This winter, I am working for my Dutch young readers on a new MG adventure novel, which I have shaped into a logbook. Wherever I can I try and have a look at the logbooks of famous explorers and, without fault, they make me jealous. That is the way I’ve always wanted to keep a log, but never had the grit enough to keep it up for longer than a month. It’s one of my 2014 (or 2015) resolutions.

Of course, I am hoping that the new book will be illustrated, too. Maybe not as elaborate as the magnificent logbooks that were on display at the Polar Museum in Tromsø, but just enough to add that special feeling a travel log can give you.

How do you find the time and the willpower to keep a log or a diary? And if you do, is there a format you prefer?


If you find yourself near Tromsø – and winter 2014 would be the time for there is aurora borealis galore – do pay this charming museum a visit. It is packed with the most amazing relics from the harsh life above the arctic circle.