Writing Ritual Tag

Hello everyone, I hope you are feeling well and having a wonderful day 😀 For me, this month is already full of doctors appointments (for my mom), long holiday and almost no time for myself and to write. However, from next week things will change a lot when my husband starts his school, and I will have 3 whole days to myself… to write, edit and put a little dent in my projects, lol.

More than a month ago I watched the lovely author Kim Chance on her YouTube channel and I saw this cute tag and I knew that I have to do this tag 🙂 Btw if you don’t know Kim Chance or her upcoming book – Keeper, then go visit her channel and say hello ❤

Questions for the Writing Rituals Tag

When do you write? (time of day, day of week)

Well, I mostly love to write at night but life won’t have it. So… I write in the morning when I am all alone in the house up until the sun is high up in the sky. I don’t have a specific day to write, every day or time that I get to write is a gift for me ❤

How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?

That is so easy. I love listening to the Rainy Mood app (and site) ❤ I’ve been using it for years now. I also try to write when I am alone in the house, that way I can write tons of words without any stress or interruptions.

How do you review what you wrote the previous day?

I usually use two ways: I select everything and let my Windows or Chrom speak what I wrote out loud and take notes. I also love reading what I wrote out loud with the right emotion (if I read a dialog), like actors going through their script.

What song is your go-to when you’re feeling uninspired?

Hmm… This one is hard, as I don’t listen to music while writing, but when I hear rain outside or just rain on that site, It puts me in the right mood for writing, lol, always!

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What do you always do (i.e. listen to music, read, watch youtube, etc.) when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?

Writing block is hard at times, but what works best for me is to write little poems, watch youtube on writing and on books, trying to write new ideas and new characters that maybe will inspire me more and free me of whatever stopped me from writing before.

I love going back to my favorite books and re-read them again to get the energies back.

I also take a look at my outline and try to find what made me feel stuck. Maybe there are things that aren’t working for my story and I will need to change them.

What tools do you use when you’re writing?

This is easy. I use my computer (word document) if I can. Sometimes, and sadly this happened a lot lately, lol, I use my phone (google keep), I use Rainy Mood app or site, pen, and paper (I mean a huge white paper that covers a huge part of my desk, I love it).

What’s the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?

Pen and paper. I love my huge white papers (the kind that kids use to paint on, lol). If I am out and I am using my phone, then I must use the rainy mood with headphones.

How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?

Coffee, tea, snacks and more coffee. Wait… Did I say coffee already?

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How do you know when you’re done writing?

Well… Here I really agree with Kim on that, I try to ask myself if I feel good with what I wrote and if there was good progress. If the answer is yes then I know I am ready to finish for today. But, from time to time if I must I will use a word count, page or chapter goal, but I try not to do that a lot.

That is all for this tag, this was such a fun tag to do 😀

I will tag a few people, but if you wish to do it yourself, consider yourself – Tagged!  (don’t forget to link your tag in my comments so I will see your answers).

Heena Rathore P.

Kate M. Colby

Rachel Poli

E.E. Rawls

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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The Writer’s Life Tag

Happy Wednesday everyone  ❤ I hope you are all having a wonderful day.

If you have noticed I’ve changed the theme of my blog, I needed a little change and tweaked it a bit (go spot the changes  ;)). I am so happy with how it came out and I would love to read your thoughts, so don’t be shy to comment below  ❤

For this tag… I saw The Writer’s Life Tag at Kim from Kim Chance on YouTube and I loved it and really wanted to give it a try. So without further ado, let’s start with the tag  😀

Questions

Write-fuel: What do you eat or drink while writing?
Coffee (decaf) and water. I mostly don’t eat anything while writing.

Write-sounds: What do you listen to while writing?
I think I’ve said it here and there, I love (LOVE) the Rainy Mood website. I use it a lot in my writing, but when I write fight scenes, I love listening to heavy metal (yep), gaming music and Kpop 🙂

Write-vice: What is your biggest writing distraction?
Life. When My mom needs me, or something happens to her, my sweet hubby and all the things I need to do around the house, to keep it not looking like a pigsty.

Write-horror: What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you while writing?
As most of you know, I’ve lost 10 years of work (3 books) and I never found it (didn’t back it up and cry so much). Don’t forget to back up your work.

Write-joy: What’s the best thing that ever happened to you while writing?
The best ever for me is to be able to sit down and write. But if I don’t count that, then the best feeling I had with writing is typing the words The End. It is the best feeling ever! I also had a wonderful moment when I was all alone in the house, not much to worry about and I wrote 10K a day (it was amazing, just heaven).

Write-crew: Who you communicate with or not communicate with while writing?
Sadly, I don’t have any writing buddies (wish I had). I have a few people I can talk to but I can’t call them writing buddies. One of the goals I have for the next quarter is to find some nice and good writing buddies  ❤

Write-secret: What your secret to success and your biggest writing flaw?
The #1 “secret” for writing, I think it’s determination. I know that things are going slow for me, but never in my life, I wanted to give up. I write when I’m sick, when I’m tired and when I don’t feel like writing. I am left with so little time, that when I finally have the time to write, I just write. I also love planning my work. If I outline the novel or even a scene, I know I will not get lost. Outlining really helps me a lot.
My writing flaw is that I can’t leave a scene or a page if it’s not written the way I want it to be. That is why I edit a lot more than “normal”, lol.

Write-spiration: What inspires you? Or what makes you productive?
I don’t have any special thing that makes me productive. I love to write so much and I barely have a moment to write, so when I do… I just write like a maniac, lol. I try to compensate for days of not writing and write until my fingers are numb.
An inspiration for me is, everywhere. From what I see, a book, a moment that something happens, a voice, you… everything  ❤ However it mostly comes from my weird mind, my dreams and from my over-imaginative mind, lol.

Write-peeve: What is one thing you do or other writers do that’s annoying?
The only thing I can think about is that my mood is related to my writing. If I did well and wrote a lot I am happy, relaxed and almost high, lol. But if I haven’t written anything or the scene I’ve written didn’t go as I wanted, I am very restless and annoyed.
About other writers? I really can’t think of anything. Each writer does what is best for him/her and his/her community  🙂

Write-words: Are you willing to share something you’ve written?
Yes. In the newsletter I’ve sent out yesterday, I added a little teaser of the book I am editing right now ELE and I hope you liked it.

There you have it, a look into my writer’s life  😀

This was such a fun tag to do and I hope you enjoyed reading it  ❤ I will not tag anyone to do this tag, but if you feel like give it try, go for it (you are considered tagged by me) and don’t forget to send a link of your tag my way  🙂

Thank you so much for reading  ❤

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Get To Know Me

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Hello everyone and happy Wednesday to you all ❤

I was nominated by the wonderful Karen from Confetti and Curves to do this cute tag. Thank you so much for the nomination hun, it was so fun to do this tag and answering all these questions 😀

Btw, I took the picture from Karen’s Post (hope it’s okay hun) 😉

So let’s start…

What is your middle name?

Gisela

What was your favorite subject at school?

Math, Physics, and English. Can’t choose between these three, lol.

What is your favorite drink?

Coffee and Diet Coca-Cola But I developed an allergy reaction to coffee ;( Not a good thing for a coffee addict like myself.

What is your favorite song at the moment?

Sia – Cheap Thrills

What’s your favorite food?

Pizza used to be my favorite food, but after I can’t eat Gluten, soy and milk I can’t think of something that is my favorite. Maybe meat, lol…

 What is the last thing you bought?

I bought a few washi taps :D.

Favorite book of all time?

“Of all time?” Wow, this hard. But if I have to choose one book then it’s Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen

I have other books and authors that I love so much but you asked “of all times”, lol 😀

What is your favorite color?

Purple, but in clothes I love dark colors mostly.

Do you any pets?

 I have one crazy old dog named Menta (Mint) ❤ She is old but still very hyper, lol and a bit (or a lot) crazy 😀 I have a picture of her up on my Instagram.

Favorite perfume?

I don’t use much perfume because here it’s way too hot and humid for that. But when I do I love Trésor.

Favorite holiday?

Holiday… I guess Passover, but I also love Christmas 🙂

If you meant holiday vacation, then it has to be our last year vacation, to London <3.

Are you married?

Yes, 12 years now and very happily at that too ❤

Have you ever been out of the country, if so how many times?

Been out of the country 5 times 🙂 But my long-distance travel was to London 😉

Do you speak any other language?

English, Hebrew, a bit of Hungarian, Understand Romanian (very well), Portuguese (a-bit), Spanish (well).

How many siblings do you have?

I have two brothers and a half-sister :).

What is your favorite shop?

Here in Israel, I love Fox ( a clothing shop) and Shabo (art store).

Favorite restaurant?

Don’t have because it’s so hard to find something to eat outside the house, but I love coffee shops.

When was the last time you cried?

Yesterday. I cried so much. It was too hot and my body started to tremble hard out of control and soon after that, I just started to cry and cry. I had to eat tons of salt and drink cold water to calm my body down.

(Addison’s disease is fun, lol)

Favorite blog?

You are all too amazing to choose from only one (sorry).

Favorite movie?

Star Wars, Ghost Busters, Monty, Pretty Woman, LOTR and more…

Favorite TV Shows?

The Big Bang Theory, Friends (still) and I really love Stranger Things :D.

PC or MAC?

PC. I never had a MAC.

What phone do you have?

Samsung s5 ❤ I love it and I use it for everything, even write.

How tall are you?

5.4” = 165 cm

Can you cook?

Yep 🙂

That is all for this tag, this was so fun, thank you Karen ❤ I am not going to nominate anyone, as I consider this as an open invention to you all 🙂 If this Tag sounds like fun to you as well, then why not give it a try 😀

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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The Reader Problems Tag

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Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a good day 🙂

Long long time ago, I was tagged by the wonderful Rawls to do this fun tag. Sorry, it took so long to get to it, but I am happy to do it and it was such a fun tag. With everything that is going on in my life, all my tags and challenges were put aside, but I am so glad to be able to do it now.

Thanks again, so much ❤

Q: You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I pick my books by the mood I am having at that moment 😉

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Q: You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or commit?

I used to force myself to keep on reading but now… If the book just can’t keep me reading, I will stop. It’s sad when it happens, but reading for me is fun and enjoyment and I will not force myself to read something that I can’t connect to. Sometimes I can go back to the book and maybe give it another go, but much later. But mostly this is how I feel when I need to stop…

Q: The end of the year is coming and you’re so close yet so far away on your GoodReads challenge. Do you quit or commit?

I used to be great at reading a lot of books in a month and in a year, but not now. I still try to put some sort of yearly reading goals, in hopes to achieve them… will see 😉

Q: The covers of a series you love DO. NOT. MATCH. How do you cope?

It’s horrible and I hate when they do that. WHY? Why do they do this to me?

Q: Everyone and their mother love a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I would blog about it or just share a short review on Goodreads and read other Goodreads reviews of 1-2 stars, lol.

Q: You’re reading a book and you’re about start crying in public. How do you deal?

I never read outside, as I hate taking my beauties out, lol.

Q: A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a summary on GoodReads? Cry in frustration?

I love re-reading my books. When a sequel is coming out I will start re-reading the first book and continue with the next one.

Q: You don’t want ANYONE borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?

Everyone in my life knows well not to even ask me for a book because I’m not giving. If someone will ask, I will bluntly say No! I love my shiny book to stay pretty and perfect (I know I’m a bit too obsessive, but I don’t care)  ❤

Q: You’ve picked up and put down five different books in the past month. How do you get over the reading slump?

I recently got into a reading slump and what helps me a lot is to read a few books at a time, this way I do not bored easily and I get to enjoy many stories at once, lol.

Q: There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I wish I could buy all the books, lol. Sadly with the low budget I have, I can buy very little (about 2 to 5 new books a year).

Q: After you’ve bought a new book you want to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf until you actually read them?

I read it at the same day I bought it. I have very few books that “just sit” on my shelf. I currently have a bit over 500 books and I didn’t read about 10 books or less, lol. As soon as buy I must start reading it and if it’s that good, I will finish it that same day or a day after 😀


Wow, that is all of this tag. Some of the questions were hard to answer but still had fun answering them 🙂 Feel free to answer on some (or all) of the question in comments below or even give this tag a try.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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My Life Through Books Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Natalie from Science, Books and Silly Things to do this tag ❤ This tag looks like something fun to do, so I thought I would give it a go 🙂

Baby: Did you like to read when you were little?

I really don’t remember.

Toddler: What was your favorite picture book?

There were a few books that I loved (they were in Hebrew). I also loved listening to my mom when she read to me short poems and stories. I remember that I get hypnotized by her voice as she read to me.

Child: Did you go through/are in a book ‘phase’? (Like reading the thickest books, reading all of an author’s books etc.)

I read a lot of mystery books. A lot!

Tween: What books made/make you feel grown up?

I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It really made an impacted on me. I used to take it from my mom’s nightstand, lol, and read it while no one was at home (I wasn’t allowed to read it because I was too young).

I also read Pride and Prejudice a lot. I wanted to be at those parties and I wanted to meet my own Mr. Darcy ❤

Teen: What are/were books that you rave/d about?

As a teen, sadly I didn’t read much (but classics, tons of them). I did a lot of art and started to write a lot.

At the age of 20 (I think) Maybe a bit more I started reading Hatty Potter and I couldn’t stop reading, talking and thinking about it 🙂

Adult: What are books that used to seem boring to you but now you really like?

Isaac Asimov’s books, lol. My mom used to read them and she always tried to give them to me so I will read them, but they looked boring. But now…Now I want to read them all ❤

Elderly: What book from your childhood and/or teen years that you still cherish?

It was a book of poems for kids called Celebration of songs (in Hebrew), that I love so much even now I read from it every once in a while. I really love The Little Prince, I still read it sometimes. I also really loved Winnie-the-Pooh and still do.

Well that is all for this tag, hope you liked it and as always, you all nominated 😉

Feel free to share in the comment below about book from your own childhood or any other thought 🙂

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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#20BeautifulWomenChallenge

Happy International Women’s Day

I’ve been tagged by the wonderful and gorgeous women: Chanelle from Chanelle Hayley and Katie from Plus+ Beauty to do the #20BeautifulWomenChallenge. What a wonderful tag for this great day that celebrates women ❤

Thank you so much, Chanelle and Katie ❤ If you haven’t got the opportunity to meet them yet or their blogs. Don’t forget to visit their blogs and say hello to this wonderful bloggers 🙂

I understand this challenge requires you to post a selfie you feel beautiful in…

This a bit hard for me for so many reasons, lol, it took me a while to find a picture. This picture was taken a few months back, hope you like it 🙂 I look a bit weird in here but somewhat normal, lol.

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I don’t feel right only being able to tag 20 lovely ladies and because it’s a women’s day today I thought it was best to tag you all ❤ I think you are all strong and beautiful and such an inspiration (women and man).

Feel free to participate if you want (Guys, that includes you as well!). “We all need a bit of positivity in our lives and what better way to cheer someone up by letting them know you think they’re beautiful ;)” Chanelle is so right and I feel the same way 🙂

Thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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#TakeBackWhatsYours CAMPAIGN

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Hello to all my wonderful readers, I was invited by the lovely Katie from Plus+ Beauty to join this campaign and I can’t be any happier to do a tag as important as this.

The #TakeBackWhatsYours Campaign was originally started by Chloe from www.chloesconcept.blogspot.uk.com, as a way to use our position as bloggers to inspire other people to make a positive change for good! Below is an excerpt from Chloe’s blog, for more details or for anything else you want to know, click HERE for Chloe’s page.

“..Many make New Year resolutions, so why not influence people to make their resolution to take back what once belonged to them… maybe their confidence, maybe their control or even their happiness due to whatever situation has made them lack that ability.

This is a lifelong commitment, if you want to change the way you feel about yourself, or you want to act upon the message of this campaign and ‘Take Back What’s Yours‘, when better to do that than the start of a new year… This is not one of those “New Year, New Me” unrealistic resolutions. When I say “New Year, New You”, I genuinely mean it.”

If you would like to get involved, all you have to do is this:

  • Write a blog post talking about this campaign, the message it contains and why are you taking part.
  • What “Take Back What’s Yours” New Year’s Resolution you are going to set yourself.
  • Tag 10 bloggers to take part.
  • Let Chloe know if you’re taking part by using the hashtag on Twitter #TakeBackWhatsYours, Also tag either @ChloesConcept or @TBWYCampaign so she can retweet!!
  • If you can include a photo of yourself with a handmade poster (doesn’t have to be artistic!) with the words:

“TAKE BACK WHAT’S YOURS” –
MAKE YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION TO TAKE BACK WHAT BELONGS TO YOU. #TakeBackWhatsYours
In 2015, I’m taking back: *i.e., “my confidence”

What I’m Taking Back

Many of you that follow me know that I have some health issues that I struggle with. At the age of 29 I was diagnosed with Primary Addison’s Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis,which are both autoimmune diseases, and a few more problems all at the same year… The joy 😉

The one thing you may not know is that I have struggled (most of my life) with an Eating Disorder – Anorexia Nervosa. When I was 16 I lost 25 kilos (= 55lbs), in less then 2 months and I was 1.65m. I was 39kilos and then I went down to 35kilos. That’s when my parents started to help me. This is something that is very hard for me to share with the world but it’s such an important tag, so I thought… This is the time.

All my illnesses and my eating disorder made my life hell and I have to admit it was hard not to relapse. Now I am a bit overweight as my anxiety and stress went up to the roof this past year and half and I combined my eating with stress, which was a very bad idea 😀

Now I am slowly trying to take back my body and my self-acceptance and as I try to be more healthy and lose weight, I try extremely hard not to go to my “safe place” but to work hard on myself and be healthier physically and mentally.

Starting this blog has been one of the best things that has ever happened to me (besides my hubby of course). It made me open up more and see things more clearly. I have met many wonderful and beautiful people from different parts of the world and it showed me that this is the path for me. I love being able to share my passion with others more than I even thought before I started this blog and I love to connect with my readers so much.

I need to take back my body and self-acceptance.

I truly believe that if you love yourself with all your “faults” you can do so much more with your life. Nothing is impossible and that is what I am working on this year. Self-acceptance for me is not only physical (I accept myself as I look and feel), but also of who I am.

I am a writer. And I need to stop letting people take this away from me.

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Feel free to take part in this campaign even if I don’t tag you. It’s just such a positive thing to do!

Here are my tags

Cyndel

Karen

Kate

Anne

Chanelle

Nadine

Rachel

Megan

Emma

Alycat

Hope that you will really consider taking part with the campaign. If you do, don’t forget to let Chloe know! The links are included in this post.

I hope that you have enjoyed this post! As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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