Category Archives: Writing

Och så lite info om årets sommarkurs

Just nu är det undervisning på tapeten. Igår var jag på Andra Världar för att prata om problem fantastikförfattare får, och hur man kan lösa dem. På onsdag ska jag prata med en dansk gymnasieklass i Köpenhamn om vad författare … Continue reading

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Paper paper paper

Preparing a couple of writing workshops. Teachers accumulate paper. Lots of paper. They also write like 19th century apothecaries. Who’d have thought?

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Oh come on just play it once

English, sometimes it’s like you’re a DJ and I’m that person standing at the booth yelling for my favorite song, even though I know you’ll only play it when you’re good and ready or perhaps never because I’m at the … Continue reading

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Writer tics

An editor once asked me, without a trace of sarcasm, if the characters in my story had Parkinson’s. That’s how often people were shaking their heads. People whisper a lot, too. And say “but”. (that’s a Swedish tic. We tend … Continue reading

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Hi, 2014:

I’m back! Hopefully. Autumn was insane, and between work, conventions, amazing things happening, and the wet misery that is southern Sweden from October onwards … I just couldn’t be arsed with this blogging business. Keep your fingers crossed there’ll be … Continue reading

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Wonderbook: it is exactly that.

Because I teach creative writing, and because I write myself, and because I generally like such things, I frequently use and read books about writing. Stephen King’s On Writing was the first good book I encountered on the subject, for … Continue reading

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Buttons

People are often incredulous when I tell them about my mother’s side of the family. It’s true that some of it sounds fanciful: lost limbs, insanity, strange journeys. But the details are true, and so are the stories, and our … Continue reading

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The in-between and I

We are pattern-finders. I first encountered this fact in the form of ritual and dogma while studing comparative religion and social anthropology at university. It was a simple insight really, very self-evident when you think about it, but it transformed … Continue reading

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It’s Monday again, etc.

Summer arrived with a bang as it always does here; from icy winds to sweltering heat (sweltering = slightly above room temperature) in one day. Living off freelance work and occasional employments doesn’t leave much room for vacation, but I’ll … Continue reading

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A question from Janetta

“I have to post something on the blog”, I told Janetta. “Okay”, she said. “What’s your spirit animal?”

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