3 weeks ago 🥁 for day 318, 2021 with 551 words.

Productivity and a writer with an opinion

I just made myself a cup of tea and now I'm ready to write. I almost lost my Duolingo streak because I just couldn't get a handful of sentences right. French is pretty specific with some things and it seems that's super important. I wonder how good native speakers are when it comes to that.

Today was another day that just melted away. I woke up at 10:30AM without any chance of making it to the pool. I'm trying to work on my sleep schedule but I guess I could try harder. For some reason, I just naturally push my bedtime till around 2AM. It's hard to move it back the other way.
I got out of bed at 11:45 and just barely made it onto a call with a couple of friends. It was incredibly great to catch up with them. One had the totally opposite problem of me; she feels like she has to be productive all the time and so she is. I would like to be a bit more like her.
The call lasted 2 hours and by then it was already afternoon. Then I talked with my grandmother for an hour, my mom for just over half an hour, and a little later my aunt for about 20 minutes. My aunt is in the hospital. She's doing fine, everything considered and hopefully, she will be out of there soon.

I've watched way more Netflix than I probably should. I ended up deleting a couple of apps, decreasing the limit of screentime for others, and turned on 'Downtime'. I'm not sure how that works but I will know by tomorrow morning (currently it's set from 8:00 till 14:00). I want to feel better and be more productive in regard to my creative projects. It would feel so much better than being the melted puddle of tired I am at the moment.


Books, books and more books

He liked the smell of books but only the new ones. He couldn't stand antique book shops, thrift stores, or libraries for some reason. His own collection had been created during his lifetime and they didn't have that smell of another person's home. His books were alright.
eBooks were compelling to him for exactly that reason. They didn't smell of dirty hands or that thick tape so many library books were covered in that gave them endlessly ugly corners. eBooks didn't have pages though and he did love flipping pages over.

When his own book was to be published he had very specific requests for the paper and the cover material. He wanted to minimize the risk of having written a book that smelled badly. Luckily for him, most of the book signings took place in modern bookstores and so he mostly avoided being around what he considered quickly decaying books.
Ironically, the book didn't do well and the vast majority of copies ended up idle in libraries with the smells of other books creeping into the pages or at thrift stores where they were touched by many, but mainly to move them over to get to other more interesting books.
Still, he had a couple of copies in his own collection and they kept the smell of new book for a little longer than any other book in his collection.

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By Kirstine Granzow Larsen 🥁

I recently got a Master's degree in IT Product Design and I'm currently looking for my first job! ✨

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