Full house at Pasinger Fabrik

Lyneste played to a full house in Munich’s popular Pasinger Fabrik venue. We shared the gig with Günter Renner’s ‘Cafe Voyage’ and Stephanie Forryan and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Sold a few CDs and picked up some names for our email list (great if we can get another gig there later in the year).

Pasinger Fabrik
Pasinger Fabrik

Great Whisky Tasting

Had a great Whisky Tasting in Munich last weekend. We had so much fun with the drinks, the stories, the songs, and our hosts—can’t wait to do it again soon!

Plotter or Pantser?

Started to read an interesting book about writing, planning and creating plots and outlines. Plotters work everything out in detail before writing. Pantsers ‘write by the seat of their pants’. If you follow James Patterson’s Masterclass video about writing (I’m not into it very far), he makes it clear how important it is to have a detailed outline, and I agree with him. But I’ve also learned that you need to let your fantasy have its chance too. When I get into the story, it sometimes comes alive and diverts a little from the original plot. I think that’s OK, as long as you don’t overdo it and don’t maneuver yourself into a corner (which James also talks about). I believe letting your phantasy run free for a while can introduce some great twists and turns that you couldn’t have anticipated before. Pre-Earth sequel: now up to 28,300 words and I’m enjoying writing this book!

25,521

… words written for the sequel to Pre-Earth so far. You get used to this pattern; you write, you change, you delete, you rethink. But all in all, you need material to work with, and no matter how good your draft writing is, you know you can always improve both the manuscript and the plot. You just have to stick at it. I really want to thrill my readers and do my best. It’s worth getting up at that ungodly hour to work at it. It’s crazy, but it feels good :-).

Pre-Earth Sequel

I think this story has its own mind! I started out with a plot that’s now changed as I’ve written. Normally, I’d have stuck to the original plot, but some new ideas just hit me on the way, and I couldn’t help myself. Maybe it’s not a bad thing and perhaps I won’t keep all of the changes, but for now, it feels right. Word count at the last check: just over 21,000. So, there’s a long way to go yet, but I’m writing roughly 1,000 words a day. I know it’ll change and that I’ll scratch some parts, but my target is to write a good book, not to count pages (I only see that as an indication of what I must deliver at least). I think I’ll play with various cover designs soon. That’s a teasing job too.

Writing…

I watched the first part of a course about writing with James Patterson (NYT Bestseller) yesterday. I enjoyed it very much, and he confirms what’s needed to become successful (many things): perseverance. He even mentioned getting up to write at 05:00, if you can’t find the time during the day. So, having just struggled out of bed at 04:00, after which I made myself a coffee and checked my sales on Amazon, I feel happy—I’m doing this because I love to write. But like anything, it’s a skill that needs to be learned and honed. Right, back to the sequel to Pre-Earth!

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It’s a fact: the magnetic poles are shifting

I read two articles today that confirm the accelerated shift of the magnetic poles. The doesn’t surprise me; it’s a key part of my novel Pre-Earth. What did surprise me, was the rate at which it’s happening. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was 16km a day. Now it’s an amazing 55km. And there’s more: the shift might flip back, i.e. the flip won’t happen and the poles will snap back to their original positions.

Check two versions of the story here:

Ancient Code

The Weather Channel (sorry, could only find it in German)