And now for something different. Walking.

Sometimes you need to do something different

no-christmas-cardsI have this habit of not sending Christmas cards to people.

Instead I pick a charity and donate money to it. Each year I select a different charity. This year it was the Dutch foundation for rheumatism research. I know people with that disease and it’s bad. Painful. I admire people who keep up their good spirits despite being in pain (almost) every day.

This is why I signed up for a 21 km / 13 mile walk along the coast, combined with a fund raiser. This is going to happen on January 27th 2018. No matter the weather.

For that I have also decided that for each of my books that people buy between January 1st and January 27th, I will donate €1 of the royalties to that cause.

No, this will not be a nude walk

winter-walk-beachI can imagine that people might think this but in January over here it’s not nice and warm. It’s also not legal to walk along the beach in the nude. Two good reasons to wear clothes, trust me.

Not everything a naturist does can or will be done in a naturist fashion but believe me that it’s done with a naturist heart. And one that cares for other people. People with illnesses and disabilities. That’s why I will do this long walk.

I understand that not everyone is able to donate money for something like that (even more silly: the website only accepts donations through Dutch banks, which is a bit odd). However, if you like to read, please buy one or more of my books in the period of January 1 – 27 and you will be supporting my cause.

If you are in the Netherlands and you want to sponsor me, please visit the action page I set up for this.

And if you want to donate via Paypal…



Thank you!!

Sometimes things just keel over. Losing touch with a story.

What do you mean ‘things keel over’?

Exactly that. Last month I participated in “Nanowrimo” (NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth). A mad race against yourself to write a novel in a month. I love challenges like that. Note that I didn’t write a naturist novel, my alter ego (ehem) writes more mainstream fantasy and science fiction.

Mirror Earth

In doing so (I almost wrote 300 pages) I lost track of where I was going in the chapter I was writing for Mirror Earth 3. Sarah (you’ll need to know Mirror Earth and Mirror Earth 2 to know who Sarah is) was going to do something. When I got back to the scene after November I stared at the words and my mind went ‘all righty then… what were you going to do here?’

This means that I still dislike my mind because I have no answer for it.

The scene was well over one page already but no matter how long I looked at it, read it, thought about it… nothing popped up. Well bugger, as they say in England. I trashed the scene, read back to where things were still making sense and sat down to compose a completely new twist to the chapter.

It’s not the first time.

falling into a pitI’ve had this happen before because I’ve done Nanowrimo more than once. That doesn’t mean I’m getting used to it. Each time I promise myself to be more careful and to take better notes on where I’m going with a scene, and each time I fall into the same pit.

You’d think I’d have learnt after 7 years, right? Well, wrong. Next time though. I’m sure.  I think. 😀

The good thing about happenings like this is that the new scene usually is better than the one that I discarded. So far it looks like it. I threw out 400 words and I have regenerated 300 fresh ones yesterday. Words that make someone freak out (in chapter 31) over…. oh, wait, I shouldn’t divulge that.

I’ll get back to Mirror Earth 3 today. And to Naked Crow 7, another story I lost touch with, but that hasn’t grown large yet. I can pick that up again after browsing the last few chapters. I just need to figure out who got shot there, and how many people. (Yes, there is some actual shooting of people happening in Naked Crow 7. Trust me. I’ve made / will make it happen.)