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A story worth the time

 Sweden have a dark period right now and this story moved me. It would've moved me anyway, but now I feel it acutely. I have friends with other skin color than white and I want them to feel safe and wanted and needed and important, just the way they are. 

From this post you all see that I still read you all, I just don't do it as often and I'm mostly writing in Swedish these days. I predict a return to LiveJournal after New Years when my blogging at Debutantbloggen is over. But you'll never know. 

Preparing for holiday trip

 I'm packing my stuff for a road trip. Me and Sweetest have borrowed a car and we'll take our time going north for a wedding. To make sure we'll actually see each other outside of the car, I'll leave my computer at home. No internet, no writing on a keyboard, no checking mails. Just so you know. 

I hope you all have a wonderful summer so far!

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Solstice success

My solstice got celebrated with a sleep-in morning, lunch at a café by the pedestrian street looking at people and reading, ice-cream and a walk with Sweetest as afternoon break and finally this (check the rating list at the bottom) witch gave me a reason to break out a bottle of cava and some high end chocolates. 

And all this after a long week-end with Swedish fandom at Swecon. I'm spoilt rotten now! I had such a wonderful time that I almost fainted with happiness at several occasions! I met up with Justina Robson (que fangirl squee) and during three days we did panels, interviews and mingling with and without beer in our hands. We got the royal treatment for sure! I could go on forever about these sweet, intelligent, enthusiastic people. I'm at a loss as to why I haven't done this before! 

Anyway - I have two or three writing-but-not-quite-writing related things to do before vacation and I better get to it. I wish you all a very good solstice!

Insane but entertaining

This past weeks have been insane but entertaining - and if I'm not much mistaken I've been the same. Or, I've felt insane and my book has been entertaining, at least. 

When I went to Göteborg to celebrate the release of the book and the launch of the imprint I got some good news - the book was going into reprint. The day before the official release! I also got an invitation to participate in Swecon 2010/Condense. I was so flattered that I got all flustered and blushed like crazy. And I accepted of course! So that's what I'll be doing next weekend. 

Since then I've been interviewed by both radio (twice, on national radio) and television (local news, to be aired next week), got contracted do a short story for a magazine, and to top it off my publisher asked for a plan for the next book. Busy times indeed. And I continue to work in the bookstore of course. 

There's where most of the fun things have happened since I checked in last. I have people popping in almost every day to talk to me about the book or to ask me to sign it. I'm topping the sales list for the entire chain and I'm not far down the first page at Adlibris (one of two big internet sites for buying books in Sweden) fantasy list. Not bad for a first-timer, right? :) 

It's a very humbling experience to have people coming in the store and buying my book with their hard earned money. I hope they get their moneys worth. 

The book is out!

Yesterday the book showed up! Since it's a soft release all the other bookstores will have it on the shelves as soon as it's left the carton, and we did the same.

Here, have a picture of it in it's natural habitat. It's in some fancy company, let me tell you!

Release nerves

 I went to a friends release party tonight. We met at a talk we gave a few weeks ago, both being debutantes this year from the same course at University put us together and it really is a bonding experience this publishing thing. 

Well, anyway, I got to her party in Lund, at a small gallery on a nice street, just in time for her to have a presentation of her book and read a little from it. I bought a book, got it signed and had a glass of wine with some mutual friends. 

It was lovely. 

I hope my release will be lovely as well. But I'll settle for fun. Or at the very least relaxing. For me. 

I came away with some good advice, a beautiful book and several compliments on the talk we had given and on my presentation of my book. Good evening! 

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I've got myself a poster

 I've been all about the book these last few days and yesterday was no exception. 

I got a poster for the book signing I'm going to do! It's rather pretty, if I do say so myself, and it gave me a fit of nerves. It's so close now, the release date, I can feel it breathing down my neck. 

And before that I have all these little deadlines that take up space in my head and time out of my day. I try not to think about all I'm not getting done - that way lies madness - but it's a lot. And I'm rather addle brained right now, forgetting things, saying things out of order and generally making a fool of myself. I'm hoping it'll pass, remaining like this after would be a curse of the worst kind. 

But hey! I got a poster

It's here!

 The book has arrived! It's beautiful and smells lovely and the pages are good paper with a silky feel and I'm quite possibly a little in love with it. 

Pics you say? Here are some. More to follow. 

A new Swedish blog

 I've started up that page I've talked about for a while, a blog in Swedish with some information about the book, me and other stuff. It feels odd to write in Swedish again and not have the added anonymity of livejournal when I do write. But at the same time I'm pleased I actually got my act together and did a page - even if it's a wordpress blog instead of my actual domain (don't get me started, I couldn't get it to work, I'm as close to illiterate as one gets with computers). I've convinced myself I'll be able to shift it over to my domain in time. 

I'm going to keep this journal as a means to keep in touch with my English speaking friends and to read all the other journals, but I'll be writing at my Swedish page most of the time. 

So, if you're so inclined go check it out. It's over here

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Rubbish

I feel like rubbish. Everything I write turn into rubbish, my mood is somewhere in the level of my shoes and I'm restless and annoyed without reason.

I can't even explain it properly. I just suck at everything right now. I'll be back later if I have some good news, until then I'll just sit here moping.   

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Read 2011
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
Cirkeln av Sara Bergmark Elfgren och Mats Strandberg
Heartless by Gail Carriger
Dead Iron Devon Monk
Hounded by Kevin Hearne
I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
Red Glove by Holly Black
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
Deathless by Cat Valente
The Unwritten 3
The Sea Thy Mistress by Elisabeth Bear
Bone and Jewel Creatures by Elisabeth Bear
By the Mountain Bound by Elisabeth Bear
Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
The White City by Elisabeth Bear
Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
The Poison Eaters by Holly Black
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
All My Darling Daughters Fumi Yoshinaga
Unnatural Creatures Sarah Monette
All the Windwracked Stars by Elizabeth Bear
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Die For Me by Amy Plum
Nightwatch by Terry Pratchett
Bloodshot by Cherie Priest

In Limbo:
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children
Kraken by China Mieville
Cast in Secret by Michelle Sagara
Desolation Road by Ian Mc Donald
Who Killed Amanda Palmer? by Neil Gaiman
A Murder of Angels by Kate Griffin
The Peshawar Lancers S.M. Stirling
Crystal Rain Tobias S Buckell
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Shadows Over Bakerstreet

Read 2010
At the Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft & Culbard (graphic novel)
Vem är Arvid Pekon? av Karin Tidbeck
Grandville Mon Amour by Bryan Talbot
Fables 14 by Bill Willingham et al.
Fables 13 by Bill Willingham et al.
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews
On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews
Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
The Unwritten 2
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
Blameless by Gail Carriger
Theos occulta mysterier - De förlorade sidornas bok
Blacksad
Theos occulta mysterier - Mumiens blod
Echo
The Unwritten
Rex Mundi 1
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love by Bill Willingham et al.
Amatka av Karin Tidbeck (ms format)
Leviathan by Scott Westerfield
Blodläge av Johan Theorin
Nattfåk av Johan Theorin
Skumtimmen av Johan Theorin
Dreadnought by Cherie Priest
Changeless by Gail Carriger
Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
White Cat by Holly Black
Instructions by Neil Gaiman
Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
Fables 12
Fables 11
Changes by Jim Butcher
Freedom & Necessity by Steven Brust & Emma Bull
Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead
Fathom by Cherie Priest
Territory by Emma Bull
Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Cherie Priest
Sorcerer's House by Gene Wolfe
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente
Half a Crown by Jo Walton
Turn Coat by Jim Butcher
Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh
Kitty's House of Horrors by Carrie Vaugh
The Red Tree by Caitlín Kiernan
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
The Bone Key by Sarah Monette

Read 2009:
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris
Queen Victoria Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat
The Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
The Good Neighbors Book 2 - Kith by Holly Black
Grandville by Bryan Talbott
Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
The Osiris Ritual by George Mann
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Wet Moon 5
Fables vol 10 by Bill Willingham
Madame Xanadu:Disenchanted(graphic novel) by Matt Wagner & Amy Reeder Hadley
Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh
39 Clues, Benknotornas labyrint
Living With the Dead by Kelley Armstrong
Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost
Virtu by Sarah Monette
Mélusine by Sarah Monette
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
The Frightened Man by Kenneth Cameron
Frostbite by Richelle Mead
Hand of Isis by Jo Graham
NorseCODE by Greg van Eekehout
Nattinatti ed. Nene Ormes
Making Money by Terry Pratchett
Water Babyby Ross Campbell
Going Postal (audio) by Terry Pratchett
Kitty Raises Hell by Carrie Vaughn
Santa Olivia by Jaqueline Carey
Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
Hostage to Pleasure by Nalini Singh
Mine to Posess by Nalini Singh
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
Children of God by Mary Doria Russel
Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
Seven for a Secret by Elizabeth Bear
Wet Moon 3 by Ross Campbell
The Good Neighbors Book 1 - Kin by Holly Black
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
Wet Moon 2 by Ross Campbell
Breathers by S.G. Browne
Death's Daughter by Amber Benson
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
Black Ships by Jo Graham
Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong
Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliossotti
The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
Udda av Nene Ormes (finally re-written enough before the publisher works it over)
Small Favor by Jim Bucher
Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn
Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
Paris Immortal, a vampire tale by S. Roit
Mean Streets by Jim Butcher et al.
Lonley Werewolf Girl by Martin Millar
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Ha'penny by Jo Watson
Farthing by Jo Watson
Cast in Courtlight by Michelle Sagara
Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt

Read 2008:
Legenden om Sally Jones av Jakob Wegelius
Succubus Dreams by Richelle Mead
Backup by Jim Butcher
Caressed by Ice Nalini Singh
Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
The Glass Book of the Dream Eaters by G.W. Dahlquist
Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch
Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong
Ironside by Holly Black
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Cill Factor by Rachel Caine
Heat Stroke by Rachel Caine
I taket lyser stjärnorna av Johanna Thydell
Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
Stray by Rachel Vincent
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes
Nattens bibliotek av Alberto Manguel
White Night by Jim Butcher
Panik av Jeff Abbott
Mer än ögat ser/ Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Iakttagelserna av Jane Harris
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Blood and Iron by Elizabeth Bear
Katja Aronssons oskuld av Therése Mellby
Mellanting av Kikki Nillasdotter
Succubus Nights by Richelle Mead
Människohamn av John Ajvide Lindqvist
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five by Doris Lessing
Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
Dead Girls are Easy by Terri Garey
New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear
The Fall of the Kings by Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman
Death Masks by Jim Butcher
Something from the Nightside by Simon R. Green
From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris
Summer Knight by Jim Butcher
The Game by Diana Wynne Jones
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
Claymore 1 by Norihiro Yagi

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