Tag Archives: pandemic

[Review] BBC’s Sherlock Season 1 and 2, and Other Ratings on My Pandemic Media Consumption

If you read my previous blog post, the one that I literally published a few days ago, you are aware that writing has been difficult for me for a while. The soul (wink!) purpose of this blog has been to practice discernment in the way I consume media. Since the pandemic hit, I consumed a high volume of media but failed to talk about it. Well, let me elaborate… I have over five or six word documents in my desktop that consist of point-form notes about the films and series I watched. I simply left them hanging over there. I know, not cool. While I have zero motivation to review them all for you, I will write about an exceptional series, BBC’s Sherlock (2010-2017) and try to give you the full list of my media consumption with vague ratings down below. 

Hazal’s Film/TV Rating Point System

Smooth Writing and Transitions 2 points

Quality of Cinematography 2 points

Satisfactory Ending 2 points

Acting 2 points

On Screen Representation 0.5 points

Genre Compatibility 0.5 points

Soundtrack 0.5 points

Realism/CGI Effects (if applicable) 0.5

Now that you get the idea of how I rank media, you can have a look at my extensive consumption of film and tv productions as well as a few lonely books at the end of the list.

R* – stands for “re-watch”, a.k.a. seeing a production that I’ve seen before

Continue reading

[Life Update] Being published, bored, and alive

It is a gloomy day here in my hometown; particularly one that requires a cardigan for any living soul indoors. How do I feel? How do I feel? I haven’t given this writing thing a go for a while. (Oh, I am sure you have noticed). So, I am not going to worry about hooking you, the reader, much today and I’ll just let it flow for the next bit. Ok? Ok.

A few sentences in conversation with my mother at a time that seems long ago now is somewhere easy to reach in my mind.

“I don’t know how you keep writing. I wouldn’t be able to write unless I had feedback, I knew people were reading.”

“Oh, that’s not me. I do it for me. Sort of therapeutic.” (Obviously did NOT spell therapeutic right on the first go. Ha-ha!)

The moral of the story… the moral of this story. Obviously, it seems I have not been the woman of my words, not as strongly as I wished. What have I been doing? I have been writing for people to read, sort-of-awkwardly freelancing, barely making enough money to support a living, and… well… I am published on a nationally recognized paper—certainly not globally and certainly not English. (I’ll probably compile and share them all here at some point but don’t let me get ahead of myself here, please). 

Being a recognized author by close family has been good and my dad is quite proud of me (I don’t get it but it’s cool). The work I do mainly requires me to talk to credible people about current events, ask questions, and transcribe their insights. I was high off it writing the first few articles; then, there came a point in which it wasn’t satisfying anymore. Hence, I came to recognize that any writing, for me, has to have the right dose of me in it.

This does not I am quitting writing altogether. And quite frankly, I do not have many things that fulfill my soul at the moment. I live to create and create to live. In the image of you, God. 

This means amidst increasing covid cases, continuing travel restrictions, and my more and more horrified outlook in life in general, I am trying really hard to act like everything is normal. In reality, things are far from normal, we are all going through it in some way, and, well, it sucks.

My plan? My plan? My plan. (The more you say it the better it sounds like a good idea to invent an agenda-like smartphone app with the same name). Yes, my plan is to… I don’t have a plan. Until January? I am ready for 2020 to be over like the next person. I hope this little text will let you know that I don’t want to be absent on my blog anymore, but I also don’t know how to not be absent. Motivation comes and goes these days. 

Maybe I’ll write a little more today. No promises.

Miss you. You, and the blog that doesn’t have a soul.

Hazal

[Portfolio] What kinds of impacts did the pandemic have on indoor team sports? (‘Salon sporları pandemiden nasıl etkilendi?’)

Dear readers,

I apologize to those of you who follow me for my English content. My interview piece recently got published on the Hurriyet Newspaper. I am leaving this content here for those of you who can understand Turkish. I recently decided that I wanted to focus more on my freelancer career which explains why the blog has been quiter. Do not fret, I will return soon!

Hazal

[OPINION]: “We need to hear from students more amid public health crisis”

We need to hear from students more amid public health crisis

The pandemic hit everyone differently. I pushed through writing this article with a creeping writer’s block, which later permanently sat on my mind. I felt very unproductive at the time and I wasn’t creating for a while back there before I sent this op-ed to DAILY SABAH. Frankly, they published it and put me out of my misery.

This is not a small win for me— DS is one of the top 3 largest and most read newspapers in Turkey.

You can give it a read below. I talk about how international students are affected by the pandemic.

February – March 2020 Book Roundup: The Self-Isolation Edition

7fe96dfa-ffe9-4193-9a03-eab4c26653bd

Hello, fellow homebodies! There isn’t any news from me except that I am a slowly recovering screen addict these days. In between finishing every season of the four TV shows, I was watching concurrently; I was able to squeeze in a few books. I am turning into a bit of an optimistic these days, so I actually really enjoyed every one of these books and I hope you do, too. Whether you are a dreamer, a creative, or a thinker, there is a book for you— Just look below!

Continue reading

The Ultimate Covid-19 Resource List (Updated Regularly)

d8gl0mt-6c7acb07-b258-4cd5-be2c-a99f4b179163

Credits: DanarArt on DevianArt.com

Dear habitants of earth,

Unless you are a space cowboy, you should be aware of the latest pandemic that we are all affected by equally—Well, that is a first. I hope you are all staying safe from the COVID-19 virus by staying in and battling with creeping diabetes at the same time. I know, I am. Kudos to those who work out and avoid baked goods at home; please do share your secret. I was home for a total of 7 days, self-quarantining (and, I mean who is counting?).

Here is how it went:

Day 1 – Workout done, cooking done, cleaning done, reading done

Day 2 – workout nada, cooking nada, cleaning nada, reading yes, watching tv YES, laying down like a sloth YES.

Rest of the week – same as before. I am sure I was more productive during the occasional times that I felt depressed in university.

While I can talk about the hardships that people of the earth suffer daily and I think we never hear enough of that, I will try to lure the left side of your brain today. If you are home today, you are an awesome individual who cares about the people around you; I want to thank you, friend. I also want to help you with unleashing your creative energy during this unusual time (for some of us). I will try my best to write a couple articles for the next while to keep us, the privileged folk sane. Continue reading