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”

“Bug Out” Published

Over the weekend, the latest edition of Perihelion Online Science Fiction Magazine came out. This is important for science-fiction fans because the online magazine is free, which means you now have 11 new stories and articles to read. I’m happy about it because my short story “Bug Out” is one of those new stories. TheyContinue reading ““Bug Out” Published”

8 Ways to Encourage Discouraged Writers

We all get discouraged. Some of us more than others, but hey, no matter where you fall on the discouragement scale, we’ve all been there. Tragic news. Rejection letters. A spiral of self-doubt. Lost a job. Bad breakup. Whatever. I’m going to talk specifically about how to encourage writers, but some of these tips will comeContinue reading “8 Ways to Encourage Discouraged Writers”

Why Do I Write?

I’ve seen this question asked, and answered, about a hundred times. I’m always curious to discover what motivates other people. I’ve laughed when I read the responses. Like Natalie Goldman who answers, ‘Because I’m a jerk.’ (She has a host of other reasons, but for some reason this one made me laugh. Perhaps because IContinue reading “Why Do I Write?”

Tracking Submissions

I’ve been submitting work to magazines since the days of paper submissions. If you’re too young to remember that period of time, this is how it worked: 1) Buy the latest copy of Writer’s Market.  2) Spend hours looking up markets accepting unsolicited work, who happen to accept the genre you’ve written in, and are looking forContinue reading “Tracking Submissions”

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 Three Favorite Books on Writing

Ask any writer and they’ll tell you they have a favorite writing book. Most have more than one. By writing book, I mean anything you use as a resource to enhance, support, encourage, explain, or provide education about the craft of writing. Some are books that teach you how to harness your creativity, others talkContinue reading “My Three Favorite Books on Writing”

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!”

The Imp’s Idea

18th Day of Harvest Season The imp has made a mess of things. It began innocently enough. The smaller children have a difficult time bringing in the harvest. The root vegetables pose little difficulty, and that is where the youngest worked for days. If any turnips and carrots remained, they would still be there, butContinue reading “The Imp’s Idea”