The Vacation Post

I was going to say I’m not going to complain my vacation is coming to an end, but I just did πŸ˜‰ A bit over two weeks away from work, most of it spent on our Sicilian escapade, a small miracle in the Covid-infected world, and maybe an act of selfishness, but we really needed a break, and obviously we obeyed all the special rules.

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Eastern Sicily – as we only had time to see this part of the island – is beautiful, and full of history. Beauty and power of nature was represented by Etna, an active volcano that overshadows entire neighbouring area, and occasionally threatens its inhabitants. We were not in danger, but still impressed by the roaring sounds and the puffs of steam.

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Silva rerum (5) feat. discarded books and awesome presents

I got this for my recent birthday (still young, but each year a little less so πŸ˜‰ ):

Isn’t that wonderful? I’ll never be able to do anything similar, but I sure appreciate it a lot. I have to confess that an elfish warrior is my favourite RPG character. Not very original, I know, but I’m stable in my preferences. Never had such a great miniature though!

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Reading and blogging in 2018

1. Blog

What a year it has been! Both the Re-Enchantment blog and my reading habitsΒ  have evolved. On the blog – a year of two-shots, discussions with old & new friends, at home (and in commute πŸ˜‰ ) one of re-reads, non-fiction and a bit of classics. I was so busy working on my project to read more of these that I feel I should actually read more fantasy next year! Maybe it is time to finally get to Erikson? But I will also continue with this-wordly stuff πŸ˜‰

My favourite Christmas present – fourth book in this wonderful Polish edition of Le Guin, this time – almost 1200 pages with Gifts, Voices, Powers, Always Coming Home and Changing Planes. They are really going for the whole set, I think πŸ™‚

Starting with blog – it was a solid year for us. I only have WordPress stats, and Ola says it’s around the same numbers again on LinkedIn, but we’re at 5,780 views today, with 53 published posts. It’s not much more than 2016, our second best year, but then we had 103 posts – weren’t we diligent πŸ˜‰ Even in 2017 we managed to write 72 posts, so there is a worrying trend, but I think an average of one post per week is sustainable, even with our other current commitments. All the posts – since Re-E’s start – have a total of 288,910 words together, that would be quite a long novel!

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Book Blogger Insider Tag

We’re rather selective about tags, but when Lashaan from the one and only Bookidote blog tagged us with this one (thanks!) we decided it’s interesting enough to participate πŸ™‚

1) Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Ola: At my desk, where my computer usually resides πŸ˜‰ It’s a very neat wooden desk by a large window, and having my back to everything else helps me to concentrate on the task at hand πŸ™‚

Piotrek: My desk is where my computer resides always, as it’s a desk-top. This desk faces the entire room, becoming a kind of the bridge of the SS MyHome. Sometimes I call it my battlestation, I do some gaming here πŸ˜‰ I also really need two screens, both at work and here, it’s just so much better than a one-screen setup, for any work with sources. Or just to watch YouTube while I pretend to work…

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2) How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

Ola: Hmm, do we count the preparation time? πŸ˜‰ I almost never write reviews right after reading a book, so the books usually stays with me for a while before I start writing. But the writing itself takes anywhere from 2 to 6 hours – the Two-shots definitely take more time than single posts, but are so much fun! The Witcher post took probably up to 8 hrs, but it was an exception.

Piotrek: It depends on the amount of research. 4-8 hours usually? I write slower than I used to in the university days, and I work more with number than words, so maintaining a blog is a great exercise, but also a challenge.

3) When did you start your book blog?

February 2015

Long time ago! πŸ˜€

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Odds and ends

Piotrek: As Ola recently realized, Re-E have just reached 100 subscribers! It’s even 103 now πŸ™‚ Thank you all very much, it’s such a pleaser to see the audience widening… We’ve already had an anniversary post this year, but this is a nice occasion to give our thanks to all the people who, from time to time, spare us a few moments.

Ola: Yes! Thank you all!!! πŸ™‚ We’ve also been recently nominated to The Versatile Blogger Award – thank you, Briennai/Alex! However, since it involves talking about ourselves, we’ll stick to our regular fare and keep reviewing books πŸ™‚ Or else you all might just run away or fall asleep from boredom πŸ˜‰

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