If you said ‘no’, then it’s time for you to find out.
Duendes and another kind of creature, called Anjana (in fact many of them), appear in the new Hilda story that’s set for publication on the next Saturday.
It is already available for pre-order on Amazon and Smashwords, so that’s a bit of good news (right?).
I’m certain that the book is already rolling out to the other e-book locations (all in a browser near you), so things should be “shiny” by the end of the coming week!
When a certain señor arrives in Sunrise, looking for Johanna, all signs point to a new adventure. The man asks Johanna to travel to the Strong Wind Islands with him, because there is a big problem: the local fairies are going missing, and no one knows where they go, or what causes them to disappear.
Hilda and family can’t let Johanna travel alone, so they all join. The journey is interesting, to say the least, and Hilda’s encounter with Johanna’s homeland, its people and food, and also the clothing is not what she could have expected. Isla makes a few changes, and Oona and Hilda come up with a bit of very creative ‘body work’.
Enjoy your trip to the Strong Wind Islands, and find out what’s going on with Duendes and Anjanas.
Today I did. Okay, not an actual person, but a character I had introduced in Hilda’s 23rd story. I thought I had the need for a knight so I brought in a knight. One of the queens in the story, however, didn’t need a knight so I sat here with a surplus knight who didn’t add anything to the story.
And what do you do with knights you don’t need?
Indeed. You exterminate him. And that is what I am currently doing. A good thing is that he didn’t add much to the story, meaning he didn’t make many an appearance in it, so removing his remains (ahem) is easy enough.
This does mean the end of Martin of Lower Loxley. If this reminds you of some man named Robin who is also related to the Loxleys, you’re right. Marty was sort of created in the image (make that caricature) of Robin Hood.
I do need to warn you: don’t be disappointed. Marty wasn’t as gallant as Robin Hood. He was more of a loose cannon, be it that cannons aren’t in fashion in Hilda’s world. In the end he became so annoying that I am actually glad he’d gone.
It’s the first time, I think, that I removed a character so thoroughly from a story (once I’m done). He’s not entirely gone yet, I still have 5 chapters to go, but the story improves. In case you care to remember old Marty: when you read Hilda’s 23rd and you see a servant called Segomar make an appearance, that is where Marty often was. Some of the remarks are too good to remove, and Segomar was the perfect choice to pick those up.
Well, so far the news about Hilda and Martin of Lower Loxley.
Onwards, I tell my keyboard. Let’s get rid of Marty. Maybe he will serve another purpose, somewhere in the future…
Yes, it’s November, if only for a few more hours from where I sit.
I wrote. For the mad race against self. I ended up with over 54.000 new words for Kobie 2. Alas for you, another new Dutch book, so it won’t bring you much unless you can read Dutch.
From now on, the coming 11 months will be more of the normal writing, like Hilda 23 which is over 30.000 words at the moment (I did add to that story in November as well because I don’t want an angry witch on my tail!)
I have noticed that the speed at which I write has dropped a bit since I changed jobs. The new job comes with new knowledge which has to be acquired through studying. That, inevitably, means less time to write. A good thing is that the first part of the studies is coming to an end, so I just need to repeat some difficult bits and do the exam. And hope to pass that!
The Dutch Kobie-books are coming out quite nicely. They made me wonder if there would be people who’d like to read an English version. Kobie is a witch but very unlike Hilda. Kobie has a bike and a smartphone, and she doesn’t believe brooms are in any way convenient.
What would you say? An English Kobie? I’d really like to hear from you!
It’s actually going to happen. Soon. Book 22 in the Hilda ‘saga’.
I’m not going to write down the title of the book. That’s something you will have to figure out for yourself, but something tells me that’s not too difficult at this point.
The e-book will be available as soon as possible. Okay, the paperback will be too, but as usual, that takes a little longer. If there are any candidates who think the paperback should come out first, please let me know. 😉
I have taken a gamble with this book. When I started writing it, I wasn’t certain if the idea would actually work, so I evaluated the story ‘so far’ after five chapters. Called in support teams. Spent time meditating about it in solitary caves in India (funny how a couch can become a cave in India when you need it). Thought about future options concerning this road I was about to take with Hilda and William. (No, I didn’t actually go to the future. I don’t have a Delorean!)
But… the future is here. I’m writing Hilda 23 and the road ahead looks good. Bumpy. What else can you expect from our wicked witch?
Just now I have unleashed a command on my computer:
Hilda_22$ pandoc *md -o ~/tmp/Hilda22.odt
This may not seem like much, but it is the start of creating the actual books. I’m a command line junkie in many respects. Well, for now I’ll spare you more of this nonsense and I’ll continue making a proper e-book from the result of said command.
We(*) all hope you’re going to experience a wonderful weekend!
* – Hilda, William, Grim, Obsi, Johanna, Baba Yaga, Charisma and lots of others!
You may have heard about me. I’m Johanna, the new teacher in Sunrise. Maybe new teacher isn’t the right way to say it. I’m the teacher, and I can hardly believe that Sunrise has managed to exist without some form of education.
The fact that it happened probably has to do with the efforts of a special and strange woman and her partner. Hilda and William.
When I left the Strong Wind Islands, I’ve seen a lot of strange and wonderful things. The journey was well worth everything I had to endure along the way. Meeting these two people and their friends however… Nothing compares to that. Especially considering the fact that knowing them turned me into a witch.
If ever I return to the Strong Wind Islands, I’m not certain if I can explain what happened…
Maybe next time I can tell you a little more about me, if you are interested. I really need to go back to the school now; children are waiting to learn how to read.
The latest story of Hilda the Wicked Witch is available on paper as of now. Actually it was available 7 hours ago but I was asleep then so I couldn’t tell you sooner. I hope you can forgive me.
You may notice that this book is available through Amazon instead of the other printer I used to use. That is because the quality of the books with Amazon is better and also I like their paper much more.
Hilda. The wicked witch we all know and love. There is going to be a new book. Number 21. I’m still impressed with her…
Let me give this to you first:
Yes. This is what will happen on March 31st, a week from now. Rapunzel 2.0. And what is the story about?
There was a ghost that left damage. Lots of it.
Hilda and William of course lend a hand to fix things up and meet someone who will have a great impact on the citizens of Sunrise. Who is this person? Where is she from?
Next to these questions, Hilda, William and another magical person come to the rescue of Rapunzel, discover architectural surprises in two magical sisters, and face the problem of addressing the Squeamish once again.
As you see, there are quite some magical people involved. I hope you agree with the amount. I’ve tried to make them interesting and entertaining!
The e-book (as usual) will come out first – it’s available for pre-order at Amazon , Barnes&Noble , Apple iTunes and Smashwords already. The other book stores will follow as soon as possible, but they should have it for you by next week. I’m still working on the paperback version of the book, but that’s coming along nicely as well.
That’s the news for now. I hope it made your weekend a little better!