Archive for the ‘My western gals’ Category

OK, I have removed 1,900 posts from this blog and I think I can live with what it is now. Still have about 3,370 left and that is not bad. I did not have to remove so many (far from it), but I felt that it was a good opportunity to sharpen it up a little. I also checked if links worked and some did not. I will not link as much as I have in the future, unless it is sourced on platforms that I trust will remain.

Holiday has begun, lots of things to do.

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Reboot

Took the decision to let this blog live to see another day a few hours ago. The EU will no doubt do their thing a week from now and implement Article 13 (or it will happen later on), so I will adapt. A huge chunk of the contents of this blog will be removed and I will have to rethink the 2.0 version. But it will live on.

It was five years ago now that I published the 28 page Tornado Blaze novel magazine. The novel itself went out in two parts and ended in RETROFUTURE 6 roughly six months later. The model is the very wonderful Ellinor Nordbakk, she was later interviewed about this adventure for the final issue of RETROFUTURE, and you can read that here.

Good days.

Every now and then I need a good little project to sink my teeth into and after decades of publishing magazines (over 100 all in all) and with a background as a freelance journalist that goes way back to the early 1980s I have decided to publish a book. It will be a pilot project of sorts and I will publish this myself. The subject matter will be Babymetal. With little or no real press coverage at all in Sweden for Babymetal so far, I feel that I can help out in a small way to give this excellent Japanese phenomenon some attention in these parts. I have a working title, it will be in Swedish and I will send out copies to many newspapers and news outlets when the project is completed. With any luck (fingers crossed), there will be a new album coming up in 2018, if that happens nobody on earth would be happier than me. Only the Fox God knows.

I took the decision to do this about five weeks ago. I will have 10 weeks off from my regular work starting next week and the Babymetal project will commence then in ernest. This is a heads-up that this is going to happen but it is too early to give out details about a publishing date. At this point, I will concentrate on the actual writing. Later on I will hunt down whatever I need for the book as far as photographs and Babymetal fan art goes (I really would like to showcase some of that). Anybody that wants to get in touch can do this now though, I don´t mind. But a general call to arms will go out through this blog sometime after the Su-metal birthday gigs in Hiroshima.

Really looking forward to this.

 

Mike Eriksson

(Sweden)

(Top image shows myself and a few magazines etc – the images of me, Tarja Turunen, Jon Lord & David Coverdale was taken by Michael Johansson back when we roamed the earth)

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Darned good traffic on the blog right now, lots of Black Sabbath fans popping by at the moment which is good fun. Also healthy interest in my western stuff, the interview with my Tornado Blaze model Ellinor sticking out at the moment.

The 2000 interview with David Coverdale is always a top draw, and I´ve noticed that his wife has seen it (she used an image on her page), so that´s nice. Steve Lukather seems to have checked his stuff out, I can certainly see links. All in all, I can see that loads of people – some that are pretty famous – has been here.

I like this little world of mine, it is what it is.

(Pictured: model Ellinor in 2012 and Tony Iommi in 1989).

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The jury is in, the stats for yesterday´s Trinkelbonker day thing is in and it showed a 100% increase in visits for the day. Author James Reasoner shared the link on his Facebook page and that´s really cool. I kind of expect the results of this to carry over into early September and this makes me think that a Trinkelbonker week next year could be a pretty good idea.

Thank you for your support.

(Pictured above, my Montana Blue gal Nina, shot in June 2010 for the novel I did).

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It has to be said that I enjoyed RETROFUTURE 8 quite a lot, and that´s why it´s so nice that the feedback I keep hearing by word of mouth is so strong, very positive indeed. I took a bit of a gamble with this issue, it featured stuff that you could get your head chopped off for these days and I said my piece about things in general. Not the kind of thing that you see every day in this country, screwed up as it is by political correctness and fear. But I had to do it. I was bowing out after all. No time to hold back then – if truth hurts, then so be it.

As you know, I´ve handed out the RETROFUTURE magazines for free in these parts (14.000 copies, in fact) and so this final issue also represents a climax of a phase in my life as a publisher that was a bit special in that sense. I really spent the last five years of this hobby doing it all just for the pure enjoyment of it all. It also cost me an arm and a leg to do it, but at least I had quite a lot of fun and I also left a bit of a legacy behind which I´m proud of. What I created with RETROFUTURE was unique and I doubt that anybody else will ever repeat what I did in these parts. I think I´ve earned the right to be proud.

Great feedback from prominent journalists (not your ordinary leftist crowd, but really good ones including a legendary publisher – it doesn´t get any better than that you know), and that feels really good I´ve to say. The article about A4, I5 and F4 (see earlier post) went down a storm and will in fact be republished in two publications. I think that says a lot, don´t you?

The major piece on prepping was written last year but it´s all coming true now, sad as that is. I was right on the money and it´s interesting to note that quite a lot of people was drawn to that subject. I think that people know, deep down, that we´re in serious trouble now. A fact that mainstream media still ignores, strange as that is.

So here we are then, the final batch of magazines have been given out (last few hundred went to Teknikland, I hear they just blew out the door!) and so RETROFUTURE is now really a thing of the past. I shall miss it.

Had a blast though, it was a good thing.