Yesterday was election day here in Sweden, and it proved to be a sad day for democracy. Sverigedemokraterna (The Swedish Democrats), a party that was formed in the 90’s as the political branch of the white power and neo-nazi movement, has grown in size and power. They are now the third largest political party here in Sweden. Once again the stakes has been raised. Once again, those working towards a totalitarian society based on the ideals of Fascism and Nazism, gets to take one step closer to their goal.
As the granddaughter of a Polish Holocaust survivor, I find this development deeply worrying. In short, I won’t stand for it. I refuse to be silent and let the voices speaking for racism stand unanswered. I refuse to passively watch the laws protecting democracy, freedom of speech and equality become unraveled. I choose to act. To take an active part in changing the course of Sweden, and the course of the world.
If you are reading this and are seeing the same forces at work in your country, I urge you to join me. Join a political group/party. Speak up against extremism. Vote. Do not sit back and expect someone else to protect your rights for you. That didn’t work in Germany in the 30’s, and it won’t work now. YOU MUST ACT!
Remember: THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING – Edward Burke.
It’s been a hectic summer writingwise. I’ve focused on writing fantasy as well as putting Timeless Love, my NaNoWriMo story from last year, through its first round of editing. In short, I have had my plate full. Which is great. There is nothing worse than staring at the screen and having no idea what to write.
But lately it’s been a bit much. I have too many ideas popping up in my head and not enough hours of the day to deal with them all. So I have decided to take a vacation. From now until November, I won’t write a thing in my stories. I’ll keep writing in the interactive stories, I’m involved with of course! And I’ll keep writing down any idea that comes to me. But for the next two months, I’m going to spend my free time playing Video Games. Witcher 3, here I come! 🙂
I am in the process of editing Timeless Love, the Romance/Horror story I wrote for NaNoWriMo last year. So far it’s going fairly well. I’m making may way through the story, filling in plot holes, trying to make the dialogue sound less awkward and fixing typos and such.
It’s been a slow process, but now I’m beginning to feel like I’m seeing the end of it. Hopefully, I should be able to update the story on Inkitt and change the setting from Work In Progress to Completed sometime next week.
If you want to check out the story, you can find it HERE.
NaNoWriMo’s July Camp is over. Unlike the April Camp, this time I managed to reach the goal I had set for myself: 13 500 words. I managed to write just a little over 15 000 words so GO ME! 🙂
The story I’m working on is an epic fantasy story, and even though I have a total word count of close to thirty-thousand words, I still feel like I am very much in the beginning of this great adventure. This is my first original story written in English in the fantasy genre and it is quite exciting. I have already made plans to keep working on the same story for the November Novel challenge.
If you are curious about the story, you can head over to Inkitt. I posted the first four chapters there.
Time to come clean. I haven’t been able to work on my NaNo April Camp project at all.
When I got the e-mail back in late February early March winter was still on full force. Spring seemed an eternity away, and with it any thoughts on the garden. But spring came and I woke up to the realisation that I need to get my ass in gear and start digging flowerbeds and start germinating seeds ASAP or everything will have to wait a whole year.
So, I tore myself from the keyboard, rolled up my sleeves and got digging. And I haven’t stopped since.
Sorry, NaNoWriMo, but the garden waits for no one.
Spring is upon us with all its fickleness and charm. Draw inspiration from nature and start fresh. Why not try a different genre, or try your hand at writing poetry? Whatever you do, go all in!
If you haven’t already, head over Camp NaNoWriMo and sign up so you can participate in their April Camp. Take the opportunity to dedicate an entire month to writing. I can promise that you won’t regret it.
I participated in the National November Writing Month last year. It challenges you to write a 50 000 word novel in 30 days. I know… it is crazy, but a lot of fun.
2017 was the first year I actually signed up for an account over at nanowrimo.org. And waddaya know, I actually managed to write a novel! Yup, that’s right, an entire story with a beginning, a middle and an ending. 50 986 words in 30 days.
Okay, enough bragging. 🙂
It turns out that the good people over at NaNoWriMo arranges virtual camps as well, and for the entire April I will, together with our Cyan, join thousands of others happy campers for some writing adventures. Unlike the November challenge, you set your own goal during the Camp. My goal, and this is a big one, is to write another 50 000 word story. And I am itching to go! If you ask me, April can’t come soon enough!
If you haven’t already, you should head over to https://campnanowrimo.org/ and join us. Take this opportunity to dedicate an entire month to writing and creativity. Like NaNoWriMo says, the world needs your stories.
For close to ten years my website faerycourt.com has been a fix point in my life. It has been a virtual home and meeting place for not just myself, but for my small circle of friends. We’ve spent hours writing stories, sharing ideas, inspiration and, at times, our innermost feelings.
But now the time has come to leave the Faery Court, to create something new. I can’t deny that it is with a feeling of sadness that I sit here and write the very first post on what will become our new corner of the web. But I also feel the excitement of starting fresh, of being able to create something new.
I hope that Writers Cottage will become what the Faery Court was for so long: a place where we can share, were we can dream and where we can create. Let the writing commence! 🙂
The future belongs to do who believes in the beauty of their dreams ~ Eleanor Roosevelt