November 2019 Wrap-Up

Sooo, I started November super strong on the blog, but it unfortunately fizzled out fast. It’s not that I don’t care about blogging anymore, but reading isn’t really a priority and I haven’t been watching/bingeing as much content as I used to. I’ve spent more time drawing writing and dealing with life stuff aka adulting, that it simply didn’t remain a priority.

The books I did get around to weren’t really worth reviewing on their own either. On the one hand, I listened to another audiobook (read here why that’s usually not my thing) by James Acaster called Perfect Sound Whatever. It was about him going through a break up and coping by getting obsessed with one particular year of music. It’s not that the book was bad overall, but since it was about music and I was listening to an audiobook, I had hoped for samples of the songs he mentioned, which obviously didn’t happen (I know that’s not feasible, but I wasn’t going to look up every song and stopping the audiobook every couple of minutes either).

And on the other hand, I read a comic I had supported during their Kickstarter campaign called Our Super Canadian Adventure. It’s perfect if you like short stories, cute drawing styles and cats! (Also, if you love Toronto and the Canadian East coast as that’s mainly where it took place.)

Perfect Sound Whatever  Our Super Canadian Adventure: An Our Super Adventure Travelogue

As per usual, when you click on the covers, you’ll get re-directed to Goodreads, where you are always welcome to add me as a reading buddy!

I have moved back to Vienna and am living with my parents again. It’s an adjustment to say the least, as I’ve been living very independently in Berlin for the past 14 months. Anyway, I have plans that I am still not really willing to get into just yet, but they’ll likely take me out of the country soon-ish again.

Moving has been much more taxing than I thought. I own so many things and I don’t know where they come from or what to do with them. Some I use regularly, others have sentimental value, but a lot of the past couple weeks involved throwing stuff away and donating everything that could possibly bring others joy even if it doesn’t spark that feeling in me anymore.

I have not managed to make a YouTube reaction video, BUT I have made a lot of Charmed fandom videos. It’s crazy to think that some of them have reached 7.5K views (like this one), but I legit haven’t posted anything that surpassed 1K views easily and now I am not surprised people switched to YouTube from blogging from time to time.

I am no editing genius, but others are really, really good at that stuff. A thing I am pretty good at though, is drawing! It’s been incredible to get so much positive feedback on my drawings. Here are the most successful of the past month as I promised I would share them on here again as well.

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My next step will be venturing out into the territory of some other shows. The writer’s room of Legacies has already expressed interest in me drawing their characters and I am more than happy to oblige. It’s kind of crazy how much I am into the CW shows.

Lastly, I also claimed to try and work on a new WIP for NaNoWriMo, which ended up being a lie. I wrote 1K words and then changed my mind and went back to working on the #witchyWIP, because I am just THAT much into witches right now. I am at about 12K words for that now, which also isn’t the amount you need to “win”, but I am still proud of getting back into writing again. I even went to a local meet-up and writing in a group always motivates me so much!

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

Honestly, it’s mostly been interacting with more people in the online community again. I plan on trying to visit some more of your blogs this upcoming month again (no promises, but I shall try!!!), because I’ve missed this. I just need to try and not get so distracted. To spur me on a little bit, I’d love it if you posted the link to your favourite post from the last month in the comments (either your own or of another blogger) and I will promise to check them out!

MY POSTS

WRITING RELATED

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

I hope you had a great month and will have a lovely December! And if you celebrate them, I already hope you’ll have great holidays!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 25 – Dec 1)

Somehow I ended up being super busy this week! I did some job search/interview stuff, drew a couple portraits (some were even requests and I enjoyed those a lot) and then I also did A LOT concerning my room. You would not believe the amount of stuff I own and how little of it I really need. Yet, there is so much sentimental value attached or it’s just impractical to get rid of something and then you keep it … anyway, did a lot, none of it was blogging, but maybe December will be the turning point? I doubt it, but more about all of that nonsense in tomorrow’s monthly wrap-up. Today, here are trailers!

Movies

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I am so pumped for this.

Little Women

I just know that I am going to love this movie once I get to watch it.

The Last Full Measure

I mean, it’s not my kind of movie, but … Sebastian Stan is an argument for sure.

True History of the Kelly Gang

I see Nicholas Hoult a lot these days. Good for him!

Ride Like a Girl

I just want Amanda back as Diana on A Discovery of Witches, but fine, let her ride horses for now …

Three Christs

I don’t really know what to think about this one. The cast looks top notch, but I see it more as an indie movie.

TV Shows

The Gift

This gives me vibes of shows I have watched and loved.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

It’s weird, so I am into it.

9-1-1: Lone Star

It’s kind of sad how I am not mad this franchise got a random Austin spin-off.

Good Trouble (S2 Holiday Special)

I am usually not a fan of holiday specials, but if it gets me Davia and Dennis on my screen, I am in.

Did you see anything you like? Did something catch your eye? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 18-24)

I don’t really have an excuse for not posting this week again. I just wasn’t in the mood and needed a break from … everything? So, here we are again with trailers!

Movies

Call of the Wild

I don’t mind the CGI dog. I prefer it to a real dog being subjected to a lot of these scenes.

Cats

I guess if you found them creepy the first time, not much has changed.

The Christmas Prince 3: The Royal Baby

I mean, what’s even this weekly update with a Netflix Christmas movie?

Antebellum

I mean … if the intention was to creep me out, then it was a success.

She’s Missing

Not my thing.

TV Shows

Emma

I am yet undetermined if I like this or not. It’s like everyone wants to jump on the Dickinson train now that it’s successful, but I suppose they must have produced it at the same time already.

Hunters

Colour me intrigued! Very intrigued indeed!

Ragnarok

Count me in?

Avenue 5

I really think I could enjoy this.

V Wars

Damon was like “I can’t quit these vamps”

Marvel’s Runaways (Season 3)

Excuse me!? I was not prepared for this to be the finale finale.

Nurses

Is it weird of me to say this looks Canadian?

Dare Me

Did this even show anything new?

For Life

I am kind of over legal dramas, even if the premise is interesting.

Fuller House (Season 5)

Everything is ending.

Doctor Who (Series 12)

I am not going to comment, because I am like 1.5 seasons behind.

Did you see anything you liked? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 11-17)

My streak of impeccable blogging lasted all of one week, I am afraid, but I have a good excuse. My move from Berlin back to Vienna is now complete and it was … exhausting! I feel like it justifies not spending too much time on the blog. Anyway, here are the trailers of the week!

Movies

Sonic the Hedgehog

SO MUCH BETTER!

Scoob

Sure, everything has reboots, prequels and sequels anyway.

Trolls World Tour

I never felt very passionate about the Trolls movie in the first place, so I don’t have super strong feelings about the sequel.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

I love that Keanu Reeves was like, sure, I’ll play a weird sage character on this thing.

A Beautiful Day in the Neigborhood

I just think this is going to be beautiful movie.

Seberg

When I heard Kristen and Shia talk about this in the Actors on Actors interview, I knew this was going to be great.

Holiday Rush

I watched Klaus, so any other Christmas movie will have a freaking hard time now.

Fantasy Island

I don’t even watch horror, but I am intrigued. I have never watched the show though, so no comparisons from me.

The Neighbor

Meh, not sure how serious I can take it.

A Million Little Pieces

That dentist scene is BRUTAL! (Also, don’t think Charlie Hunnam knows what his own accent is at this point)

Almost Home

Looks super intense and unfortunately authentic.

The Way Back

Not a fan of anyone from the Affleck family in general, but I really like the song in the trailer.

The Wolf Hour

I am sure there are crime fanatics out there, who might enjoy this.

The Song of Names

More intense stuff.

TV Shows

Nevernight

It’s going to be on Youtube and it’s going to be epic!

Dare Me

I don’t think I have read the book, so I don’t know what to say.

Mad About You

Uhm … I don’t think I know this show?

DCTV Crisis on Infinite Earth

Whether you like these shows or not, you need to acknowledge how much effort and work is put into these crossovers.

Baby (Season 3)

I am so glad it will get a proper ending.

What are you watching? Did you see anything you liked on this post? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 4-10)

I was at a comedy show tonight, so I almost actually forgot to do this post. But it is still Sunday and I am still on time, so my record stays untainted! Here we go!

Movies

Soul

YES! YES! This already looks amazing.

The Banker

Here for it!

The Knight before Christmas

So much cheese! Netflix is really banking on the Vanessa-Christmas-movies.

Hala

This looks REALLY good!

Wendy

Peter Pan-inspired always has my attention, but this seems intriguingly realistic and dangerous and feral.

The Invisible Man

SO creepy, but I … think I want to watch it? What is happening to me?

Color out of Space

Okay, I am back! This is also creepy and I don’t feel like I want to see it.

Grand Isle

Isn’t that the beau from Dumplin’?

The Two Popes

Didn’t I share this already? Was it just a teaser?

The Mandela Effect

This actually looks like a low-key good scifi movie.

Knives and Skin

I don’t think this is for me.

TV Shows

Reprisal

Said it before and will say it again, I am all in for this show!

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings

I like the idea of making episodes out of songs.

A Christmas Carol

Sure, why not? That story has been told so many times, why not once more?

Merry Happy Whatever

It’s like Disney all over …

Briarpatch

Not that into detective stuff anymore at this point.

The Accident

No, thank you. The topic seems like such a downer.

Servant

How can I nope out of here permanently?

The Magicians (Season 5)

I am not sure I am still on board with this show …

Did you see anything you like here? Let’s chat!

What I’ve Been (Binge-)Watching #22

I feel like the numbering system is getting a bit out of hand for these posts, but what can you do? I don’t feel like adding the TV show and movie titles into the title of the post would be very practical, so with the numbering we’re rolling.

The End of the F***ing World (Season 2)

I love the show with all my heart. It’s weird and quirky and never gets boring. It shows good storytelling and … I just really, really adore it. Whenever that is the case with a show, I don’t really find the right words to say how I feel about it, other than senseless gushing. Although I did write a full post on it when it first came out (check that out here).

When the first season of this aired, I was hesitant. It looked odd and not in a way I usually appreciate, but wow, did it blow me away. It ended on a massive cliffhanger though and I was yearning to find out what happens next. I am not sure how much they follow the book because I had rumours that make me think they deviated quite a bit, but as I said, I don’t actually know it.

All in all, season 2 still held nice surprises and nods to things past (*cough* Bonnie and Clive anyone *cough*). What always works with the show is the incredible humour paired with far deeper insights into the characters than you might expect. I especially appreciated all the fresh faces, among them my boy Josh Dylan (who you might know from Mamma Mia 2). Don’t know why, but I adore that boy. He reminds me of a puppy, even though he is a total cat dude.

For fans of: the first season, the book, Josh Dylan (or is that just me?)

You Me Her (Season 2-4)

I am not sure I ever talked about this show on here before, but I really like it. It’s about a poly-monogamous relationship (so basically a throuple) and the challenges of that. I hadn’t watched it for a while, because despite the setting being in Portland, I associate it closely with my time in Vancouver … and I was homesick for that city a lot. But circumstances change, I binged it all and am not completely up to date.

The episodes aren’t terribly long and the seasons aren’t either! I found the one scene I accidentally walked in on once (very last exterior scene in 3×09) and just had a great time watching it. The side characters are super fun and you need them, because sometimes the main throuple will get on your nerves hard.

For fans of: exploration of sexuality and polyamory, Canadian actors, funny content with heart

Bojack Horseman (Season 6, Pt. 1)

I have a hard time with animated shows and I don’t really know why. A lot of the time, I just can’t seem to connect as well as I can with regular people portraying people. However, Bojack Horseman is one of my favourite things in the world. It’s definitely made for adults, which helps I suppose, but yeah, I love it. My favourite season was probably 3 or 4, but it’s a good show and I am sad it’s coming to an end.

When I started watching season 6, it didn’t feel as clear and with direction as some of the other seasons did. All the episodes thus far just looked like the build up to whatever they will release at the end of January with the final episodes. Don’t let that stop you from watching it now, but I’d also understand if you might want to wait until then.

For fans of: dark humour, struggle with sobriety, women who do it all

The King

I got to watch it in a cinema and the most unnerving thing was that the Netflix logo in the beginning didn’t have it’s typical ba-ding sound. Honestly, I am usually not the biggest fan of historical stuff, as I tend to get bored with it at times, and this movie also had its lengths. But, in the end, I really enjoyed it.

I wasn’t fully aware just how much Joel Edgerton was involved in the creation of this film and I am really impressed not just with his acting now. It was beautifully shot and had a great story arc as well. Timothée, who I love, but mostly associate with timid, soft-spoken characters blew me away. I am not going to talk about his accent (or whatever Robert Pattinson did either), but I do want to praise the way he commanded the screen and had a real presence. When he gave a speech to his troops, I felt that!

All in all, great movie! There was one scene that just reminded me so much of the battle of the bastards and I didn’t watch all the fighting closely, because gross, but it was great.

For fans of: Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, historical content

Last Christmas

Truth be told, I got to watch this movie mid-October during a surprise premiere in Berlin in attendance of Emilia Clarke and director Paul Feig. Events like that are always super cool, but also packed with people and activities. We literally got presents! (Among them a green Santa hat, an advent calendar and a Christmas card branded with the movie) Therefore, I might not be the most objective party, cause that influences your enjoyment a lot.

This in no way means that I am trying to purposely sugarcoat the movie, but I had a good time! I liked Emilia and Henry beforehand anyway. There were theories all around the internet as soon as the trailer dropped and I was happy that mine was right, but it was also just a nice experience to share with people. I absolutely wanted to download all the George Michael/Wham! songs afterwards and although this isn’t a pure comedy, I left the cinema with a happy feeling. It won’t be an immediate Christmas classic, but I think it has the potential to bring joy to some and to remind us all to be kind to others and yourself.

For fans of: Christmas movies, films that aren’t afraid to be cheesy, any and all of the actors involved, George Michael songs, Last Christmas


Have you watched any of the things mentioned above or do you want to? I am all ears!

Your WIP in Gifs Tag! (NaNoWriMo 2019 Edition)

For those of you who have followed my blog for a while, you’ve probably seen this tag before! I have previously done it for my project Arcadia (check out the post here) and for my #witchyWIP (which you can check out here) and both times, I just had a ton of fun. Now, I didn’t want to do an official NaNoWriMo announcement, because I don’t know how seriously I am taking it this year, but I figured everything that helps get me motivated is a good thing.

Disclaimer for those who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is: It stands for National Novel Writing Month and is a yearly event that takes place during the month of November. Writers all over the world attempt to write a novel with at least 50K words during the time constraint of that one month. I’ve done it previously, but only succeeded once.

Since you are not supposed to TALK about what your WIP is about, I am not going to for now. I might do a short summary at the end, but will mostly just let you guess?? Let’s do this!

THE RULES

💛 Thank the person who tagged you (no one tagged me this time, but still, thanks Michelle for creating this kind of post!)
💛 Credit the creator of this tag (Michelle!) and link back to this post so she can find out aaaall about your WIPs!
💛 Try to limit the amount of gifs you use per question – I’d say maybe stick to five or less but I’m not the boss of you

THE QUESTIONS

Sum up your WIP in 4 gifs!

(Keep in mind, this is just a regular old Contemporary YA. I wasn’t trying to hint at any sort of scifi connection or so …)

Time to introduce your main characters!

Karoline

Little bean thinks she can do anything!

Lena

There’s some stuff to unpack there. Who is she jealous of? Does it make her literally sick? Stay tuned!

Jack

Maybe that’s not so much Jack, as Karoline’s thoughts about Jack, but whatever.

Marcia

You don’t want to mess with that lady.

How would your main character react in a crisis?

I feel like Karoline would have a hard time asking for help. She’d just try to brave it on her own.

If you were to meet your main characters, how would you react?

This story has some … memoir-esque qualities …

And if you were to meet your antagonist?

It would be civil, but I don’t think we’ll ever be on the same page.

Is there any romance in your WIP? How would you sum it up in gifs?

Actually, despite Karoline crushing on one or two people, there isn’t really a romance. It’s super tame and just not about that.

How do other characters feel about this ship?

How do you want people to react to reading your WIP?

This is the evolution of how I hope everyone will feel about Karoline.

WHAT IS IT ACTUALLY ABOUT?

As much fun as it was to look up those gifs and pick them for this post, I could understand how you might not feel the connection to any of it, since I have told you literally nothing besides it being Contemporary YA so far. Let’s start with a little blurb maybe?

Karoline is ready to see the world! (Or at least she thinks she is.) After mountains of paperwork and considerable support from her friends and family, she is finally about to embark on her exchange semester in the US. But when she arrives, nothing is like she imagined it would be. Yes, every day in High School feels like she jumped right into one of the TV shows that have shaped her youth, but somehow she just can’t seem to make it work with her host family. Will Karoline manage and have to grow up in a foreign country with no support system from back home around?

I am still working on that pitch … but it’s basically what it’s about. This is very heavily influenced by my own experiences, but I threw in more than enough fiction to not make it awkward with real life people. At least I hope so … no one better try to find themselves in this story.

So far, I am not on target for the official NaNoWriMo goal at all, but it’s okay. I will write at my own pace. What do you think about my untitled exchange semester story? Are you interested? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Let’s chat!