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Inspiration for Winter of Nations

ERIN Posted on 17 Nov, 2017 13:54

My short story Winter of Nations was written after Claudia told me about one of her summer holidays when she visited the Baltic countries in 1989.

It was a peaceful political demonstration that occurred in the three Baltic states to create global attention about the Soviet Union’s occupation of the countries, and their wish to become independent nations. Approximately two million people participated on 23 August 1989, by holding hands and forming a human chain that spanned 675 kilometres (420 miles) across the three countries. By the end of 1991, all three Baltic countries had had elections and declared their independence.

The event was later named The Baltic Way

It was one of several revolutions across Europe. The fall of the Berlin Wall another. The time period was named The Autumn of Nations.

Read my short story Winter of Nations

Inspiration for The Relic

ERIN Posted on 07 Oct, 2017 16:07

After I wrote the
first draft of this story, someone told me that Olafur Eliasson and Minik Thorleif Rosing had actually
done what I was writing about. I was ashamed and amazed at not having heard
about it – and who would believe me when I said I did not know! So I
investigated what the Icelandic artist had actually done: in 2015, for the
talks about a global climate agreement in Paris (COP 21), Mr Eliasson and Mr Rosing had
several lumps of ice transported to the centre of Paris where they lay for days
as they melted.

You can read more about the project they named Ice Watch Paris here.

Photo taken by UNclimatechange on flickr.

Even though my
idea seemed less original, I decided to write it anyway – in a futuristic
version. I hope you enjoy The Relic. Read it here.

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What is ERIN?

ERIN Posted on 05 Sep, 2017 16:51

ERIN is a future world that I have created where my short stories take place. It is an acronym for The European Republic of Independent Nations.

My vision for a future Europe is a union of states that have agreed to work together on political issues that affect more that one country. Such as climate change, pollution, taxes and so on. Some of the issues the EU are already working on today, but some of them are hard to manage as a union.

I know that a republic is considered a single state, with one ruler. So I should really have chosen the word Federation instead – as a federation is a union of self governing states as I expect Europe to be in the future. However, I did not like the acronym that came out of that – EFIN. So I chose to go with ERIN.

Through a series of short stories set in a future Europe, I describe the lives of people in one country at a time. My aim is to write at least eight short stories – from eight countries. My focus is on climate change, pollution, resource depletion – but also on political and social structures.

I hope you want to follow me as I write one short story a month during the next year. (I do take holidays sometimes, so every now and then I will skip a month smiley)

I am self-publish the short stories. Therefore I find a professional editor every time I am done writing. If you want to support me in that, I have a Patreon page where you can help me with a monthly amount. All of the short stories will be available on Amazon KDP Select.

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