October 18- Insights from J.K. Rowling

Hello October,

what did you say? Yes, I like Harry Potter. I have read some of the books and watched some of the films. I love fairy tales, and this one has a very good psychological background, it seems to me. So here is a quote from its author, to inspire our day:

“I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life”.

J. K. Rowling

Now, the way I understand it, is, if we have something we love to defend, and an inspiring idea, this is all we need to act. Difficult circumstances become a sort of emergency: if I don’t move now, something very valuable to myself and others will be lost. This is the moment! Cease the day April!

http://celebteenlaundry.com/2012/09/jk-rowling-hints-at-new-harry-potter-book-092/

 http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/jkrowlin415669.html#AQlY5LCrwFWamiMl.99

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September 25- September: a mini New Year’s Eve?

Dear September,

in French, going back to school is called “la rentrée”, the return. And there is something cyclical about it: you follow the rhythm of the seasons!  Summer means slowing down for some… in our hemisphere 🙂 It also means heat, holidays…

And then, in September schools open and we get serious again.

The rhythm is the same also for grown ups who have children, or who are in the education system.

Now, this is stimulating and also annoying at the same time: stimulating because you feel free to make a new start. Get a new notebook with white pages. And annoying because you might feel things haven’t changed as much as you would have wished, compared to last year.

In other words, September is a mini New Year’s Eve.

A time for an update, comparisons, decisions.

A time for an evaluation of ourselves and our progress, by our standards.

Are we in similar situations, for example, in terms of relationships? (That was my first objective as I started blogging, by the way).

And how about professionally speaking?

Does for example a relationship that ends, count as progress? Is it the intensity of the feelings that counts or the result? Is it growth not to make the same mistakes but instead make new ones?

Hmm, what do you think?

I personally will sleep on this and try to answer in my next post 🙂

http://eagle.northwestu.edu/departments/wellness-center/helpful-hints/6-ways-to-help-keep-your-new-years-resolutions/

September 16- The Liebster Award :-)

 

Hey September,

did you know this blog has been nominated for the Liebster Award? I owe it to these two amazing bloggers :Finding Intoxication (http://sohamdhesi.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/the-liebster-award/) and Life or Fiction (http://lifeorfiction.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/the-liebster-award-discover-new-blogs/).

I feel honoured and extremely grateful for this award whose objective is to discover new blogs!

Now, you may well object, wait a second, why haven’t you followed the rules right away April? Finding Intoxication has already nominated you on August 9, where are the answers to the questions?

Ok, September, I was lazy in August, but I will make it up to her and will answer briefly both her questions and those of Life or Fiction!

Questions of Finding Intoxication

  • What’s your favourite quote?
  • My favourite quote is “love is the highest form of wisdom”
  • If you had to give a piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?
  • Make love, not war
  • How do you find your inspiration when writing?
  • I just start writing, I don’t know if it is inspired, but I enjoy it!
  • Tell us something you have done that you are proud of
  • I am proud of this blog because it gives me a writing routine to respect
  • If you could pick a job without any consequence to money, what would it be?
  • Writer
  • What is your favourite type of cuisine or dish?
  • I like grilled fish
  • If you met your 20-year-old self, what would you tell/advise him or her? If you are younger than 20, then you meet the 12-year-old you and the same question applies.
  • Be confident my dear! Talent is passion, not some kind of super-ability you are born with!
  • What is your best childhood memory?
  • One of my best memories, birthday parties with my friends and family!
  • What got you into writing?
  • I wrote my first poem when I was 7 year’s old
  • Apart from writing or blogging, what are your other interests?
  • Art, in its different forms, astronomy, love, cafés
  • What is a must read book according to you? ( Preferably a book that has perhaps gone unnoticed in the public eye or has been under appreciated)
  • My first novel, not yet translated in english (I am working on it)

Questions of Life or Fiction

1. What is your biggest fear?

That my fear outweighs my courage

2. What is your favorite holiday?

Travel in the Greek Islands

3. Where is your favorite place to be?

Paris

4. What is you favorite word?

Love

5. Who is your favorite author?

Jane Austen I discovered when I was 14 and still love her

6. Why did you start writing?

I started writing at 7, it is a form of creating my world!

7. Who inspires you the most?

People with convictions, many friends, my family

8. Have you fallen in love more than once?

Yes!

9. What is your favorite show?

I don’t watch tv if this is what you mean; I can’t manage to connect my “décodeur” at home

10. What is the most difficult part of the writing process for you?

Writing well?

11. What are you doing right now?

I am answering your questions and those of my café neighbors: they asked me if I am a pianist because apparently I write very fast 🙂

The Wonderful Bloggers I nominate:

I like a lot of blogs, but I spent more than an hour trying to find those with less than 1.000 followers, and blogs I haven’t already suggested for other awards; Here are my first suggestions that cover blogs on fashion, reading and writing, different forms of art, sport, and wisdom.

Sandra Danby: http://sandradanby.com/

Pomolio : http://pomolio.wordpress.com/

Linda Pano: http://lindapano.com/

Priyanki: http://jollyprivy.wordpress.com/

The kitchen around the corner: http://thekitchenaroundthecorner.com/2014/09/16/cafe-pinson-2/

Recycle Couture: https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/40300388/

Clarabelle https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/35189510/

One Tusk https://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/3691387/

Jodie Paterson http://jodiepaterson.com/

 

My questions to answer:

1. do you think we should adept our demands to our means or the other way around?

2. What does writing mean to you?

3. What are you doing on a sunny day?

4. What future memory would you like to create?

5. Would you date yourself were you a person of the opposite sex?

6. What is success to you?

7. What does this award mean to you?

9. Make a wish

10. Fulfill someone’s wish

11. What is your favorite place?

I finish the post with the rules of the award:

– Thank your nominator and post a link to his/her blog.

– Display the award on your blog.

– Answer the 11 questions provided by the nominator.

– Nominate 5-11 blogs which have less than 1000 followers, and let them know they’ve been nominated.

– Make up and post 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

– Post these rules on your blog.

Thank you for this amazing nomination!

 

August 10- The Beauty of Full Moon

Dear August,

what a beautiful moon! I have been out in one of my hometown cafés’ with a friend and her children. Another friend joined us later. My friend’s daughter complained because her brother was tearing her hair. I told her: look at the moon, isn’t it wonderful? The biggest full moon of the year! Everything else seems to be of no importance.

Everything else should turn in this direction; every meaningless conversation or preoccupation should cease; the presence of a full moon and the stars at night make us realize we are on a planet that is part of a bigger system; and help us place our ideas into perspective.

In this beautiful photo, that I found in the French Express magazine, a Greek ancient temple, a human masterpiece is pictured with a tree and the full moon, representing beauty at a different scale.

http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/environnement/astronomie-la-plus-belle-super-lune-se-produira-ce-dimanche-10-aout_1565320.htmlAstronomie: la plus belle "super lune" se produira ce dimanche 10 août

April 26 – my philosophy

“My philosophy” as expressed at the first steps of my blog in April, in order for me to reflect of the time that has passed and the way it has evolved 🙂

april4june6: A journal of self-tranformation

Dear April,

Today I continued playing in a lower key: for the first part of the day, I planned a meeting with one of my best friends. She used to live in Paris. It was time to catch up, especially since the weather was nice and we enjoyed siting outside. We talked about ourselves, families, friends, plans.

Then, I took a walk by myself, towards the old town: I watched the beautiful view, looked at the clouds passing by and meditated. It is important to be a realist, but also to have dreams and objectives. At least this is my philosophy: to keep my feet on the ground and the head in the clouds.

When there is a will, there is a way. And there is a will, if there is a dream. What is my purpose? I want my novel to be published and then translate it in English.

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April 29 – the star

My hometown visits usually make me compare past and present, reflect on what the future can be 🙂 I reblog one of my favorite posts of my former visit.

april4june6: A journal of self-tranformation

Dear April,

Today I had a meeting with a former literature professor at school, a big favorite, who also became a writer. He is now close to retirement from civil service, but his writing career continues.

It was great seeing him again!

We met at the café, and between two bites of croissant and a coffee, we managed to catch up for last year. He was advising me on publishing houses for my book. Another friend of his joined after a while, and he told her I was a “star” student, and continued being a star.

Now a “guest star” in my hometown and hopefully a star in Paris, I thought. In case Parisians haven’t realized it yet, I will help them open their eyes soon… 🙂

I also treated him as a rock star, when he explained that a student was harassing him and he had to hide in…

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April 14- visiting my hometown

I just arrived in my hometown. My former visit was three months ago, so I reblog a post written at the time. I want to draw a parallel between what happened then and now 🙂

april4june6: A journal of self-tranformation

April, how is it going?

Blossoming?

I had a dream tonight, that I went to my hometown and met a former schoolmate who got married and had three children. We were discussing what happened in our lives -hers who never left home- and mine who went to the big city to fulfil my destiny. We realized with had more in common than I could have thought.

In reality, I did go to my hometown, to visit my parents. I arrived late at night, took a taxi that was waiting at the train station, and had a long discussion with the taxi driver, between 1.00 and 1.30 in the morning. A woman in her mid-forties; married at 18, three children. Her husband died when she was 27. He was the love of her life-up to now. She never had a serious relationship after. She dedicated herself to her three children who…

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July 24- Lost in Transit: at a Zurich hotel :-)

Hello dear July,

I wouldn’t have imagined writing from a Zürich hotel by the airport tonight. When I was leaving my home in Paris this morning, little did I suspect the adventure I was about to experience.

What am I doing here? Well, I had the idea to visit a friend in Milan via a Zurich, because the flight with Swiss Air was cheaper. And Swiss Air way delayed due to bad weather conditions in the Alps.

So here I am, in my transit hotel Allegra, after I had some chicken salad. Just before the bar closed. The place is ok, other “lost” passengers were also scattered between the tables.I remember them from the “Transfer” office. Some were going to Germany, others to Italy as well.

The receptionist of the hotel is born the same day as me, that created a connection and made me feel welcome. Is it always better to go for the cheapest solution? At this point, when the event I have been organizing is in just a few days?

Maybe not. I need to be at the South of France by the end of the week. What was I thinking?

But I needed to get away a little bit, and it seemed like a good opportunity for a change. Now I will wonder from one European airport to the other.

I had learnt in geometry that that the shortest way between to points is a straight line. Why not stick to that lesson?

Is there any logic in transiting? For the people who travel? I had an oncle who tought me another lesson: when you want to go somewhere and the road is blocked, you find another way. So this is the logic of the transit. It doesn’t matter that it takes longer. The essential thing is to get there. And then, there is something to learn from transitions also.

A transition is an adventure, and I love adventures. Fighting for some cause. Like in the films where the super or simple heroes accomplish a mission, meet strange creatures, win battles, fall in love, become wiser.

So, I don’t know if it was wise or irresponsible to book this particular flight, but here I am. And I will make the best out of it.

July 23- Between two choices: two jobs, two men?

Dear July,

how to decide between two options when we don’t have enough information on either? It could be two job opportunities, as the case of my friend K, or two relationship possibilities.

In the case of two romantic partners, if strong feelings are involved, a choice has already been made 🙂 But if we are at the beginning, and there is just an attraction. For both. They seem interesting in one way or another. Let’s say that one is an excellent cook. But I don’t know enough about his other qualities. And the second is someone we share common interests and values. But maybe his cooking sucks and he could also snores at night.

And you can’t date them both because they are in the same social environment and they would know about it. Then what?

It is already positive to have a choice. There are times when we would get any offer made, without giving it any thought. But it is not always the best thing to do.

So how do we decide when we don’t have enough information to judge what is best?

And how do we keep our options open, respecting our freedom of choice but also the other’s feelings?

My friend K is between a job in Paris, that seems stable for the next five years at least.

And a temporary job in London, which looks like an interesting experience.

In Paris, there seems to be more stability, and her status is better.

In London, there is instability and the contract she is offered doesn’t seem as good but appears exciting.

What would be the best way to act?

http://queendiaries.com/how-to-choose-between-two-guys/ is giving advice on the romantic partner dilemma

July 22- How to be both the Cricket and the Ant?

Do you know this story July?

“The cricket had sung her song
all summer long
but found her victuals too few
when the north wind blew
Nowhere could she espy
a single morsel of worm or fly.

Her neighbor, the ant, might,
she thought, help her in her plight…”

Well, you probably have no idea about the north wind. You listen to the cricket sing and enjoy it, but according to this story and its morale, singing is not “working”. How about blogging? Painting? Dancing?  Should artists be in the cold during the winter time? Is there only one type of work that should be rewarded?

Anyway, I have been both during the winter time: a cricket and an ant; had both fun and also worked for different projects.

Now it feels like I need a small vacation. To sing close to the seaside, close to nature, to dance, to love and be loved. We need to let go a little bit and just enjoy the fact of being alive, sing because the weather is good (I am not talking about Paris today), or because we had something nice to eat or drink. Or because we saw a beautiful person; etc, etc, etc.

Does singing and dancing involve intimacy? Eh, maybe they serve to attract someone in the first place.

How do we transform attraction into intimacy? Where we meet in all the possible meanings of the word?

By sharing the same lifestyle and the same values? An ant that lives with an ant, a cricket with a cricket?

Or a cricket with an ant? It could be a better match in my opinion. In this way, the cricket would have food and shelter in the winter. And the ant would loosen up a bit and learn to enjoy life in the company of the cricket. And even dance.

But neither should be judgemental of the other.

I thing this could be a happy marriage.

Also when it comes to ourselves: we could let our “cricket-side” embrace our “ant-side”.

And become more complete 🙂

 

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue209/cigale.html

Yin or yang are complementary opposites. Together they make a whole.

http://www.spotlight-online.de/language/vocabulary/opposites-attract