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Literally Reruns – All Saints Day by Tobias Haglund

Ah yes –  Leila has picked one from the far back corner of the catacombs – We miss Tobias so this is a lovely little reminder of his skill:

This is the fourth time I have selected Mr. Haglund. You can’t go wrong selecting anything by this early day LS mainstay. And, by and by, I’m certain that all his stuff will make it, if I’m given enough time and oxygen.

  1. This story has a wonderful touch of Wilder’s Our Town to it. You arranged it well without queering the end, which came along elegantly, neither a moment too soon nor late. How long did it take to produce such an effect?
  2. How’s parenthood? Have you gone crazy yet?

Leila Allison


All Saints Day 

Tobias’s response.


First of all, thank you very much for choosing this story. 
Q1: When I read stories I want contrast between characters. I grew up in a very cynical (dry, academic, critical… you get the picture) family.  Although there are some benefits to this, it does limit the wonders of fantasy for a little Swedish boy. This struggle, realism vs fantasy, has enthralled me ever since boyhood. In this particular story I wanted to explore that struggle. On that note, I wrote a mother character who wanted the romance of something fantastical to be real (even though she probably realizes it isn’t). One of the daughters was more realistic and skeptical. By the end she understood that the mother needed to have this moment withouth being interrupted by logic or critical thinking. It’s the mother’s way of making the same pain that “the man” had felt go away. This kind of story fascinates me. Even though (in her story) she is a girl and watching a man sing to a tombstone, it is as if she’s feeling the his pain because she knows one day, she will be in his place. 
Q2: Gone crazy? Whabbo thalla that would mean I start to make silly words. Herds of silly words. Chilly herbs of silly words! I’d never fall so Autumn!

2 thoughts on “Literally Reruns – All Saints Day by Tobias Haglund”

  1. Thanks to Tobias for both his story and that outstanding response. He also displays a genius for babyspeak that could drive a childrens’ book along quite nicely. Personally, I like infants very much as long as they belong to other people. I like breezing into a herd of them and say “Low latitude lemmings loathe lush lassitude” and watch them pacifiers twirl like novelty bow ties.


  2. Hi Leila,
    Brilliant choice as always.
    Great to see you getting the best out of Tobias.
    I have to admit, my whole repertoire towards a toddler is always the same:
    ‘Don’t talk to me or come near me until you are able to take a pint off of me in the pub.’

    Anytime we see your work showcased, it reminds us of what we are missing.
    I was very interested to read your comment about contrast of characters. I think that can be a lesson especially, to anyone who is wanting to write dialogue. If the characters are very different, the writer doesn’t need to write too much around them. There is no need for separation description as the difference in their characters are blatantly obvious from the dialogue.
    There are many writers who don’t trust their characters to tell the story.

    Hope you are all happy and well my fine friend.


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