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Ellen tries to write a novel #3

Ellen tries to write a novel #3

Hey! It’s been a while… The good news is, I’ve written 3.514 words since we last spoke… the bad thing is… I haven’t written anything since September 23rd. Woops. Life has been hectic. Work has been busy. All true, all stupid excuses. I just haven’t made time to write. BUT! NaNoWriMo is coming and I finally have a solid story to write down. I’m thinking about scheduling in writing time every day. The question is, do I do it in…

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Ellen tries to write a novel #2

Ellen tries to write a novel #2

I’m back… (back, back, back again…) Things I’ve learned this week: I’m not very good at keeping up with a schedule I’m even worse at writing and not editing as I go I’ve started this book about twenty times already and depending on the mood I was in, I either wrote it in English or Dutch. Oh, the joy of being multilingual… actually sometimes it really sucks because I will know the word in English but can’t remember how to…

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Mental Health: It's okay to be scared

Mental Health: It's okay to be scared

Last year, I wasn’t doing very well. I fell into that black pit called depression and I’ve been having a hard time climbing out. Although I have been feeling a lot better lately, I realise that this is going to take a while. I have to re-discover myself and that’s proving to be quite the challenge. I’ve been seeing a therapist for a while now. I try to meet up with her once a month, just to talk. She’s almost…

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March 2018: Wrap-up

March 2018: Wrap-up

We’ve had a couple of beautiful days here in Belgium, so I’ve been enjoying the warm and sunny weather. Today is cooler again and cloudy. Time to write about the past month! I want to tell you about the books I’ve read, the live music I saw and the podcasts I’ve been listening to. Let’s go! Books I read in March The Narrow Road to the Deep North  Richard Flanagan This book had been sitting on my shelf for years…

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February 2018: Wrap-up

February 2018: Wrap-up

I know.. it’s the middle of March and I’m only just starting to write this post. I’ve been dragging my feet and I know I should stop but the cold and the rain are getting to me. Can it be spring already? I’m desperate for some warmer, sunnier days. Books I read in February The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton I LOVED this book. It was so full of details and intense, really intense. Yes, I’ll say…

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January 2018 – Wrap Up

January 2018 – Wrap Up

I wanted to keep a record of my year so we’re making this work! Let me tell you what I did in January. It turned out to be an eventful month with a lot of changes and a couple of rediscoveries. I left my job and started a new one Maybe you remember me talking about how my last job was draining my creativity. In the last week of 2017, I went to talk to my boss and told him…

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Books and Places

Books and Places

Some books are forever linked to the place where I read them. I didn’t necessarily read the entire book in that same spot but somehow certain moments and places stand out for me. There’s Life After Life by Kate Atkinson which I read lying in the grass in our garden. It was summer. There were bees buzzing around our patch of lavender and the sun was giving me everything she had. I read Pearl Harbor in our old car when…

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30 before 30 – my list

30 before 30 – my list

Hi! Today is January 2nd and this is my first post of 2018. I wanted it to be something I could look back on in the future but I didn’t want to do a New Year’s resolutions post because my life is a bit chaotic right now… I honestly don’t know what the year will bring and I have a lot of things to figure out. So 30 before 30 it is. I turned 28 back in October so I…

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My 2017

My 2017

2017 was a year with ups and downs. That’s just the way it goes for most people. I felt like it was mostly downs before I started thinking about this post and then I found out that there were a lot of beautiful things too. Let’s get the negative out of the way first. My job. I have never felt so uninspired, so uncreative as I did this year. When I felt down, sad, angry, basically miserable.. it was often…

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