I write fiction: novels, short stories, poetry. I also write articles, personal essays, hiking stories, photo reports, and other experimental stories.

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I currently focus on writing and publishing two novels, one about love and living in a relationship, and one about the future.

Chapter 4 I Am Going to Write

* * * MY FAVOURITE TOPICS * * *

* Future *

— a novel about the future

* Living in a relationship *

The Man Who Came from the North. Easy access to chapters for readers on… | by Øivind H. Solheim | ILLUMINATION Book Chapters | Medium

* Mental health *

Why it is important to have thought of the worst thing that can happen — before it happens

— but we do not always know until later

* Hiking and exercise — going for walks in nature *

We dispose of nature together, and we have a common responsibility to preserve…


NOVEL

The Happiest Town in the World, Chapter 29

A writing challenge

Write and publish a book review of the novel The Happiest Town in the World, based on freely chosen chapters published on medium.com.

The book review can be a comment of 100 to 200 words, or a longer article, and should be published on medium.com.

Everyone who publishes a book review will receive a link with free access to the e-book when the e-book is published on KDP. Please tag me Øivind H. Solheim at the end of the review to get free access to the e-book.

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29

You are who you are, you have a husband and children and family…


BLUE INSIGHTS CULTURAL PROMPT — AUGUST 2021

As the Blue Insights Cultural Prompt for August, 2021, I have chosen “Me — and the World“

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Each human — a universe

I’m just one
I’m almost nobody
Billions of others
On earth
Living around me
They are
Only one
They too

This month’s Cultural Prompt aims to inspire reflection — self-reflection and reflection around the self that lives in a world of myriads of other selves.

Where do we come from, what are we into just now, and what will we make happen tomorrow?

Today — yesterday — tomorrow

Who am I?

Who have I been earlier in my life?

Who do I want to be?

What do I do to become who I want to be?

Is what separates us from each other the same…


NOVEL

The Man Who Came From the North, a novel. NEW Chapter 18

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A note from the author:

When I wrote the last chapters of the novel, I saw that the characters and the action had changed in relation to what I had originally envisioned. These were changes that made me have to take action and actually rewrite some chapters in part two of the novel. The changes in the characters and in the plot are so extensive and intrusive that I have to carry this out to complete the novel.

The changes are closely linked to the characters and the main action in the book and therefore it has become necessary to…


An Autobiography (2)

Storlidalen, Trøndelag, Norway. Photo © Øivind H. Solheim

“All autobiographies are lies. I do not mean unconscious, unintentional lies; I mean deliberate lies. No man is bad enough to tell the truth about himself during his lifetime, involving, as it must, the truth about his family and friends and colleagues. And no man is good enough to tell the truth in a document which he suppresses until there is nobody left alive to contradict him.”
(George Bernard Shaw, Sixteen Self Sketches, 1898)”

What is true?
What is completely true?
What is just a little true?
What is not true at all?
What interests others to read? …


NOVEL

In literature, an unreliable narrator is a character who tells a story with a lack of credibility. An unreliable narrator can create a lot of grey areas and blur the lines of reality, allowing us to come to our own conclusions.

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Fallible storytellers can also create tension by keeping readers on their toes — wondering if there’s more under the surface, and reading between the lines to decipher what that is. Unreliable narrators can make for intriguing, complex characters: depending on the narrator’s motivation for clouding the truth, readers may also feel more compelled to keep reading to figure out why the narrator is hiding things.

Finally, all unreliable narrators are first-person: they live in the world of the story and will have an inherent bias or perhaps even an agenda.

Source: What is an Unreliable Narrator: Definition and Examples

A book chapter from a new novel, The Wolf in the Flock *)

I…


NOVEL

The Man Who Came from the North, a novel. NEW Chapter 13

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A note from the author

When I wrote the last chapters of the novel, I saw that the characters and the action had changed in relation to what I had originally envisioned. These were changes that made me have to take action and actually rewrite some chapters in part two of the novel. The changes in the characters and in the plot are so extensive and intrusive that I have to carry this out to complete the novel.

The changes are closely linked to the characters and the main action in the book and therefore it has become necessary to…


PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE

Under the working title “A Lucky Man — An autobiography: A party or a dance on roses?” I will publish new chapters about once a week

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Here you get the start of a story about my life until today.

I am now a little over 73 years old, and this will not be a lament, but it will also not be a story about life in dance on roses.

I want to say that this has been a good life — a life with many experiences, with great changes and events, that in part have been dramatic, stressful, and demanding. It’s still a life I think I have come out of well — so far.

What has it meant to me to be born two years…


In den frühen 2000er Jahren wurde das Recht von Erwachsenen auf eine Bewertung des bisherigen Lernens und der Bildung in Norwegen auch durch die Bildungsgesetzgebung abgedeckt.

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Die nationale Bildungsreform Kunnskapsløftet (2006) umfasste die Erwachsenenbildung und die nicht formale Kompetenzbewertung in Gesetzen und Vorschriften, und an einigen Schulen der Sekundarstufe II in allen Landkreisen wurde ein Erwachsenenbildungszentrum eingerichtet.

Diese Zentren bieten Erwachsenen ohne abgeschlossene Sekundarstufe II eine vorherige Lernbewertung und Schulung an, wenn keine theoretischen Kompetenzen vorliegen.

Von 2006 bis 2008 führte der KS (Zentralverband der Kommunen) ein Evaluationsprojekt „Kompetenzbewertung in Kommunen“ durch. In diesem Projekt wurde 2008 die Frage gestellt, ob das System der nicht formalen Kompetenzfeststellung als gerecht empfunden wird. Hier antworteten 7%: sehr unfair, 5%: ziemlich unfair, 46%: ziemlich fair und 42%: sehr fair.


NORGE

Tidleg på 2000-talet vart også vaksne sin rett til realkompetansevurdering og opplæring i Norge omfatta av lovverket for opplæring.

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Den nasjonale utdanningsreforma Kunnskapsløftet (2006) inkluderte vaksenopplæring og realkompetansevurdering i lov- og regelverket, og det vart oppretta vaksenopplæringssenter ved enkelte vidaregåande skular i alle fylka.

Desse sentra tilbaud vaksne utan fullført vidaregåande opplæring realkompetansevurdering og opplæring i det dei mangla av teoretisk kompetanse.

Sidan 2008 har vaksenopplæringssenter, realkompetansesenter og andre private og offentlege aktørar arbeidd kontinuerleg med å tilby vaksne som manglar formell kompetanse tiltak som fører dei formelt ukvalifiserte vaksne fram til yrkes- eller studiekompetanse.

Frå 2006 til 2008 gjennomførte KS (Kommunenes Sentralforbund) eit evalueringsprosjekt, “Realkompetansevurdering i kommuner”. I dette prosjektet i 2008 stilte ein spørsmålet om ordninga med…

Øivind H. Solheim

Teacher, author of novels, poetry, articles, essays. Founder & co-owner of Blue Insights. Owner of Medium publications Happy Hiking, Insight. fiksjon@gmail.com

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