Category: Miscellaneous


Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 8 March, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 8 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. Well, February was fun. I was worried early in the month because the shifts seemed to have decreased considerably, but then it picked up a wee bit and I was still able to snag a few per week so all was well (last week was especially nutty; I was on every day + overtime = Lianne took three days off to recuperate). Earlier that month also marked a year since I learned that I passed my licensure exam; insane how time is flying! Seems like yesterday I had just finished and was wondering what to do next.
  2. Speaking of work, I had been applying to part time positions within the hospital and to my surprise, I got a phone call from HR last Friday saying that I was the successful candidate for one of the open postings! D= It’s a temporary part-time position for a medical unit so I’ll be there for a year but still, that’s at least guaranteed shifts a week compared to my current position as a casual. Moving up in the world :3 Granted, I’m going to miss my current home base as I know the patient population well and like working with my coworkers but I’ve floated on the unit that I’ve been accepted to so the change won’t be so bad. I don’t know when I start though, my manager is still working that part out.
  3. In equally happy news, guess who’s going on vacation (soon-ish)? This girl! πŸ˜€ At long last I’ve finally booked the vacation that’s I’ve been dreaming of for years: at the end of April I’ll be going to Iceland and Denmark for about two weeks. I’m so excited *flailing* I need a change of scenery xD
  4. So I finally sucked it up and announced on my Instagram my plans to self-publish some of my poetry. I’m on my last round of going through the poems and settling on what font to use (ugh, a few weeks ago I was pouring over details on how font licensing works, what is acceptable at a commercial level, etc. Dry reading, suffice to say, and a bit confusing). I think before I go on vacation I should have it plugged into a format to run by with the printers for a proof. Ahhh! This is becoming a bit real, isn’t it?
  5. I’m looking to invest in a proper fountain pen. Fingers crossed I get a chance to check out this stationary shop here in town sometime this week that carries all sorts of brands popular with the stationary/writing community (e.g. Lamy, TWSBI, etc.). Might as well invest in a nice one to go with my traveller’s notebook (which I will get to use properly soon enough πŸ˜€ ).
  6. I love this poem by Marina Tsvetsaeva. And this poem by Christina Rossetti.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: as I’ve mentioned on Instagram & Litsy, for this Lent I’ve slowly started reading through Soren Kierkegaard’s Spiritual Writings (which a) is pretty interesting so far and b) quite timely as I’m still in the middle of a reading slump. Or is this really just life finally getting in the way and slowly my reading down?) I’ve also been slowly reading through Secrets and Confessions from last year’s Scotland Book Trust that Lorraine kindly sent me as well as Rilke’s poetry via the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets edition (as if having the complete poetry collection wasn’t enough πŸ˜› ). Oh! I’m also re-reading Kierkegaard’s The Sickness Unto Death right now as well.
  8. My copy of Bandi’s The Accusation arrived in the post last week. Haven’t started reading it but I am curious to soon.
  9. I’m pretty sure I read this last year but it gave me a chuckle again recently: From Churchill to Corbyn: the best British political insults
  10. I realised I’ve been a little quiet on the online end this past month. I’m trying to catch up and the like but it might be a little while… :3

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And that’s about it from me! How is your February going so far? <-- Hah, in my rush to type this out I forgot remove that bit from last month :3

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 8 February, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 10 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. In case you haven’t heard, my blog turned 10 last week and I’m celebrating with a book giveaway πŸ˜‰
  2. How was everyone’s January? I’ve been getting mostly day shifts at work, which is a bit of a bummer as I’m so not a morning person, but whatever; at least I’m becoming accustomed to the pace of day shift (nutty as it is)? I’m not even going to comment on the state of world affairs; instead I will leave this tweet here as it perfectly sums up my feelings (well, some feelings, at least)
  3. But here’s a headline that caught my interest: Milky Way is being pushed and pulled across the universe. The astronomer in me was intrigued πŸ™‚

  4. Meanwhile I’m continuing along in compiling my poetry into its respective project compliations, editing, figuring out the logistics. Exciting yet frightening stuff. Nonetheless things are moving along…more about it in the coming weeks? (e.g. I’m thinking of setting up a separate Instagram account to feature some of my poetry when the time comes)
  5. I’ve been experiencing some laptop issues the other day with some registry keys missing and some important updates not coming through. In the process of figuring out what’s going on, it seems my laptop has gotten slower than faster which is irritating O_o #dontyoudaretryanythingsillylaptop
  6. I was completely thrown off-guard when I learned that Max Richter had just released an album (“Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works”) and it is stunning. My favourite track is “War Anthem” but this track is great too:

  7. Books I’m currently reading: The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson and Ovid’s Metamorphosis (yeah, I’m reading this to and from work and at break–haha, yes, I like to read hefty books at break apparently πŸ˜› ).
  8. I’m still reading poetry and stuff but my reading has slowed down considerably this past month. I think I’m still in the middle of some kind of reading slump; after finishing Ian McEwan’s Nutshell last week I found myself staring at my TBR pile unable to decide what to read next *shrugs* I am looking to do a lot of re-reading this year though; it’s just a matter of organising myself as my re-reading list is quite lengthy (all of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez books I own, some of Shakespeare’s plays, George Orwell’s books, all of Soren Kierkegaard’s works that I own. Yes, I’m quite ambitious like that).
  9. Speaking of re-reading, I feel like re-watching Babylon 5 and Vision of Escaflowne. Too many things I want to do, so little time *le sigh*
  10. I visited the Art Gallery of Ontario in December to see the “Mystical Landscapes” exhibit (Van Gogh! Monet!) and browsed around the other galleries afterwards. This particular painting caught my attention for some reason.

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And that’s about it from me! How is your February going so far?

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 11 January, 2017 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. She’s aliiiiiiiiiiiiiive! lmao, so as I mentioned last week, the blog was on hiatus since the start of December as I had to transfer hosts. It was a massive headache as a) the blog is 9 years old and therefore my database was pretty big, making it quite a slog to re-upload, b) work was busy so I was often too tired to deal with it, and c) if one thing works out, another thing would fall to shit (law of the universe and all). But almost everything is up and running again so huzzah! We’re back in business (and now have 4 months’ worth of book reviews to catch up and publish) πŸ™‚
  2. But on a related note, omg I’m hitting ten years blogging next month O_O Where has the time gone?
  3. My holidays were busy. I ended up working Christmas Day and New Year’s Day so celebrations were either done early or cut short, and then of course there were also family birthdays sandwiched around the time. It didn’t help that a) as I mentioned work has been rather busy lately (I don’t want to turn this into a rant thread but suffice to say our unit’s gotten a lot heavier in recent months) and b) there was a flu outbreak so our unit has been on lockdown. Yay for picking up shifts, but in the same vein everyone’s going stir-crazy. Nonetheless I had a good holiday season; last month I was able to meet up with both my best friends (though omg one of them and I made the mistake of hitting the mall at the height of Christmas shopping and we both wanted to die afterwards. Never again x_x) and last week a few of us met up for dinner which was great (and 6 years in the making, lol).
  4. Is it weird that for a year (2016) marred with such craziness and so many notable deaths that on a personal note it’s been quite a sucessful year for me? It’s mind-boggling, the contrast.
  5. Another development that’s happened since my last post: due to some events that happened last month, I went ahead and applied back to college to start my bridging to become an RN. I wasn’t planning on going back until the year after but events at work + additional encouragement from co-workers left me thinking and eventually deciding to move up my schedule. We’ll see what happens this year…
  6. If you’re following me on Instagram you’ll notice that my latest thing has been buying planner stickers. They’re so cute!!! πŸ˜€ And I didn’t know the planner community was actually a thing (I suppose anything and everything can have a community somewhere on the internet). I do use an agenda/planner (a regular practice of mine since high school) but the stickers add a bit of fun to my routine of keeping track of plans and work schedules πŸ˜›
  7. Books I’m currently reading: I just finished reading Federico Garcia Lorca’s In Search of Duende last night so I’m sort of staring at my bookshelf at the moment. I’m also re-reading Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago at long last; I kept meaning to for years.
  8. I actually slowed down with my reading last month (*le gasp!* I know, coming from someone who reads x number of books a month), partly again because I was so busy/tired from work and partly because I’ve been working on other stuff. Thank goodness for poetry to keep me reading, but I think I may have also hit something of a reading slump…
  9. Speaking of the other stuff I’ve been working on: so, fingers crossed, I’m going to make a dive this year. After years of writing drafts and whatnot, I’ve decided/come to the realisation that it’s time that I start releasing some of my work to the world. It’s pretty scary, and granted a lot of the stuff I have been working on are nowhere near polished, but I’m thinking of at least self-publishing some of my poetry and see how that works out. I know poetry isn’t for everyone, but would you be interested in reading it if I get around to putting some together? *hides*
  10. On a final note, this news story cracks me up so much. Only in Canada πŸ˜›

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And that’s about it from me! I hope everyone is doing well and that 2017 is off to a wonderful start for you!

Sci-Fi Month 2016: And It’s a Wrap!

Posted 30 November, 2016 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 6 Comments

Goodness, where has the time gone? Seems like yesterday we just started the event and here we are at the end of 2016’s Sci-Fi Month! Just to recap, here’s all of the posts I’ve made in celebration of the event (a.k.a. book reviews):

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And that’s about it for Sci-Fi Month this year! I do apologise that I haven’t blog hopped much for this event; this November was a little ridiculous on my end -_-; How did you celebrate Sci-Fi Month? What was your favourite post or discussion? Did you come across something new that you wanted to check out?

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 9 November, 2016 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 12 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

  1. Edit to add: I wrote this post before November the 8th and despite not commenting often about politics here on my blog, I feel like I should comment something about last night’s results (because much as I gave up following election days, I did end up following the tracker for a bit)…I can’t. No words. =/
  2. It’s November and NaNoWriMo is here. So far it’s been all right (ish), I have a story idea that I’m excited about and have been furiously writing notes about leading up to the start date (case in point). The plot itself is still vague (I’m a mix between a plotter and a pantser apparently) but the journey should be exciting (provided real life can give me a break and not leave me so tired all the time that I can work a bit; I’m already playing catch-up a bit, lol -_-;). Are you taking part in NaNoWriMo this year? This is me over there, by the way, feel free to add me! πŸ™‚
  3. November is also Sci-Fi Month! Some of my posts have already gone live, but expect a lot more sci-fi here on the blog for the next few weeks πŸ˜‰
  4. The rest of October was all right, busy with shifts (thankfully) and meeting up with friends (well, one of my best friends; still have to meet up with the other). Never a dull moment at work as there’s been a few nutty things that’s happened to me in the last few weeks but otherwise all is well. This month is looking to be just as nutty in that a few things that I wasn’t able to do last month (am continuing with my general reorganisation/clean out of everything in my room) got pushed to November xD We’ll see.
  5. Daughter released a new song! Well, a bonus song, but still, it’s new! And it’s all kinds of awesome:

  6. I saw this last weekend on Twitter and OMG. Penguins, yo, don’t mess with them.
  7. I couldn’t help myself, I picked up a passport-sized fauxdori :3 I was compelled to pick one up as I’m planning on popping over to the art gallery in the next little while depending on my schedule to check out a new exhibit featuring some Impressionists pieces. Planning on spending a whole day over there, parking myself here and there and sketching away πŸ™‚
  8. Books I am currently reading at the moment: Rick Riordan’s The Hammer of Thor, Julia Gillard’s My Story (was in the mood for some nonfiction and had been eyeing her memoir forever), Christopher Marlowe’s Hero and Leander, and John Steinback’s East of Eden (I knew I was either going to like it or no…and so far I’ve been pretty engrossed by the story πŸ™‚ ). And I may be starting the eARC for Daisy Goodwin’s Victoria shortly xD
  9. Colour me excited: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Beren and Luthien is to be published in 2017. Yeah, I’ve read, what? Two variations of the story, but it’s one of my favourite stories from The Silmarillion (review) so it having its own collection is cool πŸ˜€
  10. This travelogue entry on San Gimignano, Italy makes me so happy πŸ˜€ I was there back in 2010 on my way down to Rome (albeit in December when there was snow and ice on the ground) and it was one of my favourite times in Italy as a whole, it’s a beautiful town and very peaceful. If you ever find yourselves in Italy and in the Tuscan region I highly, highly recommend stopping by there.

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And that’s about it from me for this post! Anyway, hope everyone is having a lovely week πŸ™‚