Monthly Archives: December 2011

One year goes, another one comes

Here in the Netherlands, there are less than 4 hours remaining of the old year, 2011. I don’t know how it was for you, dear reader, but for me it flew by. Lots of things have happened, including new Hilda stories, this new website, and more and more resolve to continue with the adventures of our favourite witch. But also… (more…)

New year’s eve present. The first chapter of Hilda – Dragon Master

1. Archibald In the distance the mountains became visible. Of course, they were visible all the time, but not to Hilda and William. The magical couple usually was not in the right position to see the large chunks of rock where Archibald, the dragon collecting giant, lived. William had tried to talk Hilda out of this social call since they… (more…)

Why writers write, why readers read, and why others don’t?

These past few months after I created my Facebook Page, I met a lot of wonderful people around the world by just facing my computer screen. It is not a secret how technology changed the lives of the modern people, meaning us. From tapes, to CDs – we are now able to buy download songs online. From boutiques, to department… (more…)

New year’s eve present announcement

George R.R. Martin posted the first chapter of his 6th Game of Thrones-book “the winds of winter“, on his website, for all to read. I think that a good example should be copied, so on the 31st of December I shall present to you, in a similar vein, the first chapter of “Hilda – Dragon Master” on my website.

Interview with the witch

My dear fellow author, Vickie Johnstone, has posted an interview with Hilda the Wicked Witch on her blog.

“Bad” reviews

Dear reader, fellow author, I once posted about the value of reviews for authors, and the way they can influence or help the author in his or her writing. One of the most unnerving things about a review is that it can be a bad one. This is also known as the negative, or “no star” review. But how bad… (more…)

How the English language was developed

An entertaining video that in tells you how the English language came to be, 10 minutes.

Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat

Since e-readers are becoming more and more part of the common household, dear reader, it occured to me that not only adults, but also children probably enjoy these new gadgets. Especially when the device in question is a tablet, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a Kindle Fire or a Nook. (Think of the games that one can play on these.)… (more…)

Indie Promotion Day

It is 2nd Christmas day, Boxing day, whatever you like to call it, but it is also Monday, so I present to you: a new Indie Promotion. Eland Dances by Philip van Wulven. Ebook Short Description: Peter Fitt aims for peace and love in the middle of a war zone. He uses a Soviet airplane in a development project, and… (more…)

E-book gifts at Smashwords

From the blog of Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords: Smashwords yesterday released a new ebook gifting feature. Because Smashwords books are available in multiple ebook formats, our books are readable on any e-reading device. Simply click to the book you want to gift, and click the “give as gift” button. The shopping cart will ask you for their name and… (more…)