Category: Writing

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At Caran d’Ache

About coffee and pens and the smell of Inspiration

Whenever I talk to Americans and ask for the brands they associate with their childhood, they immediately say Crayola. If you ask a Swiss Person the same question, their answer would most probably be Caran d’Ache. But Caran d’Ache doesn’t leave you after childhood. The pens and supplies accompany you into your office or your studio if you decide to carry on your pen and color play. I’ve been in love with Caran d’Ache my entire life. I wrote my first ever Lettering with a cheap brush and my Caran d’Ache Gouche palette that I had since first grade. I literally got rid of all my ballpoint pens except my 849s. There was always this sense of nostalgia attached to it, and so many stories are interwoven with materials by this brand. So, when I was asked if I was interested in visiting the Nespresso Recycling Center and the Caran d’Ache pen factory in honor of their collaborative pen launch, I immediately took a day off my day job to take a look behind their doors. And I felt like I was stepping into some kind of pen wonderland.

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A Case of Uninspiratiocia

Cozying up in the artist’s black hole

April has slipped just right past me and looking back at it it was yet another dark month, yet another month with no blog post and none of those YouTube videos I wanted to put out this year. It's been a frustrating year so far and yet it seems like turning 25 11 days ago has rendered me even more thoughtful than the mood I was in before that number has been looming beyond the horizon. I've been in a creative rut for what feels like months now. So what do I do with a creative rut? Write about it, because deep within my core, the first instinct of mine is still to face the blank page head on and produce absolutely terrible word vomit to process it.

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Teacher Thoughts

My relationship with teaching

This past weekend, I taught my first Calligraphy class in person. It was incredible. And it has caused this spiral of thoughts. This walk down memory lane back to high school. Memories of a past self that wished to be a teacher, but brushed the idea away because her ideal could not merge with her mind's definition. This is my teaching journey (and a writing exercise because I'm rusty).

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My first English Story

A sneak peek and some of my Internet Presence background.

It’s funny how I started my journey online because I was writing and now it’s the hardest thing for me to post. I began writing stories when I was barely twelve and I have been writing novels ever since. I’m twenty-four. I’ve literally been a writer longer than I have not. I started my first blog to share the short stories I wrote. I was very active in a german forum for young writers. I even was writer of the month once and got to go to Hamburg for two days and visit the Carlsen publishing house as a prize. I made my first online friends because I shared my stories online. And then I got into coding. Continue reading “My first English Story”

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On NaNoWriMo 2017

A Glimpse into my mind

A lot of people I know ask me what the inside of my mind looks like, this is just a glimpse into what’s going on while I’m writing, and I’ll be writing a lot during November – at least 50’000 words hopefully. This is my way of announcing, I’ll be doing my 5th round of NaNoWriMo, last year I got 30k in 10 days and then totally failed because I fell in love with Copperplate, but this time I want to be a winner again (like every time before). So keep your finger’s crossed for me. This is the time of year I’m usually back on twitter for word sprints, and random thoughts and word count updates, just in case you’re interested in the type of madness I’m kind of addicted to. It also means I’m probably not gonna be very active anywhere else. I’m not dead, probably just a highly caffeinated sleep-deprived writer-zombie, that I turn into as soon as Halloween officially ends with midnight striking and national novel writing month begins.

So in case you’d like to know what the itchy finger’s feel like and result in, there you go. This is what fell out of me in a span of about 5minutes, when I tried to describe the transformation into writer-zombie-me. Continue reading “On NaNoWriMo 2017”

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Relaunch

On joining the enemy, leaving etsy, coding love, design thoughts and content changes.

It was sometime in late spring when the decision was made. The decision to leave my beloved blogging like a hacker platform and move on to a CMS I had declared my enemy years ago. Looking back at that day now feels like it was forever ago and in a way it was. This process took longer than anticipated and it is not complete as of right now, but I still want to take a minute and talk about what was going on behind the scenes.
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