Octobre - Nanovrimo Prelude
Sunday, October 31, 2010 12:16:20 PM
I found a word file in my ‘Blog-Stories’ Folder on the computer consisting of exactly one written line. I remember I had a brilliant idea on night. It was a story about me sitting in a coffee shop observing people. I was indeed in a coffee shop and observed people, their funny behaviour and so on, that was in September. But my impressions were not entertaining enough to make a short story of it.
Unfortunately I totally forgot what my dream was about. Surely would’ve pimped my coffee shop observation story. But as it is neither you nor I will ever know.
But November is the official novel writing month. And so I try to write as well. Sadly I consider my momentary efforts on novel writing rather pathetic. So instead of giving you a wonderful novel to read, I decided to speak about novels.
Since November has 30 days I’ll answer 30 Questions on Books/Novels. And I hope it will inspire you to think about novels you liked and answer those questions for yourself. It might help your own writing creativity to answer those questions and to realize what sort of books have influenced your life.
1. Which book do you read at the moment?
Grete Minde by Theodor Fontane
2. Which book did you read last?
Children of Enternity (Kinder der Ewigkeit)
3. Your most favourite book?
Underneath the Peartree also by Theodor Fontane
4. Your most hated book?
5. Which book could you read again and again?
Underneath the peartree, actually the only book which I read more then once.
6. Nicest book cover you’ve seen?
Well, I always like to covers of books on interior design or architecture. Makes me dream how I could live.
7. A book which reminds you of someone.
The books about Mme Ramotswe by Alexander McCall Smith remind me about my friend Rose.
8. A book reminding you of a place.
Same books like in question 7. They remind me of Accra, Ghana.
9. Name some of the first books you ever read.
Kleiner Pelz by Irina Korschunow and the Salamander Stories by Salamander
The Childern from Number 67, from Lisa Tetzner and Theo Glinz
10. Which comics did you read as child?
Asterix und Obelix, Tim und Struppi, Luky Luke, Duffy Duck
11. 4 really good books of different genre.
Sterntagebücher (SciFi), Die Kunst des Verschwindens (Fantasy), Hanna’s Doughters (Drama), Out (Crime)
12. Is there any book you once liked but now dislike?
Lord of the Rings, I guess I saw the movies once too often.
13. A good book recommended to you.
Oh, there are many. Usually people only recommend good books, so I can say that 99% of the books recommended to me where really good.
14. A really funny book.
Well, apart from the really funny joke books, I found “Hartmut und Ich” really hilarious.
15. A random book from one of your bookshelves (close your eyes when picking!)
The Phantom in the Temple by Robert van Gulik
16. A book you always wanted to read but never did for lack of time.
Mr. Smith and the old Man by Sir Peter Ustinov
17. A book you always wanted to read but never did because you know it’ll be boring.
Faust by Goethe, well actually any book by Goethe….
18. 6th book upper shelf on your book shelf.
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel laß dein Haar herunter” by Eugen Drewermann.
19. Best book you ever read in school
Well, apart from all the StarTrek books I read in school (hüstel), there was no school book that did it for me. Instead I would like to chose “Soweit die Füße tragen” (As far as the feet can carry). A book about escaping brutal Sowjetic Sibirian Gulak and walking to Turkey. I read it in school but not for school.
20. Worst book ever red in school.
“Ein fliehendes Pferd” by Martin Walser. COmplete Bullshit book for school. Kid#s don’t wanna read about the midlife crisis of a middle aged salary man with low selfesteem.
21. Your book with the most pages is?
I guess that’s the “Großer Kulturfahrplan” listing all times and events in history. 1979 pages. And I read them all (more or less).
22. Which is your thinnest/smallest/shortest book?
Thinnest: A reclam book, those little yellow books are always thin.
Smallest: A joke book about toilet humor.
Shortest: A childrensbook, with pictures and text.
23. A book you would read to your children
I have several fairy tale book which I could read to them, as well as my old children books. They’re waiting in boxes on Grandpas attic.
24. Why has this book not yet been picturised?
Kinder der Ewigkeit
25. Why has this book been picturised?
26. Religious books you read.
Bible, Koran, a funny book about enlightenment, some books about the old religions, some stuff for the Zeugen Jehovas – my can they be funny…
27. Biggest series of books you purchased.
Richter Di (Judge Di) series by Robert van Gulik or my StarTrek book, But I am not sure if they are actually a series.
28. How are the books in your bookshelf arranged/ sorted?
Depends on the bookshelf. Good books higher and first row, bad books lower and second row, stapled horizontal or vertical depending on the book size. Additionally they’re put together by genre. And the series are together of course.
29. 1) TV or books? 2) Internet or books?
1) Books 2) Damn, what a mean question!
30. Which books would you like to write?
I’d like to write books about social drama. About people and how they struggle with live, but eventually cope and manage.