Benn very busy with new songs for a new CD lately. Added Lyneste’s stuff to Bandcamp and will follow up with my own songs too. Read some parts of an Anthology from a MasterClass course about writing (collecting new impulses) and came up with the idea of writing very short stories for a while. It would come easier to me, as a longer novel really does engage me for weeks. Also, I have tons of ideas that I could use, and the production turnover would be higher too. Hmm, time to think over the next two weeks when not recording new songs!

Submarine Project

Up early again. Inspired by a) an early night’s sleep and b) the usual Sunday evening film that was about a man lived in a camper car and wrote books for women. My dream! Traveling around free and writing for a living (only, I’d be writing more music too). I’ve started to play more for myself and I’m slowly getting back into what I call ‘composing mode’. If you stop for too long then it’s hard to be musically creative. You have to push yourself (as with everything else). By practicing more, it becomes easier to compose. And it becomes easier to produce those snippets that finally become a song. But to be fair on myself, it’s been two very busy weeks. Anyway, happy to be up early so that I can push on with my ‘submarine project’ (a new book under a pen name). Can you keep a secret? Good, so can I …


Started my advertising campaigns for Whisky and Songs on various channels today. Tedious work, but necessary if I ever want to build this project up (and I do). Up since 04:30 slogging away at it. 


I have decided to try to up my efforts on Instagram. For one, it seems to be growing in popularity (compared with Facebook, which seems to be declining), and for another, it releases the power of the hashtag and @ tag. I currently have 46 followers as ranson_andrew (unfortunately, all the other variations of my name seem to have been used up). My goal: get 1,000 followers in two months! That’s the challenge :-). I’ll add some posts today, as well as a new Lyneste account. We’ll see what happens!

TV interview with a.TV

Yesterday a.TV came to our flat and recorded interviews with me, Cathy and my daughter Michelle. It was all about me as a singer-songwriter, science fiction author, and about my ‘Whisky and Songs’ events. Cathy contributed for Lyneste and Michelle talked about her acting career. Not sure when in March it’ll be transmitted, but looking forward to the final results.

a.TV Interview
a.TV Interview

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!