Category: Miscellaneous

Indies and Translations, Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Posted March 29, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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I saw this discussed recently and I thought that, as a multilingual reader with experience with multiple language markets, I thought I’d share my thoughts on the matter.

First things first: The answer is slightly different depending on the market you’re operating in. If you’re looking to translate your works into English, and you can afford a high quality translation, that’s a massive market that’ll be open to you. It’s not just the English-speaking countries that open up to you. It’s all the countries where English is taught as a second language and your native language is not too. So, if you’re thinking of expanding into the English-language market, the answer may well be “Yes, you should”.

When you’re looking at translating into languages, things get murkier and you’ll need to do more research to decide whether it’s worth it for you. Translation isn’t cheap. (Personally, I’d charge about $0.06 per word, which afaik, is still a fair bit below average and means a novelette at exactly 17,500 words would cost you about $1,050 to translate.) Markets vary in size. I can all but guarantee you that paying me to translate your story into Dutch will cost you far more than you’ll recoup. Besides, many Dutch readers are equally happy to read in English, so your book is already available to the majority. If you wanted to translate into Dutch, by all means do, but make sure you have a kick-ass marketing plan and a good reason to do it at a loss before you start because you’ll need them.

In contrast, for example, the Spanish language market is much bigger. You stand a far better chance at recouping your loss and, in my experience, there’s actually a sizeable chunk of that potential market that cannot access your books in English and will not be able to unless you translate it. That up-front investment in translation (and changing the text on your cover) may well recoup itself in time. You’ll still need a marketing plan and you still need to prepare for the chance of a loss, but the chances that you’ll be making a profit are much higher.

You might be better off doing what some authors have done which is pay for the translation out of pocket and shop it around to traditional publishers, using your indie sales to help convince a publisher that they want to publish the book you’ve already translated for them. They won’t be the ones paying extra for the translation since you already paid it, so you’ll stand a better chance of getting your work accepted than if you were shopping the English proposal around.

Whichever way you look at it: venturing into a foreign market is a risk, especially when it’s a market where you don’t speak the language at all and are dependent entirely on other people to tell you what’s going on. You may not want to deal with that aspect at all.

In short, my common sense advice is really: do your research and figure out whether the cost is worth the risk to you. It’s expensive and, depending on the market, there’s no real gain to be had. Ask yourself why you want to translate your book and look into your options. You may be much better served shopping the foreign rights of your book around to traditional publishers.

Well, I hope that was somewhat useful to you! ^_^

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Jughead is Aromantic and Asexual. The End.

Posted March 29, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Thoughts. The text 'rambling thoughts' underneath a burning lantern. For rambles, thoughts, and not-essays.

CW & TW: Discussions of arophobic and acephobic content.

Note #1: Comments are turned off by default on this post for mental health reasons. I’m really sorry to aromantic readers who wanted to comment. If you want to reach out to me via other means, please do!

Note #2: Im not aromantic asexual, but alloromantic demisexual. While I’ve done my best to ensure I’m not accidentally perpetuating arophobia, I cannot be 100% sure I’ve succeeded. Anything in this post/article that perpetuates arophobia is my fault. I apologise for it in advance. In the interest of full disclosure: an aroace friend read this over for me as a sensitivity reader, but any and all issues in this article exist because I messed up.

Note #3: OMG! I am the worst! So so so so many thanks to my friend for reading it over for me. <3 Again, any and all issues in this article are 100% on me, not them. If you think I messed up, blame me and only me. ‘s My doing. Also, please tell me so I can try to address it asap?

Jughead is Aromantic and Asexual. The End.

Firstly, let me start with this: I am not here to discuss whether it’s okay for Riverdale to write Jughead as an alloromantic allosexual (or an alloromantic asexual). It isn’t and this is not up for debate. Let me explain why as briefly as I can.

Jughead may be a fictional character, but there are real people who are aromantic and/or asexual who deeply identify with the way Jughead has been written. For some, Jughead is the only fictional representation of their experiences that they’ve ever seen. For some, it’s the only positive representation they’ve seen that doesn’t imply that they’re broken or inhuman.

If you look through the Twitter hashtag #AroAceJugheadOrBust, you’ll see many aromantic and asexual people discussing their experiences an what Jughead means to them. You’ll see people discussing how good it felt to have words for their experiences and to have anything at all that doesn’t imply that they’re not broken, are human, are normal just like everyone else.

Those who were aware of the Archie comics were aware that Jughead was written in a way that very strongly suggests he is a touch-averse aromantic asexual and has been since the comics began a good 73 years ago. In 2016, Chip Zdarsky, then the writer of the Jughead comics series, confirmed that Jughead is asexual by explicitly using the label on the page in the comic. There is no such explicit confirmation on-page that he’s aromantic, though there are panels where he declares “I am not a romantic person” in front of the whole school and, with the exception of cross-overs or comic alternate universes, he has always been written as someone who doesn’t like to be touched, who isn’t interested in dating or kisses and who thinks that burgers are better than sex.

So can you argue that Jughead is not aromantic? Sure. You can also argue that water is dry, mind you. Even though the comics don’t use the words (except 2016’s use of ‘asexual’) because the coinage of these terms and our understanding of asexuality and aromanticism is fairly recent, the Archie comics offer us 70+ years of behaviour that very strongly implies that Jughead, if given words for his experiences, would describe himself as a touch-averse aromantic asexual.

We frequently use far less evidence to theorise that a character is, say, gay. (Some examples from recent pop culture: Sherlock, Smallville, Supernatural, Merlin. Just to name a few. And, uh, not to open a can of worms here, but in a post about aro and ace erasure, I can’t mention Sherlock Holmes without pointing out that his inclusion here is problematic since he’s widely read as an asexual character.)

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Kindness of Teachers

Posted March 9, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Somewhere in the grand list of Things Lynn Is Grateful For, I always find myself going back to primary school. Primary school was… not a good time for me. I think there was about one year in which I didn’t get bullied.

I don’t recall if I’ve written about that before, but anyway this is not a post about bullying. I’m just mentioning it because the mindset is important. I went from being a social introvert who loved storytelling and sharing to a wallflower quite quickly.

I wasn’t just a wallflower, though. I became a ‘trouble-maker’. I didn’t like being in classrooms at all. They were loud and, you know, the kids who bullied me were there and I was expected to cooperate with them on things. And mostly I blanked out this part of my life as much as possible, but the main point is this: instead of addressing the fact that I was bullied and getting the other kids to behave they labelled me as a trouble-maker because I get disrupting the class.

They started removing me from the classroom. Which meant I acted out worse because, look, that was what I wanted. (Okay, so the thing I wanted was for things to be quiet and more challenging and for the bullying to not-happen, but since that was the functional result of being moved into the teachers’ lounge…)

My point is that during most of my formative years I was told by teachers that I wasn’t worth anything. They may not have meant to, but that was what happened when they didn’t address the issues I was having and only looked at the surface. My self-worth, already having taken a beating from repeated bullying, plummeted further.

And then, when I was… nine, I think, a new teacher started to work at our school. He wasn’t my teacher (yet), but he was… I’m not sure if he was new and still filled with the energy of a newly graduated teacher, full of ideals. Probably that’s just the kind of person he was.

But the point is that he saw us. He saw me. And he didn’t see a child that was just making trouble for the sake of making trouble. Or whatever the teachers before him thought I was doing. No, he saw a child worth encouraging. He taught me that I was worth something. That I mattered.

And sure it didn’t stop the bullying, but his belief in me was something that I sorely needed.

In secondary school things were somewhat better. At least in the sense that I had teachers who believed in me and who encouraged me to keep up my studies and attend university. (It’s not that I hated school. I like school and learning. Yes, I’m weird. Deal with it? It’s just I hated the bullying and I hated being bored by the classes.) And so I found myself at university after all.

All because one teacher in primary school decided to look past the label of trouble-maker and saw a child who just needed encouragement and someone with an authority position to say “I believe in you”.

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Culture Consumption February 2017

Posted March 2, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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February was a month filled with trying to settle into a new job and a different country and, well, basically it didn’t go well because I sadly wasn’t very suited to it. T_T So now we’re back to square one. Yay? Anyway, February was filled with a few changes, not least of which that most all my posts will be available earlier on Patreon and, as a result of all the upheaval in my life the past month post numbers are accordingly down. This will continue for the foreseeable future.

What I've Posted

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What I've Read

Always Be You by RoAnna Sylver: This is such a sweet short story about consent between two ace-spec characters! It builds on the characters introduced in RoAnna’s Chameleon Moon, but you don’t have to read it to get a lot out of this story. I mean, it will make the emotional charge of the story much more impactful because you’ll already know the characters, but its focus on a single moment in their relationship means that you don’t need to to follow along. And it is so sweet and lovely and you should just go and read it because words. What are.

Choosing You by Jaylee James: This is a brief time-traveller romance, of a sort, which has a bittersweet ending, given all that it says about free will and the choices we make. It didn’t at all end the way that I thought it would, which was a great surprise. I liked it a lot, even though it didn’t quite give me the answers that I was hoping to get. (The story’s not geared to providing them, though, to be fair.)

Eight Days of Luke by Diana Wynne Jones: This was so much fun! I’m slowly reading through all the Diana Wynne Jones books I missed out on as a child (boo!) and this was the one that I found/bought/picked up next after a long drought. I had a lot of fun trying to piece the story together and I loved how layered it is and how much it lends itself to rereading. There’s a good three different main storyline experiences in this, depending on the knowledge you have going into it, and it’s glorious. I really wish I’d read this as a child and could have had the experience of being introduced to Norse mythology through this book.

Hello World by Tiffany Rose and Alexandra Tauber: This was so cool! I need to write up a proper post for it, but basically: asexual misanthropist hacker adopts a not-actually-AI by accident and also ends up making the world a better place sort-of by accident in a near-future world. I wish some of the book’s concept had been a little more detailed (I still don’t quite know as much as I’d like about HIDs) and I wished it’d avoided my pet peeve of not giving the reader information the characters clearly have, but overall I gobbled this up. I loved Scott and Sonia and the way their relationship developed, as well as their personalities. They were awesome.

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt: My thoughts on this are still going up chapter by chapter, so all I’ll say is that I’m delighted to finally be done with it!

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley: I really appreciated the amount of research Talley put into the book and the distinct voices between the narrators, but ultimately I don’t have any idea what Sarah saw in Linda and I wasn’t comfortable with the romance. Linda is incredibly racist and I don’t know that she changed enough for me to be comfortable with the power dynamics in their relationship.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: My thoughts can be read here. In short, while I did really enjoy this, my enjoyment was hampered by two things: the fact that my expectations were wildly different from the story I got and the fact that the way the narrative introduces Aled’s demisexuality (or just treats him in general) bothers me immensely.

The Ransom of Dond by Siobhan Dowd: This is a short MG illustrated novella. I hesitate to call it sweet, since it deals with some pretty heavy topics, but… I thought the way the siblings meet and bond was so sweet. I really enjoyed it and I’m glad I picked it up.

Redshirts by John Scalzi: I am… of two minds about this.  I’m not sure I feel that Scalzi quite pulled off the narrative-in-a-narrative-in-a-narrative meta commentary for me, but I did quite enjot the ride and the characters. I had a lot of fun with this. I wanted to read a chapter to see how I’d like it and stayed up late to finish it.

Rift Riders by Becca Lusher: Now I have to wait until the 17th for book 3! T_T This is very different in tone to the first book, but if you’ve enjoyed the world and the characters, you’ll probably enjoy the change of pace. Just be warned that when I say “change of pace”, I mean “this book is not ‘high adventurer is stuck in fantasy Regency-romancelandia and must escape to her true calling’ but ‘Becca, this death toll and level of world-stage tragedy usually happens prior to book 1 or like somewhere around book 4, stop killing everyone, please at least LEAVE THE DOGS ALONE OKAY'” so just… be warned of that. It is a thing.

Sky and Dew by Holly Heisey: This is a short story that I’ve been meaning to read for… ages now. I finally did! I’d forgotten what it was about, but I really enjoyed the way it was written and the world-building. Again, I’d have liked to see a little more of it, but it wouldn’t have suited this story.

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones: I picked this up because I kept seeing it discussed as heavily inspired by Labyrinth, one of my favourite films ever, and… It is. Very much so. Which means that I actually found parts of the book jarring with the way they called back to the film. It’s also very, very different and I enjoyed reading a lot until… right up the end, which was unsatisfying to the extreme. I’ve since seen Jones talk about a sequel on Twitter, so I’m hoping that there really will be one. I’d have been fine with the ending if the book had been advertised to me as the first in a series/duology. Anyway, if you enjoyed Labyrinth, there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this, especially if you like your Western-European-based fantasy to draw on the folklore rather than Victorian-era sanitisation. (Yes, I know. It’s Germanic folklore, but the timeframe is the same.)

What I'm Reading

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd: I think I’m only a chapter or so into this! So I don’t really have too much to say, except that it seems to be shaping up into a story I’ll enjoy a lot.

City of Strife by Claudie Arseneault: I’m such a slow reader! I’m sorry, Claudie! T_T But this is otherwise absolutely glorious so far. It’s epic fantasy political intrigue featuring loads of ace-spec and aro-spec main characters. I was a little thrown in the earlier chapters because I wasn’t expecting halflings – I’ll forever associate them with D&D – but I’ve adjusted now. I’m really curious to see how the story is going to be shaping up. I love the characters so far. (Well, most of them. There’s a couple of mages I’m not fond of.) Really need to read more. 😀

What I've Played

Torment: Tides of Numenera: Ah, cRPGs. How I love them. This one is a spiritual successor to Planescape Torment, which I’ve never finished. This one sucked me in and kept me up way too late so far. I’m really enjoying it. I hope I’m not anywhere near the end yet, though.

What I've Watched

Nope. I’ve been without a tv for the whole month, so… Nothing. It was glorious!

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Kindness in Grief

Posted February 9, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Today’s post is going to be a little different, but hopefully it will be a positive thing that people will enjoy reading about. ^_^ I’d like to talk about moments of kindness I’ve encountered. Well, one moment in particular in this post. This first one is one that is… possibly dearer to me than most, for reasons that I’m sure will become clear later on.

I’d like to start off with a bit of a general note on the post. I hope to do more of this kind of post and just, hopefully, spread some cheer and goodness. (Disclaimer: I will be using the abolutely broadest sense of the word ‘kindness’. I just want to spread things that will hopefully spread some positivity.) While I have some personal posts to make, they’ll be either in the public sphere or very general. You see, while I like the idea of spreading a bit of positivity in the world, it also scares me. Not because I’m scared of saying nice things about people, obviously, but because I’m afraid people will feel left out. I have a memory that makes a sieve look watertight and in all likelihood I’ll forget some kindness I would like to talk about. Or it’ll be something where I just don’t have as many words to share as about another. And I’ll worry whether people will be upset that I don’t mention them or have the same amount of words for them. I don’t want to upset people! Especially not with a  project like this.

But some of those people would probably be upset if they were the reason I didn’t do these posts at all (if they knew) and I love them, so… Here I am. I have no idea how regular a feature this will be. Honestly, when I say that they’ll be in the public sphere I’m talking things like “It could be the nice person at the grocery store who decided to let me go first because they had a whole cart full of groceries and I only needed some toothpaste” too. Okay, so maybe that’s not an actually representative example, but it’s small and mundane things like that, just to remind us all that small kindnesses matter too.

So… First up, then, a more personal story. I should note that the story itself comes with warnings for a discussion of the aftermath of losing a loved one.

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Culture Consumption January 2017

Posted February 2, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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January’s list here is liable to be incomplete. I’m scheduling this quite a few days in advance just to be sure that the posting schedule isn’t messed up too badly by the move.

What I've Posted

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What I've Read

Survival Rout by Ana Mardoll: My thoughts can be read here, but overall I just wasn’t a fan. I think that, as an ace spec reader, I just wasn’t part of the intended audience. T_T If you like (or don’t mind) romances that focus heavily on lust and the story as a whole sounds like your kind of read, do look into it. You’ll probably enjoy it far more than I did. ^_^ There’s a lot of diversity and a bunch of #ownvoices representation in it as well! It just… wasn’t my kind of book.

The Sea of Little Fishes by Terry Pratchett: Oh, to see Granny Weatherwax again. This was lovely and quite a lot of fun.

What I'm Reading

A Courtship of Dragons by Becca Lusher: Still a sweet little m/m interlude between books and as we wait for the edits she’s working on to be finished. I love how different Mastekh and Estenarven are. They’re both adorable in entirely different ways.

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt: Still not a fan of this book, but we’re past the halfway point in every way you could possibly want to count it! WHOOHOO! GO ME. And may you enjoy all the lovely bits of infomation I’ve tried to pack into my attempt at entertaining commentary. You can now also find an index page for the posts here.

Rift Riders by Becca Lusher: We’re nearing the end of the book slowly and its already tense atmosphere is only getting tenser as the questions and secrets continue to pile up. Will we get some of the answers we’re hoping for before the book is done? Who knows! But we’ll definitely get a lot of action and a chance to worry about your favourite characters. (If your favourite character is silly nakhound Bumble, you can probably breathe easily, though. Probably.)

Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault: Henry is the most adorable noodle. I heart him. I’m enjoying this a lot. I would have liked to see the prose a little more tightened and polished, but the story is solid and entertaining and I have been happily recommending it to anyone and everyone. It’s just a lot of fun.

What I've Played

Thief ~ The Dark Project: Well, technically it’s Thief: Gold. I’ll be leaving behind my desktop for who knows how long, so I’ve been playing through some of the levels just to indulge in having a proper game computer at my disposal until I can figure out the move and everything associated with it. Such as how to safely transport a big desktop computer between countries. (Disclaimer: I am not looking for suggestions.)

Seven Kingdoms ~ The Princess Problem: YAY, more alpha content! Still enjoying this game SO MUCH. Aly’s also expanded the public demo to week 5 temporarily. The demo will return to its original length of 3 weeks of gameplay once it reaches Early Access stage. It was already pretty big and offering hours of replay value at 3 weeks. It’s only gotten bigger. Give it a try! As for me, I’m bemused by the way I’ve gotten attached to some of the temporary artwork and just don’t want to see it go.

What I've Watched

Things! I don’t even remember what I’ve been watching, but I’ve been watching things!

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Book Talk: HEX, Chapter 22

Posted January 22, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Bilingual read-through of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

List of Prominent Characters

So, the NL and EN tags are the ones actually used in the story. If it’s listed for both then it’s a shorthand I’m using to note which of the characters is which. Where no name for ‘both’ is included I haven’t used a name for both. (Expect this list to get updated per chapter!)

  • Beek (NL), Black Spring/Black Rock (EN), Black Beek (both)
  • Stefan (NL), Steve (EN), Ste (both)
  • Katherina (NL), Katherine (EN), Kat (both), aka Wylerheks (NL), Black Rock Witch (EN) Wyler Witch (both)
  • Jolanda (NL), Jocelyn (EN), Jo (both)
  • Timo (NL), Tyler (EN), Tiy (both)
  • Oma (NL), Gramma (EN), Granny (both)
  • Max (NL), Matt (EN), Maxmatt (both)
  • Robert Grim (NL, EN)
  • Claire Hamer (NL), Claire Hammer (EN)
  • Jens van der Heijden (NL), Warren Castillo (EN), Jenren (both)
  • Jasmine Aerendonck (NL), Bammy Delarosa (EN), Jasmy (both)
  • The Aerandoncks/The Delarosas, Aerenrosa (both)
  • Martijn Winkel (NL), Marty Keller (EN),Winler (both)
  • Loes Krijgsman (NL), Lucy Everett (EN), Loucy (both)
  • Pieter van Meerten (NL), Pete VanderMeer (EN), Pete van Meer (both)
  • Marieke (NL), Mary (EN), Marie (both)
  • Laurens (NL), Lawrence (EN), Lau (both)
  • Jelmer Holst (NL), Jaydon Holst (EN), Jaymer (both)
  • Mirna (NL), Sue (EN)
  • Burak Sayers (NL), Burak Şayers (EN)
  • Bert Aerendonck (NL), Burt Delarosa (EN)
  • Gemma Holst (NL), Griselda Holst (EN), Gemelda (both)
  • Kobus Mater (NL), Colton Mathers (EN), Colbus (both)
  • Jules Helsloot (NL), Justin Walker (En), Ju (both)

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

In chapter 21: The flogging has taken place. Yep. That’s the only plot-relevant thing that happened.

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Book Talk: HEX, Chapter 21

Posted January 21, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Bilingual read-through of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

List of Prominent Characters

So, the NL and EN tags are the ones actually used in the story. If it’s listed for both then it’s a shorthand I’m using to note which of the characters is which. Where no name for ‘both’ is included I haven’t used a name for both. (Expect this list to get updated per chapter!)

  • Beek (NL), Black Spring/Black Rock (EN), Black Beek (both)
  • Stefan (NL), Steve (EN), Ste (both)
  • Katherina (NL), Katherine (EN), Kat (both), aka Wylerheks (NL), Black Rock Witch (EN) Wyler Witch (both)
  • Jolanda (NL), Jocelyn (EN), Jo (both)
  • Timo (NL), Tyler (EN), Tiy (both)
  • Oma (NL), Gramma (EN), Granny (both)
  • Max (NL), Matt (EN), Maxmatt (both)
  • Robert Grim (NL, EN)
  • Claire Hamer (NL), Claire Hammer (EN)
  • Jens van der Heijden (NL), Warren Castillo (EN), Jenren (both)
  • Jasmine Aerendonck (NL), Bammy Delarosa (EN), Jasmy (both)
  • The Aerandoncks/The Delarosas, Aerenrosa (both)
  • Martijn Winkel (NL), Marty Keller (EN),Winler (both)
  • Loes Krijgsman (NL), Lucy Everett (EN), Loucy (both)
  • Pieter van Meerten (NL), Pete VanderMeer (EN), Pete van Meer (both)
  • Marieke (NL), Mary (EN), Marie (both)
  • Laurens (NL), Lawrence (EN), Lau (both)
  • Jelmer Holst (NL), Jaydon Holst (EN), Jaymer (both)
  • Mirna (NL), Sue (EN)
  • Burak Sayers (NL), Burak Şayers (EN)
  • Bert Aerendonck (NL), Burt Delarosa (EN)
  • Gemma Holst (NL), Griselda Holst (EN), Gemelda (both)
  • Kobus Mater (NL), Colton Mathers (EN), Colbus (both)
  • Jules Helsloot (NL), Justin Walker (En), Ju (both)

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

In chapter 20: The townspeople have proven that mob mentality and fearmongering is a terrible thing as the majority of people voted in favour of publicly flogging teenagers for stoning the Wyler Witch.

WARNING: This chapter includes graphic descriptions of flogging.

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Book Talk: HEX, Chapter 20

Posted January 20, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Bilingual read-through of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

List of Prominent Characters

So, the NL and EN tags are the ones actually used in the story. If it’s listed for both then it’s a shorthand I’m using to note which of the characters is which. Where no name for ‘both’ is included I haven’t used a name for both. (Expect this list to get updated per chapter!)

  • Beek (NL), Black Spring/Black Rock (EN), Black Beek (both)
  • Stefan (NL), Steve (EN), Ste (both)
  • Katherina (NL), Katherine (EN), Kat (both), aka Wylerheks (NL), Black Rock Witch (EN) Wyler Witch (both)
  • Jolanda (NL), Jocelyn (EN), Jo (both)
  • Timo (NL), Tyler (EN), Tiy (both)
  • Oma (NL), Gramma (EN), Granny (both)
  • Max (NL), Matt (EN), Maxmatt (both)
  • Robert Grim (NL, EN)
  • Claire Hamer (NL), Claire Hammer (EN)
  • Jens van der Heijden (NL), Warren Castillo (EN), Jenren (both)
  • Jasmine Aerendonck (NL), Bammy Delarosa (EN), Jasmy (both)
  • The Aerandoncks/The Delarosas, Aerenrosa (both)
  • Martijn Winkel (NL), Marty Keller (EN),Winler (both)
  • Loes Krijgsman (NL), Lucy Everett (EN), Loucy (both)
  • Pieter van Meerten (NL), Pete VanderMeer (EN), Pete van Meer (both)
  • Marieke (NL), Mary (EN), Marie (both)
  • Laurens (NL), Lawrence (EN), Lau (both)
  • Jelmer Holst (NL), Jaydon Holst (EN), Jaymer (both)
  • Mirna (NL), Sue (EN)
  • Burak Sayers (NL), Burak Şayers (EN)
  • Bert Aerendonck (NL), Burt Delarosa (EN)
  • Gemma Holst (NL), Griselda Holst (EN), Gemelda (both)
  • Kobus Mater (NL), Colton Mathers (EN), Colbus (both)
  • Jules Helsloot (NL), Justin Walker (En), Ju (both)

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

In chapter 19: Jaymer got arrested for stoning the Wyler Witch, Gemelda is beside herself as she’s torn between loyalty to said Wyler Witch and to her own son. Also the townsfolk decide to torch the home of the Sayers and vandalise Gemelda’s shop and mass hysteria is slowly starting to take over.

WARNING: This chapter contains a brief but fairly graphic recap of the stoning. Also features lynch-mob mentalities.

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Book Talk: HEX, Chapter 19

Posted January 19, 2017 by Lynn E. O'Connacht in Miscellaneous / 0 Comments

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Bilingual read-through of HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

List of Prominent Characters

So, the NL and EN tags are the ones actually used in the story. If it’s listed for both then it’s a shorthand I’m using to note which of the characters is which. Where no name for ‘both’ is included I haven’t used a name for both. (Expect this list to get updated per chapter!)

  • Beek (NL), Black Spring/Black Rock (EN), Black Beek (both)
  • Stefan (NL), Steve (EN), Ste (both)
  • Katherina (NL), Katherine (EN), Kat (both), aka Wylerheks (NL), Black Rock Witch (EN) Wyler Witch (both)
  • Jolanda (NL), Jocelyn (EN), Jo (both)
  • Timo (NL), Tyler (EN), Tiy (both)
  • Oma (NL), Gramma (EN), Granny (both)
  • Max (NL), Matt (EN), Maxmatt (both)
  • Robert Grim (NL, EN)
  • Claire Hamer (NL), Claire Hammer (EN)
  • Jens van der Heijden (NL), Warren Castillo (EN), Jenren (both)
  • Jasmine Aerendonck (NL), Bammy Delarosa (EN), Jasmy (both)
  • The Aerandoncks/The Delarosas, Aerenrosa (both)
  • Martijn Winkel (NL), Marty Keller (EN),Winler (both)
  • Loes Krijgsman (NL), Lucy Everett (EN), Loucy (both)
  • Pieter van Meerten (NL), Pete VanderMeer (EN), Pete van Meer (both)
  • Marieke (NL), Mary (EN), Marie (both)
  • Laurens (NL), Lawrence (EN), Lau (both)
  • Jelmer Holst (NL), Jaydon Holst (EN), Jaymer (both)
  • Mirna (NL), Sue (EN)
  • Burak Sayers (NL), Burak Şayers (EN)
  • Bert Aerendonck (NL), Burt Delarosa (EN)
  • Gemma Holst (NL), Griselda Holst (EN), Gemelda (both)
  • Kobus Mater (NL), Colton Mathers (EN) Colbus (both)

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.

Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children’s bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.

The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past.

In chapter 18: Ste showed the video Tiy shot to the HEX employees and they discuss how the boys responsible must be punished according to the Emergency Decree (which gets howls of outrage because ” This is America!” as opposed to, say, the middle ages. Or probably more accurately given the circumstances Salem, but that was also America, so. You know.

As a content note and trigger warning: This chapter contains police brutality, sexual assault, racist and flashbacks to domestic violence. Not in that order.

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