Just around the corner – Ramblings of a modern druidess

Just a few more days and we’ll be leaving for my beloved Sweden. Two weeks of peaceful bliss in a breathtaking environment. Needless to say I’m counting the days.
  
Looking forward to see my mother-in-law, brother-in-law and my friends Marry, Rene and their two amazing boys. 

Packing is turning out to be a bit of a challenge. With Christmas and work, I haven’t had a lot of time to actually think what I should bring along. And think about it I should. Sweden can become cold quick. Very quick. So the trick is layers. Lots of layers. And my running gear. And my horse-riding gear. And my harp. I think I need a bigger suitcase.

My trusty laptop is coming along as well, of course. Good thing too, as I really need a good kick in the butt right about now. I need to make some serious progress on The Empath. Now The Bridge has been released, I can turn my full focus on my trilogy again. As my internt connection is kind of crap, I should be able to focus more easily. That’s the theory at least and I’m sticking with it!

 
I wish you all a loving and healthy 2016 and above all, a bit of magic in your life. So I’ll leave you with this slightly altered quote.

Without magic, life would be a mistake.

Nietzsche (on a magical day 😉)

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Ramblings of a modern druidess – When Time is moving in fast-forward

You know that feeling of not really living your life, but your life being lived? Sounds a bit vague, I know, but that’s how I’ve been feeling lately.
I recently started a new job, because I can’t live by my pen. Well, not yet, at least. I’m sure that would change if either mister Joss Whedon or J.J. Abrams would call to tell me they’re desperately in love with my book and when can they start filming? 
Until that moment, however, bills need to be paid and books don’t write themselves, so a part-time job on the side seemed like a wise thing to do.

And it’s nice. Nice to be part of something again, as I was self-employed for quite a few years. It can get lonely. It’s also exhausting, because every damn thing is new to me. I chose something completely out of my comfort zone, so also the professional language is something I have to make my own. 
I’m not complaining though. Like I said, it’s nice and the atmosphere is good. Very important to me. 
Writing is on a tight schedule as a result. I now go over the remarks from my manager, editor, proofreader, etc. on Friday’s. The weekend is reserved for actual writing. Oh, and my social life. Do I even have one? I can’t really remember 😉

One thing’s also new. I started riding again. Horses, that is. I used to be a real horse-girl. Could ride before I could walk. Then I went to college and had to give it up. I always promised myself that if I would have a job with regular working hours, I would take it up again.

So three weeks ago I did. I freakin’ LOVE it! I thought I was in pretty good shape with all the running and such, but riding is a whole different ballgame. Man, I am totally drained! My instructor tells me I work too much. Let the horse work for you. Yes, yes, I remember, but easier said than done. My muscles don’t seem to remember much, except for the actually staying on the horse part. Which I consider a plus, don’t get me wrong. 

For now, there’s another working week on the horizon and lots to do next weekend. October is slowly sneaking up on me and my first short-story is also due this November, so that too needs to shift into second gear. 
Enjoy the week folks! Stay true to your mind, heart and soul xxx

Ramblings of a modern druidess – to wait or not to wait, that is the question

IMG_1889So, life as an author with a publishing house is pretty exciting. I feel very fortonate to have such wonderful team members.

Elizabeth, my book manager, is always there when I need her feedback and we’re now going back and forth over a possible release date.

Waiting can be a hard thing to do. To release it too soon, may damage my marketing options. Yes, yes, these are things to be considered now. My book is set round Samhuinn, more commenly known by it’s American counterpart, Halloween. So the end of October would be kind of perfect.
All the time in the world to set things up, get some teasers out there in the build up to Samhuinn and then release it to the world.

But, October! I mean, I actually have to scroll down on my calender to reach it. It’s so far away! Nonsense of course, time flies and there’s plenty of things to be done. Like, I don’t know, finish the second book or something *coughs*.

We’re a little ahead of our time-schedule, but not quite enough to make Midsummer, which was another serious option. At least, I think we won’t make it. Printing will take at least a month and not everything is done yet.

So, all in all, a lot of signs are telling me to be patient, to wait. I know a lot of my author friends are in the same predicament right now. And I’m sure everybody has been in a situation where you have asked yourself: wait, or not wait? Which is the wiser option?

Tell me, what are your thoughts? What would you do? Or, what did you do? Would love to hear from you!

Ramblings of a modern druidess

Had a lovely Christmas day, but now we’re on the road. The road to Sweden. Land of cold, land of trees, land of, hopefully, the aurora borealius. For now though we still have over 15 hours to go.

I don’t mind, I like being on the road. Reaching your destination is also satisfactory, but travelling has its own charm. Connecting with the landscape, listening to your favourite music (guess who that will be ;-)) and just enjoy the ride.

I’ve never been to Sweden, only Denmark and I’m guessing that will be just as different as Germany or Belgium differs from us, so I don’t really know what to expect.

That’s okay though, driving towards the unknown has its own magic. Right now, I’m staring at endless windmills, a mist swirls around their feet, while the Sun is trying to break through, it is a rather pretty sight.

As for Sweden, I’m going to try to learn your language and just soak up the country. Looking forward to get to know you and your people. See you soon.

Happy holidays people, stay safe! xxx

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Ramblings of a modern druidess

Counting down to my holiday. Just little over a week now and then I’m back in the United States of America, god bless them! I do so enjoy being in America. I’m sure it’s different once you live there, but I really like the people and the mentality.

We’re beginning in Orlando, Florida and there we pick up our RV. Never drove one before, but if I can survive driving on the other side of the road in Ireland, then I can certainly do this.

Really looking forward to visiting New Orleans, I hope it will not dissapoint, because my expectations are pretty high. I love watching the HBO series Treme and I’m really hoping to catch a glimpse of that vibe, both food and music wise.

But also looking forward to just driving on the road with my sweetie and my best friend, spending time together for three weeks, visiting places with magical, inspiring names like Smoky Mountains. To see what Paul Simon was on about when he wrote Graceland. States like Georgia, South Carolina (how North & South is that, yey!), Alabama, Louisiana and many more.

Also liking the fact my favourite band will also be in the States, even if they will be in completely different states, who cares. It’s the thought that counts.

I think I’ll give their new album Loud Like Love some serious playtime and maybe get some inspiration for my second book.

Along with my new hobby, which is knitting. Excuse me? Nope, nothing wrong with your eyes, you read that just right. Knitting. But more about that next week!

Take care peeps! Until next week.

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Ramblings of a modern druidess

Well, I must say, I’m starting to feel a little bit better, but this particular flu really had me down for almost an entire week, nasty specimen.

So not much exciting happened during the last week, because mostly me and my bed became really good friends. So what does one do when feeling sick and down? You book a holiday of course!

In less than two weeks we’re leaving for Marrakech to stay there for a couple of days and then move on to Ouarzazate, the ‘gateway to the Sahara’. I could really use a bit of sunshine and lots of colour and Marroco is lacking by no means colour! When I close my eyes I can almost smell the beautiful spices this land of hidden treasures has to offer.

The golden sand of the desert, the blue in the sky and the red of the wonderful architecture. Long dresses and wearing flip flops.

I’m allready there, sigh…

Util next week peeps, wishing you sunshine!

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