Real life takes front seat

May has been a busy and slow month all at once. Summer arrived and the garden needed some extra care. Flowers, dirt and sunshine. We got some new furniture for the garden, as well. New means assembling duty, but eventually it all came together. I’ve now got a lovely office space in the shade out on the patio, as long as dinner and desserts are done. I could lie and tell you I’m writing this sitting outside, but it’s too cold and windy today.

Also, and most importantly, my son is on his way. Little Loke is expected mid/late June, so we’ve had to get everything ready. And we’re nearly there. Baby-stuff is filling up the bathroom and the only thing that’s missing is basically just the baby. And the complete Icelandic Sagas and Edda, so I have some reading material for the little one. (Consider that a birthday wish, mum.)

After last year’s success at Oslo Comics Expo I was looking forward to returning this year. But now I’ve got better things to do and all the comics business must wait. Hopefully it’ll be another great festival. You know, Brandon Graham, Scott McCloud, Paul Pope and Jeff Lemire are showing up. So it’s bound to be good! My co-editor Glenn Møane will be there. Laszlo Seber, a great artist I’ve worked with will also be there. Plus tons of other great people. If you’re in Oslo, don’t miss it. It’s free!

So May’s been busy on the «real life» side, and left me with less time to focus on writing. We had a successful launch of Outré – our free digital comics anthology – early in the month and the reviews that have been ticking in are wonderful. Proud of what the folks involved have created with us and how it turned out in the end. We’re hard at work on issue number 2, which will be available for free in December. You’ll find the first issue for free at our website, of course.

I’ve also managed to finish two screenplays, both now in the hands of my agent and ready for the world to conquer. One is a thriller called «Reset», co-written with Robert Klecha, a former classmate. The other one is a pure sci-fi named «Kosmonautica». My plan was to rewrite and finish one more screenplay before Loke pops up, but I suspect he’s an impatient kinda guy, so I might not make that deadline.

Several of my graphic novels are moving forward, and there’s especially one I’d love to talk about, but can’t at the moment. But that might, and hopefully will be, my next blog update.

Until next time, enjoy the summer rain. Here’s a picture of Hitchcock on The Birds set. He really had a way with those seagulls.

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