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JUNE 2020 Writing Update: NOCTURNE’s book birthday + KISSING SHADOWS & SCARLET + my books on Kindle Unlimited + writeaholic

JUNE 2020 Writing Update: NOCTURNE’s book birthday + KISSING SHADOWS & SCARLET + my books on Kindle Unlimited + writeaholic

And here we are yet again: at the end of another month.

June has been very busy for me (though I think I keep telling you guys that about almost every month, don’t I? xD), but it has been great and another month for me to look back at with a sense of satisfaction and excitement.

Let’s dive right in, shall we? 😀

 

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• Celebrating NOCTURNE’s book birthday

This month I could finally celebrate the release of NOCTURNE, the second full-length installment in the Insomnia Saga, in which Jodi and Kay return and their story continues, picking up three months after the end of INSOMNIA!

The first half of June, however, my book designer and I were working hard to make the release actually possible, by creating the ebook edition as well as the paperback and book trailers. The process has been incredibly fun, even though at some point we had a bit of a setback regarding the paperback; there were some unexpected technical issues with the publisher, which is why—even though the book has already been officially released last week on June 23rd—I  got my copy of the paperback in the mail only last weekend. It kind of disrupted our careful planning, but well; the book is here now, and once more, it is such a rush to be able to hold a physical copy of my own book in my hands ❤️

If you haven’t already, check out NOCTURNE‘s book trailer!:

 

• NOCTURNE is available on Amazon worldwide in paperback edition for $14.99

 

• NOCTURNE is available on Amazon worldwide in ebook edition for $3.99

+ NOCTURNE’s ebook edition is also available through Kindle Unlimited!

 

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• Developments on the Kissing Monsters series; it’s growing!

As you might have read on my blog and social media, I’m also working on another series next to the Insomnia Saga.

Kissing Monsters is a Dark Fantasy Romance series (which, I repeat, heavily focuses on romance!❤️), from which I released KISSING MONSTERS (book 1) earlier this year on Valentine’s Day. It was supposed to remain a stand alone short story, but Kiss and Zane stole my heart and their story began to grow in rapid pace.

Which is why I can now announce that book 2, KISSING SHADOWS, is coming this summer in ebook edition only (just like book 1)!

Also, last week I finished writing book 3, which is entitled KISSING SCARLET… and will also be released this year 🙂

After some planning and looking at the developments in the story line, I’ve decided that the series will consist of 8 books total. All of them will be released in ebook only, but I’ll also be releasing two paperback editions in which the first four and the last four books will be included—so for those of you who just love physical copies of books (like me!), they are coming!

I’ll announce the official release dates for KISSING SHADOWS and KISSING SCARLET next week, so please, stay tuned! 😀

 

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• Decisions to make as a Writer: my books now on Kindle Unlimited!

While working on the publication of NOCTURNE, I’ve also made a final decision about something I’d been thinking about for a while now.

I’ve decided to enroll all of my ebooks in KDP select.

This is a special program on Amazon, and enrolling in it now gives me the opportunity to offer my ebooks for free (for a limited amount of days every three months) on Amazon. Also, it automatically makes my books available through Kindle Unlimited, which allows readers to read as many books they want for—I believe—$9.99 a month; so readers who are subscribed to KU can now read my ebooks, and I’ll receive royalties of sorts from Amazon for every page that has been read 🙂

Me enrolling my ebooks in KDP also means that my ebooks are, from now on, exclusively available on Amazon, and can no longer be found on sites such as Kobo and Barnes&Noble. At first I was convinced it was very important for me to be featured in all kinds of online bookstores, but after doing some research on the last five months or so, I realized that of all the books I’d sold, had all been sold through Amazon. Not a single one had been ordered through another store, and my readers and buyers have come from all over the world—from the United States to the Netherlands.

This made me realize my decision wouldn’t be an inconvenience to my readers at all; and I believe the KDP program and Kindle Unlimited will certainly be able to help me grow in my career as an author ❤️ I’m very excited about this, and weirdly enough, have already noticed a (careful) increase in sales in the past week. Coincidence? Don’t know, but I’m not complaining, and I’ll just see what the future brings as I’ll release more new books 😉

 

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• Writeaholic: I CANNOT STOP

It’s true. I don’t know what’s happening to me the last few months, but I honestly can’t seem to stop writing.

Sure, it has always been my passion, but the last few years (ever since I started publishing my books) I found myself wanting some time off whenever the summer came around, feeling tired and needing some time to find some fresh inspiration.

Not this year.

As always, I’m granting myself a summer break of sorts in July and August. My holiday starts next week, and although I do plan to make some time to get some more reading and video gaming done (and perhaps even a bit of drawing for the fun of it)… I don’t think I’ll be able to take a true break off writing.

I just don’t feel like it.

The only change, however, is that I’ll be living on a slower pace (not getting up as early as usual!) and that I won’t have to do any editing on manuscripts. All I can focus on the next two months is writing, which, let’s be honest, is my most favorite part of the entire writing process 😉

So. Yep. I’m an official writeaholic (even though my spelling check keeps arguing with me that isn’t a word), and one of the projects I’m excited to work on in July will be the fourth installment to the Kissing Monsters series!

 

Well, I guess this was a fine update on June 2020! The world has gone insane around me. The government is already easing up on restrictions. But really, I am staying indoors this summer to keep my family and myself safe (no matter what some people claim, the virus “not being so dangerous” and all), and I’m convinced I’ll have the best of fun writing and simply enjoying my time off 🙂

I hope you’ll all have a great summer too, despite our current circumstances, and that you’ll remain safe and healthy.

 

• Don’t forget: I’ll be announcing official Insomnia Saga and Kissing Monsters release dates next week, so stay tuned! There is a summer release among those…

 

— Lynn

 

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NEW RELEASE | OUT NOW: NOCTURNE (Insomnia Saga 2) + The Insomnia Files paperback edition

NEW RELEASE | OUT NOW: NOCTURNE (Insomnia Saga 2) + The Insomnia Files paperback edition

I have changed.
Castle Insomnia has broken something deep inside of me.
“Jodi,” I can still hear her drawl, “my precious, little Sleepwalker.”

 

Jodi Collins and Kay Somnus return

 

Hey there! Indeed, Jodi Collins and Kay Somnus return in today’s anticipated release: NOCTURNE, the second full-length installment to the Insomnia Saga, in which the story continues three months after the events of INSOMNIA.

 

• NOCTURNE is available on Amazon worldwide in paperback edition for $14.99

 

• NOCTURNE is available on Amazon worldwide in ebook edition for $3.99

+ NOCTURNE’s ebook edition is also available through Kindle Unlimited!

 

Watch the official book trailer:

 

• NOCTURNE (Insomnia Saga #2)

I have changed.
Castle Insomnia has broken something deep inside of me.
“Jodi,” I can still hear her drawl, “my precious, little Sleepwalker.”

 

Jodi Collins and Kay Somnus return.

 

Three months ago, they defeated the strongest Nightprowler the world had ever seen; three months ago, they were accused of conspiring with Annabelle, and had to run for their lives; three months ago, they decided to raise their own army: Insomnia.

Jodi and Kay, still living in hiding, secretly travel from city to city to exorcise Nightprowlers and spread the name of Insomnia. Their army is growing, but so is the hatred towards Sleepwalkers—new laws have been passed, rights have been stolen, and the world is becoming a divided place.

But Jodi has changed. While fighting them, she fears the demons of the Night in a way she never did before, and she might be on the verge of losing the only weapon she has: her Light.

Meanwhile, both Kay’s family and his own dark past catch up to him, forcing him to fight the hardest battle he has ever fought in his life: opening up to those around him, while he knows a piece of the Night is still clinging to his soul.

With the arrival of the mysterious but violent Soulless Army, Jodi starts to believe Annabelle might very well be alive—and as the world grows darker, enemies gather, and Jodi’s and Kay’s paths divide, any-thing seems possible.

Jodi will have to fight for her Light, Kay will have to save her, and together they will have to accept they are both soldiers in an inevitable war.

They might have defeated Annabelle.
But the fight is far from over.

 


 

Writing NOCTURNE has been intense, and the book has gone through many changes; as some of you probably know, I actually started writing the Insomnia Saga books in Dutch, and at first I had planned to write only two books since it was supposed to be a duology.

The story kept on evolving in my head, however, the characters began to grow and turned out to have many more sides to them and secrets that had to be unraveled, and I soon realized I simply couldn’t fit all of this into just two books — which was why I began writing the second book time and time again, until I finally realized what I had to do:

If I wanted to do this story and my characters any justice, I had to add more books to this series 😉

After that decision, I began working on book 2 once more — and this time, everything just flowed. And that has resulted in the book I’m releasing today: NOCTURNE.

As I said, writing NOCTURNE has been an intense experience, not just because I had to start over several times, but also because it felt a bit darker than INSOMNIA and because I got to know Jodi and Kay a whole lot better… and discovered some painful moments in their pasts, yet also in their present life: as the blurb says, Jodi has changed, and I could truly feel her struggling with that while writing.

I sincerely hope you, my readers, can feel it too — and will keep on rooting for her along the way 🙂

 


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• The Insomnia Files (Insomnia Saga 1.5) paperback release OUT NOW

As I released the Insomnia Saga‘s first short story collection back in April, entitled The Insomnia Files, COVID-19 had just broken out all across the world a few weeks prior. We all experienced a certain amount of anxiety — and, well, so did I, which made me feel a little uncomfortable ordering physical copies of books, etc., online. Which was why I postponed the release of The Insomnia Files‘ paperback.

In hindsight, I might’ve been a bit (well, VERY) overly cautious and let my anxiety talk a bit too loudly — I apologize for that! ^^”

However, to make it up, I’m releasing The Insomnia Files in paperback today! It’s available on Amazon worldwide 🙂

 

• You can order your copy here for $8.99!


 

 

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Thank you for reading, subscribing and following ?

 

Last but not least, I want to thank you all for supporting me as an author by buying my books and reading my stories; your kind messages light up my every day 😉

I hope you will also enjoy NOCTURNE! I’m so excited to finally be able to share this Insomnia Saga installment with the world; I’ve been looking forward to this day for months!

If you have any questions or just want to leave a message, please feel free to do so! ?

 

— Lynn

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MAY 2020 Writing Update: the ORIGINS of awesome writing

MAY 2020 Writing Update: the ORIGINS of awesome writing

Okay, first of all — I’d like to apologize for the slightly lame title of this post x”D I thought it was pretty witty, actually, looking at the fact that I wrote my book, ORIGINS, this month… and working on it had been awesome, so…

Yeah. Well.

Let’s move on and dive right into May’s writing update! For me it has been a month of success and inspiration, and I’d love to tell you guys more about it! 😀 Let’s go:

 

• ORIGINS: the manuscript is finished!

Yes, you read that right! In April’s writing update I already told you guys I wanted to finish writing ORIGINS (Insomnia Saga 3) in May… and well, if you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know I usually always complete the tasks I set for myself 😉

I finished writing ORIGINS during the second week of May. I’d been writing like a maniac for days straight; I just kept on going, finishing one chapter after another, because I had to finish this book…

And then, suddenly, I’d written the book’s epilogue. And that was that.

It felt awesome, though I must admit it was also slightly anticlimactic — first I’d wanted nothing more but to finish the manuscript (because I have SO MANY other ideas crowding this brain of mine), but the moment I was done, I honestly was a bit disappointed that the journey had come to an end.

Because writing ORIGINS certainly was one hell of a journey; of course, I’ve put my heart and soul into every installment of the Insomnia Saga, but this being the latest book I’ve worked on causes me to be a bit overly “attached” to it, so to speak 😉 I absolutely loved the process, especially because it went so smoothly. The characters felt truly alive to me and every idea I had for this book just seemed to fit in with the plot perfectly.

I managed to put every scene that was in my head for this book into the manuscript — I just LOVE that ❤️

 

ORIGINS was written in 6 weeks and 1 day! (yes, I checked)

 

I actually can’t wait to share ORIGINS with you — but… book 2 still needs to be published x”D The wait is nearly over, though; NOCTURNE (Insomnia Saga 2) will be released in ebook and paperback next month!

Now I’ve got several spin-offs left to write for the Insomnia Saga, and I hope to begin working on book 4, SOMNUS, by the end of this year 🙂

 

• NOCTURNE official coming soon trailer

Speaking of NOCTURNE…

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, I’d like to share NOCTURNE’s official coming soon trailer that went online last week! Personally, I’m totally fangirling over the spookiness of it~

 

 

NOCTURNE releases in ebook and paperback on June 23rd!

As I said before, the wait is almost over! I hope you guys are just as excited as I am 😉

If you’re curious, I’m sharing some quotes of NOCTURNE on my Instagram feed, so go ahead and check it out!

 

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• Brainstorming madness

After I finished writing ORIGINS, I actually thought I was supposed to take a break off writing or something. I don’t know why, but for some reason I expected myself to take it easy for a bit.

My brain works in mysterious ways.

However, literally a few hours after I finished ORIGINS, I already realized I just didn’t want to stop writing, I didn’t need a break: I wanted to go on.

So that’s exactly what I did; I began working on plot outlines for several projects that have been living in my mind for a while now, and I’m not sure what is going on in that head of mine these days, but it’s like I’m unstoppable.

Within a week, I wrote the complete plot outlines for the stories included in the Insomnia Saga short story collection, The Origins Files (Insomnia Saga 3.5), and for the third installment to the Kissing Monsters series, which is entitled KISSING SCARLET.

After I’d finished those, I began working on the plot outline for another book, which will be the first installment to yet another series! I’m not able yet to tell you guys everything, except that it’s going to be a series of stand alone installments of dark, romantic fantasy stories ❤️ I’m very excited about this project, so I hope I’ll be able to share more soon! I’m currently really enjoying the plot outline/brainstorming process. It’s going very well, and I expect to have it finished by the end of this afternoon, as a matter of fact 🙂

The “problem” I have with writing all these plot outlines, however, is that every time I finish one, my hands are itching to start writing the actual manuscripts x”D I don’t, though, because writing all of these plot outlines first is part of my amazing-summer-writing plan (wait for it, here it comes):

In two weeks’ time, I’ll be joining my designer to make NOCTURNE‘s ebook, paperback and book trailer. After that, there will be one or two weeks left of June, and in July/August I’m taking a bit of a summer break, as I do every year, in which I allow myself to do some other stuff besides writing (like reading and playing video games~). However, I’m so full of inspiration these days, that I don’t really want to stop, so I’m working ahead now by finishing all of those plot outlines, so I can just sit down during my summer break and start writing, without having to think through and solve plot-issues.

That’s like the summer-holiday version of writing, right? Next to that, I won’t have to edit a single manuscript in July and August, so I can focus entirely on my favorite part: simply writing my books ❤️

Sounds pretty neat, huh?

 

All right, I suppose this wraps up May pretty nicely! I’ve done a lot of writing, as usual, and am thoroughly enjoying the process 😀 I’m also currently editing NOCTURNE in the mornings — it’s the final round of revisions before we’re going to turn it into an actual book! I can’t wait to hold it in my hands~

Oh, right — did you see last week’s special blog post on my 5 Tips & Tricks for a high-productivity-healthy-indoors-lifestyle? If not and you’re interested, please check it out! I’m sharing my own favorite tricks for getting the most out of each day while in quarantine, so maybe you get something out of it as well 🙂 It’s an article full of inspiration, chasing dreams, fitness, yoga, meditation and even tai chi!

Next month will be NOCTURNE‘s release month, so expect loads of awesomeness coming your way! I hope to see you there 😉

As always, thanks so much for reading! If you’ve got any questions or just like to say hi, feel free to drop me a line in the comments section below! ❤️

 

BE CREEPY. STAY FREAKY.

— Lynn

 

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APRIL 2020 Writing Update: Another INSOMNIA SAGA release, writing ORIGINS & indoors living awesomeness

APRIL 2020 Writing Update: Another INSOMNIA SAGA release, writing ORIGINS & indoors living awesomeness

Hey there, Sleepwalkers!

How are you all doing? How is your quarantine life going? Whenever I’m on social media (which is at least a few times a day, haha), I see so many different people and reactions. Some are terribly anxious and struggling to get anything done, others are angry and frustrated because they can’t go outside, and then there are those who truly seem to enjoy themselves at home and are even improving their lifestyle.

I’m one of the latter, actually — to be honest, being a writer and a rather “indoorsy” person, not much has changed for me, except for the fact that I can’t go outside for my runs and walks, which is a shame really, because I enjoy being outside and feel the sun on my skin. However, the mere thought of catching this virus is enough to keep me indoors. I know that I tend to add horror elements to my books, but that doesn’t mean I want to experience something horrific either, y’know? 😉

But how am I improving my lifestyle and how is this affecting my writing? I’ll tell you all about it in this April Writing Update:

 

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• NEW RELEASE: The Insomnia Files (Insomnia Saga 1.5)

This month kicked off with a great start — on April 7th I released the second installment of the Insomnia Saga: The Insomnia Files, a short story collection that allows the reader to dive deeper into the Insomnia Saga‘s universe, world-building, and the characters’ lives and histories.

The Insomnia Files includes three short stories about Jodi, Kay, and Alain Somnus — the third a key-character introduced during the last few chapters of INSOMNIA. Not much information is given about him in the book, but this short story will certainly explain a few things about Alain 😉

If you’d like to find out more, check out the RELEASE BLOG POST or visit the official INSOMNIA SAGA page ?

 

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• ORIGINS: writing book 3

Ooh yes, you read that right! This month I began working on ORIGINS, book three in the Insomnia Saga 🙂

I wrote the plot outline for the first half of the book back in March, but had been wanting to work on this project since December — ever since I finished writing book 2, NOCTURNE, actually 😀 So when I finally began writing ORIGINS this month, I didn’t hold back at all and wrote like hell.

I even started adapting a new writing “technique”, so to speak: I keep on writing without reading anything I wrote. Yep. Even when I sit down again the next morning, I don’t even bother reading what I’ve written the previous day. After all, it’s not like I’ve forgotten what I wrote, now did I? 😉

No, in all seriousness, this saves an incredible amount of time and really ups my productivity. During the first couple of weeks, I think I wrote about 3 chapters a day. I’m on 2 now, because I’ve started editing a manuscript in the mornings (more about that below!), but it still works really well for me.

Which is why I’ve already written the first 254 pages of ORIGINS — which also happens to mean that the first two parts of the book are finished. Whenever I finish an entire part, I do take the time to read back what I wrote, though!

Anyway, only three more parts to go; and since these last three parts aren’t going to be that much work (I think; it’s pretty straightforward), I wonder whether I’ll manage to finish the book in May… Who knows, right? It would be cool, because that means I have some time before the publication of NOCTURNE (Insomnia Saga 2; coming June 23rd!) to work on some smaller projects ?

I’ll be spending the rest of this week writing the plot outline for the remaining 3 parts of ORIGINS ?

 

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• NOCTURNE: editing book 2

Last week I began editing the second full-length installment in the Insomnia Saga, NOCTURNE, after working through the amazing notes I got from my beta readers, who have been reading the manuscript during February/March.

I’m actually really enjoying the editing process! To be honest, I was kind of dreading it at first — not because I hate revisions that much, but because I was worried it would cut down my productivity/speed while working on ORIGINS. But I’ve kind of been living by schedules since last week, and it truly helps; editing goes smoothly because I’m breaking it apart in smaller portions (this keeps me focused), and writing still goes well because I have plenty of time left for it.

So, all is going well; I’m really looking forward to NOCTURNE‘s release in June! By the way, in May I’ll be sharing a really cool teaser trailer for the book, so if you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube channel already, please do!

 

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• High productivity and improved lifestyle

Like I said, because of everything that’s going on with COVID-19 and being forced to stay indoors constantly, I have made some (minor) changes to my lifestyle. Minor, yes, yet I feel they’re having a huge impact on me — in a very positive way, that is ❤️

Usually I’m not one for living by schedules. I think it actually sounds rather neurotic. AND YET. Because I wanted to keep my productivity high while writing ORIGINS and I had to start editing NOCTURNE, I decided to give it a try.

And I’m loving it.

Next to bookish things, I’m also scheduling my workouts. I used to go out for runs and walks, mostly in the mornings, but ever since I can’t, I caught myself slacking off a bit. I still did my indoor workouts in the evenings (I already did those before all this), but my “daylight training” (for a lack of a better description, haha) was kind of non-existent… and I didn’t like that, because my health is important to me, and I actually LOVE working out. On top of that, I always notice that working out regularly not only makes me stronger physically but mentally as well; it makes me feel fit and alert and focused, which increases my productivity in, yes, writing!

I’ve been sharing my schedules for fun in my Instagram stories, but to give you an idea, here’s what yesterday’s looked like:

 

MORNING

— edit 15 pages of NOCTURNE

— WORKOUT: 30 minute HIIT

— edit 15 pages of NOCTURNE

— write blog post

AFTERNOON

— work on plot outline ORIGINS

EVENING

— WORKOUT: 50 minute cardio kickboxing + strength training

 

…Well. That looks rather nice, doesn’t it? ?

It’s also really satisfying to check off those boxes — it makes me feel productive and pretty dynamic actually 😀

 

However, like I said at the beginning, not that much has changed for me. I’m already used to being at home a lot, which has made me think about sharing an actual blog post about it with some tips I could give other people… but then dozens of other posts shared by other “experts” ( 😛 ) already popped up all over the internet, making me wonder what I could possibly add to all this?

 

What do you guys think? Would you like to read my tips and tricks for a high-productivity-indoors-lifestyle? Let me know!

 

All right, no matter how much fun I’m having writing this update, I guess it’s time for me to wrap this up (THE SCHEDULE SPEAKS).

I’ll be working on the plot outline for ORIGINS this week, and in May I’ll be focusing on editing NOCTURNE, writing ORIGINS and possibly work on some small side-projects, though that’s still to be seen 😉

I’m feeling healthy. I’m feeling great and energized and focused. I hope the same goes for you guys, or that you’ll feel better and inspired very soon ❤️

 

Stay home, stay safe. For you, your family, and every single person out there. We all share this space on Earth, so let’s make the most of it and show respect. (I know many of you do, though 😉 )

 

Thank you for reading! Please feel free to leave a message below 🙂

 

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BE CREEPY. STAY FREAKY.

— Lynn

 

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The Insomnia Files & NOCTURNE (Insomnia Saga #1.5 + #2): Cover reveals and release dates

Dear Sleepwalkers,

Today is an exciting day (well, I sure think so 😉 ), because I’ll be officially revealing the covers of the next Insomnia Saga releases, The Insomnia Files and NOCTURNE, as well as announcing the release dates!

Read on for more ?

 

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• The Insomnia Files (Insomnia Saga #1.5)

As you can see, the cover for The Insomnia Files is based on the cover created for the short story JODI COLLINS, as that is one of the stories featured in this collection!

 

The Insomnia Files contains three short stories written from three different perspectives, diving deeper into the Insomnia Saga universe.

FILE #1 tells the story of Jodi Collins and takes place four years prior to INSOMNIA: Thirteen years old, Jodi has just started working for the Miller Academy. As she’s sent on a mission on a dark, wintery night, she has no choice but to confront the demons of the Night—and fight them.

In FILE #2 fifteen-year old Kay Somnus is about to take his final exam to become the youngest Summoner in history… but in order to succeed, he will have to pretend—and believe—he is someone he’s not, and forever deny himself his true power.

Alain Somnus, the very first Summoner of Light, is the voice of FILE #3. Hundreds of years ago, he opened a gate and allowed dark powers to spill in that would change the world forever… creating the darkest secret ever kept. Haunted by nightmares and his failure to protect the only girl who had ever managed to touch his heart, he opened the Somnus Academy—but could he live with the lies?

 

>> The Insomnia Files (Insomnia Saga #1.5) releases in eBook and paperback edition on April 7th 2020! You can preorder the eBook on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords <<<

 

 

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• NOCTURNE (Insomnia Saga #2)

Here it is! The cover for the second installment in the Insomnia Saga, NOCTURNE; I already saw it last month, and I’ve been in love with it ever since ❤️ It perfectly captures the mood of the sequel to INSOMNIA, and I absolutely love the colors. My designer rules 🙂

If you want to read the blurb, please visit this page (scroll down, and then you’ll find it!); I’m not sharing it in this post, because it contains various spoilers regarding the ending of INSOMNIA. So, for those who haven’t read or finished INSOMNIA yet, please tread carefully 😉

 

>> NOCTURNE (Insomnia Saga #2) releases in eBook and paperback edition on June 23th 2020! You can preorder the eBook on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords <<<

 


 

That’s it for now! I hope you enjoy, will enjoy, or have enjoyed reading INSOMNIA, and that you’re looking forward to these next installments!

The Insomnia Files is great for those who’d like a bit more background information about Jodi, Kay, and Alain, whose name is mentioned various times in INSOMNIA. By writing these stories, I, as a writer, felt like I got to understand my characters even better, especially Alain Somnus ❤️

NOCTURNE, the sequel to INSOMNIA, picks up the story about three months later, and is written from dual perspective — Jodi’s voice returns, and is joined by Kay’s, as we dive even deeper into his past and personality. Also, Jodi has some things to deal with, and I think I got to flesh out her character even more in this book, especially by adding Kay’s point of view and the way he perceives her and everything else.

I’m already looking forward to releasing these installments!

 

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As always, thank you all for reading ? Do you have any questions? Just got something to say? Feel free to leave a message below; I love to hear from you!

 

BE CREEPY. STAY FREAKY.

— Lynn

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It’s 2020: A battle of Light and Night

It’s 2020: A battle of Light and Night

First of all…

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

 

Here we are, the first of January; the very first day of 2020.

Let’s take a deep breath. Because, I mean, this actually is a pretty special day, right? Yeah, okay, every new day can mean a brand new start; every single day you can decide to do something you’ve never done before or always wanted to do. You don’t need an actual “new year” to do that.

And yet, I can’t help but feel excited about the fact that it is now officially 2020, because I have some really cool plans for this year—and today, I’d like to tell you guys a little bit about them 🙂

 

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• First release: INSOMNIA (Insomnia Saga #1)

My very first release this year will be INSOMNIA, the first official installment of the Insomnia Saga.

I’ve been working on this project since the summer of 2017, so I’m really excited that the series finally is going to get an official “lift off”, so to speak, and that I can share this dark story of mine with all of you. I feel like INSOMNIA is going to be a great first release to start this year with—for me, anyway. I just love this story and my characters to pieces, and I hope you guys will too!

 

INSOMNIA will be released on February 11th 2020

 

If you’re curious, you can download the prequel short story JODI COLLINS for free, an eBook that also includes a sneak peek of the first few chapters of INSOMNIA!

 

INSOMNIA is available for pre-order worldwide (eBook only) on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Check it out!

 

On the day of release, INSOMNIA will also be available in paperback edition!

 

• More INSOMNIA SAGA releases on the way…

This year I’ll be focusing entirely on the Insomnia Saga, which means there are many more releases on the way! I can’t give actual dates yet, but to give you an idea of what you’ll be able to expect…:

The Insomnia Files, a collection of short stories accompanying INSOMNIA, will be released April 2020 (both eBook and paperback edition)

NOCTURNE, the second installment of the Insomnia Saga, is planned for a June 2020 release (both eBook and paperback edition)

The Nocturne Files, a collection of short stories accompanying  NOCTURNE, is expected September 2020 (both eBook and paperback edition)

ORIGINS, the third installment of the Insomnia Saga, will be published December 2020 (both eBook and paperback edition)

 

I’m incredibly excited about all this, and I hope you guys will be with me during this journey through the Insomnia Saga universe 🙂 There will also be a fourth installment to the series, entitled SOMNUS, which will be released in 2021 — but hey, let’s focus on 2020 first, yeah? 😉

 

Will you be fighting alongside Jodi and Kay in their battle of Light and Night?

 

Well, in short, this is what 2020 is going to look like for me. In January I’ll be working on both The Insomnia Files and The Nocturne Files, and I expect to start on ORIGINS in February! I can’t wait 😀

 

I hope you guys all have a wonderful, productive, and fun year as well. Sure, every year will be filled with ups and downs, but let’s focus on the ups instead — negative vibes won’t serve you after all; it’ll only attract more negativity. Or should I say darkness? To use some Insomnia Saga lingo — summon your Light, your Inner Strength, and hold on to it; use it to fight the shadows.

Let’s all work hard to make our dreams come true 🙂

 

BE CREEPY. STAY FREAKY.

— Lynn

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DECEMBER 2019 Writing Update: releasing JODI COLLINS, finishing NOCTURNE, and merry Christmas

DECEMBER 2019 Writing Update: releasing JODI COLLINS, finishing NOCTURNE, and merry Christmas

Dear Sleepwalkers,

It is time to say goodbye to December, and what a month it has been.

I don’t know about you guys, but every year, instead of slowing down, I tend to channel some extra “fuel” to power through the last month — just to get all those last things done, just to do something extra, all so I can take a deep breath at the end and look back at the year feeling like I really accomplished something.

Well, this year has been the same… but am I happy will all that I’ve done this last month of the year? Read on!

 

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• New release: The Insomnia Files, File #1: JODI COLLINS

This month I released my very first international publication — a prequel especially written for first-time Insomnia Saga readers, a short story about the series’ main protagonist, Jodi Collins.

It was really exciting, for I’ve been looking forward to this for months, maybe even a year, and I already wrote this short story back in July, so it was awesome to finally see it turn into an actual eBook 🙂

In case you’ve missed it — The Insomnia Files, File #1: JODI COLLINS is available as a free eBook! You can find the download link you prefer and more information about the story right here.

Did you know that the story actually takes place on Christmas Eve? So, if you haven’t read it already, perhaps you should tonight! 😉

 

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• Editing: INSOMNIA

This month my team and I finished another round of editing INSOMNIA, the first book in the Insomnia Saga, which will be published February 11th 2020!

I’m really enjoying the editing process, but, to be honest, I don’t mind that we’re taking a few weeks off for now 😉 We’ll be back for the last round in January, but during the holidays we’re taking it easy!

 

• Writing: the last chapters of NOCTURNE

If you’ve been following me on either this blog or social media, you probably haven’t missed the fact that I’ve been working on the second installment of the Insomnia Saga, NOCTURNE, ever since September.

Working on this book has been awesome, but like I said in my writing update back in November, it’s been a bit of a “bumpy ride”, since I couldn’t work on it full time. I rewrote the first book, INSOMNIA, halfway the writing process, gave my site a huge makeover and update, had to do some work for the publication of JODI COLLINS as well as the promotion of it, and I also had to edit the manuscript of INSOMNIA…

So, actually, I never expected to be able to finish NOCTURNE before the end of the year.

Yet, somehow, I did!

I’m not sure how I did it, to be honest — but like I said on social media last week, when inspiration strikes, it strikes hard, and that somehow gave me this amazing writing-boost 😀 I wrote about 16 chapters in two weeks, and last Thursday I finished the project.

Finishing a novel always is the greatest feeling. I swear, it’s magic. And the same goes for finishing NOCTURNE, because really, this book was intense. It’s kind of hard to talk about it—or not talk about it—, since INSOMNIA hasn’t even been released yet, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers. However, I can safely say that I’ve learned a lot from writing this book, along with my characters who also learned some valuable lessons themselves, and despite the very dark, sinister themes of this book, I had loads of fun writing every single sentence 😉

I already sent out a message on social media, but I just want to say it again: The last day writing this book has been especially fun thanks to all the encouraging messages I got from readers and fellow writers all over the world, while I was furiously typing away on my laptop; it was awesome to hear from you all! Thank you 🙂

 

• Sit back and relax: it’s almost Christmas!

After all this hard work, I’ve decided to take a break for a couple of weeks, just to replenish my energy, read some books, play video games… well, to simply do all those fun and lazy things you sometimes just really need to do, right?

Also, tomorrow it’s Christmas! I want to wish you all a merry Christmas; I hope you have a lovely time, no matter however and with whoever you spend it.

 

With this, I’m going to end my last writing update of 2019.

Coming up next week however, is a blog post in which I’ll look back at this year and give an overview of all the things I’ve done, learned, and accomplished this last twelve months, and with the start of the new year I’ll also share a post in which I’m going to tell you about what bookish things you can expect from me in 2020 😀 I hope to see you here on my blog!

But until then…

Have a happy Christmas. Sit back and relax. Read a book (may I suggest my Insomnia Saga short story? …VERY subtle, right?). Enjoy life. Celebrate winter. (Or take notes like a maniac for your next project, as I’ll probably be doing :P)

Feel free to leave a message; I love hearing from you!

 

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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

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SEPTEMBER 2019 schrijfupdate: Insomnia + Nocturne + LET’S BE WICKED

SEPTEMBER 2019 schrijfupdate: Insomnia + Nocturne + LET’S BE WICKED

HEY WICKED FREAKY PEOPLE! 😀

Nee, ik beledig jullie niet, dit is aandoenlijk bedoeld. Erewoord.

We hebben nog enkele dagen van september te gaan, maar we zitten toch alweer aan het eind, en dus is het weer tijd voor een maandelijkse schrijfupdate! Ik heb best het één en ander te vertellen—over de Insomnia Saga, over mijn internationale debuut én over de richting die ik nu precies op wil als auteur; laat ik het zo zeggen, begin september had ik een echte eye opener 😉

Oké, hopelijk heb ik je nu nieuwsgierig gemaakt—lees gauw verder…!

 

• Insomnia Saga: INSOMNIA

Laat ik maar beginnen met waar ik deze maand allemaal aan heb gewerkt! Ik begon met de eerste officiële correctieronde van Insomnia, de Engelstalige/internationale release die eind dit jaar in december zal verschijnen.

Tja, hier valt natuurlijk niet bijster veel over te vertellen; het enige wat redigeren inhoudt is dat je in de rol kruipt van editer-from-hell, iedere zin kapot analyseert, elk stukje dat je niet lekker vindt lezen 80.000 keer herschrijft todat je wél tevreden bent, komma’s verplaatsen, zinnen omdraaien, ga zo maar door… Een hoop werk, maar niet bepaald dynamisch 😉 Toch vond ik het super cool om mee bezig te zijn, vooral omdat dit natuurlijk mijn allereerste Engelse release wordt, en ten tweede omdat Insomnia van begin af aan al een speciaal project voor mij is geweest waar ik erg gepassioneerd over ben (maar ja, over welk boek ben ik dat nou niet?! Want dit kan ik net zo goed over de Schimmenwereld Serie zeggen. Dus tja. Ach).

Hoe dan ook, het manuscript ligt nu bij mijn redactie-ninja’s die weer precies hetzelfde aan het doen zijn als ik—maar hé, je hebt de frisse kijk van anderen nodig, omdat ze altijd weer andere dingen zien dan jijzelf 🙂 Ik vind het spannend, en ik kijk er naar uit om het manuscript weer opnieuw na te mogen gaan kijken!

 

• Insomnia Saga: NOCTURNE

Nadat ik de redactie van Insomnia had afgerond, kon ik EIN-DE-LIJK aan het tweede deel gaan beginnen: Nocturne.

Vorig jaar had ik al een stuk geschreven van het vervolgdeel, dat toentertijd nog Somnus heette en het laatste deel had moeten worden. Intussen is de Insomnia Saga uitgegroeid van een twee-delige naar een vier-delige serie (YAY!) en deze keer gaat het schrijven van dit boek echt héél goed—in 2018 maakte ik maar liefst twee keer een valse start, en telkens weer schreef ik mezelf bijna letterlijk in de knoop (mijn brein voelde in elk geval aan alsof het in de knoop zat) omdat ik te veel wilde voor één boek. Nu Nocturne NIET het laatste deel wordt, heb ik veel meer ademruimte.

De grove rode draad voor het boek heb ik dan ook al helemaal uitgedacht en geschreven; ik heb een heel plan liggen waar ik me aan vast kan houden tijdens het schrijven. Op dit moment ben ik nieuwe stukken aan het schrijven, maar ook oude stukken van het voorgaande manuscript aan het herschrijven (en vertalen, aangezien die nog in het Nederlands geschreven zijn). Ik vind het altijd een uitdaging om nieuw en oud materiaal met elkaar te verweven, en ik kan zeggen dat het echt heel goed gaat!

Inmiddels staan de eerste 20.000 woorden van het boek er al 🙂

 

• VERANDERING: Verhalenblog Lynn’s Paper Heart OFFLINE

In de schrijfupdate van augustus vertelde ik nog vol enthousiasme dat ik mijn korte verhalenblog, Lynn’s Paper Heart, weer in leven ging roepen en dat ik er over een tijdje weer verhalen ging delen…

Hier ben ik echter op teruggekomen.

En dat heeft te maken met het volgende kopje…:

 

• Mijn liefde voor dark/gothic fantasy

Als je mijn blog volgt, heb je vast wel een paar boeken van mij gelezen—en of je nu de Schimmenwereld Serie of Insomnia/Nachtwandelaar gelezen hebt, dan zal je ongetwijfeld gemerkt hebben dat de boeken geschreven zijn in een duister fantasy genre, met zelfs een vleugje horror.

En dat komt omdat ik dat gewoon ronduit AWESOME vind (hoogstwaarschijnlijk onstaan omdat mijn ouders me Stephen King verfilmingen lieten kijken toen ik 9 was; als ik er nu op terugkijk was ik best een duister kind… 😛 )!

Op mijn Paper Heart blog, echter, was ik wat experimenteler bezig—ik deelde er duistere verhalen, maar vooral ook veel lichte. Verhalen die vooral heel romantisch, magisch en sprookjesachtig waren. Dat vond ik ook leuk om aan te werken, maar dit jaar heb ik één van die lichte/romantische/magische verhalen uitgeschreven tot een heus boek met zelfs een tweede deel (en met nog vele vervolgdelen op de planning), en ik was van plan die vanaf volgend jaar (2020) ook uit te geven, naast de duistere Insomnia Saga.

Aan het begin van deze maand, echter, ben ik daar op een andere manier naar gaan kijken en moest ik eerlijk zijn tegen mezelf: Is dit wel goed voor mijn imago als auteur? Is het niet heel verwarrend voor lezers dat ik in twee totaal verschillende genres schrijf—van heel duister en grimmig naar heel licht en sprookjesachtig? Wat wil ik nu werkelijk uitstralen; hoe wil ik bekend komen te staan?

En ik realiseerde me dat mijn hart toch echt ligt in meer duistere verhalen, zoals jullie al van me gewend zijn.

Hierom heb ik dus besloten om…:

1. het Lynn’s Paper Heart blog binnenkort offline te halen en er simpelweg mee te stoppen; de enige reden dat ik dat blog aan wilde houden, was omdat ik mijn lichtere werk als “Paper Heart releases” uit wilde brengen om een duidelijkere scheiding te maken tussen mijn boeken, maar nu ik toch full-on dark ga, is dat een beetje overbodig.

2. de manuscripten van mijn “lichte/romantische/magische” serie te herschrijven! Hier ben ik vorig weekend alvast mee begonnen; ik ben bezig er een duistere twist aan te geven—en het gaat zo makkelijk, dat het bijna beangstigend is. Bijna alsof het verhaal al die tijd klaar heeft gestaan voor deze “duistere” verandering.

Dus nee, jullie zullen niet veel merken van deze verandering; al mijn boek publicaties zijn allemaal dark fantasy. Maar dit wil dus zeggen dat dat zo blijft—dus wat je van mij, Lynn Robin gewend bent, kan je gewoon blijven verwachten… ook in het Engels. Of moet ik zeggen, vooral in het Engels!

 

En dit waren wel de grootste updates van september 🙂 Er is een hoop gaande achter de schermen en ik heb enorm veel inspiratie; als je me volgt op social media zal je me ongetwijfeld gehoord hebben over een “side-project” waar ik begin deze maand nog mee bezig was. Die heb ik intussen weer even in de ijskast moeten zetten, aangezien ik me nu wil focussen op Nocturne/Insomnia Saga en de andere serie die volgend jaar uit zal komen. Veel inspiratie hebben is helemaal te gek, maar soms moet ik mezelf echt even afremmen en kiezen waar ik aan werk. En aan twee projecten tegelijk werken vind ik eigenlijk wel meer dan genoeg 😉

Oh, en op social media zal je vast ook wel gemerkt hebben dat ik langzaam maar zeker een switch aan het maken ben naar het Engels; ik probeer dit zo subtiel mogelijk te doen, zodat iedereen er alvast een beetje aan kan wennen. Soms post ik in het Nederlands, dan in het Engels, soms zelfs tweetalig. De planning is dat ik rond november/december helemaal over ga op het Engels, maar zodra het echt zo ver is laat ik dat natuurlijk weten op dit blog 🙂

En—wacht—o ja—begin deze maand was ik nog jarig! 27 jaar geworden, wat veel ouder klinkt dan ik me eigenlijk voel, maar hé. (xD)

 

Voor oktober staat er ongeveer hetzelfde op de planning als deze maand; Insomnia redigeren, Nocturne schrijven en mijn andere serie herschrijven. Oh, en genieten van de Halloween sfeer, natuurlijk. HALLOWEEN! (Alsof ik nog niet genoeg inspiratie had~)

 

BE CREEPY. STAY FREAKY.

— Lynn

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AUGUSTUS 2019 schrijfupdate: The Insomnia Files + op naar een Nieuw Begin!

AUGUSTUS 2019 schrijfupdate: The Insomnia Files + op naar een Nieuw Begin!

En zo is augustus ook alweer bijna voorbij – ik heb het idee dat deze maand stiekem 2 weken korter heeft geduurd. Er klopt iets niet. Volgens mij sluipt er een monster rond dat de tijd opvreet, zonder dat je het in de gaten hebt — een monster dat, zonder zich te laten zien, de minuten steelt en je dagen korter maakt; een monster met rood opgloeiende ogen en scherpe tanden en enorme klauwen en—

Hé, je kan lachen wat je wil. Maar ik denk serieus dat ik een punt heb hier.

Echt.

FOR REAL.

Want hoe verklaren we anders dat de tijd zo snel voorbij vliegt?!

😀

Oké, het is tijd voor mijn maandelijkse schrijfupdate en hoewel ik moet bekennen dat ik in augustus niet bijster veel heb gedaan, heb ik toch geschreven en vorderingen gemaakt, en dus toch wel het één en ander te melden. En wat denken jullie? Is september eigenlijk niet een soort “nieuwjaar”?

Lees gauw verder… 🙂

 

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• The Insomnia Files

Deze noemde ik al in de titel en ik heb er hier en daar al wat over verteld op social media, maar nu wil ik graag wat meer vertellen over dit project.

Zoals jullie intussen vast wel weten wordt Insomnia, het eerste deel van de Insomnia Saga, eind dit jaar opnieuw uitgegeven en wordt het een Engelstalige en dus internationale release.

Daarnaast, echter, zal er ook nog een leuke (vind ik dan… 😉 ) extra uitkomen, namelijk een bundel van twee korte verhalen getiteld The Insomnia Files. Het eerste verhaal — File #01 — gaat over Jodi en de allereerste Nachtsluiper/Nightprowler die ze ooit heeft verslagen toen ze net was gaan werken voor de Miller Academie/Academy (uhm ja, dit tijdelijke twee-talige systeem is een beetje onhandig, haha). Het tweede verhaal — File #02 — gaat over Kay. Ook in dit verhaal lees je hoe Kay zijn allereerste Nightprowler versloeg, maar er loopt nog een tweede verhaallijn doorheen over zijn eindexamen en hoe hij dus een Uitdrijver/Summoner werd.

Het is de bedoeling dat Jodi’s verhaal ook nog los gereleased wordt als een gratis eBook; het verhaal is namelijk zo geschreven dat het ook toegankelijk is voor nieuwe lezers, die nog geen letter van Insomnia gelezen hebben… en, nou ja, om ze in feite nieuwsgierig te maken naar de serie 😉

De complete bundel zal te koop zijn als eBook en paperback – voor een leuk prijsje, is de bedoeling, aangezien het gewoon een extra is.

Hoe dan ook, deze maand heb ik deze twee short stories dus geschreven en ik heb er enorm veel plezier aan beleefd! Het was te gek om weer in Jodi’s en Kay’s huid te kruipen, en ik kan niet wachten om binnenkort te beginnen aan het tweede deel van de Insomnia Saga, Nocturne.

 

• September: happy new year…?

Misschien klinkt dit een beetje gek, maar voor mij voelt september altijd een beetje als het begin van een nieuw jaar. De zomer(vakantie) is voorbij en het is weer tijd om hard aan te gaan pakken; in de zomer heb je rustig aan kunnen doen en nieuwe plannen kunnen maken, en vanaf september is het dan eindelijk tijd om ze uit te gaan werken en actie te ondernemen.

Nogmaals, zo voelt het voor mij, dus ik kan wel zeggen dat ik uitkijk naar september en het ook wel een beetje spannend vind 🙂

Het eerste wat ik in september ga doen is het Engelse manuscript van Insomnia aan een strenge correctieronde onderwerpen, en dan doorsturen naar mijn trouwe redactieteam! Daarna ga ik eindelijk deel 2 schrijven, Nocturne. Vorig jaar heb ik hier al een heel stuk van geschreven, dus het zal in het begin vooral veel vertalen worden, maar ook schuiven in de hoofdstukken, schrappen en nieuwe scènes toevoegen. Het wordt zó cool 😀

 

• Lynn’s Paper Heart “revival”

Vorig jaar was ik fanatiek bezig met mijn short story wordpress blog, Lynn’s Paper Heart. Vooral vorig jaar oktober was ik er niet weg te slaan en publiceerde ik iedere week een griezelig verhaal voor Halloween… maar daarna viel het blog stil en is er echt geen letter meer op verschenen, aangezien ik in oktober de beslissing nam om het roer om te gooien en naar het Engels over te gaan.

Maar ik was het blog niet vergeten en heb lang zitten nadenken wat ik er nu precies mee wil. Ik wilde het blog niet kwijt, maar wekelijks korte verhalen delen werd me toch een beetje té intens… en hoe leuk ik het ook vind om short stories te schrijven, zit mijn hart toch vooral in langere verhalen, omdat ik dan mijn personages beter uit kan diepen.

Inmiddels weet ik wat ik wil gaan doen: Ik wil “korte” verhalen schrijven, maar die dan wel onderverdeeld zijn in hoofdstukken. Het worden dus geen complete boeken. Meer een soort novelles, als je er per se een naam aan moet geven, die ik hoofdstuk voor hoofdstuk kan delen op mijn blog. De ene keer zal het een verhaal van 6 hoofdstukken zijn, de andere keer misschien wel 10. We zullen zien!

Ook zal ik er leuke promotie-acties voor organiseren en ik zit op nog meer plannen te broeden… maar het hoe en wat ben ik nog aan het uitdenken 😉

Maar, om mezelf nu gelijk even tegen te spreken (oooh, ik ben daar zó goed in, hè?!): het kan best zijn dat ik zo nu en dan toch nog een écht kort kort verhaal deel, zoals ik bijvoorbeeld vorig jaar met Halloween heb gedaan, de hele maand oktober. Who knows? Het zal gewoon een beetje liggen aan mijn inspiratie~

Wanneer ik Lynn’s Paper Heart weer tot leven ga roepen durf ik echter nog niet te zeggen — het doel is uiterlijk begin volgend jaar. Het liefst zou ik er dit jaar nog mee aan de slag gaan, maar ik moet even serieus gaan bekijken of ik dat qua tijd allemaal wel ga redden… want met de ommezwaai naar het Engels die deze maanden plaats gaat vinden zal ik het nog erg druk krijgen 🙂

 

Ik denk dat dit het wel was! Geen heftige updates deze maand — augustus was nu niet bepaald… dynamisch; maar dat is de zomer, hè? —, maar wel een heleboel plannen voor de rest van dit jaar 😀

Hebben jullie een fijne maand gehad? Kijken jullie uit naar september? Of heb je nog vragen aan mij? Laat gerust een berichtje achter!

— Lynn

Posted by Lynn Robin in Dutch Book Updates, 6 comments