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Sometimes you get these wonderful assignments that you actually would be willing pay for. :) When the kind people over at the Spanish publisher Quaderns Crema asked if they could use my photo 'Wheels of Time' as the cover for a collection of poetry by no one less than Edgar Allan Poe, I had to stop myself from shouting "F¤%k YES!!!!!" into their ears. :)
Nicest check off my bucket list ever. :)

  • Listening to: Periphery
  • Reading: Colin Dickey: Ghostland
  • Watching: Westworld
  • Eating: Cheese
Lately I’ve thought a lot about dreams.
Dreamers get a lot of crap. Get called naïve, lazy, having the head in the clouds and not being in touch with reality. That last bit is sort of half-true. Being a dreamer, I always see reality as a work in progress. There are always things that need to be changed, added or improved.

I think those who see dreamers in a negative way are non-dreamers that live under two delusions:
1. That everything around us has always been there, and popped into existence unaided, like a virgin birth.
2. That dreamers are lazy slackers that imagine that they can change the world, sleep ‘til noon, and get laid (not necessarily in that order) with their poetry/songwriting/interpretive dance/etc, while society have to pay their rent and bar tab.

The non-dreamers seem to forget that lightbulbs, iPhones, pacemakers, democracy, the kingdom of Sweden, space travels and the whoopee cushion all began as a dream in someone’s head. Someone took a long walk among their thoughts and saw something no one had ever seen before. Then got haunted by the idea to make the dream become a part of a new reality.

Dreamers have very selective vision, seeing possibilities very clearly, but limitations as some distant, irrelevant blur. 'Unrealistic' is just another word for 'no one has tried hard enough yet'. Dreamers always think outside the box, because they didn’t even notice there was a box to begin with (they probably put wheels on it and turned it into an environmentally-friendly vehicle, driven by the waste heat from their optimism). Yes, dreamers do spend a lot of time in their heads, and it may look like laziness, but it enables them to change things. Even change the world. If it weren’t for the dreamers we would still sit in trees and ponder how to get some nutritional value from a rock.

You see, dreams are so very important. They are the most important ingredient to make amazing and important things happen. Not only in our world, but also in ourselves. If we don’t dream we will have no goal in life, and we will end up doing things for someone else’s dreams, and live the life of others. We need the dreams to be free and to fully become ourselves.
Dreams are the seeds that will change both us and the world. But not all by themselves, of course. Nothing can grow without a seed, but a seed will also need help to grow. Fortunately, there is a fairly simple formula for taking even the craziest idea out of the head and into the real world.
The formula is: dreaming + doing + not giving up = new amazing things.
All parts are important. And without doing and keep on trying until we succeed, the dreams will only stay in our heads, and slowly turn sour as they don’t become reality. But everything is possible when dreams and action meet. Everything.

No one said it was simple though. As someone who meddles in a bunch of creative areas I’m very familiar with the creative process:

  1. This is awesome
  2. This is tricky
  3. This is shit
  4. I am shit
  5. This might be ok
  6. This is awesome
This is true for all dreams and ideas. There will be self-doubt, there will be naysayers, and there will be obstacles. Things don’t go as planned, funds run out, mistakes are made, plans go pear shaped, accidents happen. It’s hard. But not the end. We only need to catch our breath, adjust and keep on going. Not give up. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. Make glorious mistakes, because they are valuable lessons, and it is a million times better than doing nothing. And by understanding this process, and keep going, there will be success.

what-success-really-looks-like

Sometimes it can feel too hard when the obstacles never end, when the problems drain us and our energy runs out, and with it the hope. But all energy and hope returns. Despair is just a feeling. The dream and the possibilities are still there, just harder to see in the fog of exhaustion. Disappointments are just small clouds hiding the light for a short while. They’ll pass. Trust the initial belief. Trust your heart. Trust yourself. Get rid of the doubters and the pessimists. Let them crawl back to their branch and suck on that rock, while you take that dream about writing the world’s saddest love song/construct a bridge between Africa and Europe so all refugees can walk over safely/making a pizza with 14 kinds of cheese/whatever, and make it happen.

Go on, dream. Bring something to the world that wasn’t there before. Change it. Make it bigger and better. Leave your mark.


A longer version of this text, with some cryptic ramblings about my personal life and pictures, can be found at:

  • Listening to: Ryn Weaver, and Fightstar
  • Reading: Stephen King: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
  • Watching: Jessica Jones
  • Drinking: Rooibos caramel tea

First of all – thank you for all the lovely birthday greeting yesterday. I’m not that crazy about getting older these days, and sometimes I get this idea that perhaps I can stop time if I ignore my birthdays. :) But you guys with your kind wishes make growing older a pleasure. Thank you! :hug:

Also, thank you for all the kind words about my DD the other day. And an extra XXL thank you to tiganusi for making it happen.
I got my last DD at almost the exact same time last year. I wonder if dA are giving them to me as birthday presents... :)

I’ve noticed that a whole bunch of new watchers have dropped in the last week. I don’t know what brought you here, but welcome! I hope you’ll like it.
Now, why don’t you buy me a drink and tell me something about yourself. :)

I’ve also been asked about prints of my work, so I’ve decided to set up a shop over at Redbubble. Why don’t you stop by and see if there’s anything that would add some beauty to your life. My photographs are available as high-quality prints, and on mugs, skins, stickers, t-shirts, bags, pillows and much, much more.
I’ll be adding pictures on a regular basis, so there will always be something new. But I’d love to hear if there are any of my works that you’d like to see as a print.

www.redbubble.com/people/peter…


Have a beautiful autumn, and take care of yourselves!
:heart:

  • Listening to: Outside the Coma
  • Reading: Paul Tremblay: A Head Full of Ghosts
  • Watching: Doctor Who s9
  • Eating: Halloumi cheese
  • Drinking: Cinnamon vodka
I'm very pleased to annonounce that my photography has been featured in CasoArtWorld.
Please check it out if you have a minute. And don't forget to take a look at all the other wonderful artists featured on the site. :)

www.casoartworld.com/nature-ph…
  • Listening to: Periphery
  • Reading: The Southern Reach Trilogy [Jeff VanderMeer]
  • Watching: Daredevil
I’m not really a person that is into “stuff” (my phone is so old roaming charges involves adding a longer string), but it was amazing when I got my new camera. It was like going from banging on pots and pans to get a brand new shiny Mapex drum kit. I could finally do all that stuff I had envisioned in my head but never had the right tools to implement. But I never knew what a wonderful storytelling instrument the camera could be. Suddenly I found myself using it more than the pen or the keyboard to tell the stories I have in my head. Like the famous photographer Ansel Adams said: “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs” (the quote continues: “When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” But I’m still working on that bit…)

And of course my mad scientisty-brain began to wonder what would happen if you wrote a book in both words and pictures. I am currently working on that, and with some luck the result will be ready before the leaves turn.

Another thing I also noticed with photography is that at some point you’ll find your own voice, and if you put enough of yourself in it you will connect with others that speak the same language. Something you’ll notice when the comments go from “nice light” and “cool angle” to “you have an old soul” and “this made me cry”. And when that happens it’s the same wonderful feeling as when you’re at a party and you see someone wearing a tee with that band you love but no one’s ever heard of, or when you’re being the only one completely mesmerized by a painting at a museum while everyone else just strolls past it … until you notice that someone is standing right beside you, also lost in what they see. That feeling. When you look at each other and share that knowing “You and I are the same”-smile, and you know that you have found a member of your Tribe. Wonderlicious!

So, a big ‘Hello!’, a big hug and an even bigger ‘Thank you!’ to all the exciting people all over the world I’ve got to know through photography. You make my life better and I love you all! Heart 

  • Listening to: Imogen Heap
  • Reading: Brief Lives
  • Watching: Outlander

Was bored so I did this…

 

~ 50 Secrets About Yourself Meme ~
      Be HONEST no matter what.

1. What is your natural hair color? 
    Red/brown


2. Where was your ID pic taken?
    In my home, in the hallway if I remember it correctly.


3. What's your middle name?
    Xenon.


4. Your current relationship status?
    You wouldn’t believe me if I told you anyway.


5. Honestly, does your crush like you back?
    Evidence suggests it.


6. What is your current mood?
    Sad.


7. What's the color of your underwear?
    Black.


8. What is one thing that makes you happy?
    Music. Always.


9. Who was the last person you cuddled with?
    My tortoise Esme. She bites my toes every now and then, aka ‘tortoise love’. And I rub her shell.


10. If you could go back in time, and change something what would it be?
     Start writing earlier.


11. If you MUST be an animal for ONE day?
     Sloth – cute and lazy.


12. Ever had a near death experience?
     A couple actually. Car accident, boat accident, an anti-tank mine demonstration that went very wrong etc. I’m on first-name basis with the Grim Reaper by now.


13. Something you do a lot?
     Write and take pics. Oh, and think! I think waaaaaay too much.


14. What's the name of the song stuck in your head right now?
     Wanderlust (by VERSA)


15. Who did you copy and paste this from?
      Don’t remember. Just saw it, really needed a distraction and also realised that my latest journal was from the early Pleistocene.

16. Name someone with the same b-day as you?
     Mark Gatiss.


17. When was the last time you cried?
     Today.


18. Have you ever sang in front of a large audience?
     Yes. (But it was not that large when I was done)


19. If you could have one super power what would it be?
     Mind control á la Professor X
.


20. What's the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
      Charisma & personality.


21. What's your biggest secret?
      If I told you that it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.


22. What's your favorite colour?
      Black. (But some say that’s not a color, so I guess it’s purple).


23. When was the last time you lied?
      Today.


24. Do you still watch kiddy movies or TV shows?
     Oh, you bet!


25. What are you eating or drinking at the moment?
     Coffee & dark chocolate.


26. What's your favourite smell?
      Actually don’t have one. But skin, depending on whos, can be very nice.


27. If you could describe life in one word what would it be?
     Unpredictable. (Runner up: HappySad)

28. When was the last time you gave/received a hug?
     Today. Sort of...


29. Have you ever been kissed in the rain?
     Yes.


30. What are you thinking about right now?
      Strawberry.


31. What should you be doing?
      Editing.


32. What was the last thing that made you upset? 
      An email this morning.


33. Do you like working in the yard?
      Don’t have a yard.


34. If you could have any last name in the world, what would you want?
     Black. Or possibly Vercingetorix.


35. Name 5 things in your closet:
     Leather jacket, waistcoat, trench coat, boot straps, shirt.


36. Do you act different around your crush?
     Everyone acts differently round everyone else. And that will
increase exponentially if you add love.


37. When was the last time you slept with a stuffed animal?
      Eww… kinky! Not into that kind of thing. Humans, please!


38. How many times do you take a shower a week?
     Everyday.

39. Do you brush your teeth everyday?
      At least twice. But it’s a love/hate thing – love my teeth and try to keep them in best shape possible, but really hate the taste of toothpaste (but I’ve heard rumors about chocolate flavoured toothpaste).


40. Have you ever said something stupid in front of your crush?
     Oh, I say stupid things pretty much all the time. No one is spared.


41. Have you ever watched a hockey game?
      Unfortunately yes, my friends dragged me to one once. Still hate them for it. Sports! Bleurgh! Rather get
nibbled to death by an okapi.


42. Do you lie about your age?
     No. But not everyone believe me when I tell them. Usually have to cut off an arm and count the rings to prove the dating.


43. Ever been jealous about something stupid?
      No, jealousy is such a waste of emotion.


44. Do you pick your nose?
      Better me than someone else.


45. What's the one food you hate?
      Lingonberries. Anything mint flavored.


46. What's the one junk food you cant live without?
      Chocolate.


47. How old were you when you found out Santa was fake?
      Proud Santa-atheist all my life.


48. Have you ever blown your nose and looked inside the napkin?
      What’s a napkin?


49. Describe your favorite underwear you have?
     Black/metallic ASOS trunks. Really beautiful, and it feels like wearing a mild summer breeze.


50. Did you lie in any of these questions?
      No, but dodged some a bit.

 

  • Listening to: Killer Be Killed
  • Reading: The King in Yellow.
  • Watching: Penny Dreadful
  • Eating: Not really
  • Drinking: Coffee
One of my favorite book quotes is from Terry Pratchett’s ‘Hogfather’, where Death says: “Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom”. Whenever I feel bored, I try to remember that quote. And lately I have been bored. So very boooooooored. And by such amazing things as the internet and social media. And I recalled that quote and realised that I was clearly doing something wrong.

The thing is, for a writer, boredom is a good thing. I’d say it’s necessary. In the words of one of my favorite writers, Neil Gaiman: “People ask me where I get my ideas from, and the answer is that the best way to come up with new ideas is to get really bored”. So. Very. True.
The problem with social media is that it’s an easy way out of that boredom. Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet. Or as someone recently tweeted: “Twitter is like a fridge. You get bored, so you keep opening and closing it every few minutes to see if there's anything good”. And something that you do just to escape something else, you rarely do with joy or passion. And that’s what I’ve been doing lately – sneaking away from the creative boredom but not really enjoying my procrastination either. How stupid is that?

I went away for a while, took a break from everything online, got properly bored, then got really inspired and wrote a whole bunch of stuff. Later I realised how much fun the internet can be if you’re doing it right and for the right reasons. If it was a party I used to be the guest that was one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave, but never really took part of the fun or talked to anyone, just stod there passive in a corner, feeling guilty for not being at home dealing with work and other important stuff. Now I’m trying to be that guest that pops in for just an hour, but talks to everyone, get to know a lot of new people and learn new stuff from them, then saunter off to some other exciting thing.

My promise to myself is to spend a lot less time online, but to be a lot more active and social once I am.
I really love deviantART. There’s so much amazing art, interesting people and lovely comments. I really enjoy being active here. I just started using Instagram for more experimental and personal pics, and it’s been really fun so far. I’m also over at Flickr. And then there’s the usual ramblings and inanities on Twitter :-) Please pop by and say hello. I’d love to meet and interact with new, exciting people, discover new art and learn new stuff. I promise I wont bite!

See you all out there!
Love, /Peter
  • Listening to: VERSA
  • Reading: Caitlin R. Kiernan: The Red Tree
  • Watching: Helix
  • Eating: Oatmeal w. cinnamon, honey & almonds
  • Drinking: Fireball
Sometimes I wonder if I really have the patience to be an author. I mean, it takes years before the ideas inside my head become a finished book available in a store. But I've managed so far.

I have learned that it helps to have a side project or two. Especially if it's something that can be published the same week I get the idea. My latest side project is actually an old idea that has been collecting dust for some years now: Pesterlings.
Think  fairies adapted to our modern world. There have always been mystical creatures in mythology and folklore known for making things disappear, to sour milk and generally causing mischief when their needs and habits collide with the human world. What if they are still around, interfering with our daily life?

Check out Wobble Demons, Tooth Gnomes, The Numbermuckler and many other Pesterlings at: pesterlings.wordpress.com

This is a project I do together with the designer/illustrator Jenny Holmlund. I come up with the ideas and the writing - she designs and draws the little buggers.

Enjoy!
  • Listening to: The Rescues, iwrestledabearonce
  • Reading: Richard Morgan: The Cold Commands
  • Watching: TED Talks
  • Eating: Almond paste
  • Drinking: Wine