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September News 2022.

September was kind of weird. It took me some time to get used to the fact that I’m back to work, I possibly pushed myself too far with how much I wanted to read and do, and then, some 8 days ago, I found out I was going to get glaucoma. Not instantly, but not in a very very far future either.

I’m still trying to get used to the idea. And I don’t like it. And yes, I know it’s not the end of the world and there’s therapy and a bunch of things that I could do, and that now I should be cautious about what I eat and drink and do and… And I don’t want to get used to the idea. I don’t want it to happen.

Well, there’s plenty of stuff I don’t want to happen, but it’s not up to me.

And other than that, it’s the usual. Reading, watching some stuff, work, a bit of writing of my own… Plus I might have some good news the next time I post.

Currently reading: Body Shocks, a body horror anthology edited by Ellen Datlow. So far, some stories are good, some are so-so, some even hit hard.

Recently read: The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White (yes, finally, and of course it’s super-useful plus fun), Beloved by Toni Morrison (brilliant, and not exactly an easy read…or for the faint of heart), The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield (can’t say that I agree with him on everything, but there’s a lot of good stuff there that can help you write), On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (another book on writing I’ve been planning to read for a while, and finally got to it; it’s Stephen King, so everything you like or dislike about his writing, you’ll find in this one), The Girlfriend’s Guide to Gods by Maria Dahvana Headley (love and myths and an ending I didn’t expect), Shoggoths in Bloom and On Safari in R’lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera by Elizabeth Bear (fun, clever, with a bit of horror), Požuri i izmisli grad by Lejla Kalamujić (a short story collection, ranging from so-so to wow), A Philosophy of Loneliness by Lars Svendsen (good, like all of his books I’ve read, and with the results that might surprise some readers), The Copywriter’s Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Copy That Sells by Robert W. Bly (another book on writing, this time for copywriters; plenty of useful stuff there), Novčić sudbine by Ivana Nešić (the last book in this trilogy for children, a great ending for the trilogy, and a really great book for kids), and Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher (a fairy tale with a lot thrown in for good measure; and, of course, a fun read; I did mention I wanted to read all of her books).

Currently watching: House of the Dragon (fun, if you find it fun to watch to find out if she’s finally going to get laid with her uncle; plus there are dragons) and The Rings of Power (not much to do with Tolkien (because they didn’t get the rights to use the parts of his work they wanted to put on the screen), and doesn’t really make sense, either; but pretty to look at, and the music is nice).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any, plus I recently wrote a story.

I guess that’s it, see you next time!

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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!

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June News 2022.

Did you know that going to a doctor after doctor after doctor after…can be exhausting? Even if some of those visits are just regular check-ups, and if you’re not going every day (more like once or twice a week), but it keeps going on and on and on?

Well, now I know.

And I’ve found out I’ve got presbyopia and astigmatism, and I’m wearing glasses now.

Getting used to progressive glasses is another thing that was exhausting.

I’ve also found out that I should quit caffeine, just in case, because I might be at risk of glaucoma. Caffeine in all of its forms: cola, black and green tea (matcha included), coffee… I should also avoid beer, which isn’t difficult, considering that I was drinking it maybe once or twice a year.

But coffee and green tea… I mean, yes, giving up on them is definitely better than risking going blind, but I’m going to miss them.

For the time being, I’m on decaf, because I have zero wish to suffer caffeine withdrawal.

At least I’m done with the doctors for now, unless something unfortunate comes up. All the check-ups are done.

So, while I am tired (having two heat strokes in the last ten days or so didn’t help, either), at least I’ve done something, I’ve learned about a few things I should watch out for, and it was time well spent.

Other than that, it’s the usual: working, reading, watching stuff… And trying not to get another heat stroke.

Currently reading: some episodes of Punisher MAX. Garth Ennis is always fun, and so is his Punisher.

Also currently reading: Divlja kapela by Dejan Ognjanović (a collection of horror stories, most of them previously published in various anthologies, and now edited for this collection).

Recently read: Thirteen Steps in the Underworld by Su-Yee Lin (a poetic take on following your beloved into the Underworld), Brimstone and Marmalade by Aaron Corwin (fun and disturbing story about a girl who wanted a pony and got a pet demon instead), Flight by Claire Wrenwood (the price paid for wings), Two Truths and a Lie by Sarah Pinsker (creepypasta!), Open House on Haunted Hill by John Wiswell (a haunted house just wants some people to live in it so it can take good care of them), The Ones Who Look by Katharine Duckett (you can buy your way into the (digital) Heaven, but…), HAARP i druge priče o teorijama zavere (an anthology of conspiracy theory stories from 2014, by various authors from Serbia), Poplavljeni um by Jovan Ristić (a novel based on his story from the said anthology), Plague Birds by Jason Sanford (future! post-apocalypse! dangerous AIs! a wolf-woman! secrets within secrets within secrets!), Lakonogi dan by Jelena Lengold (one man searches for himself, or maybe he’s doing everything he can to avoid that search), and Filip od zlata by Vladimir Kolarić (one man is looking for his childhood friend who maybe existed, and maybe didn’t).

Currently watching: Hawkeye. It’s cute: is he going to make it and get back home in time for Christmas? Sure, there’s a lot of action and some dark stuff, but it’s still a Christmas series at heart, which is nice.

Recently watched: Spiderman: Far From Home (it’s really nice that, just like with Homecoming, they did it as a teenager movie; he is, after all, a high school kid), The Power of the Dog (slow, but good…and then wicked good), The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (a wonderful movie with cat illustrations, cats, and finally not romanticizing mental illness), and The Essex Serpent (there’s a lot going on in this mini-series, and there’s Tom Hiddleston in it, which is, of course, great).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any, and right now there is, and I should go back to it. I’ve also managed to write a story after a while.

And that would be it this time… Some stuff is happening.

And you get another cat picture.