Thursday, March 31, 2011

5 Things I Need In My Life - Part 1

1. Post-it notes

I have no idea what I would do without them. I use them daily, and for just about anything: Ideas for my stories, things I still need to do, song titles, band names, book titles, authors, birthdays, quotes, numbers, release dates of movies, albums and books...
You can find them anywhere; in my books, on my wall, on my desk, in my pockets, just everywhere!

2. Instant soup

What would life be without instant soup? Could we get it any easier than simply emptying the sachet, pouring hot water in a cup and stirring a little?
I'm not saying that instant soup is better than fresh, home-made soup, but still, it's easier. I don't think I can imagine myself, late at night, standing in the kitchen cooking 'real' soup, when the other option is so much easier.

3. Wikipedia

I use Wikipedia all the time. Not only do I find it helpful to find out what certain things are, but I also use it to translate things.
I find it easier to look something up in one language, and then in the left bar you can change the language and there you go... you have all the info you need in another language.

4. Socks

I really hate walking barefoot and I can't stand not wearing socks in shoes. It's horrible! So yes, I'm a sock person. In Winter I sleep with socks and when it's Summer I often walk on my socks outside.

5. Anti-frizz Hair Products

I seriously need these, because when I don't use them, I resemble an electrocuted poodle. If I don't use those products, my hair frizzes like crazy and I look as though I've been caught up in a tornado or something. So yes, I don't mind when I'm at home, but whenever I have to go out, those Anti-frizz hair products are a must have. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Absolute Contamination - Chapter Six

"I didn’t reply – I simply watched my brother as he turned around and headed back towards the driver’s side of the car. Seeing him like this, with his shoulders bent forward, as though he was carrying some heavy weight, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. It made me realize that I had been rather mean to him, taking Jason’s side and everything, but I had no control over it. It just happened to be that Jason hadn’t wanted to leave me behind, and to me, that was a big deal. "  
 [COPYRIGHT © 2011 Vicky Claerbout - All Rights Reserved]

This is a short, very short excerpt of the next chapter of Absolute Contamination. If all goes well I should be uploading it tomorrow.  This chapter will be named: Safe But Sorry

Monday, March 21, 2011

If you could chose a Name for yourself--what would it be?

I have no idea. seriously, naming people is one of the hardest things to do. I dread the day I get kids because I'll be so indecisive. But, if for some reason I had to change names, I'd pick something unique, uncommon. Luckily for me my parents got to choose my name, however, I almost got named Barbara and I wouldn't have liked that very much.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Gatekeepers Contest

Yesterday, I finally decided to enter my story "Absolute Contamination" in the Gatekeepers Contest on Wattpad. It has taken me quite a while to make up my mind, but I finally did it. 

Of course this means I have quite some writing left to do, but this is one of my only stories of which I've figured everything out all already -  I know who'll live and who'll die, and what (unfortunate) events will take place.

If you by accident stumbled upon this blog, well, feel free to support me in this contest, you can do that by voting for the chapters of my story here:

Anyways, if you read it: Enjoy !

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Absolute Contamination - Chapter Five

Chapter 5 of Absolute Contamination, or the 6th part on Wattpad, will soon be uploaded. Until that time, I thought I'd put a small bit of it up here.It is still unedited, but at least it'll give you an idea of what's going on in "Chapter 5: Two out of three ain't bad"

When he had released me so suddenly, I lost my balance and fell backwards onto the seat. It was only when I sat back upright that I noticed that he had disappeared from view. Confused, but still freaked out, I closed the distance between the window and me.

The closer I got to where I had last seen him, the more obvious it became to me that he hadn’t let go voluntarily. Something, or rather someone, had attacked him and thrown him down in the process.

Contaminated,’ that was the first word that came to mind.

They had been closing in while I had been trying to fight him off and now I was trapped! Trapped like a rat in a cage, like a moth in a bath. No exit. No anything.

Similar to earlier that day, I could feel another panic attack coming up, and this time there would be no one to calm me down. No one. I would be on my own. I would die here, all alone.

 So, hopefully I'll be able to finish this chapter soon. It is now 3690 words and counting, and if all things go well, I should be able to upload it tonight, or tomorrow at last.

When inspiration strikes

Desks are associated with studying, or at least that's the case for me. So, whenever not highly necessary, I try to stay clear from them. I try to avoid mine as much as possible, because I'm already forced to spend too much time at it during my exams. This is the main reason why I do most of my writing on my bed, nice and comfy with a pillow behind my back and my headphones on. 

Now, during the past weekend, I simply couldn't write. I think I only managed to write about 300 words in over 72 hours. And trust me, that's frustrating. 

Then yesterday afternoon, I went to sit at my desk for absolutely no specific reason. Guess what? The words flowed so easily and I managed to write almost 10 times as much as I had during the weekend, and this in only a couple of hours. 

If only I had known sooner that all I really needed was a simple change of scenery...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Letters To Be Told

Today my short story "Letters To Be Told" reached the 3000 reads mark on Wattpad. This means that 3000 people from all over the world have read it, and that just....blows my mind. 

Up until a year ago, I had never written anything - I didn't even know I actually enjoyed writing, and now so many people have read this. It is something that makes me truly happy, even though it's still quite hard to believe :)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Blogging about blogging...why not?

Surprise, surprise... Turns out that starting a Blog isn't as easy as it seems. Then again, I've always been the one who manages to delete all the edits that were made without having saved a single thing beforehand. I'm also the person who closes the wrong tabs, files, programs, etc... This all proves how awful I am when it comes to multi-tasking.

Multi-tasking, yet another thing I love to do, but really, time has proven me many times already that I should avoid anything related to it. Time and time again, I find myself stressing about what to do first. I'll start with one thing, change to another, do something else entirely and eventually I forget what intended to do in the first place.

But to get on topic again, I'm fairly new to all of this and I really doubt that anyone will ever read any of my rambling. Nonetheless, I plan on filling this Blog with lots of random things to waste whoever is reading this their time.

Isn't that what Blogging is all about?