måndag 24 mars 2014

Monday Morning

When the alarm goes off and reminds you that it is the first day of the week then you should think about not going in to a depression at once. See the day as if it's your first day in a week of opportunities and try to find the joy of the week. Maybe you'll meet someone you have not seen for a long time or find something you have not done in a while. Look forward to the little things in life and you will see that life will be so much more fun and so even this week.

   “But, there's nothing this week that I look forward to, it’s just full of boring stuff”,  you might say.

At that I would reply that if that is the case then you have a assignment for today. Your mission is to plan something you enjoy doing. It might be to play a board game with your family or maybe just to read a book. A book I believe everyone should read every night and I have just the right author for you, an author who writes for both young and adult. Kim's books are exciting and educational. Try one of her books!

//Sharon Elbaz

torsdag 20 mars 2014

A Writers Workday

Many of you out there in the world dream of being able to work and earn a living for your writing, so would I, but what does it really mean to work as a writer? Is it really as glamorous as it seems to write when you feel like it an then hang out with your friends? No, if you are in the writing world you know what it takes to finish a book. It takes time, effort and hard work.

To get a glimpse of what a normal day looks like for a real life author I have translated a post from Kim M. Kimselius blog http://kim-m-kimselius.blogspot.se/2014/03/en-helt-vanlig-forfattardag.html

Here she writes how an ordinary day looks like for her:

“A typical day for me starts at some point around 4-5 in the morning. That is when I get the first kisses from my dogs.

At this time a year it’s still dark outside so the first walk with my dogs are a short one around our two acres of fenced land. Outside those fences sneaks boars and grubs in the soil. Therefore we carefully stay inside the fences.

When the sun rises it’s time for the second walk with my three dogs, Ticki, Pluto and Tudor.

Between the two walks I have worked with my book. The second dog walk gives me renewed energy. When I get home again it’s time for breakfast and a cup of gingertea.

Sometimes I’ll get the surprise that the newspaper Sydöstran has appointed me to today’s twitter person and sometimes I’ve been appointed the twitter person of the week (see picture above)!

After breakfast it is time to deal with e-mail, visit my Facebook friends, Twitter and Goggle+, and write my daily blog post. It usually takes me two hours. Sometimes I get around 200-250 e-mails in a day.
After all that is done I continued writing on my book again, often inspired after I’ve read all the e-mails from readers who tell me what they think of my books, or after reading the positive posts from my writer colleagues.

Soon it’s time for lunch, that we make at home, then it’s time for another walk. If the weather is nice we spend the lunch hour in the garden, it’s like I’ve mentioned very big and requires a lot of work. Tudor is always happy to help by pulling branches.

While Pluto, the older male, prefers to sit by the branch pile and wait, because he knows that we are going to come back there.

Tickie tends to go on by her own in search of food, there is plenty to eat: cat poop, a forgotten bone, a dead bird and moles. At other times of the year there is much more to eat: snatch potatoes from the potato patch, stealing raspberries, strawberries, currants, pick plums, apples and pears. In addition she usually sits outside the greenhouse when I’m in there because she loves cucumber!

After lunch the dogs usually sleep sweetly and snore loudly. At that time it’s perfect to disappear away in to the fantasy world of mine for a while. Since Tudor is not yet an adult it soon time for another pee break at around half past three in the afternoon. At that point I also take the opportunity to make myself a cup of tea. After that I write until five pm. Then it’s time for a new dog walk and dinner.

It tends to get dark before we’re back home and we get to hurry up, because I do not want to meet wild boars who loves to go just outside the meadow next to our house. Do the dogs would like it, at least until the boars goes to attack.

Well, and then that day was over… No, not quite yet. At this time I usually take a ride on the exercise bike or walk on the band. After that I crawl up in my comfy armchair and read a good book, or proofread some of my own. That is if it’s not so that my imagination has taken over my head during the walk, because if it has I sit down and write for a few more hours. After that it’s bedtime where I dream wonderful, imaginative dreams that fill my head with words that I can put into writing when I wake up the next morning.”

So, that was a post from Kim’s own blog that is written in Swedish. Please visit it even if you don’t read Swedish for there are many nice pictures to look at! The address is: http://kim-m-kimselius.blogspot.se/2014/03/en-helt-vanlig-forfattardag.html

Wow! What a day, or do you not think that? Here we see that it takes a lot of work if we want to be able to live on our writing. Are you willing to spend the time it requires? Leave a comment below and tell us about your day or if you think that it shows in Kim’s book the effort she puts in them!

/ / Sharon Elbaz

söndag 16 mars 2014

A New Blogger


My name is Sharon Elbaz and I'm the new blogger for this site. When Kim M. Kimselius herself asked me if I wanted to take over this blog, I could not refuse.

So, who am I, the girl who’s going to write to you from now on? I am a girl of 23 years old this year and have only for a few months realized that I actually am good at dealing with words. I have always had a good imagination so that was not a problem. Since a young age I’ve told stories for my younger siblings with stuffed animals, but it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I started to write. Since then I haven’t stopped.

When I was on a family party my cousin told me about a new book of hers called Back to Pompeii. At that point I didn’t know about the author Kim M. Kimselius, in fact I did barely now what an author was, but after reading her first book I would never forget Kim’s name again. The story captured me after just the first chapter and after that I was hooked. The tale of Ramona and her new friend Theo was like no one that I’ve ever read before. With me home from my cousin I brought all her books of Kimselius; Back to Pompeii, I am not a witch and The Course of Pharaoh.

Since then I’ve been a fan and I have many times been inspired of the woman who has published 28 books so far. Below you can see a complete list of Kim’s books that have been published up to the present.

I’m grateful for the confidence that Kim gave me by allowing me to write here and I’ll do my very best to update you all of all that concerns the writer Kim M. Kimselius!

The List of Kim M. Kimselius books:
  1. Back to Pompeii
  2. I am not a witch
  3. The Curse of Pharaoh
  4. The Hidden Inca Town
  5. Viking Thrall
  6. The Black Death
  7. Snapphanar
  8. The Guillotine
  9. The Knight’s Sword
  10. The Forgotten War 1808 – 1809
  11. A journey with Snapphanar
  12. The Chinese Dragon
  13. Kimberlie – Adventures in New Zealand
  14. Kimberlie – A new life
  15. Theo’s Pompeii
  16. Boudica’s Battle with the Romans
  17. Kimberlie – Strangers
  18. Life and Death in the shadow of the World War II
  19. The flight from terror of the World War II
  20. The Mayan Secret
  21. The Joy of writing
  22. The day everything changed
  23. Mysrys – Short stories
  24. Harry’s adventurous life
  25. The Pearl of Persia
  26. The ghost at the bog
  27. The Moonestone

And for the fun of it! Here are the upcoming books!
  1. Save my little brother, will be out in May 2014
  2. Anastasia’s destiny, will be out in August 2014
  3. The horror journey with Titanic, will be out in September 2014

If you click on the link you’ll be able to see the covers of all the books:

Don’t be a stranger. If you like what you read or if you don’t than please leave a comment! J

//Sharon Elbaz