Read this article in the New York Times about the FaceBook function that let's you download what FB has stored from you. Thought I'd give it a spin for my private life account, too.
An interesting feeling. Seeing your life spread out on the screen in neat little packages. Of course it is not my complete life. It is not like a diary that follows your emotions, encounters and places in a much more detailed fashion. This is FB, the snapshot of a digital social life of things, events, places and chats between people who you feel connected to in a special digital way. You browse through the different categories that FB provides, a life sorted in neat little drawers. A glimpse here, a recognition there. And many times, pure blanks. After reading through that social stream of concience, we should be posting more. Much! MUCH! MORE!
What a perfectly targeted mail. I am 50+. I am not single, but I presume this shows the true spirit of dating sites...
The timeline, an endless stream of one sentence exchanges with mostly people you don't have regular contact anymore. Most of them around our birthdays. At first (2008 as the earliest entry) text only, later enriched with emojis.
Interesting, too: the list of friends and when you befriended them. Last new friend: already a year ago, the graphic designer Anna for my Teen Monster Hunter cover. Is Facebook dead? Or just social friendships? First friend ever: Markus from Switzerland April 2008.
Even more interesting: declined friend requests. Some colleagues who are fitting for LinkedIn but not for FB. Some complete unknowns, the most obscure one: 毛华军 (November 2014)
How can a movie with Ann Hathaway be dreadful? Probably Steve Carell!
There are even outstanding requests that I sent to people who never answered, oldest from 9 years ago!
Some categories in the friendship section are completely obscure:
"Followee" - a section that includes WTF: Mark Zuckerberg? The Mark Zuckerberg?
"Friend Peer Group" - Established Adult Life
"Established Adult Life" - Whut? WTF is this? Opposite to "Aimless Youth Party"? Or "Winding down retiree tiredness"?
Frank Sinatra? 2015? Really? Zombie time?
Advertising topics selected for me:
- The Police,
- Food truck
- Compliation Album (I hate! compliation albums)
- Fast food (Man, that cinches it together with "Food truck")
- Pro-Ject (sic!) No idea, what is this? A pro-duct of sorts?
- States of Germany (Was facebook even around before 1989?)
- David Grohl
- American Folk Music
The security logs show each and every IP address, MAC address plus some attempt of geolocation. BTW: The geolocation shown in the example was more than 1 mile away from my actual location that day.
List of Applications (excerpt):
- frents - the social library - No idea. Sound early 2000, judging from the clever name
- tape.tv - Ah, the now defunct service that helped me discover some beautiful bands
- iPhoto - Ah, iPhoto, RIP.
- Shpock - not even by name I have an idea what this was.
- Music Glue
- Lookfantastic - one of these complete unknown applications! No recollection of "linking" this one
The eBook version of the German translation of Teen Monster Hunters is out! The print version to follow soon—actually it's generating as I write this on the new KDP print publishing feature that maybe will replace Createspace for me.
That was a long month of translating, writing, formatting and contemplating. With the birthday of my youngest kid looming, I had the self set deadline to finish the German translation of Teen Monster Hunters. With five days to go, it might still work out.
It had been an interesting experience translating your own work from your first (and favorite) writing language into your mother tongue (there will be a separate post about this). The crazy thing is: it took me as long translating and editing the translation as it did me writing the English original. Four week had been the plan. And actually the first translation took me the whole of December, about four weeks. But guess what: fine tuning a story your mother language took me another six weeks! It had been a learning experience, but I am not sure that I want to repeat it. Those 10 weeks could have been a new book!
That was another long hiatus from blogging / socializing. I spent a while translating Teen Monster Hunters, which led to some rephrasings and corrections on the English version, too. As my previous publisher closed shop a few days ago, I relaunched the eBook once more. And so it goes into Kindle Direct first for the next three months, should be up and running in a few days. Next update is the print version.
Writing like crazy on three items at the same time. And then, as if there was nothing better to do, I would stumble tonight on the TV over "All About Eve". It had been a while since I last saw that one and I was immediately riveted again. Witty dialogues, wonderfully atmospheric, carefully staged and incredible cast. I am usually not a nostalgic, but 'they don't make movies like that anymore!'
So what is going these days? My rom-com chick lit start-up novel got the treatment a second round. I put in a lot of work in order to complete and edit and then decided to stop once more. The story is good, but not good enough yet. There are three women who in the course of the story will fall in love with three men. That is the easy part. But I have not figured out yet how to make the three fall-in-love cases unique. So far all three cases are pretty much the same. The male is the dominant one, making the female realize that her way is the wrong way and that she should put trust in steady relationship. Once is fine. Two maybe with a little variation acceptable. But three in one book in one fifth act is too much. As I ran out of ideas and lack the right tactic, I decided to shelf the book for now.
What happens in the meanwhile? The next Teen Monster Hunter novel is in the making. Teen Vampire Hunters is going well, I am not measuring yet, but all chapters are defined and in place, so it is all a matter of writing and sticking to the formul. The first Teen Monster Hunters book was indeed the first one, introducing the main characters and the story format. But Teen Vampire Hunters will be the first one out of the regular story stack that will be sequence agnostic, meaning: you can read them in any order you like. There will be no overlap and no development that makes it necessary to stick to a sequence. All in "the formula".
And then there is the German translation of "Teen Monster Hunters". Mostly to the benefit of my youngest son and his school peers. One of my books is always an appreciated gift or token, so the German version will go well with the locls. And maybe gives me opportunity to organize a reading one of these days, locally.
Saturday had been creative change day.
Closed the story line on another RomCom romantic comedy (What do you think about the tagline: "Three friends, one startup, one vow: no romantic distractions. Yeah, right!")
Decided what to write next, continuing the Teen Monster Hunters series with the next 50K word novel, working title "Teen Vampire Hunters".
Changed the cover of Teen Monster Hunters. What? Why? I felt, the cover was too bright and cartoonish. I like the cartoon concept, to the extend that it will be a recurring theme for the next books and novella short stories. But for monster hunting story, the color scheme and cover should be slightly more edgy and scary.
Before and after. What do you think?