Story time: Writing with a hashtag

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
~Ernest Hemingway

For us amateur writers, finding time to sit down and hit the keyboard demands serious efforts. It does not happen easily. There is the schedule issue, timing usually also sucks.

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Art review: Korakrit Arunanondchai and Maija Blåfield at Kiasma

“What will happen now in the world?”
~Maija Blåfield to Marcel Bloemendal

I had withdrawal symptoms. It had been over a month since my last visit to an art exhibition, so something had to be done about it. Working two straight weeks in a row were also the final draw in my need for some relaxation and artsy experiences.

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Review: It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

“More and more, as I think about history,” he pondered, “I am convinced that everything that is worth while in the world has been accomplished by the free, inquiring, critical spirit, and that the preservation of this spirit is more important than any social system whatsoever. But the men of ritual and the men of barbarism are capable of shutting up the men of science and of silencing them forever.”
~Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here

Plot summary

“In 1936, the American electorate votes a populist presidential candidate into the White House, where he rewrites the Constitution and declares Congress obsolete – thereby ushering fascism into the United States. The story follows dissenting newspaperman Doremus Jessup as he works against the government.” More on Goodreads

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Listopia: Fun and less fun facts about books read in 2017

According to my good friend Goodreads, I’m 5 books ahead of schedule in terms of reading goals for 2017. This year I had to lower my standards, so the goal for the entire year is only at 30 books, out of which I have up to this point read 25. So, all in all, I’m doing pretty good, but the latter part of the year will be less filled with reading.

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Story time: Extending one’s comfort zone in writing

2017 has been a year of writing and getting out of my comfort zone. Well, this blog business started last year already, but let me tell you, this year I found the bliss of writing competitions.

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Review: Chasing Utopia and Dystopia at Worldcon 75

“Utopia lies at the horizon.
When I draw nearer by two steps,
it retreats two steps.
If I proceed ten steps forward, it
swiftly slips ten steps ahead.
No matter how far I go, I can never reach it.
What, then, is the purpose of utopia?
It is to cause us to advance.”
~Eduardo Galeano

What is the boundary between dystopia and utopia? Well, it might not be so easy to make a distinction between them. At a discussion on Beyond the Dystopia at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, the panelists – Juliet Kemp, Joe Abercrombie, Tom D. Wright, Vincent Docherty and Taiyo Fujii – covered various topics related to dystopia and utopia.

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Review: Nightwings by Robert Silverberg

“Having lost our present and our future, we had of necessity to bend all our endeavors to the past, which no one could take from us if only we were vigilant enough.”
~Robert Silverberg, Nightwings

Plot summary

“Robert Silverberg’s enduring classic about one man’s journey to find salvation for a planet on the brink of destruction.

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