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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!

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Belated March News 2021

What can I say, I don’t feel like writing. Or doing anything.

I mean, I do write. When there’s work, or on my blog in Serbian, where I mostly write about the books (and sometimes comics) I’ve read.

But most of the time, I don’t feel like writing. Living in interesting times? The times are dull, and are just making me like people less and less.

Current mood? Look at the picture above.

Anyway, news?

I got the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine; the next one is 12 weeks after the first one. I’ve waited for a bit longer than 3 weeks after the first dose, and then checked the antibodies. I’ve got them, a pretty decent number, so the vaccine is doing something. My reaction to the vaccine wasn’t exactly pleasant, but it was over in a few days, and wasn’t a big deal. And after checking the antibodies, I’ve dared to visit a doctor for a check-up (everything is fine). And since I was out and about already, I got myself some books and comics.

Other than that, it’s waiting and sometimes working and reading. And sometimes practicing speed reading.

I expected something to happen in March, but it didn’t. Oh, well, it will happen at a later time. One way or another.

So…

Currently reading: Blindness by Jose Saramago. I’m tired of the pandemic, and I’m reading about a mysterious epidemic of blindness? Well, yes. It’s a good book. And relevant to what we’re going through (some countries more than the others). But mostly, it’s a good book. Creepy and not pleasant, but good.

Recently read: Punisher 4: Barracuda by Garth Ennis. It’s violent. Very violent. And fun. And a really nice read after seeing a bunch of people acting like stubborn rebellious idiots during a pandemic. I mean, I’m not going to shoot them or something, but getting away from them and back home, and reading Punisher episodes written by Garth Ennis feels good.

Also recently read: a bunch of books and some comics. One comic book (Le Chat du Rabbin) and 11 books in March alone, including two books by Elena Ferrante (her first and the last one), some Japanese horror stories (great), The Magus by John Fawles (weird, interesting, good), Twins Trilogy (The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie) by Agota Kristof (a lot more weird, and wild, and strange, and really good), Herland by Charlotte Gilman Perkins (one of the first feminist utopias, really interesting), Autonomous by Annalee Newitz (some important issues, and some strange and not exactly healthy couples), a collection of stories by Aliette de Bodard (some were really fun, like the most unusual version of Sherlock and Watson I’ve seen so far, with Watson being a mindship suffering from PTSD), The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet (if you’ve enjoyed The Name of the Rose, you might like this one, too), Embassytown by China Mieville (complex, unusual, really good)… It was a good month for reading.

Currently watching: well, nothing. I’m reading. Possibly way too much. American Gods are over, they say there won’t be another season, which means they’ve left it all hanging on a tree… Hopefully there will be another season, somewhere, or a movie.

Currently working on: work, when there’s any. When not, well, I think you know what I’m doing.

That’s it for now, hopefully April News won’t be a belated one.

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February News 2021

Another month in the year of waiting… Or something.

Still waiting to get vaccinated, though at least it should happen soon. But when will this whole craziness end? I have no idea; I’m just disliking people more and more.

Don’t worry, though; I still like cats. And the biker kitty from the photo got some tuna the other day.

So, what’s new, other than waiting for the whole thing to end already? Nothing much. I’m working, when there’s work, and in the meantime, reading and watching stuff. These days, it’s mostly reading.

So…

Currently reading: Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense and Sensibility by Mireille Guiliano. Unusual for me, I know. Basically, I wanted something easy after reading Ice by Jacek Dukaj (science fiction and a lot more, a novel of 1,500 pages). And how’s that easy book going? All right, I guess. I’m not its target audience, but it’s still an interesting read.

Recently read: Ice by Jacek Dukaj. Polish science fiction and alternate history and a bit of steampunk and philosophy and comedy and a crime novel and sociology and a lot more. There are so many different things in this book you’d think they can’t possibly work well together, and yet, they do. Not an easy read, but better than most books I’ve read in the recent years.

And not an easy read is a good thing.

Currently watching: now that The Stand is over (while I don’t like everything in it, I’ve enjoyed it a lot), American Gods. The series slowed down quite a bit, but it’s still interesting, and I’m still enjoying it.

Currently working on: work, when there’s any. Sometimes there is, sometimes there isn’t, and that’s when I read.

That would be pretty much it (exciting, isn’t it? Not.), see you next time!