Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Forward Motion

Hello world,

Chapter 10 for Battlestar Xanthi is now up. And Chapter 11 is in the works, which brings me to another point....

The End is Neigh

What exactly that means, I'm keeping under wraps. The only clue you're going to get is Chapter 10. Want to know more ? Read the chapter.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Two new blogs

Hello world,

So....things have not been going well in the book department. Sales of Hollywood are frozen solid and - probably a result of the sales - my inspiration for the sequel has tanked. (No point in writing part 2 if part 1 isn't going anywhere.) Today's attempt to do something about that was to widen my internet footprint.

I started two new blogs. One over at Bol.com - in Dutch - and a second English one. And then I cross-connected the lot. The Dutch blog is to allow me to write stuff in my native language as well. (That, and hopefully attract people to this blog as well.) The English blog - 128 - is not really a blog....

It's more of a library. A place where I can publish/put the stories that - because I've been so busy with Hollywood and Frontier Fleet - have stayed in the icebox for years. I'll be honest...it's going to be a struggle to find time (and inspiration) to write all this. But if you want an easy, well paying job, don't become a writer.

That's it for now.

Breaking out the duster

Hello world,

Time to dust off my blog....After a very nice vacation on Crete, my day job threw me into a two week period of chaos. (I'll spare you the details, but the place was a mess.) The good news is that the dust is slowly settling now.

The bad news is that the vacation period is about to start. And that means that officially the amount of work will go down....But because half the department will be gone, you end being three times as busy.

The result of this is that my writing has been not getting much traction lately. I figured it was time to do something about that. Starting with my blog...

Friday, June 3, 2016

I don't know how and I don't care...

....but Hollywood made it onto the British version of Amazon. The important thing is that it can now be ordered from an English site as well. (Alas, for some readers this will mean extra shipping time. But I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth.) The link is below and will be (permanently) added to the list found on the right.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hollywood-Edmond-Dantes/dp/940214708X

Monday, May 23, 2016

Chess and Chekhov

During my childhood, we went on a vacation by means of a tank. At least, that what it felt like to me. When you're a kids, everything feels (at least) three times as big. So my parents station wagon - grey, rusty and Japanese - to me was a tank. Most of our vacations in that era took place in Germany. These days, that's a short a hop...but back it was a survival trip that crossed half the world. (Today, if I want to travel as far as Germany felt back then, I'd have to book a ticket to Pluto.)

To survive this trip - not to mention my three sisters - I had to deploy multiple methods. The top three consisted of reading, sleeping and listening to music. The latter came in two categories. For the kids there were children's song, among which Sesame street - especially Bert and Ernie - were the most popular. These were mixed with musicals. This probably wasn't just because my parents liked them, but also because they had long playtimes. (Thus allowing them to have background music, while still focusing on the children and the road.)

In our family, there were two. A Dutch musical called Chekhov (about the Russian writer) and an American musical called Chess. As a kid, I wasn't the biggest fan of these musicals. In fact, there was plenty of grumping and complaining when these musical started from the beginning again. (They liked to loop them.) But times changed and my knowledge of English improved...

These days when I suffer from writer's block, the best cure is...listening to Chekhov or Chess. (And if that doesn't work, I still have a huge collection of other music. This column - for instance - was partially written to Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are Changin') En the chances didn't stop there. The 'tank' was sold ages ago, while me and my sisters moved out centuries ago.

And now the hard part of this column. The punch-line.....But maybe it's already in here. (Thank you, Mister Dylan.) Times change. And so does our perspective. When we look at the world, we look through our eyes. But is this best thing to do ? Maybe we should try to watch the world from the perspective of our children ? Try to imagine how they will be when they grow up ? And how those people would see the world ? Decide for yourself.

Column is up

Howdy world,

Well, my column is up. Now I have to start gathering votes. It's almost dinner time here, but I'll try to up the translated version in a couple of hours. If you want to vote regardless, simply click the link and then click the button stem. (Stem is Dutch for vote.)

http://www.metronieuws.nl/lezerscolumn/ed-dantes/mens-maatschappij/2016/05/schaken-en-tsjechov

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Outcome of yesterday's R and D

  1. After a lot of digging and searching, I found a (Dutch) page with a list of blogs. I submitted my Blog for it. I don't know if it will be placed, but if it is, I'll put the link up here.
  2. I've also submitted another column for Metro. Alas - like the site - above, I'm also waiting for this to go through a review process. And again, I'll put the link up ASAP. But in this case, I'll also put up a translated version of the column.
  3. A critical look at my Bol.com page showed that it has one whopper of a flaw. It has zero reviews. So I send some mails around asking for some.
  4. Speaking of reviews....there are lots of list out there with tips on how to promote your book. And one tip they all share. Ask a newspaper for a review. So I've a copy to the local paper - De Stentor - and kept my fingers crossed. (I send it this morning. And since today is Sunday, it'll probably be a couple of days before I get a reply. If I get one at all, that is.)
That's it for now. More on this as things develop.