Drone Image: The Beach



EnglishMy talented daughter Line Newermann has captured this image showing one of the many beaches outside of Stavanger. Norway a relatively small country has one of the longest shorelines in the world, because of all the fjords.

Norwegian2Min datter Line Newermann, har tatt et drone bilde av en strand utenfor Stavanger. Norge er kanskje et lite land, men har en av de lengste strandlinjene i verden på grunn av alle fjordene.


Drone: 3DR Solo, Kamera: GoPro4Black 2k resolution


Ewa Lowe & Star Trek Friends



Ewa’s friend, Lovise, together with a Klingon and Ferengi. The fun party is in Las Vegas at Ewa’s brother’s elaborate wedding. At this time, Ewa doesn’t know that someone she will meet that evening, will change her life forever.


Ewa Lowe is a woman with a dark past, she is the main character, in the sci-fi thriller: Fear is in the Air.

I will regularly be posting a painting or image from the book, with some hints about what the book contains, here on my blog.




Tired or upset of getting rejection letters? Read the great story below from my friend Martha and maybe feel a little bit better 🙂



By Martha Moffett


My plan, this past summer, was to work on one story and get it polished and ready for rejection by Alaska Quarterly, One Story, and Glimmer Train, some of my favorite journals.

That’s an inside joke for the Rejection Club, four writers who decided to send out work at a fast clip and to keep score and compare notes, with the winner (loser) assigned to treat the rest of us to a bottle of wine in our favorite pub at the end of a year.

I had traditionally sent out one story to one journal and waited for a response. Sometimes it was months in coming. Sometimes it never came. “If this happens, they are just not interested in your work” is the general wisdom. At this rate, months become years and the work waited patiently in my computer. My three writer friends followed more or less the same routine.

But after Kim Liao’s article “Why You Should Aim for 100 Rejections a Year” circulated on the Internet in June of 2016, we rethought our position. In addition to increasing our submissions, I said, “Let’s make it a competition. Who can get the most rejections fastest?”

It was on my calendar to take a workshop with Lisa Romeo at the Writers’ Circle called Submission Strategy. Lisa’s spreadsheet was a revelation to me. I began to keep better records of what I sent, where I sent it, the date, the outcome—rejection, yes, but as Lisa said, garner any feedback you get.

The four of us had a backlog of unpublished work. We’d met in a workshop where one of us was finishing a novel set in New York City and Italy; another was working on a crime novel; the third member’s novel was about an American family and how it changed over two

generations; and I was bringing my chapters of a novella to workshop to be picked over for problems of consistency, tone, and point of view. In addition, we all had stories, essays, short-shorts, and other bits and pieces in reserve.

We proceeded to build our attack. We met and exchanged literary journals, to improve our knowledge of what they published and what the editors liked. I came home with an armload of Ploughshares, which I had never read despite its reputation, and I passed out copies of Chattahoochee Review, where I’d been lucky in the past. I had a lot of back issues of One Story for the taking. I picked up copies of Gulf Coast, New Letters, and Bellingham Review.

We also exchanged lists of journals looking for submissions or running contests. One member subscribes to Literistic, a good source. I subscribe to Practicing Writing, Erika Dreifus’s daily blog, for the Monday list, and her monthly newsletter The Practicing Writer. There’s Publishing . . . and other Forms of Insanity. And of course Poets & Writers is available to all of us, magazine or online, a great guide and vetted by P&W—no ripoffs there..

We started our first round of submissions, and soon our emails were reading like this:

I got two rejections in a week. I’m surging ahead!

Do you know how many editors have “loved” this story but rejected it anyway?

Five agents have decided not to represent my novel.

I’m getting rejections from journals I don’t even remember submitting to!

“Your submission was read with interest.” But WAS it?

We sometimes got exactly the same standard rejection letter from different journals. And we discovered favorite tropes:

“Although your story was not selected, it does not mean it was without merit.”

And the current favorite:

“We were blown away by the quality of this year’s contest submissions . . . “

But we learned a lot. First, to take any word of encouragement as an invitation: “We liked your long story but there was no room for it in this issue.” Or, better, “Try us again.” A scribbled note in pencil on a standard rejection was to us fit for framing.

We got better at matching our work to certain journals. We send out work in batches, not one solitary story bearing our hopes for publication. Our common effort has lessened the pain of rejection—has actually given us many laughs. We’re ready to start a new wave of stories flying in all direction, electronically and by snail mail.

Early on, a friend said to Kim Liao, “Shoot for one hundred rejections in a year, because if you work that hard to get so many rejections, you’re sure to get a few acceptances too.”

It’s going to work. It has already worked! A few days ago I received news that I had won the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for The Novella. My writing friends will soon follow with their acceptances. And that bottle of wine is waiting.

Ewa Lowe: UFO



Acrylic Painting by Eva Newermann

Stonehenge, England, built more than 5000 years ago. The heavy stones, are called bluestones, because of their blue color. They were dragged all the way from the Presell Mountains in South Wales, 402 kilometers away. Still, some people think : The aliens built it!

Ewa Lowe is a woman with a dark past, she is the main character, in the sci-fi thriller: Fear is in the Air.

I will regularly be posting a painting or image from the book, with some hints about what the book contains, here on my blog.

Planet of the Month: Earth



Earth, Moon and Sun – Acrylic painting by Eva Newermann


Here you see our Earth, Moon and Sun.

Earth is the third planet from the Sun. I think its the most beautiful planet in our solar system, and we should take better care of it. The Moon’s gravity is weaker than Earth’s. That means you can jump six times higher on the Moon.



Her ser du Jorda, Månen og Sola.

Jorden er den tredje planeten fra Sola. Jeg syns det er den fineste planeten i vårt Solsystem, vi burde ta bedre vare på den. På Månen er tyndekraften mye svakere enn på Jorda. Det betyr at du kan hoppe 6 ganger høyere der.


The Universe a Work of Art

Monthly facts brought to you from the book: The Universe a Work of Art.

Boken er også tilgjengelig på Norsk: Universet som et Maleri.

Ewa Lowe: à la carte



When Ewa is in Norway she orders a local dish: Smalahove. It turns out it’s half of a sheep’s head, complete with an eye and a tunge sticking out! There are potatoes and cabbage stew to go with it, too.


English2 Have you tasted Smalahove, when visiting Norway or somewhere else? Did you like it?


NorwegianHar du smakt på Smalahove i Norge eller i utlandet? Likte du det?



Ewa Lowe is a woman with a dark past, she is the main character, in the sci-fi thriller: Fear is in the Air.

I will regularly be posting a painting or image from the book, with some hints about what the book contains, here on my blog.