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I Just Couldn’t Put It Down!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 13, 2014 in Publishing |

A great deal of hard work goes into producing a book, more than some people imagine, and just as much goes into marketing it in the hope of selling every single copy printed. One of the major ways in which books are publicized today is through the Internet, and that goes especially for independent and […]

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Correcting My Language

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 12, 2014 in Immoral Conversations |

I think it must be because I do not look like an American that some people believe they can correct my use of my own Mother Tongue, especially when they have spent so much time learning the language in school. Today I was peacefully making a few notes ready for a future piece of writing, […]

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Is A Negative Review A Bad Thing?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 7, 2014 in Publishing |

Negative reviews are nothing new, whether they refer to books or to anything else, there is always going to be someone who does not see things in the same light, with the same enthusiasm, as their creator, as the writer, photographer, artist, cook, whatever. When we look back through the history of literature, we find […]

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Fifty-Two Stories – Fifty-Two Weeks

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 27, 2014 in Publishing |

I’m not one to turn down a challenge, if it seems like something worth doing, but sometimes I do wonder whether what comes as a result is at all worth the effort. Recently I saw a challenge – or a target more than anything – leveled by someone on Twitter. The challenge was to write […]

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It Seems Like An Age Ago

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 11, 2014 in Personal |

There are times when I don’t recognize my own writing. I don’t mean my handwriting, although that can be hard enough at times, but those things I wrote here, or as a short story, several years ago. Sometimes my writing style, the words I use, the ideas behind a blog post, behind a story or […]

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As The Weekend Approaches

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 9, 2014 in Personal |

As the weekend fast approaches I am more than aware that I have been neglecting certain things, and that I want – as well as need – to get back into them once more. The break in Baltimore meant that I had to leave many things on my desk, just waiting for my return, no […]

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Just So Tired

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 6, 2014 in Personal |

It’s amazing what a change in time zones can do to you. You know that I’ve been back in Germany for most of the weekend now, and I thought I’d have caught up with the time difference, the disruption to sleep patterns, by now, but it isn’t so. It was much easier traveling over to […]

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The Joy Of Blogging

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 4, 2014 in Internet |

I read something very strange this evening which came as a great surprise to me. Not quite the chin-down-on-chest surprise, more of a mind-blowing, well-I-never surprise. Someone wrote this sentence on their blog and it threw me completely: I thought blogging every day would be a burden, but it actually became a great source of […]

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Is There A Point To Negative Reviews?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 4, 2014 in Publishing |

A major interest for all writers, quite aside from having their work accepted by a publisher and then selling, is the reaction it receives from the marketplace, from ordinary readers. With the advances in technology, it is now possible for absolutely everyone to review a work, to add their comment on one website or another, […]

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Tim Parks’ References, Please: A Reply

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on September 16, 2014 in Publishing |

The Internet is good for many things, but it should never be considered an adequate substitute for research, for reading and for learning from – where possible – original sources. It is a mass, if not a mess, of thoughts, learning, quotation and misquotation, false paths and short-cuts used by students all over the world […]

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