Discovering Babette’s Feast

My favourite stretch of road in Denmark leads to the Karen Blixen museum at Rungstedlund. (Or Isak Dienesen if you know her under her pseudonym.) I drive with woods on one side and the Baltic Sea on the other, past apartments and beautiful houses with sweeping vistas. Every time I think how incredible it would… Read More

Writer’s Memories

Summer holidays are creeping on us. In my mind, the best part of the summer holiday is how many books you get to read. When I was little, my favourite part of the summer was biking to the library and then going home with my little basket filled with books. It always seemed like the… Read More

Next Stop … the Future

It’s that time of year again. No matter how long it’s been since I left school, I still find that familiar feeling of excitement bubbling up inside me towards the end of May/beginning of June. There’s that sense of a year coming to a close, of old endings and new beginnings. I do miss the… Read More

Three Days, Three Quotes (Day 1)

I’m very excited! I’ve been nominated for a WordPress Challenge for the very first time. I guess it means that my little blog is getting out there. And it’s something dear to my heart – quotes! For three consequetive days I have to find a quote and nominate three more bloggers. Hmmm … this is… Read More

What Makes a Writer a Writer?

I had this thought while I was reading John Grisham’s Camino Island this weekend. Actually a rather indignant thought, because on p. 121 – 122 I came across this: Got a bunch of the self-published crowd. They crank ’em out, post ’em online, call themselves writers … With the Internet everybody is now a published author,… Read More

The Best Laid Plans

There was no editing in the sunshine this morning. No Nespresso sipped quietly while inspiration circled and swooped down like the seagulls that fly past my balcony. Every plan I had for the day – editing, cake, lunch with S. – went out the window with those three little words: Mummy, it hurts.  Once those… Read More

Learning to Love My New-Build

Something great happened this weekend. I really started to love my apartment. This is big for me. I like it – even though the American kitchen is not my ideal set-up – but I’ve never really loved it. It’s so modern and I’m an historian who’d much rather live in something from 1820 than 2018.… Read More

60 Flights of Stairs and a Sand Cake

I’m utterly exhausted, but in a good way. This morning I spent two and a half hours going up and down stairs, ringing doorbells and asking people to donate to the Danish Cancer Research Society. Yes, the same society I’m donating all my book proceeds to this month. It was very heartwarming to meet so… Read More