What Do Books Smell Like?

Drop me off at an old library, or antique bookstore, and I’ll be content for hours. Not only would I get lost amid the obscure and fascinating titles, but I’d savor each book, holding it in my hands and feeling the weight of it, breathing in the scent of ages past. I’ve always loved the smellContinue reading “What Do Books Smell Like?”

Catching up on Fall Reading

The kids are home this week for fall break and rather than set myself up for massive frustration, I’ve decided not to work on the novel while they are home. Instead, I’m going to relax and catch up on my reading! What better way to enjoy the new darker hours (Sweden switched to Daylight SavingsContinue reading “Catching up on Fall Reading”

Jen Campbell and Marie Phillips visit Stockholm

On Thursday, September 10th and Friday, September 11th the English Bookshop in Stockholm hosted two visiting authors, Jen Campbell, author of the hilarious Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops and Marie Phillips, author of The Table of Less Valued Knights. Stockholm Writers Group member Karen Hagersten reached out to the bookshop and organized a wonderful eveningContinue reading “Jen Campbell and Marie Phillips visit Stockholm”

Margaret Atwood comes to Sweden

It all started with a short story I wrote at the end of last year. I wrote it for fun. I had no plan in mind when I began, only a first line–one of ten I came up with for a writing exercise. A voice came next. One that had something to say, but sheContinue reading “Margaret Atwood comes to Sweden”

My first signed Jim Butcher books

Jim Butcher came to Sweden! I love Jim Butcher. It wasn’t always that way. I hated him for a while, but now I love him. I guess hate is a strong word, and it’s not him personally I hated. I didn’t hate his stories either, or his writing. What drove me bonkers was how it feltContinue reading “My first signed Jim Butcher books”

If you don’t have a Booklaunch page yet, you should!

Are you an author? Do you have a Booklaunch page? If you answered ‘yes’ to the first question, but ‘no’ to the second, you’re missing out. Despite their name, Booklaunch isn’t just a page for people ‘launching’ a new book. It’s a page for anyone who has written a book and is selling it on emarkets.Continue reading “If you don’t have a Booklaunch page yet, you should!”

100 Great Quotes for Writers

100 posts! I can’t believe it. I’m not sure what the protocol is. Should I break out the rum or sit back with a warm latte and relax? Exactly how does one celebrate writing the 100th post?? I’ve been thinking about it for weeks. Not actively thinking about it, but letting ideas float around inContinue reading “100 Great Quotes for Writers”

What my search for quotable lines taught me

My inner critic hates me. I know you’re all saying she’s supposed to be critical, but I think you underestimate her. She really hates me. Or maybe you know the feeling. Maybe your inner critic is just as vicious. To combat the critical voice from hell that lives inside me, I try to tell myselfContinue reading “What my search for quotable lines taught me”

What’s your book nerd score?

The other day I ran across a little book nerd quiz over at Barnes & Noble’s site. The quiz, entitled What’s your book nerd score?, was so good, I thought I’d answer the questions to see if I qualified as a book nerd. I read a lot, but not as much as some people, so I wasn’tContinue reading “What’s your book nerd score?”

If I were trapped inside a book

Last week, a Facebook meme popped up asking what TV show you want to be trapped in. I don’t watch much television. I’ve never even heard of half of the shows people listed. Obviously, that was one post I didn’t share. (Although, if someone threatened to toss me into the pit of doom unless I pickedContinue reading “If I were trapped inside a book”