7 May 2017

Weekly Small Talk #7: Blog News and Finals

Hello all and welcome to Weekly Small Talk, an original series, that gives me an excuse to talk about anything even remotely related to books and popular culture.

Ever since I went back to school, maintaining an active life here, on this blog, has been more of a struggle than I wanted to admit to myself. The last time I was studying full time was five years ago, and even then, I didn't have any hobbies or side projects that required this amount of time and attention. Needless to say when I plunged into this thing called college last September, I had a bad grasp of what I was getting into. And it wasn't just the school itself, but the full list of extra-curricular stuff that our wonderful Faculty of Odontology at Malmö University has to offer. I'm not complaining. I haven't had this much fun since... well, ever.

That being said, something had to give. For instance, I had to quit my tutoring job, which was bringing me a lot of joy. And then there was this blog which, even though it stings to admit it, I have been kind of neglecting. I haven't been posting as often as I wanted to, nor have I been able to provide you with the kind of content that I have been aspiring to. And I don't think the main problem here was the amount of school work and after school fun stuff I've been so busy with. Rather, it was a tug of war between my inherent laziness and my high aspirations. I always wanted to do more than just review books on this blog, but because I almost always ended up binging shows on Netflix or just checking my Instagram feed, I didn't have the time to write all those amazing articles and do the necessary blog maintenance.

This has been my not-so-subtle way of saying that in the future, I will be working on improving my time management and battling the laziness within me, but that for now, I will have to take a break from blogging. You see, the finals are coming, which means that for the next four weeks, I will be studying for the finals, while still doing my regular case work, and having my usual clinic hours. I don't want to do this, but I also don't want to clog this blog with pointless fillers, just so that I can keep the pretence of being active. That's just not cool.

Thank you, my awesome readers, for being so cool and understanding.

And, once the gruesome exam season is over, and I've had my much-needed rest, I am going to come back to my full blogging form, so look forward to more book reviews, and Weekly Small Talks. Also, I will be starting new projects, once the summer has kicked in. Firstly, I'm going to start a new series of reviews of books that were later adapted into popular movies. This is something that I wanted to do for a long time, and once I'm done memorising the names of all the facial nerves, this will be a fun project to dive into.

Secondly, in the anticipation of the upcoming season eleven of The X-files, I will be doing... something. I still don't know what, though. What I want to do the most is an X-files episode guide, starting from the Pilot all the way up to the season ten finale. Then again, I also want to review the comics (even though they're no longer canon), and some of the books. We'll see.

For over a year now, this blog has basically been my only creative outlet. I often get the feeling that I've carved a nice little comfort zone for myself, and as a result, I haven't been active outside of it. There are so many other ways to express yourself and to connect with other creators. And this is what I want to do this summer. For instance, what is this Reddit thing I keep hearing about?

I'm looking forward to doing all kinds of fun stuff here once the finals are over. In the meantime, you can still follow me on Twitter @dinara_tengri, and on my Facebook page, Dinara Tengri Book Reviews. Thank you again for being so cool, and I will see you again in a few weeks.

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