Y is for Yesterday

I didn’t pick up my laptop yesterday. Or the day before that. Or the day before that. Or the week before that. Or the month before that. On the 4th of May I took a positive pregnancy test. Anybody who has been following my blog knows I have tried to get pregnant for years and it’s been a hard journey. As soon as I sat there with the positive pregnancy test, everything else went out the window. Nothing else mattered.

I was suspended from work in mid-September (they’re suspending pregnant workers in Sweden because of risks with Covid for people who can’t work from home or who have risky jobs). For the first weeks I was just enjoying being home. Preparing. Resting. I joined a pregnancy swimming group. Took walks. Finished playing God of War and started a new legacy run on Sims 4. And then…

This morning I was on Instagram and I saw a post on NaNoWriMo and then I started thinking… Back in my regular Tumblr days, when I was a student, before I had published anything, NaNoWriMo was huge. And I usually tried to participate, writing long fanfictions about Mass Effect and Dragon Age. Then I grew up, started working and became a published author. And I never participated in NaNoWriMo again.

It’s November in a few days. I’m not really prepared for NaNoWriMo, not with the sequel for Bittersweet and Sparrow that needs a lot of preparations but I took up my laptop and I’m in full author mode. So that is my big update, I’m trying to do NaNoWriMo, not through the site but independently and tracking my possible progress on Instagram. I’m however seven months pregnant so no promises, both baby and body are fickle and some days I feel crap. But I’m so glad to have the creative juices flowing again.

I talked to my sister-in-law who is a writer with a Tumblr but who had no idea what NaNoWriMo even is. She is six years younger than me, so I feel like there is a generational gap between us when it comes to Tumblr culture. However, I couldn’t believe that she doesn’t know what it is… at all.

How about you guys? You who are reading this, are you doing NaNoWriMo? Do you know what it is?

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Welcome to Rathmoria Emporie

Rathmoria Emporie, a beautiful pearl in the middle of the continent. Even though our homeland has no sea borders, it offers rich variants in climate and nature. Rathmoria has it all, lush forests, stimulating city life and fields that invite running and playing.

Rathmoria Emporie is run by Chancellor Timothy Rathmore, the head of the PFJ party. He was elected in 1688 in the second election of the common era, finally beating the previous Chancellor Kendrick who hadn’t done anything for the good of our nation. Chancellor Rathmore started his first term by growing our nation’s economy and setting the course of the nation. He opened up trade routes where there was none and he healed the damaged relationship with our neighbours. 

Please do visit our capital, Rathmoria City. When Rathmore was elected for his second term, he had a vision. To build a new capital on the bones of the old industrial town of Waerdi. The Chancellor oversaw the plans himself and today Rathmoria Emporie has the largest capital in the west. The old structures are incorporated, leaving beautiful bronze buildings, combined with newer wooden houses where the best and brightest in all the land live. 

Speaking of the best and brightest of Rathmoria Emporie. The Chancellor has, in his wisdom, closed the old public schools and opened the Ameliorate Institutes all over the country, the biggest one pulsing in the heart of Rathmoria City. The Chancellor has decreeded that all children should be raised at home and taught by their mothers until the age of 8. Then, if you’re lucky, you might get accepted into the Institute. There you will be taught about our country, advanced maths and chemistry and you will get a chance to sample books in the most complete libraries in the entire world. The students who graduate from the Institutes get a unique chance to serve in the Amelioratite branch of service, the Chancellor’s personal special force. The students get to serve for one or two years and if they do really well, some of them go on to have full careers with the Amelioratites. Most of the graduates however, go on to take on essential jobs, have families and live happy, full lives. 

No visit to Rathmoria Emporie is complete without a trip around the countryside. Rathmoria has, regretfully, during the last few years had a problem with countryside bandits, so take care when travelling. There are guides to book at the Rathmoria City tourist center and lists of safe places to visit. If you do meet bandits, please alert the authorities and help the Chancellor and the Amelioratites to stamp them out. Stay especially clear of the old town Stochhall Hollow or the bandit’s stronghold called Anchorage. 

If you want more information, or to find literature or book guides, visit the Rathmoria City tourist center, or talk to the local Rathmorians who love to help. 

I hope you enjoy your visit to Rathmoria Emporie!

Author note: This is a teaser for my upcoming novel “Bittersweet and Sparrow” that is coming out in the beginning of March. 

Bittersweet and Sparrow – Announcement

I’m so proud and happy to announce that the first installment in the Waerdarei-series will be published on the 1st of March through Triplicity Publishing.

The Blurb

Rathmoria Emporie, 1719. Sparrow Stonehill, a street walker, is forced to leave her house of employment when it’s bombed one night. From now on, Sparrow’s life will be on the run. Between a brutal oppressive leadership and an equally violent revolution – where is her place?  What side is she on in the civil war? And what does Astrid Dace, the alluring general of the revolution, want with her? 

A love story set in a fictional industrial age dystopia; Bittersweet and Sparrow is the exciting first installment in the Waerdarei-series.

There is still romance, there are still complicated female characters, there is still tears and emotions and sex but otherwise this one is different than my others.

I shall over the following weeks posT a few teAsers and reveaLs as We get closer to the release date, starting with “Welcome to Rathmoria Emporie” that will be posted on February 4th.

U is for Understatement of the century

No… seriously.

Five days ago I wrote a post saying that this was the most unproductive summer I have had for ages and how it’s good for me to take a break and all. And then the bombshell hit.

I put my current work in process on ice and started another one. And in just three days I’m up 9 THOUSAND words. I don’t know what’s happening but I’m just grabbing my laptop and holding on for dear life.

I start work in ten days. Technically I could be up to 40k words by then. Doubt it, but I think I shall be close. The words are just pouring out of me.

I can’t tell you about it though, because then the magic will go away. I just hope it will be beautiful.

…and don’t worry about my other one, the Saltbridge Hollow #1. I put “A Tale of Spiders and Canned Soup” for hold for over a year while suddenly finding myself writing “Stargazing” and both books are out now and all is well.

Reminder that you can check out my novels here.

And you can read 10+ short stories for free here.

T is for 2020 Summer Update

I’m feeling meh.

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It’s summer. Usually my summers are filled with writing, transformation, more writing, reflection, growth and even more writing. I opened the main document for my work in process (the first part of a series called “Saltbridge Hollow” so that’s exciting) it said that it was 5 days ago since it was edited. FIVE DAYS. I haven’t opened my work in process for five days.

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I Love You, Nora Whispered is here!

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This book is my absolute baby. Never have I been prouder. Are you interested in a romantic historical lesfic that has both horses and complicated women? Look no further. Pick up your kindle copy here. In a few days the physical copy should be available too.

Love in the time of horses and polio.
England, 1948.

Nora Lakes suffers from post polio syndrome and very low self-esteem. She has spent her entire life in the chaos of her huge family, always feeling less than and without any future dreams. When her sister Martha manages to get her a job at Waterhouse Acre Stables, she can hardly believe it. She had never imagined that anyone would have employed her, damaged as she is. She also never imagined she would meet anybody like Katherine.

Katherine Waterhouse was born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She has a mean streak and doesn’t like people in general. What she does like, is horses. She wants to be a professional rider but growing up in a conservative house where her choices are limited by her sex, Katherine has always been trapped in her role as a woman.

Nora and Katherine – two women with very different backgrounds, drawn to each other with an intensity neither of them are prepared for.

Do they stand a chance?

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