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June News 2021

As it turned out, the second dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine really didn’t have strong side effects, though it still did make me tired and sleepy for longer than expected. Which is, you know, not bad at all, considering the alternative.

And then came something else that made me tired: the heat wave. I know, I know, it’s June and it’s hot, not exactly a surprise, but knowing doesn’t make me feel less tired.

And feeling tired means it takes me longer to do anything. Work. Chores. Even reading.

So, what am I doing?

Currently reading: Avanture pobednika by Vladimir Kolarić (in other words, my friend published another book, yay!). So far it’s been a fun read, though work doesn’t leave me much time for reading.

Recently read: The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin. This is the first book of hers I’ve read, and while there were things I’ve enjoyed (like city magic, including defeating a scary weird thing from another dimension with a rap battle, or with math, or simply by kicking it hard because Brooklyn…), plus the concept was interesting even if it wasn’t completely new, it left me with a feeling that it could have been told better. It could have been a lot more fun. Yeah, there was plenty of fun (she put that woman who became a meme for being racist into the book!), and I am going to read the rest of the trilogy when it comes out, but… There was this come on, you’ve got some great ideas here, and I like the concept, why isn’t the writing better when it’s obvious you can do better? feeling the whole time.

Oh, well, I’ll definitely read the next ones, too.

Currently watching: Loki, when the new episode comes out. It’s fun! And it’s Loki!

There are other series I keep planning to watch, but… Work.

Currently working on: work, when there’s any, and lately there was quite a bit. Which is good, of course, I just wish I wasn’t so tired.

And that would be pretty much it this time, see you next month! (Yes, I know it starts tomorrow)

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May News 2021

Or is it Mew News? Or Meow News?

Whatever.

Got the second dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine today. Most people who got the second dose of AZ already said that there were no or almost no side effects, but, of course, I’m not them, so I’m waiting to see what will it be like for me.

And that’s why the current mood is:

Any other news?

The story I sent to a contest wasn’t chosen (which is, to be honest, what happens almost every time I send a story to a contest, so I’m used to it), so I posted it on my blog in Serbian. I know, I know, I could have tried offering it to someone else, but I’m lazy.

And other than that, it’s the usual. Well, right now, I’m resting after the vaccine, but other than that, it’s working, reading, watching stuff…

Currently reading: Necronomicon by H. P. Lovecraft. To be more specific, one of the local versions of Best of Lovecraft, the third edition. I’ve read those stories before (and, if you’ve ever read Lovecraft, you know what I’m reading, too), but I was inspired to grab this book after the graphic novel I had read before that.

Recently read: H. P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness by Gou Tanabe. It’s got 4 parts, or 2, depending on the edition, and it’s great. I mean, as an adaptation, it’s pretty good; visually, it’s really, really good, and the illustrations spreading over 2 pages are brilliant.

And we’re talking about showing unimaginable horrors, among other things. And strange areas that make people feel uneasy, at best. And… Well, if you’ve read At the Mountains of Madness, you know the tone and the mood this graphic novel is meant to show…and it succeeds.

Go on and read it. Stare at it. Love it.

Speaking of love…

Currently watching: Love, Death & Robots, season 2. I’m about halfway through, and so far, Snow in the Desert is the best episode. Animation is beautiful, and the story is…well, it succeeds in telling a lot about human condition in just 15 minutes, about loneliness, about being different, about…I’m not going to spoil it for you, go on and watch it.

Overall, I’d say that the first season was better, but this one is still good, and well worth your time.

Currently working on: right now, resting, otherwise, work, when there’s any. And in the meantime, struggling with my TBR pile, but you’re probably all familiar with that. So many books, never enough time…

That’s it for now (I’ve managed not to have another belated post, yay!), see you next time!

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April News 2021

I feel sleepy these days, most of the time. Is it the weather, or the whole pandemic thing dragging on and on, or… There could be a bunch of reasons, really.

I hope that at least the weather will stabilize at some point…though preferably not at a heat wave or something.

Of course, an end to this pandemic would also be great, but the way that way too many people behave, I doubt it’s happening soon (you won’t hear me complaining if I turn out to be wrong).

Current mood? Not in the mood. But hey, there’s another photo of that cute neighborhood biker cat up there, and that’s something, too.

Any news?

After who knows how long, I’ve sent a story to a contest. Fingers crossed!

Other than that, it’s the usual: working, reading, sometimes watching something.

Currently reading: Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of the Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman. I’m about halfway through, and it’s a fun read. There’s a lot I didn’t know (no surprise there), and I’m pretty certain that there will be a lot I don’t know about the Anonymous once I’m done with the book. But then again, I suppose that’s the point: with the amount of law-breaking going on (for a good reason, or for fun, or both), they have no reason to want others to know too much about them.

Also recently read: 8 books since the last post, including Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (you all know that one, right?), Smrt u ružičastom (Death in Pink) by Đorđe Bajić (a crime/thriller), The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (a really good horror book), Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance (lots of interesting information there), Kult Gula (The Cult of Ghoul) by Dejan Ognjanović (chosen texts from his blog from the last 10 years), Ravan – Podnebesje by Dušan Paučković (fantasy, sort of, plus a bunch of other things, about things happening in the afterlife), A Strange Country by Muriel Barbery (if you’re looking for something like The Elegance of the Hedgehog, this is not it), and Srneća leđa (Chocolate Loaf) by Ana Marija Grbić (wonderful short stories).

Currently watching: Wellington Paranormal. The same world as What We Do in the Shadows, and the same type of humor. It’s fun, but binge-watching it would be too much.

Currently working on: work, when there’s any (typically it’s writing book blurbs and book titles).

And that would be pretty much it. Happy holidays, if it’s Easter now in your part of the world, and if not, enjoy yourself anyway!