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I am a French girl of 21 y/o who spends her days reading, writing letters, playing the piano and daydreaming. Welcome to my world :3

Week #3 – Some music I like to listen while writing letters (part one)

Hello there !

I don’t know about you, but for me it is almost impossible not to have some music in my ears when I’m writing letters. So this will be the theme of my third blog post: a small glimpse of what my “writing playlist” contains.

This one is among my all time favorite songs. The first Nightwish song I listened, and the song that made me want to listen more songs by this band, which now is one of my top 5 favorites.

Another one by Nightwish. This is a very long song (13 min) and I just love the atmosphere of  this song, the way it makes me feel… it’s hard to explain, but I always totally get into the song, like I would get into a story. I’m not sure if that makes sense at all? Anyway, this is one of my favorite songs too.

A classical piece everyone knows, I guess, since it has been used in countless movies and commercials. I really like the way the music grows louder and louder throughout the piece. I have also learned to play it on the piano and that’s one of my fave pieces to play.

This one I doubt you know because it’s not exactly mainstream, unless you’re from Norway maybe. It’s my favorite song from the Norwegian band (former band actually, because they split up quite recently) Kaizers Orchestra, which had been recommended to me by a Norwegian girl I used to chat with on Interpals. I used to teach myself Norwegian (had to stop unfortunately because of lack of time) and I was looking for songs in this language to listen to to get used to the sound of it, but I really didn’t expect to find a new favorite band then! Oh and I also love the music video of this one. Of course I don’t watch it while writing letters, but I’ve watched it so many times that I know it by heart and have the images it in my head when listening to the song

And this one is the latest addition to my writing playlist. I discovered this Swiss band quite recently and I’m currently listening through their whole discography because I really like their music! I especially like that some of their songs are sung in a Swiss dialect, I don’t understand a single word of it but I like the sound. Also most of the songs I listen to are in English, so a bit of change never hurts 😉

This will be all for this time. There are many more songs in my writing playlist but I’ll introduce them to you in another blogpost, later.

Do you listen to music while writing? Which songs are in your writing playlist?

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Week #2: Meeting my favorite author

Hello there everyone!

This week’s subject will be one of my other true passions besides penpalling: reading. Yes, I have always been a bookworm. I’m reading all kinds of books, from thrillers to science-fiction and from fantasy to romance. I’m not really ranking m favorite authors, but if I did, one who would undoubtedly have her place among the top 5, or even the top 3, is the Swedish crime writer Camilla Läckberg. And as you’ve probably guessed by the title of this week’s post: yes, I had a chance to meet her!

I found out about her books by chance, five (or so) years ago. I was just skimming through the crime & thriller shelf at the local library when I got attracted by the Scandinavian-looking name (in case you didn’t know yet, I have always had a thing for everything coming from up north). I picked the book, started reading it as soon as I got home, and was done with it the same evening. So that’s how I read her first book, “The Ice Princess”. In one sitting, because I couldn’t put it down. And I found out later that it wasn’t even the best book she has written. Then I devoured all her other books, and when I had been though all those which had been published in France already, impatientely waited for the new releases.

And a month ago, a friend of mine who also is a fan of Camilla’s book told me that she’d attend the international crime book fair in our city! I could not believe my ears at first. I mean, the author I have worshiped for 5 years or so was going to attend a book fair in my city, and I was going to get a chance to meet her? That was too beautiful to be true.

At the conference

But that really was true. And it finally happened last week-end. First she held a conference on Saturday. It took place in a church (that is also used for classical music recitals) and it was really crowded, I could only get a sit on the backrow and didn’t had any headphones for the translation. Luckily she didn’t speak in her mother tongue but in English, so I could understand everything. That really was interesting! She told us about her beginning as a writer, how she writes, how she handles the fact that she now is a very popular authors, her future writing projects, etc. The conference was one hour long but I really didn’t see the time running!

At the book signing

Then on Sunday I went to the main hall of the book fair, where authors were doing book signing and that’s when I finally had theopportunity to talk face to face to Camilla. Well, it only was for a couple of minutes, I didn’t say more than “Hello” and “Thanks” to her, but still, it is such a great moment to be face to face with an author you admire so much. These two minutes were definitely worth the half hour I spent queuing before it was my turn to get my book signed by her!

She mispelled my name but oh well, I forgive her :)
She mispelled my name but oh well, I forgive her 🙂

Who is your favorite author ? Ever had a chance to meet them?

NB: The pictures, except for the last one, are not mine.

 

Week #1 – A brief history of me and penpalling

Hello, everyone!

It’s time to begin the series of weekly posts on my new blog. And since most of you, dear readers, love letter writing as much as I do, I thought it might be a good idea to start off with a post about penpalling. So, this week’s theme will be : my penpalling journey.

Pending letters
Some of the letters I received (those that are currently awaiting a reply)

For a start, I must say that I am still quite “new” to that wonderful hobby, compared to those who’ve done it for 10, 20, even 30 or 40 years. I had my very first penpal at school, ten years ago (I was 11 back then), because my class was taking part in an exchange with another class in the USA, so we were all assigned a penpal. However, I wouldn’t consider that as a real penpalship, because back when I was 11, I could barely speak English, so the letters weren’t even a page long, and all that I wrote was what the teacher told the class to write. What a thrilling exchange, isn’t it?! So, needless to say that the “penpalship” ended as soon as the school year did.

Yet, this was enough for the “snail mail virus” to bite me. When I eventually got a computer and Internet at home (when I was 15), one of the first things I did was browsing through penpals websites to find a girl or two to exchange emails with. Yes, I started with emails, because I didn’t feel confident enough to give out my home address to people from the Internet (and my mother would have never allowed me to, either). After a couple of years exchanging emails with people around the world (none of these penpalships lasted for more than a couple of months, though), I finally decided to give snail mail a try back in September 2011.

First letter
My very first letter, received in September 2011, all the way from Sweden.

And oh my, what a cleaver decision it has been! Never ever have I regretted it, not even for a second. My very first penpal was a boy from Sweden. We exchanged very interesting letters for six months before he disappeared without a word, I’m still trying to figure out why. That was my first and only experience of penpalling with men, by the way.

The disappointment of being dumped by a penpal, with a message explaining why or even with no reason appearing, happened to me a couple of times. I also had to drop penpals myself, too. I guess this is part of the “penpalling life, I’m pretty sure it has happened to all of you, too. It hurts, but the good things penpalling has earned be definitely overweight the bad aspects. Now, when I think about it, I can really say I have real friends, people who won’t forget of me for the only reason that we don’t see each other daily, and people who really know me, who I don’t mind sharing personal thought with. Of course, not all my penpals are that close friends of mine, but some definitely are. Before starting penpalling I didn’t think it was possible to make friends on a distance, now I know it is.

Penpalling material at the ready! (I love deco tapes and pens, I guess you can tell)
Penpalling material at the ready! (I love deco tapes and pens, I guess you can tell)

I have had a quite long period, last year, during which I wasn’t feeling any motivated for writing letters. At first I tried to force myself to write, because I didn’t want my penpals to have to wait too long for their replies. It quickly became more of a duty than a hobby, and I even though, once, to stop completely. But then I thought of all the friends I’d lost and decided to take a break instead. Things have calmed down in my life, and the writing mood came back, slowly. I guess it’s just like with everything: there are times you’re in the mood, and others you aren’t, that’s just how life is and there’s no reason to force yourself when the mood isn’t there!

Now, the next step would be to meet my penpals in person. So far it has never happened, but since I am going to move near the German border next September,  I hope I’ll get the chance to meet some of my German penpals then! That’d be amazing.

How long have you been into penpalling? How did you start?

And now that I'm done with this blog post - off to write a letter! :D
And now that I’m done with this blog post – off to write a letter! 😀

Hello

Hello there!

You may already know me, if you were a follower of my previous blog “Me, my mail and I”. Indeed, I’m not new to the blogging world, I was previously running a mail related blog, but since I’m waaay less active in snail mail now due to too much work and a sudden envy of dedicating a significant part of my free time to other hobbies (letter writing used to be my main hobby in the past, now it isn’t anymore), this blog was kind of… dead. So, here’s the new one.

What will I talk about in “Enjoy the Silence”?  I’ll write one post per week (every Friday) about… well, a lot about letter writing, my penpals etc., so if the joys of old fashioned correspondence doesn’t move you a bit, you’d better leave this blog now 😀 BUT! It won’t be my only subject of conversation. I’ll simply talk about my daily life, little joys, things I enjoy. And about books, of course.

A brief introduction of myself, for those who don’t know me yet. My name’s Maude, or Tari as this is the name I use everywhere on the Internet. I’m a girl in her twenties, university student, living in Lyon, France. A day-dreamer, much introverted, rather ochlophobic girl who enjoys nothing more than spending time in her little world, which is filled with letters, books, music, and dreams of all sorts.

Btw, in case you were wondering, yes, I did name my blog “Enjoy the silence” because of this song. It’s one of my favorites 🙂

Enjoy your visit on my blog!

 
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