On Wednesday, my writing group held its last session for the Spring term this year. The official feedback sessions are closed and most of us are getting ready to travel. Summer in Sweden always fascinates me. Everyone leaves! Everyone. It's like a weird horror movie. Homemade signs stuck in windows saying something like 'Closed until … Continue reading Summer is Here
This is the second year I've served on the Board for the Stockholm Writers Festival, and the second year I plan on attending. The first year, I wasn't sure if I should attend or not. Of course I wanted to support the festival in its debut year! But when I thought about me at the … Continue reading 5 Reasons why you should attend a writing festival
Next week, I will be joining a handful of amazing writers and friends whose main purpose is to survive running 5 km. When I say 'running' I want to be all inclusive. Jogging. Power walking. Strolling. Walking the dog. Stopping for rests along the way to take in the view. Maybe even have a mid-way … Continue reading The Run-ons!
In 2017 a couple of members from the Stockholm Writers Group participated in a writers conference in the United States. When they came back, one of them took a look around and wondered why we didn't have anything close to that in Stockholm and decided to do something about it. Stockholm does have literary events. … Continue reading The Stockholm Writers Festival
As long as there's no ice outside, we're calling it summer. That's what we've decided at my day job. And it fits, too, in a strange logical way. Although September is coming up fast, in Sweden the summer feels wonderfully long because of the amount of time everyone gets to enjoy it. Many who live … Continue reading The Long Swedish Summer
As some of you may have seen on my Instagram or Facebook posts, we've moved! I'm so excited. And a little tired. Okay, maybe more than a little tired. But I'm still mostly excited! We had, in my eyes anyway, a tiny apartment. Our son was basically sleeping in what was labeled as a closet … Continue reading We’ve Moved!
Swedes say 'God Jul' for Christmas. For New Year's, they say 'Gott Nytt År'. For the days in between, they say 'God fortsättning,' which literally translated means 'good continuation,' and as you've probably figured out by now there isn't really an equivalent in English. I love this phrase, though. It's a way to say, 'I … Continue reading God Fortsättning
Our elf's name is Wackack and he's been with our family for about five years now. As I've mentioned before, the elf is a special tradition our family enjoys every year. He means a lot to us. Christmas is still magical for the children and that elf is one of the main reasons, not to mention it … Continue reading The Elf Wants to Retire
Last week I began a new weekly post on the blog called THURSDAY THOUGHTS, where I share with you random thoughts I plan to use as writing inspiration or prompts. So far, it's a success. Okay, so only one week has passed, but I did take last week's thoughts and plugged them into two short stories, … Continue reading Thursday Thoughts – Fiery Hair and Snake Skin
One of the first things my husband told me drove him crazy about Americans was our fascination with small talk. To him, small talk is fake. And pointless. I disagree. I miss small talk. I miss walking into a store and knowing you could speak to the guy next to you if you wanted to. … Continue reading My First Passive-Aggressive Note