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On Wednesdays we do words: readings

Parece que preparar-me para publicar no blog numa regularidade semanal de dia fixo está a funcionar para mim.

Esta regularidade com tempo adicionado para pensar no que vou escrever aparentemente é boa para mim, espermos que consiga transformá-la num hábito.

Esta semana assinalou o começo de uma espécie de clube do livro, que definimos como um almoço literário semanal – e começámos por partilhar alguns objectivos pessoais de leitura para 2018, para que nos possamos apoiar e incentivar umas às outras.

Para mim, 2018 em leituras e livros esperançosamente será assim:

  • Desafio do Goodreads definido a 33 livros para este ano.
  • Qeuro ler mais em Português, especialmente autores de língua oficial portuguesa (pelo menos 1/3 das minhas leituras)
  • Quero ler um livro em Francês (tenho Os Miseráveis em mente – e na conta kindle – mas isso pode mudar)
  • Quero ler um género que nunca tenha lido – a considerar biografia, pois creio que nunca li e assustam-me um pouco.

Olhando para isto agora, escrito, talvez tenha tido mais olhos que barriga, tendo em conta que tenho vários interesses diversos e quero dedicar tempo a todos eles! Logo veremos… agora tenho-vos a todos que leram estas palavras para virem “cobrar” de mim.

E vocês? Lêem muito? Nem por isso? Quais são os vossos objectivos /desafios de leituras para este ano, se tiverem alguns? Sugestões de livros são sempre bem-vindas, especialmente se me desafiarem a ir longe dos meus habituais (fantasia, ficção científica e etc.)!

Seems like getting ready to post on a weekly, scheduled basis is kind of working for me.

This regularity but with time added to think on what to write appears to be a good thing for me, let’s hope I can make a habit out of it!

This week signaled the start of a sort of book club, which we set up as a weekly literary lunch – and we started by sharing some personal reading goals for 2018, so we can keep each other accountable in a way.

For me, 2018 in readings and books aims to be as follows:

  • Goodreads challenge set at 33 books for this year.
  • Want to read more in Portuguese, especially Portuguese native authors (at least 1/3 of my readings)
  • Want to read a book in French (have Les Misérables in mind – and in my kindle account – but that can change)
  • Want to read a genre/type I never read – considering biography, as I believe I never read one and they kind of scare me.

Looking at it now, written down, seems like I might be in over my head, as I have such diverse interests and would like to dedicate time to all of them! We’ll see…now I have all of you that read these words to keep me accountable as well!

How about you? Big readers? Not so much? Let me know your reading goals for 2018 if you have any; book suggestions are also greatly appreciated – challenge me to go beyond my usuals (fantasy, sci-fi type things)!

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outro começo – 2018 – another begginning

Aqui estou eu, mais uma vez apostada em efectivamente ter um blog de publicação relativamente regular. Parece que já fiz isto umas mil vezes (vá, 3 ou 4)!

Desta feita, vamos tentar uma calendarização minimamente estruturada, que vos parece? Um post por semana – parece-me razoável considerando o grau elevadíssimo de procrastinação que habita a minha pessoa. Será que devia fixar um dia na semana? Talvez ajudasse a estruturar-me na criação do conteúdo e a obter a regularidade almejada.

Parece-me que sim, vamos a isso. Um post por semana, Quartas-feiras – estamos combinados? Eu escrevo, vocês lêem e comentam (por favorzinho???)

Feliz 2018!

Here I am again, betting once again on having a relatively regularly published blog. It seems like I have done this a thousand times (well, 3 or 4)!

This time around, let us try a reasonably minimally structured calendar, what do you think? One post per week – it seems reasonable, taking into consideration the degree of procrastination which inhabits me. Should I schedule a day of the week? Perhaps it would help structuring myself in content creation and obtain the desired regularity.

It seems to me like it’s a yes, let’s do it. One post a week, Wednesdays – is it a deal? I write, you guys read and comment (pretty please???)

Happy 2018!

Poesia FIB

Um blog que sigo, o Learning to Live like Water, apresentou-me esta forma de poesia: os FIB. Poemas com base na Sequência Fibonacci, que ditará o número de sílabas ou palavras em cada verso. Achei interessante, pois os números de Fibonacci fascinam-me, especialmente pela sua presença na Natureza lado a lado com a Proporção Áurea. Mas…isso serão temas para outras escritas, quem sabe!

De momento, quero partilhar convosco as minhas experiências neste formato de poesia que me intrigou. Tentei fazer FIB com sílabas métricas e palavras, chegando mesmo a fazer um ou outro com inversão dos números (limitei-me ao 5 e foi daí para trás); qual acham que funciona melhor?


pensamentos
constantes
procurando respostas
chegam mais dúvidas
não sei parar de pensar.
– 28.03.2017-
(fibonacci de palavras)

tantos caminhos abertos
tantas opções
dúvidas
indecisões.
– 28.03.2017 –
(fibonacci de palavras, em ordem inversa)

ser
mais
ser plena
ser capaz finalmente
saber que quero e como!
– 28.03.2017 –
(fibonacci de palavras)

sou.
sim
estou
enfim eu,
plena de questões.
– 28.03.2017 –
(fibonacci de sílabas métricas)

tantas paixões me assolam assim
tantas ânsias enfim
querer mais
fazer,
ser.
– 28.03.2017 –
(fibonacci de palavras, em ordem inversa)

Bem, agora fiquei com vontade de voltar aos poemas, de voltar a tentar haiku… veremos o que sai daqui!

IberAnime! Lx 2017 – An experience! (now with videos)

Last Saturday I went to IberAnime! Lx, 2017 edition, which took place at MEO Arena (Lisboa, Portugal) on the 6th and 7th of May. also happening was 4Gamers, featuring international gaming brands and some national game developers.
This was my second experience in events like this and the first time ever I ventured into doing a sort of poorly put together cosplay (yes, I will put up photos, rest assured you will be able to laugh).

Thanks to having been invited by my friend João (you can find him here, on Facebook and here, on YouTube), I decided to go along his plan to go to an evento gathering many of the things I like: anime, manga and comics, japanese culture, games, technology, fandoms and geekness (lots of that!) and, of course, truckloads of merchandise! The invite had a condition atteched to it that João only told me after the tickets were bought: he was cosplaying e I was supposed to do some cosplay too… me of all people, who after years of suffering for Carnaval and, even though loving Halloween, can only be bullyied into dressing up in costume for a party! But, with his enthusiasm (and pleading, hihi), I agreed to doing something that didn’t make me feel completely ridiculous or totally bankrupt – considering DIY and sewing are not my strong skills (I shall learn).

Tokyo Ghoul João and Pokémon Go trainer Sónia, all ready, off we went to IA! Lx2017. There, we saw some interesting cosplays, inspired and well-achieved, representing current and past animes, movies and TV shows (including a Doctor, which made me go into hyper fangirling, and a Ruby Rose, from Rooster Teeth ‘s RWBY).

After a good 10 minutes on the phone trying to find each other, we finally met with the guys from Próximo Nível, THE Mr. Remedy and also Hermy from Hermylution! From there onwards, exploring the venue was even more filled with laughs and it was fascinating to go on observing these YouTubers working to bring you interesting videos about the event.
We went throught the merchandise booths, filled with cute and awesome stuff we all wanted to just take home; we saw everything and everyone; went on to explore the 4Gamers space, specially the Retrogaming area, which was really nice and had some relics (including an NGage, that mythical mobile phone/console made by Nokia lol).

That all happening, we were reminded that the final round of the world cosplay competition, the WCS, was happening. There we went, João and I, to see what competition level cosplaying is all about: Tejo room was reserved for this purpose and it was full, so the images we got were captured from afar (hence the slightly inferior quality). Victory went to a cosplay of The Hound from Game of Thrones, with an amazing 2nd place going to a beautifully made cosplay of Princess Zelda (twilight Princess) – and Portugal was represented in a faithful presentation of Anna from Forzen (those dresses were AMAZING!)

A last tour around the venue brought us to some stuff we hadn’t seen yet, including a Wrestling area, from a Lisbon Academy, CTW.

My thoughts? Taking into account the size of the portuguese market and the slice of the population that will currently be prone to be attracted to this kind of event, the turn-up seems high. This market dimension factor also bleeds into some limitations to what can be done and who can be brought to the event, budget-wise; still, all different areas achieved good representation.
I don’t think having 4Gamers as a separate event (and paid separately, too) in the same venue was ideal, particularly when it came to circulation; placement of the developers’, retrogaming’s and Youtubers’ areas was not ideal, forcing people to long walks in infinite hidden stairways – which were also needed to access all different areas set up in the Arena. Constrains of the venue itself, truth be told; there is always room for improvement – at least the air was circulating well enough and it wasn’t stifling hot inside!
I must confess that I only found the board games area by accident, while looking for the back exit of the venue, by the end of the day. It deserved more attention, perhaps better signaling of the different areas.

In conclusion: it was a day well spent with friends, that allowed me to release my inner geek and have fangirling moments without feeling ridiculous (the best in these events, there is no shaming about loving something and expressing it!) There is room for improvement, of course, in particular when it comes to the arrangment of the different areas and accesses – I believe the the FIL venue could be more appropriate for this kind of event, as I saw in the 2015’s edition of Lisboa Games Week; the audience has a tendency for growth, since many anime and pop/geek culture fans are now reaching ages of movement and financial autonomy, which gives this event the opportunity to expand and encompass a more international participation in presences and pannels (I do wish there were more of those and also less scattered). In general, I liked the people and the community feeling of it, there was a bit of everything for everyone (Reiki, japanese culture, calligraphy, language lessons, etc.). I might return, who knows.

Next adventure, ComicCon Portugal?

Here are some pictures of our day (there will be videos on the YouTube channels I mentioned, links will be available here ASAP):

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IberAnime!Lx 2017 – Uma experiência! (agora com vídeos!)

Productive weekend

Been a nice couple of days, this weekend. I got a lot of stuff sorted out, from my papers, finance and clothes; I wrote, I crocheted, I read, I cooked and cleaned; I made sense of all electronics and cables I had lying around.
I had some fun times with my guy, got a phone call from a good friend from my home town, a visit from my bestie that lives across the street (sort of), I watched some good shows.

I am feeling generally well and good about myself, even though I feel lazy and wish the weekend had an extra day – in between Saturday and Sunday, for instance. On the other hand, I feel the urge to get things done; like planning out some blogging, writing some more on my stories – sorting out the structure to my JAFF project and getting it going, letting my curiosity about photography develop, etc. Many things.

Another thing I started doing this week, which I expect to keep up throughout the year and into the future, was practicing writing with my non-dominant hand. I think it will be an interesting exercise for my brain, as well as the meditation I have been trying to make a habit of mine (I have been slacking out a bit, especially on weekends, but I intend to keep on doing my 10 minutes during either my morning or evening commute).

I am also getting back to my physical exercise, rejoining yoga classes next Tuesday after a couple of months that I was unable to attend – in which I actually noticed the difference with the absence of this routine I was developing.

A few more plans for the upcoming year, hopefully to continue beyond that, that I’ll share as it goes along. Let’s hope this momentum I have keeps up!

How about you guys, how has this first week of the year been?

Bisous!