Are you ready for Steady? For when you’re serious about writing

Serious writing requires serious support.

So… you would like to make (more) money with writing things. Sure. Easy peasy. Right?

Well, maybe it’s not that easy. Earning steem is nice, obviously. But it is also pretty unpredictable. At least it is less predictable than the amount of rent you need to pay each month. And let’s not forget the electricity bills, and all those other things that pile up. Living is expensive.

So I’d like to introduce to you: Steady. A tool used by quite some online writers and online magazines to get a steady flow of support.

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The One Thing – Original Short Story

Sometimes you need less than 300 words to sketch a world, an idea, some characters going through something. I love it when that happens.

Im sorry my mother yelled at you.

Its okay. Im a guest, but I can help set the table for dinner.

Roger looks at his friend. Perhaps he shouldnt have invited him to his home. His mother had not been herself ever since his grandfather died. But he knew she was mainly upset because of the stories. There would be no more new stories.

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A Warning #unintendedpoetry

A Warning

Never make the argument
for some evil
only because it’s available.

History doesn’t prove anything.

Okay. And that’s all
I will say about this topic.

~ @nobyeni

Some months ago I joined a writing community (@thewritersblock). One of the poets there started to edit words said in chat, to show the beauty of what I’d call unintended poetry. Thanks @damianjayclay ( for bringing this kind of beauty to the surface. It’s beyond measure.

Here an overview of more fiction/short stories  by @nobyeni.

Book review: Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Truth is truth.

It is not often that you read books that make you want to read it again the moment you finish it. But this was one such a book: Between the world and me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Addressed to his 15-year old son, Coates talks about what has made him the man he is. Growing up as a black boy, having to survive on the streets and at school, being told he should be twice as good as anybody else, being loved by parents who feared for his well-being. It is not a world I know. I am not American. But I am brought up with the ideas Coates talks about, with the idea of whiteness.

I cannot claim I fully understand every part of it. But I do share some of the experiences he write about. About visiting Paris, feeling free for the first time. Being amazed that there is a world out there that is so completely different, almost unrelated to him. Where he is an outsider as well, but where he doesn’t have to fear for his life. Even though he does, because that is what ideology has done to him.

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The Dogs – Original Short Story

“Jacob, listen. You need to tell me what happened.”

The boy was sitting in a corner, a blanket wrapped around his shoulders. He moved back and forth, to a rhythm only noticeable to him.

Richard shook his head. How were they supposed to get any information out of this kid? It wasn’t like they’d just give him some cookies and he’d spill the beans.

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Love Please – Original Flash Fiction with a pinch of philosophy by @nobyeni

In a world far far away, in a galaxy that doesn’t exist, and in a time that is already forgotten, there was a man…

So I wrote a story today, in response to a 24-hour challenge. The prompt was ‘a robot that falls in love with its owner’. I was talking to someone over in an online writers group I’m part of, and he kind of challenged me to write fantasy. So I thought of the most crazy thing I could think of and wrote a short flash fiction story (of about 500 words).

A story which, I’m happy to report, many people seem to like, as it was awarded special curation. So, if cryptocurrency is real, it will be my best paid piece of writing so far.

You can read the full story here, for free:

Diagnose van de Moderne Filosoof: op de radio & boekpresentatie

Op zondag 8 april de boekpresentatie in Nijmegen, en vorige week op radio 1 kort mijn boek toegelicht. Hoogste tijd voor een update dus.

Sinds vorige week ligt mijn eerste boek in de Nederlandse boekwinkel… ‘Diagnose van de Moderne Filosoof: Waarom filosofen gek zijn‘, uitgeven door Damon.
Spannende tijden dus. Zeker ook met de boekpresentatie volgende week, waar ik samen met Prof. Edith Brugmans het boek zal bespreken. Op zondag 8 april, vanaf 15:30 in Boekhandel Roelants te Nijmegen. Iedereen is van harte welkom op dit feestje.
Op Radio 1 in het programma Nooit Meer Slapen werd ik afgelopen donderdag kort geinterviewd over het boek, wat je hier terug kunt luisteren:

Dat was een hele nieuwe ervaring, zeer leerzaam. Want hoe vat je een boek samen in 6 minuten, waarbij je de lezer wilt uitnodigen en het niet te zwaar wilt maken, en toch wil aangeven dat het een filosofisch boek is dat over best grote vragen gaat. Of dat gelukt is? Jullie mogen het zeggen…

Maar ook spannend omdat de eerste lezers feedback beginnen te geven… Vooralsnog door foto’s te sturen als bewijs dat ze het boek aan het lezen zijn…
Prof. Edit Brugmans was in ieder geval erg enthousiast, en ik zie dan ook erg uit naar de vragen die ze me tijdens de boekpresentatie zal gaan stellen.
Wie weet tot dan!
En tot die tijd… een inkijkexemplaar kun je hier vinden.

Boek! Waarom filosofen gek zijn #filosofie #ikschrijf #nuverkrijgbaar

Een boek uitgeven is een lange termijn plan. Het schrijven is maar een klein onderdeel er van, het vinden van een uitgever, het herschrijven en redigeren een des te grotere onderneming. Maar dat maakt het resultaat ook iets waar ik erg trots op ben: ‘Diagnose van de Moderne Filosoof – Waarom filosofen gek zijn’ nu in de winkel!

Vanaf 19 maart 2018 ligt het in de winkel: het boek waar ik een hele tijd hard aan heb gewerkt en dat nu eindelijk tastbaar wordt… Mijn eerste boek, geschreven voor een algemeen publiek in een wat de uitgever een jonge, frisse en uitnodigende toon noemde. Over een onderwerp dat mij niet alleen na aan het hart ligt, maar ook belangrijk is. Vind ik dan. Continue reading “Boek! Waarom filosofen gek zijn #filosofie #ikschrijf #nuverkrijgbaar”

Short story of a dike with an existential crisis #writing #fiction

I’ve started to seriously write fiction. Today I published a short story from the point of view of a dike with an existential crisis.

Authors Note

I grew up in Haarlem, in the Netherlands, which is situated close to the North Sea and surrounded by dunes and dikes and wetlands. I remember once, as we were out on our bikes driving around, we passed a statue of a boy with his finger in the dike. Probably the one in Spaarnwoude (see image). I remember that my mother told me the story about how this boy Hans had saved the dike. He saw there was a little hole in the dike and put his finger in it, to stop the water from coming through. He was the ‘hero of Haarlem’, making sure the town was not flooded.

As I read about this story now, it turns out not to be a Dutch story at all, but an American one first published in 1865. It was written by Mary Mapes Dodge. So it’s American folklore about the Netherlands. Still, for me it is a Dutch story connected to my childhood.
I wrote this story as part of a writers-workout at a group of writers I’ve recently discovered who provide interesting feedback on one’s writing. All peer-review, with some excellent writers who are able to quickly take apart your work and can point out its strengths and weaknesses. Weekly exercises make everyone challenge themselves in new and surprising ways. At least, for me, as fiction writing is still pretty new to me. At least at the rate I’m doing it now. This time round the assignment was to take a public domain fairy tale or folklore, and to rewrite it from a point of view different than that of the main protagonist of the story. Mine turned out quite nice, I think.

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So, if you’re interested in reading from the point of view of a dike with an existential crisis, here you can read the full story.