Category Archives: Writing

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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The day I got deus ex machinaed by Peter Gabriel

Finished new story draft. I was stuck until I found the right song, and with that one on repeat, everything just unfolded. Funny that, because I normally don’t like Peter Gabriel. But there it was. I listened to Mercy Street … Continue reading

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