July 26th, 2019
A new short SF story 'Laystall':
Old satellites are becoming a problem. Space junk that needs to be removed. Luckily there are professional cleaners. These satellite sweepers are scavengers trading all they can find. However, sometimes they find things that shouldn't be found.
Available on Amazon and other online bookstores. Get your eBook here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/949667
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July 11th, 2019
A brand new crime duo: Taylor & Balon. First book in this Thriller series is now out: 'Deteached'. Investigating the suicide of a teacher detectives Taylor and Balon are confronted with a second victim. A second teacher who apparently commits suicide under identical circumstances.
It started with a suicide. There's no telling where and when it will end.
Enjoy reading (buy your copy at: www.amazon.com/dp/B07V396B4H) or enjoy mugs, Tees and other artwork made of the cover.
July 6th, 2019
World Championship ladies' football (alright: soccer, if you like...) and the Tour de France. There's a lot to do in France this weekend. Made a new series of cyclers in which the cyclist has become one with his bicycle.
June 13th, 2019
Now available, my short horror story: 'Vanura'.
Synopsis: Ranald Reiser is all excited when he discovers an unidentified fossil species. This is it! The crown on his work. But the unknown fossil is not all there is to be found in the desolated area. Something else found him. And it has no intention of letting him go…
Spread the word(s)!
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Cover artwork: https://eduard-meinema.pixels.com/featured/vanura-eduard-meinema.html
April 16th, 2018
My next Skredch (written sketches on daily life) is about Murphy's Law.
Murphy's Law says everything that may go wrong, will go wrong. So the question is: how to solve the problem before it happens; or: how to 'Murphy that?' This phrase is a quote from my SF short story 'Ameizan'; see enclosed link). I created the image thinking about this phrase upside down on a coffee mug. Yep. Drinking and reading upside down. Murphy that!
[Skredch blog April 18, 2018. Read this entry at: https://skredch.blogspot.nl/]
February 13th, 2018
This is for everyone still waiting at the end of the day... Yep, February 14, Valentine Day. A day of hope and fear for those waiting for love...
I picked these overblown flowers in our garden last November. Unintentionally, certainly not meant for a Valentine bouquet. Simply because they are beautiful when they are blooming and maybe even more beautiful and delicate when dried at the end of the season.
Little did I know about the origin of the flowers in Europe. The first Hydrangeas were brought to Europe from Japan by Philipp Franz von Siebold. A man sometimes referred to as being Dutch. In reality he worked as a physician and scientist for the Dutch military, but he was born in Würzberg, Germany in 1796. Von Siebold worked in Japan where he fell in love (Ah! So it's a love story after all!) with Kusumoto Taki. They lived together until Von Siebold became accused of being a spy for Russia, and as such was expelled from Japan in 1829. He had to leave without his love. Went back to Europe; settled in Leiden (The Netherlands) taking with him his major botanical collection (12,000 specimens); the earliest Japanese collection in Europe and even today a subject of ongoing research. One of the species he introduced was Hydrangea.
Yeah, yeah, I hear you... What about love?
Von Siebold and Taki had a daughter. Kusumoto Ine (1827-1903), the first female Japanese western physician and court physician to the Japanese empress. A love baby, what else do you need to appreciate these lovely flowers?
The name Hydrangea comes from the Greek 'hydor', meaning water, and 'angos', meaning jar or vessel. Roughly translated: 'a barrel of water'; a name that refers to the Hydrangea's need for plenty of water and its cup-shaped flowers. The star shaped flowers are packed closely together as in a pompom. The Hydrangea's color ranges from white to blue, pink and purple; its color is determined by the acidity level of the soil. (Yep, that's why your blue Hydrangeas turn pink next summer...).
So, to all of you who have waited all day long for a token of devoted but unexpected love from a secret admirer or an unknown lover that, unfortunately, didn't show up. Or didn't dare... Be my Valentine! This bouquet is for you!
Interested in buying this bouquet (a set of 4 small paintings) or prefer to have a print of the photo above? Take a look at my blog Daily Abstractions 218021401-04 for all details on originals, prints, Tees, mugs and more.Or check out my printshop.
February 13th, 2018
Fossil and recent sticklebacks. Read all about this new publication in 'Straatgras' from Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam and enjoy an update on my catalog of fossil Cyprinodonts in my Words and Vision blog: 'Behind the scenes' [https://eduardmeinema.blogspot.nl/2018/01/behind-scenes.html]. Including a sneak preview on Cryptolebias senogalliensis; Aphanius kirgisicus and Aphanius longipinnis.
Also read the additional Queer Fish blog: 'Sticks and stones' [https://aqueerfish.blogspot.nl/2018/…/sticks-and-stones.html].
December 24th, 2017
Been busy redoing my blog 'A Queer Fish' dedicated to fish (you've pretty much guessed that already, didn't you?). Found this old entry on Acanthoplesiops cappuccino, a fish named for coffee! I have painted a realistic version and also made this crazy picture, great for all fish geeks and useable on all kinds of mugs, tees and more.
Read the story here: http://aqueerfish.blogspot.nl/2014/12/a-cup-of-fish.html
December 21st, 2017
Christmas Candyshop. Presenting the new Daily Abstractions at the Christmas market (Museumplein Amsterdam) at Sunday December 17th.
December 19th, 2017
Only one more Tuesday to go in 2018. This special 'Twisted Tuesday' tale is a short story; a tiny thriller about a house built on a dike...
I know. All of you not used to the Dutch way of living (10 feet below sea level...) are probably shitten their pants by the thought of living in a house built on a dike. No worries there; we're wetting our pants thinking of living upon a mountain. So, what't this story about?
Synopsis: The Woldring family is ready to move into a beautiful house on a dike. An old building in the middle of the Dutch fruit production county ‘The Betuwe’ where the Woldrings expect to escape the bustle of the citylife. The removal does not run as smooth as planned. Calamity and an unexpected, bizarre discovery are waiting behind the doors of the Woldrings’ new house. The troublesome circumstances soon show that the family ties are not as tight as thought. A removal with unpleasant consequences that no one could imagine...
9711 Words; available as stand alone e-Book ($2.99 / € 2,99 / GBP 2,25). Order your copy at your favorite retailer. You can also try Amazon or Smashwords. Visit my website www.eduardmeinema.nl for all details (and all my other books ofcourse...)