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December News 2021.

Oh, look, it’s the end of the year (as we know it?), so I got this song stuck in my head:

It still feels as if everything is just dragging on and on and on… And like the pandemic is never going to end… Boring. And a mood-killer.

Not everything is bad, though. This year, my first book got out as an audio-book, too, and here’s the demo:

On top of that, my third book (another short story collection, ghost stories this time) got out. It’s in Serbian, like the previous two, the title is Senoviti anđeo, and if you speak Serbian or similar languages, you can read it here. For free.

Other than that, it’s the usual: reading, watching, working, sometimes even writing…

Currently reading: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. I’m still at the beginning, but so far, it’s pretty cool. And fun. Teens, grumpy necromancers, a grumpy swordswoman, all of it on some other planets…

Recently read: Death’s End by Liu Cixin (hard sf with some philosophy, slow at times, awesome at times), The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay (an alcoholic grandma as the main character, a pandemic of something that starts as flu but then makes people sorta kinda understand animals and many of them go crazy, a bunch of bad decisions… Clever, sometimes too optimistic, but don’t expect a happy ending), and Sanjaju li androidi radnička prava? by Milan Aranđelović (a sci-fi satire where the puns and the worldbuilding and the social commentary are far more important than the plot or the characters).

Currently watching: nothing at the moment, though I do plan to watch a bunch of series during the holidays.

Recently watched: What We Do in the Shadows season 3 (still fun, and I’m looking forward to more), Alice in Borderland (lots of violence, people dying in gruesome ways while being forced to play games (and if they refuse to play games, their “visa” runs out and lasers from the sky kill them), fun to watch if you’ve enjoyed, say, Squid Game), and You, season 1 (a bookstore manager who also happens to be an obsessive stalker and a serial killer; definitely fun to watch).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any (and for a while, there was quite a bit, when everyone needed stuff done before the Christmas sales started), and writing a story or few.

And that would be it this time, see you next year!

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November News 2021.

Frankly, it’s the same old, same old, with the time dragging on.

Except that I got my booster shot.

And then the omicron variant showed up in the world, and people are panicking even though we have no idea yet whether it made the vaccines ineffective.

Yay for panicking. Not.

And yay for boring myself by starting each and every post by talking about the darn covid. Again, not.

Current mood:

So, what else am I doing?

The usual: working when there’s work, reading, watching stuff, and, surprisingly enough, even writing a few short-short stories in Serbian. The links for them are here.

Currently reading: The Best of World SF: Volume 1, edited by Lavie Tidhar. I loved some stories, some made me wonder what the heck did I just read, one felt too long… Basically, it’s all to be expected when reading an anthology (and I’m only halfway through).

Recently read: a bunch of books. A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (really nice), Mein Tag im anderen Land: Eine Dämonengeschichte by Peter Handke (definitely an unusal read), then a bunch of books in Serbian (Kraj raspusta i druge priče by Ana Miloš, Zovite me Esteban i druge priče by Lejla Kalamujić (loved that one), Sićušne priče (a nice anthology of microfiction by numerous authors), Smrtni ishod atletskih povreda by Milica Vučković (not an easy read, about a toxic relationship and what leads to it), Varoška legenda: Prvi sneg and Varoška legenda: Đavolji tefter by Tajana Poterjahin (nice old-fashioned writing, and I can’t wait for the last part to be published), Dum-dum by Pavle Zelić (some of the stories he wrote in the last 20 years, time sure does fly), Uzvišenost by Darko Tuševljaković (a dystopic tale turning into a hopeful one), Moj put istine and Sarajka u Beogradu i druge drame by Isidora Bjelica (brought back memories, and I miss her), and Firentinski dublet – Kjaroskuro by Goran Skrobonja and Ivan Nešić).

Is that a lot? Or too little? I’m never sure; I know that some people read a lot more than I do. But I enjoyed reading these, and I guess that’s what counts.

Currently watching: nothing. It would be difficult to read that much and watch something. I did finish watching the first season of Foundation, and I can’t say that I’m eager for the next one, even if I won’t be able to resist watching it.

Currently working on: work, when there’s any, and as usual, work comes and goes. Plus on some microfiction, which is nice.

So, I’m actually writing from time to time? Sorta… Kinda… No promises.

But yeah.

I am. After a long while.

That would be it for now, see you next time!

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October News 2021.

Halloween is approaching, and while it’s not something that we celebrate here, at least not officially, it’s still fun to look at pictures that pop up on the social media these days, and it’s fun to look at the colorful Halloween candy in the stores, too.

COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere yet, and that is not fun at all. Especially not with the frankly insane folks who compare covid passes to the Holocaust (and over here, right now, you need a covid pass only if you want to be in a restaurant, bar, nightclub or such after 22h).

So many people are nuts and/or don’t care about others. And if you depend on the kindness of others to avoid an infection that you could further spread around and kill someone with it, even if you, yourself, don’t get terribly affected? Well, tough luck.

So it’s same old, same old (plus feeling more sleepy and tired than usual): reading, watching stuff, working, not going anywhere.

At least the books are good.

Currently reading: The Last Graduate (The Scholomance, #2) by Naomi Novik. It’s fun! And clever! And fun! A student who could easily become a dark sorceress/a weapon of mass destruction in a school for wizards that most students don’t survive, she’d really like to survive without killing other students but the school doesn’t make it easy, and all the troubles she and other students are getting into while trying to graduate and survive. Oh, and mice. Mice are super-cute.

Recently read: A Deadly Education (The Scholomance, #1) by Naomi Novik. Obviously. And it’s just as fun as the second book. Even a bit more, because it introduces you to the crazy world and its unpleasant rules for kids.

Also recently read: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (I liked Gods of Jade and Shadow better), Bug Jack Barron by Norman Spinrad (I wouldn’t be surprised if some conspiracy theorists got some ideas from this book, and never mind the fact that the author made it all up and was just smart when writing his book and had zero wish for anyone to think it was really happening), Catfishing on CatNet and Chaos on CatNet (CatNet 1 and 2) by Naomi Kritzer (fun and good-natured and also dark at times; great if you like benevolent AIs and cat pictures and a bunch of great teens you’d really love as friends), and all The Murderbot Diaries books and stories (the author is Martha Wells, and I loved all the books about the anxious and socially inept killing machine that just wants to binge-watch favorite series and protect its favorite humans).

As you can see, I’ve read some good books and loved them.

Currently watching: Foundation, and I can’t say I’m happy about it. It started out interesting and the bunch of changes they’ve made was mostly fine, but it keeps turning into nonsense.

Recently watched: Squid Game. I’d say that one of the main reasons why people love it so much is because they haven’t watched Battle Royale or similar series, so it’s new to them. Still, it is fun to watch (and upsetting, since it’s way too easy to understand why so many people would willingly participate in such a game).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any (as usual, sometimes there’s plenty, sometimes barely anything at all). I know, I know, I should also be writing and not just waiting for the pandemic to end, but…

Yeah. But.

That would be it for now, see you next time!