Hi. My name is Alda Sigmundsdóttir. Some of you may know me as Alda Kalda or YT. I work as a writer, translator and copy editor, and this is my blog.
I currently live in Reykjavík. I have also lived in Canada, Cyprus, the UK and Germany, for longer or shorter periods. I moved back to Iceland as a single mom in 1994, after 22 years away. You can read a bit more of my life story here.
I started this blog in October 2004, which happened to be a particularly slow time in the freelance writing and copyediting business. The title of the blog is a throwback to a daily column I used to co-write for the Iceland Review publishing house when I first moved back to Iceland, the story of which you can read more about here.
For the first three and a half years this blog was hosted on Blogger, but on 18 April 2008 I decided to migrate to WordPress. Unfortunately the comments accompanying the posts were left behind at the old site, which is why you won’t find comments beneath most of the posts before that date. In 2010 I pretty much stopped updating this blog, and moved it to a Facebook page, which is still very active.
I have just published a novel called Unraveled, which is set against the backdrop of the economic meltdown in Iceland. I have also published two e-Books, Living Inside the Meltdown and The Little Book of the Icelanders. The Little Book was released in July 2012 by Icelandic publisher Forlagið and went straight to the Icelandic bestseller list where it stayed for the rest of the summer.
I am married to the kindest, funniest man in the world, and have one daughter, three stepdaughters, and two step-grandsons. They are all completely gorgeous.
I hate having my picture taken and only agreed to the photo above on condition of anonymity.