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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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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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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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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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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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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Fantasy is een lastig genre. De trilogieën en langere reeksen worden elk jaar alleen maar dikker, en het lijkt wel of er maandelijks een nieuw subgenre wordt uitgevonden. Aan de andere kant voelen zowel de lezers als de uitgevers zich het veiligst op bekend terrein, waardoor ondanks alle ontwikkelingen de epische-fantasy-a-la-Tolkien het speelveld nog steeds…

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I quietly passed the two-thirds mark this week of my endeavour to write (edit, revise, translate, critique) a hundred thousand words in 2016. Beeminder has been a tremendous help in keeping me on track. In the 66773 words I’ve counted so far*, I have: written a single 300-word review; translated 3000 words of non-fiction; created…

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There once was a Dutch-language science fiction story I attempted to win the Harland Awards short story contest with. I subsequently translated it into English, aiming to have both versions ripe for submission at the same time: the deadline for the new Dutch Edge ZERO market. The process to complete revisions on both versions at the same…

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