The Weekly Wrap | 15th January 2020

The Weekly Wrap is a new weekly post created by Destiny which combines the WWW Wednesday meme and The Sunday Post to bring readers the best of both worlds within one tidy post. Here you can catch up with my weekly news including what I’m reading, playing and blogging about as well as general life updates.

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on the blog:

last week: this week:
✨ First Impressions | Pokemon Sword
14 Book Releases to Look Forward to in 2020
ARC review: Wranglestone
✨ Games to play in 2020
✨ Books I want to read in 2020

As my time is a lot more restricted now than it has been in previous years, given that I’m currently doing a PhD and working part-time, I’ve decreased the amount of posts I’m doing a week to 3 posts a week: The Weekly Wrap on Wednesdays, video games on Fridays, and book related posts on Sundays. Some weeks may include an additional post in the form of a review but I’m being more flexible with these so they will appear as and when rather than set in stone. So far, this schedule has been working a lot better for me.

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current reads:

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An anthology of award-winning, eye-opening, genre-defining science fiction, fantasy, and horror from Tor.com’s first ten years.

Since it began in 2008 Tor.com has explored countless new worlds of fiction, delving into possible and impossible futures, alternate and intriguing pasts, and realms of fantasy previously unexplored. Its hundreds of remarkable stories span from science fiction to fantasy to horror, and everything in between. Now Tor.com is making some of those worlds available for the first time in print.

This volume collects some of the best short stories Tor.com has to offer, with Hugo and Nebula Award-winning short stories and novelettes chosen from all ten years of the program.

 

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The September/October 2019 Disabled People Destroy Fantasy special issue of Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine.

Featuring new fiction by Sarah Gailey, Lane Waldman, Jei D. Marcade, Tochi Onyebuchi, Karlo Yeager Rodríguez, and Aysha U. Farah. Essays by Kari Maaren, Gwendolyn Paradice, Day Al-Mohamed, A.T. Greenblatt, Cara Liebowitz and Dominik Parisien, poetry by Roxanna Bennett, Toby MacNutt, Shweta Narayan, R.B. Lemberg, Tamara Jerée, and Julian K. Jarboe, interviews with Lane Waldman and Karlo Yeager Rodríguez by Sandra Odell, a cover by Julie Dillon, and editorials by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, and guest editors Katharine Duckett, Nicolette Barischoff, and Lisa M. Bradley

 

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What would you change if you could go back in time?

In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a café which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. But this coffee shop offers its customers a unique experience: the chance to travel back in time.

In Before the Coffee Gets Cold, we meet four visitors, each of whom is hoping to make use of the café’s time-travelling offer, in order to: confront the man who left them, receive a letter from their husband whose memory has been taken by early onset Alzheimer’s, to see their sister one last time, and to meet the daughter they never got the chance to know.

But the journey into the past does not come without risks: customers must sit in a particular seat, they cannot leave the café, and finally, they must return to the present before the coffee gets cold . . .

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recently finished:

I only finished one book this week as I made a bit of an error in picking up a magazine, a huge short story anthology, and then an ARC on top of that as well. So I have been reading a lot this week but haven’t finished anything yet – but that’s ok!

  1. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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up next:

I need to finish the three reads I currently have so don’t have anything “up next” for now.

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new arrivals:

  • e-arcs:
  • print arcs:

No new arrivals this week which is good as it means I can focus on tackling my owned books and overdue ARCs

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what I’m playing:

🎮  Pokemon Sword (Nintendo Switch)
🎮 Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (PS4)

I haven’t had as much time to play games this week as I’ve been focusing on my work and also reading but I have played quite a lot of Pokemon Sword in the evenings and picked up my Christmas copy of AC: Odyssey on Saturday which has been amazing so far. I stopped playing the AC series due to finding some of the game mechanisms irritating and repetitive with the older games but wanted to give one of the newer ones a try and am loving it (and loving Kassandra – my heart!)

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life updates:

My funding proposal was due yesterday and I managed to get my proposal completed and in on time. It’s something that had been causing me a lot of stress as it’s my second attempt at applying for funding so I’m proud of the fact I put in a lot of work to manage my fears and anxieties, and produced a piece of work that I’m reasonably happy with.

I have my upgrade viva next Tuesday so I can upgrade from MPhil status to PhD status and finally begin my fieldwork!

I’m hoping to be able to work on a few things over the next few weeks which include a short story submission for the Rebuilding Tomorrow anthology and a ‘think piece’ article I’ve been invited to write for an anthropology journal. I’ve never written something for submission before so I’m feeling quite nervous about both of these things.

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2 thoughts on “The Weekly Wrap | 15th January 2020

  1. I’m glad you found a schedule that has been working for you. I really need to come up with some kind of schedule for my blog as well. I usually just post whenever I feel like it or if it’s been awhile, then I try to come up with some kind of post. It would be nice to have a schedule going. That’s great that you have been reading a lot this week even if you haven’t finished anything. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy sounds like good. Happy to hear that you were able to get your proposal completed in time! 🙂 I hope you have a great rest of the week, Avery.

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