Category Archives: Musings

How to Find your Title

So yesterday, I finished writing a little short story. It takes place in the Cloud Lands Saga world, and is about a side character. In fact, it’s a little adventure in his youth, which does help to understand how he … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Sex

You don’t know me – Joanna Steenen – yet, but I write erotic Romance, and I’m about to self-publish my first couple of stories. Now “erotic” means explicit, so yes, I describe clearly what’s happening in bed in those stories. … Continue reading

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Musings – What can an Author do?

Like most of us, I expected the 21st century to be good. I thought a lot of the amazing things from Star Trek and other SF would come true, or be closer to becoming reality. And we dreamed about all … Continue reading

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The Aware Author – Relationships

Stories always are about relationships. They can be loving, hateful, dangerous or supporting – but a story rarely works without the main character having a relationship to someone or something. Which makes it interesting for me to observe relationships, and … Continue reading

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Warum ich Bücher bei “der Amazone” kaufe

Ein Buchhändler, mit dem ich ein wenig befreundet bin, hat sich vor Kurzem (wieder einmal) öffentlich darüber beschwert, dass Menschen bei Amazon einkaufen. Das ist nämlich schlecht, weil darunter doch die Kultur leidet. Und ein Buchhändler sowieso. Und das hat … Continue reading

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Recycling Story Ideas

  As authors, our stories are our assets. They are what brings in money, in the shape of published books that readers can buy. Now, there are many ways to take a single “book” and use it wisely, by selling … Continue reading

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Feeling the Pain

I haven’t been blogging lately. I just couldn’t. It started with the massacre in Orlando. I made the mistake of looking at the faces of those killed. Boy, was that a bad idea. I probably could have loved each of … Continue reading

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The Power of a Plotting Party

Yesterday, I had a plotting party with an author friend. And it was great fun. And to be honest, it was also very, very useful. It is funny how our brain can go into overdrive when we talk about something. … Continue reading

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One Entrance to Creativity

I’m bored. I have to spend another hour before I can actually go somewhere and do something else. And I have nothing to do. There is an emptiness in my life that screams at me to do something, anything. Anything … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Violence

Violence is a part of nature. Animals kill animals to eat them. They fight, too, for dominance or the right to mate. Chimpanzees even go to war. It’s been documented that the young males sometimes hunt all members of another … Continue reading

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