Autumn Colors

Autumn! This used to be my favorite time of the year. The world exploding in color, the crisp air, the smell of southern pines in the wind. Harvest festivals and masquerade parties. Apple pie. The smell of chimney smoke when people light up their fireplaces. Piles of leaves to dive into. Not to mention myContinue reading “Autumn Colors”

Words I Like

Words are funny little critters. Maybe my fascination with them began during college when I worked at the local bookstore. The part-time job supplied me with access to unlimited books, just enough social engagement to make me happy, and a little pocket money to buy things any college student needs, like beer and pizza. EveryContinue reading “Words I Like”

A Day at the Vasa

On August 10, 1628, the Vasa, the crown jewel of the Swedish Navy, made her maiden voyage. She got a grand total of about 1300 meters before she keeled over. For those of you who like comparisons, that’s about the same distance as four and a half Eiffel Towers or five New York City blocks.Continue reading “A Day at the Vasa”

Poetry in the Park

I’ve mentioned before how I love new experiences. If there’s a large crowd, I’ll start to feel smothered, but, in general, I’m fascinated by events and people. Add anything about writing, poetry, the craft, or reading into the mix and I’m there — as long as I can afford it. It’s amazing to me howContinue reading “Poetry in the Park”

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 writing group celebrates 20 years!

Last year I accomplished a lot in my writing world. I finished and self-published my first fantasy novel, Ashborne. I published my first short story, Orbital Extraction. I applied to a grant program. I took several courses related to the craft of writing, including a screenwriting course I never thought I’d take. I created aContinue reading “My writing group celebrates 20 years!”

Fika for Non-Swedes

Visit Sweden and within a day you’ll hear, or see, the word ‘fika’ (pronounced feeka). You might be tempted to think fika is a food; a sandwich perhaps, advertised as a daily special on chalkboard signs standing guard outside one of the city’s numerous cafes. You’d be wrong. The truth is the word ‘fika’ doesn’tContinue reading “Fika for Non-Swedes”

When Opportunity Beats a Different Drum

I got the message yesterday at 10:00 am. “Marie at work thought you might be interested in this.” In the e-mail from my husband, I found a link to an announcement on LinkedIn about a Pop-up Bookstore. Authors were encouraged to come listen to three key-note speakers share their insights and experience on building anContinue reading “When Opportunity Beats a Different Drum”

Frogs that Quack

Tomorrow is Midsommarafton, or Midsummer’s Eve, in Sweden. It is one of the most important holidays of the year over here and though I’ve never participated in a celebration quite like those in the link, they were close. It’s a fun time and the kids love it. This year we’ll celebrate with friends and skip the maypole dancing,Continue reading “Frogs that Quack”

It’s Called Football. Fotboll. Soccer.

Six years ago, I boarded an airplane and embarked on a journey of madness. It all started when I fell in love, got married and had a baby! Yay! Then the reality of life as a parent in a capitalistic society kicked in. Twelve weeks after birth, I was expected to return to the newspaper. My SwedishContinue reading “It’s Called Football. Fotboll. Soccer.”