Tag Archives: writing

T. Tools #AtoZChallenge

T. Tools Tools. Indeed, dear reader, even a writer has tools. Hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, I think the entire tool kit can be brought out into the open when a writer is at work. Of course these devices look a bit different from those: The actual tools are things like notepad, tiny scraps of paper with notes all over them. Tools… (more…)

A trilogy?

Dear reader, A while ago I wrote about an old story that I’m reviving by writing anew from scratch. I’ve started writing and it’s going very well I may say. As this is a story I’ve written before (and this may look as odd to you as it does to me) I know where it’s going. That is, if the… (more…)

Lily Marin – the novel. An update.

Dear reader, You may already know Lily Marin, my steampunk heroine. Maybe you don’t. Either way, the novel is progressing fabulously. The novel is mostly through the editing process and I’m very pleased with the result. Did you know that Marin originally is a Romanian name? I didn’t know that until someone told me this. You might be surprised to hear who… (more…)

A first book in Dutch

Dear reader, Quite a while ago I started helping a friend who wanted to improve her writing. We started co-writing a story that had some interesting concepts, and suddenly real life interfered after which she had to bow out of the project. I picked up the idea (with her consent) and started working on the story myself. The original story… (more…)

Old wine in new packaging?

Dear reader, Very long ago, in a galaxy very close to us (because it was our own) a man from the Netherlands was invited to join an international mailing list of amateur writers. After reading many of the stories that people posted there, he took the virtual pen in hand (it was a word processor, not exactly the thing you… (more…)

I sometimes wonder…

Dear reader, It goes without saying that you enjoy the books you read. Why else would you read them? Perhaps I should exclude text books here, those don’t necessarily contain entertaining material, and I speak (or rather: write) from experience. Something that dawned on me a while ago however is: maybe a writer enjoys writing a book even more than… (more…)

An emotional drain

Dear reader, In my previous post I went on and on about the privilege of a writer probably having more fun creating a book than the reader has with the finished product. There is of course a ‘dark’ side to this. Dark is perhaps the wrong word for it, but there are moments in creating a story that can take… (more…)


Dear reader, I agree that “Bristol” is a very strange title for a blog post. Still it has significance for me. It’s a reference to a story that I dreamed of when I was in Bristol in 2012. One night I had a dream about a story, dismissed that as not important, and two days later I was writing like… (more…)

What’s brewing

Dear reader, I think it’s time for a small update of what is going on in my writer’s software at the moment. As usual it’s far too much, but there is progress on the horizon. In order of randomness: Book 12 of Hilda the Wicked Witch, “Hilda Extreme” is halfway through editing and the cover is done. I still hope… (more…)

The joys of writing.

Dear Reader, Have you ever wondered why writers write? Wouldn’t they rather sit back with a good book and enjoy that? Well, most writers I know love that too. Many writers however have this collection of stories in their head that scream to get out, just like a painter has an urge to pick up the brushes and create a… (more…)