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It's been a while. A few years. Quite a few since I essentially stopped using DA because of the extremely abusive admins (my comment average is still 4.2 comments a day!). I'm not sure if anyone I know is still reading this. Lots of stuff has been happening, good and bad. The Netherlands is a wonderful place. When I got away from Finland life was great for a while. I could work 15-hour days despite the CFS/ME, thanks to LDN. I thought my nightmare was finally over. Until November 2011, when my pituitary was destroyed by sabotage. Hypopituitarism is one really shitty illness and has put me close to death more times than I can count. Also very expensive to treat - insurance covers most of my treatments currently I'm going to Belgium for growth hormone, which costs like 300 euros a month.

So last 2.5 years have mostly been hell, but luckily good stuff too. I've now had three novels and four non-fiction books (including three medical books) published in Finland by proper publishers. Not bad. (I got a cookbook deal in 2011, but because of the hypopituitarism it still isn't finished.) A publisher is now considering my children's book (my story, a professional artist's illustrations). My first play, based on my debut novel, premiered in March. Being published is awesome, but not as awesome as seeing your play on stage. (Photos here!) Hopefully one day I'll see my screenplay on the big screen as well, as I've started writing movie scripts too. Of course odds are overwhelmingly against it, but one can hope.

Currently I have one play (a dark comedy), my first screenplay and three poems in contests. Probably won't yield anything, but then I'll just have to enter more. I've recently been slacking on the short story front, but last year I was published twice in a Finnish speculative fiction/romance zine (M/F and F/F). Yep, I've started writing romance. I even wrote one piece of erotica which I'm very happy with, but the Finnish magazine I aimed it for went bust... I didn't write many poems for years, but now I'm trying to work towards a proper collection.

I've been writing for big magazines too, including most of Finland's top magazines. Last year I wrote my first piece for a women's magazine (the biggest in Finland), now I'm writing my first piece for a posh glossy. I have taken the photos for several of my articles, including one that was published in Suomen Kuvalehti, often called "the Newsweek of Finland".

As for visual art, I'm still drawing ASCII art (obviously), going on my 17th year, but just 1-3 pieces a year. Haven't done any other digital art for a few years (save for some book trailers). Photography, some but not much. I've been supposed to get back to collage and acrylic painting, I have very ambitious plans on that front. I've been going to lots of galleries and art museums lately which has been very inspiring. Now I just need to get my hormone deficiencies in better shape, so that I'll have the energy to actually carry out the plans. For a few years I've entertained the idea of baking fantasy cakes - I already have lots of equipment from fondant molds to food glitter - but have never really got to it because of lack of energy.

So, aside from having a second debilitating and life-threatening illness (on top of CFS/ME) and some other stuff, things are pretty good. I just feel a bit like I've hit a wall - it's very hard to get plays and screenplays produced and I'd need a bigger publisher for my novels. Translation rights would be the obvious next goal.

If you want to stay in touch, Twitter is probably the best place to reach me. I talk to a bunch of DA people there.
  • Reading: Ursula Le Guin: The Dispossessed
  • Eating: rhubarb strawberry mango dessert


Maija Haavisto
Artist | Professional | Literature
27-year old Finnish writer (author, journalist, medical writer), translator, artist and photographer living in the Netherlands. I'm hardly on DA any more, having grown tired of the abusive, lying, sociopathic admins.

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diamondie Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Writer
Hi! I'm not really here any more, I just write books in the real world. :-> Very difficult to find the time for crafting poetry these days, even though I try. I'm impressed that you're still at least somewhat active here.
delliversagain Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011   General Artist
Yeah hard to come here that often because my work controls my internet access (it's not like I'm any more productive now than I was then....)

Are your books available on-line?
diamondie Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Writer
Yeah, of course. But my new novel is only in Finnish, at least until I manage to find an international publisher for it.
deviant-garde Featured By Owner May 22, 2011
I like how someone "exposing the lies of dA admins" lost their seniority despite getting the Deviousness Award...
diamondie Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Writer
Yeah, gee, wonder what the connection might be?
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4EverYoungKid Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Comments everywhere.
Jhuyu26 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:iconcheerplz: Happy birthday! I hope you have a good one! :D
Aureta Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconcheerplz: Happy birthday to you! :iconcheerplz:
Hehee, it's my birthday too!
ice-or-fire Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Happy early birthday!
Hope you have a good one!
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