Holmberg

Postby gkmoberg1 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 2:26 pm

My favorite time of the year. :twisted:

I did several years of the "XX years ago today". I think this year I'll explore the story from police commissioner Holmberg's point of view. I don't recall anyone doing that before. Do you?

For today, Oct 21st, he would have two experiences that I would want to relate. The first would be his visit to Oskar's school. I wonder what time of day that would be. Perhaps towards the end of the school day? I've always pictured the story starting as a sort of continuous flow: Holmberg visits the school, the kids go check out his car, Oskar sneaks away to the toilets, the bullies arrive and torment him, the goes home, Oskar and Tommy play with toy car. Of course it could have been the case that Holmberg's visit is earlier in the school day and Oskar returns to class and so on and then later goes home. But I've always considered the events as the series I just set out, meaning Holmberg's visit is at the end of the day.

The second experience would be that night. At 8 o'clock a girl in Vällingby discovers the inverted body in the woods. A question I have about that is the speed of journalism. The article is in the newspaper the next day (Thursday, 22 Oct 1981). What time of day would Expressen have been put to print for the day? I will guess that the articles for the issue would have been written overnight and submitted, including the photos, early in the morning for that day's print. Perhaps the photographer takes a couple pictures of the taped off area at first light, then rushes these to be developed and matched up with the article. Well, this is not that important for building Holmberg's point of view, yet it is of interest.
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Re: Holmberg

Postby metoo » Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:52 pm

gkmoberg1 wrote:My favorite time of the year. :twisted:

I did several years of the "XX years ago today". I think this year I'll explore the story from police commissioner Holmberg's point of view. I don't recall anyone doing that before. Do you?

For today, Oct 21st, he would have two experiences that I would want to relate. The first would be his visit to Oskar's school. I wonder what time of day that would be. Perhaps towards the end of the school day? I've always pictured the story starting as a sort of continuous flow: Holmberg visits the school, the kids go check out his car, Oskar sneaks away to the toilets, the bullies arrive and torment him, the goes home, Oskar and Tommy play with toy car. Of course it could have been the case that Holmberg's visit is earlier in the school day and Oskar returns to class and so on and then later goes home. But I've always considered the events as the series I just set out, meaning Holmberg's visit is at the end of the day.

Without re-reading, my gut feeling is that Holmberg's visit to the school would have been before lunch. It just feels right that way...
Still, it could have been any time.

gkmoberg1 wrote:The second experience would be that night. At 8 o'clock a girl in Vällingby discovers the inverted body in the woods. A question I have about that is the speed of journalism. The article is in the newspaper the next day (Thursday, 22 Oct 1981). What time of day would Expressen have been put to print for the day? I will guess that the articles for the issue would have been written overnight and submitted, including the photos, early in the morning for that day's print. Perhaps the photographer takes a couple pictures of the taped off area at first light, then rushes these to be developed and matched up with the article. Well, this is not that important for building Holmberg's point of view, yet it is of interest.

Expressen is what is known in Sweden as a kvällstidning (literally evening paper), which means that it is published in the afternoon or evening. Thus Expressen would have had perhaps until lunch to get that piece of news to print.

Checking Wikipedia, the Swedish article Kvällstidning is associated with the English Tabloid journalism. This certainly holds true for Expressen, since it is and was printed in the tabloid format, and is and was slanted towards sensational journalism.
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Re: Holmberg

Postby gkmoberg1 » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:40 pm

It is not surprising, then, the degree to which Oskar's mother was upset. She was crying with worry as she told Oskar that he must not go outside the area of the buildings until the murderer was found. The murder was a horrible act, and the tabloid writing would have played on this.
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Re: Holmberg

Postby gkmoberg1 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:41 pm

Oskar comes over and looks at gk. "So, where's the story?"

"Been busy working on it."

Oskar looks concerned. "You're going to share it?"

"Absolutely. Just working out all characters and dialog and such."

"You're stalling."

"No, I'm not."

"Yes, you are."

"..."
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Re: Holmberg

Postby PeteMork » Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:06 am

gkmoberg1 wrote:Oskar comes over and looks at gk. "So, where's the story?"

"Been busy working on it."

Oskar looks concerned. "You're going to share it?"

"Absolutely. Just working out all characters and dialog and such."

"You're stalling."

"No, I'm not."

"Yes, you are."

"..."


I agree with Oskar. ;)
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Re: Holmberg

Postby ltroifanatic » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:06 am

Oskar opens the door.Eli is there.She doesn't come in, just points an accusing finger at GK."Skriva"..she hisses.Turns and walks into the shadows followed by Oskar..Better not make them mad GK.They know where you live.Besides Holmberg would be a very interesting character to explore. :D
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Re: Holmberg

Postby metoo » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:27 am

ltroifanatic wrote:"Skriva"..she hisses.

"Skriv" would be correct Swedish. ;)
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Re: Holmberg

Postby gkmoberg1 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:56 pm

I've been writing this as a detective story. I've been busy, in part, reading pieces of Martin Beck novels that I can access online and using them as inspiration for what I want to create. I've also gone through the LTROI novel several times looking for info on who is named as a police officer or detective because I want to include items from the story since this story will walk through the same timeline as JAL's work. That's led to my questions about Staffan elsewhere here -as I wonder who is this guy and what's his job?
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Re: Holmberg

Postby gkmoberg1 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:03 pm

Errr, I don't mean to have you think I am writing a Martin Beck novel. Nope. Just using it as inspiration into the 'nordic noir' atmosphere.
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