Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ir's alive, alive !

Hello world,

After the failure of Star Trek: Inventive...things sort of collapsed like a failed pudding. But they slowly, really slowly, started to crawl from the crater. And now I've reached the point where I can dust off this blog once again.

So....what am I writing now ? Well, the C-47 Skytrain project (aka Phoenix) has ended up in the fridge for now. But it has been replaced by a new project. On which I have been making some good traction. And don't worry, as soon as I'm done with said project, I'm going back to the Phoenix.

And for those curious what this new project is about, all I can say is....keep tabs on this blog to find out more. But for now, I'm keeping it under wraps.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

One More Poke to the Bear and a Test

I put a message for Peter David on his blog and told the site I wanted to track it. But I'm not sure if I got it right, so I'm going try it out. Also, the link I left with that message is now probably invalid...because I merged the two blogs. Hence, a second message.

The Bear, the Phoenix and the Future

Hello World,

To begin with...my Star Trek project has fallen flat on its rear end. There is a saying..sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you. In my case, the bear didn't even wake up. It simply slept and ignored my poking it. So, now what ? Well, first an honest confession. Above failure hurts. but...well, the pessimist in me expected it.

So....I have to pull with head out of rear end, dig deep and get my Phoenix novel done. It hasn't been going well, because it is set here and now, which puts it outside my comforts zone. But if you always stay in your comfort zone, you will never learn. So I have to stop complaining and just get it done.

Also, I have merged my two separate blogs into one big. I hope this will make me more visible on the Internet. Plus it will,  hopefully, be easier to keep active. Oddly enough, I have hit one minor snag in the Internet department. It turns out there is a German soccer played named Ruben Hilbers. I'll have to do put some major work into my blog to make sure that Googling my name spits out my site above his. Greaaaat.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Cat is out of the Bag

Hello World,

Well, the cat is out of the bag. I've send my three Inventive novels - Launch, Beyond Gate, and War - on their way. Not that I expect to get any reply. (Except maybe from Peter David, who will probably rant at me.) But at least I tried.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

If the government messes with the Black Pete...then where does it end ?

Hello World,

I thought it was time to dust off my blog. And to broach a serious topic. Now for  the non-Dutchies, I will give you the cliff notes: 

Over here in NL we have the typical Dutch party of Sinterklaas. Anyway, Sint has an aide called Black Pete (Zwarte Piet). And somebody felt that was a racist stereo-type and complained about that with the UN. And now the UN wants the Dutch government to basically alter celebration and outlaw Black Pete. Now, I'm not going start the discussion if Black Pete is racist or not, that is not the subject here.

The subject is.....where does it end ? I mean, what next.....is the US going to outlaw eating Christmas and Thanksgiving Dinner because eating the traditional turkey dinner might be insulting to Turkish people. Are we going to outlaw the (Muslim) Sugar Feast because it might be insulting to people with diabetes ? Oh, a while we're at it, let's outlaw the Easter Bunny before Animal Rights groups begin to complain about that.

And don't even get me started on Santa Claus, because there is no way that sleigh of his is FAA approved....

Friday, May 24, 2013

Phoenix starting to rise again

Hello world,

Things are slowly beginning to look up for the Phoenix. I had a number of pages written (by hand), but not in the computer yet. That problem has now been correct. Furthermore, it gave me the inspiration I needed to write the next chapter. And while I have things to do this weekend, my schedule is clear the weekend after that. And I intended to keep it that way. The plan is to get the new chapter into the computer then, before starting work on a fresh one. So, where before there was only vagueness, there is now a crystal clear plan.

And Now A More Serious Post

Hello world,

Why haven't I blogged for a while ? To be honest, the inspiration hasn't really been there. The last couple of months have felt more like running from one appointment to the next, then living. But the finish is now - slowly - coming into view. Two more weeks and then two weeks of vacation.

And boy, do I need it. On the bright side, my mom is turning sixty this Sunday. And we're celebrating twice ! Tomorrow, me and my three sisters and helping out with party number one. And we've had great season of Doctor Who. Which ended with a nail-biting cliffhanger. Who knows what the 50th anniversary special will bring ? (If you do, don't tell me. Spoilers !)

Also, there is finally some traction on my C-47 Skytrain novel, but that is for my other blog. So I'm not going to say anything more about that now. So, see you there ?

Ruben