How the Dutch speak

I realize that I’ve been rambling on about Amsterdam for more than 5 month now, so maybe it’s time to wrap it up and start writing about something else, but before I do that I would like to write just a tiny little bit about the Dutch language. Historically the name Nederlande (which means low […]

Dutch painters – Vincent Willem van Gogh

 Photo from January 1886 Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30th 1853 in Zundert in the Netherlands and died on July 29th 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise in France.   Van Goghs most famous early work: The potato eaters During his short life he moved many times between the Netherlands, Belgium, England and France and […]

When enough is enough

Todays assignment: Protest How do you handle getting angry? Every once in a decade or two it happens to me: I get angry. Don’t get me wrong. I can get annoyed sometimes, but angry, really angry, is something I don’t get if I can avoid it. It’s very unpleasant while it lasts and afterwards I […]

Give your characters a hobby

Todays assignment: Look at the characters in the story you’re writing and reflect on their hobbies. How do they spend their free time? Why do they choose to spend it this way? And what does it say about them? The novel I’m writing these days (I’ve written about the story here on the blog in […]

She expected him to propose but then…

Todays assignment: Under the headline: Change would do you good, I am asked to start my story with a change in my protagonists life. So here we go: Thomas had arranged their vacation and paid for the trip out of his own pocket, which was unusual, because they used to share all costs, and he […]

When I grow up I want to be …

Today’s assignment: Imagine what life would be like if you had the occupation you’d wanted as a child. The concept of girls learning a trade or even getting a longer education is fairly new in my family. As far as I know I was the first woman ever going to university. In my family women […]

Chinese horoscope

Today’s assignment: Just one word: Prophecy and a picture of a fortune cookie If I had to tell about my life in one single word, I would choose the word: Changing. Think about it: I’ve moved between countries several times. I’ve moved 27 times so far. I’ve been married twice and had quite a few […]


Today’s assignment: Describe the worst job you’ve ever had Sometimes you hear about people who start working somewhere when they are 15 or 16 or 17 and stay at the same working place until they go on pension. I couldn’t do that. I’ve had many different jobs over the years, as a cook, a guide […]

A masterpiece

Today’s assignment: Write about a forgery If you ever go to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, you may stumble over a rather large expressionist painting in red and orange colors that’s claimed to be painted by a famous Dutch artist, who’s name we won’t mention here. It’s hanging next to masterpieces by other Dutch painters […]