Thursday, January 14, 2010

Starting to Doubt

Pipke's full life story is finished, and now I'm not sure what I should do with it!
Four weeks after Pipke's dead, we were invited to a jubilee celebration of one of our friends.
They knew Pipke from the day that she was born, and they asked us how it went with her.
Of course, we had to tell them the bad news. They were touched to hear what had happened.
The other visitors (around 50 I think) asked me to tell her story, they asked me a thousand questions. A few said even: “but actually, you must write a book about her. What you've experienced is unique. We would buy your book immediately”.
I didn't tell them that I was already writing her story, and now: “I really started to doubt”.

I would like that it could become a book, but also – that I could tell her story on my blog. In the mean time I adapted the story so, that it's possible that it can become a book or/and a blog.
Then I started to search for information on the internet, and I found out, that it's not that easy to publish your own book.
It costs a lot of money and you must find the right persons for it. They also must be interested in your story.
It was already December, 10 .
I was still writing Pipke's story – and as I often did – I reread posts in my blog.
Again I found so many stupid grammar mistakes and I thought “this is not good enough”.
Of course finding your own mistakes is improving yourself but then I thought: if I want “this” to become a book – then I need help – and if it doesn't become a book – then it will be at least a “good” blog.

Therefore, we searched on the internet for someone who can help me with my story, and two days later we found someone to subedit it. (Her name is Heidi G.)
I let her read a post of Pipke's story and immediately she agreed to subedit Pipke's full story.
She is a professional subeditor and someone who also loves animals, so I couldn't find someone better. She will understand my feelings.

Then an idea crossed my mind: in fact, there are so many animals living in cruel life circumstances, maybe I can ease their suffering – maybe I can mean something for animals in need.
Why shouldn't I donate Pipke's story on a “*Charity Cause for Animals”.
Maybe I even need to search for *them in the USA, because I write in English, there they can reach a larger audience.
Perhaps, they will help me financially – and with the rigmarole to publish her story.
(Of course I pay the costs for the subediting.)
In return – I would offer them the eventually profits.
I don't need to earn on this – it would make me happy – to know that I can help animals with this gesture.
Of course, I do hope that they understand – that first: I want my name on the story – and second: that I also want to publish it (or at least extractions) on my blog.
Perhaps this isn't congruous, and If this would be the case, then it will become a real dilemma for me. I promised my readers to tell Pipke's story!
(Although, not everyone reads blogs – there's still a large audience that reads books – and they can sell it for their good cause.)

Perhaps this aim is too high for me.
If I don't succeed in it – and it only stays a dream – then at least – I have tried to mean something for animals in need.
Then there is yet an other thing: now you will encounter no more stupid grammar mistakes in Pipke's life story, and that will be more pleasant for you to read .

Just after New Year, I have finished Pipke's story, and this morning I've sent it to the subeditor.
My hubby placed it on his computer in a normal book format (5,51 Inch by 8,26 Inch) to see how many pages it would become in a book and guess what: I have written 175 pages, not all pictures and/or film pictures included (and we have a lot more)!
I still can't believe it!
So now you know that it will not be a short story.
I can't give away too much, but these are the titles of only a few chapters. (I think you call this teasers, correct me if I'm wrong!)

A Blessing in Disguise.
Hubby's Plans.
A Companion for Pipke.
Emergency Call 991.
Living in the Woodland.
Missing Duck.
A Bet.
Pipke on TV.
Sparrows with Mustaches.
Her “Eagle” Eye!
A Stitch in Time Saves Nine.

and many more, but no no, I'm not going to reveal more, I hope that I've made you a little curious.
Now it will take a while, how long – I don't really know, it depends on how the things develop.
I will keep you informed.
In the mean time, I will publish some posts about various subjects. I have written them in draft already some time ago.
I hope till soon!

PS: * Can someone give me a hint, where must I be with my proposition?
Tips are welcome!

Post up date January 19:
This is one site (see under) that I've just found on the internet. Maybe someone can tell me: what do you think about them?
Which one do you know?
If you had to make a choice, which one should you choose from the list on the left side of this site?

Monday, January 4, 2010

A Very Interesting Man

I want to start this year with something completely different. On December, 28 we saw an interview on the Dutch TV.

It was an interview with the American journalist: David Simon (Washington 1960).

He was a crime beat reporter for the Baltimore Sun, and now he's the award-winning screenwriter of HBO's critically-acclaimed: The Wire.

I can assure you, this was one of the best interviews I've seen in years.

We really sat on the edge of our seat, for “one and a half” hour.

We had never heard about him, nor about his brainchild: The Wire.

This interview went not only about The Wire, but also about “Capitalism” these days.

In his opinion, or as far as we can conclude: actually, capitalism in itself is not bad – but without a social angle it's on-ethic. On longer term It even can mean the perdition of the Western world.

He spoke about the rich getting richer, and only thinking on themselves.

About president Obama's plans.

About Social Security and the fact that 200 million people don't have a Health Insurance in America. Also about the improvidence of the car industry. They only thought in short terms and getting rich in no time – without thinking on the future.

It went about many other interesting issues -- he spoke about them with such a clear view: I have never heard such a profound decomposition of society as it exists these days.

His eventual conclusion was in fact not so hopeful.

I've tried to find the same interview on the internet, but unfortunate it's not available.

I have listened to this interview (on this site click on "must-watch interview" if you want to see it) and here he also speaks about the same issues, although the interview I have seen went more profound into the subjects.

I hope it will interest you too.

In fact, not such a joyful subject to start the year, but this is reality.

This is the world from today.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Years Wishes

To all my followers, commenters
and readers.
My best wishes for 2010!

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Of course these wishes are for you all. I think you can guess who that "another you" is.