Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 24-30)

After the shear amount of trailers from SDCC last week, this one is really low-key in comparison. My week was filled with so many ups and downs, I can handle a bit of calm. So, let’s see what we’ve got!

Movies

Brad’s Status

This actually turned out pretty cute.

The Star

Hmmm … I can’t see this being big.

Chronically Metropolitan

Maybe on a rainy Sunday.

Marjorie Prime

Hmmm … has a creepy feel to it. Jon Hamm definitely looks amazing.

Suburbicon

Matt Damon looks so creepy here.

LBJ

Not interested.

 

Message from the King

Black Panther is getting some exposure!

The Incredible Jessica James

I watched it like two days ago and it’s really good! Nothing actually happens, but you still feel good coming out of it.

Unrest

Documentary of the week.

TV Shows

Dirk Genlty’s Holistic Detective Agency (Season 2 Sneak Peek)

I CANNOT WAIT!

Happy (Syfy)

Not super interested.

What are you watching? How are you doing?

The Writer’s Tag

I saw this over on Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff’s blog and it just looked like so much fun that I totally stole the Writer’s Tag and did it myself. I hope you guys enjoy!

What genres, styles, and topics do you write about?

I feel like most writers get the advice to write about the things they know and I constantly disregard that. I just write about whatever comes to me and I can’t really say I’ve found myself in many of these situations. In terms of genre I dabble in contemporary, fantasy and even a little bit of sci-fi (considering the last 3 projects I started). Magical realism and fantasy in general is my one true love though.

How long have you been writing?

Ever since I learned how to write? In grade school I had to read my stories out loud in front of the class and my teachers always told me that I was so creative. I never really wrote with any sort of regularity, but I did always come back to making up stories and showing them to my friends. Most of them were rubbish in hindsight, but I was proud of them back then and my friends seemed to like them, so I think that encouraged me.

Why do you write?

I loved Michelle’s answers for this question! I agree with all her reasons, but I think for me it is mostly because I HAVE to. There are these stories in my head and my thoughts just keep coming back to it on and on and on. If I don’t write them down, they’ll most likely haunt me forever.

When is the best time to write?

Whenever I am not exhausted and feel inspired/motivated. As soon as my brain feels tired or foggy, there is just no can do. If I am awake and ready, the time of the day doesn’t matter.

What parts of writing do you love and hate?

LOVE

  • The feeling when you can let your characters say all the things you can never get out in real life.
  • When the characters start to develop their own life and choices and even as the author, you have no way of changing their decisions now.
  • Days when the words just keep spilling out and it feels like the most effortless and beautiful thing to do.

HATE

  • When you discover a massive plot hole that you don’t know how to fix, now or ever.
  • General staring at the page for hours, because words refuse to come to you.
  • That dilemma when you want something to happen, but it doesn’t serve the story/character but you still have to write the alternative.
  • The worst for me are the days where I know exactly what I want to happen in the scene/chapter but my brain does not compute and I can’t think about anything else, but unfortunately words still don’t transfer from my head to my laptop.

How do you overcome writer’s block?

Believe me, if I knew, my projects would be done way sooner. I just don’t write until I write again.

Are you working on something at the moment?

ARCADIA! My passion project, my baby, my super annoying non-obedient brainchild! I wish I could eloquently explain what it is about, but for some reason, I am really bad at doing that. So, bear with me!

It’s about a girl who’s boyfriend got kidnapped by magical creatures and now they have to find their way back to each other. That’s it … in short. Please, just read it by clicking here! There is nothing I love more than reading reactions/comments on the story. It makes my day all the time and quite honestly is the best way to keep me motivated to write more.

What are your writing goals this year?

Finish Arcadia and preferably also start editing it. I love this story, but I just feel like it needs to get done this year. I’ve been carrying it with me for a little bit too long now.

I TAG THEE

Whoever of my lovely writing friends wants to do this!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 17-23)

This week was SDCC and while I love the idea of the event and going there is definitely on my bucket list, it is a nightmare to curate the trailers from that time. There’s just so much, I am bound to forget something. So, I want to say up front that this is very likely NOT everything that came out this week, but the most important ones to me. If you really feel like I missed something vital, just copy and paste the youtube link to the trailer in the comments and it will appear as a video there!

Movies

Ready Player One

I think I was one of the few people who didn’t like the book, but oh my – the movie looks amazing and I cannot wait!!!

Thor: Ragnarok

I love the look of this so much!!!

Justice League

Even after Wonder Woman, I refuse to get excited about a DC movie just yet.

Professor Marsten & the Wonder Women

Yep, this happened.

Pacific Rim: Uprising

How cool is John Boyega?

Bright

I am so intrigued by this world!

The Shape of Water

So strange, but I like it. Of course the stupid humans just want to dissect everything.

The Disaster Movie

Have you seen the 2003 movie The Room? It’s the worst thing on the planet and now they made a movie about how they made that movie and I can’t even with laughter. This is the first time in a long time that I am excited about a Franco movie.

The Lego Ninjago Movie

Lego just makes hilarious movies.

Proud Mary

Not saying it’s like it, but it reminds me of a genderswapped version of Leon, The Professional … you know, assassin taking care of a kid and all.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

I liked the cast of the first movie better, but I am still excited.

Only the Brave

Firefighters are cool.

Rebel in the Rye

I feel like fiction IS more truthful than reality.

The Snowman

If this hadn’t been about a serial killer but rather about snowmen that actually killed people, I would have said they’ve stolen the idea from Doctor Who.

Wonderstruck

I have no idea what’s going on.

Unlocked

Was going to say it reminded me of Salt, then it said it was produced by the people from Salt.

TV Shows

Stranger Things (Season 2)

SO. FREAKING. EXCITED!!

The Flash (Season 4)

That scene where Wally and Cisco get their asses kicked by samurai guy – I WAS THERE WHEN THEY FILMED THAT!! Also, Keiynan is like the nicest guy on the planet.

Supergirl (Season 2)

I was there when they filmed the Maggie and Alex kiss scene!!! Actually, I have to check if I can be seen in the distance when the actual episode airs.

Arrow (Season 6)

There better be a good reason how they all survived that stupid explosion.

Legends of Tomorrow (Season 3)

They really messed up so much in all the season finales last year.

The Originals (Season 5)

This will be the last season and I hear Candice is in it. I am not too happy about the new time jump, but it was to be expected. Anyway, Klaroline better be endgame!!!

Once Upon a Time (Season 7)

Was the reboot really necessary? I guess we will have to wait for the new season to find out.

Riverdale (Season 2)

Poor Archiekins

Westworld (Season 2)

It doesn’t look like anything to me. (Nah, for real, it’s going to be so intense!!!

Lucifer (Season 3)

I don’t understand anything, but yay!

The 100 (Season 4 Sizzle Reel)

I am kind of mad where they went … also, very few of the grounders were ever monsters and I don’t like that they are called that.

The Defenders

I still need to watch Luke Cage and Iron Fist before even considering watching this, but yay for Punisher.

Atypical

This looks so cute.

The Incredible Jessica James

I am all for this show, but … why the name Jessica James when you have a superhero show called Jessica Jones? Like … how much more similar can the names be?

Vikings (Season 5)

Kris Holden-Ried is going to be in this season and I am all for that.

The Gifted

I think I once said I don’t like the casting, but then I remembered that I confused it with the Runaways. TOO MANY SUPERHERO SHOWS TO KEEP UP!

Krypton

I love Syfy, but why is this show even a thing? No one needs that.

Inhumans

I am just so excited for Lockjaw, I can’t even!

Okay, this post was soooo long! What are you going to be watching?

Writing Life: First Drafts

I am no pro when it comes to writing. I have never published a book or worked in the industry to give any sort of founded advice. Having said that, I do consider myself a writer and with that come certain opinions and thoughts about the topic of writing in general. So, since I have been more interested in creating discussion posts for the blog lately, I’d like to introduce this new feature to talk about the writing life as well as updates on my very own work in progress – Arcadia!

Sharing your writing is always terrifying, no matter if you are a seasoned writer or a newbie. I’ve mentioned this a couple times, but the version of Arcadia that I am constantly uploading right now is only the first draft. Most writers wouldn’t do such a thing! They might show that draft to a trusted critique partner, but most likely they will polish it up beforehand. Quite a few people have called me brave for doing what I do, but I don’t think it’s any braver than sharing later versions. There’s a certain expectation that comes along with first drafts. The general advice is to just get the project done and fix whatever terrible mess you made later on in editing. But does that really work for everyone? Does it always have to be a bad first draft?

We are all different people, obviously, and therefore we also have different ways of writing. I know quite a few folks who have to plot everything meticulously before they can even start thinking about writing their chapters. I, on the other hand, need to just write whatever comes to mind with a rough idea of where I want the chapters to end. While so many people don’t share their unfinished/unpolished work, I need the affirmation and interest of my friends and sometimes random strangers on the internet to keep me motivated to write. There is no right or wrong way to go about it. It’s basically a general – you do you! Does that mean that I think my first draft is perfect? No! I am trying my best to make it a coherent story, but I still make mistakes. Some of them are small, others will cause a bit of problems later on, but that is what editing is for. It’s only normal to not get it perfectly right from the get go, however, I do have the hope that I won’t need a gazillion more drafts during the process of editing. I’d like to think that whatever I am putting out in the world now isn’t utter garbage!

Thinking back to my first finished story Break Up Buddy though, I know I did not care as much about how the first draft ended. And I needed that freedom for the story to be shitty! First of all, I wrote it during NaNoWriMo and I was determined to win. It was 2014 and my first time really participating. I got super competitive with myself in reaching the daily word count and that it was more important to me to get the story done rather than make it a good story in itself. That’s basically what that entire event is for and I loved it. I enjoyed participating so much, I met great people and I FINALLY got that story out of my head. It was an important step for me, but then I reread it all a couple months later and it was just terrible! (Utterly cringe-worthy for the most part to be exact) I never got through that process of editing it, simply because I had to change so much, I didn’t know how to handle it. That’s why I am now trying to get it “more right” on the first try than I did back then. I am taking time with the chapters and I know I will still need to work on it, but it won’t have to be an entirely different story to get done.

This is all just my personal experience. If you are someone who works better with not caring so much during the first draft – go you! We all work differently and shouldn’t be held to certain expectations or feel constrained by what others do or don’t do.

So, up to you! Are you more someone who just lets things happen and fixes them later, or do you prefer to do everything “right” from the beginning? Let’s talk!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 10-16)

It’s been a busy week here for me and I am already mentally preparing for the craziness of all the new trailer releases from SDCC next week. But I have some good stuff coming your way today as well!

Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi BTS

How ridiculous is it that this made me cry?

A Wrinkle in Time

HOLY SHIT!

The Layover

I don’t like the idea of girls being pitched against each other to win over a man … like, for real?

Unleashed

This is weird, but I wouldn’t rule out that I’d watch it.

Pilgrimage

Wouldn’t have found this without Tom Holland.

Naked

This would actually be a nightmare to relive every single day.

Darkest Hour

I did NOT recognise Gary Oldman there.

68 Kill

I did not expect that cast in that kind of movie. Does that make sense?

Bushwick

I don’t like it.

TV Shows

Doctor Who – 13th Doctor

Not so much a trailer, but the reveal for the thirteenth Doctor and it’s a WOMAN!

So, what are you watching? What has been happening with you?

Discussion Time: Blogger Identity

There’s many reasons why people follow blogs. The content and the design are obvious starting points, but most people stay for the person – the way the blogger writes and interacts with others on and off the blog. Even if you never meet these people off-screen, you feel connected to them and maybe even like part of their life. But sometimes life happens, priorities change and so does the focus of some bloggers’ posts. Do you still keep following them or do you lose interest? Let’s talk about that!

If you had asked me a couple months ago, I would have proudly said I am a book blogger. However, considering the percentage of book related posts in comparison to the ones about TV, films and/or writing, I am just not sure that’s still true. I haven’t read a single book in the past weeks and even more noticeably, I don’t particularly miss it. Usually, a reading slump would go hand in hand with a little blogging hiatus, but this time around I don’t want to stop blogging. I just don’t necessarily want to talk about books. So what does that make me?

I never made a big deal out of branding my blog a book blog. The name “Life and Other Disasters” is pretty general (for once a good decision) and I feel like it’s applicable for whatever I decide to post about. Then again, I know that the biggest junk of my readership started following this blog when I started to put a bigger emphasis on books. I am not saying I won’t talk books at all now, but I do feel like most of my posts are either about life events, TV obsessions or just general thought experiments. While I do have a couple regular readers who comment and like whatever I write about (I appreciate you guys so, so much by the way, you are my driving force! <3), I have noticed a decline in my stats. Of course, I can’t help but wonder if it has something to do with my content or simply bad timing and the general irregularity with which I post? I very well know that stats aren’t what really counts, interaction is far more important, but I think everyone who says they aren’t paying attention to them at all is a pretty little liar. The most unhealthy thing is to compare yourself and your blog to others, but lately, I just feel like everyone keeps passing me by. I’ve been doing this for a long time and I have no intention of stopping, but seeing everyone else reach those blogging goals that I needed years for in a matter of months is just kind of demotivating. I am very happy for those people, they are my friends, my community, but at the same time I keep wondering what I am doing wrong. It invokes this sense of detachment and makes me want to engage less, even though that is exactly the opposite of what would be helpful when you are trying to get your stats up again.

A big focus of blogging has also shifted to social media platforms. This is where people can showcase even more of their personality and engage with their audience. I would go so far as to say that as a modern-day blogger, you need Twitter and Instagram. I especially used to love Twitter when I first joined, it gave you such easy access to a huge amount of people with the same interests as you, but now … whenever I go online I just see a bunch of threads talking about controversial topics or complaining about one thing or another. Those are all really valid and most of the time about important topics that need to be called out, however, I am not the kind of person to engage in such conversations. I don’t feel like I have anything to add and I really don’t want to talk over people who might be more affected by the topics than me. So, I am basically just sharing random writing and life updates that don’t seem like a very valuable contribution or something people are actually interested in.

I realize my posts have become increasingly rambly, but sometimes you just have to write things off your chest. I am in a real blogger identity crisis, not sure where I am headed with my content and not sure if I am still part of the community I love so very much. I know that I am not alone in feeling that way, because I have talked to some people who’ve been doing this for a while as well and there is a shift in the blogging world. At least that’s what I experience from my little corner of the interwebs. I am definitely curious to see where this all goes.

Have you ever been in a blogger identity crisis? Do you follow blogs even if they talk about other things than the stuff they started out with? Let’s chat!

Discussion Time: Fangirling

This is a very random and very rambly post. Ever since I moved to Vancouver, I’ve been to several film/TV sets and it has mostly been fun. I always enjoy just hanging out there, because I love the atmosphere and let’s face it – I have literally nothing better to do. Other than most people, I don’t go there for the actors/actresses though, but rather because I want to make friends among the crew members. I am semi-successful at that so far, but there’s a thin line between being that fun random girl that shows up or the crazy fan who’s just everywhere. So, I have to be careful, but that’s a different topic.

I am a fangirl. That’s no secret and it’s nothing I am ashamed to admit either. However, I do have a complicated relationship with the whole fangirling experience sometimes. I am very passionate when it comes to TV shows and books. In fact, I think that exactly that passion makes this blog so very me. I will gladly scream about all my faves on Twitter or discuss ships for hours with my friends, whether they be online or non-virtual (see how I am not using the word “real” on purpose – online friends are just as real as the people you are physically able to see, folks!). That behaviour and love for fictional content is a big part of my personality and I would never try to hide or suppress it.

Having said all that, I act very differently when I am not online or in the presence of friends. For those of you who don’t know, I studied film and TV and I have worked in that area and would like to do so in the future as well. It’s great if you are enthusiastic about your work and passionate about the projects that are filmed in your area, which I obviously am, but there is just no room to be starstruck. There is a certain leeway if you are still young or just starting out, but in the end it always comes down to the fact that the superfans will most likely never get hired again. You sort of have to adjust how you act around these people and I’ve learned a lot about that in my previous jobs.

Does that mean I am not totally in awe of some actors/actresses/authors/bloggers/celebrities? No, of course not! There are so many people I would love to meet and be friends with, but that’s just not how it works. (Aside from the fact that meeting your idols can be really disappointing) Unless you are very fortunate and you meet one of your heroes in a bar or some other casual venue, befriending them is a very unlikely outcome. There are always exceptions and especially with some authors and bloggers, it is really easy to connect online. But when you are at a filming location, that’s a different story. You can make all the posters and write all the letters you want, but what kind of outcome do you expect from screaming their name across the street and snatching a blurry photo from afar?

I don’t want to say that it’s wrong to fangirl, whether it’s to the extreme or on the inside. The entire entertainment industry is based on these passionate people. They are the ones that make things happen, but sometimes I feel like there should be boundaries. I went to a set today (not saying which one, but it’s a popular teen show) and there were so many young girls following the actor every step of the way, he had to take a car to get across the street. That feels more than excessive to me and it’s sad, because when they don’t make such a big fuzz, the cast is far more likely to interact with them. My first instinct was to immediately distance myself from them, that I couldn’t be seen with a bunch of fangirls. They were really nice, but I could see how the crew got annoyed by them or felt like they made their job harder. I didn’t want to be that kind of person. So, all I did was take literally one step back from that group of girls and suddenly people thought I worked on set as security or as a PA. It was crazy to me how easily the perception of someone can change, depending on where on the street they are standing. Pedestrians came up and asked questions about the set, what was filming, if they were allowed to take pictures and claimed that they never had seen groupies like that in real life.

My heart is breaking when it comes to this topic, because I don’t want to distance myself from being a fangirl. I get how important a show/book/song/whatever-you-are-a-fan-of can be. I get that urge to share it with the world and to tell that person how much you love and appreciate their work, but in some cases it just gets out of hand and achieves the opposite of what was originally intended. They will close up and share less of their life. So, if you ever see someone you are a fan of, go and say “hi”, ask them for a picture and be flustered. By all means, that’s way better than following them on their every step and documenting their life one grainy picture  at a time.

I am not sure there was a real point to this post, but let me know how you feel about this topic in the comments below!