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Tuesday News 17/09/2019

The summer is almost over, though it’s still hot. So, what happened during this summer? Good stuff, bad stuff, watching and reading interesting stuff…

For one thing, I’ve tried taiyaki ice cream at a place called Taiyaki Belgrade. It’s fun, it’s tasty, and they change available flavors every week, so there’s always something new to try. Yum!

Taiyaki ice cream

Unfortunately, after that I got bronchopneumonia (not because of the ice cream!), and spent about a month trying to recover. Which I did, though it was tedious at times. It was also interesting at times, I’ve learned some stuff about my lungs, I got to try out various meds and various medical equipment, I’ve experienced…err…interesting nights split between awful headaches caused by the fever and weird dreams caused by the fever and the meds… It’s not an experience I’d care to repeat, but not all of it was boring.

And after that? I finally went to Croatia, to visit my family! The sea was lovely, of course.

The sea in Omišaj, Croatia

There were cats, here’s one that didn’t want to get close, probably because of the dog:

The cat isn’t interested

And here’s the said dog, too: Šaki. He does want to get close and to be petted and to run around all the time. When it gets too hot, sleeping is a welcome option, too.

Sleepy dog

It’s good to be back home, but I’ll miss the sea (and my family).

Afternoon at the sea

Was there something between the bronchopneumonia and the sea? Yes! A period while I wasn’t good enough to work, but was able to read. That’s when I’ve read 12 books in less than a month (some were very short, some pretty long). Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky was the one I loved best (it was the longest, as well): a science fiction novel with giant intelligent spiders (the spiders in the book are awesome!), and a beautiful homage to City by Clifford Simak. Read both books if you get a chance!

During the summer, I’ve also binge-watched some TV series. Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale was sometimes ridiculous, sometimes satisfying, and ended in a way where the only logical beginning of the Season 4 would be the public execution of the main character and many others (not going to happen, of course). Doom Patrol and Happy! brought a lot of fun, though Happy! requires a very specific sense of humor, and both are very much over the top. A Young Doctor’s Notebook (both seasons) was surprisingly good (it’s not an easy task to adapt stories by Mikhail Bulgakov), and the actors were great. Daniel Radcliffe turned out to be an excellent comedian, and Jon Hamm was brilliant in seamlessly switching between different moods.

And now? I’m back to work, I’m back to fencing (yay!), I’ve just finished reading The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Thirteen (a bunch of interesting stories, plus some that are so-so), the autumn is coming, and I hope it will bring some good times. I’ve had way too much of the bad ones this year.

Autumn is coming…

Oh, and the photo at the top? Young seagulls in Rijeka, Croatia. They’re so young they didn’t get their white feathers yet.

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Thursday News 8/16/18

Are there any news, really?


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!


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.


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?