Welcome to ‘in a small compass’!

My name is Karen.  I am a translator and a technical author.  I spend my time mainly in Germany and Ireland and collect my inspirations on the go. 

This site will show short stories of different kinds.  They will appear rather spontaneously.   And the stories will certainly comprise some hobbies, favourite locations, animals, topics, beverages, etc.  Locations do exist; pubs and/or shops might be gone; people are fictional unless stated otherwise. 

My personal motto:

Don’t look back in anger!

10 statements

A typical work day begins with…  black coffee and my schedule.
I lose track of time…  when I am reading.
I have always…  wanted to live in Ireland.
I have never…  been bored.
Home means to me…  being with the ones I love.
I am inspired by…  almost everything.
I would like to meet…  (and discuss with) the Dalai Lama.
My worst character trait…   impatience.
My best character trait…  open-mindedness.
The best advice I was given…  keep an open mind.

I am looking forward to your comments.

Thank you.


Best regards,

For miscellaneous topics (among others book reviews and 10 statements) please visit my blog http://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/

  1. Jamie says:


    I checked out your ebook. From the blurb it looks like a high quality ebook. If you are interested in some real promotion and exposure for your book , I have a few offers for you. Email me at pluxedo AT gmail.com if you are interested in screenshots and samples.

  2. Great website..awesome content! I just nominated you and you deserve this 🙂

  3. chattykerry says:

    I love your site and thank you for enjoying my Irish secret on Ed’s blog.

  4. Julie says:

    Thank you for liking my post ” a trip down memory lane” , it is great to discover new blogs and I look forward to reading yours x

  5. Yinglan says:

    Hi, I really enjoyed reading your blog and I think it’s awesome. Therefore I have nominated you for One Lovely Blog Award. Congratulations! 🙂 For more information, you can check out my post by clicking here:

  6. Risty says:


    I nominated you for Sunshine Award and The Versatile Blogger Award
    For more information please read
    Happy Blogging,
    Many Hugs, Risty

  7. nerdycanuck says:

    So excited about your upcoming story.. I ‘ll promote it on Pinterest and looking forward to reading it. Sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner it’s been a little crazy, the harbour is in Oakville Ontario by Lakeside Park and the Erchless Estate:0)

  8. Hello Karen! There is an awards ceremony at my place today. I’ve awarded you the Liebster Award. You will find at http://meglenaivanova.com/?p=1035. Congratulations!

  9. thats big of you to admit your issues with Jealousy….I struggle with that too when I see other artist get limelight that I don’t feel are deserving of it……something that we should work on…great blog!!!

  10. vozey says:

    Looking back in anger doesn’t do you any good.
    Looking forward in anger only does you harm.

  11. Yúlika says:

    I am so proud 🙂

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