About Authors and Internet-Stars…

Sigh.

Zoella & Co.

Quote: By churning out ghostwritten stories and slapping a famous face on them,
publishers are doing a disservice to the industry, authors and readers.

…an interesting article by Kathryn Lindsay, and a topic that is probably not without controversy… I daresay it is written in xoJane‘s column “Unpopular Opinion” for a reason. Some of the comments are quite telling as well… and thought provoking.

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and btw… if you feel like writing for them (that is xoJane), they do look for submissions.

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btw 2nd… No, I can neither confirm nor deny, whether these particular books have been ghosted or not. If there were ghostwriters involved, though, I hope the got a decent deal!

and btw Part III… jealous?! Me?! Well, yeah! I mean… sort of… but then again… maybe not? If I was…  Oh, I dunno… *shuffles off mumbling*
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A Christmas Carol (Der Weihnachtsabend) – Charles Dickens

Reblogging my own things for a change… :)… and by doing that… wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah to my Jewish friends, and Season’s Greetings to all, whatever you might celebrate these days!

Fröhliche Weihnachten und Frohe Festtage, ein Fröhliches Hanukkah an meine jüdischen Freunde und die besten Wünsche für alle, was auch immer sie in diesen Tagen feiern mögen…

susa(nne) wagner

“…and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!

A Christmas Carol – by Charles Dickens

Download the ebook for free at the Project Gutenberg.

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“…und immer sagte man von ihm, er wisse Weihnachten recht zu feiern, wenn es überhaupt ein Mensch wisse. Möge dies auch in Wahrheit von uns allen gesagt werden können! Und so schließen wir mit Tiny Tims Worten: Gott segne uns alle und jeden!”

Der Weihnachtsabend – von Charles Dickens

Download des e-books kostenlos beim Project Gutenberg.

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(Excerpt from Wikipedia:)

“Legacy

While the ‘Merry Christmas’ was popularized following the appearance of the story,[58] and the name “Scrooge” and exclamation “Bah! Humbug!

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Building Character(s): A Writing Exercise

This is a great exercise! It is actually one of the main and recurring themes that keeps coming up when I do ghostwriting resp. get hired to overhaul someone’s story: Most of the time I do not consider the characters convincing… they seem too one-dimensional and I don’t “get” their motivation. I will keep these suggestions in mind and certainly do recommend to give them a try! 🙂

Romance Language

Submitted for your consideration, this is an exercise I created for a creative writing workshop I taught a few years ago. Characters are, of course, central to successful, engaging fiction. But these questions might also help for any kind of profile, biography, autobiography, or even for an imaginary profile of a target audience in a marketing/advertising.

You can even think of much science writing as character driven, although in the case of science, the character usually isn’t a person. It’s an organism, a chemical composition, a physical force, a procedure, a device, or some other phenomenon. As with a character, the subject of the scientist’s writing poses some problem—or seems to; it helps us see or understand something, but not necessarily as we expected (otherwise, what would make it worth writing about?).

When I develop of character, I think of three areas: The character’s background, the character’s present external manifestation…

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Why Good Writing Begins and Ends in Poetry

What does the fabric consist of that makes a good writer? I daresay, one ingredient is the love of language. Having said that, I really like this article and the way the writer defines (and finds) poetry…

Romance Language

About 15 years ago, as I worked on the final stages of my dissertation, I often got stuck (as people working on dissertations tend to). Sometimes days would pass without my producing anything. But eventually, I would remember my foolproof method for getting unstuck: reading and writing poetry.

Let me note for clarification that poetry had nothing to do with my dissertation subject. I wrote a very social-sciency study of students in a freshman composition class. From a semester of observing, reading papers, and interviewing students, I crafted a set of case studies trying to explain why some of the students gained more than others. My final product reads way more like anthropology than it does like Nikki Giovanni.

Nevertheless, I turned to poetry while I wrote, as I have turned to it many times before and since. And wherever I see brilliance in writing, I find elements of the…

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When Mr. Brett tried to consult Mr. Holmes… (just a fantasy, y’all)

I have just been digging through my archive and came across this… a few lines from the age of my hardcore fangirling days, namely swooning about the one and only Jeremy Brett – and Sherlock Holmes, the character he used to play so marvelously. This is actually an unfinished draft for a piece of parody I’d attempted, and will probably only mean anything to those people who are VERY familiar with the Granada Sherlock Holmes series as well as at least some JB interviews and/or biography, oh, yes, and a little nod to the community of H/W shippers… To everyone else, it is probably very much non-sensical. Posting this here for old times’ sake.

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It’s Baker Street, early morning. Yes, Baker Street indeed, and Jeremy is looking quite incapable to believe it. He is also looking almost frightened out of his wits. Hastily turning around as if hearing something threatening approaching…

JB:

(agitated) Omigod! They’re coming… (frantically pounding on the door) LET ME IN! For Heaven’s sake, LET ME IN!

The door opens. An elderly lady stands before him, and she is cleary not amused.

Mrs. H.:

Good Heavens, Sir! You have roused me! What is the matter?

JB:

Please, I need help!! You must protect me!

Mrs. H.:

Sure, you WILL need protection indeed, if you confront Mr. Holmes before he has even had his early morning cigarette. But do come in, Sir, if you insist. Now that you have roused me so rudely, I can retort on Mr. Holmes as well.

JB:

QUICK! Or else they will detect me!

Mrs. H.:

So do come in. And mind the 17 steps.

JB:

17? You’ve counted the steps?

Mrs. H.:

(shooting him a look) Sir, this is Sherlock Holmes’ household. I have learned not only to look, but also to observe!

JB:

Well… I am impressed.

Mrs. H.:

This way, if you please. Pray wait in the sitting room, I will get the gentlemen. By the way, whom shall I announce?

JB:

The name is Huggins, Jeremy Huggins.

Mrs. H.

Very well, Sir. (leaves him)

JB enters the room rather tentatively. It is only halfway lit, but you can notice a mess of scattered papers on the floor, tables and chairs. There seems to be something soothing about this room, and a strange déjà-vu in all this. Suddenly we hear a little snorting noise, causing nervous JB to almost jump out of his skin.

JB:

Aaargh! Nooooo!

A face, very indignantly, appears above the edge of the couch’s backrest.

Holmes:

MRS. ORINOCO!! I wonder if you would do me the very great kindness of considering the possibility… the heck with it, just GO AWAY!

JB:

Orinoco? No, my name is Huggins, and I am generally considered to be a MISTER. Beyond that I really do need your advice, Mr. Holmes!! I am in serious trouble, as you might already know.

A sudden flash of daylight as Dr. Watson over-dramatically pulls back the curtains from the window.

Holmes:

(apparently having slept on the couch and looking rather wrinkled up, mumbling something about the theatrical part usually being HIS department) Oh, should I, indeed? I do not think so. I am sorry, my dear Sir. I can assure you, apart from the obvious facts that you are an actor and that you do a lot of meditation, I know nothing about you.

JB:

(looking utterly taken aback) So you DO know me after all?

Holmes:

(yawning) Not in the least, it was a simple deduction: Only an actor could be eccentric enough to wear such bright red socks to a semi-formal morning suit. Speaking about formalities, I must beg you to excuse the state of our surroundings as well as our slightly deranged attire. We have been just closing a rather complicated case last night and must have fallen asleep here. This is my good friend and colleague Dr. Watson, you can feel free to speak openly to him as well as to me. Which brings me to the question, in which way we may be of your assistance? Please, take a seat. I perceive your fingers are shaking, are you feeling cold?

JB:

No, Mr. Holmes. My hands are shaking from fear. TERROR, to be exact!

Holmes:

Oh! And why is that so?

JB:

I am being stal- (suddenly interrupting himself) How could you have possibly guessed that I practice meditation?

Holmes:

I NEVER guess, Mr. Huggins.

JB:

But how do you know…?

Watson steps forward and points at Jeremy’s feet.

Watson:

Levitation, Sir. Your shoes do not even touch our Persian carpet.

Holmes:

Quite so. Mrs. Orinoco will be quite obliged to you on that account.

JB:

Mrs. Orinoco?

Holmes:

Yes, our good housekeeper.

Watson:

(frowning) That’s Mrs. HUDSON, Holmes!

Holmes:

Oh, really? Well, I knew at least it had something to do with the name of a river… Never mind, who could possibly keep up with all those names? There is this guy, Conan the Barber…

JB:

I beg your pardon?

Holmes:

No, I mean, Conan… (tentatively) the Barbarian…?

Watson:

I assume you are referring to Conan DOYLE!

Holmes:

Ah, Doyle, of course! This Conan, anyway, he has difficulties in remembering her name, too. He sometimes calls her “Turner”… (suddenly turning impatient) But if you would condescend to tell us about your problem, I shall be better able to advise you. I recall you claiming the matter to be an urgent one!

JB:

Yes, that is true. Mr. Holmes, they’re after me! Have you not read the latest news on the internet?

Holmes:

No, not this morning. So, let us at least consult my index!

Watson:

(searching) I can not find any “Huggins” in here, Holmes…

JB:

Oh! I am sorry I forgot, you’ll have to look under “B” for “Brett”. That is my stage name.

Holmes:

Brett, indeed! I believe I we used to have a tailor with that name… right, Johnny?

Watson:

Pray Holmes! Would you please stop calling me that way?

Holmes:

Oh, come on, we’ve been sharing these rooms for decades now. You even know how I look in a nighty! Why won’t you allow me to call you by your first name?

Watson:

My first name is “John”, Holmes! And that is such a common name! Everybody is called John these days.

Holmes:

No, not me, they call me “Sherlock”.

Watson:

No, Holmes, they call you “Holmes”!

Holmes:

Hm. How about “Bosie”?

Watson:

WHAT?

Holmes:

Well, as a nickname. For Boswell.

Watson:

Are you trying to be funny?

Holmes:

Funny? No, that’s supposed to be your part.

Watson:

(now getting somehow upset) No, it’s NOT! You’re talking about this other guy, Nigel Whatshisname! I AM A MEDICAL MAN! I AM TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY!!

Holmes:

(placatingly) Oh, all right.

JB:

(slightly irritated about new change of topic) Errr… Gentlemen, I am sorry to interrupt, but I happen to have this URGENT problem…!

(T.b.c.)

Successful Self-Marketing on the Internet is like naming a Whale… err… or something

If you are a writer/blogger you probably want to make your voice heard – or rather have your words read… which is basically a no-brainer. The internet can be a great way to work on that (well, at least for the bloggers among us that venue is rather self-explanatory). Chances are we all want to enhance our reputation, get more traffic on our websites and occasionally even become rich and/or famous (cue for songs somewhere in the range of “All I have to do is dream”, “If I was a rich man”, “Nice work if you can get it” or “You can get it if you really want” and “Work B*tch”).

In other words: Self-marketing and Public Relations are important tools if we want to get readers, sell our books, find new clients, get our names out there.

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So, how DOES one get ahead in the virtual world? Successful blogging is certainly at least a part of the answer… which is one of the reasons why I keep posting my findings regarding this particular topic. There is more to keep in mind, though, so I went to one of my favorite go-to places on the www. (GIVE ME A T… GIVE ME AN E… GIVE ME A D!!!!) and found a bit of inspiration. It has something to do with the concerted efforts of reddit users to name a certain humpback whale “Mister Splashy Pants”… well, sort of:

In this particular TED talk, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit explains his version of “how to make a splash in social media”.

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TedTalk: “How YouTube thinks about copyright” (German and other subtitles available/bei Bedarf mit deutschen Untertiteln)

I used to edit YouTube videos (especially during the Tube’s pre-Google era and mainly about darling Jeremy Brett). Every now and then I would get a notification about problems regarding the copyright of the music I used for the background…
Nowadays the copyright question is once more of special interest to me, though this time around it is regarding my plans for promoting my work as a writer as well as singer via YouTube videos.
Yeah, marketing yourself/your work online seems to be of an ever increasing importance for people like me/us, and often this does indeed include YouTube (or Vimeo or Dailymotion etc.). The more important to get a bit educated regarding actual copyright regulations, right?
(For my German language readers: Für das Video könnt Ihr Untertitel in diversen Sprachen einstellen, u.a. auch in Deutsch.)