2012 in review

Here’s a pretty report on the blog’s first year. I’m quite happy with the way it’s developing, I just hope I have more time to read and write here, and elsewhere. Happy 2013!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,300 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Moving to London and a list of Londoniana books

That’s right, the blog’s den has moved to London and it finally has an official address. In keeping with local tradition, as I am writing this short post the rain is pouring outside our pretty flat. I love this city (despite the weather) and the next year will surely be exciting, there is just so much to take in and explore here. Museums, markets, gardens, pubs, random walks in unfamiliar neighborhoods, concerts, plays, whatnot. Hopefully finances will suffice to go see a couple of Gunners games, too. And lots of rain, of course. Continue reading

My first blog post

In which nothing too important will be said, but I figured there should be one, inevitably. So, welcome to my new and first blog. Who am I? My name is Alexander, I am 24, some may know me as Random from my work in ShadowDance, a Bulgarian fan-zine for fantasy, science fiction and all things even vaguely speculative. I love to read and occasionally to write, both critical reviews and my own fiction. This is what you can expect to find here. As a graduate student, I also dabble in (quasi-)scientific writing, which means that some posts more scientific than fictional (but only slightly so) might occasionally creep in. The fields that interest me particularly are Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence and Critical Theory. And, of course, any form of Futurism.

Another important bit of information about me is that, obviously, I’m not a native speaker of English. While I do intend to continue writing in Bulgarian, in ShadowDance or elsewhere, this blog will hopefully help me write more and better in the language that I predominantly read in. So, please, allow for some leniency. Any constructive feedback will be greatly appreciated, regardless of whether it comments on my aesthetics or clumsiness with grammar.

I hope you enjoy the blog!