Five Years

How do you see yourself five years from now?

Five years ago I started this website, age 33, armed with dreams of being a published writer, head full of story, heart full of hope. Now I’m 38, and five years have passed, and the only thing that’s on my mind is: WHERE THE HELL DID THOSE YEARS GO? 2016 WAS LAST YEAR, 2017 WAS LAST YEAR, 2018 WAS LAST YEAR, 2019 WAS YESTERDAY, 2020 DIDNOT HAPPEN.

But optimistic as I am, I renewed my domain name, because I like having a corner of the Internet where I can scream about years that flashed by. The dreams are the same, the hope still intact, the only thing I’ve to figure out is how to stop time from slipping through my fingers.

I hope you are well 🙂

Car Conversations

Yesterday, I was in the car with two of my kids, when Jonah (boy, 7 years old), proclaimed he was going to be a writer. I smiled and told them I also have that dream since I was five.

Baukje (girl, 10 yrs old) was surprised and curious. So I reluctantly told them about stories I’ve written when I was their age (a never ending fairy tale about a magical flower and a series about a flying teabag. I know, I was a brilliant kid, haha).

I admitted it was still my dream and they were very interested in what I was writing now.

The conversation went something like this

Me: ‘It’s a story for teens about a girl that is half devil/half human. Her father is the devil (who’s retired for the time being) and her mother, well she’s a bit of a criminal. ‘

Jonah: ‘Cool’.

Me: (surprised they were still interested) ‘The girl protects the gate to hell which is in Paris and only has to do this for a couple of days, because she has done it for years. But then a terrorist starts bombing sites in the city.

Baukje: ‘Really?’ Does this really happen?”

Me: “No love, it’s just a story.’

Baukje: ‘Isn’t it too scary to write?’

Two things happened:

  1. Summarizing your story can do wonders for your understanding of it
  2. I realized children are the best. And I love them so much

 

bauk jo

(Jonah and Baukje being cute, standing on the Eiffel Tower).