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NaNoWriMo// Tips

It’s almost November and for a lot of people that means NaNoWriMo is starting soon! No idea what I’m talking about? Read THIS blog post where I talk about what NaNoWriMo is. If you’re participating this year as well, I’ve got some tips for you that might come in handy. Know what you want to write about Having at least a vague idea of what you want to write about will help you a lot. If you sit down behind your laptop everyday, you want to actually write and not stare at a wall for at least 20 minutes, trying to come up with something. Don’t plan every detail in advance if that’s not your style, but know what story you want to tell. The first time I participated in NaNoWriMo I was stuck halfway through, because I didn’t really know where my story was headed, and that’s why I couldn’t reach 50.000 words. Know thy characters While I was…

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Bad habits I picked up from Bookstagram

Don’t get me wrong; I love Bookstagram. Bookstagram has brought me many great things, connected me with other readers and it is a place to be creative. But lately I’ve noticed that there are a few bad habits that I’ve picked up from Bookstagram. And while I find it difficult to post this, writing them down helps me to work on them. But this blog post is not only an eye opener for myself, but also other Bookstagrammers, because these habits are certainly not rare. (But I certainly don’t want to say if you do those things as well, you are bad and have to change.) Buying more books than I could read There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying books and sometimes it is really fun to come back from a trip to the bookshop with more books than you can carry, or that it feels like Christmas when the mailman stops by your house. But because of Bookstagram…

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NaNoWriMo// What is the National Novel Writing Month?

November 1 means the start of something where I look forward to and look up to at the same time: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). What you’re supposed to do if you participate? Write 50.000 words in one month! Why 50.000 words, you may ask. If you have written about 50.000 words, you could have finished a novel. You might need more words if you’re going to write an epic fantasy, but 50.000 is a great start. For example, The Great Gatsby is around 50.000 words. NaNoWriMo is from November 1 till November 30, which means you have to write at least 1667 words a day. And yeah, that’s a lot. NaNoWriMo has an official website which you can check out HERE. You don’t write on the website itself, you use your own word processor or write by hand (you’ll have a very strong hand at the end of the month if you do that, haha). So you don’t have…

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Soph is blogging 2.0

Hello and welcome to Soph is blogging 2.0! It has been quiet on my blog for a while because a lot has been going on behind the scenes the past few days. And I can finally show it to you all. I now have my own domain and a new theme that totally fits my blog! I decided to invest in my blog because I wasn’t a 100% content with my blog’s look and because I wanted to be able to customize my blog more. And Blogger just didn’t let me do what I wanted with my blog, and that frustrated me a lot. Blogger sometimes ruined the quality of my pictures and the editor could be really annoying to work with, especially when I added pictures. At first I was hesitant to spend money on my blog. But especially when I’m abroad, blogging is a great way to stay connected and to clear my mind. I enjoy sharing my…

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Participating in Inktober

October means the start of Inktober for many artists. Inktober (ink + October) is a monthly challenge, encouraging you to draw something every day. There’s an official list of prompts you can follow, or you can come up with your own ideas. When Inktober just started, the idea was to only use ink as a medium (hence the name Inktober), but nowadays even digital inking is allowed. It’s quite a difficult challenge; a lot of people choose to just do the challenges they like the most or quit after one week because it’s too time consuming. See the list of rules and prompts HERE. I didn’t think about participating in Inktober. I’m not that great at drawing, I didn’t really like the prompts and I wasn’t sure if I’d have the time. But Inktober has been going on for a few days now and because I follow a decent number of artists on Instagram, I saw many drawings for the…

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Istanbul #5// I fell during a show and that means the end of my stay in …

Well this weekly update is definitely different than I hoped it would be. But I guess that’s life.   On Sunday I went to a place called “Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory” with Kayla and it was amazing. It is a themed restaurant that sells all kinds of chocolate dishes and we just went there for dinner.   The entire decoration was inspired by the movie ‘Charlie and the chocolate factory’ and it was really cute. I did miss the Umpa lumpa’s though.   We got this little ferris wheel with different kinds of melted chocolate, fruits and cookies. It was sooooo good. (But their coffee sucked.) Some funny graffiti we saw on our way to Willy Wonka. On Monday I had a show for Schwarzkopf. My hair stylist accidentally burned my ear while doing my hair, so I got a lollipop, haha. There was baklava backstage ♡♡♡♡♡ In case I forgot what my job was or something :’) It still…

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Istanbul// Crazy cat lady town

During my stay in Istanbul I’ve seen and photographed many cats. There are thousands of them in Istanbul; you can’t walk down a street without seeing at least one cat. And since I took so many cat pictures, I wanted to share them here. A Lena (my cat) lookalike. This cat wandered around close to my apartment and when I had lunch at the restaurant downstairs, she meowed loudly at me and tried to jump on my lap. The cat that slept on the steps of the first apartment I stayed at almost every day . She followed me down the street a several times, especially when I brought home groceries. A kitten that was accompanying us while we were at a casting. This little guy just walked inside the building and nobody really cared, because he’s so cute. A cat that was down for some belly rubs while we waited for the driver. A cat full of cats!!!!!!! Just…

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Istanbul #4// Moving, a new bag, jobs, lots of walking and Turkish delight

It’s time for my weekly update! Week 4 has come to an end. Last week’s update ended with: I think I will go back to that cafe I went to on Tuesday to get some fresh air and be outside of the apartment for a while. I think I’ll bring my journal. After posting that blog post I went to the cafe as I said I would and enjoyed the most amazing cup of mocha latte and a piece of warm apple pie. I was sharing my table with a cat again. After finishing my food, I decided to check my phone and I saw I had a message from Kayla. Kayla is staying at the apartment at the agency and she is my friend here. I didn’t really write about it on my blog, but I didn’t enjoy staying at the apartment. Most of the girls were Russians, so they just spoke in Russian with each other. And there…

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Istanbul #3// Fashion week

Week three in Istanbul is over, so that means it’s time for an update again! This week was a very exciting (and also stressful) week. It was Fashion Week! But, since Fashion Week isn’t actually a week but four days, I had a chill start of the week. This may sound pretty lame, but I’m quite proud of myself because of it: I made an omelet on Monday! It looks more like scrambled eggs, but I tried, haha. I hadn’t eaten an egg in years (unless it didn’t look like/taste like/smell like egg) and raw eggs disgust me. But one of the girls was making an omelet and it smelled so nice, I decided to give it a try, especially since it’s hard to find meat replacements here. I whisked three eggs (without looking at it), roasted some chickpeas, sliced up an onion and added some spinach. And it turned out to be quite tasty. Still not the bigest fan…

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