An old year’s eve story | publishing journal day 10

I found the perfect chapter to be sharing with you on December 31st,

A Warm Safe Place | “1995” series

A diary* entry which really happened that way, just that it was written on January 1st 2020 and not 1995.
Because this diary contains my current day (in this case 2020-day) events, translated to a fictionalized past.

Which is no longer that fictionalized anymore if you embrace the idea of multiple timelines, including timelines for fictional characters.
Like actors who play a part in a movie or a musical or a play, really feeling like they have become that person.

A timeline appears, where a timeline is needed.
Like the movie Everything, Everywhere, All at Once.
This was the story as it happened on the 31st of December 1994, written down on January 1st.

A Warm Safe Place | “1995” series

I can only hope that on the 1st of January 2024, the Lauren who lives at 1 January 1999, has another beautiful adventure to tell, on the main blog.
Or that we can split her timeline;
And give her one.

~Lauren/LS Harteveld
An unexamined life is not worth living

* An About section, on this diary project, has been added to the bottom of this post.

since 2018 my official blog is:
This is also where I write my Lauren 1998 diaries.
Plus letters to my coach Sara.

publishing journal is a stand-alone project, written on my oldest blog, which has software I do not master (explaining the light grey or blue color of the links; I cannot (yet?) change this);
And it also does not have a “Subscribe” button, nor would I know how to install one.

But you can follow publishing journal on

This blogpost was about the publishing process of

A letter from a stranger  
diary 1994 – 1996
including book 2, Dear Nikki

There are currently (I may have missed a chapter, which will be added as we go)
13 chapters in book one “A Letter To A Stranger”, 1994-1995,
and 22 chapters in book 2 “Dear Nikki”.
So with my resolution of giving this project one hour a day, I should be able to share the entire 1994-1996 diary* with you before the end of January 2024.

And it is expected to be for sale March 2024.

The books I’ll be publishing next are:
1.Reboot – a hero’s journey. Diary 2017-2019

All my other diaries and erotica are readily available in my BOOK SHOP

* ABOUT THE DIARY 1994-1996

In summer 2019, I started keeping a fictionalized diary, as a 25 year old younger version of me. Events that happened in 2019 found their way into the diary, translated to their late 20th century reality.
And I also absolutely, intended to LIVE, like it was 1994!
But this is a hard thing to do, I feel I am still (2023) learning there…. but that is my endgame;
To LIVE like it’s the turn of the century.

It was/is an amazing project, and to this day I consider the diary entries it produced on my main blog, my best and certainly my most interesting work, because it combines performance art (living in the 20th century) with diary writing, leaving ample room for fiction.

In 2021, I harvested the diary posts I had so far, with the intention of creating a published diary out of it. Two actually, volume 1 and 2, but I decided to put them in one bind.
But I abandoned the project in spring 2022, losing complete touch with the project….

December 2023, I have picked up publishing this amazing work, of vintage erotica.