Finnish-Spanish freelance journalist and novelist living in Finland
Laila Escartín-Sorjonen (b. 1971) is a Finnish-Spanish freelance journalist, copywriter and novelist. After living in various places around the Western world (in Cádiz, Puerto de Santa María, Sevilla, Madrid (Spain); in Tampere (Finland); in New York City (USA) and in Avignon, (France), she is back living and working in Finland. She has a degree in Spanish language and literature from the University of Avignon. Her work experience is colourful, ranging from the obligatory waitressing and babysitting in her early youth, language teaching, work in film, to translation and in the past decade journalism. She was eight years editor-in-chief of a Spanish cultural magazine and for a year and a half columnist of El Imparcial
Her second novel (‘La Calavera de Yorick’) is in the process of looking for a publisher. And her third novel, this time in Finnish (‘Taikakukka ja Särkyneiden Peilien Metsä’), is being considered at a publishers. Still in the process.
The woods are amazingly beautiful in autumn. So quiet, so gentle. Decay and approaching death have taken hold of the forest, but it is not scary or ugly, on the contrary, it's hypnotically beautiful, it lets the spirit lay at rest.
In the past two years I've started exercising quite a lot. I've never been a competing athlete though. As a kid I took my tennis classes and played basketball in the school team and I've always loved to be active, but I've never received any kind of real training so my knowledge of the noble secrets of physical exercising is pretty poor.
North Karelia in the East of Finland, close to the Russian border, is a charming place to spend one's summer holidays. Lake Pielinen is the cool, liquid heart of this area that inevitably has made us fall in love with it.
Let me tell you, <a href="https://fi.heiaheia.com/account" target="_hplink">HeiaHeia</a> is the answer to all of us who lack the will power to get a grip of ourselves to start moving that body. HeiaHeia is some sort of fitness Facebook in which we can keep track of and share everything sporty we do.
I absolutely love the beauty, silence and peace Nature provides. I am more of the Walden-type than the High-tech-type. No question about it. But one lives the times one is destined to live and the Zeitgeist is more tinted with High-tech colours than those of Mother Nature. Ignoring it would be sheer foolishness.
There are so many places for shopping today. Little shops downtown, huge stores in the outskirts, glossy malls, flee-markets in the old city centres and in out of use stables out in the countryside. Woo, a choice for all tastes! And then there is the Internet with its regular virtual shops and its more exciting penny auctions.
Basically Scoopshot is an application for your iPhone or Android you download for free from the App Store or Android Market and ta-daa! You can become a moneymaking mobile newsphotographer just like that! As long as you keep your eyes open and you happen to be in the right place at the right time.
I had somebody ask me recently in a most astonished voice why I had moved back to Finland after almost 20 years abroad. It made me laugh. That a Finn should ask such a question, how typical! A Spaniard would've asked me how come I managed to survive so long away from Spain, the best country in the world!
You might not quite believe this story, but it is based on real life. The protagonists are three 21st century kids, ages ranging from eight to 14, a movie to be watched on television and a shabby cardboard box. The time: Christmas.
The internet is a limitless field to state opinions and views on anything and everything under the sun. Such freedom the individual enjoys! And what a succulent possibility to have one's voice published.
I can't know if there ever was a better time for authors than today. Judging from what I've read, I guess no. In the olden days those authors and artists who did fine financially came mostly from wealthy families, whilst artists like Van Gogh or Modigliani, or authors like Edgar Allan Poe or Henry Miller struggled with poverty.