Off to Research in Belgium Next Month!

by Nicole Marie Schreiber
Published on: May 10, 2012
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The Ommegang reenactment in Brussels, Belgium


Earlier this month, I wrote about finding unusual ways to fund research for our novels-in-progress and about my experience using  I’m happy to report that through the help of Kickstarter, I received over $1800 in pledges, and I will be able to go to Belgium at the end of June to research and attend the Ommegang– a  reenactment of Charles V’s progress into Brussels in 1549!

I am very excited about having the chance to really enrich my novel and humbled at the same time.  Through this fundraising experience, I’ve been able to connect and talk with some amazing astronomers and scientists, many of them female  (women and astronomy being one of the themes in my book), lovers of historical fiction, art enthusiasts, people of Flemish descent, other writers, and people who simply wish to help another struggling artist pursue his/her dream with either words of encouragement, a small pledge, offers of places to stay in Brussels and Bruges, translator services, tour guides, babysitting (from friends and family of course), etc.

Sometimes a writer can wonder what the point is to his/her work.  Will the world really care if this book ever gets finished and published?  I care, and my critique group definitely cares, but after that, sometimes I fall into the trap of feeling like maybe my story just isn’t needed in the world, especially when I have the pressing needs of being a mom, wife, and teacher burying my need to write my story.  But now, I have an additional 36 people who have actually given small donations (on and off and something like an additional 40 + who have offered amazing words of encouragement and emotional support.

Add them together, plus my wonderful critique group, family, close friends, other supportive writers, and you get this blanket of support and encouragement surrounding me on all sides.  I feel like I have my own little cheerleading section, my own line of “story soldiers” ready to stand with me when the going gets tough, when the words won’t come, and life gets in the way.  Ready to say, “You can do it!  We believe in you!  We want this story to be told!”


It’s an awesome feeling.  A humbling feeling.

I think we all as writers need our own “cheerleading section” and our own army of “story soldiers.” It doesn’t take many, just a few, to really help us keep going– to make us feel like our stories really matter, and that they deserve to be in the world.

I will try my hardest to make them proud.

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  1. Bethany Isenberg says:

    Salut de Bruxelles,

    I am Amber Keyser’s Sister living in Bruxelles… Would be delighted to meet you when you are hear but I think I may be gone. Please let me know of your plans.

    PS Do you have a place to stay?


    Bethany Isenberg
    +32 (0) 479 345 701

    • Nicole Marie Schreiber says:

      Hi Bethany,

      So nice to hear from you! I do have a place to stay, but I would love to get together if you are in town. I will be in Brussels from July 1-5th, and in Bruges before that.

      Thank you for writing!

      -Nicole 🙂

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