Vegan Blogger Patrick Bolk: “I Try to Help Make This World a Better Place”

He turned his passion into a career: The German blogger and book author Patrick Bolk successfully publishes about the vegan way of life. Read in our interview what led up to it — and have the chance to win a copy of Patrick’s book “Vegan im Job” (“Vegan at Work”).

Patrick Bolk
Patrick Bolk
Please tell us something about you and what you are working on. 

My name is Patrick Bolk, I’m 43 years old, live in Berlin and Mallorca, and I do a lot of different things. Currently I am working on a new vegan cookbook and on a ghostwriting project. I also constantly write articles for blogs. 

What is the share of writing in your working life?

I write all the time. In every project I work on, writing is my no. 1 task. Of course there are also some other things to do: research for books, taking and editing photos, or building a website. But in the end, writing is my main thing. 

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Vote for Your Favorite Group Icon

Are you familiar with Ulysses group icons? You can assign an individual icon to each of the groups in your library; Ulysses lets you choose from around 200 different icons in total. (Read our short tutorial to learn how to use them.)

The motives of the icons are diverse, but seemingly not diverse enough: Every now and then there are users who can’t find what they need to represent their writing properly. We would like to change that! Which icons would you like to see added to Ulysses in the next release? Possibly a big bad wolf (“Little Red Riding Hood”), a skull (“Hamlet”) or bow and arrow (“Robin Hood”)?

The best ideas and the most-wished icons will make it into version 2.8. Just send your proposals by March 10 to support@ulyssesapp.com, subject “Group icon wish”, or comment on the respective Facebook post or tweet.

Ulysses Moments 2016

2016

Albeit 2016 was not exactly everybody’s darling of years, it has been a very special and successful year for Ulysses and for us — maybe even the most exciting year in our company’s history. That’s why we would like to pause for a moment, look back at the most important things that happened, and share them with you.

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Contemporary Romance Author Lauren Layne: “Living in Manhattan Has Had a Huge Impact on My Writing Career”

Women in high heels, men in suits, sipping fancy cocktails — that’s the world of the protagonists of Lauren Layne’s “big city” romances. And it is also Lauren Layne’s world, since she’s left Seattle and her former job for pursuing a writing career in New York City. Albeit “real life” experience helps, it takes mostly hard work and perseverance to succeed in her business, as the author explains in our interview.

Lauren Layne
Lauren Layne

Please tell us something about you and what you are working on.

I’m a contemporary romance author — I tend to describe myself as writing “romantic comedies,” because my style of writing is more akin to a modern day rom-com you’d see in the theaters than it is an old-school Harlequin novel. Currently I’m working on the next book in my Stiletto & Oxford series, which is a bit like Sex & the City meets FRIENDS. It’s titled I Knew You Were Trouble, and will be available in June 2017.

In your previous life you have been working as a web marketing manager. How did you come up with the idea to become a writer?

Well, let’s just say I was one of those precocious bookworm kids who, whenever asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, proclaimed an author! Eventually, “real life,” or what I thought was real life kicked in, and I took a “real job,” first as a receptionist, then as a web marketing/e-commerce manager in my mid-twenties. I enjoyed it. I daresay I was even good at it. But I had this nagging feeling that there was more to life than dreading Monday mornings. I did a lot of soul-searching, asking myself, “If money were no object, what would you spend every day doing?” Writing was the answer every single time. And since money was a factor, I thought, “Well, I guess I better figure out how to make a living out of this!”

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30 Tips for Beating Writer’s Block, and a Final Giveaway

Ulysses is a sponsor of NaNoWriMo 2016, and we’re inviting all participants to write their novels with Ulysses (for free). Our offer also includes an introductory video, a free email course to get the most of Ulysses, and app giveaways during the NaNoWriMo season.

Last week we asked you to share your best tip for dealing with writer’s block in a Facebook comment — the results were amazing. Thanks to anyone who participated! The tips are so manifold that they should help any writer to lift their blockade. So, this may come a little late for this year’s NaNoWriMo, but you’re invited to keep our compilation for upcoming writing challenges.

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Your Best Tipps for Dealing With Writer’s Block

Ulysses is a sponsor of NaNoWriMo 2016, and we’re inviting all participants to write their novels with Ulysses (for free). Our offer also includes an introductory video, a free email course to get the most of Ulysses, and app giveaways during the NaNoWriMo season.

9 more days to go until November 30! If you have hung on until now, you’re likely to make the 50,000… well, if you don’t get stuck in writer’s block. Supposedly, most writers have experienced this phenomenon at some point. You know – when your head suddenly feels empty, and the words simply don’t want to flow anymore? It’s a mess.

But more importantly: Have you found a way to deal with writer’s block? A simple way out maybe, or a complex routine to get you back on track? Then you should share your wisdom today, because we’re giving away 5 Ulysses for Mac licenses for the best tips to combat writer’s block.

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The Novel We’d Really Want to Read

Ulysses is a sponsor of NaNoWriMo 2016, and we’re inviting all participants to write their novels with Ulysses (for free). Our offer also includes an introductory video, a free email course to get the most of Ulysses, and app giveaways during the NaNoWriMo season.

Last week we called on you to send in the first 100 words of the novel you’re currently writing. Notably, 51 Wrimos interrupted their work to do just that. Thank you so much! This morning, Eline, Lara, Martin, and Rebekka stopped programming, answering customer emails and planning marketing activities, respectively – in order to read your novel beginnings. Respect, you seem to get some great stories going! We certainly had a lot of fun, and the decision was not an easy one. Here is our favorite, by Jessica Hewlett:

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5 x Ulysses for Mac for the Best Beginnings

Ulysses is a sponsor of NaNoWriMo 2016, and we’re inviting all participants to write their novels with Ulysses (for free). Our offer also includes an introductory video, a free email course to get the most of Ulysses, and app giveaways during the NaNoWriMo season.

NaNoWriMo Giveaway

Wrimos, listen up! Today is your second chance to win Ulysses for Mac and keep it for your future works. We’re giving away five licenses, and they’ll be granted to the best NaNoWriMo novel beginnings!

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