Repulsion and Benediction released

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 12/28/15 3:00 PM
I am glad to announce that as of today, Repulsion and Benediction, the first two installments of my new series The Unbound are available for purchase.

Repulsion Benediction
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Let's kill Napoleon Bonaparte

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 11/27/15 11:01 AM
Suppose you had a time machine, and you were forbidden to kill Adolf Hitler. Suppose you still wanted to give our history the finger? Who would you kill, and what would happen? In this series I'm exploring a number of candidates for sudden and violent removal from history.

In this first installment, we're taking a bag full of grenades, going back in time to January 1779, to Autun in Burgundy, France,
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Let's *not* kill Hitler

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 11/27/15 11:00 AM
I'm assuming a number of my readers will be familiar with Godwin's Law:

Quoting Mike Godwin

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1



I'd like to propose an analog for time travel:

Quoting Jeroen Steenbeeke

As a Science Fiction series progresses, the probability…

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Repulsion and Benediction available for pre-order

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 11/25/15 1:00 PM
If you're subscribed to my mailing list, you should already have received this announcement a week ago. But in case you missed it: I've gone ahead and uploaded the first two books in the Unbound series to various ebook distributors for pre-order.


https://www.jeroensteenbeeke.nl/cover/5/repulsion
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Series Reveal: The Unbound

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 10/29/15 10:00 AM
As you might know, it's been a while since I've released any new books, with the last two being released in 2013. I haven't been idle, working on a series of Urban Fantasy novellas that take place in my home region of Twente, in the east of the Netherlands. It started as a side project, but has taken almost two years to finish. I've mentioned this project a number of times, mostly referring to the individual books as "book 5", "book 6", etcetera, without going into details. Those
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John Scalzi (almost) made me cry

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 9/27/15 1:00 PM
As I mentioned in the post where I summarized my re-reading experiences of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, the next phase of my "re-read all the things" would be the Old Man's War series by John Scalzi. Contrary to most of the books I've read this year, Old Man's War is Science Fiction rather than fantasy, so it was a good change of scenery.

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Fantasy fairs and such

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 9/25/15 10:30 AM
Last weekend I attended Elfia, which is a fantasy fair that's held twice a year (at Haarzuilens early in the year, and at Arcen later in the year). This was my first time visiting the Arcen edition, which is generally a bit smaller than the early edition. Getting into the festival was business as usual: we already had tickets, so we could skip the ticket queue and walk right in.

Anyway, just after the
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Weirdest airport ever

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 9/24/15 7:45 AM
It's been said that I have an over-active imagination. Normally, this isn't much of a problem. I sometimes have a tendency to take conversations off weird tangents, but I try to keep this to a minimum (depending on the audience). When I'm asleep, though, there are no such holds on my imagination, and that's when the magic happens. Many examples can be found in The Troll Warriors of Sheepbane.

Last night
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Re-reading report: Mistborn

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 9/7/15 9:00 AM
Back in 2007, some time after the sad news that Robert Jordan had passed away, it was announced that fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson would be working to finish his epic Wheel of Time series. I remember reading about this on Slashdot (a site I frequent much less frequently these days), and thinking two things:
  • Awesome!
  • So who is this Brandon Sanderson guy?

It didn't take me long to find
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Conflicted about exclusivity

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 8/19/15 8:30 AM
Anyone who has ever viewed the Books page on this site knows that I have 4 books currently available from multiple channels, both in print and as e-books. I rarely sell print copies, but my e-books do get a moderate number of sales. I haven't checked my most recent statistics, but historically about 60% of my sales come from Amazon, 30% come from Barnes and Noble, and the remaining 10% from other sources (primarily iTunes though).

A while ago Amazon introduced Kindle Unlimited
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Re-reading report: The Iron Druid

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 8/18/15 1:00 PM
Another installment of my ongoing efforts to re-read a whole bunch of books I've read earlier. Last week, I finished my re-read of The Iron Druid, an Urban Fantasy series by Kevin Hearne, which chronicles the adventures of the world's last Druid.

Ever since I got my Kindle, it's not uncommon for me to learn about new books through their recommendation system. The
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Musical Inspiration: August 2015

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 8/11/15 12:30 PM
Seeing as I didn't post one of these in June, and July featured Adrian von Ziegler, today I'll return to my regular schedule and throw a bunch of Beatport links at you:


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What the F did I just watch?

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 8/6/15 10:00 AM
This post is a bit overdue, as the events in question took place almost two weeks ago, but I haven't gotten around to posting it because of my vacation and getting my upcoming novels ready for my editor.

Anyway, it's not a secret that I have too many hobbies. Finding ways to spend my free time usually isn't an issue. Finding enough free time to use for my hobbies is generally more of a problem, and doing stuff with friends requires some planning as a result. Even so, I do manage to semi-regularly
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Still alive and still writing

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 7/24/15 6:00 PM
A few weeks ago I added a page view counter to my various blog posts, so I could see which of them were getting the most views. I figured my more recent posts would be the ones getting all the traffic, but apparently that's not entirely the case (though my post about the Healers of Meligna is in 2nd place). There seems to be quite some interest for topics I wrote years ago:

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Re-reading report: The Healers of Meligna

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 7/21/15 7:30 PM
As part of my ongoing efforts of re-reading all the things, and in part because K.J. Colt was really eager to hear my input about her latest book, Forsaken Power, I have recently re-read the entire Healers of Meligna series:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51HC2%2BjR2fL._SL250_.jpg
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Musical Inspiration: Adrian von Ziegler

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 7/16/15 10:00 AM
A few weeks ago YouTube auto-suggested a channel I might like, namely Adrian von Ziegler. In part due to the images, I checked it out, and was pleasantly surprised: lots and lots of Celtic-themed instrumental music that would go really well with writing fantasy.

Naturally, I wanted to share this music with you, and while I could have simply added YouTube links, I instead added the ability to embed Bandcamp fragments
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Re-reading report: The Demon Accords

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 7/13/15 5:30 PM
Back in January I said I would spend the start of this year doing some re-reading of old books. This project is still ongoing, and the total number of books re-read now stands at 30, not including new releases in series I've re-read. I still have 10 more books on my list, so I will probably remain busy for the foreseeable future.

Anyway, I've finished re-reading two series since my post about the Dresden
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Switching to MailChimp

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 6/30/15 6:00 PM
A small service announcement for those of you who are subscribed to my mailing list. I will "soon" be migrating the mailing list that is currently part of this site (and powered by Mandrill) to MailChimp. This has the advantage of offering me a ton of features I would otherwise have to code myself (mostly in the reporting department), while sacrificing none of the flexibility I have now.

If you're already subscribed, your mailing address
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Musical Inspiration: May 2015

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 5/20/15 4:00 PM
It seems like whenever I tune into Digitally Imported I discover a bunch of new songs to listen to while writing. I used to only listen to one or two songs set on repeat, but right now I've got a playlist that's twice as long as my commute, and still growing.

A while ago I started listening to a bunch of songs made and/or remixed by Photographer, that tend to be a bit "harder" in sound than what I normally listen to (though the average Hardstyle or
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How rude!

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 5/11/15 2:30 PM
Let's imagine you're walking down a street. It's a sunny day, you're in a good mood, and you see me walking in the distance. I'll probably seem a bit distracted, lost in thought, probably daydreaming, and I may or not be carrying a bag of groceries (a common occurrence during lunch breaks).

So you, being the friendly person you are, shout out to me, simply saying "hello". In response, I narrow my eyes, and stare at you in confusion, not returning your greeting and continuing
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Musical Inspiration: April 2015

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/30/15 9:00 PM
Yes, yes, I know April is almost over, but I've got a pretty big list of new writing songs I wanted to share with you.



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Re-reading report: the Dresden Files

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/22/15 5:00 PM
Two months ago I finished re-reading the Demon Cycle, as part of my project of re-reading a whole bunch of books. Next on my list was The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, 15 books and counting, as well as the short story bundle Side Jobs, which I hadn't read before.

The Dresden Files is an urban fantasy series that was recommend to me a few years ago by Sebastiaan van der Pal, the owner of De Dondersteen, the one and only specialty game store
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First drafts complete, reflections

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 4/13/15 11:00 AM
Many people will know I have been working on an Urban Fantasy series for some time now. It's listed prominently on my "current projects" post (which I should probably upgrade to an actual page sometime, so people can find it more easily), and each successive book in the series has gradually been upgraded to "first draft" as I finished them.

As you can see, all five of them are now at
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Musical Inspiration: March 2015

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 3/26/15 5:00 PM
Beatport recently updated their website, moving their store to the pro.beatport.com subdomain. One of the side-effects of this move was that Beatport widgets would no longer work, since the embed function redirected to regular HTTP. As a result, I could no longer post Beatport music snippets, and I decided to postpone Musical Inspiration
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Finding the unexpected

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 3/20/15 10:00 AM
At the time of this posting there will be a partial solar eclipse visible in Europe, at least in theory. As of right now, there is simply too much mist to see anything, so I won't bother going outside to watch unless things change dramatically. Seeing as I also missed the Transit of Venus in 2012 for pretty much the same reason, this is a bit of a bummer, but that's what you get for being born in the Netherlands and not moving to a
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Saxons for everyone!

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 3/18/15 10:00 AM
Today is an election day in the Netherlands, where we get to choose the members of the States-Provincial, which is, simply put, our provincial parliament. They don't really have that much power compared to, say, a state legislature in the United States, but they still get to make quite a few important decisions.

In addition to this, the members of the States-Provincial get to choose the members of the Eerste Kamer
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The God of Mischief

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 3/16/15 1:15 PM
There are many things to be said about names. Figuring out what name to give your child is probably one of the hardest decisions a parent has to make (though I cannot speak from experience in that regard), and they often take a long time to figure out a good one. Not all names are chosen equally well, as many a bearer of a traditional Dutch name can attest when foreigners try to pronounce it.

Sometimes names are exceptionally well chosen.
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Please don't stop the music

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 3/10/15 12:00 PM
I wanted to make another Musical Inspiration post today, but apparently the Beatport embedded links don't seem to work with SSL anymore. I've e-mailed their support department, so maybe they'll be re-enabled soon.

For the time being, this means I can't do any musical inspiration posts, unless I post Youtube links. I'd rather not, since they've been unreliable in the past.
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Obstacles galore

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 2/23/15 12:00 PM
For the past week or so, I feel like I haven't made any progress with book 9. There are several factors at work here, which I'll elaborate on in a moment, but I should probably start with an interesting statement:

It isn't true

Ever since the third book in this series, I've used an automated progress tracker that keeps day-to-day records of my word counts. These statistics show me the
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Re-reading report: The Demon Cycle

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 2/16/15 11:25 AM
Last Wednesday I finished my re-read of Peter V. Brett's Demon Cycle series. I decided to reread this series due to the upcoming release of the fourth book: the Skull Throne, and because I have a tendency to forget crucial story details when continuing series I read a while ago.

Turns out that was an excellent idea.

Here are a number of observations. There might be some spoilers.

  • Turns
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Misadventures of a local church

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 2/13/15 8:00 AM
Last night when I came home, I found a thick envelope sticking from the mail slot of my front door. It was addressed to me, but contrary to most mail I get, it had no stamp or postal mark. I didn't need to open it to see who the sender was: a local church.

People who know me personally can easily tell you I'm not a very religious person. I'm not a member of any religion (I'm not even a baptized non-practitioner like many of my countrymen), nor do I feel the need to be. I could go on
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Adapted for television

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 2/11/15 12:00 PM
Yesterday one of my colleagues, who is currently reading Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, gave me a link to a video that was released the night before called Winter Dragon, which was apparently meant as a pilot of sorts for a Wheel of Time television series. Robert Jordan's people seem to have not been informed of this pilot, nor did Brandon Sanderson (who completed the series) seem to be aware of its existence until the moment
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Musical Inspiration: February 2015

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 2/4/15 1:00 PM
I've been listening to the DI.FM Epic Trance channel a lot lately, and I've got a new bunch of songs to share with you. Now, I've looked at the release dates, and some of these songs have been out for a few years. That doesn't mean they're not new to me, or that I shouldn't share them with you.

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Relaxation therapy

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 2/2/15 12:00 PM
Last week, after spending over a month in "outline hell", I finally started writing my 9th book, the 5th and final part of series of Young Adult urban fantasy novellas. It's something I've been looking forward to for some time, as I'm starting to get eager to finish these books for publication (a process that will take many months), after which I can move on to new projects.

Outlining can be a strange undertaking. Sometimes you fill out half of it in minutes, and then spend
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Just another reason I love Twitter

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 1/22/15 12:57 PM

Quoting @JSteenbeeke on Twitter

Apparently there's a delivery company named Skynet. One of their vans passed me by at traffic lights. Must be those Terminators I ordered



Quoting @_TheTerminator_ on Twitter

@JSteenbeeke My mission is to protect you.

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Thoughts on Firefight

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 1/16/15 3:00 PM
This morning I finished reading Brandon Sanderson's latest novel, Firefight, which I mentioned in my previous post. It's the sequel to Steelheart, which was released in 2013, and which is easily in the top 5 of "novels I finished in record time", and it was easily one of my favorite books of that year. As such, I was really happy when Amazon sent me an e-mail that my pre-order for its sequel Firefight had been released. Just to be sure I didn't miss anything, I re-read both Steelheart and
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Time for some re-reading

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 1/9/15 11:00 AM
Last Tuesday I got an e-mail from Amazon that one of my pre-orders had just been delivered. Firefight, the latest novel in Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series, had just been released. Those of you who have been around here for some time will know I was really enthusiastic about Steelheart, the first book in the series, and that I couldn't wait for the sequel.
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Musical Inspiration: January 2015

Jeroen Steenbeeke  Jeroen Steenbeeke
Posted 1/6/15 1:00 PM
First off, to everyone I haven't spoken personally: a happy new year to you!

I noticed the YouTube links on some of my older Musical Inspiration posts have gone dead (mostly due to copyright issues, in many cases the person uploading the music doesn't have the rights to the song in question). My own stance on copyright issues aside, this isn't an ideal situation for me, as it's hard to keep track of what songs I've already posted about. But seeing as I often post about Trance music,
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