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Two weeks before the trip

In two weeks time we (Sweetest and I) leave for the States! It'll be my first trip across the Atlantic and I'm really looking forward to it! We'll start by staying a couple of days in New York, then on to Boston by train. I love trains! A couple of nights in Boston before we take a domestic flight to Minneapolis where I'm signed up for Fourth Street Fantasy Conversation and Sweetest'll see the sights and explore the 'svenskbygd' (Swedish country? I just know the name in Swedish). After that it's off to Boston again, by plane, and we've rented a car for a week-long road-trip. I'm looking forward to Maine, Sweetest is looking forward to Providence. All in all it'll be an adventure! 

Now, what to pack? Not to mention, what to pack _in_? I need a new suitcase. 

Second book done!

So, I finally, after a lot of rounds back and forth, made the last changes to the manuscript now known as Särskild and sent it to my editor. The last proof reading will be done out of house and then it's off to the printer's with it!

I'm proud, tired, nervous and a little disbelieving that it's done. Feels good anyhow.

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That dreaded second book

I'm in the middle of revisions on my second book, and I still have flashes of dread and panic when I read it. Is it supposed to be this way? Every time or just now? My editor tried to cheer me up by reminding me of the nice reviews I got for the first, but when I read a few of those I got even more sweaty. What if they don't like this one as much? What if they think I've let my story down? My characters? 

Aside from that I'm in a good place. I got a stipend (that's the name for it, right? Grant is something you get at a school, right?) from the Swedish Authors' Fund, and that gave me the possibility to as for some time off from work. I have the best work place in the world and I work with the best people as well, they have all supported this writing habit of mine and cover for me. It helps that I work in a genre book store where several of the bosses wanted to write as well. 

Anyway, I'll be over here, under my rock of revisions, if you'll need me. 

Eurocon 2011 - now on tv!

So, this summer's coolest event was Eurocon 2011 in Stockholm and while there I got the honor of doing the GoH-interview with Elizabeth Bear (matociquala). It's on national television right now! And on the 'net for those of you that don't live in Sweden. :) 

I haven't had the guts to watch it yet. I really had to brace myself when I watched the 10-minute long teaser they had up before. I will. Just not yet. 

Not my house, not my birds

I'm house-sitting for a friend, a big, airy house with a big, lush garden - and two tiny, noisy birds. Taking care of somebody else's house is strange. Nothing is familiar and still a lot is as you would've had it, were it your own house. The cutlery and the glasses are in the expected places, but not the dishwasher detergent or spices (this time in a thin drawer under the ceramic stove). The bed feels funny and the chair by the desk won't fit your lower back, but all in all it's like a vacation but with a homey feel to it. I can't decide if the birds add to, or subtract from the feeling.

These birds are of the chatty type. Two tiny birds, one blue and one green, with high-pitched song and a constant talking twitter, pretty to look at but oh, so annoying at five in the morning. According to my friend they usually hop into their cage in the evening, and then my friend put a blanket over them and they are silent until the blanket is removed. But since they've been on their own for a few days before we came to live here over the weekend they've decided that they're now wild animals and cages are not for them. They take turns going into the cage for food and water while the other one sits guard outside, watching me and Sweetest for any movement. If we come close they scream at us and fly up to their branches, mounted on a wall next to the cage. At no time during the weekend have they both been in the cage.

The consequence seem to be happy birds that sing and talk all the time, non-stop, from half past five in the morning until the sun sets and it gets dark around eight or nine in the evening, which would be nice if it didn't also mean that I was sleep-deprived and a bit jittery during my re-write. They just never shut up. It's lucky for them that they are so cute, and that they are somebody else's birds.

In other news, the second book is coming along, not as fast, not as easy and not as perfect as I would've wanted, but still.



I wish everybody a wonderful Walpurgis! Over here it's usually a big deal, with bonfires and events all day, but me, I'm going to spend it all with my manuscript. Deadline looms ever closer. Have fun and throw something on the fire!


I have a superpower. I'm not kidding, it really is a superpower. It's one of the crappier ones, but it doesn't qualify me as a villain or evil genius or anything, and it's freaky enough to be 'super', so let's go with 'superpower'.

I can generate sofas.

This would be cool if I could just get them to appear, Douglas Adams style, in the middle of a stairwell or out of the sky. Maybe then I would be a, slightly quirky, evil something or other. But no, it's just one or two more than any sane person needs at a time. All the time.

Not once in my entire adult life have I owned less than two sofas. Often more. And they show up, beg for attention, some TLC and maybe a place in my basement or on the attic. I almost always say yes, since I also have a knack for passing them along, but I never say yes to a sofa knowing that I would hand it over. It's always with the intention to keep it, at least for a little while.

Fast forward to today.

I've bought a sofa. A new one. One that haven't seen other people (or their backsides) before. That have never happened before. I usually just end up with one, I don't choose it, order it and pay (insane amounts) for it. A nominal sum of course, never before more than, say 100 USD. Never. Until now. I feel strange.

The sofa will show up, wrapped in plastic tomorrow, and the one that used to occupy the living room is now safely tucked away in the attic. I've even found new owners for the old one (as I said - passing them along is part of the power), but it will stay in the attic for another month. And then I'll be down to one sofa. A new one.

It feels strange, and a bit like I've cheated on my superpower, but I'm looking forward to the new addition to my long list of sofa co-habitants. It's red, velvet and big. It comes with matching armchair. It could be the cryptonite to my power, but I've had a long run and done some good with it. Time to pass it on and settle down, I think. Maybe settle down in a matching armchair.

If the moon were to say anything

You were born during a New moon

The moon is dark in this phase, because the half that's illuminated by the sun is facing away from Earth.

- what it says about you -

You want to leave an impression on people and make your mark on the world. When you love an idea, you'll work hard for it, sometimes even dropping whatever it is you're doing to go on to the next new great thing that's captured your imagination. The more freedom you have to chose what you're doing, the busier you'll be.

What phase was the moon at on your birthday? Find out at Spacefem.com

Back. Sort of.

I had some kind of notion that I would get plenty of time to post here and on my other (Swedish) blog when I quit Debutantbloggen.
Not so.
I've had as much to do, if not more, since then. I read my f-list once in a while, but not with any predictability. I'm beginning to see a pattern though.

When I have periods of writing and not working in the bookstore I wander the 'net more and distract myself with various sites, this one included. I post on my Swedish blog more often and generally keep a more active presence.
When I'm working in the bookstore I just check my most immediate sites and then get home to the writing. Well, I have a period of writing right now and therefor I've got the time to update here as well.

I'm in the middle of trying to bring about a rough draft of the second book for my publisher. My deadline is the last of February. And boy do I wish this month had as many days as any other month right now. 

I'm having problems with my chronology. Some things must happen before others, but there's already a scene in that place that I need for another storyline and if I move it I'll have to start over somewhere else with that storyline... and so on... It's annoying. And exciting. I wake up in the middle of the night with 'that's not how it's supposed to go'-thoughts, and then spend an hour figuring out how it should go. 

I'm tired and stressed and the feeling of producing with a set expectation of what the result should be like, is distracting and a bit scary. I'll get over it, I'm sure, but right now it's on my mind a lot. 
I believe in the right to love no matter if your love is of the same or the opposite sex. I believe that you have the right to be with whom ever you want to be with and not get killed for it. I'm lucky to live in a country where this is possible and where harassment for your sexual orientation is forbidden by law. Not everybody are as lucky. 

I've tried and tried to write this in as precise terms as possible so as to be of any use, but I think the stories talk for themselves. Brenda Namigadde are about to be sent back to Uganda from the UK if the Home Secretary and the Home Office don't get their act together. Brenda is lesbian and as such vilified, that's why she fled. Just today a famous gay activist was murdered for his sexual choices, a murder spurred on by a major national newspaper. I've found a petition for the Home Office begging that they reconsider for Brendas safety and common decency. 

Sign the petition. One voice might not be much, but it's something. 


And if you want the articles and sources, here they are: Collapse )




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
Theos occulta mysterier - Mumiens blod
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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