Flamenca in front of Alhambra Aak fictionspawn

Postcards and Society

This is the first part of a postcard project I’m doing, to take advantage of the tourism in my home town. The castle you see in the back is the Alhambra, the centre of the ancient Al-Andaluz Arab kingdom of Granada. The one I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago.

I made the design for this one many years ago, reproducing postcards by hand and selling them on the street. I lived in a cave back then. No electricity. No installed water…

Sketch of an owl. Aak fictionspawn

Inspiration, Research and Ideas

On Thursday, I was stuck. I had started several stories, and they weren’t going anywhere.

After pulling my hair in frustration for quite some time I went for a walk. Where I live there’s an old, spectacular Arab castle just up the hill, with a forest-like park in the hillside underneath. As I was walking up in the light from the streetlamps I heard two little owls calling each other. I stopped. Stood there, between trees and ancient ruins. There it was. Inspiration.

I walked home down the narrow roads…

A man writing a letter. Aak fictionspawn

Some Sketches and Thoughts on the Story Process

My stories usually starts out with a plot idea. Sometimes just in my head, watching a movie, talking to friends or just walking down the road, but maybe more often sitting down writing anything that comes to my head until something interesting arrives. Other stories take shape writing about a character until something happens.

Sometimes I make a sketch first, but I’m usually more satisfied with the stories based on a written idea, or an idea process of…