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December News 2021.

Oh, look, it’s the end of the year (as we know it?), so I got this song stuck in my head:

It still feels as if everything is just dragging on and on and on… And like the pandemic is never going to end… Boring. And a mood-killer.

Not everything is bad, though. This year, my first book got out as an audio-book, too, and here’s the demo:

On top of that, my third book (another short story collection, ghost stories this time) got out. It’s in Serbian, like the previous two, the title is Senoviti anđeo, and if you speak Serbian or similar languages, you can read it here. For free.

Other than that, it’s the usual: reading, watching, working, sometimes even writing…

Currently reading: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. I’m still at the beginning, but so far, it’s pretty cool. And fun. Teens, grumpy necromancers, a grumpy swordswoman, all of it on some other planets…

Recently read: Death’s End by Liu Cixin (hard sf with some philosophy, slow at times, awesome at times), The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay (an alcoholic grandma as the main character, a pandemic of something that starts as flu but then makes people sorta kinda understand animals and many of them go crazy, a bunch of bad decisions… Clever, sometimes too optimistic, but don’t expect a happy ending), and Sanjaju li androidi radnička prava? by Milan Aranđelović (a sci-fi satire where the puns and the worldbuilding and the social commentary are far more important than the plot or the characters).

Currently watching: nothing at the moment, though I do plan to watch a bunch of series during the holidays.

Recently watched: What We Do in the Shadows season 3 (still fun, and I’m looking forward to more), Alice in Borderland (lots of violence, people dying in gruesome ways while being forced to play games (and if they refuse to play games, their “visa” runs out and lasers from the sky kill them), fun to watch if you’ve enjoyed, say, Squid Game), and You, season 1 (a bookstore manager who also happens to be an obsessive stalker and a serial killer; definitely fun to watch).

Currently working on: work, when there’s any (and for a while, there was quite a bit, when everyone needed stuff done before the Christmas sales started), and writing a story or few.

And that would be it this time, see you next year!

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November News 2021.

Frankly, it’s the same old, same old, with the time dragging on.

Except that I got my booster shot.

And then the omicron variant showed up in the world, and people are panicking even though we have no idea yet whether it made the vaccines ineffective.

Yay for panicking. Not.

And yay for boring myself by starting each and every post by talking about the darn covid. Again, not.

Current mood:

So, what else am I doing?

The usual: working when there’s work, reading, watching stuff, and, surprisingly enough, even writing a few short-short stories in Serbian. The links for them are here.

Currently reading: The Best of World SF: Volume 1, edited by Lavie Tidhar. I loved some stories, some made me wonder what the heck did I just read, one felt too long… Basically, it’s all to be expected when reading an anthology (and I’m only halfway through).

Recently read: a bunch of books. A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers (really nice), Mein Tag im anderen Land: Eine Dämonengeschichte by Peter Handke (definitely an unusal read), then a bunch of books in Serbian (Kraj raspusta i druge priče by Ana Miloš, Zovite me Esteban i druge priče by Lejla Kalamujić (loved that one), Sićušne priče (a nice anthology of microfiction by numerous authors), Smrtni ishod atletskih povreda by Milica Vučković (not an easy read, about a toxic relationship and what leads to it), Varoška legenda: Prvi sneg and Varoška legenda: Đavolji tefter by Tajana Poterjahin (nice old-fashioned writing, and I can’t wait for the last part to be published), Dum-dum by Pavle Zelić (some of the stories he wrote in the last 20 years, time sure does fly), Uzvišenost by Darko Tuševljaković (a dystopic tale turning into a hopeful one), Moj put istine and Sarajka u Beogradu i druge drame by Isidora Bjelica (brought back memories, and I miss her), and Firentinski dublet – Kjaroskuro by Goran Skrobonja and Ivan Nešić).

Is that a lot? Or too little? I’m never sure; I know that some people read a lot more than I do. But I enjoyed reading these, and I guess that’s what counts.

Currently watching: nothing. It would be difficult to read that much and watch something. I did finish watching the first season of Foundation, and I can’t say that I’m eager for the next one, even if I won’t be able to resist watching it.

Currently working on: work, when there’s any, and as usual, work comes and goes. Plus on some microfiction, which is nice.

So, I’m actually writing from time to time? Sorta… Kinda… No promises.

But yeah.

I am. After a long while.

That would be it for now, see you next time!

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August News 28/08/2020

Well, it looks like I’m posting once a month, not once a week, so whether it’s Tuesday or Wednesday (or, in this case, Friday) doesn’t seem to matter. So I’ve changed the title of the post.

So, what’s new?

The sheer stupidity and lunacy surrounding COVID-19 is still annoying.

WordPress forcing the new Block Editor on everyone is also annoying, but I guess I’ll get used to that one.

My laptop keyboard was giving me trouble (some keys were sometimes working, sometimes not, and with one of those keys being Space, youcanguesswhatthatlookedlike). Yeah. Like that. So, I got a wireless keyboard-mouse combo, Logitech MK220, and I’m loving it so far. The mouse is the heaviest I’ve ever worked with because of two AA batteries, but not too heavy. The keyboard is working properly, so, what’s not to like?

I’ve also got new sandals, because my old ones were starting to fall apart (which is, typically, when I bother to buy new shoes/clothes). Since I’m still avoiding public transport, my choice was somewhat limited, but I did manage to find a very comfy pair. Yesterday they got tested on a longer walk, when I (again, avoiding public transport, so walking instead) went to get my contributor’s copies, and I’m happy to say that they work well and stay super-comfortable even for long(ish) walks. Skechers, if someone is looking for a new pair.

And speaking of contributor’s copies, one of my stories was published in a collection of horror stories (11 authors, 11 stories, and some illustrations, too). It’s the second volume, there’s no saying how many there will be in the future… The title roughly translates to Sleepless 2: Stories for a Sleepless Night.

Of course, with my story being published somewhere, the current mood is:

And other than that?

Still reading, though not having the focus to watch something. Working, when there’s work, trying out new ice creams (and regretting when I eat too much)…

Currently reading: Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi. The second book in the series, and it’s definitely refreshing to read a fantasy series with mythology that’s different from the usual ones.

Recently read: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. Finally. Bought the book over a year ago, when the author was in Belgrade (and people were able to travel), but somehow haven’t read it until now. It’s the last book of the Winternight Trilogy, and I’ve loved it. Everything is wrapped up nicely, not everyone made it to the end (but that was expected, if you know a bit of history), but overall, it’s optimistic. And nice. Read the whole trilogy!

Currently watching: nothing. That’s what happens when I try watching too many things at once, and then lack the focus to watch anything at all.

Currently working on: wrote a story recently, have outlines for two more (no promises I’ll actually write them). Work, when there’s any. Reading through the pile of books (I bought new books recently, the one I’m reading now is one of them). Trying to survive the heat.

And that would be it for now.