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Thursday News 8/16/18

Are there any news, really?

Yes!

First, I’ve got new stories:

The Wish

She Promised

Both are microfiction inspired by and based on some photos I took.

I’ve also submitted two brand new stories to two publications, and I’m waiting for their response. I’m sure you all know how it feels.

I’ve got new articles, too. The Writing Cooperative (it’s a Medium publication for writers, by writers, publishing articles that help people write better) accepted “Where Do You Get Ideas?” Part I“Where Do You Get Ideas?” Part II, and A Great Thing Happened After My Story Got Rejected. Yesterday, they’ve published Same Number, Different POV, and I’ve submitted another article to them, so hopefully you’ll be able to read it soon.

Outside of publications, How to Help Your Favorite Artists Create More is out, too.

After a long while, I finally went to a medical check-up. The kind we all avoid. Fortunately, it looks like everything is fine. Yay!

And, I’ve got some new books. Look at them!

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The books you’re looking at are: Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, A Separation by Katie Kitamura, Een mooie jonge vrouw (A Beautiful Young Wife) by Tommy Wieringa, and Une vie sans fin (Life Without End) by Frederic Beigbeder.

See something you like? 🙂

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Monday News

No more whining about bronchitis, I feel better! I’m still coughing a bit, which is pretty normal after bronchitis, and that’s about it.

I was working a lot lately, but fortunately, not during the worst part of bronchitis, so it was only tiresome at times.

The weather has improved, I’m feeling better, and that means, among other things, books! I bought some new ones: some you can see on the top of the post, and some are below.

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Some of the books are not in English; I’ll skip those.

As for the rest, on the picture directly above you can see the Serbian edition of Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed. I’ve read it recently, and I loved it: Shakespeare, The Tempest, theater, in part a story of vengeance, but in greater part, a story of finally letting go. Plus a bunch of prison inmates playing in The Tempest. Plus…a lot of things, really. If you love Shakespeare, or theater in general, or Margaret Atwood, go and read this one.

The first book on the upper picture is Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach. It’s a picture book, but, as you can see from the title, it’s not for children; it’s for their tired parents instead. It looks cute, it’s fun (yes, there’s swearing), and if you have ever had trouble convincing your little angel to go to sleep already, you might enjoy this one.

As for the rest of the books, I have yet to read them. They are: The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien, How to Be Both by Ali Smith, A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers, A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, and Ripley Bogle by Robert McLiam Wilson. I don’t know much about any of them, but they were on sale (7 books for about $8), and I wanted to read The Little Red Chairs for a while (the Irish author got inspired by the Balkan wars), so I got them. Plus, I like random reads.

Have you read anything from this list? Do you have recommendations?

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More Books, More Cats

There I was, taking care of some boring administrative stuff, and then visiting some bookstores. The plan was to finish the boring stuff, then buy one book in one bookstore, and one book in another store.

Boring stuff was made better by a family of kitties I’ve seen at Skadarlija (a vintage street in Belgrade). You can see one on the photo above, and here is another:

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This tiny kitten sure demands attention

And here is their mother:

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The street is full of restaurants, and the little ones are sunbathing in one of them. Just a coincidence, I’m certain.

You can see the entire series of the feline family photos here.

And the books? Well, of course I didn’t buy just two of them. The owners are promoting one of the bookstores I’ve visited, and some of their books are on sale; you can get five of them for less than $2 per book.

And so, I got back home with seven new books.

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The titles on the picture are in Serbian, of course, but only one of them, Kada kažeš da sam tvoj by Goran Skrobonja, is a Serbian book (a nostalgic rock’n’roll novel set in Belgrade in the eighties). The others are: The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante (the second book in The Neapolitan Novels tetralogy), If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower, La Fascination du pire (The Fascination of Evil) by Florian Zeller, The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides, and NW by Zadie Smith.

See something you like, something you’ve read and loved, or something you’d like me to write about once I read it?