What's up? That's on!

Long time no post on this site but I took it easy recently. As I replaced a 30 minute train commute (each way, very productive) by an eBike ride (60 minutes each way, sporty, but not productive). So I am missing 60 minutes a day in text production. Plus, the weather is fantastic currently and my evenings are shorter, too. And vacations...

Sounds like a lot of excuses NOT to write. But I am busy. Teen Vampire Hunters, the second installment of my Teen Monster Hunters series, is coming along well and I am in rework mode. The timing, characters and overall story line is fine, just some structural optimization. Followed by two more reviews. Hopefully I'll have that all behind me by end of August, to send it off to the editor. And finally start writing again. 

Next book is still a bit up in the air. I've had some motivation to pick up my second romantic comedy again, a piece I left off at about 80 % because I was unhappy with some of my characters. It's hard these days to write good romantic comedy where your characters are female, and professionally successful, but still you are required to have your heroines fall in love with hanging tongues. The second option is to continue with my science fiction horror action thriller, working title "The Transport". Also maybe in  state of 50 %, but needs a lot of rewrite to differentiate itself from the Teen Monster Hunters. (plays in high school, aliens in the basement, sounds familiar).

Die Monsterjäger - German translation of Teen Monster Hunters is out!

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The eBook version of the German translation of Teen Monster Hunters is out! The print version to follow soon—actually it's generating as I write this on the new KDP print publishing feature that maybe will replace Createspace for me. 

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That was a long month of translating, writing, formatting and contemplating. With the birthday of my youngest kid looming, I had the self set deadline to finish the German translation of Teen Monster Hunters. With five days to go, it might still work out. 

It had been an interesting experience translating your own work from your first (and favorite) writing language into your mother tongue (there will be a separate post about this). The crazy thing is: it took me as long translating and editing the translation as it did me writing the English original. Four week had been the plan. And actually the first translation took me the whole of December, about four weeks. But guess what: fine tuning a story your mother language took me another six weeks! It had been a learning experience, but I am not sure that I want to repeat it. Those 10 weeks could have been a new book!

Teen Monster Hunters republishing

That was another long hiatus from blogging / socializing. I spent a while translating Teen Monster Hunters, which led to some rephrasings and corrections on the English version, too. As my previous publisher closed shop a few days ago, I relaunched the eBook once more. And so it goes into Kindle Direct first for the next three months, should be up and running in a few days. Next update is the print version.

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All About Eve...

Writing like crazy on three items at the same time. And then, as if there was nothing better to do, I would stumble tonight on the TV over "All About Eve". It had been a while since I last saw that one and I was immediately riveted again. Witty dialogues, wonderfully atmospheric, carefully staged and incredible cast. I am usually not a nostalgic, but 'they don't make movies like that anymore!'

 Wikipedia "All About Eve" under Fair Use Policy

Wikipedia "All About Eve" under Fair Use Policy

So what is going these days? My rom-com chick lit start-up novel got the treatment a second round. I put in a lot of work in order to complete and edit and then decided to stop once more. The story is good, but not good enough yet. There are three women who in the course of the story will fall in love with three men. That is the easy part. But I have not figured out yet how to make the three fall-in-love cases unique. So far all three cases are pretty much the same. The male is the dominant one, making the female realize that her way is the wrong way and that she should put trust in steady relationship. Once is fine. Two maybe with a little variation acceptable. But three in one book in one fifth act is too much. As I ran out of ideas and lack the right tactic, I decided to shelf the book for now. 

What happens in the meanwhile? The next Teen Monster Hunter novel is in the making. Teen Vampire Hunters is going well, I am not measuring yet, but all chapters are defined and in place, so it is all a matter of writing and sticking to the formul. The first Teen Monster Hunters book was indeed the first one, introducing the main characters and the story format. But Teen Vampire Hunters will be the first one out of the regular story stack that will be sequence agnostic, meaning: you can read them in any order you like. There will be no overlap and no development that makes it necessary to stick to a sequence. All in "the formula". 

And then there is the German translation of "Teen Monster Hunters". Mostly to the benefit of my youngest son and his school peers. One of my books is always an appreciated gift or token, so the German version will go well with the locls. And maybe gives me opportunity to organize a reading one of these days, locally.