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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!

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January News 30/01/2021

It’s 2021 now. Almost the end of the first month of it. And yet, it still feels like 2020 is dragging on and on and on…

I’m not saying that the feeling is completely new; at the beginning of each and every year, I do need to remind myself that it’s no longer the old one. However, that need usually ends sooner, and typically, there’s no feeling like the previous one is never going to end.

It’s so tiresome.

Vaccinations have started, and I’m waiting to be called to get my shot. I have no idea when it’s actually going to happen. I know, I know, there are many who are waiting and have no idea when it’s actually going to happen, but it doesn’t prevent me from feeling the same.

It’s so tiresome.

Current mood?

This one, perhaps. I mean, vaccinated more than sedated, but sedated doesn’t sound that bad, either.

That crowd looks worrisome, though.

Anything else?

My book Mačji snovi (Cat Dreams) got an online edition; those who can read Serbian can read it for free here. So, something nice happened!

And other than that?

I haven’t been reading much throughout January; I was watching some TV series and movies. It’s back to reading now, though I do stop when the new episode of The Stand or American Gods comes out (and I’m enjoying them both, except for this new version of the Trashcan Man in The Stand).

So, what am I reading, watching, and so on?

Currently reading: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. I started reading it months ago, then decided to read something else, then another book, and it’s only now that I’m coming back to it. Six of Crows was better, but this one is all right, too. I’m just reading it after a much better book, so it feels weird.

Recently read: The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin. Yes, that’s the much better book I’ve mentioned. Chinese science fiction with plenty of science, plus philosophy, plus sociology, plus military SF, plus a lot more. It’s the sequel to The Three-Body Problem, and while some people feel that the first book was better (and not just better, but impressive), I’ve loved this one, as well. It’s not the easiest read out there, but hey, I wasn’t looking for easy; I wanted good, and this one didn’t disappoint.

Currently watching: The Stand and American Gods when the new episodes come out. They’re fun, and as adaptations, they’re interesting. Neither is perfect, but they do bring some interesting ideas, and both got me hooked enough that I don’t want to wait until the season is over and then binge-watch them. I want to see them now.

Out of all the movies that I’ve watched during the holidays and later, one stood out: Portrait of a Lady on Fire. It’s a French historical romantic drama, and considering how much I’m normally interested in romantic movies (err, not much, to put it mildly), it tells a lot when I say that that’s the one that stood out. And no, it’s not because all the others were terrible.

It started slow and boring, though visually beautiful (the main character is a painter, and some shots really look like old portraits), but then the story grabbed me, and I forgot why I ever felt it was boring. It’s the familiar story about the forbidden (and impossible under the circumstances) love between the painter and the model (a young noblewoman), but with a twist: the painter is a young woman, too. It’s a story about love and friendship and female solidarity, it has some really, really brave scenes, and it’s wonderful.

Currently working on: work, when there’s any, and there isn’t much in the post-holiday season. But that’s how it usually is with freelancing, sometimes there’s plenty of work, sometimes next to nothing, and January does tend to be the slowest month. People do need to recover from all the holiday spending, after all.

And that would be pretty much it for now, see you next time!

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The End of the Year…

Yes, this post also serves as December News 2020.

This tiresome, unusually long year is finally coming to its end.

No, I don’t know for sure that the next one is going to be better. It could be much worse, for all I know. It’s always possible for things to get worse.

Or better. I choose to hope it’s going to be better.

Current mood? I’m not sure. This one comes to mind, even though it’s not how I feel.

Or maybe this one? Because of the sentiment? Perhaps…

Perhaps.

Some things happened this year. Some wonderful people died. I did some things. I couldn’t do some other things.

And it all felt like it would never end.

It still feels that way, no matter what the calendar says.

But, hey, two of my works (a radio play and a short story collection) god published again (electronically), so not everything is bad. Some of my friends published books, and that’s good, too.

And other than that? Reading, watching?

Currently reading: I’m Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjørk. A Scandinavian thriller. Good so far, but I’m still at the beginning; a little girl was found dead, obviously murdered, and it looks like two very troubled people will be investigating the case. Talented, competent, but troubled.

Currently watching: The Stand. The new series (the new adaptation, that is). It looks good so far. Not perfect, and if you’ve neither read the book nor watched the old series, the numerous flashbacks and jumping back and forth in time might make it difficult to watch. So, it might be a good idea to read the book first.

Do read it, if you haven’t done it already. The Stand by Stephen King. It’s a good book.

Currently working on: err, during the holidays? There was more work than usual in December, but right now, I’m not really working on anything other than getting some rest. I might work on my blogs in a few days, but right now, it’s resting, and eating, and watching, and reading…

And hoping for a better year ahead of us.

So… Happy New Year, everyone!