This is Frances

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.

When I was younger, I had this idea of what my life would be like when I grew up. Fortunately, my life didn´t turn out the way I had imagined it when I was six.

I´m still trying to figure out life, I am still struggeling from time to time, still looking for love, still in search of happiness, still changing so often that sometimes I feel like I have lost myself in the process – until I find my path again. Things are still difficult – and by now I´ve figured out that this is what makes life so spectacular.

I´m me – and I´m not me. I´m changing. I´m adapting. I´m still figuring things out.

This is me. This is my life.

109 thoughts on “This is Frances

  1. I wish I could post more often, too. I finally took that pressure off of myself, and post when I have time and can do it right. You’ll find the balance, don’t worry. !

  2. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle . I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂 Your vision and thoughts are indeed a revelation. Great work. Keep blogging.

  3. My parents have always been really supportive too. As a young child, my mum would read out stories while my dad would make them up. I had books everywhere. I look forward to reading more of your blog 🙂

    1. We both are very lucky to have parents who support is in what we want to do. I think it´s great to have parents who read to you. Books are amazing companions!
      Feel free to browse around. Welcome to storiesbyfrances.

  4. A wonderful About page! I’ve felt the same way about writing so many times.
    For me writing is a therapy, a way to relax and let the pressure off, a way to find myself, to evolve, to answer some of life’s questions and so on. My thing is not storytelling, though, but every writer has his own style, way of letting everything in his head out. And everytime the result is a beautiful collection of words and emotions.
    Wish you all the best with writing and teaching, you’ve chosen a very interesting field which is as rewarding and beautiful as misunderstood and not appreciated enough.
    You seem like a great person and I can say I understand you partly, because just like you I love writing, books, languages, and teaching (although I haven’t tried it).
    Take care and always keep that light ignited!

    1. It is therapeutic, that´s for sure.
      And you are right about one thing: People should walk slower 🙂 Otherwise they miss things 😀
      Thanks very much for stopping by my blog and for leaving this heart-warming comment. I really loved it!

  5. Well said! It’s wonderful to hear how encouraging your parents were. Parents and teachers can make such a difference in a child’s life–as do the books they’re reading. When those children grow up to write great books, the gift passes on to a new generation of readers. 🙂

  6. Hi Frances! Good luck on your writing endeavors! Thanks for following my blog 🙂 You’re so pretty! Has anyone ever told you that you look like Alison Brie?

    1. Aww, Lily, you are so sweet 🙂
      No, no one has ever told me I look like Alison Brie. And since she´s smokin´ hot I take that as a compliment and am happy as a lark, jumping up and down with joy 🙂

  7. Hi Frances, nice blog. In the hunt for an everlasting supply of ink (and paper), I traded in pen and paper for a tablet, a good quality notes app and a stylus. It works for me. I am looking forward to reading your short stories.

  8. I thought I was the only person under the age of 50 who hated TV these days! Relief that I am not the only one who enjoys writing 😀 thanks for re blogging my poetry x

    1. It´s the two of us against the rest of the world, or so it seems 🙂
      I really loved your poem very much. I got homesick instantly – and read it again and again and then had to reblog it.

      1. That’s the reason I wrote it! I moved to Kent from South London in Feb for University and I really miss the fast life of London! Where are you from ?

      2. So do I. I´m now German-based, but I had the chance to live in London for a long time and I miss it so much.
        I can totally understand why everyone seems to miss London once they have to leave.

      1. That, dear Frances, is Afrikaans. I’m from South Africa. You’ll find a mixture of English and Afrikaans poems on my blog. Sorry for the inconvenience – if you’re really desperate to read those Afrikaans ones, there’s always Google Translate hehehe. Thanks again for reading my poetry. Lovely to meet you

      2. Ah, that´s good to know. Thing is, I don´t trust Google Translate. ^^
        You´re more than welcome. I enjoyed reading your poems.
        And again: the pleasure is all mine.

      3. Neither do I, though it might help you to form an idea of what it’s about. Or, try reading it out loud, just for the fun of it – that would allow for some interesting sounds. Looking forward to some future reading

  9. Hi Frances, nice to meet you on here. I like what you have to say and I’m looking forward to reading your great blog.
    It would be good if we can share views on things in the future, we have some things about writing, in common.
    I too write my posts on the computer but also take notes, usually at bedtime, when I have a thought on a point that I ‘must’ include!
    Take care and my best regards, James 🙂

  10. Hi Frances, Thanks so much for stopping by and liking my post! Loved your comment. 🙂 It’s really great to meet you and I’m glad to find your blog! I will be following and look forward to reading more!

  11. I like your ‘about’ page, it’s so honest and pro-active! Don’t you wish all of that pondering and those genius insights your brain comes up with when your trying (and failing) to get to sleep could be recorded somehow so you could write it down?

    1. Yes! I wish there was some recording device that would just write down my thoughts for me and put them in categories like “short stories”, “Pulitzer material”, and “Where´s the dustbin? Oh, right, over there…”. My thoughts keep me from falling asleep almost every night. I keep pen and paper close to the bed, but that doesn´t always do the trick. But if you ever go through the same thing, try Death Cab for Cutie´s record Transatlanticism. It´s so soothing, you will fall asleep right away (and I don´t mean to say that their music sucks, I mean to say that it so great and calmative that even my busy mind will come to rest).
      Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate it.

      1. Cool I’ll definitely try, I’ve been meaning to get into them properly. Check out ‘That Home’ by Cinematic Orchestra my mate drums with them and recommended it to me as something more gentle. To be honest I cry every time I hear it as it’s so lovely, so maybe not late at night!

      2. You can listen to the whole Death Cab for Cutie record on youtube. Honestly, it´s the only record I can play from beginning to end without skipping a track.
        Found That Home on youtube. It really is an emotional song. I will try it tonight. Thanks for the suggestion.

  12. I admit, will be the first to do so, that I need to write more if I want to get good at it, but I have never had the issue you have. I always run out of words (good ones anyway) while the pen still has plenty of ink.

    I used to prefer pen and paper. Rheumatoid arthritis took that away form me. The keyboard is best for me now ( I have tried the Dragon and cannot get the knack of it).

    Liked your page so far

  13. Hi Frances,back in Jan,2013 l wrote you a comment.Now ,first l like to thank you for following my blog.You have the right idea to be a successful writer and novelist.You have the ambition and you have the tools to shine like a star.Sincerely jalal (please read my about)

  14. Its a delight to visit your blog.Wishing you the best.jalal

  15. Have you tried to publish any? Any luck? From my (unsuccessful so far) attempts to procure an agent, I’d imagine short stories are more difficult. And I really pity poets; no agents want them.

    1. Published as in published on my blog? ^^ So far, none of my short stories have ever been published, unless you count a high school newspaper and a collection of short stories from my creative writing class. I think there is a market for short stories, but it´s quite difficult for writers of short stories to get published. Maybe you should enter short story writing competitions. The range of these competitions is usally broader and might lead to one of your short stories being published in magazines or newspapers.

      1. Actually, I did write one for the Baltimore CITY PAPER, but I missed the deadline. D’oh! It’s there for me when I can get to other such contests, but I’m too busy w/ other stuff. I don’t intend to publish it on my blog because it’s not as funny (and good) as the stuff on my life for the books. I created the blog just to pique agents’ interests after I consult them. But now that I’m in the editing stage for my books, I blog a lot as a creative outlet.

        I also have ideas for other stories, but don’t really want to invest any more time until if/when what I’ve done starts to pay off.

  16. Hello You have a very nice blog here. I love your collections! Keep spreading the joy and beauty by stories to the world, my friend.
    Thanks Cyril

  17. I hope you don’t get me wrong, but I couldn’t read this short post just because I was distracted by this beautiful girl on the right, just looking at me 😉 Seriously, it took me some effort not to look back every few seconds xD

  18. Fascinating about recording your thought before start ?just an idea,.I think you be a successful writer.Best wishes.jalal

    1. Jalal,
      thank you very much, that´s really very sweet of you.
      The thing is, and most bloggers will probably agree, that the post usually only comes into existence the moment I start writing. Sometimes, I don´t even know where I´m going and in the end it turns out to be something totally different than I had thought it would be.
      Plus, I´m old-fashioned about writing. I love to jot down ideas and I only type them, because it would take me ages to hand-write it.


    1. Hey there, Courtney,
      Don´t get me wrong, I do watch TV. But only on the very rare occassions that there is actually anything good on. And that´s rarely ever the case.
      Lately, I´ve picked up photography as a pastime and I´m telling you, it´s so much more fulfilling than stupid TV shows.
      But you are right about the depressing part of TV. Plus, their lives aren´t half as fabulous as ours 🙂


  19. I just love taking notes. It has become a rather old-fashioned thing to do. Few people bother to simply jot down things on paper anymore. I enjoy it, though. And note taking is to capture random thoughts. So don´t think before jotting down ideas. However, I have to admit that I compose my posts on the computer. But deleting or revising is so easy when typing on a computer, isn´t it?

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