It´s quite late in the evening, and we´re just wrapping up the final preparations for christmas, which is ... wrapping things up. I´ve snuck out to my little house (10 sq meters) to devote myself to yet another seasons greeting to continue the tradition.
As always, I am amazed that quite a few of you still hang around. I visit every now and then to see what you´re up to. The subject of the "Eliverse" is a fun one. Always when I write a story, I must take in consideration whether this story maybe takes place in the same universe as one of the others. Almost always they don´t.
This year, I have devoted quite a lot of time to stories for other forums. I have written yet another version of a TV-script for Little Star, still uncertain if anything will come of that. Made some revisions on the script for the movie Handling the undead, which actually might happen, with a great young female director.
I have written a play, "De Obehöriga". Hard to translate, but roughly "The Unauthorized". It was a great success, all the tickets to all the performances (30+) sold out on the first day. And a lovely play it was. Very, very funny. I worked closely together with the actors and the director, rewrote and rewrote. It was a challenging and rewarding experience, my best one with the theater so far.
Last year in Cuba, and this autumn I have been writing The Kindness. I am now on page 630, with maybe 70 more to go. I usually don´t say that my latest book is my best, since it´s always been Little Star that has the number one spot for me, but with The Kindness that might change. It´s a big, fat beauty, in my opinion. Out in Sweden spring 2021.
The final week in Cuba last year I also started to write The Pigs, and completed it when we came home. It´s 80 pages of complete debauchery, absolutely disgusting, but also great fun. As you might know, I always read aloud to my wife what I have written. In our almost 20 years together doing this, with The Pigs she said maybe halfway through: "I don´t want to hear any more!". This is a first time. My ambition with The Pigs was to write swedish hardcore hillbilly horror and, yeah, I think I succeeded. It will probably be published seperately, with illustrations. Oh, I can just see the illustrations!
And that´s about it. A very secret and very big project is looming on the horizon and if I get to do that it will take up a lot of my time in the future. As Erasure says: "I´m crazy flowing over with ideas."
I know that Quercus and Text will be publishing the final part of the "Places"-trilogy, I think next year. So "I am behind you" and "I always find you" will be concluded with "I am the Tiger" making my ABBA-homage complete.
Right now playing the remake of Resident Evil 2, watching Please like me, both highly recommended. Reading Leonardo Padura in spanish to get inte the Cuban vibe, and Thomas of Aquinos Summa Theologica because I always wanted to do that. 4400 pages of scholasticism.
And with that I leave you, and my little house where the pages keeps pouring out on a daily basis. I wish you the happiest of holidays, and if you want to get in the christmas spirit, I recommend "I´m gettin nutting for christmas" with Shirley Temple.
All the best to you.