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August News 2022.

I miss coffee.

And I can’t even say that this month was completely caffeine-free, because I’ve cheated a few times.

Oh, well, it’s not a competition.

The weather is still too hot for me, meaning that I never get enough sleep. I’ve finally been to Croatia to visit my family after 3 years, and even by the seaside, it was way too hot.

It was also pretty. It always is.

And, of course, it was great to finally see my family. And to give my brother a bunch of hardcover comics and some books.

And to look at the sea.

I did say I’d have some nice pictures to add this month, didn’t I?

After the trip, it took me some time to recover. Traveling back was extremely uncomfortable, and then I had stuff to do instead of sleeping.

Not that I’m complaining. Not much. I’m glad I got the chance to finally travel a bit.

And after that, it was back to usual: reading, watching stuff, work (not that there was much), even some writing of my own.

Currently reading: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Cool stuff. And some stuff I didn’t know, which is great. What’s not so great is that I’ve foolishly assumed this would all be stuff I already know…but hey, I’m learning new things, and we all make foolish mistakes sometimes.

Recently read: Paganin by Boban Knežević (part secret history with Aleister Crowley and Veselin Čajkanović, part folklore tales, part Lovecraft, even a little bit of pulp fiction…and definitely fun), The Father Christmas Letters by Tolkien (lovely), A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers (wonderful if you want something that’s just darn nice), What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher (intriguing horror, now I want to keep reading all of her books), Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (I would have liked it better if I’d read it about twenty years ago, but it’s still useful), A Self-Help Guide for Copywriters by Dan Nelken (a fun and useful book for, well, copywriters, mostly about ads and slogans), Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury (if you need something to inspire you to write, try this book), and Rewild by Davin Grayson and Yana Adamovic (illustrations), a comic about ecology and with Shakespearean fairies, and with beautiful art.

Currently watching: nothing. Planning to watch a bunch of movies and series, but…

Recently watched: The Sandman (the first series I watched after I got back; some of it was too slow, some episodes felt like fillers, but there was plenty of good, too, and I’ll be happy to watch the next season when it comes out), and Criminal: UK (a total of two seasons (three plus four episodes), both really good; a psychological police procedural shot in two rooms and a hallway, and with excellent actors).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any (there was plenty on the day when I started writing this post). Plus I wrote four stories. So… Good for me, I guess? I should be writing more.

And that’s pretty much it this time, see you next month!

Posted in Summer

Friday Fun: Pictures from Croatia!

I’ve shown you some pictures from Croatia, but there are more! Sea, cats, dogs, stormy times… Enjoy!

(The picture on top is a cat near the sea and the fishermen. The hotel staff feeds her, but extra fish is always welcome)

The sea and the rocks

A glimpse between the trees

Do you prefer beautiful big dogs…

…or cute small dogs?

Or cats?

Or seagulls?

All right, let’s get back to the sea…

The sea after the storm, part 1

The sea after the storm, part 2

The sea after the storm, part 3

Cleared up…

I miss the sea…

Hopefully, there will be more sea pictures next year!

Posted in Life, News, Summer

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.