Manusdoktorn tar emot

Nu tar jag emot manus för coachning. Jag har just nu plats för ett längre manus eller ett par noveller, så det är först till kvarn som gäller. Den som vill få manushjälp av en prisbelönt fantastikförfattare och skrivpedagog har alltså chansen nu!

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Read all the books


Having had a bit of a reading hiatus, I’m digging into my to read-pile. This is not actually my whole to-read pile. The main mass is about a meter and a half. This is the read it now for fuck’s sake or you’ll regret it - pile. And it’s delicious:

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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 håller på med hela dagarna.

Och så händer det i sommar igen! Vecka 31 håller jag en kurs i att skriva SF och fantasy på Skurups folkhögskola. Mer info finns här.

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Andra världar 26-27/4

Nu i helgen är det dags för Andra världar i Jönköping. Det kommer att hända en massa kul grejer, med gäster som Maria Friedner, Jakkin Wiss, Karin Waller, Susanna Nissinen och Fredrik Persson. Programmet finns här. Jag kommer att vara på plats på söndagen och hålla ett snack och en liten workshop om skrivande kl 11.30.

Jag kommer även att ha med böcker till försäljning. Mässan till ära kommer jag och några andra av författarna på plats donera en summa till Naturarvet för varje såld bok!

Vi ses där.

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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?

50% of teaching consists of shuffling paper.

50% of teaching consists of shuffling paper.

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This year’s Hugo short story nominees

I was very happy to see so many friends and works I love on the Hugo ballot. Since short stories are my thing, I looked up the nominees I hadn’t read in that category and discovered that all of the nominated stories are available online. They’re also all brilliant, so I kind of wish they could have an award each. Here you go, have some quality short fiction.

“The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu

“The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

“Selkie Stories are for Losers” by Sofia Samatar

“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky

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Culture Crowdfunding Tuesday!

This week, there are two crowdfunding projects I’d like to direct your attention to. One is a puppetry show, and one is a Bulgarian writer. Both are in need of financial aid in order to go out there and bring wonderful things into the world.

Opportunity 1: Help a puppetry show go on the road


As you may know, the puppetry troupe Tidsrum (DK/UK) is staging an adaptation of my short story “Beatrice”. It will premiere in June this year, and they’re working on a tour of the Nordic countries – and after that, hopefully, the world!

In order to make all of this happen, they need funding. You can help an amazing, beautiful, heart-wrenching puppetry show go on tour. Click here for detailed info about the project and find out how your contribution will help.

You can also visit Beatrice’s facebook page here.


Opportunity 2: Help a writer attend Clarion

“I want to be a voice for my culture. I want to represent LGBTQ writers. I want to bring more diversity into speculative fiction and I believe Clarion can give my voice power.”


Harry Markov is a Bulgarian author who just got accepted into Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. The problem is he’s in dire financial straits: even with the scholarship he received, he still can’t afford to go.

Going to Clarion is one of the best things one can do as a SF/F writer in the English-speaking field – for me, it was how I broke through to the English-speaking market. It has made all the difference. Harry, too, writes in English as a second language and is trying to get his stuff out there.

I’ve been where Harry is right now, and I really really want to see him attend Clarion. This is the chance to help a new voice forward. You can find his homepage, and his donation fund, here.

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Today I stumbled over

pictures of a naked lady posing with Jagannath. I didn’t know that was a thing. Made my day.

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“Moonstruck” to excellent weirdo antho

Very pleased to announce that my story “Moonstruck” (first published in Shadows & Tall Trees #5) is included in the The Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Volume One, edited by Michael Kelly and Laird Barron and planned for publication in August. Contributors include Sofia Samatar, Jeff Vandermeer, John Langan, Anna Taborska – the complete TOC is in the link above.


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Oh come on just play it once


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 wrong party. “No! We don’t play Backpfeifengesicht here, that’s over at the German place!”

In my dreams, you’ll be playing songs like

Herbal Verbal’s Here’s a Single Verb For Saying Hello To Someone (Not Greet) and their slightly less known A Verb That Describes Having The Strength To Do Something

and I’d be dancing my ass off to The Composite Wordbitches’ Fuck You Spacebar

and then late at night you’d be playing The The’s B-side classic We Killed and Ate Definite Article

and then finally, as a last song, we’ll have a sing-along to I Won’t Conjugate My Verb Just ‘Cause We Is Plural Now

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