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Well then… life can get amazing.

Isn’t it amazing how some things you do actually make you feel as if someone else did them? 

I have finished final edits to a novel I started 7 years ago and it is still not sinking in. 300 and some pages filled with people I dreamed, had nightmares about, cried for, worried about, hated and loved. Only the final proofreads and afterword left to write, and already started a secret vote on the cover. Can you believe it? Because I still can’t. 

Thank you to all who have been with me along the way, read parts or all of it, voted on the cover, or simply didn’t let me give up. 

PS: It will probably sink in once I hold the paperback in my hand. I’ll keep you posted;) 

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When you revise the 24th chapter of your book and you actually feel sick to your stomach from a character. And he’s only a boy… Needless to say, cookies were summoned. 

PS: 12 chapters left to edit. Not rushing it.

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Universal book link

Just trying out my universal Amazon link from BookLinker. I hope it leads you to the Amazon at your area.

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7/36 done

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Talk about motivation:)

This is the magic of friendship♡. 

I was immersed in editing a really ugly chapter from The Forest of Trees, hating the villainous family I was writing  but knowing how relevant they are to the story. When I finished, my old laptop relieved to have been placed off duty, I was looking for something to get those horrible characters off my mind, and missing the beautiful, fantasy-like parts of the story. I saw my phone blink with a message from a friend who had no idea what I was doing or what the story is about. This is one of the links she sent me(see screenshot below). Needless to say, the other link also relates to the story.

Thank you, Pinky, for that wonderful heart of yours♡ 

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Now that heat has subsided a bit, so that I can finally think clearly, I was able to plug in my usb and concentrate on editing. 

Unbelievable, but editing and rewriting this book is so exhausting, even after I’ve let it rest for quite a while. It’s like partially demolishing and reconstructing a house. There are times I feel like chucking it all away, this novel I have worked on for years, but as soon as that comes to mind, I know I won’t. This world, this ‘forest’, all those people in it… I believe in them. 

Is it ridiculous to say I feel as if I owe it to them to make it the best I can? Might be silly to you, but it is real to me. One day… soon. One day.


E-books or paperbacks? The modern day question:)

Author Jena C. Henry shared this image on Facebook in a readers’ group I’m a member of. 

I’ve been asked this so many times, so here is my reply.

Both. Sorry, I know it’s a diplomatic reply but both. Ebooks save tons of space and trees, font size and background colour is adjustable, and I can read them on my tablet in the dark. But my eyes get tired and dry and I rest my eyes with a paperbook. 

A paperbook is also more intimate, more private – no apps to distract me, no clock on it, nothing but the book.

Being a writer, I have another thing to add to that – having a published ebook seems a bit surreal, but holding your paperbook in your hands makes it feel real, tangible. Every time I hold a paperbook in my hands I remember how this author may have felt and how much of themselves they poured into those pages. 

Come to think of it, can you just imagine if Jane Austen, Ernest Hemingway, Shakespeare, etc. could have known their books would still be read, in tons of editions, a bunch of languages, as e-books!? Wow!

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Thank you, Goodreads readers:)

I still remember the first time I was asked if I was a Goodreads author.  It was only a few years ago and to me, it sounded like an SF question. Like something only possible in the distant fantasy or SF. 

Now… I can safely say – YES, I am. So thank you to all those who told me to persist, to stay true to myself, and to keep writing for the love of story, not money. (Not that it wouldn’t be a lovely addition;), but money is not my creative spark.)

Just found time to drop by yesterday and watched it content. Imperfect, but lengthy list, books reviewed, recommended and on the ‘want-to-read’ lists. Trust me, there is true joy in the realization that people read the books you write. No story is complete without readers.

THANK YOU to all who #read & #review

My Goodreads Author Dashboard

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A Japanese Train Station Built Around A 700 Year Old Tree

I just saw this video and thought this: “So wise. They must have read THE THRESHOLD ). Bad things happen to those who kill old trees to build skyscrapers!”

I know, I know, self-promotion is a bad thing. But this is truly amazing because my story deals with such a similar issue that it is scary. I love serendipity! Wooohoo!

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​There’s no magic trick quite like reading

When you are a bookworm, like me, and reading for you constitutes pleasure, relaxation and escape, then it is only logical that reading in the summertime is somewhat synonymous with a holiday.

Even my early childhood memories of the beach and the summer break always involve some sort of reading, be that of magazines, comic books or adventure books. As life moved onwards, and the days of vacation and free time grew shorter, I found it fascinating how my favourite summer reads had become longer, more detailed books, even series of books. From Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear to binge reading Harry Potter and several recently discovered indie authors, reading has become my magical vacation within a vacation, adding a new, extradimensional journey beyond commonplace time and place, free of travelling expenses, packing or congested roads. And I relish it.

It was always unclear to me how some people say summer reading is difficult for them, they can’t concentrate on the beach and it only unnerves them. But, as always, it may simply be a matter of making the wrong choice. Let me explain.

Last summer I started observing people’s reading habits on a family-oriented beach where we spent our holidays. I had picked up a collection of indie short stories and, to my joy, discovered that reading great short stories on the beach was a special treat; it became my ritual – a story a day, and several novels before bedtime and at early sunrise (because who needs sleep on holidays, right?). Short stories are a charming way to get a tan without counting the tanning minutes; you mentally disappear into worlds and situations, and yet finish just in time to go for a swim, have a cocktail or build a sandcastle with your kid. Furthermore, I enjoyed recommending the stories to my friends, who took interest in reading something that was a quality read, and yet short enough not to be time or attention consuming.

Giddy about discovering that ‘no-strings attached’ short-story beach thrill, I was somewhat disappointed to see other people reading long novels on the beach; they were mostly battling with thrillers or romance novels. Battling, I say, because they would either read without even getting into the story (shame, shame, shame), mostly holding their books or devices as sunshade, or truly did get into the story but were then agitated at every interruption from friends, children, other tourists… Nobody shared my short-story fad!? Apparently not. But hey – here is my chance to educate, right?

As this year’s holidays approach, be it on a beach, garden deck chair or just our home terrace, I am already looking forward to choosing a short story collection for the brief moments of lounging between active relaxing or social interactions, and also extensive novels for the blissful alone-time when everyone falls asleep or just before they wake up. Mind you, some of those extensive novels will be by authors I discovered through their short stories – by ‘sampling the dish’ in a way. Like the Extension Charm to my holiday, short stories will add one dimension, novels another, and a week’s vacation will suddenly seem like an amazing fortnight at least.

My suggestion to you? Find your favourite read, whichever length or genre it may be. Add dimension to your holiday. And by all means, share the joy with other people, be they people you’ve already met or those you’d like to. Books do offer excellent conversation starters, you know? And who knows to which dimension that can lead.

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