Back to the Classics Challenge 2018

Since I started this blog, I have been following other book-loving bloggers that actually write posts about books. With some envy, I have noticed that many of them participate in different challenges, readathons, and whatnot. It looked like fun! So this year, I’ll try out my own strength at reading challenges. I have chosen ‘Back to the Classics Challenge 2018’ organized by Continue reading “Back to the Classics Challenge 2018”


My year in books: 2017

Reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes, but I think 2017 was the first year I got a little bit more invested in the process. I missed only one book club meeting (not because I wanted, but because I had to go to Germany and defend my Ph.D. thesis), I surpassed my normal annual read book count, and I also wrote a review on Goodreads for each book I read.  In total, I read 29 books in 2017 staying faithful to the ‘1 book behind schedule’ announcement on Goodreads Reading Challenge all through the year. It came up to 9447 pages which is not bad at all. 13 of the books I read in 2017 were in Latvian (my mother tongue) including both translations and original literature from Latvian authors (the latter only included 3 books, but still…). As I normally read in English (unless it is original literature in Latvian), I feel that my book club buddies have exerted serious influence on me regarding my language preferences (they keep on encouraging me to read more in Latvian and here is the result for the last year).  I won’t review each book because I have already done it on Goodreads, but I’ll reflect on some of the highlights of my 2017 in books!


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Seven days. Seven black and white photographs of my life.

I don’t know what happened with time, but it just disappeared. Now it’s November, and my blog stats say that the last post was 3 months ago. So much for posting something on a regular basis! I can’t say I haven’t been busy, but that’s a poor excuse by anyone’s standards. I have been too lazy on my days off making excuses about lack of inspiration which is the favorite pretext of a seasoned procrastinator. I also can’t say I haven’t had anything to write about because there have been some baking adventures along the way. But thinking about writing about baking is not the same thing as writing about it (and I plan to do better in the future…). I also have plans for my next fudge up story, but first I want to start with something simple. Last week I joined a challenge on Facebook where you have to post one black and white photograph each day for seven days. The photos could not contain any people, and I was not allowed to provide any explanation. However, when I finished the challenge (which was harder than I initially thought), I felt like some comment was needed. Therefore I will post all seven photos here with a short commentary. Continue reading “Seven days. Seven black and white photographs of my life.”

The Berry Season Madness

I love summer, and it’s not only because the weather is nice (it really isn’t this year) or there’s less work (there really isn’t this year). It’s also because it’s the fresh produce season which makes a big difference to anyone who loves cooking or baking with things grown locally. So when I heard that my friends are offering fresh blackcurrants and redcurrants, I signed up to take some off their hands. Little did I know that I will end up with a kitchen loaded with berries and only a couple of free evenings a week later. As I’m not a person to shy away from a challenge, I got creative! Continue reading “The Berry Season Madness”

My Fudge Up Story #1

It’s been a long time since I have written anything on my blog, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about it. In fact, I have been searching for the ‘right’ direction of this blog since I started it last year. I like posting the occasional cake recipe, review or story, but I felt I needed some ‘anchor,’ something that would be my thing. And I think I have finally found it. Inspired by FuckUp Nights movement, I have decided to start writing ‘My Fudge Up Stories’ about all the entertaining failures of my life (and believe me, there are quite a few of those). And no, it won’t be anything work-related or something, it’s just about me being human and screwing up sometimes. I also plan to write at least one fudge up story per month, and maybe develop some kind of writing habit around it (at least, I will try my best). So without further ado (oh yes, I have always wanted to use this expression), it’s time for my first ever Fudge Up story! Continue reading “My Fudge Up Story #1”

Short story: Super Bright

At the beginning of April, I participated in the SCI-FI-LONDON 48hr Flash Fiction Challenge. It’s basically a competition where you need to write a short story of 2000 words in about 48 hours. It has to be a sci-fi themed story, and the organizers provide you with a title and a dialogue line that you must integrate into the story. You also get a science fact (or something the organizers call a ‘science fact’) that you can also use for the story if you like. Well, I don’t really know what devil led me to sign up for this challenge as sci-fi genre is a bit outside my comfort zone (I did prepare a bit by reading and watching some stuff) and I am a total novice at writing fiction of any kind. But I’m glad that I did because it was thoroughly interesting experience: from the moment I read my story title till the last minutes before submission when I couldn’t care less about my commas and wording. You can find the winners (or the well written stories) on the SFL Awards 2017 page, but read on to check-out mine! Continue reading “Short story: Super Bright”

My #EuropeanFilmChallenge: Winter/ Spring 2017

For me, the first part of the year has been full of challenges… and this time I’m not talking about my baking. I participated in my first ever short story writing challenge and my second ever European Film Challenge. And I think it’s finally time to give spotlight to 10 wonderful films I watched for my second season of #EuropeanFilmChallenge from January till April 2017.

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