What happened in 2020.
- Okay, it’s been a weird year and we all know it.
- We went absolutely nowhere and saw no one.
- I took this bizarre opportunity to let my hair grow out and see what my natural color is, hence the lack of photos of me this year since it was silver/gray. I haven’t seen my natural hair since I was 12 so this is exciting.
- I had two horror novellas published, Hellbound in a Hurry and The Midnight Lullaby.
- And I perfected my peanut butter cookie baking.
As far as my yearly recaps go, this one is pretty slim. I have really struggled with staying on top of my writing projects this year. I’ve written at least 100k but spread out over 5 different projects. I’m really hoping to get back on track for 2021 and finish some of these stories.
Okay, I’ve been away for a while. We did a long vacation in the States to visit family and do a little honeymooning. We were mostly in Northern California but did a little adventure to New York. Expect blog posts to catch up! For the Redwoods, Scandinavain Air with travel tips and my hatred of airplane food, New York, my 8 hour hair coloring experience, the Jelly Belly Factory and Monterey to list a few.
We had a great time and are nestled at home in Kiruna once more!
I am ecstatic to share that my book is going to be published with World Weaver Press.
There is a lot of editing ahead but I am so looking forward to it! I can’t wait to get Vanity in Dust in perfect shape for publishing and out into the world.
This will be my first published work. It is honestly a dream come true. I had some communication with the publisher during the query process and knew that things were going pretty well since I was still being considered but when I got the email that they were interested in publishing me, I cried. It was a bit embarrassing because I was at the gym.
I am so excited to be working with my editor at World Weaver to get Vanity in Dust ready for publication. It’s already been a fantastic experience and I’ve only just started.
I’m in the first round of substantive edits. Wish me luck because it sounds like there will be more!
My beloved friend, Linn, surprised me with a weekend trip to Stockholm while Phong and I were visiting in Umeå last month! We had an incredibly fun time and didn’t even come close to seeing everything we wanted to.
Many blog posts are to come including: Drottningholm castle, the castle gardens, The Chinese Pavilion (mini castle), a whole post with just chandelier pictures and, of course, a flurry of cafes and a little hotel review too.
Above are some pictures of my new favorite street. It’s so little! And below are some snapshots around the city just to get started, mostly from Gamlastan (old town) and the edge of Södermalm.
All pictures of me were taken by Linn.
Gamlastan! The cobblestones were really pretty the first day but a nightmare by the last!
Starbucks is always an exciting and interesting find for me. They aren’t very common in Sweden, at all. I’ve only ever seen 3 and they are all in Stockholm (one here in the city, one in the train station, and another in the airport). There are a lot of cafes I like more, including the Swedish version of Starbucks, Espresso House, but getting a caramel frappuccino always reminds me of home.
Never seen one of these before. I imagine it has a coffee maker inside and some cops taking a break?
Starting to think I might pass for a giant if I ever traveled back in time. Not that I would ever sign up for such a thing. I like my time just fine.
Many more posts with pictures to come! Including fancy Sunday tea in Umeå!