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Yesterday my first story got published. I have to admit I am feeling a little overwhelmed, it sort of happened out of the blue. It feels like cheating because it was published by someone I know, but at the same time I know this person is critical and he wouldn't publish my work if he didn't believe in it.

I met Mike Jansen through mutual friends (Michael and Wilma Blommaert) and we only shook hands once at Seven Gates 1.5 but after that we haven't seen each other. I am not sure why Mike decided to help me out, but I am very glad he did, because he is really guiding me in the right direction.

Yesterday he suddenly asked me if I wanted to publish one of my short stories. I was in complete awe and to be honest, that feeling hasn't stopped. The story in question was a story about hell and Satan and this serial killer that I wrote a few months ago and I adapted it. And now it suddenly has a title: "Only forgotten" and I am staring at an ISBN number for my story... MY STORY!!! MY ISBN nr.!! It feels so surreal, I want to laugh and cry at the same time. I want to crawl in a little bawl and dance and scream and sing, but to be honest, I am acting more like someone in shock. I can't believe it and I realise I might have thought it would never happen for me.

The silly thing is that I feel as if I belong to some club now. As if this really validates me as a writer. I am published now, people may find out who I am. There are people out there that may actually like my writing! People that aren't kind friends, but people that don't know me. There may be people out there who hate my work, which is fair enough, but I prefer not to think about them *grin*

I am still not 100% happy with what I write. I have such a long way to go. One of the things I really need to work on is my use of language, my vocabulary, my grammer and punctuation. They are really iffy at times. I'm hoping I can correct this with practice. One day I would like to write something that I am very proud off, that I can say is my masterwork. But for now I am very happy getting my short stories out there. Perhaps in a few years I can even a publish a novel. The good thing is that I am now starting to build up a writers resume, which might get me a bigger shot to get novels published or at least to be taken more serious.

This is such an exciting time, I am completely flabberghasted!

So there I stand next to some very great writers: http://babel-sf.com/1_2_Authors.html the first time I am being called an Author (and hopefully not the last)
and here is my short story: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/moonblade?ref=babelsf


Writer's Block: Cool places

What's your favorite city or town that you've visited? Why do you love it?

Is it bad that I don't have 1 favourite city? I have been to quite a lot of wonderful places.

I really liked walking around in Oslo, it is gorgeous there. But then again, I love Orlando as well. Maybe I just love places beginning with O? No that is not true, love lots of cities and towns. Stromberg, Berlin, London... even Leidschenveen (where I live)

Why do I love certain cities or towns? That depends. Some are beautiful because of the architecture... some because of the stunning nature that surrounds it. Sometimes it is the people that make you fall in love with a place. And sometimes it is just the situation that you are in. For example it is easier to fall in love with a place when you are there with romantic purpose, like a honeymoon. If you are in a positive frame of mind, it is easy to fall in love with your surroundings

Writer's Block: What's my motivation?

If you could replace any actor/actress in a film with someone else, who would you replace, and why?
Jennifer Anniston in the Bounty hunter with Angelina Jolie because that movie seriously lacked the sexual tension it could have had. I had a bit of a "wha-wha-wuhaaa" moment watching it. (Nothing wrong with Jennifer, but she is quirky and not sexy... and I just realised as I was writing this, I pulled a Brad Pitt... yikes, sorry Jen)
Would you want to live forever? Does your answer change depending on whether or not everyone else gets to live forever as well?

ehm... yeah... NO THANKS!! I don't even want to be a hundred. Life is only precious because one day it will end. The older I get, the more blase I get and the harder it is to find thrills. How will that be after thousands of years when you have done and seen everything. What sort of suffering would you have to endure? And how bored will you be?
No thanks, I think want to enjoy the challenges of growing old and in the end getting to reflect and taking my last breath.

Writer's Block: Walkin' the line

Do you prefer being the good cop or the bad cop?

Those who know me, know this answer: I like being the bad cop.

Though saying that, I only like being the bad cop in non serious situations. I'm feisty and don't mind showing it.

At the same time... in real life, I am hardly ever the bad cop. I try to diffuse horrible situations and listen to all sides before making judgement. Very boring, but true. Though I will never admit it (other than here ofcourse) and I will stick to my bad-cop routine in other situations.

Writer's Block: That's the way love goes

What is your opinion of relationships where there is a significant age difference between partners?

I believe that is really dependend on the people who are in the relationship. I'm not against an age difference in a relationship. My husband and I are 8 years apart and my parents are 12 years apart. That is all fine.

But in all fairness, I do believe there is such a thing as too much age difference. I think you can't put a number on it, though part of me is tempted too, because, like I said before, it depends on the people in the relationship.

I think you can tell there is too much age difference when the relationship is no longer "equal". There are certain age groups that just can't relate to the phase in life the other is going through. The "Been there done that" syndrome. If I look at teenages, being in my thirties, I remember what it was like, but I can't relate. If I look at people in their 60's, I can't relate either. Having a relationship with someone that you can't really relate to, will often lead to upset and misunderstanding. You get the condescending older partner and the childish younger partner syndrome. That is not cute.

Writer's Block: Take me out

Have you ever gotten involved with a co-worker or classmate? How did it work out?

Instead of saying anything play / sing the first bit of the Pierces song: Go to heaven

"Hey come on, and take off all the clothes that you have on... and make love to me until the sun comes up or untill we decide we are done"

Very effective ;) (then again maybe a bit much)
How do you feel when an adapted film's story deviates from the original material?

I think it depends on how and what book. Some books are just so difficult to get right on the screen. I understand that bits need to be left out and some bits need to be changed to fit the whole story in a picture. I can live with that, though I do always feel a little sad to see special bits of plot or characters get lost.

I HATE it when they invent new characters. There is no reason to do that and I don't understand it. Or when they invent new plot, not to bind the old together but to add special effects or just to add new plot. In those cases I always think: write your own bloody story if you did not like the one provided.

To be honest, I prefer it if they stay true and close to the story! I still prefer reading over watching the movie though ;)

Writer's Block: Film therapy

Are there any movies you watch when you're feeling anxious or depressed? If so, what are they, and what about them calms you down and/or lifts your spirits?

Right now?? Anything that has Gerard Butler in it... *purrrr* hahahaha.

Actually there is this one movie... though completely old and silly (I am usually not one for the 'silly comedy') that can get me giggling like a toddler when I see it, no matter how dark my mood is... and that is the Money Pit.

Of course if you tell this on, I will deny everything ;)

Writer's Block: Another sleepless night

Do you suffer from occasional or frequent insomnia? Do you have any special tricks or remedies? How does it impact your life?

I am a lousy sleeper, have been for years. My brain is just too active at night, when all other stimuli get taken away. I have to vary my remedies. Sometimes I read a book, but if it is a good book that tends to keep me awake.

What really helps right now is short stories on tape. It keeps me focussed without keeping me awake.