Writing

I'm sure you have heard the stories: Icelanders believe in elves, won't build anything without first checking whether there are elves living on the site, go around knocking on boulders to say hello to the elves, make whole entire maps of elf colonies, and blah-de-blah. The international media loves to chew on this stuff, and the Icelandic tourist industry loves to feed it to them. Well, I'm here to tell you: it's a crock of poo. "But!" I hear you say breathlessly. "There was this study that showed that Icelanders most definitely do believe in elves. I read about it in Vanity Fair [or insert name of other sophisticated media outlet here]." Sure, ok. I will grant that there was a study. And allegedly, in...

Hey everyone - I'm looking for a handful of volunteers who might be willing to help out by acting as beta readers for my new book. [caption id="attachment_937" align="alignleft" width="300"] With any luck you won't be quite this bored.[/caption] If you're not familiar with it, a beta readers is (generally) a non-professional who reads over a work prior to publishing and offers their feedback - thoughts, impressions and commentary - to the author. Like most of my other books, this one will be an independently published project. What I am especially looking for this time around is someone to give me feedback on diction, grammar, spelling ...

So, last week I started a post about the process of putting together a book for publication, but only got about halfway through when I had to quit because everyone knows the Internet's attention span doesn't last very long and I was already way over that limit. I had hoped that by this stage my book would have been released from its cocoon and already be making the rounds among my small circle of readers, but alas - I had not factored in the endless little problems that can arise in the building of a book. Little piddly technical stuff, like margins, and indents, and paragraph styles, and cover sizes, and how these and myriad other things behave when converted to...

As many readers will know, the release of my new book, Unraveled, is imminent. "Yeah yeah," I hear you thinking, "she's been banging on about this for months" - and you will be right. [Although I don't believe I've ever used the word "imminent" before. Just saying.] [caption id="attachment_752" align="alignleft" width="300"] The preview option on the KDP site shows my book cover as it would look on an iPad.[/caption] So I just wanted to give a brief rundown of what exactly is happening, lest some of you think I'll be talking about this fictional book forever and I probably haven't even started writing it yet [I have]. Also, I have a hunch that this may be useful for those of you who may...

In the last while I've had a few people ask me what's going on with my new book - the novel for which I was requesting beta readers a while back. Well, the writing is done, the beta reading is done, the editing is done, I think we've nailed a cover for it [I'm so fortunate to have a graphic designer at my disposal in the form of my supremely talented husband], and now I'm figuring out the best way to get it out there, with respect to method, timing, and so on. Brief recap: the book is called Unraveled and it's a novel. In the story, an Icelandic woman named Frida has recently moved back to Iceland with her husband, a British diplomat...

Well, I always suspected it was true, and now I know it is - it's a lot harder to blog once a week than to blog once a day. A lot of the blog gurus preach that you really don't need to update a blog very frequently. Once a week should be enough, if you are providing quality content for your readers. That may work for some bloggers. It doesn't work that well for me, as the infrequent posts on this blog are now beginning to prove. Not that it's such a bad thing. When I was writing The Iceland Weather Report like a madwoman (posting up to three times a day - Oy!) I had a momentum going, and I had a...

A few days ago, my book The Little Book of the Icelanders was published by a legacy publisher (Forlagið). I had originally released it as an eBook through my website, and it had done quite well (which I'm sure scored it some merit points in the legacy department, once again bringing home the importance of self-initiative and the magic of the Internet ...