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An update on the Nanowrimo goings on.

Yes, dear reader, it’s still going strong. Nanowrimo in all its madness. And I’m still working on both stories, the English one and the Dutch one. The Dutch one has taken the lead in word count but that’s fine. Both stories are about witches, my favourite subject.

The story of Baba Yaga surprised me quite a lot already. I hope it will do so for you as well but you’ll have to wait for it “a little longer”. It’s not done yet, which is one of the best reasons. 😉

I hadn’t thought that Babs’ journey would be such an interesting one. I can’t emphasise it enough: it is not a fun and laughter story like the Hilda books but it feels like a very good story.

So far I’ve written 62.000 words of the needed 50.000 but considering that I’m doing 2 stories I am aiming for 100.000 words of course. Well, let’s get on with it (after chasing my cat Obsi through the hall a few times; he’s begging for that!)

Obsidian (a.k.a. Obsi)

Wanted: waiting people. Do you feel adventurous?

Greetings, dear reader!

Are you one of the people who’ve been waiting for the sequel to the adventures of Sabas and Reny who so bravely fought the Lergesh on Nilib-6? Let me bring you some good news:

The wait is almost over!

With gratitude to Renée Barratt for yet an excellent cover, I am proud to announce that “Wanted: adventurer” is being prepared for publication. The plan is to have the e-book out there on the first day of December of this year at all the usual gathering places like Amazon, Apple iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and so forth.

As usual the paperback will take a little longer, the more as I’ve decided to change printers for the Wanted-books.

If you want to know what this new book is about, read on:

In this sequel to “Wanted: hero” we follow Sabas and his alien bride Reny as they are looking for their own home. When they receive an invitation to visit the Souverein and his family again, they are immediately up for the journey there.

A concert and meeting someone who works in a library are the starting points for an adventure into an area on Nilib-6 that Sabas has never heard of. Remarkable encounters and unexpected discoveries are the fast paced elements of this new trip for the two.

Will they ever get home? Why do they go up in the air? And will Sabas and Reny succeed in becoming parents? You can find the answer to these and more questions in “Wanted: adventurer”.

Book review: The Eyes of the Dragon.

Eyes of the Dragon

Author: Stephen King (yes, that same one)
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5/5

“The Eyes of the Dragon” was suggested to me by a very dear friend. It was an excellent suggestion. Dive into this book and meet a story teller who delivers to you the story of a king who slays a dragon and what happens to his two sons after he died.

“The Eyes of the Dragon” is a book by Stephen King who also wrote the Dark Tower series. This is definitely a different class of writing, one that appeals to me. A fantasy story / fairy tale he wrote that’s rich in views and characters. Definitely something to read if you like fairy tales.

The first Nanowrimo update

Dear reader,

The madness is going well. I’ve written scandalous amounts of words in the past days. In total my Nanowrimo loot is over 11.000 words for the two stories I’m writing, and day 3 isn’t over yet. The Dutch story at the moment is in the lead in number of words, but the English story isn’t far behind.

The difference in style of the two stories is remarkable and I have to make a conscious switch when I go from one to the other. I’ve found that this is even harder than writing the same story in two languages simultaneously.

So far however I’m having fun!

And before you get confused: the image is one that I am temporarily using as a ‘fake cover’ for the Baba Yaga story. Could you see Babs like that in her younger years?

Nanowrimo 2017…

Yes, dear reader…

The madness is approaching. The month of November when tens of thousands of idiots – I mean writers – will attempt to write a book in one month.

It may not surprise you that I shall participate again. Hopefully with more success than last year as that story… well, lets not dwell on that.

This year I’ll embark on a daredevil’s journey: I plan on not one but two stories; an English one and a Dutch one.

The English story will rub elbows with the Hilda books. Ah, yes, now I have your attention!

This story will be about Hilda’s bestest girlfriend. Those who follow the series will know that Babs left Hilda’s hometown of Rompford for a while.

This book will attempt to tell what she did and saw during that time. Because Babs already talked a bit about that in some of the previous Hilda-books I need to go back in history and retrieve all that to make sure all the facts are factual and true to Babs’ recollection.

The Dutch story is going to be a new adventure. A story about a girl who discovers an intriguing book and becomes… you may have guessed it… a witch. No, she’s not going to be the Dutch Hilda. Nor is this going to turn into a series. That being said I should shut up now because Hilda’s first story originally wasn’t meant to become a series either and look at what we have now. 😉

I’ll do my best to keep you current on the progress of my mad, double book, double language enterprise.

This is going to be an exciting month to write!

And it’s out! Hilda, book 20. A Book Of Dragons!

Dear reader,

Yes, yes, yes, you can’t believe how dear you are to me.

Here it is.

Book 20 in the series. TWENTY!! And you’re to blame. I mean thank! Without your reading support, your questions and likes, I would never have gotten this far in the life of Hilda and William.

It’s one thing to write a book, yet another to find that people like it a lot and are waiting for more. That, dear reader, touches my writer’s heart more than I can express…

Book 21 (do you see that? 21!) is in the making. Carol’s working on the editing while I’m still working on getting more errors out before she laughs too hard (oh, the shame). The book has no title yet, nor a cover, but we’re full steam ahead. (Pulls cable, fog horn sounds, cable breaks, fog horn falls silent. Drat. Carol! I need a new fog horn cable!)

You can find a Book Of Dragons at the usual suspects, like Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.nl, Amazon.it, Amazon.fr, Amazon.es, Amazon.ca, Amazon.au, Barnes&Noble, Apple iTunes and Kobo.

Hilda, adventurers and other stuff that’s going on.

Dear reader,

Yes! Hilda is coming! Soon too!

No need to excuse my enthusiasm. Live with it or run away screaming. In the latter case please send me a recording of your screams as I collect interesting vocal expressions.

Tomorrow is the day! Hilda’s 20th adventure will hit the e-shelves! And it’s a book about a book! A book of Dragons! Real, live, big, dragony fly-beasts! If you want to know how to get one, buy the book and find out!

And what’s this adventurer stuff then?

Wanted: heroThat’s coming too, be it a little later. I hope by the end of November. I’m talking about the sequel to “Wanted: hero“. It will be called “Wanted: adventurer”. It was a really difficult book to write which threw surprise after surprise at me. All came out well in the end, despite a lot of dust, cracks and airborne problems. Maybe you remember Reny and Sebastian, also known as Sabas to throw the ugly Lergesh off his trail. There are more adventures (well, duh) lined up for them. And yes: there will be Nordrish too. 😀

The last bits of things: Nanowrimo!

Winter is coming to the north, as we all know (except for Jon Snow; he knows nothing). But November also means Nanowrimo. Despite the fact that I’m working on 2 Hilda books (one in edit and one in writing) I plan on starting another book about Hilda’s world. This one will be different though. You may remember Baba Yaga’s absence from her bestest girlfriend’s life. Well, this book is going to detail where she went and what happened during that time.

Until all that is done you can either read one of the many books all those writer types from around the world have created especially for you, or you can join the Night’s Watch and wait for the Army of the Dead to arrive. Up to you.

But whatever you choose to do: stay alive and enjoy it!

Paul

Hilda. Book 20. Really. It’s going to be here soon.

Dear reader,

Believe it. I’m not adding the “or not” bit because there’s no escape possible. Hilda’s (and William’s) twentieth adventure is going to hit the e-shelves soon.

Soon in this case is October 1st. Yes, oddly enough it will be available on a Sunday but that’s fine, I’m sure.

Let me show you something of the book. The cover image. Then you know the title of the book too.

Yep. There be dragons. I’m sure you’re curious what this book is about. Well… how about this:

Yes. Dragons.

They play a big role in this new book in the Hilda (and William) series. We’ll find out what can happen with a certain book, we’ll learn a surprise fact about King Walt and Queen Velma, and many characters you already know return to the party.

Is that enough to tease you? Are you drooling already? Or is this quite the deception? Feel free to let me know, either in a comment, through my contact page, on Facebook, or use the old fashioned way: via e-mail!

Writing for the heart.

Dear reader,

I agree this is a rather unusual title. I’m good at coming up with unusual things but that’s not the point of this post.  Read on and find out…

Writing for the heart.

red heartThe writing for the heart that I mean is not for my heart. It’s for the heart of the people who read what I’ve put to electronic paper. Let me tell you the story of one of those people. I’ll not mention her name. She will be MC.

Writing for the heart of MC.

One day, several years ago, I received an e-mail from someone who had read the entire series of my wicked witch. MC told me she used to be an artist, a painter, who then was in hospital because of many ailments. Since a few years (!) she was in an oxygen tent and reading books was impossible for her; her eyes had been affected by all the medication. A few good friends had bought her an e-reader (adjustable font size, you know) and on that she could read again. On that e-reader they’d installed the first few books of Hilda.

After reading them, MC asked a friend to write me that e-mail. In it she told me how much good my stories had done for her. And… then she asked: “If ever I am well enough again to paint, would you allow me to paint a few scenes from your stories?”

Bam

That is how that question hit me. Something I had written and put out into the world had such a profound impact on that person, profound enough for her to get that e-mail to me, with her story and her request.

You cannot imagine how that affected me. I hadn’t even ever dared to dream of anything like that to happen.

MC was not the only person who wrote to me about how my stories helped her along and made her happy. I’m not going to list all of them but there have been many. E-mails that touched me, made me smile, made me cry.

E-mails that made me happy, proud and humble. Humble because of the awe that I can do something like that for people I’ve never seen, that I’ll never meet. And they take the time to write to me. To tell me what my stories mean to them.

That is what I mean when I say writing for the heart. Maybe there are more hearts that my stories have touched, hearts that don’t want or dare to write to me. That’s okay. As long as the magic of words does magic to people’s hearts, that’s what counts.

MC, so I’ve learnt, has left this Earthly plane several years ago. An end to her pains and sickness. But knowing how books with stories have made a difference for her… touches my heart…

 

Magic, witches, Hilda.

Dear reader,

It is time again for an update since the last update was updated quite a while ago. Let’s talk witches. And wizards. And cats. My cats, who incidentally (cough, cough) have the same names as those of Hilda and William, who incidentally (cough, cough) are the witch and wizard I would like to talk about.

Hilda. 20.

Original HildaYes. Hilda 20. Book twenty in the continuing saga about the wicked witch.

We’re going strong, my editor Carol and I. Most chapters have been ‘processed’ already and it looks as if we can keep this up.

I know all Hilda fans are waiting desperately for more news and adventures. Trust me, we’re doing what we can but there are only so many candles in a box. I mean feathers on a bird. Ehm… hours in a day perhaps? That sounds more likely.

Since there is not a real, clear publication date for this book, I decided to show you a little part of the cover image. I understand that this is not what you’re waiting for but I promise you that this bit is better than the backside of it (which is basically a white square and for that kind of boring).

So here is a small part of the cover image. Tada. (Imagine a beautiful trumpet sound, unless you prefer a bugle sound, in that case you can imagine a beautiful bugle sound.)

Part Cover Hilda 20

How would you like it if a book was looking at you?

Hilda. 21.

Yes. This book also exists in a raw form. I’m currently reworking the text and at this moment of writing I have finished 4 chapters of it.

There’s not much I can show you of this book unfortunately. Perhaps this is exciting:

Chapters Hilda 21

Hmm. I guess not. At least you can see there are 33 chapters in this book. (Hilda 20 ‘only’ has 27.) I’m not done pondering the cover for this book but there’s still time (and a lot of work to be done). Let’s first get book 20 out there!

Hilda. 22.

Yikes. But yes. I’m working on this one also since the witch won’t leave me alone. As I may have said before, Hilda 22 will bring a dramatic change. I went out on a limb trying this. I’m a few chapters into the story now and I have a trusted alpha-reader (someone who gets the chapters as they’re produced). She told me this is very, very beautiful.

So there you have it. I’m working on 3 Hilda books at the same time. Who’d have thought that when I wrote that first short story about a witch with a big mouth…

Surprised? Me? Hell yeah…