April 24, 2013

Good News, Everyone: I’m Employed.

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It’s not a writing job and not a permanent position, but I will be working until the summer of 2014 on something semi-related to my degree. The Research Council of Norway has hired me for their Tax Incentive Scheme and their Core Competence and Value Creation in ICT program. So far, it’s both challenging and fun.

In addition to professional life, I’m doing two parallel training programs, participating in a relay race and a Norwegian Spartan race, and trying to keep my morning writing routine going. I’m slipping a little, but I’m sure I just need to get used to my new work load. I’m working on a new novel, and once I get my scheduling down, I should be writing that in the mornings, and editing the other one in the afternoons.

I repeat: the most important thing is to keep writing. Just keep writing.


December 20, 2012

Last Day on Earth

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I’m going to give it to you straight, like a pear cider made from 100% pear. I don’t buy it. We’ve been told the world will end so many times that what little faith I might have had in our impending doom has utterly dissipated.
Apocalypse Now

That doesn’t mean the idea of the apocalypse can’t be useful, however. Say that the world was ending tomorrow, what would you wish you had done? What little bits of life would you like to explore? How do you want to spend your last day on Earth?

Inquiring minds want to know.

(I would tell you to try and accomplish your goals as well, but since I’ll be spending the last day on Earth convincing strangers to join me in a taste test of coffee, I can’t really advice anyone on anything. If you can spend your day accomplishing something wonderful, I salute you!)

November 14, 2012

Adventures in Oslo

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Last week, I was in line at a Norwegian grocery store named Joker (which only reminds me of THE Joker, you know the one). I wore my new Marc by Marc Jacobs trench coat and a cup of coffee from Kaffebrenneriet. One clerk yelled to the other that he was out of bags. In an attempt to hold on to my Canadian friendliness, I offered to grab a stack of bags from one clerk and heave it over to the other. Long story short, I completed my task and spilled coffee all over my jacket.

After some panicked googling, I rushed it over to the closest dry cleaners and made them promise to fix it.

Fast forward to this week. I paid my student loans, bought groceries and quickly checked my account to see that I had enough money to pay the dry cleaning bill. I did, but then that’s it. I’ve been struggling to get money out of my paypal account for a week and a half and it still isn’t sorted, I have more bills incoming, and none of the jobs I’ve applied for have gotten back to me. Right now is not the best time to be me.

I was damned close to crying at the dry cleaners today. That’s the most expensive piece of clothing I’ve ever bought. And I broke it in less than a month. I’m telling you all so you can remind me next time I’m in a store: I’m not grown up enough for pastels and whites.

October 25, 2012

Make or Break Your Routine

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In a writing rut: break your routine.

This is the advice I’ve gotten lately. Go on vacation, take a walk, write at different times of the day. But as someone who’s suddenly without a home or a conventional job, I have to admit that the lack of routine is what gets me. Sure, I have no trouble finishing my freelance gigs on time, outside pressure is a perfect motivator, but my own projects? Forget about it. I’ve written 1500 words in 2 weeks.

I’m sure it will be different once I settle down in a new country and the vacation feeling passes. I’m sure it will help once I get a few more freelance gigs so the paycheck thing will be taken care of. And I’m sure renting office space with other freelancers will help me mimic a traditional work day. But I don’t want my creativity to be shackled to an apartment and a set space.

So what is a poor girl to do? I need your advice here. How do you keep up productivity without set routines? Or how do you create routines when everything else is fluctuating?

October 4, 2012

That Gypsy Feel

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We handed over the keys to our apartment on Tuesday morning, leaving our beloved place behind for someone else to fill with memories. It was a bittersweet farewell, but since I had two freelance gigs running at the same time and a fever, I didn’t have too much time to think about it.

(Cafe Abraco on 1st Ave and E 7th S. It can’t guarantee that it’s the best coffee in New York, but it’s damned good coffee.)

Our ride to New York cancelled on us at the last minute, so we hopped on the train. To be honest, it was a bit of a relief as it meant I could keep working during the ride. And with a panorama view of the East Coast in fall, it was inspired work indeed.

Once we arrived in New York — a few hours late but in good spirits — we met the guy who’s renting us a room, a screenwriter named Mark. He’s lived in the same apartment on the Lower East Side for fifteen years, and it shows. Everything is comfortably worn in and he is impressively laid back about us crashing. And if that wasn’t enough, the neighborhood is gorgeous and filled with artists and families. It makes me feel like a new person. I could write a novel from here (but I’ll settle for finishing my second writing gig, due Friday).

So far, we’ve experienced New York as locals rather than tourists. We’ve wandered around, tried new cafes, worked, and met people we already know for drinks. Living in someone’s apartment makes me feel at home, and not having anywhere else to call my own adds that comfortable gypsy feel to my existence. It is definitely my kind of vacation.

September 30, 2012

What to Do When You Have Too Much to Do?

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My freelance writing career has taken off, and I’m enjoying it immensely. I get paid to write. How cool is that? And to use a trite saying: once it rains, it pours. So in the next couple of days I need to pitch two books and write what amounts to a complete magazine. It might not sound impossible, but I also have to pack up my apartment, clean it and move out.

So I pose the question to you: What to do when you have too much to do?

How do you manage your time when work is pouring in?

May 31, 2012

Writer Wednesday is Going on Hiatus

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Sorry to say this, but until the game I’m currently working on ships, I do not have the capacity to run this blog as well as I want. Something had to give, and it was Writer Wednesday. My bi-weekly guest spot will open up for new submissions in the beginning of July and will probably get up to speed again by August.

As always, would love to have more guest posters. I just have to have time to actually keep up with it.

See you on the flip side!

May 13, 2012

What to read when you don’t have time to read

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Short answer: short fiction.

The last three weeks I’ve delved into short fiction again and I must say I love it. You can pack so much punch into thirty pages, and for those of us who’re crunching* right now, it’s much easier to pick up a short story than to make it through a whole novel. Besides, with the bloom of indie publishing, a lot of new, interesting short fiction is propping up. I suggest A Light To Starve By, by Axel Taiari if you like horror/alternate reality fiction.

I’m currently reading Alice Munro’s collection of short stories Too Much Happiness. Every page is blowing my mind, and the best part: I can read a story a day. (Although I devoured three this afternoon. Seriously, check her out!)

So for those of you who want to read but who keep putting books down or losing the plot, let me suggest short fiction. Less demanding = more rewarding when you’re short on time.

*the preferred term for working massive overtime to finish a project on time.

April 11, 2012

The Sweet Life

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There are few things better than coming home late from work to a perfectly prepared dinner and a hot cup of camomile tea.

I just might like this working outside the home thing.

In other news, the epic overtime marathon continues at least past Sunday. See you on the other side.

March 14, 2012

Writer Wednesday Down

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Due to real life pressure and deadlines at work, this week’s Writer Wednesday will be pushed until March 21st.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

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