I finished my PhD recently. In literature, German literature from the GDR.
Which is precicly the reason why I am writing less than planed. Another reason is: I am lazy or rather – I have difficulties to get my ass up to my computer, open it and start writing.
I need to figure out my future.
Maybe I do not need to figure it out but live it. walk on: 一歩一歩 – step after step – Schritt für Schritt. writing every day – 毎日書く – is my current goal. I am managing, so far I have written every day in a notebook, in my timer, tiny pieces of paper… but I am actively trying only since last sunday. there’s still a long way.
the japanese is a quote – by a friend, the musician Nishimoto Takeshi – I wrote about him three years ago. this is how he grew into being an artist, a creative person. create every day – music.
imagine yourself. imagine yourself in the future. what do you want to be? can you see yourself? do you know what you want to achieve? or to create? if you can. sit down and practise.
I want to create with words. so I will sit and practise writing. practise my own language. practise different languages. practise grammar, phrasing, expressions, orthogaphy. practise translation. poetry. prose. fiction. non-fiction.
and if I cannot write anymore. read, read and walk. walking, touching, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting – experience. so I can sit down again and write.
it is also a quote out of a song, I guess it’s in more than one song. it is said often. more than once or twice.
it’s simple. but aren’t the simpliest things often the most difficult?
teaching German to foreigners taught (and teaches) me a lot. about live, different lifes and ways not to give up.
talking about reading: