Ender’s Game

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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The Absolute Formula

Call me juvenile, but I really like books from the young adult genre. And that’s the kind of books I want to write. That’s also the kind of readers I want to have. I’ve never grown out of it. Young adult books are where the magic still exists. It consists of everything I like to read in a book: adventure, epic movement, action, romance, fantasy (mostly), and most of all: the characters thinking for themselves. Compared to more mature books (aka adult books), YA books are uplifting, optimistic, as well as entertaining. Adult books are so depressing. I took a look at the adult books I’ve read so far and most of them discuss the lethargy of living a seasoned life. IKR #depressing

I’ve been desperate for a good YA book though. I started reading the Delirium trilogy, and it’s not bad. The first book is boring, but the second one is ok. Reading the third one now.

Here, have a GIF of Sam Weber’s process in drawing an ebook cover of my favorite YA book.

Magic.

Magic.

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Today time flew. I didn’t even notice it taking off this morning. I got up, took my meds, and off I went to the office. Four days at home during the week before felt like an eternity. I sat down in my desk, checked my mails, read my feeds, and found myself with no task list, nothing to do whatsoever, as usual. So I started my pet project.

Rachel was right. There’s no excuse for me to be not learning anything, even though I’m working a job with no task list for the past 4 months. I should be grateful, cos it means I have all the time in the world to learn, read, and write anything I want. I met JDW too last Friday. What a life-changing moment. I’d been trying to get in touch with him since last year and I finally met him. It lasted less than 2 hours but I already learned so much from him. I told him my dreams, my projects, my ideas, he didn’t laugh at a single one of them. After chatting with him, I left Starbucks with a new found motivation.

So here you go. I’ve started a blawg. There’s no point waiting for Barry to get on this entertainment law bandwagon, cos he’s taking forever to warm up. I’m gonna start first, relieving my curiosity of the subject as well as exercising my legal skills. I’m driving this to get somewhere. Where? We’ll see.

Ender’s Game Week has also started at Tumblr guys! These are my entries. People have been posting great fanarts. You should check them out at Tumblr, the hashtag is #egweek.

Chenpionships have been released too! I only read my prompt fic and it’s good. You should check the fics too for the Chen galore!

Ah, it’s so nice seeing my projects get done one by one hehe x]

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My 2013 in books

It’s that time of the year where I wrap up all of my reading experience for the last 12 months. My Goodreads reading challenge was to read 52 books in 2013. It was quite difficult in the middle, and it looked like I was about to fail. But I managed to catch up (and maybe cheated a bit) and ended up reading more than 52 books! Here’s the list!

1. Enderverse books by Orson Scott Card
I finally finished all the books in the series. The ones I read in 2013 were: Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant, Shadows in Flight, A War of Gifts, Ender in Exile, First Meetings, Earth Unaware, and Earth Afire. Duh! Greatest sci-fi series ever! Didn’t review the books, but I did review the movie here.
2. Star Wars, Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice by John Jackson Miller
3. Lupus Kecil: Sakit, Lah, Dekh, Donk, Weew! by Hilman & Boim
4. His Dark Material series by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, Lyra’s Oxford, and Once Upon A Time in the North. Somehow better than Harry Potter. Basically about a child trying to stop her father from killing God.
5. M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
6. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. Best epic ever since The Lord of the Rings.
7. Inferno by Dan Brown
8. The Fuzzy series by H. Beam Piper
Little Fuzzy, Fuzzy Sapiens, Fuzzies and Other People. Classic sci-fi.
9. Balada Si Roy series by Gol A Gong
Book 1 and 2
10. All the Wrong Questions series by Lemony Snicket
Book 1 and 2. Always perfect. Lemony Snicket rarely goes wrong.
11. The Naked Traveler by Trinity
12. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
JK Rowling is in love with crime fiction.
13. Sci-Fi 1.0: Kumpulan Cerpen Fiksi Ilmiah Indonesia edited by Ismanto Hadi Saputro
Bad. Really bad. I was embarrassed to read this.
14. The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis
15. Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
Because proper authors write fanfictions too.
16. Every Day by David Levithan
17. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Great book. Truly. I was honored to ever read this.
18. Abarat series by Clive Barker
Abarat; Days of Magic, Nights of War; Absolute Midnight. Only reviewed Absolute Midnight here.
19. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
EVERYBODY MUST READ THIS BOOK. And her debut novel too.
20. Ranah 3 Warna by A. Fuadi
21. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
In fandom words, it’s an Islam!AU fantasy.
22. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
In fandom words -oh fuck it- every fangirl must read this, really.
23. James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing by G. Norman Lippert
24. The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L’Engle
Review here.
25. Attack on Titan series by Hajime Isayama
Japanese manga, read volume 1 to 12.
26. Dragons in the Waters by Madeleine L’Engle
Review here.
27. Divergent series by Veronica Roth
Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. Review here.
28. Bossypants by Tina Fey
Review here.
29. Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
Review here.
30. Mango Seasons by Michelle Cruz Skinner
Review here.
31. Fantasy Fiesta 2010: Antologi Cerita Fantasi Terbaik 2010 edited by R. D. Villam
This anthology gave me so much hope for Indonesian fantasy genre.
32. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Review here.
33. Across the Universe by Beth Ravis
Book 1 and 2. Somehow reminds me of Divergent, except it’s better. As a matter of fact, I’m in the middle of reading the sequel (third book) now.

And I thought I was busy! Turns out I wasn’t that busy to miss these 50+ books. It’s been a great year of books for me, cos it feels like I’ve been catching up. I used to read a lot, then somehow I stopped reading as much, especially when I started to work. But now I’ve caught up and it feels glorious to be back in this familiar sphere of words. Not only that, now that I can finally afford to get books on my own, I’ve been shopping a lot!

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Books I bought in 2013. More are still coming, will arrive on my doorstep next year. And I actually forgot to add 2 books to the stacks. Some are still wrapped. They’re all over the place right now cos I’m running out of shelves.

As satisfying as my reading experience has been, some books are still bad. So I made a mini personal awards of my own.

Best Book of the Year: Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Worst Book of the Year: Sci-Fi 1.0: Kumpulan Cerpen Fiksi Ilmiah Indonesia edited by Ismanto Hadi Saputro
Best Fantasy Book of the Year: A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
Worst Fantasy Book of the Year: Sci-Fi 1.0: Kumpulan Cerpen Fiksi Ilmiah Indonesia edited by Ismanto Hadi Saputro
Most Recommended Book: Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Most Recommended Collection: Abarat series by Clive Barker
Most Overrated: Inferno by Dan Brown
Most Underrated: His Dark Material series by Philip Pullman
Most Favorite: everything in the Enderverse of course ♥

I think that basically summed up my year 2013 in literature. Reading 52 books in a year has been really hard, I don’t think I’m gonna do it again next year. I think I’ll just stick to at least 12 books and focus more on writing stories of my own and book reviews. It’s time to slow down and relax. I got a couple of half-finished manuscripts and I have to submit at least one of them to a publisher before April. Just a personal goal of mine. There’s my literary wishlist of 2014 too, so yes, I’m still going strong on building my own mini library. I want to read non-fiction more than fiction though next year, just so I won’t get bored.

This is just the beginning, my friends! In 2014, I read less, but in a way I also read more. I want to contribute a lot more in regards to books, since now I’ve realized that it’s the only thing I gladly work on without any complaints. Many great books are coming in 2014 and I hope I’ll get to discuss them with you.

Keep reading, folks. ♥

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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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