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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National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology 2016

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Big news ahead! Warning: potential self-promotion in the next few paragraphs.

National Flash-Fiction Day is coming up in the UK — the 25th of June to be precise, as it is one of the  shortest days of the year. (If not the shortest?) As in previous years the people at NFFD have organised competitions in connection with it: a few weeks ago the 10 winning entries for the Micro-Fiction competition were announced on the blog and this Tuesday they revealed the 50 entries to be included in the 2016 Anthology.

I love flash-fiction, micro-fiction, twitter-fic, and all such writing. I love the immediacy of it, and the puzzle-like aspect of putting things together in a condensed space. It’s an art form I’m still learning about and trying to figure out, so when I saw the call for submissions I took it as an opportunity to practice and perhaps find some good ideas. Today I am delighted, chuffed, ecstatic, and all other suitable adjectives, to have one of my pieces included in this year’s flash-fiction anthology. Many thanks to NFFD for giving me the opportunity to take part and I am excited to see all the contributions in print, there are a lot of good writers on this list (a little daunting to be included among them!).

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Roliga nyheter på gång!!

Flash-Fiction är väldig korta texter, i samma linje som mikro-texter, Twitterfiktion osv. Jag älskar tanken och pusslet med att skriva sådana texter, och att försöka få fram en historia eller känsla i ett väldigt, väldigt kort och strukturerat format. Som med mycket annat jag gör är jag långt ifrån fullärd men jag är i alla fall enormt, oerhört, och fantastiskt glad över att en av mina flashfictions blivit utvald till National Flash-Fiction Days antologi tillsammans med 49 andra bidrag. Boken kommer att tryckas upp i både fysisk kopia och blir tillgänglig online någon gång under sommaren. Detta projekt görs i samband med att man firar National Flash-Fiction Day  i England – i år den 25 juni, och så snart jag har boken i min hand lär jag lägga upp en bild eller två. Jantelagen be damned!

/Nina

 

 

Taking the plunge

This winter I set myself a number of deadlines. Without uni-work I finally had a little more free time — a little, mind — and decided I should try to send work out there. Into the dreaded sphere of the internet and go off the known paths, into the dark side of the map where there be monsters. And judgement.

What did I expect? A lot of things, mainly bad. I pictured returned items marked all over in red, angry emails asking me why I bothered them, and similar ridiculous and melodramatic ideas. So far none of the above have happened. I also imagined good things: ecstatic comments and helpful advice, but as I would wager many others have experienced the negative voices far outweigh the positive ones. I sent stuff out, anyhow.

So what happened?
All the things I had hoped for, actually.

It is one thing to write and write well, that is a life-long commitment. It is quite another to share what you write. (I would like to think this is true for any creative output.) After you’ve written x-amount of words whether it is fiction, poetry and so on, you want readers and your words want readers: that is what they are for.
So what I hoped for was, in essence, to write a lot and forcing myself to work toward a deadline proved extremely useful.
I also hoped to learn when to let go, to get over the fear of letting people read, get used to hearing no, and figure out just how you go about sending things out. Now, after a few nerve-racking and rewarding months, I can say that I am at least better at all of those things than I was half a year ago.

Things I had not anticipated also happened: I learned what standard ms format actually means (more complicated that I had thought) and that writing a cover-letter should be classed as an art form. I tried my hand at genres and styles I had never tried before; I have written more words than I thought possible; a flash fiction piece made it through to a second reading; a short story was accepted and published online; and, perhaps one of the most rewarding, one rejection came with a long letter offering both encouragement and advice, what more can you ask for?

At the moment I am putting short stories and deadlines on pause. I hope to spend the rest of this month devoted to the final phases of a novel that has been in progress for the past four years… My goal is to push through and finish the first draft, then print it out and stack it in a massive pile on the nearest table. Then, sometime in the future I might (with a whole lot of coffee and perhaps some wine) get off the path again and go into unknown, badly written, territory to find out if any of it is worth keeping.

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