Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 12-18)

I tried to be active this weekend, but it’s really hard when the weather doesn’t play along. I still got some activities in, so that’s something, but I prefer spending my time snuggled up in bed with my laptop. Here’s the trailers that I found:

Movies

Dumplin’

Who is excited for this, because I AM!?

Pokémon Detective Pikachu

This is the weirdest thing I never knew I needed desperately in my life!

Dumbo

I can’t get over the fact how creepy Dumbo looks in the thumbnail and … that I really didn’t need this as a live action. Why does everything have to be live action these days?

Toy Story 4

They seriously have toys reacting to Toy Story 4. So iconic! Also, the freaking spork … I can’t get over it.

Wonder Park

It looks ambitious, but I am not entirely sold.

The Party’s Just Beginning

I don’t fully get it, but I would watch it just because it’s Gillan’s work.

Fighting with Family

Can’t say that wrestling is a topic of expertise for me.

The Beach Bum

Still not for me even with the extended look.

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

I can’t believe this has gotten an actual sequel.

Gloria Bell

Somehow I don’t feel like this is a movie I would go to the theater for.

ROMA

There’s a lot of hype around this and from what I hear, rightly so.

Never Look Away

This is the German entry for the foreign language Oscars. It’s more than 3 hours long. Let that sink in.

TV Shows

The Hook Up Plan

I am HERE for this.

Good Trouble

I heard Noah will make a cameo.

DCTV Elseworlds Crossover

Oliver’s face!!!

The Protector

It looks legit.

Mrs. Wilson

BBC stuff always looks good.

A Series of Unfortunate Events (Season 3)

I … I  … still haven’t finished S2. I am scared of the end.

The Magicians (Season 4)

I am so lost, because I am not up to date at all, but it still looks cool.

Game of Thrones (Season 8)

*le sigh* why is there no new material in it?

What are you watching? Did you like anything on the list? Let’s chat!

Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (Review + Movie Trailer)

Publisher: Penguin
Page Count
: 249

It’s been so long since I have done a regular review for a book and I know because I checked (for real, I haven’t written one since the end of July). I am not exactly ecstatic that the first book after all these months is Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby now to be honest and it’s a little tough to explain the why of it all.

First, Juliet, Naked isn’t a bad book. It’s about people who feel they have wasted years of their lives, whole decades even, due to wrong decisions and a lack of action to change their less than ideal situations. Even as someone who isn’t in her 40s or 50s, I can relate to that topic. There are times I wonder what I am doing with my life and whether I have gotten into enough trouble, taken enough chances or simply whether I am on the right path for future me. This book chronicles how Annie, Duncan and Tucker have to live with their regrets and make the best of it, all packaged with a good measure of dry English humour, a deep fascination with 80s music, a spin on modern day online conversation/dating and unhealthy fandom culture.

Usually, all those aforementioned elements would draw me in immediately! Who am I kidding? The mere suggestion of them here was the reason I picked up the book and in the beginning it was all really funny. I could see myself in parts of each character, like in Duncan’s passion for something he loved (although I never was on his level of obsession for anything ever and I go deep sometimes), Tucker’s ability to share his deepest thoughts with a stranger on the internet but his inability to do so with his closest family and friends or Annie’s fear of having missed the opportunity to have a family of her own by getting comfortable in a situation because it was easy rather than the right one. I don’t mind having people be the main characters who aren’t perfect. In my eyes, it makes them more realistic and human to have various flaws and even flaws that you don’t have to forgive sometimes.  got all that and I felt that and even though it all sounds rather serious and gloomy, it also had some great humour sprinkled in.

But then there were also all these disjointed parts and characters that truly weren’t necessary. And worst of all the conclusion … it felt so open-ended and with a lack of, well, closure. I understand that not ever story needs to tie all ends together, but here it felt like we stopped a couple chapters short of where Juliet, Naked was supposed to end. I didn’t need for them to live happily ever after, but I did need a couple more infos on their fate. So, while I enjoyed the themes and characters (to some extent), the ultimate execution of the story just lacked something for me. I feel like there was a lot more in there we didn’t get to see.

Fazit: 2.5/5 stars! A rather average story that could have been more.

Now, as the title promised, I am also going to share the movie trailer here. I believe, and please don’t hold me accountable on this, the movie is currently in theaters (at least at the time of writing this post). I haven’t seen the movie yet, so no comment on that, but from what I gathered from the trailer, it looks like a faithful adaptation that expands on all the elements that were lacking or not quite right for me in the book. I am curious to see if I am right and whether they will change the end, but take a look for yourself:

Have you read or watched Juliet, Naked? Are there any other Nick Hornby books you’ve checked out? Let me know in the comments below!

Writing Life: Sharing Your Work in Progress

I’ve hinted at maybe doing a post about the ups and downs of sharing your work in progress in my NaNoWriMo update from last week, so I hope you are up for some insights on this topic! First off, I want to start by pointing out that I don’t mean to say that everyone should share their WIPs, whether it be in public or in private. I understand that not every writer feels comfortable, ready or willing to share their story in the early stages and that is perfectly alright! You do you and always follow your gut! This is just my personal experience.

              

Writing was always a lonely task to me. Of course, I got to meet all these wonderful characters for the first time and they miraculously somehow came from my brain, which was always incredibly hard to believe. I feel pure excitement whenever I dive into a new story, but at the same time I just want to share that with SOMEONE out there. Every time, I kept a story to myself, I started to procrastinate hard at some point until I was lacking motivation to continue at all. This is clearly an issue concerning lack of discipline on my part, but I found a way to counteract that by sharing my work as I go along with friends, family and sometimes even strangers. And when I say I share my work, I am not talking official beta readers or critique partners, but just people who may or may not comment on what they just read. Obviously, as I mentioned in my opening statement, this is not for everyone so here are a couple pros and cons of the experience:

THE PROS

  • The absolute best motivation I have ever found to continue writing is the constant encouragement of strangers as well as friends who have read and loved my words. They want to know how the story continues, so I want to keep providing them with entertainment and answers to questions as well as new mysteries as I go along. I truly adore everyone who has ever taken the time to read what I have written. It’s not perfect and I appreciate that they stuck with me nonetheless.
  • Sometimes it’s hard to stay objective as a writer. I encourage all my readers to give me suggestions if they notice something that isn’t quite right and I have realised that my first instinct is to get defensive (but that’s the beauty of being online, you don’t have to respond asap and that feeling can go away), but then I can see the value in having a fresh set of eyes on my writing. You don’t HAVE to take all their suggestions into account, that’s not the point of it all, but it’s good to hear different opinions.

THE CONS

  • Sharing your work publicly involves a lot of trust, so you have to find a way that makes you feel safe in the process. There are various platforms that allow you to share your stories to a broader audience, like wattpad, where I uploaded all my current chapters for Arcadia and Dreamer (click on the titles to read the stories). There are guidelines among the community members that forbid copying content, but obviously nothing is ever foolproof. My current #witchyWIP isn’t on there, not because I have made bad experiences, but simply because I didn’t want to share it with all the world for now, but rather an exclusive circle of friends. I chose Google Docs for that, as it still allows people to comment and has great options for security purposes. It’s just a matter of finding the right platform that works for YOU!
  • Waiting for someone to read your work and actually react to it can be torture! People have lives and they don’t just wait in front of a screen to read my very random story updates. However, the longer the wait to hear from just about anyone is, the more the questions start to plague my mind – What if no one likes it? What if they don’t feel like they can tell me if they don’t like it? What if I shouldn’t have written that part? What if … None of that necessarily has to reflect on your story though. Sometimes it’s just a matter of lack of time and it’s also difficult to hold a reader’s interest if you don’t continue the story regularly. Like, I completely understand that some people might not want to wait a month for a new chapter.

In the end it all comes down to what feels right for you as a writer. Maybe you don’t want share your work until you’ve reached draft 15, but maybe you need that encouragement and interest from the outside to get through writing draft 1. Whichever type you are, I just know that I personally love nothing more than getting reactions be it in comments, people screaming at me in my DMs (always welcome by the way) or just sending me gifs and aesthetics for chapters. It’s what keeps me going and that’s why I am so grateful for all the people who take the time to read my work!


This is it from my little writing insight this time! Do you sometimes share your unfinished work? How are you all doing on your WIPs? Who is still going strong on their NaNo project? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Nov 5-11)

Don’t know what to tell you this week. Sometimes nothing in particular happens in a week (or at least nothing I’d like to talk about in an open and public forum) and that is totally fine too. Enjoy the trailers I found!

Movies

Missing Link

Laika studios always do great work, so I am going to be optimistic about this one.

UglyDolls

I am pretty sure they just made this movie to sell more toys? Kind of like they did with trolls??

The Secret Life of Pets 2

I have to admit that I haven’t watched the first movie.

The Princess Switch

Netflix is truly embracing their Hallmark movie-style content. I am down for it!

Becoming Astrid

I think this could be such a great movie about Astrid Lindgren.

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

I just can’t ever find myself on board with those animated animals. Didn’t with the last Jungle Book remake and not here either. But the cast is great and it doesn’t look terrible. Just the CGI …

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

I am just never really into all the western stuff …

Maine

“I need no one and it’s okay.” she said while clearly being with company and maybe even needing them a little bit. I can feel that.

Captive State

This is like a super dark movie-length version of a Doctor Who episode.

Cam

This is creepy af, but what else did I expect from the Handmaid’s Tale’s Janine?

Our Planet

Documentary of the week.

TV Shows

Deadly Class

That promo gave me 90s vibes, but it still seems legit. There are 1:1 scenes taken from the comic.

Baby

It looked very different from the Teaser and now I just think … is this an Italian version of Elite? I guess it’s the school uniforms … it’s really more like The Girlfriend Experience or something.

What have you been watching lately? Any binge-worthy discoveries? Let’s talk all about it in the comments.

NaNoWriMo Update: Why I Stopped After a Week

Those of you who have followed my blog for a while, know that I occasionally dabble in participating in NaNoWriMo. It’s a yearly event in which all writers out there are challenged to write at least 50K within the span of the month November. It’s a lot of fun, but also very stressful at times. My first year was actually the only year I traditionally “won” NaNoWriMo by completing my RomCom Break Up Buddy. After that I tried to work on Dreamer, Arcadia and now currently the #witchyWIP, but let’s get to that in a bit.

First off, I want to say that I in no way want to discourage anyone from participating in NaNoWriMo. I have made some great friends through it, been to cool meet ups and actually FINISHED writing a book. Those are all things I doubt I would have been able to achieve without the platform that NaNo offers. However, this year I also realised why it doesn’t work for me on the long run anymore and I’d like to go into detail about that a little in this post.

I want to talk to you a bit about process. Every book is different. Even authors with a certain writing routine sometimes face stories that just have different requirements. Sometimes people are pantsers, sometimes planners and sometimes a mix of the two. I usually prefer to just completely take my story as it comes, but again, this doesn’t work for all projects. From experience, however, I know that I cannot sit there and plan out a story, neither in detail nor in a rough outline. My mind wanders and I get terribly bored when I actually write the scenes because I know what is going to happen. When I write, I often feel like a reader, also experiencing and discovering the whole world for the first time with every new word. I don’t know if others feel the same, but the more I know in advance what I am supposed to write, the less fun and the more difficult it is for me to actually transfer it to the page.

So, what does that mean? I am a go-with-the-flow kind of person, which should be perfect for anyone participating in NaNoWriMo, but here is where life throws me a curve-ball: NaNoWriMo is on a tight schedule. Having a certain word goal every day, getting badges and that sweet satisfaction from reaching certain milestones is something I find terribly motivating. I am also a competitive person at heart (at least when the only person I am competing against is myself), so I REALLY want to reach those goals – at whatever price. And all too often that price is a suffering quality of my writing.

NaNo is not meant for creating a perfect first draft. It’s quite the opposite! It’s supposed to help you break free of the chains of an overthinking mind and to just get. things. done. It’s a tool to get a story on paper, not to send it to publishers right after, but rather to have a framework for the amazing tale you can shape out of it once you get to editing. Now, editing is the bane of my existence. I hate it with all my heart, probably for similar reasons I don’t like outlining.

All of the things I have mentioned above lead to a certain realisation. I am not claiming my #witchyWIP is perfect! I know it is not, but the first chapters that I wrote before NaNo started were of a certain quality. I was aware that it needed tidying up, but I didn’t despise the existence of entire chapters. With me getting into a competitive NaNo mindset and really wanting to hit those word count marks, I just wrote and wrote but overall, I wasn’t really happy with the content I put out there (you have to know that I always share my work with a couple people. Let me know if you want to read a writing insights post on sharing your unfinished work!) So, I made the decision to not participate in NaNo for this project anymore. For me personally, there was no joy in getting chapters done if I wasn’t ultimately happy with what they contained. There was simply no point for me and I don’t regret my choice.

So, to all the brave NaNo writers who are still going – I wish you the best of luck! I hope you have a great time during the event, but I am out.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? How are things going for you? Have you participated before or do you want to in the future? Let’s chat!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Oct 29-Nov 4)

I don’t really have any life updates to go with this post, other than the fact that I am devastated that A Discovery of Witches is already over but also euphoric that Season 2 and 3 have been confirmed and all of that even before the US release of the show! Anyway, I am just going to dive right into the trailers. I feel like there are some really interesting candidates in there this week!

Movies

Isn’t It Romantic

Not gonna lie, I think this looks hilarious! Also, calling it – she’s going to end up with Adam Devine’s character in the end!

Head Full of Honey

Brace for emotions!

This is actually a remake of a German movie and to me, it looks like they frame for frame shot the same thing. I just know that Till Schweiger was very involved in this and didn’t let them change much about the script, but I still hope they left some of the sillier stuff out.

Five Feet Apart

I am very torn about how to feel about this movie. Shining a light on CF is good, Just Baldoni directed it and he is a great guy, but … this has such TFIOS vibes?

Boy Erased

This movie is going to kill me.

Ophelia

It’s Hamlet from Ophelia’s POV!

Spies in Disguise

Okay, it looked so cool in the beginning and then THAT TWIST??

The Christmas Chronicles

I reminds me of the Santa Clause somehow but I love it.

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral

This is the last Madea movie, but can you believe Perry played her for about 20 years now?

Dogs

Documentary of the week, because I love doggos.

TV Shows

Friends From College (Season 2)

I enjoyed the first season far more than I expected, so this is going to be interesting.

True Detective (Season 3)

I am not really a True Detective girl, so I can’t comment on the content, but the casting is always on point.

The Hookup Plan

Not exactly anything about the trailer, but this reminded me that Netflix is opening a headquarter in Paris but still doesn’t have one in Berlin or a German speaking country to begin with.

Vai Anitta

I think it’s interesting how some people are true icons in one part of the world and completely unknown in others.

What are you watching? What is your latest TV or movie obsession? Let’s chat!

October 2018 Wrap-Up

Once again, I am coming at you with a wrap-up when I have read absolutely zero books. I don’t know what exactly causes it, but I felt so busy with life and so uninspired to do anything else, that I basically didn’t pick up a book until a week or so ago. I am currently reading A Discovery of Witches, but I am only 30% into the book, so the review will have to wait a while (as for the show – GO WATCH IT!)

Generally, I do feel like I am becoming more myself again though. Not that Berlin changed me as a person THAT much, but overall, I just didn’t have time or energy or motivation to do a lot of things that I would typically consider to be me-things. However, I have managed to post a couple blog posts that weren’t just the usual Sunday trailer round-ups and I even got back into drawing again. I haven’t painted anything in such a long time, it was entirely strange to do it in a new setting with different lighting and materials. So, while this may not be the most perfect Teresa Palmer/Diana Bishop (yes, the only thing I managed to draw was a person from A Discovery of Witches), I am still very happy with the outcome! I think it’s some of my most detailed work with watercolors I have done so far.

Since it is already November, I also want to announce that I am taking part in NaNoWriMo! For those of you new to the subject, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and is supposed to be a motivational event to get you to finish your work in progress or reach at least 50K words in the span of that one month. Feel free to add me on the website (click here for my profile info) and hold me accountable as I go along. I am not actually striving to hit 50K with my #witchyWIP, but I just want to make sure I do write a little bit every day or as often as possible this month.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

If you haven’t guessed it yet, I don’t know how to help you, because my favourite thing of the month is obviously A Discovery of Witches. It’s probably annoying how much I talk about it on here, but I am absolutely mesmerized by that show. It is beautifully shot, it has haunting performances of both Teresa and Matthew, as well as the remainder of the cast and the story is really interesting. There’s actual science or at least the need for science to explain the origin of all species and to prevent the supernatural creatures from dying out. If that’s not a great spin on star-crossed lovers then I don’t even know.

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I know I have been absolutely, not-shockingly-at-all absent from your blogs. I am truly sorry for that, but keeping up with the things on my own platform were sometimes all I could handle. Still, I want to at least highlight a little of my friend’s work and especially Marie’s part in the Shattering Stigmas series of this year (although everyone who contributed did an amazing job and was so brave for opening up!). And since it’s the month of NaNoWriMo, I also want to mention a great post on Plotting and Planning your WIP by Beth! I am sure you can find some great ideas and approaches there or at the very least a good platform to discuss how you tackle your writing.

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How was your month? Did you read or watch something good? Let’s chat all about it – especially if you have watched A Discovery of Witches as well!