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Day 15 #30DayWritingChallenge

Bullet-point your whole day

Prepare for excitement, people!!

  • Woke up by the alarm before the rooster crowed at 9AM
  • Stumbled out of bed and shuffled into the shower
  • Gulped down 3 cups of espresso
  • Pasted on a smile and tried to sound genuine as I welcomed my cleaning lady
  • Tried my hardest not to fall asleep on my keyboard as said lady cleaned our condo
  • Made more coffee (I’m not a morning person!)
  • Remembered to pay her salary as I said Terima kasih for today and slammed the door so fast behind her it was a miracle it didn’t get stuck in the frame
  • Took a long nap on the couch
  • Tried to decide what to have for lunch, couldn’t come up with anything and had a cracker instead
  • Did some high-quality surfing on the Internet meaningless Internet browsing
  • Stared at my WIP
  • Checked Instagram
  • Stared at the coffee machine, trying to remember if I’d already had today’s allotment. Decided on a glass of sparkling water instead
  • Stared at my WIP some more. Actually wrote words
  • Texted my husband (in the home office) and told him I wanted more coffee
  • Kissed said husband when he brought a fresh cup
  • Messaged back and forth with the beloved daughter
  • Wrote three thousand more words on my WIP
  • Did some research
  • Tried to convince my husband to take me out to dinner
  • Failed to convince my husband to take me out to dinner because he had work meetings
  • Shit, I forgot the laundry!
  • Ordered dinner
  • Grumbled over idiots on Twitter
  • Ate dinner
  • Read a book
  • Went to bed
  • Read some more
  • Fell asleep holding my husband’s hand.

Interesting, right? 🙂

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Day 14 #30DayWritingChallenge

Post your favorite movies that you never get tired of watching

I don’t watch a lot of movies, much to my husband’s disappointment. I used to watch a lot of movies and TV-shows, but I got tired of it. I prefer to read and create my own images. And there’s no commercial breaks in books.

However, I have some favorites, of course.


I love the Harry Potter movies. I loved the books and the movies are surprisingly well made. And even if they’re full of horrible situations and evil characters they are still feel-good movies. I guess I feel that way because they’re something I’ve always shared with my daughter, so I have all these happy associations about them.


Basically anything Jane Austen, but here are my favorites. To be fair this version of Pride and Prejudice is a mini-series, but I decided I was allowed to include it anyway. I mean, it has the classic Darcy-in-a-wet-shirt scene, so it would be a crime not to include it. The three first (P&P, Persuasion, and S&S) were all released in 1995, which was a very good Jane Austen year. Oh, and I adore Alan Rickman in S&S, especially in this scene when he reads to Marianne (Kate Winslet). I can feel his voice all the way down to my toes.


I am a real Star Trek geek, so anything Star Trek. To be honest I prefer the TV-shows, but I like the movies too. Except maybe for number 5 The Final Frontier which isn’t great. But the new ones are great and I hope there will be more. Oh, and a new TV-show too, please!

There you go. Lots of favorite movies. What’s yours? 🙂

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Day 13 #30DayWritingChallenge

What are you excited about?

I’m super excited about the upcoming release of my short story Unconditionally, of course!

And I need to make a decision. I’ve not told anyone back in Sweden (except for my daughter and her boyfriend) that I’ll be a published author soon, I haven’t even told them that I write. I’ve wanted to keep it a secret, probably because I doubted my ability, but also because I wanted something that was just mine for a while.

But now that I’m actually going to be published (which must mean I don’t suck, right? 🙂 ) I’m thinking about telling them. It feels like it’s too big to keep to myself, and when people ask how I spend my days I can’t tell them. They think I’m a first class slacker, that spend my days by the pool, when it couldn’t be further from the truth.

And also: there’s…you know…two boys having S-E-X in my story. Do I really want my mom to read about that? (The risk isn’t very big because she’s not great at English. But she would probably try to read it at least…and then what? 🙂 )

I don’t know, what do you think?

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Day 12 #30DayWritingChallenge

Write about five blessings in your life

I would never use the term “blessing” in my life because I’m not religious. So I tweaked the topic and changed it to five things I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful that I have been given the opportunity to read and write. The world would be a much smaller place without these abilities. I thought a lot about this when I was in Bangkok a few months back and looked at and tried to make sense of their written language. My brain tried to make the letters into something familiar, and I thought Hmmm, that kind of looks like an A, and I had to force myself to stop thinking like that. And I kind of got a glimpse of how it would be if I couldn’t read, and I didn’t like it.

I’m thankful that me and my husband are in a place in our lives that gives me the opportunity to chase my dream and try to become an author. When I have to work my creativity shuts down completely and there would be no chance for me to write if I had to work.

I’m thankful for the chance we got to move to another country and experience new things. We’ve had both good and bad times here in Malaysia, but nowadays it’s mostly good. It feels like home, even though it’s so different from where we grew up. But this has been an amazing learning experience and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I’m thankful that my husband is also my best friend. And biggest supporter.

I’m thankful for my wonderful daughter. No explanations necessary ❤

What about you? What are you thankful for?

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Day 11 #30DayWritingChallenge

Something you always think “What if…” about

Many years ago there was an event in my life I think “What if…” about from time to time. Something big, life altering, and also too personal to share here. It wasn’t something I had ever planned for and I was upset at first. But I adjusted quickly and can’t see my life any other way now.

When I think of that event in my life, and wonder what would have happened if it had gone the other way, my heart aches and I almost cry.

I’m really sorry for being so vague, but I have a clip to illustrate how I feel. It’s from Sex and the City when Carrie is moving to Paris and she and the girls have their farewell dinner:

Today I had a thought. What if I…What if I had never met you?