Newsletter 2022-04-08: spring in Sweden, plus book and music tips.

Newsletter 2022-04-08: spring in Sweden, plus book and music tips.

Hi there,

As you can see, spring has arrived in Sweden:

Snow-covered trees

I'm loving it. This is why we moved up north. Well, it's one of the reasons. Getting up in the morning and looking outside to discover thirty centimeters of snow. Priceless. That crisp sound when you first set foot on it. Amazing. Of course, it also means shoveling and slippery roads and all that. But there's nothing like a landscape covered in a thick layer of white powdery snow.

Do you like winter? Or are you eagerly awaiting summer, hailing the advent of the evil day star?

Anyway, I've been quite busy lately. Getting things in order in our new home has kept us busy. You know, assembling IKEA furniture, drilling holes for CAT-5e network cables, setting things up just right. At the same time, I'm working on the outline of the new book. It's coming along quite nicely, and I hope to start writing the first chapters in about ten days from today.

On account of being busy, that's it for now. As usual, I've included some reading you may be interested in, and a music tip down below. Enjoy!

Book Tips

Barren landscape with cliffs against a backdrop of large planets Blue tinted racks of computer equipment
Half human and half Tah’Narian, Szin doesn’t fit with either race. His appearance is mainly human, but he’s able to have a young. Unfortunately, that’s his only Tah’Narian characteristic. He’s smaller and weaker than other young.

Szin’s eighteenth birthday has passed and time’s running out. He has to stop his childhood friend, Takeo, from making the worst mistake of his life: claiming Szin as a mate. Takeo deserves an equal who’s as fierce as he is, something Szin most certainly is not.

Since before Takeo was born, he’s known Szin was his. Nothing and no one, not even Szin, is going to stand in the way of claiming his mate. He understands Szin feels he isn’t good enough, and he’ll do anything to convince Szin otherwise. Including taking drastic measures to ensure his mate listens.

Takeo is the ultimate blend of human, Tah’Narian, and Onfrevian DNA. He’s pure predator, and his sights are set on his mate.

Get it here!

What do you do when you wake up to a new world?

Jack must learn to adapt to his new reality and fast if he is to avoid being destroyed by it.

Get it for free here!

Music Tip

Ball with eyes peaking out from shirt looking at dancing couple on its shoulders.

(spotify)

Bruut! has released a new and innovative album titled Zest. Sax, bass, drums and Hammond with a twist and a groove. An almost never-ending groove. At times, you'd think you're listening to an electronic album, with a pumping four-on-the-floor driving the songs to unfathomable heights. Not eschewing electronic effects on this album, the band make familiar instruments sound like something new entirely.

The album is a product of the pandemic, much like my own Isolated Futures series. They would usually create their songs live in the repetition room, but with lockdowns this became impossible. Instead of grumbling and complaining, they embraced a new process, composing through online video calls and using modern software for musical collaboration. And the result is an excellent album that's well worth listening to.

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