Category: Website

Website: Important Domain News

Posted 20 January, 2013 by Lianne in Website / 6 Comments

I usually post these sorts of updates at the end of the month but the following is one piece of news that warrants an early announcement (I will post a reminder at the end of the month and before it happens next month):

(Not my cap and lol, my news is much more exciting than this minion’s expression. I just chose it because he’s in front of a computer =P)

I think I hinted a few months ago that I was thinking of some changes here at my domain. After considerable thought, I’ve decided that I will be changing my domain name/url. Starting sometime in February, the url to (and the name of) this domain change to It was a bit of a difficult decision to make because has been the name of this place for the past 6 years and, random piece of trivia here, reflected my interest in British naval history (in a way I am still interested in the subject but alas, chose not to pursue it at the graduate level in the end).

Meanwhile reflects more of who I am (well, definitely my lifestyle hahaha) and I want that sort of personalisation on my website as well (since my username in most places is ‘caffeinatedlife’ or some variation of it; sadly it was taken already on Twitter so I opted for the Italian translation (as close as I could get it) =P).

While the transition will be pretty immediate, I anticipate that it will take me a few days to get the site readjusted with the new domain, especially with broken image links and links to reviews between entries and such (yeah, those will take some time…if at all). Also, worse case scenario should I fudge up the WordPress transfer *blushes* In the event of the latter, please check out/follow me in the following to get up to date information:

So that’s the upcoming major change that’s going on around here. Again I will make another post about the name change so that you won’t be confused and will be able to change RSS feeds and whatnot =)

Website: December Updates + Odds and Ends

Posted 30 December, 2012 by Lianne in Website / 6 Comments

Well, here we are at the end of another year! Hope everyone is having a lovely holiday season =) Here’s what has been going on at my blog for the month of December:

Not my gif but he walks into Bilbo’s hobbit hole like a boss, I <3 it

  1. Surprisingly, I only reviewed one new book this month: Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller (review). I did however re-read a number of books this month that I’ve written up commentaries to: Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (commentary) and Persuasion (commentary), Alessandro Baricco’s Ocean Sea (commentary), Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall (commentary) and J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Children of Hurin (commentary) Edit: Oh, wait, just added another book to the review list: Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers (review)
  2. I posted up two movie reviews this month! (wow, Lianne actually watched a movie or two =P) I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (review; I want to watch it again ;_;) and The Bourne Legacy (review)
  3. It’s been a month of lists, really. Here’s some of the lists I’ve posted up this month:
  4. Publication-wise, here’s what has been going on:
    • Femnista released its November/December issue featuring all things Middle Earth! For this issue, I wrote a piece of Eomer, son of Eomund, of the Rohirrim. You can read more of my comments about that article over here
    • Discourse Magazine released an issue two weeks ago where I submitted an article discussing France’s economic problems. You can read more of my comments on the subject over here. Keep a lookout on the website in the coming days as the end of the year review issue should be posted up.
    • I also submitted a column for The Catholic Register‘s Youth Speak News discussing patience and the holiday season. You can read more of my comments of the column in this post
  5. I wrapped up the one reading challenge I participated in, the I Love Italy Reading Challenge. My wrap-up post and comments about the event can be found over here
  6. I changed layouts again (a bit)! For most of the month I had the red/green colour motif and the header featuring various Christmas ornaments from a Viennese Christmas market stall. Well, with New Year’s Eve/Day approaching, I changed it to feature lights and stars, this time from a Christmas market stall I saw at Innsbruck. I also made the colours coordinated, lol. It’s going to change after Epiphany, just watch =P

And of course, the following are just a few links to articles I found interesting during the past month:

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Website: November Updates + Odds and Ends

Posted 29 November, 2012 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

(not my gif BUT I finally watched Despicable Me! Never posted a review here but I finally understand all of the gifs floating on the internet–I <3 it, I want a minion of my own =P)

I cannot believe it’s the end of another month! Where has November gone?

  1. I’ve posted up a few book reviews this month; you can check them all out by browsing through this tag.
  2. Exciting book-related news on this blog: my first author interview! I recently interviewed Robert Shearman about his short stories, particularly his latest collection Remember Why You Fear Me that came out last month, and the creative process. You could read the full interview over here. Exciting stuff =D
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Website: October Updates

Posted 31 October, 2012 by Lianne in Website / 2 Comments

Happy Hallowe’en! Well, it’s the end of another month so here’s an update on what has been going on here at my site:

  1. I’ve posted up a number of book reviews this month; you can check them all out by browsing through this tag. One book review to point out in particular is Robert Shearman’s Remember Why You Fear Me; I kindly received a copy from ChiZine Publishers for review prior to the release. It’s a great collection to check out and just in time for Hallowe’en. You can read my review over here.
  2. Speaking of books, I also posted my favourite closing sentences from books recently. Be sure to check it out, share some of your favourites?
  3. I did not watch any movies this month (surprise surprise, I’m ever behind in that category) but I did watch the first season of Homeland. Fantastic show, deserved all the awards. You can read my (perhaps ramble-y) thoughts about the show over here.
  4. For the first time in a while I’ve posted some photos! They’re from my birthday but it still counts ^_~
  5. The September/October issue of Femnista was released on the 1st. The issue focused on movies and books based from true life stories; I contributed a piece looking at George VI. You can read more about this issue and my comments about that topic in this post.
  6. Discourse Magazine came out with two issues this month. For these issues I looked at the recent public discontent in Portugal over the austerity measures and Greece’s continuing struggle for economic solvency. Be on the lookout for next week’s issue, it’s going to be a good one ^_~
  7. I also wrote an article for the Catholic Register‘s Youth Speak News looking at Catholic speed dating.
  8. Speaking of writing, NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow! I blogged about it earlier this month and I’m more or less ready for it. This is me if you’re planning on participating and want to add me. I will try to update every now and then over here about my status on my novel.
  9. I’ve started posting this new feature called “Little Letters” started by my friend Rissi. You can browse through this blog to see my past letters. If you’re participating, be sure to link up at Rissi’s blog and share it with us!
  10. Blog-wise, my Christmas header will probably be posted around Advent…if I get impatient, probably mid-November =P I’m hoping to change my layout in the coming year…the question is whether I have the patience to learn how to programme the Thematic template or whether to purchase a template like Thesis or something.

There was one other thing I was going to note but I decided to leave it off for next time because it’s concerning something that won’t happen for another few months ^_~ Well, that’s about it from me, hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Website: September Updates

Posted 29 September, 2012 by Lianne in Website / 0 Comments

Not my gif, as per usual

Well, it’s the end of another month! Personally I cannot believe there’s only three months left in the year! (And less than 7 days until German food for me, whoo! \o/) Anyways, here’s what has been going on here at the site for the past month:

01. As always I’ve been posting up my book reviews. ChiZine Publications kindly sent me Daniel Rabuzzi’s The Choir Boats (review) and The Indigo Pheasant (review) for review; the latter was released earlier this month. Other notable reviews this month include Tricia Dower’s Stony River, a novel that came out in paperback I believe in late August (I could be wrong); you can check out the review over here. You can always browse through this tag to check out all of my latest book reviews. On a personal note, I finally read Wharton’s The House of Mirth (review) and Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending (review) and I absolutely love both books =D

02. My articles on Discourse Magazine continue. Earlier this month I wrote on FGM for a special issue on the status of women around the globe. This week I wrote an article focusing on the intensifying Spain-Catalan tensions amidst their economic crisis.

03. Meanwhile my work with Youth Speak News at The Catholic Register started this month! I’ve written my first column for the newspaper, all of which you could read about here.

04. I’ve been posting up my reviews of Doctor Who here every week (albeit a few days later). If you’ve missed them you can check them out here: 7.01, 7.02, 7.03, 7.04. And of course episode 7.05 is airing today ^_~

05. I posted up two movie reviews this month too: Snow White and the Huntsman (review) and Last Night (review). Yeah, it’s a slow trudge for me when it comes to movies.

06. I’ve started a new monthly thing here on the blog where I’ll be making a post featuring some interesting articles and entries and news items that I’ve stumbled across over the web.

07. Random little aside, you may notice on the top menu that there’s something called Portfolio. It’s actually my online partial CV featuring some of my work. Unfortunately I’m too busy to update my other domain so it looks like that’s going to go next year and with that mini-site I can just feature certain works that I can show professionally. Once it’s all populated and updated, that is =P

Lastly, I’m a bit behind at commenting at the moment. It’s been a bit of a week on my end and unfortunately next week isn’t looking too good either with a few deadlines to meet and Friday pretty much booked. So please bear with me, I have not forgotten your comments! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a happy end of the month/start of a new month! xD