Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 5

Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 5

Dear reader,

Nano 2014

Welcome to the Nanowrimo report after 25 days of writing.

The word count for Hilda 16 is currently well over 75.000 words. The story is still going strong but it needs a lot of tender loving care because writing at this speed is demanding that the gods of Typos come over for frequent visits!

What’s been going on in there so far since the last update:

  • Some insight on how old magical people can become and how they do it;
  • still no idea how old Hilda actually is (and I’m not going to ask. Toads make even more typos than speeding writers);
  • the teacher that they lost? Is found and back;
  • If you’ve read Hilda – Snow White revisited then you may recall a visit to Scary Mountain. I’ll leave this hint at that;
  • purple pebbles;
  • a student isn’t coming back to school;
  • there’s something about a ring with a red stone;
  • and a mountain is crumbling.
Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 4

Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 4

Dear reader,

Nano 2014

The madness which many people around the world lovingly call Nanowrimo is on track since 20 days. My story is still progressing nicely and I had the most amazing moment of synchronicity that I could hope for. Or not even that.

I was writing part 15 of my Hilda series when Nanowrimo started. Because of that I started writing part 16 even when 15 isn’t done yet. In book 15 I had reached a point where Hilda was struggling with something traumatic of her past.

So there I was, writing that specific part in her past in part 16 (which is about her youth) and at one point I was writing in 15 AND 16 simultaneously so I could get the feelings and emotions of both experiences perfectly aligned. How special is that? Very special, yes indeed; I’m glad you agree with me.

Right then, what has been happening since the last update?

  • They lost a teacher.
  • Forbidden rooms aren’t that forbidden for our witch, even at a young age.
  • Did I mention that I know who Hilda’s first boyfriend was? Well, I do.
  • Miss Hepatia Strunk wears pink.
  • If you’ve read “Charisma the young witch” then you’ll find out where the ring came from. Otherwise you will have to read Charisma. 😉
  • The word count so far is 62.980 words so this is going to be a larger than usual Hilda book, it seems. I’m sorry.
  • Something amazing happens with respect to Baba Yaga’s parents.

That’s it for this update. I hope you’re bouncing off the walls to get your hands on this book. In that case: happy bouncing, because it’s not finished yet. 😉

Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 3

Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 3

Dear reader,

Nano 2014

The Nanowrimo madness is in its 15th day and I’m still going ahead full steam as far as work and other things allow.

The word count for the project currently is at 52362.

I can already promise you that this will be a very large new Hilda book. Forgive me if this upsets you, but somehow I think there is hardly anything to forgive. 😉

What new things have come up since the previous update?

  • An interesting twist in flying lessons, something that doesn’t involve a broom;
  • Hilda’s defence against boys trying to kiss her;
  • lessons about dragons;
  • meeting someone we’ve seen in a previous book;
  • Hilda learns something about attitude from someone who learnt something about attitude.
  • We learn about making a wand;
  • and a big secret is revealed. Who was Hilda’s first boyfriend?
  • Oh yes, there’s also this thing with a mirror.

 

Writing, writing, writing. Does it ever end?

Dear reader,

quill&inkIt may look as if I’m complaining. Trust me, I’m not. I’m just pondering the writing that I envision ahead of me. Let me show you what’s ‘in store’ so far.

The fifteenth book in the Hilda the Wicked Witch series has progressed quite far already. This is a good thing. Next month I plan to put down the basis for the sixteenth book of Hilda when it’s Nanowrimo again.

Then there is the sequel to A Girl Named Sandy that I am writing. This is a very interesting challenge as it’s an attempt to make this as good or even better as “Sandy” (which I still consider my best book to date).

I know there are people hoping for another Lily Marin book (which is something I’m looking forward too as well, honest!).

The plan to write The Story of the Mimosa in Dutch has started to become more a slow-moving reality than a plan. And I have heard from several sides that a sequel to Wanted: Hero would be greatly appreciated. (Wanted: Hero isn’t available in English yet, so far only in Dutch, but we’re working on that!)

Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 2

Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 2

Dear reader,

Nano 2014

The madness called Nanowrimo has been running for 10 days now. As usual I’m not very worried about reaching the goal of 50,000 words as my current word count for the project is at 37,228 words and I’m far from being done with the story. Not bad for ten days.

I am thoroughly enjoying this story and I’m certain you will also be entertained by all the things that happen in Hilda’s younger years. There are brooms to be flown and a school to be visited, to mention just a few things. Are there dragons, you ask? Well, do polar bears have white furs? Of course there are dragons!

What mentionables are there this time?

  • School. Yes, Hilda goes to school.
  • As I said: there is something like a dragon. Perhaps more of them.
  • We meet several teachers, some of which are not who or what they appear to be
  • There is music. Of sorts. You’ll learn about an instrument you probably never heard of. (I for one never did!)
  • How will the first flying lessons go? Do you have any idea?
  • If you read Hilda – Aiaia, you’ll know who’s coming to school too!

 

Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 1

Nanowrimo. 5-day update number 1

Dear reader,

Nano 2014

The madness is off since 5 days. I think I’m making good progress towards the goal of (at least) 50,000 words. My current count stands at 22,172 words.

As you may recall, my aim is to write most (or even better: all) of book 16 in the Hilda the Wicked Witch series, which  opens up the world of Hilda’s younger years.

What have I covered in these first days:

  • Hilda’s parents have entered the arena
  • They found a home in a small village
  • The magical people met the local king and queen
  • Hilda “arrived” into their life
  • Charisma, Hilda’s little sister, arrived as well
  • It’s now clear where Baba Yaga came from
  • And there are a few answers to burning questions like:
    • Where did the two black cats come from?
    • From which parent did Hilda inherit her attitude?
    • What triggered the appearance of Hilda’s expression “shiny“?
    • Who came up with “crappedy crap”?

Maybe you are as curious as I am to see where things stand in 5 days… 🙂

Are you a writer and a blogger?

Dear reader,

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Stuck on what to blog? Need some ideas and perhaps the best style of article to use with the ideas? Need some tips on writing for your blog? 
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One million words

Dear reader,

Do you know what one million words look like over a span of 18 months and a week? Allow me to show you:

A million in a graph
Don’t worry, some month abbreviations may look funny but that’s because they’re in Dutch.

Last year April I started keeping track of how much I write daily and kept scores in a spreadsheet. I wondered how long it would take me to get to one million words. Now I know. 18 months and a week. I thought it would take me longer to reach that number. Now of course I’m curious if the next million will take longer, less long or equally long, so I shall meet you again in 18 months and a week. Or sooner. Or so.

How writing a sequel can be scary

Dear reader,

A Girl Named Sandy

I have started to write a sequel to “A Girl named Sandy“. I knew this would happen as I left the ending of the first book wide open. The amazing thing though is that it scared me to start this second book. Why would it scare me to write this next book after putting out so many other books?

The reason may sound too simple: “Sandy” for me is the best book I’ve ever written. Now I am facing the challenge to top that book, or at least make it as good as the first book. And that is not an easy task, the more as I am still at the foot of that mountain I intend to climb.

I’ll keep you informed of the progress that I make, the problems and challenges I encounter and maybe even the great things I discovered!

Why do we read?

Dear reader,

I sometimes wonder about things. Today I wonder about the question you saw in the title. Why do we read? In school we read to learn things. Those are however not the books we’d usually choose, given the choice.

For me reading is a way to escape reality and learn about new ones. To venture into worlds that I can’t reach in this world. I also read to learn things that interest me (opposed to what teachers wanted me to read). Reading is a kind of wealth that has a value beyond money. There is a richness in reading. I once read a book called Dune by Frank Herbert. In it there is a race of navigators that use a substance called the spice to expand their mind so they can fold space. Books for me are that spice, the substance that allows me to expand my mind, to travel to places in the universe (through astronomy books and science fiction), to the past (through the books of e.g. Jane Austen and Emily Brontë) and into worlds we cannot see (e.g. paranormal and spirit stories).

If you have a moment then please answer me this question: why do you read?