The Interview with DDE: A New Approach to a New Challenge
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An Interview with DDE: Approaching the Great Challenge
It is a great challenge to many good writers, and a good challenge too.
The many years of writing dragged me to this point.
I have given the challenge a careful thought and here I am.
I have written about me but not in the bragging aspect of myself.
It has never been easy to blurt out about me in conversation and in writing.
Any way, I took this interview on with a positive mind, as I have everything else in my life.
I am not a bragger!
My achievements are not much spoken of.
I admire other successful individuals including myself but writing about me has never been so easy.
I was inspired by other Hubbers to get into the challenge.
I was born in the Republic of South Africa, of Indian origin and speak four languages. I speak as I was taught and English is my first language.
I grew up during the apartheid system and to me that kind of a life felt normal.
I spent my schooled years and college years back in South Africa.
My move to Croatia had changed everything in my life and that was my greatest challenge of other challenges.
I faced changes bravely and have moved on from those experiences.
I studied, Communications, Office skills, Typing and Computers.
Due to the lack of employment working did not go my way.
Writing was not what I had planned for myself but over the years since moving to Croatia, I decided to take on the opportunity and write whatever I am familiar with and know best of.
I showed myself I could write when I wrote my first ebook Early Parenting Tips.
Thereafter I continued with several other new titles.
I only got my work published online from the year 2008 onward.
I chose to write more after living in Croatia. I had not much of a choice and writing had given me a much more positive lifestyle. I speak English at home and speak the foreign language when or if required.
It has never been easy to have moved from my country to another these experiences have opened my mind to another life.
I prefer to be happy and alive, rather than to sit down and mope about ''what was, ''what would.'' Have been'', or ''could have been.''
I am self-employed during the summer and enjoy what I do.
Selling refreshments, traditional souvenirs, and ice-cream to tourists is my best time of the year. I enjoy meeting people and outdoors is great during the sunny days. The winter is not my best time of year. I try to keep occupied to avoid boredom.
Reading and watching movies or casual visits to a friend occupies my winter days.
I have thoroughly researched many writing sites and finally found my convenient site, Hubpages. I find that I express myself freely here and have a friendly community.
Since the nineties I got interested in learning more about herbs and spices.
I was amazed to know of the different types of herbal teas and Indian spices.
Growing up with the daily spicy meals I had no idea how important most these herbs were and are to the many scientists.
Through personal experiences I found myself writing The Simple Uses of Herbal Teas and Indian Spices.
I am confident though still at times I do get into that shy mood.
What inspired you to write?
I was inspired in a new country. My move from South Africa to Croatia allowed me the better opportunity.
I did not want to speak a foreign language at home. I preferred to continue with my first language and writing and expressing my feelings were my better choices.
If you could turn back the clock what would you change about your life?
The thought had crossed my mind many times.
I am just perfect in this way and have no intentions of changing anything about my life. I don't believe I would have continued my stay back home after my son had grown older. All I did was for my son's future and for our freedom.
I had to leave someday!
What do you enjoy best?
I have grown used to walking freely!
I enjoy walking, meeting people, outdoors, writing about personal experiences and in keeping my family happy.
Do I have new ideas for another book?
I have been pretty busy for days and have been for the past weeks working on my new book idea.
Soon to be released!
Reading is my other greater interest and I enjoy watching movies, especially during the winter period.
Gardening has become one of my natural moments in the summer time.
I learned more about gardening after living in Croatia.
I handle my situations with less panicky and know to be positive and happy.
My life has changed in my ways and writing has helped me emotionally.
What do you feel contributed to the success of your abilities?
I know from my old and new experiences writing pulled me through all those times.
I have expressed in my work about my life from the past and of my present life.
During which time I have remained helpful and happy for each day not only for my sake also for the sake of my son.
Writing more and more each day has allowed me to look at my life in much more different perspective.
I don't look at my life in a negative way. Taking this challenge took a while to get to me afer reading challenges of other hubbers I had to get mine into action.
What is your best advice to avoid writer's block?
I try to be relaxed and continue my day with something new. Recently, I haven't had the chance to write due to my extensive research on my new book. Be focused and think freely with an open mind.
The best idea is to read and write when you have the time. If writing is what you chose to do surely you can look at that as your responsibility and fulfill that gap with new ideas.
Be social to grasp new ideas for writing or read often.
I don't like to brag about myself on anything new I have bought or with anything new I have newly approached.
I need to get into that lifestyle for certain deeds.
Life for me went from one to another very quickly and there are just some parts of my life that will not be the same again. I can't go back and make that be for me. I can only go forward and make new friends, avoid isolation and enjoy my life and make new choices.
Life is meant to be enjoyed.
Writing to me has been most helpful and enjoyable.
My life changed and I accepted to move on.
How did I cope with learning a foreign language?
Learning the Croatian language was tough. I had to do it all by myself to actually start speaking the language.
I first started speaking the Croatian language after three years of my stay in Croatia.
Communication is important in any language. I felt it difficult to communicate right from the beginning. The moment I began speaking I felt much better. The difference in speaking and sitting in a room with a number of people is enormous.
In not having anything to say for not knowing the language made me see the greater importance of communication.
I had not once before sat in a room silently.
What I learned in Croatia had opened my life to many avenues.
I needed to get out and see another part of world to know what my past life meant to me.
How did the changes affect your life in Croatia?
I did not know and that was my weakest point. Not knowing allowed me to see everything in an almost negative way. I tried to be happy immediately. I realized I had to gain my happiness all over again from my own ways and habits.
I needed time to get my life together.
My life turned around without me even seeing it come by.
I had to communicate and learn a new culture.
So far my performances and achievements are shown greatly.
I can only be happy and look forward to more new challenges.
Life is too short to sit around and be unhappy.
What Motivates you?
''Life is too short to sit around and be unhappy.''
© 2014 Devika Primić