You are currently browsing the monthly archive for December 2013.

My thought is try to summarize my year in this blog post.

Here are pictures, a short summary of that month and a few samples of my writing.

January

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Felt like $h!t and wanted to go home from work and never see that place again. I was even considering telling the principal I’d quit and let them handle all the grading etc that must be done before summer. Good thing my BFF told me to stick it out.

February

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Tried reading The Little White Horse (because it was JK Rowling’s favourite novel when she was little), only got about 3 chapters in and almost died from laughing when I read this.

I was also trying to write Swedish SF to send in to a competition. Finished it but won nothing.

Translated from Swedish.

Stars in the Sky
     “Big Dipper, Ursa Minor, Cassiopeia, Orion, Leo, Canis Minor …” She points them out one by one, mumbling quietly to herself not to forget, stuffs her hand into her pocket before the cold biting at her fingertips and stamp her feet to get the circulation going again. It smells like snow, and she looks away towards the mountains where the stars begin to disappear behind the clouds, she will have to be quick if everything is to be completed before the snow starts to fall.
The darkness is like a blanket around the small settlement and jacket LED light doesn’t do much more than to light up a few feet in front of her, but that’s enough to get the chores done. Wood must be collected, the fence checked, the well has to be covered and the generator seen to. A power outage in the middle of the night would be unthinkable. She shudders at the idea. First the fence, it rattles loudly as she yanks it to see if it is in place. Before she moves on, she makes sure it’s electrified again.

March

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Easter holiday and the family went to visit my parents. A day at Kolmården Animal Park is obligatory.

April

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Lovely students wished me a happy birthday with my own meme, that group was the only one I’d really miss… don’t get me wrong, I sort of miss all my students. Some just get closer to your heart.

Wrote some more short stories in Swedish.

A Sunny Day in May
He looks at me. Did I stare again? I don’t know, wasn’t really paying attention. Something in his eyes makes me start fidgeting and my mouth goes off by itself.
“I’m waiting for the others, they’re not here yet . We were supposed to meet here at three. I was early. I tend to be. But that’s okay today because it’s so nice.” Anything to fill the silence. He listens, nods and looks up at the church clock tower.
“They’re late.” I roll my eyes and look towards the park, but there’s no sign of them.
“They’re never on time, I always have to wait.” Trying to act nonchalant, but failing to hide my irritation. “It sucks, once I’d like to be the one who keeps them waiting. But it won’t happen. I’m too much of a  time pessimist ” SHUT UP! No, that’s impossible. Him standing here and smelling so nice and looking so hot does nothing to calm me. Shit. Leah focus, focus!
“Anyhow…” With an apologetic smile I look away towards the ice cream place. They have to show up soon.

May 

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Was told I just ruined a guys future at the school, because I wasn’t going to be there when next year started (I get massive bear hugs from him and a few others when I show my face there now). Also got 2 kg (about 4,4 lb) of chocolate and a lovely poster by the same group that gave me the meme (I’m not crying, just got something in my eye).

June 

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Last day at (then) awful workplace. The feeling of leaving that place was pure bliss!

July 

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A few days spent at the Swedish West Coast. Lovely doesn’t even begin to describe it. Last year’s summer was brilliant.

August

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New job and a new office. I was so happy I only had to be out of work a Friday (old job ended August 16th, a Thursday, and new started August 19, a Monday). I’m still very happy and feel blessed to have gotten this job.

September 

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This fortune cookie seemed to have spoken the truth. Now I have a short story that’s about to be published in an anthology and I have my Swedish novel that is sought after.

October 

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Rome and Assisi, a lovely 4 days in Italy. With lots of churches and ice cream. Had gotten bling bling nails for this trip and I felt ever so classy. In Italy I also had so much time for writing, and I wish to go back. Assisi is beautiful and a few days sitting at a cafe with my notebook would be wonderful.

The other short stories I had thought might fit the competition are all handwritten in my notebook, so there will be no sneak peak of those. Another time perhaps.

November 

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Full speed ahead for my short story. I felt that I had a good one and really hoped they’d like it.

December 

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Christmas preparations and celebrations. Mum and I made doughnuts (DELISH) and I now feel that I could make them on my own. I was told that my Viking Steampunk short story was accepted for the Borderlands Anthology, a big thing for me as English isn’t my first language and I didn’t know who and what I was up against.

Once Upon a Frozen North
The best way to approach Birka is by boat. Gliding towards the giant Viking city, the towers and longhouses slowly rise from the water, the longship’s steam engine purring beneath your feet. It’s the best feeling in the world. A busy frenzy keeps everyone running about at the big harbour; cargo is hauled off and on the hundreds of ships that lay aft by bow, the red and white sails tied to the mast. The smell of fish and motor oil is only overwhelmed by the stench from the tanneries preparing leather and furs to be traded for precious stones and metal.

Ups and downs, like every year. New friends and new places, making me feel so blessed.

I hope your 2014 brings everything you wish for and that we all can give a little more love to the world, making it a better place.

xoxo

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I’ve (finally) finished editing my Viking Steampunk short story. Took me long enough! There wasn’t that much that needed doing, just a few commas to remove or add and a little tweaking when it came to the story.

I’m so proud of myself! 

In a minute I’ll send this version off and we’ll see what else needs editing before it’s all done.

I know there are more things I could blog about, but honesty.

I’m too tired.

Pumpkin was awake a few hours last night and I only got about 4 h of sleep (thus I’m really hoping this editing stuff’s gone well, and isn’t just my very tired brain thinking I did a good job).

Anyhow, it’s time for me to paint my nails. Because that’s what I get to do when I’m done with the edit. That, and drink more tea.

xoxo

This is the church where the kids ended their semester, looking very pretty in the morning light.
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It was lovely, kids singing and everything felt very Christmasy. But… when we got back to our car, this was what had happened!
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Pumpkin and I had to wait for grandad come get us, he later fixed the car too.
After this my day kept being slightly crappy, I dropped things, spilled drink all over myself and just failed in everything.

Meh.

Anyhow, we have a car again and we can go get the Chinese take away and sushi I promised for dinner (and I am very lucky in having a brilliant friend who got us some milk from the shops, since we couldn’t get there ourselves. She also got us a cinnamon roll. Love you! xx).
I now need lots of chocolate, and Love Actually!

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And he’s perfect. In every way as he should be, strong and handsome, enormous and a lovely shade of red. His arrogance and belief in himself makes me want to purr.

The perfect dragon; my wonderful Smaug.

I clapped my hands when he appeared in the movie (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, if there’s any doubt of which movie I’m speaking of) and squealed with delight.

Dragons are beyond awesome!

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Smaug by John Howe

I’m struggling with another edit on my Viking Steampunk short story, I can tell English isn’t my first language… kinda depressing, but good (it would be nice to just get things right, once in a while). There are 23 pages to go through, at the moment I’ve printed the text with the comments visible and I plan to sit down and just DO IT tomorrow. We’ll see how far I get before I want to shoot myself.

I have to get this done, so I can start with my novel in Swedish (which I’d like to be half done before the end of the year). Wishful thinking, I KNOW, but aim for the stars… (and you’ll end up in the canopies). I really can’t believe that all is happening at the same time, it’s like a dam has broken and I’m being flooded by things tied to my writing. Fun, but slightly confusing at the same time.

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Swoon material #1!

Today is Jane Austen’s birthday – Happy Birthday you wonderful woman you!  

I’m celebrating by watching Pride and Prejudice (2005) and by spamming the web with this picture of Mr Darcy:

The horde and I made Christmas sweets today, Rocky Road (stuffed with all kind of good stuff) and what I’ve translated to: Disappears with Delight. It’s basically fudge with melted chocolate added into the mix, crazy delish and addictive (I have to slap myself not to eat it all!).

Anyhow, this is the last week of work before Christmas holiday, I’ll get three (3!!!) weeks and only have to take 4 days off. That’s what happens when Christmas and New Years are in the middle of the week (in Sweden at least).

On Thursday I have  checkup at the hospital, I so hope they won’t cut me before Christmas, or tell me they have to remove a mole after the holidays (don’t need to have that on my mind now, do I?!)

Alright, back to Elizabeth and Darcy and NOT eating anymore of that candy…

xoxo

IMG_20130410_131224Okiday, tomorrow is half a day at uni (it’s really a full day, but I’m skiving after lunch). We have to bring a test, answer questions and tell our group members all about it. Fun times, fun times indeed! 

It’s up at 5.20 (seriously, that’s soooo messed up!!!) and non-stop from 9-12.30, I have to get on a train at 12.55 to be in time for work in the afternoon… and I end the day with the youth groups’ Christmas party (which will be awesome, but then not, since I’ve been up since 5-ish a-clock).

I’m giving myself another 30 min before I have to head to bed, don’t know what I’ll get up to… Twitter is always fun, I’ve met so many awesome people there, and on Google+, but I think I enjoy Twitter more.

Anyhow, I’ve drunk my tea, I’ve done the task for tomorrow and I’ve removed my makeup. Think I’ll read in bed. Sarah Dessen’s “Just Listen” (OMG IT’S SO FREAKING AWESOME!!!).

xoxo

There have been a lot of things going on lately… I’m a little dazed and confused by it all, but in a good way (if there is a good way to be dazed and confused).

Writing wise things are looking up, it really feels as James says in a blog post about writing: “You have to write a million words before you’re any good at it (totally paraphrasing here!).” I bet I’ve written a million words by now, if not, I’m very close.

About two years back I sent a query to a publisher about a book I was writing, then they had no time to make anything of it. They emailed me a couple of days ago asking me if I was interested in going forwards with the whole thing. Honestly, I haven’t written anything in almost two years, life has gotten in between and there have been other projects that have gotten precedence.

I still have the story within me though (brill thing about your own stories, they stay there until you’re ready to write them out) and I’m going to do my very best to get it all down in written form.

Good thing I only have two more weeks at work before Christmas holiday, this year I only need take four days leave to get three weeks at home with the family! I do have things need doing uni wise and I am going to Gothenburg for a seminar on Wednesday morning.

These things shan’t come in the way of my writing, I will prevail and hopefully have that novel ready before new years… if not: c’est la vie! 

Anyhow, we got more snow today but my pessimist husband says they’ve promised rain by the end of the week (nooooooooo). I want winter!

xoxo

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After having a week or two without anything that must be done this very instant, I now have a few projects.

One is finding an old test to analyse and discuss when I go to uni Wednesday next week, another is to write and send Christmas cards and last but not least in any way: editing my Viking steampunk short story.

I need to add a few things and rewrite a few other: to make it prrrfect! 🙂

Tonight we’re making pizza, the leftover kind where you fill it with whatever you have in your fridge. I like homemade pizza a lot more than the kind you buy, it’s not as salty.

Anyhow, they say the snow will melt during the week. I hope they’re wrong because the days are so much brighter when there’s snow covering the ground.

xoxo

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We have snow!

Last night we had a storm bringing rain and darkness upon us, during the night the temperature dropped and this morning everything was covered in snow. The wind kept on whipping snow around and when I went out to chuck garbage in the dumpster I got snow down my neck. BRRR!!! 

After Pumpkin’s had her nap I’m taking the kids out, I need to shovel the snow on our driveway and they get to muck about in the cold white stuff. Everyone’s at home today, this morning I didn’t want them to walk by themselves to school (we live within walking distance) because it was incredibly stormy and they’re only 6 years old. Call me a mother hen, but we’ve had a lovely time at home today.

I only hope my little one will take her nap soon, I’ve promised the twins that we’re making Christmas cards and she would ruin it (glue and scissors and glitter… all over the house).

Anyhow, let’s see if some Avatar – The Last Airbender can get them all to calm down a bit.

 

xoxo

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A lovely morning today. And cold. But it’s supposed to be cold in December! I’m longing for snow, I want the ground covered in white and for it to be cold enough for me to break out my faux fur hat.

My Monday to do list is short and I’ll be done before lunch (which is good since I promised the twins to get them from school and I need to be at work 2.30 pm). Just a quick visit to two shops, then home and finding time to read a writing buddy’s draft.

Anyhow, I’m going to enjoy this day’s leisurely pace.

Have a good one people!

xoxo

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