1. I have lately been caught up in ebooks. lonelybusiness
introduced me to the wonder that is Mobipocket
, and though the converter by Calibre
sometimes skips lines from .lit, it serves very, very well. Last week I read Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan (I still can't decide if I like or loathe Mae), and the sixth of Temeraire by Naomi Novik (the new dragon is adorable). I will buy the actual books in Hong Kong because the Philippine bookstores are always so ridiculously late.
Right now, I am going through the second book of the Aubrey-Maturin series
by Patrick O'Brian. I am pretty sure it was keycchou
who recommended it -- I came to possess six of the books about three or four weeks ago, in a booksale at work, and fortunately it had the first book. Now I am tiding myself on ebooks until I can own the rest. It's a brilliant series, and I get overly excited of the naval battles. Nautical fiction is lovely.
I have to say, having ebooks at my disposal to read on my phone has made my working hours pass by more easily. When I get tired or sleepy, I whip out whatever I am reading and work through a few pages and feel right as rain again. It is only in reading, I think, that my mind gets absorbed enough that it actually stops thinking or multitasking various thoughts
, hence the only way that my brain can rest outside of sleeping.
(At any rate, it is easier to read on the phone at work without catching attention to myself. Walking while holding a book to my nose is harder to pull off, whereas cellphones here are so common that plenty of people have two
on their person at all times.)
2. As for school, I am off except for an exam soon and another paper for economics due. I shall start work on the latter on Sunday, I swear. Grades are good, exhausted after a semester of three subjects, so next semester I am back to two.
3. But I would be a liar if I said that work and school were all I am up to. Much of whatever free time I've been able to muster have been spent manning soul_campaign
, which is tiring in of itself. I do sometimes marvel at how far it's gone since I first joined it, and then consider when
exactly I can retire from modding it. It's a wretched feeling, being so tired all the time from work and stuff and not having the energy to deal with what is supposed to be an enjoyable hobby.
4. I am very much looking forward to Hong Kong in November with kye_kestrel
. First, I must get through October. It's been a year since my dad's brain surgery -- should bully him to go back to the doctor for a check, I think. He's light as rain if a little less with the vices, which is a good thing.