Writing is a slow business. Finishing a short story can take anything from a week to several months. Then you shop it around, which can take anything from a week to several months, or in some cases, years, if it happens at all (yes, years. I know people who submitted a story for years until they finally had it published. In many aspects it's a numbers game, and sometimes it just takes a while). Upon acceptance the story is queued for publication, which can be, again, anything from a week to several months. So, from first draft to publication, you might be looking at years. And that's just for a short story.
2015 was a busy year, but most of it was invisible. I published three short stories: "Mine-Wife", "A Call to Arms for Deceased Authors' Rights" and "Lyssna" (Swedish). I wrote several more stories and sold them, but they are all due for publication in 2016. I worked on a novel, which compared to the short story process is a whole new level of slow. Also, my agent shopped my 2012 novel Amatka around (with success!). 2016 will hopefully be more visible. I have three stories due for publication in Lightspeed, Tor.com and in the anthology The Starlit Wood; I'll post more info as it comes. The English translation of Amatka is in the works and planned for spring 2017. There are more short stories in the pipeline. All of this is to say: things are happening. Keep an eye out.
Great news! Vintage Books has acquired Jagannath and my 2012 Swedish novel Amatka. Amatka is tentatively planned for publication in spring 2017. More details as they appear later.
Snart är Andra vägar ute från ETC förlag! Den är proppad med nyskrivna noveller av mig, Anders Fager, Jessica Schiefauer, Johan Frick, Boel Bermann, Kristina Hård, Kristoffer Leandoer och Andrea Lundgren, och med ett förord av Jeff Noon.
Min novell "Lyssna" är en fristående fortsättning på "Sing" som jag publicerade på Tor.com för ett par år sedan. Den utspelar sig på den nedlagda gruvkolonin Kiruna, som plötsligt blivit intressant för en grupp människor vars tal har märkliga effekter på det mänskliga medvetandet.
Andra vägar kommer ut till bokmässan i Göteborg.
Over at Where Ghostwords Dwell, you can find an excerpt from a short story that never made it into Jagannath: "Linkax, Symass, Kanevat". We decided to let it go because it didn't really add anything to the collection as a whole. In hindsight it was a good decision - it's not a strong story. Still, I thought it'd be fun to give you a peek.
Here's me talking to Gregory Pellechi of Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing about such diverse things as Nordic Weird, Mass Effect, writing for LARPS and writing in several languages. We didn't agree on the ME ending (space Jesus!), but had a ton of fun.
I published the story "Sing" at Tor.com in 2013. Most of my stories get a specific playlist. I've recently come back to the world in which "Sing" takes place, so I recreated and added to the old playlist on Spotify. Click on Greg Ruth's gorgeous artwork to get there.
I brought up The Cure's album Wish for a short story project, and had trouble writing because of the assault of memories it brought with it. I had forgotten I used to listen to it while traveling. We're in the mid-90's, boys and girls, in a conglomerate of trips to festivals and English towns.Read More
I had the honor of presenting the works of the pseudonymous author Harriet Dumont at Malmö Pride a couple of weeks ago, and you should all head over to her blog. Why? Because she presents the case for writing pansexual, polyerotic pirate smut. It turns out, it's sorely needed.
- That my blood would turn into powder like in The Andromeda Strain
- That I would live forever and be there when the sun expanded and the water boiled away from the surface of the Earth
- Imagining eternity
- The thing that lived at the bottom of the stairs at night
- People wearing masks
- The lizard people from V
- Things at the bottom of lakes
My friend Patrik Eriksson makes films. He made Kim Jest Arvid Pekon? and Wozek, among other things. We discuss the creative process now and then. He has a series of questions for me, he says, that I should talk about and that people should read about. So without further ado, here's the miniseries Patrik Asks Stuff. Welcome.Read More
On Saturday, I went to a blackbox LARP called Before We Wake.
If you ever suspected that someone was directing your dreams, you're absolutely right. That intelligence, known as the Dream Envoy, was who I and the other participants played: the part of your conscious that tries to send you messages through dreams. For a few hours, the Dream Envoys congregated in a collective dream space to design and act out messages for their dreamers. They started in the raw fabric of the Dreaming, weaving new patterns together, producing new impulses, new material; they moved on into the Dreamspace to act out dreams, or discuss and plan them in the Night Café together with other envoys. If it sounds kind of trippy, it's because it was. It was surreal and profound and honest; sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious.Read More
You may have noticed that I haven't published that many new stories lately. The reason is that I'm working on a new novel. It's set in the same world as the stories "Augusta Prima" and "Aunts". I don't know when it'll be finished. Suffice to say there's a manuscript. Meanwhile, keep your eyes open for new short stories (they will pop up, just not that often).