Thursday, October 23, 2008

Exciting times

Last night, after I got home from work around 2 a.m., I finished my fifth column for Nerikes Allehanda about Americans and the election.

I got to write about my favorite candidate, Ralph Nader, since several people I spoke to have said they consider voting for him.
This morning I got up and found another e-mail from the Swedish newspaper asking me questions for a "hello there" feature they plan to run before they start my columns on Tuesday. I got to tell them - in less than 200 words - who I am, where I am, what I do and what I like about my hometown.

Writing about yourself is difficult enough - when you put a word limit on it, it gets even harder. But I'm excited to see the results. And I'm excited to see what they do with my portrait photos I had to send... that was a debacle in itself.

Most columnists in Swedish newspapers look serious and stand with their arms at their sides or crossed over their chest. The background must be neutral so the person in the photo can be cut out and put against any background. Since we don't have a photo studio at work anymore, my photographer friend and I rolled out some big paper in the lunch room and improvised. It came out better than we expected... From what I hear, my figure will be cut out and pasted on top of an American flag. How fun!
Of course, I will have to wait for my most reliable friends to send me the clippings... Unfortunately I cannot buy the paper where I am.


Kristen said...

Yay! So excited for you!
You'll have to show me the clips, and translate of course. ;)

ankanej said...

That looks really cool! Do you know if the will put on the web as well so I can read the columns too?

Vickan said...

Not sure if they will be online... I hope so!

ab said...

That picture I have to see! And if the article is not online, maybe you can publish it in the blog?

anne sofie said...

I'll send you the clips. I don't think there is much hope finding your columns on the web as the site is rather poor, mostly local car crashes...