Tuesday News 12/03/2019

So… What’s new?

I’m still working (well, I’ve got a mini vacation, but other than that, I’m still working), and I’m still tired. So, nothing new there.

One of my photos (see above) had over 1,000 downloads on Unsplash. Are there so many vegans on Unsplash (no, I’m not a vegan)? Or is there so little vegan art? Or do they really think that my photo is that good? I’m not sure, but, hey, I’m not complaining.

Another bit of news is that my story The Bread Hell and Other Stories made it into the Top 25 Editor’s Picks on Literally Literary. Yay! That puts it on the first page of that magazine, and, well, it’s really nice. And it was awesome to get the message about it. And… You can guess how I feel.

Any good books to mention? Actually, yes. One is Collected Stories, Volume 1 by Nabokov – the book starts with a great story, and doesn’t disappoint. You may like some stories more than the others, but all are good. Another great book I’ve read lately is The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante. It’s good, but very painful, because it describes the nervous breakdown of an abandoned woman, and doesn’t shy away from the ugly parts of it, nor does it try to romanticize that condition. It’s a much more difficult read than My Brilliant Friend, but well worth the effort.

Anything else? I can’t wait for the warmer weather (and I’m definitely not the only one feeling that way). I know I’m going to complain when it gets too warm, but for the time being, I just wish it was warmer.

That’s it for today, I guess. See you next time!

Long Time No See…

How do other people with 9-5 jobs manage to get things done? Once I get back from work, there’s laundry, or cooking, or whatever, and after I’m done, I’m way too tired to do anything else, even if there’s still some time left before bed. Weekends? More housework, and I still don’t have much energy for reading, let alone writing.

Anyway.

I’m still working, obviously, and my contract got extended again. Yay! Yay. Christmas and New Year came, I got another #OperationSpreadWarmFuzzies card from Wingnut and her wonderful human, Gina, I even managed to read some books (The Cat Inside by William S. Burroughs is great, The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill is at times too slow for young readers, but still really nice, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi was also very interesting), it’s winter and cold and I can’t wait for spring…

I’m rambling a bit, I know. The book recommendations still stand, though, and the card is still lovely. And cats are great, of course. Always.

Anyway, while we’re not buried in snow right now, there was some snow recently, and there will be more soon. So, if you like snow pictures, have some!

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The dogs had a lot of fun in the snow
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I don’t think that the tree is equally amused, though

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Oh, and here’s another bit of news: I’m blonde again. The color is pure awesomeness this time.

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That’s it this time. I hope it won’t take me months to write another post.