Estelle Van de Velde

Author's journal

This is the archive of my Now Page's 2019 Year. Check out the current year for the most updated news.

18 November 2019

More than a month since my last entry. I can’t say I’ve worked a lot on the book, I have been worrying about my Grandpa. Sadly, he passed a couple of days ago…

My grandparents had been married for more than 60 years. They had always looked after each other. When you spend a long time with someone, it’s really hard to let go of that person. He joined his beloved at last, letting us grieve over two persons instead of one.

It’s going to be hard the next couple of weeks but I’ll come back soon.

3 October 2019

I just came back from Amsterdam, where I have spent 4 days with my husband while still working my day job. The week before, I had taken a complete week off so I could work on the nonfiction project. And that’s exactly what I did: I have (re)written a lot. Hopefully, this will be finished by the end of this month and I’ll be able to move to the next step.

1 September 2019

I have taken some time for myself in August. After my Grandma passed away, my Grandpa stayed a couple of weeks at the hospital. Grieving made him weak and in need of his family. I’ve visited him as much as I could during the past month.

In a way, I’m glad we came back to live in Belgium. It gives me the time to take care of my loved ones.

That’s not the only thing I’ve done in August though. We went to Rochefort for a weekend, where we visited the Caves of Han. And I’ve been to YALC, where I spent some days at my friend John‘s.

Anyway, that’s my longest entry so far on this page. Just a last word on my writing: I have started rewriting my non-fiction project and have read the introduction to a couple of people. So far, it had a positive response. Now I need to finish more chapters, and to finish the book!

20 July 2019

The first draft of my non-fiction project is done! I’m so happy I’ve achieved it. This is a big baby of 60 pages, full of memories. The next step? Editing the existing content, restructuring a little bit and adding even more tips for a successful expatriation.

12 July 2019

I finally finished the ebook formatting, even though that was truly a pain with Scrivener 3. I think next time I have a book ready, I’ll just ask somebody else to do it. And I’m glad to announce that Finding Maxwell is now available on Kobo, thanks to Draft2Digital. Will certainly be available on other online retailers soon, and I’m super excited about it!

6 July 2019

I’m working on the first draft of my non-fiction book, which is all about my four-year expatriation in the UK. I’m nearly there and I can’t wait to turn on my editing hat.

On another topic, I’m reformatting Finding Maxwell to add it on different online book retailers, using Draft2Digital and Smashwords (if I ever know how that one works).