Between all the things obligatory in my life, including my university studies and my writing, twenty-four hours in a day does not seem like enough. The truth, however, is that prioritizing and using my time efficiently is not my strong suit. The last Dear Diary I wrote, which was also the first, was written in the end of August, so I really must prioritize my blog a bit more. Anyway, let me tell you what I have been up to lately.
Social media adventures
My social media adventures are going pretty well! On September 11, 2015, I finally reached three thousand followers on Twitter, and I have almost gathered seven hundred likes on Facebook. Hopefully, the rest of the year and next year will be just as fruitful as this year has been for me, on social media; I am approaching three thousand two hundred followers on Twitter, so things are moving in the right direction, at least. My writing on social media and on this blog has also given me plenty of material to use for any non-fiction books I may write in the future!
I have been retweeted by Richard Dawkins on August 12 and Jaclyn Glenn on September 2, 2015, the latter of whom is a moderately famous YouTube atheist and the former of whom I assume you are familiar with. My phone blew up when I was retweeted by Dawkins, with favorites, retweets, and replies in agreement as well as some negative reactions; my tweet was a quote by Dawkins which explains why the Bible is an unreliable source for information, so of course some people were offended, as their worldview is based on parts of said collection of books. Dawkins also retweeted another person who cited my tweet and said pretty much the exact same thing as I did. Anyway, it was pretty cool to finally be retweeted by Dawkins, and a retweet by Jaclyn Glenn was not too bad either. (See the image below for the tweets.)
I also received some hilarious hate from a right-winger on September 7, 2015. This peculiar person basically just cited tweets of mine and added insults to them, just like s/he did with plenty of atheists, leftists, and random celebrities. I am not sure from where s/he even gets the time. This was not exactly the first or last time I offended a right-wing theist with something I've said or thought, but the sheer stupidity was rather entertaining.
Just to get it out of the way, my university studies are going well, and there is not much more to comment on that right now. I have been out socializing, which is fun even though it can be very tiresome for an introvert like myself.
Here are some funny or interesting events: When I was out with my girlfriend on September 12, 2015, the girl's bathroom had "antifascism = självförsvar" (self-defense) written on the door and "pussy is vegan" written inside (according to my girlfriend). I watched my girlfriend and her band Cinnamon Beard play live on September 5, 2015, at Götahof in Gothenburg, Sweden (watch here). We had our one-year anniversary on September 27. On October 7, we booked a flight to Berlin for December, where Cinnamon Beard is scheduled to play at a little club.
All of that has been fun stuff! However, there has also been some less fun stuff. A while back, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is doing okay and is undergoing treatment, but it turns out she has hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, which I found out on October 15. So that is a little worrying, as I may be a carrier of the mutation and thus may pass it on to my children.
Here are some more things that have happened lately, as told through my Instagram.
I had to walk from the train station to my brother's house, so I could visit Chaplin before my classes start today. Rain was pouring down; I'm not sure I even get this wet in the shower (the rain stopped the minute I got inside, and the sun decided to visit). Now I'm here and Chaplin is very cozy. #TheSnuggleIsReal #dogs #animals #petsareawesome
Finally, I just want to tell you just a little about my work. After I published my two books, Blades in the Dark (2013) and The Winds of Change (2013), I have not been dedicated enough to just one project to finish another novel. However, lately, I have worked extensively on merely one project; all I can say now is that it is a fantasy novel with political themes, and I hope to be able to publish it next year, sooner rather than later. So stay tuned!