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April News 2022.

While time doesn’t feel so weird anymore (alternating between flying by and dragging on and on and on), it’s once again as if I keep waiting for something.

No idea what.

As if it’s all I’m doing with my life.

Anyway.

I got the fourth dose of the vaccine, recovered from it, and should probably do some health check-ups. And probably will, at some point.

Other than that, it’s the usual: working, when there’s work, reading, thinking about watching some TV series but reading instead, feeling tired…

Currently reading: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr. It’s our monthly read for our book club, and some parts of it are not bad, and love for books and libraries is great, but at times it feels as if the author has to tell us every little detail about the five main characters, and those details are just not that interesting. I’m not saying that this is a bad book, and I might be reading it at the wrong time; it’s just… Well, it’s just that I keep finding excuses to do something else instead of reading.

Recently read: Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura (it reminded me of animes with hundreds of episodes and not much happening, but by the end, it turned out to be beautiful), The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukava (a sweet YA book about a hikikomori and a talking cat saving books), Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff (lots of fun on these seven hundred pages; think an interview with a vampire hunter instead of an interview with a vampire, and a lot of wickedness added), The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (I thought it was going to be a horror comedy about Southern housewives having to fight a vampire, and there was that, too, but it was also a lot more serious and bleak than I expected), Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard (Xuya Universe, a scholar and a mindship playing detectives when a dead body is found in the scholar’s student’s room, and both the scholar and the mindship are hiding a lot about themselves), and A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell (Holmes and Watson as queer black women in the near future Washington, and the future isn’t exactly a nice one).

All were pretty good.

Currently watching: nothing. I keep planning to watch one series or another, and then read instead.

Currently working on: work, when there’s any. And there might have been more if I wasn’t unavailable while recovering from the vaccine, but hey, health first. Or at least that’s what people say should come first. I should be writing my own stuff, too, but once again, I’m not.

Yet another exciting month… Not.

See ya next time! If nothing else, there will be more books to talk about. And hopefully another cat picture.

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March News 2022.

Time doesn’t feel as weird anymore. Not so much, anyway, though there are still moments when it just drags on and on and on, and the others, as if it flies by.

Maybe I’m just getting used to it. Used to the war and the pandemic that’s not ending yet and everything.

Perhaps it’s not such a good thing, getting used to things like that. Whatever.

Next month I’ll be able to get the 4th dose of the vaccine, if they keep giving them. SO got his a few days ago, but had to locate a place where they didn’t just give up on vaccinations for the day. Fewer and fewer people want to get vaccinated.

Still not much happening here. Working, when there’s work, reading, watching some TV series, waiting, often feeling tired…

Currently reading: The Annual Migration of Clouds, Premee Mohamed. Post-climate disaster Alberta, infection with a semi-sentient mysterious parasite (some kind of fungi)… I’m still at the beginning, but it seems interesting.

Recently read: a bunch of books and stories. How Quini the Squid Misplaced His Klobučar by Rich Larson (an art theft in the futuristic Spain, not as dark as some of his other works), Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (awesome, of course, more complicated than the previous one, and I can’t wait for the next one), That Game We Played During the War by Carrie Vaughn (friendship and a game of chess and war and learning to coexist with others), Cold Wind by Nicola Griffith (not your usual Christmas tale, in a good way), The Cat Megapack: 25 Frisky Feline Tales (a bunch of stories and poems with cats in them, good, but with a lot of suffering felines), Kirinyaga and Kilimanjaro by Mike Resnick (it’s rare to find books that are so good, SF or not; Kirinyaga is better, Kilimanjaro more optimistic), Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro (really good writing, but could have used some logic), The Builders by Daniel Polansky (basically a joke on 200 pages; plus, imagine some of The Wind in the Willows animals, plus Puss in Boots, plus a bunch of others, as grimdark characters in a sorta kinda western-ish setting, and have fun), The Horrid Glory of Its Wings and This Chance Planet by Elizabeth Bear (both very good stories, and totally different from each other…maybe not totally), Sleeper by Jo Walton (kinda cute and fun in a setting that’s actually pretty dark), The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson (now this one is dark, and sad, and good), Midway Relics and Dying Breeds (nice, and with a dinosaur!) and Where the Drowned Girls Go (yay, another Wayward Children book, and with a hint of dinosaurs!) by Seanan McGuire, and Kingdom of Needle and Bone (dark and wicked and with a pandemic (a new, much worse strain of measles, not covid)) by Mira Grant, who is also Seanan McGuire.

Currently watching: nothing, but I’ve recently watched the second season of Euphoria (still very good, though darker than the first season, even though the ending is trying to be optimistic), the remaining five episodes of The Masters of the Universe: Revelations (it feels like somebody got high and wrote some scripts, but they’re entertaining enough), and the second season of Locke & Key (there are some improvements when compared to the first season, though I’m still not sure why I’ve watched the whole season, other than because I like to finish things once I start them).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any, and there was more than in February. And yes, I should be writing my own stories, too… I really should.

Once again, what an exciting month… Not.

See ya next time!

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February News 2022.

Once again, a month that feels both like it flew by (it is the shortest month, after all) and as if it’s dragging on and on and on.

And there’s another war.

And the pandemic isn’t over yet.

And things are crazy, but somehow, pretty much still the same (and going nowhere).

Yay. Not.

Anyway, there are the big world events (see the war(s) and the pandemic), but in my little life, nothing much is happening. There’s working and the house chores and reading and trying to get enough sleep and failing and feeling tired most of the time… Business as usual.

So…

Currently reading: There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya. Cool title. Stories that are dark and sometimes morbid and feel heavy, and yet, at the same time, manage to be almost poetic. Not the easiest of reads, but well worth it.

Recently read: a bunch of books plus comics plus… Maus by Art Spiegelman (the ban served to remind me that I wanted to read it for a while), Deca by Milena Marković (a verse novel that got the award for the novel of the year), The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher (another awesome horror by her), The Angel of the Crows, The Goblin Emperor and The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison (The Angel of the Crows might not be the best of the three, but it’s my favorite; a Sherlock wingfic, yay!), The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (turned out to be a romance with the addition of telekinesis, a little like a Gothic romance but not really), Our King and His Court by Rich Larson (pretty dark and good), the eight stories by the eight authors that got into the Nevertheless, She Persisted project, another book in the Kosingas series by Aleksandar Tešić, Tarakan by Milka Knežević Ivašković (YA that’s a bit like Stanger Things; got a few awards), and Snow White Learns Witchcraft by Theodora Goss (stories and poems and I loved so many of them, especially, of course, the retelling of The White Cat).

As you can see, I’m mostly passing time by reading. Perhaps reading too much, if there’s such a thing.

Currently watching: nothing. I plan to watch a bunch of things, but then I grab something to read.

Currently working on: work, when there’s any. February was slow, as expected; I’ll see what March is going to be like. I keep thinking about some stories I planned to write, but… But.

And that would be pretty much it. I know, I know, it’s all sooo exciting…