Monthly Archives: July 2011

Charisma, take 2.

So, an update on Charisma, Hilda’s second in command, so to speak. My girlfriend (and wife to be) read the first version to her son. End result is a slight rework of the story. It only means redoing everything, which of course is fine. Together we worked out something that will be quite good. There is kind of a floorplan… (more…)

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A writer is a writer not because they write well and easily, because they have amazing talent, because everything they do is golden. In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway. – Junot Diaz, O Magazine, November 2009 (paraphrased)

A word on Hilda’s stories.

It’s Hilda for friends, otherwise known as Grimhilda. Through the endless ways of the Internet I discovered that people wonder if the Hilda books are child-safe. Here is the short answer: No, I did not write the Hilda books for children. Here is the long answer for whom is interested: it all depends on what you consider a child. I would… (more…)

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All writers have periods when they stop writing, when they cannot write, and this is always painful and terrible because writing is like breathing. – Audre Lorde

Paper books, electronic books

Paper books are the best. The feel of the paper, the smell of the ink, the weight of the book. E-books are the best. My e-reader is so convenient, I can take so many book with me in one fine small device and they are ever present. Yes, the fight is on, since a long time. Reports from show… (more…)

It is entirely different writing.

I wrote my handfasting vows. An entirely different kind of writing. It is the kind that makes you think hard and look at life in many other ways. But it is a good kind of writing. But not to worry, I also added a nice bit to the next Hilda story.

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The one thing I dislike about the writing process is the sometimes-loneliness of it all. Readers only get to see the glamour part of a bound book, not some of the agonizing moments one has while constructing it. – Mary Rodgers Interestingly enough this is not so for me. I venture into the story together with my characters. They set… (more…)

Writing prompt: A whisper on the stairs. (2)

Sometimes I write a short piece starting from a writing prompt. One of those prompts was “A whisper on the stairs”. As an additional challenge, I decided to write 2 different short pieces on that same prompt. Following is the second one.

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Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse, and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

A children’s witch

I’ve been contemplating reworking the first Hilda book into a child-safe version. Basically it should not be a lot of work as the amount of strong language is rather limited. It will probably also become a much better book than the one that is out now, as I have learnt the odd thing about writing (and this is a good… (more…)