Category: General

  • 29APR24 / first third

    April’s on its way out of the door, and we finally had an unambiguously spring-y weekend in Malmö, all clear bright skies and two-figure temperatures. I’m always drawing lines in the figurative calendar, and perhaps one day I’ll do the work to find out just what sort of possibly pathological origins that habit might have.…

  • thank you, Copenhagen

    thank you, Copenhagen

    Gave my worldbuilding talk on the south campus of Copenhagen University yesterday afternoon, and I don’t mind saying that it went really well. Having a a great audience really helps: But also sometimes the planets are aligned correctly, the magic is in the room, and the thing just flows through you. Artists of many sorts…

  • 18APR24 / the thaw

    18APR24 / the thaw

    Umeå doesn’t really get a spring, they tell me. What it gets, not long after the clocks change, is a couple of weeks when the the temperature wavers around either side of zero centigrade, while the huge piles of gritty snow that have been scraped off the roads and pavements over the last half year…

  • 17APR24 / sitrep

    It’s snowing a bit in Umeå this morning, and I have somehow managed to find that one cafe which, on the upside, has pretty decent coffee, but somehow doesn’t have wifi? Feels like going back in time… a vibe amplified by the very 80s radio choices. I’m trying to stick it out anyway, in the…

  • don’t call it a weeknotes

    I had a couple of paragraphs to go here, but deleted them once I realised that this would actually be just as effective: I mean, it hasn’t been bad—just pretty intense? And I have not taken to Haddock-scale alcohol consumption, to be clear. (Though I did have a few jars of Eriksberg with my cat-sitter…