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October News 2022.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

October wasn’t a bad month. Here’s the good news I’ve mentioned the last time: all three of my books got a new edition, all as e-books. Here are the covers!

I’ve spent a part of the month on an unexpected vacation (staycation, really), and I’m definitely not complaining about that. It gave me some time (and energy) to watch and read stuff.

And this year, unlike the previous one, I managed to get the flu shot. My pulmonologist would be glad. I’m glad, too.

Other than all of that, it’s the usual: watching movies and series, reading, working…

Currently reading: A Sister’s Story by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, the sequel to A Girl Returned (which is what I’ve previously read). Both books remind me of Elena Ferrante a bit; the first one is about a thirteen-year-old girl suddenly returned to her biological parents and having her life turned upside down with no explanation at all, as well as the relationship she builds with her sister, while the second one follows both of them (and their troubles) as adults. I liked the first one, and I’m liking the second one so far, too.

Recently read: The Discomfort of Evening by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld (a good, and sometimes brutal novel about a family falling apart after the death of the oldest son), Amok: A Luxembourg Love Story by Tullio Forgiarini (a novel about young offenders, could be good for teens), In Mercy, Rain and Skeleton Song by Seanan McGuire (both are stories from her Wayward Children series, and both are good), Les enfants sont rois by Delphine de Vigant (part thriller about a missing child, part a painful novel about the abuse of kid influencers), My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh (some parts can be perceived as funny, but it’s mostly about depression, with characters who are unlikable on purpose), Rearview by Meghan O’Flynn (a short story with an ending I didn’t see coming), Earthlings by Sayaka Murata (I liked her previous novel better), The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik (great ending for The Scholomance trilogy), A Cup of Salt Tears by Isabel Yap (a bit of horror/dark fantasy, a bit of Japanese folklore, and a love story), The Grief of Stones and Min Zemerin’s Plan by Katherine Addison (more about the priest/detective and the cases he solves, yay!), and The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa (sad and nice and sad).

Currently watching: Little Demon (an animated series for adults (seriously, don’t let your kids watch!) about a thirteen-year-old girl who, after getting her first period, discovers that her dad isn’t dead, and is actually Satan himself, which makes her the Antichrist. Weird and fun.

Recently watched: Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story (pretty good, with a lot of attention given to the victims and their families, as well as the circumstances that allowed it to keep happening for so long; Evan Peters is brilliant in the role), Hellraiser (2022) (another good one, not perfect, but pretty good), Last Night in Soho (great actors, visually nice, good soundtrack, good idea, and a mostly boring movie; it’s as if they couldn’t decide whether they wanted to make a psychological drama or a psychological horror, and the result is neither), The House (2022) (a stop-motion animation movie on Netflix, three stories about a certain weird house and its tenants, very much not for children; weird, spooky, with a wicked British sense for humor; I loved it), Prey (2019) (basically, native Americans against the Predator; I loved the dog, and the movie was mostly fun to watch), Downton Abbey (2019) (if you loved the series, the movie is more of the same, and pleasant to watch), Knives Out (2019) (a nice play on the whodunit movies with an all-star cast and plenty of humor), The Suicide Squad 2 (lots of fun), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Americanized kung fu movie with a few Marvel characters, and a perfectly fine kung fu movie at that), the rest of the first season of The Rings of Power series (pretty to look at, nice music, doesn’t really make sense), and the rest of the first season of the House of the Dragon series (still fun).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any, plus trying to promote my books when I remember to do it (I’m terrible at marketing).

That’s pretty much it, see you next time, and once again, Happy Halloween!

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September News 2022.

September was kind of weird. It took me some time to get used to the fact that I’m back to work, I possibly pushed myself too far with how much I wanted to read and do, and then, some 8 days ago, I found out I was going to get glaucoma. Not instantly, but not in a very very far future either.

I’m still trying to get used to the idea. And I don’t like it. And yes, I know it’s not the end of the world and there’s therapy and a bunch of things that I could do, and that now I should be cautious about what I eat and drink and do and… And I don’t want to get used to the idea. I don’t want it to happen.

Well, there’s plenty of stuff I don’t want to happen, but it’s not up to me.

And other than that, it’s the usual. Reading, watching some stuff, work, a bit of writing of my own… Plus I might have some good news the next time I post.

Currently reading: Body Shocks, a body horror anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. So far, some stories are good, some are so-so, some even hit hard.

Recently read: The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White (yes, finally, and of course it’s super-useful plus fun), Beloved by Toni Morrison (brilliant, and not exactly an easy read…or for the faint of heart), The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield (can’t say that I agree with him on everything, but there’s a lot of good stuff there that can help you write), On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (another book on writing I’ve been planning to read for a while, and finally got to it; it’s Stephen King, so everything you like or dislike about his writing, you’ll find in this one), The Girlfriend’s Guide to Gods by Maria Dahvana Headley (love and myths and an ending I didn’t expect), Shoggoths in Bloom and On Safari in R’lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera by Elizabeth Bear (fun, clever, with a bit of horror), Požuri i izmisli grad by Lejla Kalamujić (a short story collection, ranging from so-so to wow), A Philosophy of Loneliness by Lars Svendsen (good, like all of his books I’ve read, and with the results that might surprise some readers), The Copywriter’s Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Copy That Sells by Robert W. Bly (another book on writing, this time for copywriters; plenty of useful stuff there), Novčić sudbine by Ivana Nešić (the last book in this trilogy for children, a great ending for the trilogy, and a really great book for kids), and Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher (a fairy tale with a lot thrown in for good measure; and, of course, a fun read; I did mention I wanted to read all of her books).

Currently watching: House of the Dragon (fun, if you find it fun to watch to find out if she’s finally going to get laid with her uncle; plus there are dragons) and The Rings of Power (not much to do with Tolkien (because they didn’t get the rights to use the parts of his work they wanted to put on the screen), and doesn’t really make sense, either; but pretty to look at, and the music is nice).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any, plus I recently wrote a story.

I guess that’s it, see you next time!

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August News 2022.

I miss coffee.

And I can’t even say that this month was completely caffeine-free, because I’ve cheated a few times.

Oh, well, it’s not a competition.

The weather is still too hot for me, meaning that I never get enough sleep. I’ve finally been to Croatia to visit my family after 3 years, and even by the seaside, it was way too hot.

It was also pretty. It always is.

And, of course, it was great to finally see my family. And to give my brother a bunch of hardcover comics and some books.

And to look at the sea.

I did say I’d have some nice pictures to add this month, didn’t I?

After the trip, it took me some time to recover. Traveling back was extremely uncomfortable, and then I had stuff to do instead of sleeping.

Not that I’m complaining. Not much. I’m glad I got the chance to finally travel a bit.

And after that, it was back to usual: reading, watching stuff, work (not that there was much), even some writing of my own.

Currently reading: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Cool stuff. And some stuff I didn’t know, which is great. What’s not so great is that I’ve foolishly assumed this would all be stuff I already know…but hey, I’m learning new things, and we all make foolish mistakes sometimes.

Recently read: Paganin by Boban Knežević (part secret history with Aleister Crowley and Veselin Čajkanović, part folklore tales, part Lovecraft, even a little bit of pulp fiction…and definitely fun), The Father Christmas Letters by Tolkien (lovely), A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers (wonderful if you want something that’s just darn nice), What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher (intriguing horror, now I want to keep reading all of her books), Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (I would have liked it better if I’d read it about twenty years ago, but it’s still useful), A Self-Help Guide for Copywriters by Dan Nelken (a fun and useful book for, well, copywriters, mostly about ads and slogans), Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury (if you need something to inspire you to write, try this book), and Rewild by Davin Grayson and Yana Adamovic (illustrations), a comic about ecology and with Shakespearean fairies, and with beautiful art.

Currently watching: nothing. Planning to watch a bunch of movies and series, but…

Recently watched: The Sandman (the first series I watched after I got back; some of it was too slow, some episodes felt like fillers, but there was plenty of good, too, and I’ll be happy to watch the next season when it comes out), and Criminal: UK (a total of two seasons (three plus four episodes), both really good; a psychological police procedural shot in two rooms and a hallway, and with excellent actors).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any (there was plenty on the day when I started writing this post). Plus I wrote four stories. So… Good for me, I guess? I should be writing more.

And that’s pretty much it this time, see you next month!