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Weet wat je schrijft

23-10-2018 18:33

Ik ben een langzame schrijver, dat weet ik al jaren. Ik heb me er wel aan geërgerd, want er zitten zoveel verhalen in mijn hoofd die ik graag wil delen. Een tijdlang heb ik geprobeerd sneller te schrijven, een eerste versie ‘uit te kotsen’ zonder achterom te kijken, zoals me van ...

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Update about Herald

4-10-2018 18:00

It’s been quiet around Herald for a long time now. Wispfire recently explained the situation in a long update on Steam. In short: there is sadly not enough money to finish Herald at the moment, but they are doing everything they can to make it possible in the future. Click the link above to read the long version, including a sneak peek into Book III!

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Old times: Het Leesbeest

1-3-2018 14:45

A couple of months ago I learned the hard way that there is such a thing as trying to do too many fun things at once. The result was a winter spent recovering from a hefty burnout. I’m glad to say though that by now I’m able to work a few hours a day again, most of which I’m spending on Thaoryn. Stay tuned for more on that!

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New text ‘about me’

29-9-2017 11:28

The text on the page ‘about me’ was two years old already, and I thought it was about time for a new one. The old text presented me as an all-round creative person with a focus on telling stories, while I feel more like a writer (and editor) that also happens to have various other skills. So the content stayed mostly the same, I just presented it a bit differently.

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A small update

19-6-2017 17:15

Lately I’ve been thinking about the way my website is set up: the separate islands with clearly defined projects that, if they aren’t mine, I have at least made a significant creative contribution to. So far, it has worked nicely as a showcase of my work, but I do sometimes run into i...

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Bug adventures and more

10-5-2017 13:16

Recently I’ve been so busy with all kinds of new projects that I haven’t had the chance to write about them on my website. I won’t be able to catch up in only one news post, so for now I want to focus on one of them.

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Thaoryn page revised

29-3-2017 21:15

When you work on one story for a long time, it will inevitably change. In the case of Thaoryn, over the years I’ve gotten a much better idea of the characters, the world, and above all what the story is actually about. The old description on my website didn’t...

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Herald now available!

8-3-2017 13:55

Even better: Book I & II of Herald: An Interactive Period Drama have been available for a tenner for two weeks already on Steam, ...

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Herald sets sail Feb 16!

1-2-2017 12:48

Edit: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the launch has been moved to February 22.

Hooray, we’ve got a date! On February 16, Herald: Book I & II will be released for PC; versions for Mac and Linux will follow later. To celebrate the news, Wispfire published a video in which three of the voice actors talk about the game and there characters:

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Herald: final stretch

15-1-2017 11:41

A long time ago, last September to be exact, I posted the news item about the new trailer for Herald. Not much has happened on my website since then. So it’s time for a small update, because I certainly have enough to share!

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New Herald trailer

23-9-2016 12:47

The Wispfire team has made a new trailer for Herald! It can also be found on my page about Herald. The new trailer gives a taste of some of the characters and locations in the game, and moreover: a couple of our fantastic voice actors!

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Thaoryn: writing update

4-8-2016 15:12

Thaoryn is a fixed presence on the front page of my website. Projects come and go, but she stubbornly holds on to her place. There are no spectacular milestones to report for the time being, but I still thought it was time for a small update: how exactly is my book coming along?

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Herald gets voice acting

28-5-2016 18:23

The picture says it all, really. The characters of Herald will get voices! This was always meant to happen, but it has long been uncertain if we’d find the money. If not, the game would be released without voices, and they’d be added later. Thanks to the R...

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Xenophobia has finished

3-5-2016 22:07

Almost a month ago already, on April 8-10, the last episode of the LARP Xenophobia took place. For the fourth and last time, players imagined themselves in a post-apocalyptic world, some 160 years after the failure of an all-encompassing social network. They made disc...

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‘In Memory’ special edition

27-3-2016 17:17

On March 12, 2015, Sir Terry Pratchett died. But, as he wrote himself in one of his books, one is not dead while their name is still spoken. And considering the impressive collection of books he left behind, I expect that he will stay alive in that way for a long time.

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New old stories

2-2-2016 18:54

On the page ‘About me’ you can read that I’ve been writing stories all my life. I have heaps of old stories; some of them I don’t dare open, let alone show to people, but others I’m still proud of. Two of those stories can now be read on this website. If you can read Dutch, that is.

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Entire website translated

20-1-2016 11:24

Over the past weeks I gradually translated all old project pages to English. The last translation has been submitted just now, so from now on, my entire website is accessible to non-Dutch visitors! I feel that it’s especially worth the effort for a project like Exodus, since that game itself is in English.

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‘In Memory’ in Cambridge

9-12-2015 18:22

It’s already been a week and a half since I flew to England for the official launch of In Memory on November 28. We had arranged a room in the Central Library in Cambridge, where we presented the book to the library’s visitors with nine of the seventeen auth...

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Business cards

26-11-2015 20:45

Now that my website is presentable, the time has arrived for matching business cards. And here they are:

I’ve had the idea lying around for quite some time, but the website didn’t feel finished enough yet to refer people to it, and I wasn’t sure...

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In Memory released

7-11-2015 17:11

As of last week (October 31), In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett is available for sale on Amazon! This morning I found a copy in the mail:

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Page about me

28-10-2015 12:10

With a little effort, you might be able to learn everything you’d want to know about me by looking at my work, but still this website felt a little incomplete without a page about me. I fixed that. Thanks to Nienke for the photo!

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In Memory added

14-10-2015 15:02

I’ve already mentioned it a few times in news posts, but the anthology I contributed to has its own page now! Visit In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett for a description, table of contents and an excerpt from my story.

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Website bilingual

6-10-2015 17:41

Because of my upcoming English publication (for which I will soon make a page), I thought it would be a good idea to make my website available in English as well. The English homepage can be found at http://www.annamattaar.nl/en/. The address of the Dutch homepage doesn’t change. You can also switch between languages at any moment using the link in the top right corner.

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Herald pre-orders

21-9-2015 20:58

In case you missed the Kickstarter, Herald is now available for pre-order! You won’t actually be able to play it until the first quarter of 2016, but that moment is getting closer and closer... Meanwhile, the website (www.heraldgame.com) has been renovated with up to date information and screenshots. It’s really worth having a look.

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New short story

14-7-2015 21:59

A new (Dutch) short story has been added to the site: Dageraad, which can be translated as ‘Dawn’. I wrote it for a contest with the theme ‘On the way’. Sadly I didn’t win anything, but I’m still happy with how it turned out. It’s short: only 500 words.

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Big website update

5-7-2015 22:06

I’ve added a large number of projects to the website. When going to the right on the front page, you’ll now find three LARPs from Stichting Lore-ley: Riven (2010), Failsafe (2011) and BlackHackZ (2013). Go...

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Upcoming publication!

13-6-2015 12:30

About a month and a half ago I decided writing a whole book would take quite a lot of time, and I should try to publish something shorter in the meantime. What I didn’t expect was that I would succeed so soon. On October 31, an anthology in memory of Terry Pratchett will be released, all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Research UK. And one of the stories is mine!

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Herald Kickstarted!

28-5-2015 11:43

The Kickstarter for Herald was a success! Click here for the news post on the Kickstarter page. May 25 was the final day, and with a total of €17.617, contributed by 594 backers, nothing stands in our way to turn this into a fantastic game.

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Herald Kickstarter and demo (Dutch)

20-4-2015 15:16

De Kickstarter van Herald is begonnen! Klik hier om de game te steunen en alvast te bestellen, eventueel inclusief soundtrack, artbook, of zelfs jouw gezicht ergens in de game. Bovendien is er een demo te downloaden. Ik zou meer kunnen vertellen, maar er is zoveel te zien op de Kickstarter-pagina en Steam Greenlight (stem als je een Steam-account hebt!) dat ik het hier even bij laat.

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Two stories added (Dutch)

4-4-2015 15:37

Er zijn zojuist twee eilanden bij gekomen: twee korte verhalen, 'De redding' en 'De zin van wasknijpers', geschreven in respectievelijk 2013 en 2014. Ze zijn te vinden door vanaf het midden van de kaart naar boven te gaan.

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Refurbished website (Dutch)

2-4-2015 12:53

Welkom op mijn volledig vernieuwde website! Gisteren heb ik de website gelanceerd, en vandaag de nieuwsfunctie afgemaakt. Op dit moment zijn hier alleen nog mijn huidige projecten te vinden, maar ik ben druk bezig aan de pagina's met ouder werk.

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