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Looking Back at 2019

Looking Back at 2019

We did it.

We have reached the last days of December — and so, the last days of 2019. Can you believe it? This year just seemed to fly right by, and yet, I have done A LOT these past twelve months.

At the end of each year, I always like to look back at all the highlights and reflect on that.

Let’s journey back through 2019 together:

 

• January: Writing Books and Snowy Walks

At the beginning of this year I was still working on my last Dutch novel, which was Schimmenstof (translation: Phantom Dust), the sixth and final installment of the Schimmenwereld Serie (Phantom World series). After taking a Christmas-break off working on this manuscript, I was SO ready to tackle this project again once it was January.

Working on the last book of a series always is an emotional experience. The project was pretty heavy to work on, but I absolutely loved every moment of it (luckily I’m what you call a “plotter”, which means I first write a detailed plot outline for my books before I even start writing; this way, for me, the actual writing process is a very smooth and fun experience).

January was a cold month, and we even had some snow—so, besides writing like a madwoman, I often went outside with my camera 😀 I still have a couple of photos!:

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• February: Working Hard & Taking It Easy

In February I finished writing Schimmenstof (Phantom Dust).

It felt amazing.

Though I must also admit that besides feeling happy and euphoric and, well, pretty d*mn proud, I also felt sad that I finished the series. Writing so many books about your characters really is a special experience, and especially when you’re about to say goodbye to them, you realize how much you’ve come to care about them. I know they’re just fictional figures, figments of my imagination… and yet 😉

I decided to take a break off from writing during the last week of February — and while it had been snowy and cold in January, spring came early during the second half of February! I also took some photos back then:

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• March: Rewriting INSOMNIA + shortlisted for The Indie Awards

This month I could finally start writing in English full time — and so I worked on the new version of INSOMNIA, and even finished it! I was so hyped about my projects; I was practically unstoppable 😉

Meanwhile, other exciting things were happening — to my utter surprise, I received an email from The (Dutch) Indie Awards, telling me that my book Schimmendroom (Phantom Dream, the fourth installment of the Schimmenwereld Serie/Phantom World series) had been chosen by the jury as one of the finalists in the category “Best Book of 2018”!

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There it is, on the right!

I actually had a hard time believing it, but it was all over social media — and I was invited to come to the award ceremony in April…

 


• April: I did some editing, some writing… oh, and I won an award. (say what?)

In April I started the editing process for Schimmenstof (Phantom Dust); the release was planned for July, so it was time to start working toward that goal!

Deciding to take a break from the Insomnia Saga, I started working on another project behind the scenes (one I still can’t talk too much about, because it’ll take at least a year before it’ll be published; sorry!). What I can tell is that it’s another series, and that I finished writing the first installment.

I also announced the release date for Schimmenstof (Phantom Dust), and officially revealed the cover! I love cover reveals, but this one was, well, “extra special” to me, for it was the final book of my series.

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I was also supposed to attend the award ceremony of The Indie Awards. It took place on a Saturday.

On Friday, however, I didn’t feel very well; headache, dizziness, aching muscles, runny nose, you know it: THE FLU. The next day I still didn’t feel any better, so I couldn’t go the the ceremony. I was pretty bummed. Sunday morning, however, I found that I had recovered a bit, so I decided to watch the video of the awards ceremony.

At the end of the video, they announced the winner of the “Best Book of 2018” award… and my jaw nearly dropped to the floor when they called out “Lynn Robin!”.

SERIOUSLY. I couldn’t believe it. My first response was: HUH? (yeah, being a writer, you can see that I’m very well-spoken)

Thinking back on this, I actually still feel pretty amazed and dazed, even, because it’s such a crazy thing! It’s one of those things that always happen to other people, not me. Those things you secretly fantasize about, but really don’t expect to happen for real. It really was an amazing experience! 😀

I was disappointed (still am a bit) that I couldn’t be there, but well. Flu happens. Right?

 

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• May: Working on my top secret project & Editing some more

After all the craziness of the past month(s), May was much more relaxed, giving me time to write and edit in peace (lol).

The editing process for Schimmenstof (Phantom Dust) continued. I got the notes back from my Editing Ninjas, worked through them, and then started editing again by the end of the month.

Meanwhile, I also continued working on my top secret project, by starting book 2!

 

 


• June: My award, publishing/release preparations… and exhaustion

June was UTTER MADNESS.

I finished writing the second installment of my secret project.

I also finished the editing process for Schimmenstof (Phantom Dust), and then my team and I worked on turning it into an actual book, both print and eBook edition. We also made a trailer! If you’d like, you can watch it here:

 

The excitement of June didn’t stop though, because I also got my award sent to me through the mail! It was such a surreal feeling to finally be able to hold it in my hands, yet I think it was at that moment that it truly dawned on me that I really won this.

I took some photos to share:

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By the end of June I was completely exhausted. But still, I couldn’t wait for the release of Schimmenstof (Phantom Dust) in July…

 


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• July: Release Schimmenstof + Summer holiday

On the 16th of July, Schimmenstof (Phantom Dust) was officially released! And it was a true celebration, because the book had already received a several reviews from book bloggers by that time, and all of them were absolutely wonderful and completely blew me away. My book got the best reviews I could wish for—and hey, what more could you want?

The rest of July I decided to just enjoy the summer, and allowed myself to be lazy. I read books, went outside to lounge in the grass (and read books), I played video games, I visited a museum… and, all right, maybe I’m not really good at being lazy, because I soon started to write the plot outlines for two Insomnia Saga short stories, and already wrote a huge chunk of the first one 🙂

 


• August: Extending the summer holiday… and writing some more

I took it easy in August as well, though my urge to write grew stronger with each week, and soon I had finished both short stories and was already busy writing down notes for other projects!

 


• September: Back to business + Writing NOCTURNE

In September it was time to really get back to work, so I edited my INSOMNIA manuscript and sent it to my team, and then started writing NOCTURNE, the second installment of the Insomnia Saga.

I wrote the first 100 pages in a couple of weeks and I really liked where it was going, and yet, something was off…

At the end of the month, after talking it over with my team, I realized what the issue was: the first book simply missed something, something that would help it connect better to the second book that somehow felt more “mature”.

After that talk I got really excited, and soon my head was overflowing with ideas of things I wanted to change and add to the manuscript…

 


• October: Rewriting INSOMNIA

Yep, I wrote the whole freakin’ manuscript all over again.

I’d given myself the entire month to do it (so I wouldn’t get behind schedule too much), and I practically wrote until my brain was toast. I was done after three weeks though, and used the last week for a rough editing round.

After the first week of rewriting, however, I’d already sent the first part of my manuscript over to my team — and they were so enthusiastic, it just blew me away 😀 It really encouraged me to go on, so I guess that actually helped speed up the writing process.

To be honest, I don’t remember much else of October. It was kind of a blur, really.

 


• November: Back to NOCTURNE + Updating the site: Going English! + December release preparations

Once it was November, I was glad to get back to work on NOCTURNE, and wrote about the next 150 pages.

Meanwhile, though, I also had other things to do… such as updating my site (it was still Dutch). That was really cool, and I felt good after it was all done; it truly felt like a new beginning 😀 I also shared a blog post, in which I introduced myself; you can read it here.

Also, it was time to do some preparations for my December release, an Insomnia Saga short story (the one I wrote back in July/August!). My team helped me make the eBook, and even a book trailer! Check it out!:

 

I love new releases, whether they’re full books, a novella, or just a short story. It’s just awesome to share something new with the world — it’s what I love most about writing professionally 🙂

 


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• December: Release JODI COLLINS + Finishing NOCTURNE + Christmas!

And so, it became December. The last month of 2019.

I worked hard; it was awesome.

On December 10th, I released my very first international publication: The Insomnia Files, File #1: JODI COLLINS. A free eBook, a prequel to my upcoming series, a short story especially written for first-time Insomnia Saga readers, telling the background story of the series’ main protagonist, Jodi Collins.

I’m still really excited about this release, and I hope people have been/are/will read and enjoy it, and that you’re looking forward to the release of INSOMNIA early 2020!

 

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Besides publishing this short story, however, I also worked hard on writing NOCTURNE… and even managed to finish it! To be honest, looking at how busy I’d been, I never expected I would be able to finish this project before Christmas, but somehow I did! It was such a wonderful feeling to write down those last words; it really was a nice wrap-up of the year 😉

 

 


 

And here we are, at the end of 2019.

Like I said, this year has just flown right by — and yet, to me it really feels like an actual year has passed; I have done so many things this year, wrote so many manuscripts (6, if I’m counting it right), and also learned a lot.

As I said at the beginning of this post, I always like to reflect back on the past twelve months at the end of each year, because it’s just really cool to create an overview of all the things I’ve done, but also to see what I’d like to change or improve in the next year. And not just things concerning writing, but concerning myself as well.

I think the lesson I learned this year is that it’s important to be patient, and to realize that you can’t force things. I think it’s safe to say that I’m pretty enthusiastic and passionate, especially regarding my writing, and so sometimes I pressure myself a bit too much in wanting to reach certain goals in a certain amount of time — also things I actually don’t really have any control over.

So the advice I’m giving myself for 2020 is to simply stop trying to control things, and to accept things as they are. As long as I keep working hard, as long as I stay positive, things will work out. And hey, come on, I’ve got nothing to complain about. 2019 has been EPIC — and 2020 is going to be a great year, filled with new book releases and adventures I can’t wait to share with you guys! 😀

 

Are you excited for 2020?

 

Thank you for reading my post! I’ll be posting a really cool one on January 1st, in which I’m going to tell you guys a bit more about my upcoming releases of 2020!

 

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BE CREEPY. STAY FREAKY.

— Lynn

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NOVEMBER 2019 Writing Update: Insomnia Saga, changes, new horizons

NOVEMBER 2019 Writing Update: Insomnia Saga, changes, new horizons

Dear Sleepwalkers,

For two years I’ve been writing these monthly updates — and to be honest, it feels rather strange to write my first one in English now 😉

However, nothing has changed really; life’s been busy, as always, and this month has been a particularly exciting one. So without further ado, let me tell you about all the things I’ve been up to in November!

 

• Insomnia Saga writing: NOCTURNE

NOCTURNE is the second book in the Insomnia Saga series. I started working on this project back in September, but in October I had to take a break from it to do some crazy (but awesome; it was so much fun!) editing on the first book, INSOMNIA.

This month, however, I could finally return to my manuscript. The book is divided into six parts, and I finished writing part 3 last week. Then, however, I had some other work to do again, so I’ve been forced to take a break once more. Working on NOCTURNE is pretty challenging — it’s not that the book is that hard to write (it flows nicely actually, and I’m absolutely loving the process), but I’ve got so many other writing-related things to do, that I simply don’t have the time to work on it full-time.

 

• From Dutch to English; updating the site

The reason why I had to stop writing last week, is that it was (finally!) time to update my site! I decided I wanted to debut internationally a full year ago — it was October 2018, for those who’d like to know 😉 — and it kind of exhilarated as well as terrified me that the time had come at last to start working toward this goal.

Anyway, since you’re reading this you are already here—still, I’d like to welcome you one more time 😀

In case you missed it and you’d like to read a bit more about me, my books, and upcoming releases, I wrote and shared a blog post last week to introduce myself! You can read it here.

 

 

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• Upcoming releases: Insomnia Saga

With the site-update, I also announced the upcoming Insomnia Saga releases!

December this year I’ll be releasing a prequel to INSOMNIA called The Insomnia Files: FILE #1: JODI COLLINS, which is a short story about the series’ heroine, Jodi Collins. It’ll be available as a FREE eBook download on December 10th!

Early 2020, INSOMNIA — the first book of the Insomnia Saga — will be released. INSOMNIA will be available in both print edition and eBook February 11th 2020.

To find out more, check out the Insomnia Saga page!

 

 

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• FILE #1: JODI COLLINS eBook + teaser trailer COMING SOON

This week I’m still too busy to write, because my team and I are working hard on the short story’s release next month; yesterday we finished making the eBook, and today we’ll be working on the teaser trailer, which will be on YouTube in a couple of weeks! I can’t wait to share it with you guys 😀

 

Well, I think it’s time to wrap this up. I expect December to be a bit… well, calmer, I suppose? I’m  hoping that I’ll have some time to write on NOCTURNE. Actually, at the beginning of November, I even said at social media that it was my goal to finish writing the manuscript by the end of this month.

Guess I was a bit too enthusiastic there.

Right now, I’m not even sure whether I’ll be able to finish it before the end of this year, with the short story release, some editing I still have to do, AND the holidays! I’m so excited about Christmas! We’re going to decorate the house this Saturday, so consider me hyped! 😉

I love Christmas. I know I write freaky stories about pretty dark stuff, but I just love this time of the year — it’s so cozy and magical, isn’t it? Glistening things and tiny lights everywhere! What’s not to love?!

 

Are you looking forward to Christmas? And what do you like to read during this time of the year? Leave a message!

 

BE CREEPY. STAY FREAKY.

— Lynn

Posted by Lynn Robin in Insomnia Saga, Writing Updates, 4 comments