• WELL THAT’S A FIRST

    Nanowrimo winner certificate

    I WAS IN SUCH a mad dash to complete NaNoWriMo before the 19th that I forgot to post my diploma. This is the first time I’ve completed Nano before the 30th, and it was only possible because of the extensive planning and preparation that went in to it. I spent…

  • SPOOKY END TO PREPTOBER

    My character Eewil Grimm and his didekick Bellatrix, the Guardian of Halloween in front of a spooky looking house with bats and spiders.

    WELCOME TO the very last of this year’s preptober, or InstaWrimo, posts. It’s Day 31 and for some readers it may be time to celebrate Halloween. I guess that’s why the last prompt is: – Spooky. Although there are elements of spooky in my Ulfrheim #wips, I’m not ready to…

  • FUN AUTHOR PHOTO

    I CAN’T HELP feeling like the InstaWrimo team ran out of prompt ideas toward the end of this challenge. The last couple of prompts have not given us much to sink our fangs into, if you ask me. Nevertheless, we’re here and we’ll make do, so without further ado let’s…

  • SHOW ME A SHELFIE

    A screen shot of my audible library.

    A SHELFIE, they said… Only three more days to go before we have completed InstaWrimo and can begin the real challenge. Today (Day 29) it’s going to be another short post. The daily prompt is: – Shelfie. I guess that means we’re supposed to share a snapshot of our bookcase.…

  • YOUR FAVOURITE CLIFFHANGER

    In the blood book cover

    YES! IT’S InstaWrimo time again, and we’re down to the last four posts for this preptober. Today, we’re talking about cliffhangers and I know exactly what I want to focus on. I don’t know about you, but I love a good cliffhanger. As long as we’re talking about a chapter…

  • MY FAVOURITE QUOTE

    My favourite quote

    SO, WE’RE DOWN TO the last five days of the InstaWrimo challenge, and today (Day 27) it’s going to be another short post. The daily prompt is: – Favourite quote. Well, I have two. The first one, if memory serves me right, is from an old film with snakes on…

  • WRITING SNACKS

    The union jack and a denby imperial tea cup

    INSTAWRIMO Day 26 is here and the daily prompt is: – Writing snacks. Right. Well, what do you know. This could very well turn out to be the first time ever I’ve managed to write a short blog post. My writing snack is tea. Or, as we call it here,…

  • YOUR NOVEL IN FIVE WORDS

    WHWAZ, the E rune in the old futhark

    HEY I’M BACK! And yes, I’m still behind, but today we’re doing InstaWrimo Day 25 where the prompt is: – Speedrun: Your novel in five words or less. Let me tell you, this had me completely stumped for days! I did write a one-liner a while back where the prompt…

  • PLAYLISTS & SOUNDTRACKS

    The cover of the Commitments soundtrack.

    INSTAWRIMO Day 24 is all about the soundtrack of our lives. No, scratch that. It’s just about soundtracks. Any soundtrack, I presume, so I’ll kick this off with a question: Have you thought about the role the soundtrack plays in a film or tv-series? How it can lift, or sink,…

  • CHARACTER FLAWS

    A man is trying to push a stubborn elephant off the road.

    AAAAND IT’S InstaWrimo time again! Fasten your seatbelts and hold your seahorses, because this is going to be fast, short and sweet. We’re talking about character flaws today. You know, those pesky little things we all have, but most of us would like to think  we don’t. Not really.  Here’s…

  • PLOT TWISTS

    A part of the book cover for Jodi Picault's My Sister's Keeper

    YES! IT’S time for another InstaWrimo post, and today were talking about plot twists. I don’t know about you, but I love a good plot twist. Some of them are easily spotted right away because of clever foreshadowing (or poor writing), but some really kick you in the gut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shIgnez2Qxg…

  • WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?

    Salman Rushdie's book Midnight's Children and a clock that strikes midnight with fireworks in the backdrop.

    INSTAWRIMO time! Am I slightly behind in my postings? Yes, I am. Does it bother me? Not in the least. And there’s an important #Preptober lesson to be learned there. I see it all the time. People who are writing something that has the potential to be a really good…

  • SOMETHING OLD SOMETHING NEW

    A road sign saying Valhalla

    IT’S INSTAWRIMO time again, and today’s prompt is something old something new. Which, I suppose, could relate to marriage, or at least the wedding ceremony, but that’s not really my thing. Instead, it made me think of the writing process. I’d say that pretty much any kind of storytelling is…

  • WRITING RITUALS

    Afternoon tea - an important part of my writing ritual.

    WRITING RITUALS. That is the somewhat ambiguous topic for Day 19 of #InstaWrimo. I mean, it could either relate to writing about rituals, or the rituals we create around our writing.  Although I write about rituals in my Ulfrheim stories, I can’t really share anything about them right now, so…

  • TIME TRAVEL

    AWW NANO PREPTOBER 21.18

    DANG! TODAY is #InstaWrimo Day 18 and we’re going to talk a little about time travel. Let me kick this one off by saying I almost always dislike time travelling in storytelling. And here’s why… Time travel is so often used as a deus ex machina device in stories. It seems…

  • YOUR MCs DEEPEST DESIRE

    AWW ULFRHEIM BIO HORSE 2

    INSTAWRIMO Day 17 and we’re talking about our deepest desires in true Lucifer fashion. But it’s not actually our own desires we’re going to look at, but that/those of our MCs. Yep, today’s prompt is: – Your MCs deepest desire. I’ve chosen to show you Horse’s deepest desire, because it’s…

  • YOUR FAVOURITE WORD

    AWW NANO PREPTOBER 21.16

    SERENDIPITY. Yep, it’s InstaWrimo time again and today’s prompt is: – Your favourite word. It’s easy to feel bogged down in life, and that has been especially true under this pandemic. But every so often I feel a little jolt of joy at the thought of how incredibly lucky I…

  • DREAMS & NIGHTMARES

    AWW NANO PREPTOBER 21.15

    IT’s INSTAWRIMO time again and today’s prompt for the NaNoWriMo challenge is: – Dreams & nigthmares This is going to be a relatively short post, because spoilers, but I think this is a good opportunity to talk a little about Edda’s inner turmoil. The main character (MC) in the Ulfrheim…

  • IF YOUR NOVEL WERE A MEME

    AWW NANO PREPTOBER 21.14

    INSTAWRIMO DAY 14 is here, and I’m kinda chuffed to have made it through two whole weeks of daily blogging. That doesn’t happen very often. Today’s prompt for the NaNoWriMo #InstaWrimo challenge is: If your novel were a meme. Well, as you can see above, if my Ulfrheim sagas were a…

  • WRITING DIALOGUE

    AWW NANO PREPTOBER 21.13

    IT’S DIALOGUE TIME in the NaNoWriMo #InstaWrimo challenge. So let’s start with a confession: I hate writing dialogue!  One of my best friends is a talented playwright. She says the reason she chose to write for stage and screen was that she found it easier to write dialogue than prose.…