Ingermansons suggestions about how to use Google Analytics could help you get more traffic.

This article is reprinted by permission of the author.
Award-winning novelist Randy Ingermanson, “the Snowflake Guy,” publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, with more than 16,000 readers. If you want to learn the craft and marketing of fiction, AND make your writing more valuable to editors, AND have FUN doing it, visit www.AdvancedFictionWriting.com.
 

Marketing: Google Anaylitics

If you’ve got a web site then you need Google Analytics.

What’s Google Analytics? It’s a free tool created by Google that lets you track things that happen on your web site.

What kind of things can you track? Lots of things:

  • How many people visit your site.
  • How many pages they visit.
  • Which pages they visit.
  • How long they’re on your site.
  • How they got to your site.
  • Who sent them to your site.
  • Typical paths they take through your site.
  • Which pages they come in on.
  • Which pages they leave from.
  • How fast your pages load.
  • Which days of the week people visit most and least.
  • Tons more.

Installing Google Analytics

If you don’t have Google Analytics installed on your site, it’s easy to get it going. Here’s what you do:

  1. If you don’t have an account on Google, (a Gmail account or a Google Plus account or whatever), go to plus.google.com and sign up for one. It’s free and all you need is an email address.
  2. Once you have a Google account, go to analytics.google.com and sign in.
  3. Set up your account to track your web site. You can find directions here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1008015
  4. When you finish the above step, you’ll have a small piece of code that you’ll need to insert into every page on your web site. The exact way to do this depends on how your web site was created. If you use WordPress for your site, then you can install a plugin and paste in the code there. If you don’t know how to do this, ask your web developer to do it for you. (Usually, your web developer should have done all of the above when they created your site, but if they haven’t done it, they can do it now in very little time.)

Once Google Analytics is installed on your site, it begins tracking visits immediately. The code that you inserted in every page on your site will send messages to Google’s computers to track site visitors. You won’t ever get any personal information on who these visitors were. But you’ll get statistical information on them as a group.

Using Google Analytics

Google Analytics gives you enormous amounts of information on what’s happening on your web site. That can be overwhelming.

Every web site is different, so it’s impossible to give out advice that applies to everybody.

Instead, I’ll give you meta-advice—advice on how to make your own decisions on how to use Google Analytics.

  1. Schedule a regular time to visit Google Analytics to review your data. If you’re obsessive, this might be daily, but that really only makes sense if your web site is earning you thousands of dollars per month. Decide how often you should visit Google Analytics (weekly, monthly, quarterly, whatever) and then schedule it. Mark it in your trusted system—your calendar or whatever tool you use to organize your life.
  2. On your first visit, give yourself an hour to fiddle around with Google Analytics and see what’s available. You can’t really break anything, so try things and see what you can learn. Make a list of the things that seem relevant to you. If you have a blog, then you’re probably interested in knowing how many people actually read it. If you link out to your books on the online retailers, then you probably care about how many people click those links, and which ones they click.
  3. On each visit, the first thing you should do is set the date range that you want to see data for. I typically just want to know what happened in the past calendar month or in the past 30 days.
  4. Next, work through your list of data that you care about. Are things improving? Getting worse? Staying about the same? Do you see any crises? (For example, was your site down for an extended length of time that you didn’t even know about? Has your bounce rate zoomed up to 100 percent? Is it taking an unreasonable amount of time for your pages to load?)
  5. Think for a few seconds about what actions, if any, you should take, based on what you’ve just seen.

If you decide that you need to become a guru in using Google Analytics, there are courses and books you can buy that will teach you vastly more than I know. I have no particular recommendations, but you can easily find them with any search engine and make your own decision on what would work for you.

How I Use Google Analytics

You aren’t me, so the data I’m interested in is not necessarily the data you’re interested in. But for what it’s worth, here are some of the things I routinely look at in my regularly scheduled sessions on Google Analytics:

  • What is the total number of page views I’ve had in the last 30 days?
  • Which pages are getting the most page views? Any surprises here?
  • What is the bounce rate on these pages?
  • What is the average amount of time it takes for pages to load on my site?
  • Since I have an online store on my site, I measure the conversion rate of my sales pages. The conversion rate for a sales page is the percentage of page views that result in an actual sale. I also look at the total number of visits to the sales pages.

I typically get close to 100,000 page views on my site each month. That’s a fair bit of traffic for an author, and not all hosting companies can handle that much traffic at a decent price. Also, not all hosting companies can deflect attacks by hackers well. Google Analytics has been helpful to me in the past in making the decision to switch to a better host—faster and more impervious to denial-of-service attacks.

For what it’s worth, I now use WPEngine.com to host my web site. They’ve proven to be both fast and secure, but they’re not cheap for low-volume sites. I’ve been very happy since switching to them. (In case you’re wondering, I have no affiliate relationship with WPEngine. They don’t pay me a single dime to mention them here, and they have no idea that I’m doing so.)

Homework

I’ll repeat myself, because this is important. If you have a web site, then you need Google Analytics. If you don’t have it installed already, do so. If you aren’t using it yet, schedule it as part of your regular routine.

Knowledge is power. Google Analytics is free and easy to use and gives you extraordinary amounts of information. Have fun!

Ingermanson on “Your Weekly Review”

Good Morning, Afternoon, Night (depending on where you are and when you read 🙂 ) dear Poets and Writers!

I have always aimed at organising myself better not only with writing but with life in general. In March 2017, I read an interesting article in Randy Ingermanson’s Newsletter “The Advanced Fiction Writing E-Zine” about a tool he uses: A weekly review. There were times when I did that, however, life got in the way, and you know how that one goes :-).

So here are Randy’s thoughts and suggestions on organising your writing:

This article is reprinted by permission of the author.
Award-winning novelist Randy Ingermanson, “the Snowflake Guy,” publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine, with more than 16,000 readers. If you want to learn the craft and marketing of fiction, AND make your writing more valuable to editors, AND have FUN doing it, visit www.AdvancedFictionWriting.com.

Organization: Your Weekly Review

If you’re serious about getting things done in your life, then you need to have a regular weekly habit of reviewing the previous week and planning the next one.

That sounds fun, doesn’t it? It’s right up there with changing the oil and cleaning the toilet on most people’s list of Things To Avoid Doing Pretty Much Forever.

Why You Need a Weekly Review

Here’s the thing. Your novel is not going to write itself. Big publishers are not going to throw money at you to write your novel. Truth be told, if your novel is never written, nobody will notice or care. (The good news—if your novel does get written, there’s a fighting chance that people will notice and care.)

The brutal reality is that if you want to get a good novel written, you’re going to have to do three things that are highly labor-intensive and that won’t earn you a dime up-front:

  1. Develop the skills to write a good novel.
  2. Write a good novel.
  3. Polish your novel.

I’m not trying to rain on the parade or tell you there’s no parade. There is a parade and it’s a good one. I’m trying to say that it’s a serious, major effort to make the parade happen, and you won’t get paid for it until very late in the game, if you ever get paid. You’ll need to spend hundreds of hours on this thing. Maybe thousands. You need to find a way to squeeze those hundreds of hours out of an already jam-packed life.

That means giving up some things. Saying yes to writing a novel means saying no to a lot of other wonderful things.

This could take you forever, or you could get it done in short order, and get your book out the door, and have it earning you money. The choice is yours, and a big part of that choice is taking control of your life.

I know some lucky people who are good at taking control of their life. I’m not one of those people. I have a lot of things going on in my life, and they all want to take control of me.

I deal with them by fighting back, and a big part of that fight is my Weekly Review.

The Weekly Review

This is not complicated. Once a week, (almost always on a Saturday afternoon), I sit down with my gigantic To Do List and work through it. I look at how I did last week, but more importantly, I look at what I want to get done in the next week.

There are three key questions to ask:

  1. What things are scheduled in already?
  2. What unscheduled things do I have to get done this week?
  3. What optional things do I most want to get done this week?

Questions #1 and #2 are key. Those are my constraints, because they tell me how many hours are already spoken for in the coming week. Question #3 then lets me pick out the optional things that I could reasonably get done.

Why is this useful? That’s easy.

I mentioned I have a gigantic To Do List. It’s uncontrollably large. But the key point is that every item on the list is tagged. I tag them with the time-frame in which I want to get them done. There are things I want to do “someday maybe.” There are things I want to do “this year.” Others that I want to do “this quarter.” Others that are “this month.” And a few that are “this week.”

The Weekly Review lets me keep the set of “this week” tasks down to a reasonable number. These are the things that matter right now. The other stuff will get done in good time, but just not right now.

What this means is that every day when I decide what I’m going to tackle today, I have a short list of things to choose from. I don’t have to look at the gigantic To Do List. That would be too cruel. All I have to look at is the items tagged “this week.” Every day, I choose a reasonable set to tackle. And it takes me five minutes, maximum, to plan my day.

I don’t have to wonder if there’s something coming up that I’ve forgotten about. During my Weekly Review, I already looked ahead and checked that. If there’s something coming up this week, my Weekly Review tags it as “this week.”

This is how I get stuff done without going crazy.

The gigantic To Do List will never go away. It’ll always be gigantic. It’ll always contain a bunch of pipe dreams that will never happen.

But the Weekly Review ensures that the things that are either urgent or important bubble to the top and get done.

No, the Weekly Review is not sexy. It’s not fun. But I find it absolutely indispensable. It takes about an hour each week, and at the end of it, I have some feeling of control over my life again.

Homework

  1. Are you doing a Weekly Review already? If so, congratulations, and you get a gold star. You might want to think about whether you can do it better. Maybe you can make a template for the Weekly Review so it goes quicker and so you never forget a step in your process. But if it’s working well for you, don’t change it. You’re good.
  2. If you’re not doing a Weekly Review, I’m not here to shame you. I’m here to tell you to do it, because it’s good for you. You’ll get more things done. You’ll be more in control. You’ll feel better. Really, you will. Now what day of the week can you schedule your regular Weekly Reviews? What time of the day should you plan on? How much time do you want to budget?
  3. If you don’t have any idea what to even do in a Weekly Review or how to get started, and you’d really like to punch me right now, that’s OK. Keep your distance, please, and go check out TheSecretWeapon.org,  which has a bunch of free videos on how to take control of your life. In an hour, you’ll know exactly how to do everything. That’s an hour well spent, and you may never need to learn one more thing about organization in your entire life.

This is not a feel-good article today, and my apologies on that. I’m not trying to make you happy. I’m trying to radically boost the chances that you’ll get your novel published someday.

You can thank me when you accept your Pulitzer.


And me too, because I shared it with you 😉

Happy Wednesday to you all, despite everything!


FREE Writing Resources ~ BBC Skillswise

September 2019

It’s not last weeks post as I am not following my old post schedule. I am just working all over the place and this week will be lots of writing resources. Hope you enjoy anyway!

December 2014

In last week’s post, I came out with my trouble with comma’s.

When I have been using grammar checks, which were good with spotting my writing issues, it was usually a missing comma. Funnily, I have the same problem in German.

Last week I suggested to you to try out Reverso which has many helpful language tools but I could not find anything helping me with my comma problem. Therefore, I have gone on a little expedition in the World Wide Web and stumbled over the BBC’s Skillwise page, which is designed to help adults learn English and Maths.

On the homepage, you can choose to go to the Maths or the English area. It is easy to understand no matter your English ability as they work with pictures and it also gives you the opportunity to go to other useful pages. Once arrived at the English page you are offered six topics: reading, writing, spelling, word grammar, sentence grammar and listening and speaking. Everything is kept in blue shades and in a clear design, which makes it really easy to find your way around.

I have chosen “Sentence Grammar” and am not only offered the four parts as pictures but also as links in a toolbar on the upper end of the page. Here I can decide to learn about punctuation, sentence structure, varieties of English, tenses and getting and giving clear instructions. This last topic sounds a little funny at first but the page is aimed at adults, who need English in a job environment. Therefore, “instructions” are very important.

Of course, I dragged myself down the punctuation lane and again was greeted with a clean cut page that offers a little video on why punctuation is important, three entry levels for punctuation explanations and games & videos. This last part interested me the most, as I know the use of punctuation marks in theory, it is actually using them, that gives me trouble.

Ah, there is a little child in all of us and so nothing can help you better to learn your comma’s than a game. An “adult” game after all as it is “Going to work with comma’s game” where you have to figure out where to set comma’s in a different sentence. The setting is: you starting a new job and having to write down what you have done on the first day. “And” is connecting your tasks and you are asked to erase the not necessary “and”, which ends in the game setting commas instead.

This is a fun little game which helps you to understand the basic use of comma’s in lists but unfortunately not the way to use them to mark out less important parts of sentences. No matter what: this is a great page to double check your English language ability and if you are a non-native English speaker, it can certainly enlighten you about one or the other trick the language has to offer.

BBC Skillwise

 

FREE Writing Resources ~ Mslexia

September 2019

That is a really great magazine and I am gifting myself with another subscription when I got a new job! Their homepage has changed a little, that is why the links don’t work anymore but this post gives you an insight on how it was. It’s definitely a great resource for women writers.

November 2014

I spend a lot of time in the World Wide Web. I love to scour Twitter, Facebook and Google for resources for writers and there is not a lot that makes me really excited. Today’s FREE resource though is different:

Mslexia

Mslexia is a magazine for women writers which offers information about writing in general, publishing, on- and off-line resources as well as agents. Their homepage is a well of information if you want to publish in the UK.

The Magazine amazed me

They have amazed me so much, that I allowed myself an early Christmas present (or late birthday present 🙂 ): I signed up for a one-year digital subscription on the magazine. If you have an iPhone or Android phone you can even read the magazine on your phone. The subscription gives you the opportunity to browse older editions as well.

Great resources for writers

But I digress: Why is it such a great resource for writers (and yes men will find useful information too!)?

Mslexia’s resources page is one of the most comprehensive I have ever seen. First on the list is the writer’s tip: Right now, it offers insight on how to write non-fiction and is aimed at poets and/or prose writers.

Spotlight on

Next, they put the spotlight on literary magazines, publishers and more interesting discoveries on the web: Both the literary magazine page and the publisher pages gives you a broad list of UK-based you-need-know-if-you-write publishing opportunities. A short explanation tells you what the organisation exactly does which ends with the link to their page.

On the web

“On the web” gives you anything from an app to block your internet connection to get you writing instead of browsing; over dating for book lovers to communities for writers. This is a well of miscellaneous pages that can make your writing life more intense and fun.

There is more

But there is more: Look at the left-hand side to the “Key resources” area which offers you links to agents, reference books and societies/organsiations. All three links are the same layout as the publishers and magazines pages: a short description to each book, organisation and agent and after that the link to their homepages.

A must

Mslexia resources page is a must for writers who want to publish and work in the UK. But not only for those who are already in the business. They offer you great advice and help if you are just starting to get into the publishing world of the UK.

What do you think?

Are you a subscriber to Mslexia? Did you have a look at their resources page? Then please let me know what you think about the magazine and the resources page. Thanks!

Resources:

Wikipedia
mslexia

Aside

Take five

dainty flowers
all in a row
so pretty
as I sit
Waiting for my dog
To finish his 5 minute run
around the garden
Dainty flowers
Smell so good
As I breathe
In their sweet aroma
Now it is time
To take 5
Go get a coffee
And then
Relax with my book

Aside

My favourite dress

A prompt from bee which I got, and am going to write on today is, my favourite dress. So here is a little poem about that very thing!

light, and very summery
long and flowy
oh how I love it
cool breeze whips it
making it spread outwards
making me blush
because there are others around me
do they really need to see me flushed?
still though
Oh how I love that dress
Summer sun
Summer fun
Me in that long flowy dress
Happy as can be.

Aside

Bee’s poetry prompt for Carol anne…

Bee has very kindly given me some new poetry prompts to work with. So here is the first one and my attempt at a poem for this week!

The prompt is, the wizard of poetry ponders…

A fine prompt that is! Now to think of something to write! Well here goes!

Magic spells
Oh how I like
To create them
1, 2, 3
Pondering, wondering
What is the best way
To make a splash
How to make myself known
Get recognised
For the wizard that I am
I shall create
Magic tricks
With a click
Of my fingers
The wizard of poetry ponders
Wonders
Just how
To make this happen?

Maybe I am a reader not a writer/ Vielleicht bin ich ein Leser und kein Autor

I posted this first in June 2017

This is a question I asked myself a lot since April when I stopped blogging every day.

Besides bringing the garden up to date and making a home out of our new house, I have spent a lot of time reading.

Philosophy and translated fiction mainly. Philosophy because I want to make up my own mind about the topic and translated fiction because I think its important.

And I am astonished how much I enjoy myself. I missed reading on a “grand” scale”. However, blogging is part of my life too no matter how much I change and the world changes around me. And there is, of course, the little problem of unfinished writing projects too.

So I am going to learn to juggle and allow myself to blog and write when I want and about what I want and not follow the plans I made for myself at the beginning of the year. Do it my way so to speak.

One thing I have reactivated though is my reading group on Goodreads called “#supporttranslatedbooks“. We read a book a month (this month it is Carlos Luis Zafon’s brilliant ” The Shadow of the Wind”) and there I think I got my answer: I most certainly am a reader not a writer :-).

Portrait of Bee Halton

description for visually impaired readers: photo of The Bee with open ginger hair wearing a white cardigan and brown and black shirt. Background a white wooden door, bowl with oranges and printer on a wooden table

Ich habe diesen Post zum ersten Mal im Juni 2017 veroeffentlicht

Das ist eine Frage, die ich mir seit April als ich aufhoerte jeden Tag zu bloggen, oft gestellt habe.

Neben den Garten auf Fordermann bringen und aus unserem neuen Haus ein Zuhause zu machen, lese ich viel.

Zumeist Philosophie und uebersetzte Literatur. Philosophie, weil ich mir meinen eigenen Kopf ueber das Thema machen moechte und ueberstezte Literatur, weil ich sie wichtig finde. *

Und ich bin erstaunt, wie sehr ich das geniesse. Ich habe es vermisst, wirklich viel zu lesen. Allerdings ist bloggen auch Teil meines Lebens egal wie sehr ich mich veraendere und wieviel sich die Welt um mich aendert. Und da ist ja auch noch das kleine Problem von nicht fertig geschriebenen Schreibprojekten.

Deshalb werde ich jonglieren lernen und es mir erlauben, nur ueber das zu bloggen und zu schreiben, das ich will und wann ich will und ich were nicht den Plaenennfolgen, die ich mir fuer dieses Jahr gemacht habe. Sozusagen: ” do it my way”.

Ich habe allerdings eine Sache wieder angefangen und zwar meine Buchgruppe auf Goodreads, die “#supporttranslatedbooks” heisst. Wir lesen ein Buch pro Monat (Diesen Monat ist es Carlos Luis Zafon’s brilliantes ” Der Schatten does Windes”) und da habe ich meine Antwort gefunden: Ich bin ganz gewiss ein Leser und kein Autor :-).

* Viele Briten denken, dass uebersetzte Literatur nicht so gut ist, weil ihrer Meinung nach Wichtiges eines Buches in der Uebersetzung verloren geht. Zudem werden so viele Buecher in English geschrieben, dass es unnoetig scheint Uebersetzungen zu lesen. 

Aside

Sing me a song of longing?

This week, Bee challenged me to write a poem using the prompt sing me a song of longing. So I shall try, not sure how good it will be, not really feeling the creative streak at the moment.

sing me a song
a song
as I long
for warmer days
brighter times
peaceful nights
I long in my heart
for all that is calm
sing me a song of longing
a song which brings joy
to my heart and mind
just sing, sing
sing me a song of longing…