Saturday, 5 January 2013

May all your dreams come true. Unless...

I hope that 2013 has started well for you. I hope that all your dreams will come true. Unless, like me, you dreamed last night that you had a fight with someone you love and you lost a tooth. I wonder what that means? Of course, that was only a dream. Here I am in real life, pictured left, wrestling with a giant pink hare.

Hey, remember when I used to post whatever came into my head on this blog, including haiku and other nonsense? Admittedly, that was when thirty-six people followed the blog. Over the past year or two, as more and more followers have joined me (thank you!) I have increasingly used this site as a place to post news about my books. Partly this is because whenever I think of something amusing to write, the likelihood is that I'll try to put it into a book. Partly it's because I have had a lot of news about my books.

I know that you like to know when there's a special offer on one of my books, and you're happy for me when one of them gets to number one on a bestseller list or gets a brilliant review. But I'm not sure if the balance is right - or, to put it another way, the relentlessness of book news book news book news and giveaways on here sometimes bores even me - and I'd like to get back to a jolly jumble of book news, cheerful nonsense and giveaways.

I'll be trying to learn German this year (I already have an O Level, which were the exams we used to take in the UK when we were around sixteen years old, so I won't be starting from scratch, though I can't remember much of it. I know that you put the verbs at the end and start the nouns with a capital letter.) So stick with me as I update you on that, assuming I make some progress. And assuming that learning German turns out to be funny. Otherwise, what's the point?

A friend told me about Memrise, a site where you can find all sorts of free courses, including language courses. The tagline for the site is 'Learn something new every day', which, of course, is terribly seductive and a very good plan for life. I have no idea what the courses are like... but who cares, at this stage in the year when we're all starting out with best intentions, so long as the hook is good?

Talking of links on the internet, have you seen this? Six Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person? If not, do read it. It's all true. Thanks to my friend Suzanne Azzopardi for the link. If you can't be bothered to read it, essentially it says that you are what you do. So do something.

The next post coming up on the site after this is about a lightning deal on one of my ebooks. And then, after that, I might write plans for the new year. (Let's not call them resolutions.) Have you made any?

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Enbrethiliel said...


The link is excellent! Thank you for sharing it!

Helen Smith said...

It is, isn't it.

Happy New Year!

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Hi Helen - good luck with the German. I have terrible memories of the words getting longer and longer and more and more impenetrable...still recovering from der Traumavonwordmeaningexcesswith nohyphenconfusion. Ach.

I'd like to tag you in a writers' work-in-progress showcase - would that be OK? You don't need to do anything about it if it doesn't suit. Here's the (self-explanatory) link where another blog friend has tagged me: no...of course I can't paste the may have to google "Life on La Lune"
to read about The Next Big Thing. Let me know, anyway.

Helen Smith said...

Deborah, I remember that I signed up for a German O level because I thought that most of the vocabulary would be the same as English but spelled a bit differently. Of course, it's not.

I took part in the 'Next Big Thing' tag just before Christmas. I'm sorry to say that I broke the chain and didn't tag anyone else. A lot of writer friends with blogs have already done it.

Here's the link.

If you don't mind bending the rules and linking to a post that has already been written, feel free to tag me.

I'm looking forward to the book written by the person who tagged me - a historical mystery that will be out in the spring.

Jake said...

Resolution is to read all of your books at least twice this year. Need some good reading & your books certainly provide.
Blog away as you are motivated. Will keep your readers entertained.

Helen Smith said...

Jake, thank you - what a lovely thing to say!

Enjoy your weekend.

Deborah Lawrenson said...

I'll do that, then! Cheers.