Yep, my debut novel Marian ilmestyskirja (Maria's Book of Revelations) was supposed to come out in the spring, but due to various delays it has only been released now. It's in Finnish, but there is an info page in English, too, and a book trailer which is Finnish only, but very visual, so it's worth watching even if you don't know Finnish. It has gathered many positive, even glowing reviews and has been featured in several Finnish magazines, small ones, but still. I was also interviewed on DA.
I also got a grant for my next novel Häpeämätön (Shameless), the third (and probably last) novel of my cripfic trilogy, which I'm starting to write tomorrow for NaNoWriMo. A lovely surprise. I've applied for three grants in the last year and got two, the other for my new medical textbook, which will be out next month. If nothing else can be deduced from this, it is that I am good at writing grant applications - a very useful skill for someone who writes books for a living. I'd also like to see it as a signal that my work, writing both fiction and non-fiction about chronic illnesses, is seen as important.
Other than writing life has been pretty nice (but my life is mostly writing). It's nice not to have to be in Finland, and to have a doctor I don't have to advise and train any more. I'm on some new meds, like an antiviral drug (which isn't even sold in Finland) and some hormones. I haven't really had the time for visual art and my photography has mostly been focused on the food book that will be out next year. Not much time for poetry either, I'm afraid, but I have written some short fiction and several new stories are underway. When it comes to short fiction I almost exclusively write scifi and cripfic these days.
P.S. How is it possible, that every time I log on DA after a few months, it's even buggier than before? Besides breaking everything else, thanks for doing it to my header, too.
Works in progress
four short stories
some other poems
my sociomedical essay series
Works finished but not yet submitted
three scifi drabbles
five pieces of 55-word fiction
four longer short stories
ten ASCII pictures
an acrylic painting
a digital painting
a whole bunch of photos
Works I wish to start in the near future
molding clay sculpture
Non-art/DA TODO (inconclusive)
promoting my novel
a food book
an LDN brochure
some query letters and pitches
some guest blogs
content for my Finnish CFS/ME site
My preliminary schedule for the following months
15th October Occupy Amsterdam
21st October my novel's release date
31st October NaNoWriMo meeting
1st-30th November NaNoWriMo
3rd November dance show
7th November NaNoWriMo meeting
14th November NaNoWriMo meeting
21st November NaNoWriMo meeting
28th November NaNoWriMo meeting
1st December husband's birthday
I was interviewed by , read the interview in <a href="radicalpuppy4.deviantart.com/j…">his journal.
wrote a poem dedicated to my ASCII art. It's quite good too!
I've set up a discussion thread for my sociomedical essay series on my forum, please read it and contribute if you have any opinions.
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