#MondayBlogs: The new book is completely changing the way I write… #amwriting #asmsg #LGBT

#MondayBlogs: The new book is completely changing the way I write… #amwriting #asmsg #LGBT

The new book is forcing me to write in ways I never have before, not just because of the research required

I had this weird epiphany the other day. It was Thursday afternoon, and I was deeply engrossed in my writing. I was approaching the 40K threshold, which – for what it’s worth – is as critical in my writing as the 30K one is. The new book I’m writing has me do things I haven’t done before, or maybe I just didn’t realize it. I was so deeply engrossed in the story that I had completely forgot where I was. I was totally absorbed by the plot and I was just about do submerge in the Indian Ocean when… “Boooh!”

This is Ammarnäs, where Nilas comes from. Photo: Wikipedia / Håkan Svensson

This is Ammarnäs, where Nilas comes from, in the new book, tentatively called The Pillow. I can’t wait to see this place for myself. Photo: Wikipedia / Håkan Svensson

My husband and son had come home, and because I was wearing my noise-cancelling headphones for a change, I hadn’t heard them. Sascha, still in his Halloween mode, came into the office to scare me. I f.l.e.w. from my office chair, and my heart stopped beating, that’s how bad it was. Not even Scotty could’ve transported me from a lagoon in the Maldives to Sweden as quickly as Sascha did. It took me minutes to find my bearings and calm my racing heart down.

Afterwards, I realized just how rare this instance had been in my writing of the new book. I was almost in a trance, writing like a dervish, feverish almost, thousands of words a day, I was literally in situ, on the scene, watching as my characters work themselves through the story. I’ve said this many times before, that I often feel like I’m the first person to read my own writing. Which means I was to first to cry when Jonathan died (the first time), or when Michel passed away in that infamous Paris scene. But I was also the first to see Haakon take a swim on his private island in the British Virgin Islands, and find out how he got there, and I was in the room when Jonathan got that massage from Marc… Or when Willem saw the stars, for the first time in his life. You get the drift.

But the new book is different. And I’m not blaming Nilas. He can’t help himself being Sami. As little as I can help myself not knowing much about that culture. And while spending time on Google Earth and Google Street View always has been a part of the journey, just watch this video when I had the chance to find out if my online research actually matched reality, in the new book, things are different. I often find myself having to do research for a single sentence. There was this one Holiday scene where I had to check what kind of electronic games were available to kids in the mid-nineties. I knew I had played with a handheld device when I was a child, but by 1994 I was all grown up, so what would they have played with? For ONE sentence.

This house is where Nilas lives in Gothenburg. If it is your house, take it as a compliment, but I've spent hours researching it, and no, I have not broken in... :) Screenshot from Google Street View.

This house is where Nilas lives in Gothenburg in the new book. If it is your house, take it as a compliment, but I’ve spent hours researching it, and no, I have not broken in… 🙂 Screenshot from Google Street View.

Now imagine an entire book like that. I had this idea that the polar lights would “sound”. I have no idea where I got that idea from, but I couldn’t very well put it in a book without making sure it was actually true. More research. However, there are a lot of things I don’t have the answers to yet, and there are many things I will need to research on site, which means traveling to Swedish Lapland. I’ve pretty much made up my mind that I’ll need to undertake that trip, and it’ll be one of the first things I do when we return from our Christmas vacation. Lapland in winter is very much different from things here, but I feel I have no choice. I HAVE to know, I have to find the answers. I owe that to Nilas, and to Casper, but also to my readers, and last not least, to myself. I’d hate to publish a book which isn’t factually accurate. If you want to learn more about my research, have a look at last week’s video from the Author Cave.

I’ve always done research for my writing, but the new book is pushing the envelope. The writing has been much more conscious, and the instances where I found myself in “the zone”, that amazing subconscious space where the writing just flows, and where I’m not aware of the writing aspect, have been much less frequent. At least initially. Maybe writing is like riding a bike, and after my long bout of writer’s block, I’ve finally mounted that bike again, only to find out that I can still do it?

If you’re a writer: have you had similar experiences? Has your writing process changed over time? Or is it dependent from the book, the storyline? Tell me, I’d love to hear more. For a pantser, this is a completely new experience… The new book is an education all by itself.

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Hans

PS: Yesterday saw the end of the first ever Big Gay Fiction Giveaway, and I’m impressed. What a huge success. I more than doubled the size of my mailing list! I’m now in the enviable position of having to pay for my newsletter… Oh well. I rather enjoy being in that position, tbh. Very few people unsubscribed after my initial welcome mail.

#Review: The Crown, the latest jewel in Netflix’s own production treasure #TV #asmsg

#Review: The Crown, the latest jewel in Netflix’s own production treasure #TV #asmsg

The Crown in one line: amazing acting, intriguing premise, beautiful scenography

I wrinkled my nose when I first saw the e-mail from Netflix announcing their latest home-brewed show: The Crown. I am no royalist, and I’m no fan of the British monarchy or its monarch. Quite the contrary. I never liked her. I belong to the generation who idolized Princess Diana, and who “hated” (strong word, but alas, it’s probably true) her evil mother-in-law. The “fact” that she’s a relative of mine, at least according to my paternal grandmother, who used to tell us long stories about our ties to the Windsors as kids, didn’t make things any better. I didn’t like her any better. Today, my views are slightly more balanced, but I’m still no fan of her. But to hold a grudge against an old woman wouldn’t be fair. Besides, there’s Elizabeth, the great-grandmother and Elizabeth, the Queen, two different beasts altogether.

Another great show available on Netflix. Don't miss The Crown

Another great show available on Netflix. Don’t miss The Crown.

So no, I really didn’t want to watch The Crown, but once we were done with season two of The Flash (my childhood hero, but a show who’s not as good as I’d hoped), and had watched the first season of The Last Kingdom (watch this one. Brutal but interesting), about the beginning of the England we know today, we decided to give it a go. I was hooked within minutes. It’s really the acting that drew me in. John Lithgow is playing the role of his life in my humble opinion, his Churchill is brilliant. Victoria Hamilton as the queen’s mother is amazing, and Vanessa Kirby as Margaret is sooo beautiful. One of my personal favorites is Eileen Atkins as Mary of Teck and of course the main character, Claire Foy as the queen. Matt Smith does a really good job at portraying what must be a really difficult character, prince Philip.

As a spectator from the outside, it’s not easy to separate fact from fiction, that’s probably the biggest challenge when you watch a show about people you’ve “known” for so many years. I remember growing up with all of them on TV, all the time. I watched Diana’s and Charles’s wedding live on TV, I remember the many funerals, scandals and divorces. We all have very strong opinions about the main characters. To watch a show about their “youth” was interesting, to say the least, and I’ve found myself spend more time on Wikipedia than ever before, checking facts while watching. Who were those private secretaries, what about the King, what about Edward, etc.

The Crown, the latest amazing production from Netflix. Image: (C) Netflix

The Crown, the latest amazing production from Netflix. Image: © Netflix, 2016

It’s difficult to say what the show tries to accomplish. Are they trying to justify Elizabeth II’s “non-human” antics or simply try to explain why the Windsors have become what I would consider the most loveless family in the western hemisphere, rivaled only by the North Korean dynasty? At times it seems that way, and at the end of the ten episodes I find myself almost “rooting” for Elizabeth. You feel pity for Philip, a man’s man (we’d call him a misogynist pig today) who finds it difficult to adjust to his role as #2. I feel strongly for Margaret and her Peter Townsend. It’s difficult to talk about spoilers here, since the show details historical events, but I was reminded of the fiction of it, when it is Townsend who gives the speech given by the “real” Margaret upon their separation. The time-line is also anything but chronological. Remember: this is fiction.

There are a few scenes that I’m still thinking back to, and that will stay with me for a long time:

  • When grandmother Mary of Teck tells her daughter that in a situation of conflict between Elizabeth Windsor and Elizabeth Regina, the Crown ALWAYS must prevail. That very conflict is the basis for the entire show.
  • The scene where Churchill has his portrait painted by Graham Sutherland, and he discusses the loss of a child with the painter during their final sitting. The “pond” scene is one of the strongest in the entire season.
  • The scene where Elizabeth’s tutor asks her about her education level. That was almost painful to watch.
  • Churchill’s interactions with Elizabeth, particularly after his stroke (the dress down) and his final audience. The changes are subtle, but each scene is very powerful in itself.
  • The phone call between the former king Edward and Elizabeth on the eve of her decision to deny Margaret her love marriage. Wow.
  • When the queen mother is in Scotland during Elizabeth’s first long commonwealth trip. Her breakdown during the dinner and later, when she’s about to buy a castle and is called back to London. The reaction from Captain Imbert-Terry and their short exchange is priceless.
  • Finally, the scene when Elizabeth and Philip return from their months (!) long tour of the commonwealth and Philip rushes to see Charles and Anne. Elizabeth watches but doesn’t even greet her kids. I found that difficult to watch.
  • Everybody’s constantly smoking. Incredible. There should be a warning label somewhere. LOL

As you can see, the scenes that stayed with me were all about the conflict of “human” vs. “office”, and that is really what the show is all about. Now it is fiction, based on historical events, and after a while you have to work really hard to not take things at face value. I’ve taken away a couple of things from all this: First of all, how brutal in inhumane a monarchy is, not just for the “subjects”, but also for the royals in their golden cages. Yes, they’re filthy rich, they get to travel the world in first class, wear the most beautiful clothes, eat the best food, drink the finest wines, but they also lose the most important human rights: the right to self-determination, the right to happiness.

If anything, this show has possibly made me an even more fervent republican. I cannot fathom how anyone could think it’s justifiable for any human being to completely give up their personal life on behalf of what? The other point is of course the parallels of the decaying British Empire, which is ongoing to this day. Change is the only constant, but when you look at the society depicted in The Crown, the stale court rules, from coronations to prime minister audiences to marriage rules, it becomes very clear why England is where it is today: lack of change. A country, a society so stale, so caught up in the past, stuck in a fantasy of what it was once, an illusion. The struggle between modernity, portrayed by Philip (oddly, given his misogyny) and Margaret, and tradition, portrayed brutally well by Tommy Lascelles, queen Mary and the queen mother makes for some of the best TV I’ve ever seen.

A word about the scenography of the show. To be transported back to the 1950s is intriguing, from the clothing, the lack of traffic, the constant smoking everywhere, this is a high quality production. Very well done. The camera work is exquisite. The contrast of the outdoor scenes of a relatively “poor” war-ridden nation where people die by the thousands from the London smog while the elites wine, dine and smoke is stark, but impressive, but what stayed with me the most is the landscapes, the beauty of the isle of Britain. The scenes in Scotland, near the castle of May, but also the scenes from Sandringham, Windsor etc. It’s a beautiful country, and the show really highlights that.

Finally: I love Netflix credits and their musical scores, and the opening of The Crown is as spectacular as ever, but dear Netflix, we’ve had the melting, running and staling on several shows now (e.g. Marco Polo, Daredevil), don’t you think it’s time to come up with something new? 😉 Just saying…

If you have Netflix and you haven’t watched this yet, I strongly recommend you do. Keep your phone nearby and google all the many colorful characters to update your historic knowledge of the era. It’s totally worth it. The acting is really wonderful, and every now and then, you simply see a face, the slightest twitch, an expression in the eyes, saying more than a thousand words ever could. Masterful! In the end, I was about to say “yeah, now I understand…” but that wouldn’t do reality justice. This is fiction after all, but the premise that the weight of The Crown wears down the humanity of the Windsors is certainly intriguing and worth pondering. It also shines a cruel and revealing light on what we often lovingly refer to as “time honored” traditions…

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Hans

#MondayBlogs: The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway is on until November 27 #amreading #LGBT #free #ebooks

#MondayBlogs: The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway is on until November 27 #amreading #LGBT #free #ebooks

The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway is the best thing that’s come to gay fiction all year!

Yeah, I know that I’m not a big fan of giving away my work for free, but even I am aware that marketing is necessary. I’m also one to help, and if I can help my readers, all the better. The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway is an amazing venture, and before I forget, I’d like to thank Mikael Jensen and Jeff Adams for organizing it. This is an incredible opportunity for readers to meet new authors, thanks to the ones they already read. Allow me to explain:

Don't miss this amazing opportunity. The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway will be live until November 27.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity. The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway will be live until November 27.

Thanks to Jeff and Mikael, a good eighty (!) authors got together and set up this HUGE giveaway on Instafreebie of books for all of our readers. I’m in it with Jonathan’s Hope, one of my most popular titles. Now I presume that most of my readers and fans already read that book, so there’s nothing much to be gained for you from me, although, you never really know… But that isn’t really the point, that my readers discover me. Instead, you get to meet 80 other amazing authors. Some of my friends on that list are giving away their only title. Some are giving away a short story, some a chapter or two (you’ll know before you download what you get!)

No such thing as a free lunch you say? You’d be right. This is about marketing. Duh! It’s a chance for us to help each other reach new readers. We’ll expect you to subscribe to our newsletters, just the way you give away your click and browser history when you use all those free social media sites. The “cost” to download the book is to sign up to our respective newsletters. And since it’s through MailChimp, you can always unsubscribe again, although I would hope you give us a chance and read our newsletters, at least for a while. I only send mine once a month, and never in July, which means eleven e-mails a year, and I usually include a contest in mine with more chances to win books. But yeah, the unsubscribe button is always included.

This giveaway helps us to reach new audiences, because just like I’m beating the drums to get you excited about 80+ free books, so are the other 80+ authors: posts on Facebook, tweets on Twitter, images on Instagram, blog posts etc. Everywhere you’ll see us talk about the giveaway. So yeah, in a way, this is a total marketing plug, but you might as well see it as inspiration to do something similar. Does it work? Well, Saturday, since I’ve sent out my last newsletter last Thursday, I’ve already seen a 33% increase in audience for my newsletter. Needless to say, I’ve never had this many people subscribe to my newsletter before. It’s pretty amazing.

Now, if all of those people read Jonathan’s Hope, if half of those like it enough to give one of my other books a shot, that’s an amazing result. Mind you, we’re talking about ONE day, the week is still young. And from what I can see on Facebook, in the group where we discussed and prepared the giveaway, the numbers for the others are similar. So it’s all good. Win-win, as we say.

Are you interested yet? Well, there’s two places from where you can access the giveaway:

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http://michaeljensen.com/free-books/ or http://biggayfictionpodcast.com/giveaway/

Head on over and find your next new favorite author… Christmas came early this year!

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Hans

Writing gay fiction about the eighties will always include HIV #amwriting #LGBT #ASMSG

Writing gay fiction about the eighties will always include HIV #amwriting #LGBT #ASMSG

From writer’s block to HIV research via Swedish Lapland

Not easy, this whole author thing. Not easy. Not at all. Just the other day, I was saying that I was suffering from complete writer’s block in my weekly YouTube video, only to write five thousand words the next day, and then another four thousand yesterday. No writing for me today.

This is the image that got me started on the journey of writing this particular story. And a few more, of course.

This is the image that got me started on the journey of writing this particular story. And a few more, of course. Photo: iStock / Getty Images.

Thing is, that I don’t really know why I suddenly found the peace to sit down. Still, after all these years, I don’t fully understand my writing process. I know I need to be somewhat at peace with myself and things around me, that I need to be able to focus on that inner voice, or voices, to tell me what I need to know.

The story I’m currently writing, is based on an image I had a long while ago. The Pillow was begun in May, but I had barely written five thousand words, before the world around me came tumbling down, and I had to focus on other things. After GRL, I figured that the November downtime, combined with the inspiration from GRL, would get me going, and in a way it did. But I’m also stuck in this part time job of helping my mother in law, and well, life.

Finally, I decided I  also had to do some research into my main character’s background. Nilas is Sami, and the story starts in 1982, which also means that I have to apply a filter of “time”, and even though I remember the eighties, I didn’t live here in Sweden at the time. Plus, and that is almost more important, we tend to forget details, and for someone who grew up in central Europe, six years younger than Nilas, my view of the world was decidedly different. At fifteen, I was all about music, and charts and raging teenage hormones, whereas Nilas’s life revolved around university. Where I lived in a rural town in the Alps, he had moved to Stockholm for his studies. It would be another seven years before I first visited the Swedish capital for a Christmas vacation.

Writing gay fiction about the eighties also means that there is this elephant, or blue whale rather, that needs to be addressed: AIDS. For me, having been only fifteen when AIDS broke out, I can’t remember much from the early days. I recall spring break in the Caribbean, meeting this cute American college student, and the question he’d asked me about the disease.  But I’d never heard of it, and our sex was fairly harmless. One year later, he was infected, after being raped in college. He was one of the few and very lucky ones. He’s still with us. To Nilas, naturally, AIDS was a reality, as much as our daily toilet routines are, or women’s monthly period. No matter how much we (may) want to, we just can’t make it go away. And to write gay fiction about the period without acknowledging HIV (a term coined only in May of 1986), would like writing about the American Civil War without mentioning slavery, or write about Hitler and not mention the Holocaust. For gay men, HIV was and still is very much a reality. It may not be a lethal reality any longer, but for the foreseeable future it will be part of all of our lives, for better or worse.

This is Ammarnäs, where Nilas comes from. Photo: Wikipedia / Håkan Svensson

This is Ammarnäs, where Nilas comes from. I really feel drawn to this place. Photo: Wikipedia / Håkan Svensson

So yes, research, plenty of it. I was also scheduled to talk to a Sami gentleman this week, but he proves to be rather elusive, and I haven’t had a chance to pin him down and really talk to him. It’s not critical for my writing right now. “Luckily”, from other research I surmise that most Sami lived very assimilated lives, which allows me to assume that the same would be true for Nilas. Eventually, I’ll get to him, and I’ll get the information I need. Sami culture has had a big resurgence in recent years, but only in the 21st century, and while the story will stretch to today, I’m not quite there yet…

Nilas is from a small town in the north of Sweden, and while I’ve been there in mind and using the amazing virtual tools available to us today, I have this very strong urge to go and visit Ammarnäs. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to make that dream come true soon. Maybe. We’ll see. It’s a huge trip and still, in 2016, not uncomplicated…

Funny how you can go from complete writer’s block to writing almost ten thousand words in two days. But it’s come at a price, and maybe this particular novel isn’t the right project to finish in a rush, as it has forced a radical change on my writing style. As I write more consciously, as I have to do much more extensive research, I find myself plotting more, planning more, thinking more. Maybe this is a natural evolution of the writing process. I don’t know, and that is – of course – scary to a degree. But also exciting at the same time. I rarely used to write about my writing as it was ongoing. This, too, is a novelty.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Majority rules, minority rights: right now the minority is scared! #MondayBlogs #LGBT #election2016

Majority rules, minority rights: right now the minority is scared! #MondayBlogs #LGBT #election2016

Walk a mile in my shoes, please!

Empathy, that’s what we need right now, lots of it. Right now, going online to talk to my friends on Facebook is not a pleasant experience. The vast majority of my friends online were rooting for Hillary Clinton, and we had many different reasons to do so: partisanship, the possibility to put a woman in the highest office, equal rights, civil rights etc. Some of my friends rooted for Trump, and, as I explained the other day, I’m sure they had very good reasons to do so, too. The United States is ruled on the principle of “majority rules, minority rights”. Many fear those rights today.

However, and this is where it becomes so difficult. One side, my side, lost. And while some supporters of Trump may gloat, many have gone quiet. For them, the election is over, let’s move on. What we tend to forget is that Trump’s movement has stirred some very nasty elements. He’s turned stones that should never have been turned.

The endorsement from the KKK and David Duke for instance. As “unwelcome” as it may have been, it helped Trump get important votes. The endorsements from nazis, alt right and other white supremacists helped, too.

If you’re part of the majority of white heterosexuals in America, the result of this election won’t change your life much, and we have yet to see whether the economy will get better, or not.

But for many others, there is a lot of reason to be afraid, and I just want you (if you have nothing to fear), to read this, think about it, and to try to see things from these people’s point of view. I’ll start in America itself, as most of my readers are Americans. The implications of a Trump presidency are mostly international though, in terms of impact:

  • Illegal immigrants. Yes, they broke the law coming here. No need to explain that. Hence the term. However, their children are American citizens. Yes, parents made a mistake, but is it fair to have the kids pay for it? Try not to judge. Just picture yourself a five year old girl in say New Orleans, an American girl, seeing the police haul off her parents. How would you feel? Don’t you think we need to tone down the rhetoric and find solutions that are balanced?
  • Picture a trans boy in middle school in North Carolina. He’s finally come out and is beginning his transition. Try to imagine what it is like to live in a body that isn’t right, regardless of “why”. This boy needs to go to the bathroom and is forced by his state to use the girl’s room… Do you think the girls will applaud a boy in their bathroom? Do you think he’ll feel safe?
  • Imagine yourself a young lawyer in a prestigious law firm in Texas. He falls in love, marries his dream partner. His life is happy and he’s on track to make partner at the firm. Until he’s fired. Why? Not because he’s a bad lawyer. No, but because he married a man. How would that make you feel, if you lost your job because of the person you love? Personally, I don’t think Obergefell is going to be reversed (these things take forever), and to pass an amendment to the constitution is literally impossible these days (and we have elections again in two years). But there are so many ways legislators can hurt the LGBT community with their “freedom of religion laws” and bathroom BS. Losing your job is just the beginning. The next step could be refusal of first aid. A couple of states already have that on their books, despite Obama…
  • Imagine being a seventeen year old woman who is “legitimately” raped. Despite the odds, she becomes pregnant. How would you feel if you were forced by the state to carry to term and raise a child that constantly, every second of your life, reminds you of the worst time of your life? I don’t think Roe is in any immediate danger either (given how long it takes for court cases to process), if that’s any consolation, but we’ve already seen what states can do by cutting funding to abortion clinics, and free health care clinics. We are likely to see a lot more of that in the coming years.

But it gets worse. Already there have been over two hundred incidents of violence against blacks, other people of “color”, LGBT and women. They tell blacks to go back to Africa, yet fail to realize that they, the white supremacists, should, consequentially then go back to Europe (shows you the level of intelligence at play here). America is the land of the Native Americans, proud peoples of color. You used to call them “redskins”… Some still do.

These fears are legitimate, not just because Mr. Trump has done little to nothing to assuage us, but because he is surrounded by people who would like to go much further. Much, much further.

There are people in Trump’s campaign (not just voters!) who would like to do the following:

  • Punish women who have abortions (according to Trump himself)
  • Make abortions illegal. Period (VP-elect Pence)
  • Force gays to go through “conversion therapy” (VP-elect Pence)
  • Round up LGBT people in concentration camps (Senators Rubio, Cruz, Trump advisor Ben Carson et al.)

People are scared, very much so, and they have good reasons. Some compare Trump to Hitler. I don’t think that’s helpful. Hitler was very open about his plans to eradicate the Jewish people whom he designated scapegoats for all of Germany’s problems. Donald Trump has done no such thing (if only Hitler had built a wall instead…) Besides, Donald Trump cannot simply send Congress home, the way Hitler did. America, luckily, is a stable democracy with a long history, a history the Weimar Republic didn’t have, when the NSDAP attacked it. That’s not to say there aren’t risks associated with a Trump presidency.

Having said that, I also believe it is vital for us to learn from history, understand the mistakes made by the other leaders around Germany and within the country itself. The media play a role here, the opposition plays a role, but also our civil society, including organizations like the ACLU and other civil and human rights organizations. We need to make sure that our voices are heard, loud and clear when the “evil forces” (there really is no other word for them) begin to to do their devil’s work, even the so called “christian” ones…

But mostly, we just have to be kind, considerate, and care for each other. Love they neighbor, as the good book teaches those who believe (and I think it’s a great rule to follow, because it’s logical), and to treat all our fellow humans the way we wish to be treated, according to the Golden Rule of all great human religions (again, a very logical rule, even for an atheist).

Let us live our lives the way we did until last Tuesday, our heads held high, but vigilant, and ready to defend our lives and our fellow humans, no matter their creed, color, age, sexuality or gender. We having nothing to fear but fear itself. It is that fear that I see paralyze my friends and allies out there these days, and that is where the real danger lies, to all of us!

Have a good week!

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Hans