Category: Miscellaneous


Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 1 April, 2020 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 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. I’m back! Sort of? I’ve started scheduling a few posts here in an effort to catch up on what I’ve been reading, inject a bit of life here and express what I’ve been thinking and reading. Of course it won’t be the same as before, but I will try very hard to reply to comments and whatnot. See if I can blog hop a bit, time-permitting.
  2. With everything that’s going on, I ended up breaking my social media blackout for Lent. It’s hard being off it at a time like this when digital communication is the only way to stay connected with other people, see information and what’s going on outside of what’s on the news right now. Just need some streak of positivity.
  3. On a not terribly positive note, Twitter still looks like terrible, populating my feed with posts that other people liked. WTF, if it I didn’t need Twitter for this blog I should just delete my account. FML.
  4. Since my update post, nothing much has been happening (har har, guess that’s what happens when you #stayhome and maintain social distancing). Work continues to ramp up with new protocols and policies in anticipation of COVID-19 hitting our system, but I really hope it doesn’t come to it. It’s already pretty hard, hard to do our routine, provide care, and on top of it now there’s all these other things to consider, not to mention your own safety.
  5. I’m hitting the last weeks of the semester, which is pretty quiet after the onslaught of midterms and assignments the last few weeks. My university moved to online delivery pretty fast so lol. I’m just prepping for exams…and I’m supposed to be working on a final assignment for another class 🙁
  6. On the other hand because of this mini-break before exams, I’m starting to take care of other things like this blog, updating some other journals, finally going through my travel photos (just might be able to post them here in the next month or so). So yeah, slowly getting a lot of things done amidst all of this. It just sucks I won’t be able to celebrate my friend’s birthday next week and stuff like that.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: Italo Calvino’s The Complete Cosmicomics, at long last. Read a few of its stories in the past but now I can read the whole thing 🙂 I also started reading Carl Jung’s Answer to Job which was recommended to me. Should be interesting.
  8. I don’t know when this is going to happen but I’m thinking of re-reading the first two books in Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy before delving into The Mirror and the Light. Colour me excited 😀
  9. I was working on an upcoming poetry collection before midterms slammed me in the gut. Unfortunately that went into a standstill because I realised I didn’t have enough content for that collection and will now have to figure out a way to re-organise what material I have. Again. It’s pretty dizzying when you have to go through how many notebooks with how many years worth of poetry. It will be done, one way or the other, but I’m holding off until after my exams to properly look through them.
  10. With all the extreme weather we’ve been experiencing and the stress of the last few weeks, my Lenten plant died this year. So I bought some succulents to spruce up my space:)

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And that’s it from me! How are you all holding up? Stay safe, everyone 🙂

An Update

Posted 20 March, 2020 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

Hej! Long time no post!

Yeah, my hiatus ended up much longer than I had planned; life has been very busy these days for me juggling so many different facets. And on top of it right now we’re in the midst of a pandemic with COVID-19. If you’re following me on social media you’ll know that I took a hiatus there at the start of Lent back in February and I plan on maintaining that until Easter. My blog however is not part of that hiatus; if anything, this is like a drop in!

So yes, I’m okay, my family’s okay. My city’s in a partial lockdown in that schools, daycares, community events, public places are closed. My university–like all the others–switched to online delivery, which doesn’t really impact me so much until finals as this was enacted just as I finished my midterms (FML; survived those). Most people are working from home, but I work in healthcare so I’m going to work when I can. It’s eerie taking public transit to work sometimes, seeing the almost empty streets and subway cars during rush hour. Felt like a Sunday, except it was a Wednesday. Because of the nature of the virus, it is scary not knowing if you already have it, how symptoms may present in one person and the next would be asymptomatic, how badly it has hit other places in the world. A lot of my plans have been affected as a result of what has happened but I hope we’re doing what we can to stem the tide.

In the meantime, I hope to start scheduling some blog posts here again: school and work has really affected my reading these days but I’ve read a ton of stuff since the last time I posted here.

Until next time, stay safe! Hope you and your loved ones are well under the circumstances and are taking care.

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 18 September, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

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. Much as I’m not a big fan of the summer weather, where did the summer go? The summer was just…busy, lol. If I wasn’t working, I was going out and meeting up with people. I’m surprised I haven’t retreated into an anti-social shell, it’s just been go-go-go all summer O_o
  2. Of course, now it’s September and it’s back to school for me. God help me, these classes are just so blah. While my previous degrees had its own share of problems and stressors, at least it was really interesting and mentally stimulating. What I’m studying now is like, 90% nonsense and not directly correlated to my profession. Or maybe I’m just getting older and cantankerous and noticing how things are just not aligning in the real world.
  3. Or you know, maybe all the craziness from summer time is finally catching up with me *ponders* Doesn’t help that my work schedule is just a mess right now because I didn’t know what my school schedule was going to look like. So I’m actually working a bit more than I ought to right now…Which might be a good thing because ahhh, lots of expenses coming up soon x_x
  4. Guys, guys, Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light is finally going to be released next year, I’m so excited! Need to carve some time to re-read the first two books in anticipation for it.
  5. Actually there are a lot of awesome books coming out at the end of the year and into the next year…Indigo last week (the major bookstore chain here in Canada) topped up my points to redeem $100 so naturally I took advantage of this and bought a bunch of pre-orders. Colour me excited 😀
  6. This was actually one thing I was very happy about last summer: I actually got to read a bit more. This is the first year–or second?–that my reading actually dropped considerably. Between other hobbies, work, school, and other social events, I’ve just been too exhausted before bed to read like I used to. Bit last summer I was able to read a bit so that was nice. Fingers crossed I can continue at a reasonable pace this autumn.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: I started reading Elena Ferrante’s Frantumaglia; been sort of stalling on it for some reason, maybe because it’s such a huge collection of letter and articles and thoughts about her works. I’ve also sort of started reading Sarah Perry’s Melmoth as the book positively looks like an autumn read. Plus:
  8. So I’ve made the decision that I will take a mini-vacation come Reading Week in February 2020. Usually people would go on vacation somewhere warm in the dead of winter, but not this girl: provided there are no hiccups with flights and whatnot, I’m hoping to book for Prague 🙂 Still deciding on a back-up location in case those plans fall through but otherwise my mind is set on Central Europe in Feburary (think of how pretty it’ll be there). And if I have homework to do, I’ll try my best to do it before I leave, otherwise I’ll bring it with me (yeah, that would suck, but I don’t trust one of my courses next semester. And I’m determined to take a break sooooo…)
  9. I finally watched John Wick 3 last week. Hah, good decision not to watch it in theatres because my family and I were like !!! for maybe the first 20 minutes or so lol (it was good though, I always enjoy watching these movies).
  10. So many albums coming out recently! Keane and a collaboration album with Johann Johannson coming out at the end of the week, Charli XCX last week, MUNA and Post Malone the previous week, Of Monsters and Men last month or so, Foals next month…My ears are deaf, but happy 🙂

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

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 24 July, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 0 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 follow-up to last month’s Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts (see post), I finally sorted through my travel photos from my last two trips, omg D= So that stuff I posted on Facebook; stay tuned next month as I will finally post a little bit about those trips! Better late than never, right?
  2. Related to the first point, it’s an excuse to get me all revved up for another trip because omg I need another vacation stat. Work has been a little nutty lately, but nutty of a different sort. Two weekends ago was especially bad, I felt like my mind was racing on several things at once that I was forgetting what I was keeping tabs of. Ugh. Actually almost everything was driving me nuts recently.
  3. Speaking of which, I reeeeeeeally hope to start catching up on comments here soon! I’m so sorry, I’m like months and years behind with comments. I’m slowly trying to squeeze a bit more activity online again, so many things catching my attention these days. On the one hand it’s nice to be on the computer less, but on the other hand I’m leaving so many of you hanging! So sorry.
  4. My fourth poetry collection, Scrawled Stars, is available now! 🙂
  5. The other week my family and I visited the Royal Ontario Museum to see the special exhibit “In the Age of Rembrandt.” A small but interesting collection of Dutch art from around the early modern period was featured. It was nice, like being back in our last trip again; or, as my brother put it, it was like Dutch art was following us 😀
  6. I’m hoping to squeeze in a trip to the art gallery before the end of this month. I need some me time with some art, lol.
  7. Books I’m currently reading: TBD
  8. I bought a ridiculous amount of books recently (see this post and this post). Like, yay, new books! On the other hand, ahhh!
  9. I also got my hands on my first mystery bad from TenTree. I love TenTree’s stuff; they’re soft, and eco-friendly/environmentally conscious, and every purchase contributes to planting trees. It’s a great incentive, a bit more pricey than other retail clothes, but it’s worth it I think.
  10. I reeeeally need to go on a no-spend soon.

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And that’s it from me! How is your summer/winter going?

Bookish & Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 19 June, 2019 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 1 Comment

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. Busy, just busy.
  2. Actually I’ve started catching up with people, which will continue well into the summer. Might as well see everyone before school drags me right back to hell ;_;
  3. Okay, so I caught the basketball fever as the Raptors made it to the NBA Finals and then won the championship. After years of crashing out somewhere along the playoffs, they finally did it and we’re all 😀 😀 😀 The last few weeks has also been quite a whirlwind lesson on learning the technical rules of basketball (you know I’m more of a football/soccer person). #WeTheNorth
  4. I finally caught up replying to everyone’s letters more or less, thank God! I had a stack of some 20 letters that had built up over the last few months that I meant to reply to. So that feeling of accomplishment is quite acute 😀
  5. Next up on my endless list of things and projects to complete: my next poetry collection! Still in the editing process but I did finalize the number of poems that will be going in (and the division of the next few collections). It’s just adding them to the final template and other details like the cover and whatnot. So fingers crossed, end of the month it will go for a proofing!
  6. Speaking of poetry, I’m about to hit 200 posts over at my poetry IG account. Stay tuned for a giveaway 😉
  7. Will I ever get around to sorting through my trip photos (from two different trips, no less)? I don’t know D=
  8. Books I’m currently reading: Should I even bother mentioning that The Saga of Icelanders is still on my ‘Currently Reading’? Other books are squeezing in but I haven’t given up on it or anything, I will get back to it. In the meantime I started reading (at long last) V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. I actually just finished reading Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic and am now figuring out what book to settle with next…Schwab’s Vicious? Newitz’s Autonomous? Something else altogether?
  9. I caved and bought a leather cover for my Hobonichi Weeks. I keep seeing them on Instagram and they’re too pretty not to get xD I won’t be getting it in a while but it’s something to look forward to in the mail.
  10. I should go back on a no-spend. Hmm, we’ll see.

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And that’s it from me! How is your June going?