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Holland Day 1 – Help Find the Fridge


Help Kay find the fridge.

Moving to a new country is a bit like reading a fantasy book. You remember the one I’m talking about, right? Where the intrepid hero enters a world familiar enough to get into big trouble fast (oops, I thought that would work) and exotic enough the hero can’t complete the simplest task (Where’s the refrigerator?). Let’s call today’s hero “Kay.”

IMG_0107The Friendly-Folk, we’ll call them (those who were in your shoes in the not so distant past) left a treasure map to life changing places like C1000 and AH (i.e. grocery stores) as well as Park De Pauw and ASH (i.e. the school). Map side-messages declare forthcoming adventure: IMG_0109

Always look left when you leave your driveway


Hidden walkway

(And Kay’s favorite)

Dragons! The Unknown Edge of the Earth.

However, Kay need not leave the house for exploration and discovery. She will search out the fridge (top photo) which she knows must be there because the Friendly-Folk left provisions for her family to begin this journey. (Thank you Friendly-Folk!)

Dishwasher-Without-Buttons in center.

Dishwasher-Without-Buttons in center.

She will stumble upon the Dishwasher-Without-Buttons and be amazed at the Bounty within these four walls (e.g. 220v coffee maker, vacuum cleaner, paper towels, made-up beds, shelves, closets and wardrobes–oh my).




Clothes Washer

Clothes Washer

What terrific appliances! Kay says, How do I turn this thing on? (see stove photo)

Wow, look at all THOSE buttons. (Clothes Washer) I should start a load of kids laundry….Huh…it won’t start no matter what I push.

Wonder how I open the microwave. Why does it have both a start and stop button AND on and off?

Where ARE the buttons for the dishwasher?

As family-of-six-living-out-of-suitcases laundry piles up, and despite a visit from the Friendly-Folk a couple days later…

Wow, you have a lot more options than I do. That one controls spin…for delicates and stuff. And well, I just do this…and this, and…hmm….Have you checked the breaker? ….I think your washer and dryer must be German. By the way, those 2 huge green trash cans out front are not for recycling.

…everyday tasks in Fan-tasy Land will not be so easily conquered.

Fear not! Tomorrow is another day.

Tune in next week when Kay will name her Friend-Folk friend “Spat” for no good reason…


Kay, I mean Kristin King, is an author, real army wife, mom, Jesus-Lover and new expat living in the Netherlands. She (and her husband) usually blog about books, writing and the publishing industry. But sometimes life’s little Moments must be mentioned. (Search this blog for Moments or Holland for more.)


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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Living in Holland, Moments


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U is for Unwritten – WIP



Click photo to see more Dragon Wallpapers

Click photo to see more Dragon Wallpapers

A to Z Blog Challenge

Unwritten stories, uncharted ideas, unending possibilities. Ideas are not a problem for me at this point in my writing career. Finding time to finish stories is another matter. Because it’s been awhile since I updated my progress (and it totally fits the U theme of the day) I thought this would be a good time to look at the story ideas I’ve recorded and the progress (if any) as well as genre. Bear with the working titles; those are just a way for me to remember which file is which.

Into the “Projects” folder we goooooooooooooo…..

  • Underworld (Fantasy Horror) Word Count = WC 835 of novella
  • Celestial Seas (Inspirational Romance) WC 4,761
  • Habitat (Post-Apocalyptic, Medieval Werewolf Fantasy) (Yes, I’m serious.) WC 7,000
  • Dragon’s Maid (Fantasy, MG or YA) WC 8,263
  • Melia Nahlia’s Tribe WC 1,752
  • Faery Lands (Excerpt) 418
  • Covenant House Sitay (Dystopian) WC 19,325
  • The Mage (Fantasy) WC 6,688
  • Celtic Soul (Highland Romantic Suspense or is it Suspenseful Romance?) WC 5,470
  • Bendiin World – Fighter of the First Order (Sci-fy) WC 7,812
  • Zombie Romance WC 16,174
  • The Teacher and the Wolf (Paranormal) WC 17,804
  • Other ideas saved as: compelled, weird dream, shadow feeds, the rejects, Mischief and the Mommy Monster, Bear Dancing, The Ridged, Pod K8, Hollywood Suite (Contemporary Suspense)
  • Non-Fiction: I Dreamt of Alaska, Messiness Is a Gift and Other Unexpected Blessings from God, Wooing the Warrior

AND FINALLY the next book in my Begotten Bloods series (BB3) stands at WC 59,540 which sounds like a lot except I’m beginning to think I’ll have to make two books out of the story I have going. But I should talk about that tomorrow since it will be V is for Vampires day.

So you can see my genres are all over the place which I think is okay for an early career author. This is my time to experiment with no demands (well, except for the youth in the young writers group who regularly ask if my Dragon book is finished yet and the readers patiently waiting for the next Begotten Bloods novel).

I guess it’s possible I’ll run out of ideas some day, however there is already enough on my plate to last for several years. For now the day dreams of full-time writing will have to wait. Thankfully, day-to-day progress is still possible.


Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel in the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).

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Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Genre Topics, On Writing


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Tis the Season Reading: Unexpected Christmas Myth FREE

Free on Amazon

Free on Amazon

Well done, paranormal author Sadie Hart.

Silver Bells is a fantasy that pulls from holiday myth to create a completely new (at least to me) mystical world inside of ours. I didn’t see it coming and don’t want to ruin it for you. It’s a quick 24 page short story that appears to be on permanent FREE status for Kindle.

I recommend this to readers who don’t mind being kept in the dark so the story threads can come together in an unexpected ending.

While this story is an innocent tale, the excerpt attached to the end hints at hotter offings as the Hart norm (also see Ms. Hart’s bio at the end of this Christmas story says:

At night, she writes steamy, paranormal romances revolving around the things that go bump in the night – both the spooky and the naughty kind. She lives in Michigan with two large dogs and a flying pig, who’s possibly a superhero and possibly a figment of her imagination.

Regardless of your preferred genre, I think you’ll find Silver Bells a holiday delight.


Also FREE for a limited time: Better Off Dead, the short story of a hairdresser turned assassin. Link here.


Kristin King is an author and publisher. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and “Cain’s Coven,” and her latest novel the Begotten Bloods Series is Death Taint. Her imprint Three Kings Publishing can be found here. Three Kings is a Mom & Pop publisher of Christian writers (not necessarily Christian books).



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Writing Conferences: Science Fiction and Fantasy

COMING MARCH 2014: FOGcon Screen Shot 2013-05-11 at 10.27.41 PM

What Is FOGcon?

Friends of the Genre (FOGcon) is a literary-themed San Francisco Bay Area SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon. Each year we focus on a new theme in speculative fiction and invite Honored Guests ranging from writers to scientists to artists. We build community, exchange ideas, and share our love for the literature of imagination….

The theme of Fogcon 4 will be: it’s Secrets. Science Fiction has a long history with secret hideouts, secret societies, even secret worlds. So who decides what is secret? How do we keep secrets? How do we discover what is secret? That’s a start to future conversations.



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Posted by on November 1, 2013 in On Writing, Other


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