I know there’s a severe shortage of imagery from Hilda’s world…

Really. I know. You want more pictures of the witch, William, Baba Yaga, Shevaughn, Charisma and Green.

Sorry. That’s not going to happen for a while. Really, I’m sorry about that.

BUT!

Not all is gloomy at yonder… something. I’ve been working on Secret Project Beta X. It’s a yonder something from Hilda’s world. And today you’re invited to come and have a look…

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It looks like I’m doing nothing, doesn’t it?

Dear reader,

Time flies by like a clock on steroids.

Hilda 19 is out since a while and you hear little from me. Part of that has to do with things in life. Things involving jobs, new jobs, other workplaces and so on. Those take up time and energy. Still I hope that someday I’ll be as good a writer as for instance Stephen King or Ursula Le Guin. That’s something for later, when I grow up. As I try to write this, my cat Grimalkin is walking over the keyboard, attracting attention.

So what’s happening in the area of real interest: books.

I’m working on book 20 of Hilda which is always a pleasure. Carol and I are still working on getting the sequel to “Wanted: hero” out there. The next book to come out will the “The Magic of the Bull”, which might be closer than you think. 🙂

In between all that I have also updated the cover for “Charisma, the young witch.”

I think this looks a lot better than what was there before!

 

 

It happened yesterday. Hilda’s 19th adventure.

Yes, dear reader,

Here it is. The new Hilda-book, in which of course William, Baba Yaga and Shevaughn also have roles.

Hilda – Witches’ Myths

An odd book is the start of a new series of adventures for our magical heroes. A book acquired by William who can’t keep his hands away from books. Are you ready to meet Baba Yaga and Shevaughn again? Are you prepared to swim up one of the strangest rivers you’ve never seen? If you’ve said ‘yes’ to at least one of those questions, you’re ready to step into the world of Witches’ Myths where the most incredible of the incredible becomes credible. And deadly. Yes. Deadly. No other book in this series has more murder on its mind than this one. Do you still feel ready? Yes? Let’s go then.

The e-book is available at Smashwords, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, (and DE, NL, IT, FR, ES, CA, AU), Barnes&Noble, Apple iTunes and Kobobooks.

If you are looking for the paperback, that’s available through Lulu.com.

 

Here’s how the writing’s going.

Dear reader,

I hope you will appreciate this little update on the progress of my writing projects. First:

Hilda’s 19th adventure.

Yes, it’s really coming. Final edits are just about done now and the creation of the actual books (e-book and paperback) is underway. This, I think, is also a good moment to sneak you a peek of the cover so you have an idea of the title of this book.

Okay. Here we go.

No more delay.

Tada!

Yes, the title of the new book is “Witches’ myths”. It is about the myths of witches, which is an entirely different ballgame from the myths that ordinaries deal with. You’ll read all about it as soon as possible! I might add that the moment of as soon as possible has a final date too. On February 1st of this year the e-books will be available at all the usual e-book holes! (The paperback will come when it’s ready, I am waiting for the proof print.)

The magic of the bull

This is progressing well. It is the translation of a Dutch fantasy story I wrote. I’m very proud of it. The story tells things of Medieval times and the Roman era, so if you want to brush up your knowledge on that, this is the book for you.

Wanted: hero

Wanted: heroDo you remember this book? Yes? Good.

I’ve written a sequel to it which I’m currently checking for the worst errors before Carol will go over it with her fine comb to take away the stupid things I left in there.

I’ll tell you that the title of the sequel will be “Wanted: adventurer”. Some ingredients of the story are Sabas and Reny (which should not be very surprising) and there will be more Artors.

It’s been hard work getting this story done in the way it should be done but finally the end is coming nearer. I hope to publish this book this year. No promises though.

Lily Marin – the second novel

Yes, there is going to be another steampunk novel around Lily and Billy.

As it was with the first book, this one is putting up a tremendous fight so it will take a lot of time to write and tame it. But it will be done!

And that wraps up the updates for me.

I hope you all are doing well in this new year and I look forward to telling you when Hilda’s Myths are available!

Paul

Plotting and planning and Hilda

Yes, dear reader,

I’m still here. And let me explain about the title of this post.

Plotting

plottingI’ve taken up this ‘plotting’ thing many writers are dedicated to. It means you sit down and first work out how a story will go before you get it going. I’ve found there are advantages to it. It takes the surprises and blind spots out of many parts of a story. That may sound brilliant but having the surprises taken out of a story isn’t so good. I like my surprises. They’re part of the fun, the shock and the journey I take together with the victims I write about. Of course I didn’t mean that; they’re my valued characters who unfortunately end up in places and situations of ‘interest’.

Planning

BoringNow this is something I might need to look into. I’m always working on a bunch of stories. At the moment I think it’s 5 or 6. Planning might actually help to get some insight on where I am and what I should do.

Planning however is boring and takes time. Time I can use better, like for writing. Or perhaps plotting, which also eats up quite some time. I have yet to find a convincing argument for planning, so let’s leave it at that and move on to the most interesting part of this post.

Hilda

Hilda The Wicked WitchThe Hilda stories are those that will never be planned or plotted.  N-E-V-E-R, do you hear me?

Hilda’s adventures are, in a way, my own adventures. The best kind, where magic, life and fairy tales come together. Is there a better combination?

I love this witch and her circle of family, friends, acquaintances and other people who hang around for some reason or other. I’m proud of her. I have a large canvas picture of her hanging from my wall.

There has to be a benefit to plotting and planning because so many people do it. Some stories however aren’t meant to be plotted. They are travels to uncharted lands, over trails so far undiscovered.

In a few days I’ll find out if the plotting business will work for me. Then Nanowrimo starts, and I’ve done a lot of figuring out for that. Plotting. And planning, if you will, although that’s just minimal.

We’ll see how it works. Or not.

 

How strangers touch your life

Dear reader,

Long ago I received an e-mail from a lady who was in hospital. She’d been there since a long time, battling cancer. Medication had made her eyes go bad and she couldn’t read books any more until one of her friends gave her an e-reader. On that e-reader were the first five Hilda books.

This lady, Lisa, had been a painter. After reading Hilda’s stories she asked a friend to write me an e-mail, to tell me how she enjoyed the Hilda books. After a few more mails she asked permission to paint some scenes from the books if ever she would be healthy enough again to pick up a brush. Unfortunately she will not paint those scenes. I have learnt today that several months ago she passed over to the next stage in the cycle of life and death.

I have often thought about Lisa. About how the words I wrote touched her life, and that she touched mine in turn by telling me her story.

Lisa and I never met. We only exchanged words on screens. And yet there was this miracle of meaning something for the other. It’s a treasure and I will never forget that.

Goodbye, Lisa. Paint on, wherever you are. These colours are for you.

Hilda and her pirates!

Dear reader,

Hilda 18 320Suspense has been hovering over, under and to the left and right of everyone for a long time, I know this. Certainly you know this too. Today there is a temporary end to the waiting.

The latest book in the Hilda the Wicked Witch series has made it to our favourite e-book stores.

Book 18, ‘Pirates’, is now available through:

Smashwords, Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, (and DE, NL, IT, FR, ES, CA, AU), Barnes&Noble, Apple iTunes and Kobobooks. The paper edition is still in the works, I’ll let everyone know when that becomes available.

May you enjoy this new adventure of the witch and her friends. And be prepared for a very special appearance of someone who’s going to stay! 🙂

Hilda – Pirates. Chapter 1

Dear reader,

Hilda 18 320

As is my happy habit before the actual publication of a new book, I am more than happy to present to you the first chapter of a new book.

Hilda’s 18th story.

Pirates.

It’s about pirates, but not just them. We also have a dragon, Baba Yaga, King Walt and his dear wife, and a number of new people.

But now, without further dillying and dallying, here is chapter 1!

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Hilda’s 18th adventure. It’s coming soon.

Yes, dear reader,

Hilda’s 18 adventure is coming soon. Book 18 will be called ‘Pirates’ and it will feature pirates. This might be very obvious to many people but we’re referencing Hilda the Wicked Witch so anything might happen.

Let me first treat you to the cover which I have actually completed today:

Hilda 18 Pirates

What is this book about?

It’s amazing how the encounter with a big, stubborn dragon can bring about new adventures. Dragging a big, stubborn dragon around makes William and Hilda run into pirates, but unsurprisingly that encounter happens in the weirdest of places. Our magical couple will of course try to put everything in place again. However… odd magic, a dangerous witch and a particular queen don’t make that very easy.

Sail along with pirate captain Hilda and discover treasures in places where you might not expect treasures! She’ll get you ‘hooked’. Arrrr!

The e-book is currently being processed by the big processors of Smashwords and Amazon. I have set the publication date to August 2nd of this very year – yes, that’s next week Tuesday.

The print version of the book will come out a lot later. I didn’t want to keep all you e-readers waiting longer than necessary!

What’s going on?

Vacation

Dear reader,

It’s been silent again for some time. First of all I was on a two week vacation to Great Britain, something I thoroughly enjoyed.

england

I’ve spent a nice time in Dorset, which is located in the south of England. From there I drove up to Bristol where I met a good friend. She is actually the lady who gave our beloved wicked witch her face! We went to Cardiff to visit the Dr Who experience, which was an amazing experience indeed. I’m quite the Dr Who fan so that was a treat.

dr who experience

After Bristol I went up even more north to North Wales where I enjoyed a stay with the editor of my English books. I don’t meet my British friends nearly enough so this was absolutely delightful.

Book things

Furthermore I have been busy promoting my latest Dutch book which is received very well. So well in fact that many English speaking people have asked me when the ‘international’ version is ready. I have to admit that I had no plans to rewrite that book in English, but with so many enquiries I have decided to review those intentions. The work on rewriting the book in English has started, the first 2 chapters are already done. Only 31 more to go!

Book 18 of Hilda the Wicked Witch is approaching its final stages, text-wise. Carol is almost done with the edits. The big hurdle I am still facing is the cover image, but that will be done. I hope you can still hang on to whatever you’re hanging on to: book 18 is coming.