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Logo_YlvaVerlag

April 2012

Wow - haven't been here for a while. But there is reason behind the madness: I was pretty busy establishing my very own small publishing house. I called it Ylva Verlag. Ylva is an old Swedish female name and means She-Wolf.

The focus of Ylva Verlag will be on women’s literature (no chick lit). And yes, lesfic is going to be a big part of all this.

A few days ago I published the first book called “Zwei Seiten”, written by Alison Grey. Have a look here: amazon.de

It’s a German book, which won’t be translated into English. But in autumn there will be the first English story out. And I’m open for German and English writing authors to send me their stories. Let me know if you have a story you’d like to submit.

Right now I’m working pretty hard on getting the website up (Ylva Verlag). If everything works out (which it never does) the website should be up and running on May 1st.

Wish me luck.

 



spring butterfly

March 2011

Wow. It's March already. Time surely flies.
Yesterday was the first time we've been able to do a bit of sunbathing on our balcony. Sometime later the little gardener inside us came alive and we went to the garden center just across our house and bought some stuff for the balcony. Boy, was it crowded in there. I guess we weren't the only ones with the urge to go and plant something.
Unfortunately today it's raining again. But then, rainy days have their advantages as well. A good book and a cup of tea (maybe a little bit of chocolate)… nothing bad to say about this, right?
What is new on the writing site: I'm still writing on a short story in my Ireland Saga. Two chapters are already beta-read. The other three chapters of that short story already exist as a first draft. So, there's hope for a new story in the first half of 2011.
Stay tuned and enjoy life.
 



too much snow

January 2011

Finally 2011 has arrived. I spent some of December thinking about what kind of year 2010 was for me. Overall it wasn’t too bad but way to busy for my liking, especially the second half. With my father’s heart attack, his stroke shortly after and then my parents’ decision to sell their house and move into an apartment… well, yeah, 2010 has been some kind of busy.
And you know what? Thinking about what I wanted for 2011 I came up with the conclusion that I would love to have a boring year for a change. I don’t want any dramas at work, I don’t want any friends or family members to get ill or undergo any kind of surgery (including myself) and I would love to spend most of my free time writing.
I’m still happy that in 2010 I was finally able to finish a story (Desperate Measures). The next installment of my Irish Saga sits on my desk – I’ve written around 12,000 words (or 24 pages) so far. It’s going to be the next story I finish. That’s for sure. Only don’t ask me when. It depends a lot on how boring 2011 promises to be
 



Desperate Measures

December 2010

There isn't much to say. Well, except: Have at it! I just posted the first chapter of my new story: "Desperate Measures."

If you wondered what happened to Sylvana and Gillian from "Desperate Housewife"... well here is your chance to find it out.

I plan to post a new chapter each week in the story section. Have fun and let me know how you like the story.

 



bubbles

November 2010

I have good news for all those waiting for a new story. After rewriting a chapter I just sent the story of to my critique partner who promised to read it thoroughly one more time. So, if everything goes well ‘Desperate Measures’ should be available on my site at the end of November.

Unfortunately I don’t have as much time this autumn as I had hoped. Surprisingly my parents found a buyer for their house and will be moving into their new flat at the end of November. There was a lot of work involved these past weeks.
They have a huge attic and I found things from my childhood days I had totally forgotten about. There is a huge cardboard box full of comics sitting right in front of my desk. You name them I have them: Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Phantom, Spiderman and lots of Walt Disney comics. Unfortunately all those are only around 25 to 30 years old. I guess I won’t get rich by selling them. Sigh…

 
 



 

September 2010

Back from our vacation I'm proud to announce that I finally finished Desperate Measures. Right now it is with my beta and test readers. All in all it will take another, let's say four weeks or so before I post it. But I can't tell you how relieved I am that I'm still able to finish a story.

Today I started revising "A day in the life of...", a short story in my Ireland Saga.

Since there's not much else to talk about today, I'd like to introduce you to another hobby of mine. These are a few pictures of our 2007 New Zealand vacation. Enjoy.

 
 



bubbles

August 2010

Only three more weeks to go and then we’ll have three weeks off. Well, not really three more weeks to go but only 20 days… but who’s counting? We’ll be spending half of our vacation at the Rhön Mountains. It’s only a two hour drive with the car which will be nice after spending most of our vacation in the past so far away (New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Spain) that we were ready for another vacation after being back again. And this time we’ll have another 10 days at home before going back to work. Let me tell you: I’m so ready for this.

I’m positive that I’ll be able to finish “Desperate Measures” the sequel to “Desperate Housewife” before we’ll leave. I have around 23,000 words (or 60 pages) by now. So, in the end the story will have 70 pages or so.

And I can promise you another story before the end of the year. I hope to be able to work on a sequel to my Ireland Saga during our vacation. The first draft was finished months ago. So now it’s all about rewriting and fine-tuning.

 
 



Wm2010

July 2010

Oops! Where did June go?
Ah, I remember. I spent most of June in front of the TV due to the Soccer World Cup

What can I say… I’ve been watching soccer for around 40 years now. My father played, my mother went to all of his games and so did I. The soccer virus is contagious – or is “heritable” the correct word?

However, the World Cup will be over fairly soon and then I’ll get my life back.

 
 



Shit Weather

May 2010

What to write about? What to write about? There isn’t a whole lot to tell, really.

I still have one more chapter to go before I’ll be able to finish “Desperate Measures” which is the sequel to “Desperate Housewife”. So far I have around 20,000 words – which will probably leave me with around 25,000 words in the end. There is one short chapter, mainly a dialogue between Sylvana and her best friend that I still have to write. And then I have to figure out how to write the last scene. Originally I planned to have my heroines go for a nice meal and then let them have lots of hot, steamy sex. Good plan, right. But then – honestly. Hot and steamy sex after eating tons of food? Maybe it’s my age… but I’m not so sure this is a good idea anymore

I’ll figure it out eventually. I’m sure.

One last thing: If you’re looking for a good book to read, go and get “Command of Silence” by Paulette Callen. This is the best book I’ve read in the past months. But beware – it’s no romance. It’s a mystery with a really, really unique sleuths. Nope – no magic, no fantasy. Just go, buy it and read it. You won’t regret it.

 
 



Schaf

April 2010

Wow – where has this month gone?
May is just around the corner, the birds are singing and most animals are doing X-rated stuff.
Spring has finally conquered the long and hard winter we had.

Despite all this, tonight I’m going to finish chapter 5 of my story. Only one more chapter to go until “The End”. Though, if the weather stays that great, I cannot promise when I’ll be able to finish it. The weather, our balcony and my brand new fire red bicycle are far too tempting.

If you are as addicted to blogs as I am, take a look at what my friend Jae has started. For those interested in her writing or cultural differences this really is a great place to visit: Jae's blog.

 
 



Surikate

March 2010

Snow, powder snow, snowdrifts, snowwomen, blowing snow, snowballs, snow clouds, damp snow, snow crystals, snowstorms, virgin snow – a lot of snow fell in February.

Today is March 6, 2010 – and guess what I woke up this morning to snow.

On the bright side: I saw some snowdrops yesterday. They are supposed to be heralds of spring. We’ll see about that one.

There isn’t much more to tell. Except, maybe you’re interested in hearing that I finished another chapter of my sequel, tentatively called “Desperate Measures”. That makes it four chapters so far. And the next one is halfway done. Meerkats will play a small part in Chapter 5 which is why this month features a picture of this species. The zoo in Cologne has a wonderful meerkat enclosure – which is where I took the picture.

 
 



gargoyle_snow

February 2010

Wow, I really have been lax in my updating. Sorry for that.

The last year has been nothing if not “interesting” on this side of the screen and left me with simply not enough time to finish a story. I sincerely hope that 2010 will be different. Please, please, please!

So, what am I up to?

One of the projects I’m working on is a sequel to my Edinburgh ghost story; another is the sequel to “Desperate Housewife.” Right now it looks as if the latter will be finished first.

I haven’t forgotten about my “Irish Saga” and the promised sequel, which I tentatively named “Path Unveiled.” But this project is on hold for the foreseeable future. And I mean “on hold” – I’m not saying that I’ll never work on it again. Just not for the next months.

As you can see, there are some changes to this site. I plan on posting more regularly in 2010 (big words), and under “literature 2010,” you’ll find a list of the books I’m reading. I want to write a small review about each one – or at least the ones I enjoyed.

The link section has been updated as well, so you might want to take a look there.

Last but not least: My friend Jae has published a new book in December 2009. “Second Nature” is a shape-shifter romance, which I highly recommend for everyone who enjoys well-crafted characters and long stories (we’re talking about 604 pages). You can read a bonus short story for free here: Second nature by Jae.

I had the pleasure of test reading the story and absolutely enjoyed it. Now, if I could write only half as fast as Jae does…

That’s it for today. Stay tuned for the next update.

 
 
 

October 2008

The one thing I really like about autumn and winter (yes, I do live in the northern hemisphere) is having more time to read and to write. And for me there is hardly anything better than having a good book and a nice cup of tea at hand as well as a quiet afternoon and/or evening to be able to escape from reality for a few hours.

That said I’m happy to let you know that although it’s been a long time, indeed, I finally finished another story. And even better just in time for Halloween. So, if you like Ghosts, Halloween, Edinburgh and mystery… then “Ghosts, Gouls and Others” is just the right story for you. You can either read it on my site (as a pdf) or you can have a look at the Academy of Bards or the Athenaeum.

I had a lot of fun writing this one, especially after having been to Edinburgh myself in May this year. And I already have some ideas about a potential sequel. But my first priority is to finish “Path Unveiled”, the third instalment in my Irish Saga which I started over a year ago. It’s about time to finish it. Just give me some more weeks.

In the meantime, if you want to read a brilliant story in the category “Romance Crime”… well, take a look here: http://l-book.com/jae-conflict.html. Jae is a fellow German and author of the marvellous Western “Backwards to Oregon”. Now, “Conflict of Interest” and its sequel “Next of Kin” are two of my favourite stories and you won’t regret spending your hard earned bucks on them. Jae is able to weave a good tale and her stories just can’t be long enough for me.

That said, enjoy “Ghosts, Gouls and Others” and let me know what you think about it.

 
 
 

June 2008

It’s late June and finally I am able to post a new story. It’s called “Desperate Housewife” and was written for the latest Academy Challenge. My partner Daniela created the fabulous cover. And hey, I have to admit that I blushed nearly through the whole story; it’s my first (and most probably only) PWP.

One reader was telling me that she was surprised that I was the author of this story since she couldn’t find any vampires or weres in it. Well, a girl has to be unpredictable at times, right? My first and foremost love is fantasy and (soft) horror… but I love to try other things as well.

So, now go and read it; only not at work;-).
Feedback is highly appreciated as always. I love to hear from you! Writing is a lonely hobby and I really appreciate hearing back from readers.

On to other news: Yes, I am still writing on “Path Unveiled” and its going well; 140 pages and counting. I have to do a lot of research in-between to try and get the story as right as possible. Irish mythology is so multifaceted and challenging; it is not always easy to find answers to my questions and sometimes I feel like a little terrier when doing research.

Last but not least, I want to continue my reading recommendations: If you want to read something hot this summer go and buy yourself a copy of Meghan O’Brien’s “13 hours”. She is one of my favourite authors and I absolutely enjoyed reading her new story. Great stuff! And hot. Did I mention hot already?

And for those who are into fantasy and strong heroines that don’t necessarily have to be lesbians: did you already discover Alison Croggon? She has written the Pellinor saga and so far I read the first two books (The Naming and The Riddle). I am absolutely in love with this series and would highly recommend it for all fantasy lovers.

 
 
 

April 2008

Finally, no more snow in Germany. Last Wednesday I woke up and found a white landscape outside of our window. Today I was able to leave the house without a jacket. Maybe spring has finally arrived; though, I don’t trust our weather anymore.

I added some photos to my story site that will give you a good impression of places that are mentioned in my Ireland Saga.

There will be more photos coming in the future. It’s only a matter of time. I have been able to take lots of nice photos during our Ireland holiday last year; its so easy to take lots of pictures with a digital camera… the work of sorting through them… well, that is something else for sure.

And: I am up to 90 pages with Path Unveiled (the next story in the Ireland Saga). This one is most definitely going to be my longest story so far.

 
 
 

March 2008

Just to let you know that I am still alive and writing.

I am about 50 pages into the next sequel of The Matchmaking Festival.
The working title is Path Unveiled and so far it looks as if this one is going to be a lot longer than the other two stories.
This means that I won’t be posting it before autumn 2008.

And I am about 30 pages into another fantasy story which takes place in a desert in a far away land.

I can’t make any promises as to when I’ll be posting something new again but I can promise that I will be posting new stories.
And this is worth something, right?

If in the meantime you are looking for something good to read: D. Jordan Redhawk published her new book On Azrael’s Wings.
She really is one of my favourite authors and if you like stories that are a bit darker than the usual fluffy love stories… well, you will love this one.

Last but not least: I updated the link section.

 
 
 

November 2007

These past weeks have been hard; moving into a new flat after renovating for days without end… but we’ve made it and are very happy with our new flat and our new life. Though, it is strange not to be living anymore in “the big city” Frankfurt but in a town which consist of only 10,000 people plus the two of us. My partner Daniela said that she feels as if being on holiday, cause even though Kriftel (our new hometown) is only 20 train-minutes away from Frankfurt, people are different here. They are much more relaxed and a lot friendlier. That and the bigger and much quieter flat make us happier people as well.

I loved living in Frankfurt and did so for over 15 years but the older I get the more I long for solitude and Daniela feels the same, which made the decision to move easy in the end. We’ll need another 3 weeks or so before we will be finally settled and all of our stuff will be unpacked but that is okay. On the bright side: We are online again and today will see the finishing touches to our new kitchen. Let me tell you: I can’t stand fast food anymore! I already bought pasta and meat yesterday and will be cooking again today for the first time since September.

On to other things: maybe you’ve already seen my new story "Transmutation” on the Athenaeum or the Academy of Bards. I managed to finish it in time for Halloween and had a lot of fun writing it. I just love those kinds of stories myself! Werewolves, vampires and hormones in the air – can’t beat that, really. Let me know what you think about it. I really appreciated feedback and am very open to suggestions and critique.

What will be next? Well, I have some kind of Janeway/Seven-Uber on my hard drive that I started months ago and I played a bit around with it yesterday. But I don’t really see this one catching my attention to much right now. Then there is the one project I have been talking about for years, actually, before I started picking up a pen as tale weaver. Working as a secretary sure makes you meet and work for a lot of strange, eh… I mean interesting people and when sitting down with colleagues we always come to the point where one of us says “We should really write this down. Nobody is going to believe it.” After another hilarious event some days ago I finally started to write down all those “you won’t believe it” stories. But this will take some more time as I have to find a plot first…

Which leaves, well, a visit to Eileen and Julia maybe? Yes, there will be a sequel which you can expect some time in spring 2008… which isn’t so far away at all. We only have to make it through winter first.

 
 
 

August 2007

Finally: I finished the sequel to „The Matchmaking Festival”, called “In Sync”. I’ve written around six months on this story and still can’t believe that I finally did it. I am quite happy about the way it turned out and I can assure you that there will be another story about Eileen and Julia somewhere down the road.

My next project will be a short story for the Academy of Bards’ Halloween challenge.
It will be a tough finishing it in time as we will be moving into a new flat in September/October, something we didn’t really expect to do but won’t complain about. Our neighbors drove us crazy these past months… and we are very happy to have found an amazing flat without really looking for it.

There is a lot of work waiting for us. But I am sure that all the work will be worth it. And, once we are moved I will have my own, not too little room where I will be able to find the solitude that I need for writing.

Please, let me know what you think about “In Sync”. I love feedback and I honestly don’t mind constructive criticism. Praise is welcome as well.

 
 
 

June 2007

It’s June and the good news is: I already finished 5 chapters of the sequel to The Matchmaking Festival with only two more chapters to go.
And even better: I already wrote around half of chapter 6 and chapter 7.
Therefore I am positive that the story, titled In Sync will be finished in July.

But I do have a little titbit for you now:
When my partner Daniela and I went to New Zealand last autumn (for an amazing holiday) we met Linda Callaghan for breakfast in Christchurch. I loveher fan fiction covers and often use them as a bookmark; what she does with Photoshop leaves me speechless. Anyhow, the three of us had a terrific morning together and stayed in touch ever since. And she agreed to do a cover for The Matchmaking Festival:

Isn’t that great; she really is a creative woman!
If you click on the picture it will bring you to her homepage where she has more of that stuff.

That’s it from my side for now.

Astrid

 
 
 

April 2007


It is already April and maybe you wonder: Where is the promised story?

Well, the short story I begun to write turned into the sequel of the Matchmaking Festival. So far I finished more than half of it and I am positive that I will be able to post the whole story in June.

Beside that one I am busy with a Janeway/Seven Uber (a mystery/thriller/something) and a Conqueror Uber (a science fiction/fantasy something). The Conqueror Uber won't be finished until the end of the year or beginning of next year.

But I so enjoy writing this one! And already have a title: "What a difference a day makes".

My foremost priority for the coming weeks is to finish the sequel and then I will try to work some more on the Janeway/Seven Uber.

And I love the idea of writing a Halloween story, but still have no ideas really. Only, what if Eileen would travel together with Julia to Germany to meet Julia's parents around the time of Halloween. There could be potential in that one.
Don't you agree?

So, don't give up on me. I am writing but it is a rather slow process for me.

Stay tuned!

 
 
 

February 2007


Wow!

I am amazed and more than happy about the amount of positive feedback I've got so far for my story.
Thank you all so much. That sure is an encouragement to continue creating stories.

Nearly everybody who wrote did ask about a sequel to The Matchmaking Festival.
Although I did plan on writing something else first, I decided to start a shorter story about Eileen and Julia.
It's working title is "The morning after" and I hope to be able to post it some time around April.

I didn't plan on writing a fantasy or faerie story when I started with The Matchmaking Festival.
One day last year I saw a documentary about the real festival and was intrigued about the possibilities for a story.
When I started to write I already knew a lot about Julia but pondered about Eileen.
Could she be a bartender in a pub or maybe be into matchmaking or what else?
And then I decided to just go with my love for vampire stories and started to do some research about Irish vampires.
Well, you all know the outcome...

Anyhow, I do feel obliged to create something that comes close to the documented faerie world of Ireland.
Therefore I started reading a lot, always happy to have a good excuse to buy new books.
Just now I am reading "The Middle Kingdom; the faerie world of Ireland" from Dermot MacManus.
It's interesting and a lot of fun.

But whatever I am going to write will always be my little fantasy world.

So, I am working on a sequel in the long run and a short visit right now.
And in-between I work on some kind of thriller.

I keep you updated about my progress and love to hear from you in the meantime.
 
 
 

January 2007


Finally, after working a long time on it I finished the work on my web site.
So, here you go. My web site is online as is my first story: The matchmaking festival.
Enjoy the read, don't take it too seriously, remember that it is my first story and let me know what you think about it.