What is there to say about me?
I’m 26 years old, I hate birthdays but I go crazy when I know there are presents for me hidden in the house. I’m very particular about eating; I live mostly of broccoli, peas, tuna, liquorice, pears and rice cakes. And wine, red wine. Whisky later in the evenings, preferably Jameson or Glenfiddich. Wine: tempranillo, malbec, carménère, Montepulciano. I love dogs, especially longhaired German Shephards – an obsession that probably started after watching the movie ‘I am legend’ with Will Smith – but I love all dogs. I’d prefer guinea pigs over cats. I’d prefer my husband Tim over guinea pigs.
I’ve completed a bachelor in Neuropsychology at the University of Utrecht and considered pursuing a career in psychology, but realised that I’d rather write. I’ve always been writing little stories since I was a child: I remember a story about a little bird falling out of a tree without a parachute and helmet, and I remember writing a story about children stealing chocolate from the kitchen during Christmas. Oh, I absolutely love Christmas. Anyone would awknowledge that statement.
The last few years have been mostly about Tim & I traveling, wanting to travel, dreaming about travelling some more, and now sitting at home because of the virus. On the 17th of February we drove to Spain in our blue-and-white Volkswagen T3, but were forced to go back. At least I’ve had time to write and read.
I have 7 tattoos, blue eyes, a golden nose ring, a passionate love for playing Skryim and the Witcher 3, good movies like ‘The Village’ and ‘The Remains of the Day’. My favourite writers are Kazuo Ishiguro, George R. R. Martin & Hemingway, my favourite books:
- The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers
- Stoner – John Williams
- The sun also rises – Ernest Hemingway
- The buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Remains of the day – Kazuo Ishiguro
- Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
- Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
- The wonder – Emma Donoghue
- All the Game of Thrones books from George Martin
- The great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
And I’m probably forgetting a lot of good writers & books here. I might update this later.
The point is that I love how writing can make you feel like you know the characters closely, and they stay with you for a very long time; it’s as if you’ve made a new friend and you think of them fondly over the years. I can get teary eyes from excitement when I read a sentence that sounds perfect and beautiful, and I get thrilled when I find a word that sounds amazing, like stark, infatuation, evocative, chicanery, scarlet, vitriolic, draconian, hoggery, autumnal, obtusely, austerity, credence, evanescent, virtue, rift, grit, ire, vying, reprieve, mire, conflagration, irreproachable, zealous, fervent and assiduous.
I have a whole book full of amazing words that I’ve collected over the years. It’s amazing how every word has a specific meaning and that words in the same wordgroup can sound so different from each other but still mean almost slightly the same, but not precisely. They sound like the right tunes in a song, similar to how the Beatles knew how to make a song stay stuck in your head.
Anyway, I could continue about this for another page, but this is a little bit about me. Besides my obvious interest in words and writing, I love to watch detective shows and listen to ‘My favourite murder’ podcast (I recommend everyone to listen to that podcast!)
I’m looking forward to post stories on my blog and see where it leads to. Enjoy reading!