I’m trying to write. Really trying to get some words down.


Not because I don’t have anything to write, no, it’s Pumpkin sitting in my lap drawing. She’s ill and very clingy, which is fine when watching TV, not so much when I’m at the computer (so please excuse any spelling errors etc, I’m basically writing this with my left hand).

I have a YA short story that I’m close to finishing (might have mentioned it before) and it’s trudging along nicely. I’ve also started co-writing another steampunk Viking story with a mate I met over Twitter and I’m fiddling about with stories with a nice man I’ve met through Google+ (gotta love them social networks).

Anyhow, I’m happy to say it’s close to bedtime for the kids. More writing time for me! Though I need to watch the last bit of Desolation of Smaug tonight (hadn’t the energy to watch the whole thing last night, hubby bought us a copy). All The Tired – All The Time!



Spring has come quite far now, especially with us getting rain. My magnolia has a few buds ready to burst open and I feel the same. Ready to burst open and embrace life.

Days are longer and lighter, driving home from work is no longer done in pitch black night. I’ll miss seeing the stars, but I long to listen to blackbirds in pale evening light.

Today’s plan is to not leave the house, or the yard since I need to go get the paper…

Anyway, Easter holiday is coming up next week and we’re going to go visit my parents. It’ll be grand!


I’ve spent this weekend on the Swedish west coast, with a youth group and all the things associated with that (good and bad).

The weather’s been absolutely lovely and my kids are the best, but I’m glad we’re going home.

Here’s some pictures:





I live in such a lovely country.



After realising (and accepting!) that my waistline will never ever ever ever go back to where it was before my kids were born, I cleaned out my wardrobe of clothes that won’t fit me anymore.

There weren’t that many items to clear out, but none the less I removed those I’ve clung on to (wishing they’d fit me again someday). Also I’m quite sure they have had some sort of sentimental value to me, though I can’t for the life of me figure out what that could be…

In addition to this I threw away a few clothes that were too old and ugly to be given away (the pretty clothes will be handed in to a second hand store). One pair of jeans got cut off into shorts, because before you know it summer’s here and you’d want to wear shorts.

We’ve had lovely weather these last few days. Sunshine and temperatures that make you believe spring is around the corner, if not here already!

I feel my soul stirring, my level of happy increasing every hour the sun is shining. I love spring!



Had to get up at 6 am today, because Pumpkin wouldn’t let daddy pick her up from the crib ( mum’s the best). So here we sit, in front of the telly watching a cartoon about a bee.

The twins are still sleeping and we’ll send Pirate off to school today. Princess gets to stay home, one more day to be sure she doesn’t get her fever back.
So I get an extra day to my weekend *and* quality time with my eldest daughter.

They’ve been ill this week, the twins that is, but I’m hoping it’s over for now. It’s really the first time this winter that they’ve stayed home from school.

On the other hand I’m working Friday to Saturday (mini sleepover for our youngest groups of kids, ages 6 – 9).
Work has been almost stressful of late, so much to do and even more to come. We have every weekend planned all the way to Palm Sunday and I’m working all but two. That’s how it is when you’re working at church.

Anyhow, today’s to do list includes grocery shopping, a library visit and hugging.



I can’t wait!

Originally posted on melinamarchetta:

One day I will write an account about the adaption of Jellicoe . It’s been one of the longest times I’ve spent on one project.  My first novel (Alibrandi) took about six years to write. Most of my other novels took 18 months.  The film script of Jellicoe has taken technically five years.  In working that out, it has surprised me that I was able to write Finnikin, The Piper’s Son, Froi and Quintana during that time (I miss those Lumaterans and Charynites).

It’s strange to speak about the script and say it’s so different from the novel. Because it’s still about Taylor Markham who is left behind on the Jellicoe Road when she’s 11 years old. It’s still about her being chosen to lead the Boarders in the territory wars against the Cadets and Townies.  It’s still about the history Taylor has with Jonah Griggs, the leader of the…

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5lwenmkoTomorrow is Valentine’s Day (not that that’s a big deal here in Sweden), and we’re not going to my parents. Mum’s working and Pirate has got a fever (and he says his ear hurt too, we’ll see how that turns out).

Instead we’ll go see Frost and maybe take a tour about town (promises have been made to Princess of new hair things). I don’t think tomorrow will be much different from other Fridays, and that’s very comforting.

This week our schools have a break, it’s sort of this “winter sports break” (though the snow’s gone…) and we have it same week in February every year. It’s been really nice to be able to stay home with the kids, we’ve baked things, eaten them and watched Avatar (Legend of Aang).

Tonight I’m going to try out Bounce (it’s a certain type of dance ya know) and my friend warned me that unless I’m Beyonce (which I sadly (?) am not) it might be rather or very difficult.

But hey: try everything once, eh? 

2014-02-13 - 1Anyhow, I’ve done my nails, Valentine’s style and plan to have loads of fun tonight.

Because, dancing is ALWAYS FUN!



A woman I looked up to, who spread light and life wherever she popped up, has left this world.

And even though I never had the chance to meet her, I have a hole in my life.

Cancer is such an horrible, evil and devious sickness!

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and close friends.

Thank you Lord for all the wonderful people in this world, but we’d like to keep them with us for so much longer.



We took a walk.
Pumpkin refused to nap and feeling she’d benefit from a little sleep I bundled her up and took her out. After 15 min she was fast sleep and I realised it was a glorious day.

The snow’s melted away and I think that’s a little too soon, give me one month and I’d be alright with it (snow in March is not fun). But the sun’s shining, the wind’s not too cold and the sky’s a lovely blue colour.

Life is good.

Next week we have winter/spring break, it’s a week off school (though I work Mon- Tue) and we’re planning on visiting my parents next weekend. Probably just eating and playing in the woods outside of their house, but it’s something different from our usual routine.

Anyhow, off to get the twins from a birthday party (in our “new” old/used car).


red velvet cheesecake brownies

Nothing’s really happened.

I still miss having a laptop, all things that have to do with writing in any form has almost stopped… I used to have my laptop sitting in the kitchen and go write things when they popped into my head. Now it seems such a bother to find where I put my notebook and pen och do the swipey writing thing on my phone (GIMMI A LAPTOPPPPP!)

Anyhow… meh. I baked these Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies – they turned out DELISH! We might make them with some of the kid/youth groups. In any case, I brought some to work today and I mean to eat them!


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