TTPotM: The Novels
Writing is an attempt to cohere the maelstrom of ideas that pop in and sadly also out of the mind. From the illustrated short stories I wrote as a child, angsty teen poetry and a failed tweens attempt to write my own bible, I now lay down these words in the form of long stories.
The following stories have taken shape during the National November Writing Months (NaNoWriMo) from 2017 up to 2020. Between a full-time job, a multi-child family, and several other pet projects, I am slowly editing my words into coherent wholes.
- Piqued - A Toki Ponist Adventure: written last, in 2020, but finished first
- The Toki Ponist on the Mountain novel: written first, in 2017 and 2018, finished but slowly released while editing
- Life on the Pods: the sequal written in 2019, strong but unfinished additional storylines
The stories explore the mysteries of life and the universer in a familiar world with unfamiliar elements, mixing satire and sci-fi elements with non-dominating magical fantasy.
Piqued - A Toki Ponist Adventure
Read the story online for free below or download the preliminary epub while it is undergoing (community-based) proof-reading. A final epub and printed version will follow soon.
Tipi is a grand master guru who has recently lost his transcended state of enlightenment by stumping his big toe. When his followers set him back on a path of reclaiming his mountaintop, he meets clever 6-year old Julian who has lost his parents during a hike. Now, while trying to get Julian home, Tipi has to figure out what The Mountain really means in his life.
Read the whole story online for free:
- Chapter 1: Bedrock
- Chapter 2: Peek-a-boo
- Chapter 3: Pantaleone
- Chapter 4: Simply Put
- Chapter 5: Up-and-down
- Chapter 6: Dustcover
- Chapter 7: End-ropey
- Chapter 8: Hil-bert curves
- Chapter 9: Saccades
- Chapter 10: Insta-dam
- Chapter 11: Bear-it
- Chapter 12: Coalescence
- Chapter 13: Grounding rot
- Chapter 14: Indecent descent
- Chapter 15: Fleuron
- Chapter 16: Anew
- Chapter 17: Topsy-turvy
- Chapter 18: Toils and travails
- Chapter 19: Devour the living
- Chapter 20: Super-early trans-late
- Chapter 21: Mesmerism
- Chapter 22: Getting pu-blissed
- Chapter 23: Management summary
- Chapter 24: Trans-fair
- Chapter 25: Hugger-mugger
- Chapter 26: That Hurst
- Chapter 27: Frozen just in time
- Chapter 28: Tunnel vision
- Chapter 29: Reconnect
- Chapter 30: The mountain
- Chapter 31: Disconnect
The Toki Ponist on the Mountain
To combat Joakim's feelings of enstrangement, he tries to uncover a lost civilization based on a few peculiar words he has picked up in a language he will refer to as Toki Pona. To Joakim, the ancient wisdom of this civilization will set him free. But then he gets trapped in his search when a doctor surgically removes his demons. Now, with the help of a kindred spirit, Joakim finds out who has been sending him messages and what the actual monster is they both have to battle.
An interdimensional drama, The Toki Ponist on the Mountain is an eclectic read.
Read the first chapters here:
- Part 1: The Search
- Chapter 1: Kalisa
- Chapter 2: Joakim
- Chapter 3: Feeling ok
- Chapter 4: Scrum
- Chapter 5: Generation forest
- Chapter 6: Flying porcupines
- Chapter 7: Rope
- Chapter 8: Aphantasia
- Chapter 9: Dream castles
- Chapter 10: About dreams
- Part 2: The Fight
- Part 3: The Mountain
ma nena suli
- Arriving at the Pods
Life on the Pods
Life on the Pods is a project that serves as a sequal to The Toki Ponist on the Mountain novel. It follows more carefully several new and old characters in the Pod world, the Storyrealm, and well here.
Once the first novels have been published the text of this manuscript will be slowly released as well.
- Lev on the Pods
- The life of Mun
- The discovery of The Threesome
- Tipi in the Storyrealm
About the author
Olaf Janssen is an author like he is many other things. With a PhD in nanophysics and experience as a developer and in teaching all sorts of things, his favorite pass-time is to be confused and to translate that into words and more.
He is not The Toki Ponist, but he could be.