Living in The Netherlands

Wow, that is quite a big title for a blog post. But there are some things I like to share about living in The Netherlands. My guy, as you may know, is British. Having a partner that comes from a different country helped me to look at the country I am living in with new eyes. Almost. You know: things I take for granted are suddenly strange, because I can’t really explain why it is normal for me! Continue Reading

Where did the site go?

Well, I am in the middle of setting up a new site on this domain. This domain,, used to be the place where I kept a website called The Manor, on pixel art and pixeled dolls. There were quite a few articles as well, on how to make pixel dolls, or how it got started. But I rarely make dolls anymore. I want to! Don’t get me wrong, I love making dolls. But at the moment my time is just spend on other things. I kep The Manor Pixel Dolls on hiatus for 3 years before deciding to do something more constructive with this site.

The Manor Pixel Dolls and other sites

If you are looking for my pixel dolls, go here: Daelusion. Some of the old articles on dolls can be found on the New Manor: Manor Pixel Dolls. And keep an eye on this site as well. Just because I am not dolling right now, does not mean I never ever will again. What I will do, later on, os adding my dollmakers to Daelusion. Or to Manor Pixel Dolls. I am not sure yet. But I love my dollmakers, so they will be accesible somewhere.

And if you want to read some of my fiction writing, see my Wattpad account. Or go and visit Steamhawke. I have this love/hate thing with writing. I love it, and I hate it. I hate the process of it, typing or writing by hand. I don’t much care for precise editing either, most of the time. But I love weaving words together into stories. So if you have some spare time: go and read my stuff.

Along the same lines we have the Guild Wars 2 site, but we don’t play GW2 (at the moment). We did play it in beta, so couldbe fun to read if you play the game now. I wonder if I will get tons od dye drops if I ever sign in again.

I also have a Dutch film review site at Films Gezien (Films we’ve seen). It is regularly updated, but it is in Dutch. You can see which films we’ve see though. Which might be interesting even if you can’t red the reviews.


New blog

How do you even start a blog? What’s the best way to open it, with the first blog post? And how do you decide anything you do or think is share-worthy? I dunno.

It’s like the dreaded blank page. That moment when you have to decide where to put the first pencil line. Or the first sentence of the story you want to tell. And then there are so many more things to decide, such as categories, layout, images to use, and how you’re going to fill the potentially endless blank pages ahead of you.

Is this why people blog about their cats so often?

A first blog post should be an introduction, I think. Not a copy of your about page, but a starting point to establish for yourself and your reader which direction you’re heading in. But again: blank pages and endless possibilities! How do I even know where I am going to go with this? I have no super-interesting life. Well, I would say that, wouldn’t I? I am living it daily. For me my own experiences are the normal that I use to measure other people’s lives. Other people are always more interesting. So … I might be interesting to someone else.

First blog post: who am I?

Let’s see who we are dealing with. I am no longer considered ‘young’ and apparently I have to think that’s a bad thing. I have no kids, nor ever wanted them, and that makes me sad or lonely to some. I have a younger partner, which makes me … right trendy, actually. And obviously, I have cats. Two of them, one male and one female. But I am campaigning to get a puppy into our household. I also have a few other interesting things going on in my life, but because they are connected with other people, whose privacy I respect, I won’t go into that too much. It’s one thing to share yourself online, it’s another to willfully drag others into that without asking.

I think my life is pretty okay. It may be a bit disorganised sometimes, but I am happy with it. Maybe that’s the key. Writing a blog to remind myself that I actually like the life I am living, even when it doesn’t always go the way I want to. Like with the kitchen remodeling.

But I’ll get back to you on that subject. A new blog awaits