sinisukka, äijön lapsi

I have reached the halfway mark on my thesis. Small victories.

Writing fiction isn’t really happening – not because I don’t have things to write, but because my thesis is taking up all my brain power. My thesis and work both. I’m so close to finishing. I want to be able to call myself a master of arts before the summer rolls around.

I’m knitting. I finished a pair of warm mittens for myself, and am now knitting mittens for my friends. I’ve two sweaters in the works as well, so I should be well occupied for a while. Knitting in the evenings as a wind-down activity is possibly the best thing I could’ve done for myself. Nevermind the cost of yarn.

The weather is Novemberish again, but at least the days are now getting brighter instead of darker. Even through the fog. For a while there we had something resembling winter, but it didn’t last very long.

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january frost. amager fælled. 2016.

2015 in review

In 2015 I have:

  • read 15 books
  • (and an insurmountable amount of academic books, papers and articles)
  • (and five graphic novels)
  • changed my thesis topic twice
  • travelled abroad four times
  • taken up knitting
  • written exactly 85.011 words of fiction
  • (and 50 pages of academia)
  • (and half of a comic book script)
  • gone through a number of changes at work (for the better)
  • gained weight
  • gained confidence
  • singlehandedly ripped out the interior of my kitchen and installed new
  • made art
  • made friends
  • seen my family grow (in more than one way)

2015 has been a good year for me. It’s been an odd year, and some people might think that it hasn’t been all good (I certainly would’ve preferred to not have had a mouldy kitchen that needed immediate fixing!), but I’ve learned something from everything that has happened. I’ve been busy, and productive, and when I look back, I wonder that I didn’t come down with stress and depression. I almost did, mind, but I’ve been surrounded by amazing people, amazing art and amazing fiction, and somehow I’ve managed to stay afloat.

On Monday I’m picking up my thesis where I left it and I’m receiving my work schedule for the spring.

Today, I think I’ll open a blank document and put down the first words of 2016. Here’s to another good year.

These are the books I’ve read in 2015 (in order):

Patrick Rothfuss – The Slow Regard of Silent Things  – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Naomi Novik – Black Powder War – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Naomi Novik – Empire of Ivory – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Naomi Novik – Victory of Eagles – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Naomi Novik – Tongues of Serpents – ★ ★ ★ ★
Naomi Novik – Crucible of Gold – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Naomi Novik – Blood of Tyrants – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Erin Morgenstern – The Night Circus – ★ ★ ★ ★
Alice Hoffman – The Museum of Extraordinary Things – ★ ★ ★ ★
J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter ja viisasten kivi – ★ ★ ★ ★
J. K. Rowling – Harry Potter ja salaisuuksien kammio – ★ ★ ★
Audrey Niffenegger – The Time-Traveler’s Wife – ★ ★ ★
Naomi Novik – Uprooted – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Rainbow Rowell – Carry On – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Honourable mentions go to the graphic novels I’ve read in 2015:

Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie – The Wicked + The Divine: The Faust Act – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie – The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Noelle Stevenson – Nimona – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Matt Fraction & Christian Ward: ODY-C: Off to far Ithicaa – ★ ★ ★ ★
Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples: Saga 5 – ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

My favourite knitting project of 2015:

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Four travel photos:

copenhagen winter morning
winter morning. copenhagen. jan. 2o15.
kelvingrove glasgow
kelvingrove museum. glasgow. april 2015.
koitelinkoski finland
koitelinkoski. finland. july 2015.
cambridge punting
punting. cambridge. oct. 2015.