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rowenny
01 August 2012 @ 05:16 pm
Hello, everyone.

If you do not follow me on twitter or read my Latvian blog on WordPress, then you probably don't know the news. Here they are: I'm leaving this lovely country for a year, going to Japan to study at Yamagata university and work on my master thesis, also write a new novel and oh so many other things.

I'm going away in September and do not plan to return till next years September.

If you would like to meet me while I'm still here- you can do it till the end of August.

After that- so long, folks. And thanks for all the fish!

~Ellena.
 
 
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rowenny
14 October 2011 @ 08:48 pm
Hello, everyone.

I've got two messages for you.
One. My book will hit the shelves after a week or two and soon after (in november) me and two other sci-fi writers will have a book presentation event, where I was asked to sing something. Don't forget to buy/read my book. ^_^
And two. This year, as always, I will be participating in the worldwide November madness known as the NaNoWriMo or Natiolna Novel Writing Mothn.
Wish me luck- this year I'm aiming to write 70000 words and finish the second novel in the series, that for now is titled just "01".

Have a nice evening,

~Ellena
 
 
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rowenny
Hello, dear readers.
How have you been all this time?
I've been great. I left my workplace, because I'm going back to university this fall and I was bored of that place already. But that is actually not the main reason I did it. Actually, I had a lot of trouble because of my health, so I went to the doctor and she told me that I've got a very bad allergy and asked me, where am I working and weather it has anything to do with chemicals. I said- yes, sometimes. And she advised me to do something about it, otherwise it might get worse.

I'm very excited to go back to the University to continue studying my Major- Japanese.
Also I really can't wait for my first book to come out. So far it looks like I will write the continuation of this book in November, during NaNoWriMo, but I still don't know whether I should make this a trilogy or not. I guess time will tell. I won't force anything.

During this weekend me and my friends united and had a writers camp. It was awesome! The best 3 days of the summer for sure! I have the best friends possible.
I read a lecture about creative writing and listened to lectures about Latvian language grammar and spelling. Then we played a lot of interesting games (such as Mao, a card game and I advise you to try to play in with friends) and Citadeles. Of course, we had one day completely devoted to writing only. I finally finished one short fantasy story and I'm seriously thinking about sending it in another publishers contest that is due the end of august.

Speaking of books. Have you read anything good lately? I've noticed that I'm reading a lot of fantasy literature lately. Almost nothing else. Right now I'm reading "Good Omens" and that is one fantastic book. As the cover of the book says- the end of the world has never been more funny! So true!

And just now my friend ordered the second book of Lee Carroll- the Watchtower. A month or so ago I read the first book in this series- Black Swan Rising. I really liked it, so i ordered the second one.

Oh, those of you who don't know- I went to Germany to visit my mom at the start of July. It was a very nice trip, I had a lot of fun and while visiting Dusseldorf I bought myself a lot of Tooyama Ema Mangas and some study books of Kanji and grammar for myself.
and then, at the start of august, my boyfriends Japanese language teacher (yes, my bf was studying Japanese too) went back to Japan and we visited her and had loads of fun, and she gave us a lot of very good study books and dictionaries, witch I'm very grateful for.

That is about it. Right now I'm still working on my new novel and it looks like I won't be able to send it in the contest of young writers this year, but I might try my luck just sending it in to the publisher without any contest, since they took my first work for publishing.

Have a very nice end of the summer, y'all.

~Ellena
 
 
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rowenny
13 June 2011 @ 01:56 pm
Hello, dear readers.

Today my mind seems to be blank so I ask myself the question: why did I choose to write a blog entry on a day like this?

How is your summer? Are you working or relaxing at the sea side?

Me? I'm doing two things. During the week I'm still continuing my work at Riga Plaza and I'm happy about the fact that it is very cool in there so I feel saved from the heat outside. During my free time I'm writing my second novel. This year I'm thinking of re-entering the Zvaigzne ABC young writers competition.

So, last thursday me and my editor finished working with my first novel. He said that he will read it through one more time and then send it to the computer bureau. From now on all I have to do is wait for them to contact me about the cover of the book. Because I'm not the one who chooses how the book cover looks like. I do think that I have at least a little say in this, but not completely. I so can't wait to see the cover of the book!

Now I have to go.

Take care of yourself, drink a lot of water and use some protection from the sun.

Have a nice day.

~Ellena
 
 
rowenny
01 June 2011 @ 12:03 pm
Hello, darlings. *wave*

How are you all? I hope you can finally relax a little, because the summer has started.
So, what is new? Well, lately I've been very busy working with my editor. I edited everything I wanted to change in my upcoming book. By the way, after a long talk with my editor we agreed that it is best if I continue this story in book 2, because there is still a lot of things to say and I actually really want to say them. I just hope this will not become a huge series, because that is not what I want to do. Two books or maybe a trilogy is enough for me.

This year Zvaigzne ABC (the biggest publisher here in Latvia) has another contest for writers of children books and young adult fiction. I'm thinking of participating in it again.

Why am I thinking of participating, when they already know me and will publish my books, if they are good enough anyway? Well, because nothing gets me so worked up as the thought that someone else is doing the same thing as I am. ^_^
The only minus: this year they announced the contest very late, so there is not a lot of time. Four months only, actually. I don't know weather I can manage to finish another novel in such a short time, but I will try my best to do it anyway. "The Lighthouse for broken hearts" deserve that. And, even if I don't finish it on time, I will still have written a lot.

So, wish me luck, guys. *fingers crossed*

Have a nice week.

~Ellena
 
 
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rowenny
29 March 2011 @ 06:01 pm
Hello, strawberries.
How are you all?

I'm head over heals in work at the moment. Right now I'm taking a small brake though, or my brain will stop working properly.
Met my editor last Monday and he gave me the half of my upcoming book manuscript back. I must say that my editor- Aldis, is a great person! He helped me a lot, gave me some writing tips and I went home from this meeting feeling very inspired and happy.

I've almost finished re-reading my novel with editors comments, trust me, it is not an easy thing to do. At least for me it was not that easy, because I had to get used to editors writing and his signs, I must say that he used quite a lot of different signs while correcting my mistakes, but after reading the first three chapters of the manuscript I got the major idea of how he uses those signs and now it is much easier to read my story.

Actually, I've got only 4 chapters to finish and then I will be done with the first half of the story. But that is only the first step. Then I will have to read through the other half of the story and then re-write some parts of it, before the final version goes back to the publisher.

Basically- my mind is filled with my upcoming book at the moment and there is no time for doing anything else, actually. So, I'm taking a brake from singing and just concentrating on the things I need to do as soon as possible.

The publishing company said that they want to publish my novel on May this year. That is so freaking fast! I didn't think this is going to be so fast! I'm really happy about it.

After my book will hit the shelves of bookstores in all the country, I'm going back to singing and continuing "The Lighthouse for broken hearts", that is my second novel I want to finish and, hopefully, publish too.
Actually, I've got so many ideas for stories. I've got around 16 folders where I've gathered bits and pieces of info about the ideas I've had in all the time I've been writing something. And I really want to write each and every story some day.

And now I'm sure I will!

Have a very nice week, little strawberries.
 
 
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rowenny
26 January 2011 @ 12:02 am
Hello, dear kitties.

How are you? I really hope you are not ill and doing well.

Decided that this will be a blogging night. Already made an entry in our literary forums blog. I wrote about a book I read a week ago. It is a work by Natalie Goldberg. It is called "Writing down the bones." In this book there are many great advises for the new writers. Lots of them I already knew or have heard before. Some of them I came up with during the process of writing myself. The advises are really great, you should all read the book. In this work there is a chapter that is called "fighting with tofu". In this chapter the writer talks about how hard it is usually to go and write, while two sides of you- the inner dictator and the indecisive one are fighting each other. Her advice is to make these two sides of you alive on the paper. When you give them actual space their fight seems silly and annoying, and then, when you had enough of their talk on the paper, you can actually write something.

So, here is some up to date information about me. Wait, before I say anything, I've got to take my cat down from my table, he is disturbing me again...
And I'm back! ^_^

The publisher Zvaigzne ABC send me an e-mail telling that I should call them to set up a date for a meeting in their office. I should read and leave my signature on the contract they've prepared for me. I'm so exited about this! I will be there for the second time. Actually, the first time I went to that office was when I send in my work. I wasn't supposed to go there, but I was so worried and then the guard let me in. That day I was really thankful to him. ^_^
I want to hold my own book in my hands so badly! But I still don't know how fast will the editing and printing process be.

While I think about these kind of things, I continue working on my new novel. "The Lighthouse for broken hearts". So far I've almost finished re-writing chapter two. I've posted some of in in our writers forum and seems like people actually like it. I'm so happy about that. ^_^

How about your writing? How is it going lately? I wish you a lot of inspiration!

I'm off to continue working on my novel. Have a nice evening/morning/day!

~Ellena
 
 
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rowenny
Hi, everyone!
I think I haven't talked to you for quite a while. Well, because nothing special happened.
But finally I have something to tell you and those news blew me away yesterday.

This year, at the end of September, I send a novel to Zvaigzne ABC, to enter the young writers contest. Yesterday the official results came out and I've made it to the winners list! (^_^)/

My work will be published! "The field of digital forget-me-nots" will see daylight! I wrote this novel last year, during November's NaNoWriMo contest.

Although a lot of time has passed since I found out about this and I've told this to all my family and friends, I still can't really believe that my dream of publishing my own story will come true!

I'm so extremely happy that I can't really put it into words.

I guess that the most important thing is that, if I really want something, I never give up. Because, if you are doing something and then give up halfway, that only means that it was not really worth doing it at all.

I've send my work to the previous writers contest, and I didn't make it to the final list. And back then I was very sad, but I knew that my writing was not that good to make it till the end. But now I've grown, start to believe myself more and my writing has changed, gaining colors and being much more alive that before.

They believed me and my writing! Amazing! Latvia's biggest publisher believed in my writing. ^_^

So, the bottom line is- if you want something, never give up, no matter what. If you really want it and put a lot of effort in it, some day you will make your dream come true. We all know this, but, for some reason, tend to forget this simple truth sometimes.

Fighting! ^_^

I wish you good luck.

~Ellena
 
 
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rowenny
18 August 2010 @ 09:55 pm
Have I told you that I hate cowards? No? Then I'm telling you now. I hate cowards.
I still remember myself, running from everyone and everything. It was horrible.
One should never run away from a problem, it does not disappear. It stays. And then, when you've run around the world, one day you will return to the starting point. And you will be tired and weak, and the problem will seam even bigger. You should just fight!
And don't tell me it is hard. I've done it. Countless times. And you've got no idea how weak I consider myself and how weak I can be. Just fight! If you can't do it alone- seek help in your friends. There is always someone, who will love you no matter what.

In other news, I got hit in the stomach again. My brother has a very weird habit of testing how strong are my muscles, and almost every time we meet he hits me in the stomach. Weird, huh? I'm surprised that he is amazed at how strong my stomach muscles. Well, yes, I do work out sometimes and I sing almost every day. ^_^

How is your writing, guys and girls? Mine- quite fine. Soon I will finish editing DNL, or I very very very hope so.

Good (putanameinhere).

~Elen
 
 
rowenny
18 August 2010 @ 01:07 pm
What is your ultimate dream job? Do you think you'll ever live the dream?


My ultimate dream job is to be a writer some day.
When I was little I wanted to be a singer. Well, I kinda am right now- got a band and sometimes I go and sing on a stage in some concerts. Because I could get this experience I understood that, after all, I want to be a writer. I don't mind singing too though. :)
 
 
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