Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Writer's Anxiety...

If you are a writer, published or unpublished, I guess you can relate to one of these. 
I'm still in the upper left square, hoping and praying that my book one day will live and fly out there on its own wings... 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Writing, writing.

This is me these days... (Except for the dog, in my case there is a cat sitting next to my laptop.) 
I'm rewriting - again - my manuscript, and as my deadline crawls nearer, I try to breathe, and have frequent coffee breaks!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Ég á Líf ( I am Alive )

It's one of my favorite songs these days.  It is written by Örlygur Smári & Pétur Örn Gudmundsson, and sung by Eyþór Ingi Gunnlaugsson. It was Iceland's contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest 2013.
I don't understand much of the lyrics (though I actually did study Islandic many years ago...), but I understand the main message: "I'm alive." and "When the winds turn against me,
I climb over the high Mountains" From the English translations (yes, there are several versions out there) I understand it is about somebody searching for his way through life, overcoming obstacles and learning how to love...
The music make me think about travels and oceans, and it often reminds me of celtic music.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

19 Years...

August 13th 1994.
Has it really been 19 years? 
Three countries and four kids later, 
we just walked home from watching a movie at the local theater tonight. 
It was raining, and we had an umbrella...

Photo: Svein Per Hardeberg

Friday, August 9, 2013

Summer 2013: On the Church Roof!

After almost two months, I guess it's about time I post something.
This summer we went on a four week road trip through Europe. Traveling with four kids in a car for  thousands of miles is actually very fun, once all the stress of planning and plotting is over, suitcases and bags are packed and stocked in the car, we've found a cat sitter and we're on the road!
Here we are sitting on the roof of the church in Saintes Maries de la Mer, a charming, little town on the South coast of France. 

The church is built between the 9th and the 12th centuries, and it is a true fortress, made to protect the town from pirate attacks, and it also served as a refuge for the town's inhabitants. The crypt houses the statue of Saint Sarah, which is a major figure in the Gypsy cultural tradition. The church (and the statue) is an important pilgrimage destination.