“Very often an overseas move is driven by an irresistible employment prospect – for one half of a couple, one parent in a family. It’s a fantastic opportunity and everyone gets on board but in the heat of the excitement and the whirlwind of planning, it can be easy to overlook the needs of the accompanying partner. Often the unflatteringly labelled ‘trailing spouse’ has to give up their own career to make this move and, while this would be a joint decision of the couple, can be an unexpectedly distressing experience.”
May 11th every year is a special day for Swedes. They have dedicated this day to chocolate balls – “Chokladbollens Dag”. For one especially chocolate craving person, Alaine Handa, the search of making the best chokladbollar has almost become an obsession during the last five years. She has released her coffee table book dedicated to chokladbollar, the Swedish concept ‘fika’ and a balanced way of living.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN you discover that you’re writing the wrong memoir? Well, if you are Louise Ross, you make the decision to write the right book. In this case, it was going from writing her own memoir to instead writing a collective one that includes the tales of the women she met in her expatriate journey. Ever had the feeling that what you are writing is not the right book? I think it happens to every writer at one time or another. If you’ve ever wanted to shelve one idea for another, please come along with Louise and find out how to make that decision. Here is a guest post from her featuring her newly-published book.