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July News 2022.

As mentioned last month, I was on a mission to quit caffeine completely…and I did it, even decaf.

And sometimes I even sleep better, though I don’t know if it’s related to quitting coffee. I mean, one cup of decaf in the morning was unlikely to make a difference. Then again, who knows…

I miss coffee.

No doctors this month, which kinda feels unusual. Not an unwelcome unusual, though.

I’m pretty much used to my glasses by now. What I’m not used to is surviving all these heatwaves; I lost the count of how many heat strokes I’ve suffered this summer. Five? Six? Seven? No idea, but I’m not amused.

And with the heat, while I do sleep better sometimes, I can’t seem to get enough sleep and wake up well-rested. Annoying…

Other than that, it’s the usual: work, reading, watching stuff, avoiding covid the best I can…

Currently reading: A Phantom Lover by Vernon Lee. It’s a collection of ghost stories, but I’ve barely started, so can’t say anything yet.

Recently read: A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers by Alyssa Wong (a haunting tale of two sisters, one of them trans, and the difficulties they’re facing, as well as the love they feel for each other), I, Cthulhu, or, What’s a Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing in a Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9′ S, Longitude 126° 43′ W)? by Neil Gaiman (fun, but I would’ve liked it better a few decades ago), The Destroyer by Tara Isabella Burton (a mad scientist in a futuristic Rome, and her clone-daughter), A Kiss With Teeth by Max Gladstone (troubles that a vampire has as a husband and a father), Variations on an Apple by Yoon Ha Lee (a somewhat different Troy, and a different choice, but…), The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections by Tina Connolly (how to destroy a tyrant with wit…and confections), The Library of Lost Things by Matthew Bright (a library, a search, and Jean Genet), A Memory of Wind by Rachel Swirsky (how does a sacrificed girl become a wind that will take all those warriors to Troy?), The Man Whom the Trees Loved by Algernon Blackwood (horror stories, I prefer some of his other ones, but these were good, too), The Dreaming City by Julien Blondel (a comic book adaptation of Moorcock’s Elric, nicely done), The Night Cyclist by Stephen Graham Jones (a horror story for those who read and love horror, there’s stuff to recognize in it), Everything’s Fine by Matthew Pridham (a bizarre horror story that illustrates what 2020 felt like), Solution by Brian Everson (what do we do about the climate…and unreasonable people?), You Know How the Story Goes by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (playing with an urban legend), and St. Valentine, St. Abigail, St. Brigid by C.L. Polk (love, and price of magic to save the loved one).

Currently watching: Star Trek Picard season 2. After a crying Romulan we got a Romulan in love…and Q. As soon as I see Q in Star Trek, it’s oh, no for me. Plus there’s time travel, which I dislike most of the time. But I’m still watching it.

Recently watched: The Witcher season 2 (finally finished it, not bad), Arcane (I liked the animation and some of the game stuff, but I would have liked the story much better when I was 15), Moon Knight (plenty of fun, and I can’t believe Disney allowed it!), Stranger Things season 4 (I liked it better than the previous two seasons), The Boys season 3 (still fun…lots of fun!), Mortal Kombat (2021) (brutal, some stuff was fun, some of the acting was cringey, overall…well, I definitely liked the first Mortal Kombat movie better), Dune (2021) (I really liked Momoa trying to play his role like Antonio Banderas, the movie was visually impressive, Liet had one really good scene…but overall, I was hoping for a better movie), and Candyman (2021) (plenty of good ideas, and I mean plenty, but poorly executed).

Currently working on: blogs, mostly, preparing a bunch of posts in advance, so I can not think about them for a while. It would be nice to get some rest.

And that would be pretty much it this time… Next month, I might have some nice pictures to add, too.

And for now, you have a cat at the top of the post.

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