entertaining the sombrevilles

Entertaining the Sombrevilles : status report

I’ve worked hard this week to finish editing the first draft of Entertaining the Sombrevilles. Even though I write mostly in English nowadays it will always be my second language, and there will always be those expressions and grammar-related issues where I’m not completely sure what I’m doing. But a lot of things has happened between the first and the second draft, and the text flows much better now. For my next read-through I’ll focus more on the sex scenes – there are a lot of them, and I don’t want to repeat myself over and over. We’ll see how that goes.

My goal, as I might have said before, is to self-pub this novel before the year is over. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it, but right now I feel pretty hopeful.

The little prince

A new Swedish prince was born yesterday, Prince Oscar Carl Olof Bernadotte. I love the name and, well, I just love anything royal to be honest. Monarchy is problematic, obviously, but I can’t help finding it beautiful that there’s so much tradition and history that comes with having a royal family. I guess it has a lot to do with my writing, too, because I’ve always enjoyed making up stories about aristocrats and the like, and I love luxurious settings. One of the best parts of writing Entertaining the Sombrevilles was to create the family tree, and give everyone names and titles. Coming up with names for characters has been one of my favourite pastimes ever since I was a child. Which means I always have to create lots of characters, just so I can name them.

If I ever have children, they’ll have so many names. Three each would not be enough!

Changes

As you may have noticed, I have a new blog design! I was more than tired of the old one and it feels great that the blog looks nicer now. I hope I’m not the only one who thinks it’s better now than before 😉

I’ve also updated the information about Wavesongs, and added another page for Entertaining the Sombrevilles. In case anyone wants to know more about what I’m working on.

Editing

  
This weekend I’m busy editing Entertaining the Sombrevilles, the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo. Having so much fun with this story!

I also got around to watching the recent TV adaptation of Agatha Christie’s And then there were none. An excellent mini-series altogether and the casting is insanely good – I mean, Douglas Booth, Aidan Turner, Toby Stephens, Miranda Richardson and Sam Neill in the same production? I would have watched no matter what the story was. My friend had told me earlier that Douglas Booth’s character had a lot in common with the main character of Entertaining the Sombrevilles and she was more than right, oh my God. He’s such a great actor and I can’t wait to watch the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie, which has both Booth and Matt Smith in it. ^______^ 

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! ❤

On second thought…

Just a few days left now until Christmas, how did that happen? I hope you’re having a less stressful week than I do – seriously, work is being ridiculous right now and there’s no way I’ll be able to cross everything on my to-do-list out before Wednesday. Oh well, the rest will just have to wait a few days.

So, about my plans for 2016 then. I said I’d translate Vågsånger into English, remember? Let’s just say, I tried translating a few pages and… no. Not doing that. It’s not that it’s hard, but it takes so much time – and time is the one thing I don’t have (a lot of). My revised plan is to hire someone else to translate it, because the time it would take to translate an entire novel is much better spent writing other, new novels.

Currently I’m focusing entirely on Entertaining the Sombrevilles. I’m doing the very first read-through now and I really do love this story – it’s just so much fun, and I think it shows that it’s my second novel. It’s a much simpler plot, sure, but I do think it flows better than Vågsånger, and it definitely was easier to write. This makes me very hopeful because it means I actually am making progress. Hopefully, I’ll just get better and better 🙂

Merry Christmas to all of you!