F/F Crossword challenge!

Hi everyone!

These are strange times indeed.

I am however happy to announce that one of my novels is up on Jae’s F/F Crossword Challenge – toaster oven edition.

You can find the Crossword Puzzle and the rules here. 

It comes with the chance to win one of these books:

  • The Goodmans by Clare Ashton
  • Uncommon Emotions by Lynn Galli
  • No Strings Attached by Harper Bliss
  • You’ll also be entered into the drawing for the grand prize at the end of the year, with a chance to win a book package, plus an autograph book full of autographs of popular WLW & lesbian fiction authors.

 

Exciting, right?

Happy playing!

 

Working on the Hellmouth

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As everyone else left, I stayed. I stayed loyal to my employer. To my students. To the parents of my students. I stayed loyal to myself and to the legacy I have built within these 92 walls. My home outside home. My place of no regrets. The place I found my role as a teacher. 

My friends have all left, finding rescue and relief at other schools. There are just a few fools left. I’m one of them. Stuck in this place where I need an inhaler at least once per lesson to stay inside this sick, sick building. 

In every disaster movie there is always one person who doesn’t want the rescue. Who stands on top of the exploding mountain and wants to see how it ends. I am that person. I am on top of that mountain. It’s exploding underneath me and I can’t breathe. 

Literally. I used my inhaler twice today while the kids had lunch. 

We have wheezing kids too. Kids with runny eyes. Kids with rashes so severe they’re bleeding. 

We have coworkers who have had to go to the doctor with symptoms they experience nowhere else except at work.

When they came last week, the construction workers asked us “are there people working here? Are you still in these buildings? Haven’t you got another school yet?”

No we haven’t.

They have forgotten about us. 

Blåbetång we call it. It’s poisonous. It’s making us sick. Radon. Radiation. It’s spread to the walls, the mold, the moist. Do people know that over 300 children and adults work here? 

It doesn’t seem like.


Author note:  I have blogged about my place of work before but during this past six months it has been worse. We have appeared in all the local papers and the environment is so bad some children have had to change buildings because they couldn’t breathe indoors.  We’re hoping they’ll close the school, we can’t live like this anymore. It’s hard enough just being a teacher; a VERY bad work environment isn’t acceptable.

Thanks for reading!

 

The F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge

The F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge is a year-long event for readers of WLW and lesbian books. Each month, I’ll post three book-themed crossword puzzles on this blog. All of the crossword clues will be from books featuring female characters who identify as lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, trans, asexual, demisexual, queer, or questioning—so basically anything other than heterosexual.

Sounds awesome right?

What makes it even more awesome is that my books and I are participating!

Head over to Jae’s blog to find out more:

The F/F Fiction Crossword Challenge

 

Happy First of January

In the similar spirit as I had at the end of 2017 and 2016 and 2015, I welcome 2020 with open arms. I love January 1. Full stop. This also marks the end of my hiatus. I’m back. And I have loads of plans. My winter project sadly didn’t lead to anything but I’m going to use the extra time to be an author. I had plans to take a night class but I just decided no. I don’t want to. I just want to go to work, come home, write. Write short stories. Write novels. Edit novels. Blog. Taking hiatus was good because now I’m fizzing with creative energy and as we watched the countdown on TV last night I planned a short story in my head. That I’m going to start writing the moment I finish this blog post.

New Years goals for 2020:

  • Publish “I Love You Nora Whispered”. It’s in the final stages and I will continue working on that today thanks to my amazing beta readers!
  • Write and hopefully publish a novel that is currently called “Frozen Symphony”. It’s sort of, kind of, contemporary romance with a supernatural twist.
  • Write more short stories. I miss writing short stories, especially erotic ones. No promises but I will try.

I don’t really know where I want to take my blog. I do posts when I have ideas and I feel like 2019 was a year of ideas. I want to do more reviews. I love doing lists. I love talking about being a lesbian. I do like talking about writing but sometimes I feel too experienced to do that even though I’m about to publish my fifth novel. I want to, as silly as it sounds, “keep it real”. I don’t want to pretend or write posts that contain nothing to get readers or something.

I always, always, always want to be better at marketing and getting my books out there, boosting my sale or whatever you say. I still suck at that. I even took an online class and I still suck. A bit unsure what to do there.

What I do know is that I don’t want to continue my hiatus. Kathy is back!

What goals do you guys have for the year?

Autumn update

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We are now almost halfway through October! I’m having a hard time realizing and accepting that the year is drawing to a close. In one way I’m very grateful since 2019 started in a very bad way for me and usually I love December and January and I want experience them again without being on heavy medicine. But more on that at another time.

I wanted to give a bit of an update. When the term started I made a post on how I was going to manage to stay active as an author and blogger even while working as a teacher. I always fail at that but this term I wanted to manage. I want to be an author all year around and not just during June, July and August.

Now I haven’t been as active on here and other social media as I wanted but since writing that post I have been asked by my boss to take additional classes at university on teaching Swedish as a Second Language to help children who are new to Sweden. This is a mission and an opportunity I’m very grateful for since it also adds to my responsibility as a teacher. HOWEVER that gives me less time and energy for author stuff. Even now I should be studying and instead I’m writing this post.

Anyway….

  • “I Love You Nora Whispered” is in beta reading and I’m writing character representations that I’m posting here. So keep an eye out for that.
  • I was supposed to start the first installment in my zombie series but instead I kind of started a contemporary romance novel about an author and a teacher (yeah, yeah, I know). That’s all I’m going to say about that now.
  • I want to write some short stories (under 5000 words) to publish on my blog that you can read for free but we will see how much energy I have later this month.
  • It’s almost November but I’m obviously not doing NaNoWriMo. I did manage once (although it was during my fanfiction days) but not since I started working. I am writing and that’s good enough for me.
  • We have moved into our new home now after living in temporary spaces since May. It’s such a relief.
  • I’m still continuing my ABC blog post series even though it might seem like I’m not. I’ve just had posts to write that didn’t fall into the proper letter.