A Wrinkle In Time

Tattoos, Mothers, and Twitter

My friend and I were talking about tattoos. We both want one, but what if our mothers find out? We may not fear God, but we both fear the wrath of our mothers. My mother keeps me more grounded than religion ever could. There are some decisions I don’t dare to make because of my mother, such as permanently inking my skin. There’s also the issue of marriage. It’s not that I don’t want to get married, because I do. But how much of that wanting to get married is because I personally want to, or because my mother wants me to?

She asked me what kind of tattoo I want to get. For a while now, I’ve wanted to ink the sentence “the enemy’s gate is down” from Ender’s Game across my collar bones. I imagine it will hurt badly, so let’s reconsider the placement of the tattoo later. Not to mention it would be very big and visible there. But I want those words on my skin. It’ll be an homage to my favorite book. It’ll also be a reminder of optimism, strategy, and victory.

All of a sudden, I thought of another tattoo I want to get. A tesseract tattoo. Or ‘warping’ for Trekkies. Check this out:

An excerpt from Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" regarding tesseract.

An excerpt from Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” regarding tesseract.

I want a tattoo of an ant, tesseracting from my forearm to my bicep. The tattoo won’t have to be big. I can have a small ant on top of a thin line or a small dot on my forearm. Then the end of the line or the other small dot would be on my bicep. To show the ant tesseracting, I just have to fold my arm and voila! Damn it, now I want that tattoo badly.

It’ll be another homage to my favorite book ♥ and at the same time, it’ll say a lot about me, summarized in a group of tiny pictures. It’ll tell my love for SFF, my muse of and neverending hope in science, and my faith that we’ll travel the stars one day. That we will reach far beyond our eyes can see. It’ll be great to pair it up with the Ender’s Game tattoo.

As for my friend, she wants a tattoo of a cage and a bird. I joked about it being a bird out of its cage and she got mad lol the interesting part is, she wants a silhoutte of a bird as a symbol for many things. I didn’t expect one of them to be Twitter.

I think all millenials would agree that Twitter has not only changed our lives, but it has become a part of our lives. I can’t imagine not having a Twitter. I have retired most of my Twitter accounts, but I don’t delete them. Twitter is a part of my identity, and it’s one of my streams of self-expression. It doesn’t show a full picture of me, but it still shows a lot. It is there where I make and interact with a lot of friends. It’s my number one source of lightning news update. It’s a constant pool of discussion and debates. And you get to share your piece with the rest of the world, through different communities. Twitter is a social magic. It is how we connect these days. It also serves as a micro diary as well as a personal announcement platform. Out of all of my social media accounts, Twitter is the only one I have consistently maintained. It’s not an overstatement to say that it has shaped me into the person I am today, and I believe I’ll still be using it in decades to come.

My future biographer would have a hell lot of material from my Twitter alone.

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Should Have Hit The Jackpot

Good morning! Yesterday was a really great Sunday and obviously you could see it from my tweets. I have decided to start collecting everything Ender’s Game, starting with the books. Yes, I’ve read the e-books, but there’s nothing like holding a physical book at the tip of your fingers. And I’ve been meaning to reread the series anyway. I must have the paper experience.

So I ordered the first 4 books through Periplus, my favorite local importing bookstore. They offered the quartet set for 396,000 IDR. A bit pricey, but for 4 imported books, I think they’re not bad. They said the books would arrive in 12-20 working days, so I marked my calendar for Nov 20 and Dec 2.

But no, my friends. I got my surprise of the month when the security told me that my books had arrived yesterday. Oh my god.

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I’m collecting Ender’s Game. I can feel it. I can’t wait to reread everything! But I’m gonna wait until I’m done collecting the complete series so I can read them in a linear sequence. I still got 9 novels and many comics of the title to order. Not to mention the upcoming novel that will be released in April next year. Oh my god I’m so happy ;~~~~;

In the evening, I went to Periplus again to get my favorite magazine, Discover: Science for the Curious. Periplus is the only store that sells it. I really recommend Periplus to everyone cos it’s the only store I know that actively encourages people to read. Their collection is relatively cheap, consists of many titles (I mean, many), and ordering imported books are so easy. You can pay with your credit card or bank transfer. And they also have many programs that offer discounts or vouchers if you’re a member. I am, and I have no complaints so far :D

Anyway, I also checked out Kinokuniya, cos no matter how awesome Periplus is, often I find Kinokuniya has more books on their shelves than Periplus. I haven’t tried Kinokinuniya order system though, so I can’t compare.

As I browsed through the store, guess what I found on one of the shelves. Book 5, 6, and 7 of Madeleine L’Engle’s Kairos series. Ask Rudi, I almost screamed in the middle of the store.

You have to understand. A Wrinkle In Time and Ender’s Game are my most favorite, favorite books! They’re both so awesome I can’t even decide which one tops the other. They’re both number one on my list! Getting imported books used to be so hard in Jakarta. I had to ask my friend to buy me Kairos series in the past and even then I only got 5 books out of 8. And yesterday I found the remaining 3! What’s more exciting is, I haven’t read these 3 at all! These books are so rare, I can’t even find the e-books online.

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Now it’s complete. Oh my god.

I still have the Chronos series to import so that my collection would be mega complete. I can’t wait to start reading it. ♥

Now I’m waiting for payday so that I can immediately order the next Ender’s Game books. I just found out that Book Depository offers free shipping worldwide and they have the Shadow series omnibus that is cheaper than what Periplus offers. And they claim to ship faster than Periplus! I’m gonna check them out.

If only I found another great book yesterday, I would’ve hit the jackpot.

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The Audiobook Experience

As I’ve said recently, I’ve started listening to audiobooks. I chose Ender’s Shadow, because… why the hell not? It was 25+ hours long. I listened to it from Friday to today, Thursday. I. Was. Hooked.

I listened to Ender’s Shadow so hard and of course, I had no idea how many passages they omitted from the book, but I think everything was there. Before I touched any audiobooks, I thought it would be something like a radioplay, where many voices acted out parts. Something like a drama. Turns out it’s something more… conventional.

It’s exactly like bed-time reading. But with more than one voices to give things a bit variety. There were 3-4 voices in Ender’s Shadow (can’t distinct them all). They took turns, depending on whose POV it was in the book. Oh god I shivered a lot listening to it. The images I had in my head were more vivid than when I read the book with my own eyes. Hearing the characters speak made me shudder. Especially when I related myself so much to Bean, one of my most beloved literary characters ever. It felt like my world was turned upside down hearing all of them speak with emotions and such depth. I knew that I’d found something that I’d never let go ever.

Hearing the story read aloud, the scenes that made me cry when I read it, made me cry even more. 25+ hours locked into the earphones felt like nothing. I’m even considering to get myself a pair of really good headphones just for this. Listening to music whenever I commute to and from work has grown to be so boring, cos it’s the same playlist over and over again. But now I’ve got a more exciting substitute. Audiobooks.

Now that Ender’s Shadow is done, I already synchronized A Wrinkle In Time to play next. I can’t wait for the long commuting home. ^^

PS. Ender’s Game is still playing! Watch it today! Read my review here.

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Favorite Book

Day 30 of the 30-day book challenge
Last one!

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Duh! Shouldn’t be a surprise, no?

This sci-fi classic will always be at the top of my list. It was published in the 60s, but will be forever relevant. The first place is actually kinda tied with Ender’s Game, but I figure I wouldn’t have read Ender’s Game without A Wrinkle In Time.

Everyone, please do read it. It’s a very heartwarming tale about a brother and sister looking for their missing father, and about a boy looking for a home, in which monotony and conformity are the foes, and realizing how important it is to be yourself.

As George Benson said it, “Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.” ♥

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Book(s) That I Wish More People Would’ve Read

Day 24 of the 30-day book challenge

Actually, the books I read are pretty mainstream in their respective genres. However, fantasy/sci-fi isn’t really mainstream here in Indonesia. So when I say people (see title), I mostly refer to Indonesians. Here goes:

– Cinta di Dalam Gelas and Sebelas Patriot, both by Andrea Hirata
– A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
– Abarat by Clive Barker
– Gadjah Mada the series by Langit Kresna Hariadi
– Kisah Lainnya by Ariel Uki Lukman Reza David
– His Dark Material the series by Philip Pullman
– Nibiru & Ksatria Atlantis by Tasaro GK
– All of Lemony Snicket’s books
– Animorphs by K. A. Applegate
– Skellig by David Almond
– All of Sekar Ayu Asmara’s books

I can’t think of what else right now.

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