Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Let's Go Dutch

In this week's category of "It's kind of weird, but also kind of cool..."

Totally Tangled has been translated into Dutch!

Interesting what they chose to put on the front cover...
but it is still a thrill to be published in two languages. The "weird" part is looking through a book that looks very familiar... but I don't understand the words - like a strange dream. The Dutch words - some are similar to English - but others are so colorful. For example, in my bio inside the front cover... "hobbywinkel" jumped out at me. How cute is that word?! I picture some little round artsy-elf named Hobbywinkel. (Hmmm... I have to file that away in my idea bank). Americans would just say "craft shop".

They used a really nice, thick, creamy, matte paper and the drawings and colors look more like the originals. I like that they added a title page so the book doesn't start and end inside the covers, but they also removed a few pages - p. 47 (Sandra Strait's works), and pp. 42-43 with the Lilah Beans and my samples using kids' art.

I want to say "Thank you" to Maria Vennekens, Calligrapher and Certified Zentangle teacher for her help in editing/translating the book. That must have been quite a job!

And speaking of Totally Tangled, my American publisher, Design Originals/Fox Chapel decided not to have me do revisions of it and Yoga for Your Brain. Definitely a relief! I would rather put my energy into starting a NEW book. But don't worry, I will incorporate your requests into the new book. And if you have any ideas, or problem areas, or "my life would be complete if only there were a book that..." requests, please put them in the comments below or email me. I'm still in hunter-gatherer mode. In a few weeks I will revert to my more reclusive, introverted self so I can concentrate and get crackin'.


  1. Congratulations! You must be so excited!

  2. May I add my congratulations, too?
    It's a shame about the Lila beans, though - they're my daughter's favourite part :)

  3. Hobbywinkel... that's just delightful! Congratulations, that's quite exciting.

  4. Congratulations on your new book translation!

  5. Gefeliciteerd! :-) My fellow-Dutchies can read your great work in their native language, I bet you get a lot of new fans!

    Groeten uit Nederland,

    Marijke ;-)

  6. Hobbywinkel - swoon! Definitely an elf although a goblin also comes to mind :). Congrats!

    Requests for new book. I would love to see covered how to jump from just a zentangle pattern to more of a "drawing" and how to plan that out some. To clarify, you could zentangle bricks and do a whole tile in bricks. But how do you take that pattern into drawing a castle? And more on shading and adding color.

  7. Congratulations on the new Dutch book. How exciting!

  8. congrats and how fun! Can't wait to see what new goodies are in store for us with your new book.

  9. How exciting! Congratulations. New book! Can't wait!

  10. Congratulations on the book in Dutch. Quite an honour! I can't imagine why they left out the Lilah Beans! They are one of my favourites! You can find them peeking out on some of my art journal pages.:D

  11. How cool! Any other translations coming up? Don't know that I have any specific requests for a new book - new patterns are always nice. What I would really like - an e-book or pdf version of Totally Tangled and Yoga for Your Brain. I keep all my patterns on my iPad and would love to have all the patterns from the books available there as well. Someday I hope to get around to scanning them in however an e-book would be so much easier ;>)

  12. First off: Congratulations!!
    Second: YIPPIE for Totally Tangled in Dutch! I've been checking out lots of craft and book stores trying to find (Zen)tangle books, but never found one :( I already have yours in my bookshelf (my first tangle-book) and can't wait till the translation of Yoga for your brain comes out (will it?)
    if so, DEMAND the Lilah Beans be in the second one's translation! :D

    Greets from Belgium!



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