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I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Oh, hey there – nice of you to stop by.

Things are a bit hectic here, but I’m glad you dropped in. As you may or may not know In taking this little sideshow of mine and making it the main attraction; I’m going pro, grabbing life by the dangly bits and holding on like my life depended on it – which isn’t that far from the truth, perhaps.

So what does this mean for you, Dear Reader?

Well, for starters it means you will see me update as  bit more frequently again. You’ll see more art, more ramblings and more insight into my professional life. You see, drawing and writing is now my profession – albeit part time – and this page is now turning from a private side project to the face of my business:

So if by chance you have the need for some art to brighten your day, your life, your project – or why not your workspace – feel free to get in touch and we can discuss it. Otherwise, just hang around and I hope I’ll keep you at least mildly entertained.

Oh, and in the near future you’ll see some further additions to this page.

There’s a lot to do yet. I’m preparing for a little ‘ launch party’ of sorts – or maybe a wake for the passing of the last vestiges of my free time.

Ah well, I’ll get plenty of rest when I’m dead.

Reblog: How to write 52 short stories a year

My first Reblog in awhile – and perhaps something I should consider, since my writing has fallen to the wayside…

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It was the great Ray Bradbury who said: “Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad stories in a row.”

Chris White at A Writers Den posted a lovely picture quoting him.

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I’ve been writing a short story each week, posted on my blog on Fridays, since May 2013. I was going to say two years, but it’s three and a half already! I started taking it easier last summer, reblogging an earlier story at the end of the month with the Flashback Friday meme.

I couldn’t have done those stories without without a prompt.

I found a guy called Chuck Wendig, who has been posting prompts for around 1400 followers each week, who then added links to their efforts the next week.

Chuck’s blog is not for those that shy away from rants and bad language, but his take on all sorts of…

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Lady Phantom

Dear Reader –

I haven’t been posting much lately, and there are three reasons for that:

  • First and foremost, having a baby boy (he just turned 5 months old) takes a lot of time and effort.
  • Second, with the advent of our child. me and my girlfriend are busy planning our future and working toward finding a home for our family.
  • Third, the project I’m working on – the one I have been teasing here and elsewhere:

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So what is Lady Phantom, you may wonder?

Lady Phantom is the title and main character of an upcoming superhero comic, written by Julie K. Taylor and drawn by R. Thomas Allwin (that’s right – me!). Now, don’t run off and try to find it quite yet, though – we are just starting out. For the past six months, we have been busy refining the original concept, working out the script, doing concept art and storyboards – now, we have all the preparations done and we are ready to start in earnest.

It’s going to be a while before the first issue is available.

I am just now putting pen to paper and starting the actual interior art, and between my day job and my family there’s only so much time to put it. Our plan is to start with a six-issue mini series and go from there.

Everything else will be in your hands, as readers and critics.

You will be able to follow our progress on the facebook page:

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We will post updates, teasers, news and information about ourselves there – though of course there will be updates on here as well – so if you want the latest info as it happens, swing by and follow us there. Who knows, there may even be some surprises popping up there later on!

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Welcome to Costa City!

Reblog: 73 must-read books for freelancers from freelancers

This week I’m sharing collection of useful books, recommended by various freelancers in several different fields (including the talented illustrator and graphic designer Stefan Lindblad).

I’ve only read a handful of these, but several more look interesting – so if you are a freelancer or entrepreneur, or maybe just thinking of starting up a business, take a look here and see if there’s something for you:

73 Must-read Books for Freelancers from Freelancers

Ready for the Storm

“May you live in eventful and interesting times.”
–Chinese curse

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Happy midsummer’s eve, Dear Reader – if it is happy…which I doubt…

I know, I know – the solstice was three days ago, but here in Sweden we always celebrate midsummer’s on the weekend. In not much in the mood for celebration, though.

Midsummer marks the point after which the days grow shorter, and we are indeed heading toward darker times – metaphorically as well as literally.

This morning it was announced that Britain has voted to leave the European Union and the GBP dropped eight percent. Now, I’m not a big fan of the EU in general, but for all its shortcomings it comes with a lot of benefits as well. I haven’t studied the issue will enough to predict if the UK will be better off outside the EU or not, in the long run. It seems clear, though, that there will be a host of problems to begin with and with both Northern Ireland and Scotland murmuring about independence, ‘Great’ may soon be even less suitable as an epithet for Britain.

But the real tragedy here – the real darkness – is not the vote to leave and it’s consequences. The real tragedy here is the forces that made it possible.

We live in an increasingly divided world.

On the one hand we have the growing right-wing opinions fuelled by fear, nostalgia and personal gain. On the other we have the left-wing idealism fuelled by hope, compassion and globalistic ideals. Both sides suffer from the same ailment: naively being swayed by personal emotions and a sense of righteousness. Neither side seems capable of critical thinking when it comes to their own views.

We live in the Disinformation Age.

In this global grapevine that is the Internet it is far too easy to sway public opinion by appealing to emotion rather than intellect. Any one can publish any thing and make it look like fact. Any one can find something to support their personal delusion about the world, no matter how implausible. This is nothing new, of course – humans have reacted this way throughout history – we are just seeing it on a much larger, faster, and more pervasive scale.

That will be our downfall.

We are living in increasingly eventful, interesting, darkening times – and that, Dear Reader, is why I won’t be celebrating today. Well, that and the fact that I am stuck at work until after midnight…

On a more personal note:

I have been quiet here – too quiet – though only partly for the obvious reason: adapting to family life. We have actually established a surprisingly successful routine – one that sends to be holding up decently even to Junior’s whims. So far.

No, the main reason for my absence has been my creative pursuits. I just finished the first draft of a short story which will soon go out for consideration, and I have been busy with preparations for a much bigger project. I’m not sure when I will be able to post about that, but hopefully it will be soon.