Midsummer

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Summer solstice has come and gone everyone! Wherever you are, and whether or not you’ve celebrated, I hope the weekend has been good to you. I spent it eating strawberry cake and writing. A combo I highly recommend. (Coffee should be included.) My one-year master and thesis-writing-phase is finally over, and for the first time in ages I am free to write whatever I would like. The freedom overwhelmed me somewhat.

Luckily midsummer arrived with sunshine and put me, and the blog, back on track. And, as I have currently relocated to Latvia for the summer, I am hopeful that Riga will provide lots of writing-inspiration and creativity. First on the agenda is to finish the edit of Rabbit (which really should have gotten a proper name by know, but I’ve grown strangely attached to this one) and find beta-readers. After which I’m going to treat myself to some flash-fiction and short story writing – for those of you who missed it, the National flash-fiction day was yesterday the 24th so there is plenty of inspiration out there if you need a good read.

Bye for now!
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Curious facts and Hidden wonders

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Have you got a minute? Then browse Atlas Obscura. You’ll most likely be stuck there for hours, which is why I have been avoiding it lately. I’m currently having a lot of fun editing the novel, and therefore limiting my time writing new stuff and I don’t have space for new ideas in my head! If you are stuck for ideas though, or just fancy a fun read, check out the Atlas.

Most recently I got stuck on this interesting article about “filled pauses” and if you’re linguistically-inclined you’ll enjoy it. I love how something so small can have such an impact. Metaphore for life perhaps.

Browsing the site It also makes me want to travel, but not to the resort-y kind of places, but go exploring. I’m not too good around insects though, so too be honest I don’t think I’d last very long as an explorer but hey – why else do we read, if not to travel without leaving our comfy sofas?

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100 books

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I started my January with a whole bunch of new hopes and dreams. One I think is especially fun one is the 100 books-challenge and the goal is simply to read 100 books within a year. So: 100 books, 52 weeks, totally achievable. Obviously the journey of this particular challenge is more important – and fun – than the goal, but I do have a rather substantial book-bucket-list I’d love to get through.
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks, but for this I’m going to use “real” books – because I’ve missed them.

True to myself and my streak of timeoptimism, I decided my first choice was Don Quijote by Cervantes. The copy I got hold of is the newest translation into Swedish, it has some lovely forewords by editors and translators, and it’s more than 800 pages long. It might take me more than a week.

You should all give this a go! I think there are a number of hashtags floating around on twitter and instagram – so if you are joining you should share your reading-choices and give your inner bookworm some attention. 🙂

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Jag har tagit mig an en ny utmaning i år där resan verkligen är målet. 100 böcker på ett år ska läsas, förhoppningsvis, och även om ljudböcker är tillåtet ska jag försöka hålla mig till pappersversionen. Det blir ett trevligt avbrott mellan mina grammatikböcker.

Typiskt nog valde jag inte direkt en kort bok – Don Quijote av Cervantes, den nyaste översättningen tror jag bestämt, på ca. 800 sidor. Men det gör inte så mycket, tar den tid kan man läsa lite kortare noveller på sidan av. Oavsett hur många böcker jag hinner med så hoppas jag stryka några av de som ligger på min bok-bucket-list!

Det är definitivt en av de roligare utmaningarna och de finns en del häshtägs på twitter om man vill få lite läsinspiration från andra – eller sprida sina egna bokval 🙂

Enjoy!

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Jag har hakat upp mig på ett uttryck. Jag har klurat på detta av och till i ungefär sex månader och nu är det dags att gnälla om det. Uttrycket är *Writing Prompt*. Dessa *prompts* kan bestå av bilder, ett enstaka ord, en mening, en spännande miljö, musik – vad som helst som får igång inspirationen och kreativiteten. “Skrivövning” är en variant som jag har sett på andra ställen, men det fångar inte riktigt hela aspekten tycker jag. Det är ju inte alltid en övning det handlar om.

Jag har lekt med ord som skrivarhjälp, skrividé, PenKnuff, skrivförslag, idéstart, skrivstart osv. men ingen känns riktigt rätt och det låter för det mesta bara löjligt. Om någon därute sitter och ruvar på en bra svensk motsvarighet – dela med er!

Lund har många spännande miljöer där man kan hitta inspiration, och det har varit speciellt uppenbart nu under november då man inte hinner skriva alla idéer och stories som man kommer på. Här får ni en stämningsfull höstbild som skrivinspiration medan jag klurar vidare på writing prompt:14812872_10209160326298216_119710123_o

 

Author Discount Code

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This week I signed my first proper autograph. On the inside of a book which has words that I have written in it. It was for a friend and I basically forced it upon her, but it feels like a milestone nonetheless.

A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed came out in June and everyone in the anthology received an author discount code to use if you wanted to order more copies. Naturally I did because, let’s face it, I intend to drag this amazing feeling out for as long as possible. It’s a good feeling and I think we can all agree 2016 has been a year of bad, weird and downright scary things – and that’s just thinking about world politics.

I am beyond pleased to have been included in this anthology, not found a single piece in it yet that I have not liked! If flash fiction is your thing you should definitely give it a go. Now I am off for a celebratory cup of coffee and some reading.

Happy Sunday!

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Bleak stories for a rainy Monday

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New stories are up on England’s Future History! If you would like a Halloween-warm up with some creepy and dystopian (and some nice) stories, you should head over there.
If you’ve never heard of EFH, it is a series of short stories, which map out what happens to England in the future. Writers have contributed their interlinking visions of England’s future through their short stories.

Just been reading them in chronological order and I’m enjoying how the timeline is shaping up. I really liked how Sky Castle by Lizzie Clark echoed some topics from Tom Leins’ Rat farm,  but I shall give no more details… Quite a few of the stories are linked together actually, and it will be fun to see what themes are picked up by the people writing the following stories. Exciting times ahead for England it seems 🙂

P.s. next deadline at the end of December, find guidelines on how to submit here!

So far…

 

Happy Writing!