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Editor Roselinde Bouman, myself, and Maarten Boers at the contract signing

Een Droom Werd Werkelijkheid: Mijn Uitgever Heeft Mijn Thriller Gekocht

Zelfs de titel van dit blogbericht is een droom die werkelijkheid wordt: de woorden “mijn uitgever” kunnen gebruiken. Maar dit is meer dan dat. Ik droom ervan om gepubliceerd auteur te zijn sinds ik voor het eerst begreep dat zoiets bestaat, dus zeker 40 jaar. Ik heb bijna twee decennia naar het realiseren van die […]

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George And The Winged Dragons?

A very extensive review appeared in The Levant yesterday of Robert N. Stephenson’s anthology Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, Vol.IV. The reviewer had some surprising things to say about my story The Life and Death of George Hayes: This is a very good story. It’s beautifully written and deals with the Faustian choice […]

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Awards Eligibility 2018

It’s that time of year again, when the remainder of the year shrinks at an ever-inreasing pace*, and the awards nomination season is almost upon us. If you happen to be in a position to nominate or vote for the Hugos an/or the Nebulas**, I’ve had three stories published in 2018 that you might be […]

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The Rewards of Pig-Headedness

Stubborn persistence pays off, as Heinlein teaches us. Can I have a Hallelujah to that? All the way back in 2009, when my marriage was only four years old, and I wasn’t even a father yet, we took a trip to the mid-Atlantic island of Sao Miguel. The volcanic beauty and verdant exuberance of the […]

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Een wachtwoord voor mijn wachtwoord

Onderbroeken? Check! Tandenborstel? Check! Lekkere kazen en biertjes? Check! Microsoft Surface voor het broodnodige schrijf- en redigeerwerk? Check! Vanmorgen om negen uur had ik mijn checklist al volledig afgewerkt voor de jubileumeditie van de Villa Diodati Expat Writers Workshop, die met editie 18 dit weekeinde haar tienjarig bestaan viert. Mijn koffertje stond klaar; mijn jas […]

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On Perseverance, Running, and Writing a Novel

A year ago, I didn’t think I was capable of a sustained 5-minute run. Today, I ran my second uninterrupted 5km. This september, I’ll run my first 5 mile meet. A few years ago, I felt a sense of accomplishment if I managed to write a mere two short stories in any given year. Last […]

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Halfway To 125K

After the success of last year’s attempt to write 100K words, I upped the ante in 2017 and set my sights for 125K. And lo and behold: with a day left in the first half of the year, 62501 words have already been written! I can’t sing the praise of the Beeminder goal tracking tool […]

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Book Giveaway: Spark Anthology VIII

Free book! Circumstances put me in possession of three extra author copies of Spark: A Creative Anthology, Vol.VIII, published by EG&J Press. Themed Monsters and Marvels and edited by Brian James Lewis, this anthology contains wonderful stories by Bo Balder, Michael Haynes, Alexis A. Hunter, Beth Cato, Marina J. Lostetter, and Tom Crosshill, among 29 others. […]

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I Wrote A Hundred Thousand Words In 2016

Well, let me rephrase that. I wrote1, edited2, revised2, outlined1, translated3, reviewed4, critiqued4, and miscellaneous-othered5 100010 words. I set my goal for 100,000 words way back in January, performed some long division, and set up a Beeminder Goal for 274 words a day. Halfway through the year, with Summer approaching, I felt all stressed out […]

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Ninety-Five Point 054 Percent Of Everything

If Theodore Sturgeon is right, I’m in the middle of the 10% that’s any good. Because–drum roll, please–I’ve passed the 90% 94.245% mark today of my goal to write 100K words in 2016! Yes, you read that right: in the interstices between my wife, my kids, my career, my feeble attempts at a social life, […]

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