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The power of praise

write narancsReaders return regularly to your blog if you write regularly. Always publish your posts on the same days so that your readers know what to expect and even look forward to your posts. If you want a popular, visited blog, write frequently… etc etc. I know all this. From time to time I even decide to publish, say, every Monday and Wednesday. Or every Tuesday. Then, I do for a while. Then, I don’t any more.
In December, when I realized that I had once again failed in keeping to my well planned schedule, I made another decision. I felt the urge to publish a few things here, but I resisted. I made a resolution to make a blog calendar and not publish anything until I have at least 30 days worth of posts or at least post ideas and I would always be far far ahead with my plans, so that I would never miss a day again. I did make plans and I have prepared that calendar, but 30 days are a long time and a lot of posts and I never got that far. And I know it’s new year and all, but I have now made another decision.
But before I tell you what I decided, here is what led me to this. A few days ago we were out with some friends, drinking, chatting, and someone I had not seen for a while started praising my blog, my writing, my English. I didn’t even know he had ever read it and suddenly there he was saying things that would have made me blush if I hadn’t already from the rosé. It has been bugging me ever since, it would not go out of my head, a little voice strengthened by his words that keeps calling ‘write a post’, ‘write a post’. And then, I made this decision.
I decided to accept my blogger self for what it is. For now, at least. It is an ad hoc writer, sometimes so eager to write, other times forgetting about it completely. And that’s fine with me. Because, and here is the selfish reason, if it weren’t, then I might not post anything for a long, long time to come. I don’t want that. The blogger in me wants to write and with her own rules. And now she can.
Conclusion: I am an ad hoc blogger. The only thing I can promise my readers is that there will be no more unkept promises. Because there are no promises at all. I will write and post when I feel like it and be silent otherwise. I might post several times a week and then not post for some weeks. I know this is not efficient, that I may lose potential readers, but you know what? For now, I don’t care. If you like reading what you find here, come back and read it, leave me comments (I will answer those – sooner or later;), but if you don’t, that’s totally fine. I am writing for fun. For my own and for anybody’s who comes to read my posts. No more than that. No more calendar and guilt. Just fun.

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Good news

source: http://www.cbc.ca/books/

So, there were no applicants for the humble request in my previous post (‘someone please give/sell/steal me some time so I can get done with all my tasks, like, within a month (year?) of the deadline I set for myself’) and see the result? The year part was actually not such a bad guess.

This is not such good news, so? So
1. I’m back, hooray!
2. I have improved my German a lot during this time, so I can give you fabulous language learning tips in the LEARN section
3. I have learned to photoread and a few other things worth sharing
4. I have found out what a kettlebell is, so how about a few posts about physical training, or at least the mental training part of it?

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READ – LEARN – WRITE

This is the subtitle of the Thought Factory and I have already told you why. Now let me show you how.

Every post that belongs to one of the above categories (meaning hopefully every post published on this blog… umm, except this one) will have one of the little pictograms that have magically appeared in the header picture today, with their distinct colour, in the top right corner, so you can know at once what to expect.

READ in green –

if you are interested in books, short stories, poems, in reading the written word, look for green to find book reviews, news of authors and pieces of information about whatever has been written down

read zöld

LEARN in blue:

if you like improving yourself and developing new and interesting skills, blue is the colour of the posts to find out how – this is also the place where I will drop random information about the curious ways of the human mind

learn kék

 WRITE in orange:

authors, don’t stop till you see orange because this is where I delve into the endless universe of story structure, character building, and grammar rules and games and also share little pieces of inspiration – music, pictures, places, whatever has inspired me to create my own art of words

write narancs

I might further divide these sections into smaller parts, locations, rooms within the factory, but for now, enjoy these three large areas.

A big thank you for the magical work that resulted in these wonderful pictures to Kata Boromissza! In any colour, if you like good graphical art, check out her blog.

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Mind Mapped

mind mapDuring your visits at the Thought Factory you will sometimes encounter posts labelled “mapped” – books mapped, TED mapped, even sites mapped. The ‘Mind Gym’ of my LEARN section, an important room in this factory, will equip you with knowledge about mind maps – how they are created, what they are used for. Once you have seen a few they are quite self-explanatory and that’s what makes them such a convenient tool to grab the essence of articles, books or TED talks and transfer it to you.

If you are like me, you don’t have as many times ten-twenty minutes as there are attractive TED talks. The introductory lines on TED usually just make you want to listen to the speech even more. A glance at an outline or, even better, a mind map of these talks lets you acquire the essence and allows you to decide with more certainty which ones are most useful to watch for your own purposes and interests.

Look for posts marked as ‘something mapped’ if you happen to be looking to save some time or just use it more wisely (speaking of which, expect me to share some thoughts on time management in the Mind Gym sometime).

Have you already heard of mind maps? Or used them? For taking notes? For studies or other purposes? What do you find most fascinating about them?

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New look, new topics

factory sunriseYes, I have turned my half-dead author’s page into a Thought Factory. Why and what’s the difference?

Because the number of my writings – be it poems, short stories or novels – in English is limited. My thoughts on writing, reading and learning are not. So I have turned to lighting some creative sparks (or colourful bubbles – look around, they are hovering around, grab one!) in my visitors’ heads using my own. This is a place that produces thoughts in your minds while sticking to the realms of three specific, exciting topics.

Read, Learn, and Write. Books, interesting and new ways of learning and developing your mind or recognizing the tricks it plays with you, and writing, crafting stories, bringing characters to life. Warning: in ‘Learn’ I might treat the topic a bit vaguely because I am fascinated by anything that has to do with the human mind. In fact, I had considered calling it the ‘Mind Blog’ instead of the Thought Factory, or ‘Judit’s Mind Works’ (and of course a thousand other things), but quickly dropped both ideas for obvious reasons. But we are coming close to insider secrets – secrets of my mind –, so let’s not go deeper into this…

The page still contains a few writings of mine and I might add a few, and since these are mainly fantasy or sci-fi, you can also expect more content related to these genres.

Meanwhile I am building my Hungarian author’s page, so pay it a visit if you speak the language and please be a tiny little bit patient if not, because I am also working on my novel Utopia – the Isle of Peace. Some details are coming up soon!

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Back with a plan

2013Against all odds I survived November and December. With the loss of loads of data from my dear netbook, the opportunity cost* of a few, possibly quite a few, blog posts, a completed Nano-novel and a fully completed thesis, I’m back. I’ve had some time to reflect on what’s slowing me down in this blog (besides the mentioned losses and the utter lack of time) and I modified my strategy. Conclusion: this is the last post I’m doing both in English and Hungarian.

I admit to getting bored to hell translating everything I write and I suspect the same happens with my readers. So, for those who speak only one of the two languages and are aching to find out what’s going on on the other platform I suggest Google Translate, or you can always ask me. I probably won’t attempt an artistic translation, but I’ll be glad to tell you. All in all, here is what to expect:

  • Here, in my English-language writing world: posts on interesting reading or writing related stuff that grabs my attention. Pretty much like before.
  • On the Hungarian site: an interactive game I made up is coming very soon. Not much to do, a lot of fun to have! (If it goes well, I might do this in English as well. Later.)
  • On both platforms: posts every 2-3 days, not more.

See you here and there! 🙂

*learned this expression years ago in Microeconomics – I’m amazed by my memory’s strange ideas of using such pieces of knowledge

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