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.
This one, perhaps. I mean, vaccinated more than sedated, but sedated doesn’t sound that bad, either.
That crowd looks worrisome, though.
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!