East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Like Outer Mongolia, but without all the perks


And so we got our traditional three-days Internet blackout, for causes still to be defined.
And the orchard’s iron gate was ripped from its place by a passing tractor.
And we are snowed in, under a nice 1 foot snow cover.
And it’s cold as hell.
Basically, just like being in Outer Mongolia, without any or the plus sides.


In all this, I should be writing like hell, and I can’t find the energy – bad health, short of breath, and my hands are icy-cold. And I can’t type in wool gloves.
But apart from this, everything’s fine, as me and my brother hurl towards the first Christmas without our father.

These are not-so-bright days in more sense than one.
But we’ll hold on.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “Like Outer Mongolia, but without all the perks

  1. Hold on, man. You and your brother are stronger than this stuff.

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  2. I have been living in a spiritual Outer Mongolia for many years now, and commuting to work in a suburb I call “East Mordor.” I am sorry your holiday is not looking cheery. Hang in there!

    – Commiserations! (or, “sharing in the misery”)


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