My, oh my.
So this is actually the TENTH time I write to you all on this special time of the year?
Amazing that at least quite a few of those that were here from the beginning still linger and that every once in a while a new infected join the ranks.
It has been quite a busy year. I still meddle in three different projects for film and television, maybe starting a fourth. Best news is that unexpected and vital life has been blown into my movie adaptation of Handling the Undead, making it look quite promising.
Bookwise I have published "Fail again, fail better", a meditation on writing, based in my 1500+ pages of notes for all of my novels. No word on any translation of that. I have published one (really good, actually) short story. "The Keeper´s Companion" in the anthology "Shining in the dark", celebrating Stephen King. Another short story "Night Rowing" was published seperately by Novellix. And finally a prose adaptation of a story in the swedish comic "Bamse". The final one being the most enjoyable, as I have always been a big fan of Bamse. The second part in The Places trilogy "I always find you" came out in english in the summer.
I have travelled around a bit, following the movie "Border", based on my short story and with a script co-written by me. Came back from Seville a few days ago, where the movie was nominated in four categories in the European Film Awards. Didn´t get any, though. "Cold War" got them all. It was also Sweden´s submission to the Academy awards, but alas it didn´t make it to the final rounds. It´s a wonderful, wonderful movie and if you get the chance to see it, do.
A lot of time this year has gone into writing scripts and right now I´m writing a play for a theater in Stockholm.
But! In three weeks time we are going to Cuba for seven weeks and there I will concentrate fully on my next novel, "The Kindness". I expect it to be quite long and "epic" in scale, so it will take some time to finish. I have written about a 100 pages and I´m just getting started. It might turn out to be my best novel so far, if I can keep it together. Until then, I still consider "Little Star" to be my best work.
Me and my wife still play Pokemon Go, now on level 37. The other day we got a Switch for ours and the family´s amusement during the holidays, otherwise we trudge on with "Red Dead Redemption" (Or "Horse Simulator 2" as someone in the family called it). Oh, if you get a chance to catch the series "The Terror", I can recommend it. And of course the thing I blubber about to anyone who hasnt seen it, the spanish heist-series "Casa de papel". Great fun and excitement.
That´s it, basically. I´m still overflowing with ideas and there are so many things I want to write. I actually also have the embryo for a proper follow-up to Let the right one in, not a short story but a full novel. First I want to write "The Kindness", and then a novel based on structure of the video game "Forbidden Siren" which will be kalled "Värdet" ("The Value"). But after that I just might return to Oskar and Eli, in the present day. We´ll see.
Have yourselves a very merry christmas and may Santa grant you all you wish for.