October 2019 Wrap-Up

It’s been a month! (You can interpret that any which way you want.) I am not even trying to compare my Goodreads goal to my actual reading status, but I am proud to say that I have read two books last month.

Both, Dear Evan Hansen and Pan’s Labyrinth, are books that have been written AFTER they’ve become successful as another medium (in this case, musical and film). I tend to like to do read this kind of stuff, just like I am one of the few people who really enjoys book-to-movie adaptations, especially when I am a bit familiar with the casting and may have already seen a trailer. The only thing I am bad at is reading these books if I know too much about the story already. Then it can quickly become boring, even more so if it’s a faithful adaptation. I had a lot of fun with the books last month though and they both rated somewhere in the 4-star-area.

Dear Evan Hansen     Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun

As per usual, when you click on the covers, you’ll get re-directed to Goodreads and when you click on the titles, you’ll get to my reviews!

I am currently, at this very moment, not working anymore. I had my last day of work late October and it coincided with a movie premiere my company hosted and it was a really nice farewell. I say that like I haven’t been to the office twice since then again, but now it’s just for lunch dates with former colleagues and to individually say goodbye to everyone. I don’t think it has really sunk in that I am no longer going to work there, it just feels like I am finally on a vacation (which I deserved, let’s be real). After 14 months, it will be so strange to go back to Vienna, stay in my childhood bedroom for a bit, but I have plans! I don’t want to jinx it, but something is in the works and if that works … it will be big!

Another thing we’ve been talking on here for a while, which I was simply too busy for is me doing reaction videos on YouTube. I’ve made a channel, I shot a video but … due to copyright claims I cannot upload it. I want you to know that I freaking TRIED! My original video was 31 minutes and I edited it down to 14 minutes but still had copyright claims. I figured if I cut any more, the video wouldn’t make any sense. So, I am going to try it with different episodes of the same show, but if that doesn’t pan out, I am going to try a new show altogether. If you have anything you’d like me to react to, just let me know!

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

If you didn’t see it coming that my absolute favourite thing of the month was Charmed (once again), then I am not sure you know me at all. I put so much fangirl energy into this show, it’s becoming a little ridiculous, but I have to say that they are doing an AMAZING job with season 2. It’s almost as if they have a whole new set of showrunners (which they do and I have already talked about before … ).

I made two fan edits (and I am really no good at that at all), the latest one you can check out here;

What I am pretty happy to have gotten back into is my art though. I have been back using watercolours and also did some practice with regular pencils, all for my favourite Charmed ship – Hacy. I don’t know what has me so obsessed, but I’ve been known to channel all my energy in TV stuff if I don’t have anything else going on.

MY POSTS

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

I hope you had a good month! Sorry that I couldn’t post any Halloween pictures, but I didn’t think my costume through very well. Turns out it was too cold to run around in a Scoops Ahoy uniform …

6-Year-Blogiversary: I AM STILL DOING THIS!?

I know I keep saying this every year, but I truly can’t believe that it has been 6 years already. On the one hand, blogging has been such a constant part of my life, that I don’t really remember what it was like without it. However, at the same time, I never truly thought that I would stick with this for such a long time. I mean, it’s been literal years, and by now I don’t feel like I will ever really quit doing this, even if there are months that I don’t post a whole lot.

Usually, I try to do something special for these kind of milestones, because I want to give back to the people who made all of this possible – YOU! Even if I keep repeating myself, I insist that it’s necessary to really say this – blogging would be dull without the people. If there had been zero interactions, this would have all ended a long time ago, but instead (even during the tough times) this community has become a refuge and place of friendship. I love talking about all day every day kind of situations, the latest binge-watch or more personal, in depth subjects with some of you. It brings me joy to know that there is someone on the other side of this screen who reads this and maybe agrees with what I had to say or even if they don’t, try to talk to me and have a friendly discussion. It makes this already pretty small world a little smaller and therefore make me feel closer to all of you.

Back to my original point, I am currently not exactly at my most inspired or swimming in money. Last year (check out the post here), I did a giveaway of my own art work in return for Q&A material from you. As I said, I am not at my most creative at the moment and therefore I was wondering if you would be interested in a repeat of that?

Basically, here is how it works:

  • You ask me questions you always wanted to know the answer to in the comments or on Twitter – nothing is off limits!
  • You additionally state that you want to enter the giveaway – the artwork will be a surprise! (ONE winner will be chosen at random)
  • All of this should be done by June 14th, 2019
  • If you are not yet 18+, please have the permission of your parents to enter. I will need personal information should you win the giveaway

If this flops, we will just pretend this never happened and I only did a low-key blogiversary celebration. If it is a success though, then I will post the answers to your questions next weekend and inform the winner separately. Lastly, once again a big fat THANK YOU from me to all of you! 

May 2019 Wrap-Up

I don’t know what to tell you, folks, but not much has changed since we had the last monthly wrap-up. I still haven’t read a whole book (although I dnf-ed the bad one and started a new one) and my blogging game is anything but at its best. In a way this annoys me like crazy, because I’ve been in the game for so long and I WANT to give you better content, but alas, this is all I am capable of providing at the moment. I am so grateful for all the people who keep reassuring me that they are happy to check out my weekly trailer posts or the ramblings about what I’ve been currently watching, but I still hope to get a more varied content that’s not just TV back soon.

As you probably noticed, or don’t – I am not your boss, I also haven’t started working on my YouTube reaction channel just yet. Aside from the fact that I really don’t know if I have all the technical necessities to do this thing, I just honestly didn’t have the time. I honestly don’t even know how I got through this month, thinking back at all the stuff that happened … anyways, I still have a question for you.

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

As I said, I mostly did some watching rather than reading, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I will list a series and a movie for this section of the post. I just wish that Netflix sponsored me, because I am hyping their content all the time for zero money. That’s how you know my love for their content is real! I really do believe that platform was basically made for people like me. Anyway, my faves though!

So, first of all, I fell in love with The Society. I am not going to run around and act like this is best show that was ever made, but it’s one that has stayed with me for weeks and that means something. Basically it’s just a bunch of teens who are very bad at survival tactics trying to form a government after they find out they are all by their lonesome selves. I adored how there was just constant mystery as to what happened (I STILL have no freaking clue) and even though it had a quite big cast, you get to know the characters pretty equally. I obviously adore Grizz like everyone else. He is the most wholesome bean and needs to be protected when Season 2 rolls around, which it will. Netflix did so much promo and additional online content for the show, I’d be shocked if they didn’t have more plans for it.

And the other thing I liked this month was Always Be My Maybe. I just am so blissfully happy when Netflix chooses to do right by people and makes good content with amazing creators. I just talked about it yesterday, so I don’t want to get into too much detail again, but that movie is so sweet and funny – just watch it! And if you need some more reasons to enjoy it, here’s a clip of Ali Wong just SWOONING over her co-stars.

MY POSTS

TV SHOW/MOVIE RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

So, this was my month! Here’s to hoping that June will be more productive on a personal level.

Blogiversary Q&A (Part 2)

So, just yesterday you got a little insight into the blogging and reading questions I got asked (which you can check out here if you missed it). This is part 2 of the Blogiversary Q&A I announced last week. Have fun reading this once again ridiculously long post!

TV AND FILM

First TV show you remember watching? (Savannah @The Book Prophet)

That’s a tough one. It was definitely something animated. Maybe “Der kleine Maulwurf”, which is just translated to The Mole and is a Czech TV program from the 80s and 90s?

List your favourite and least favourite characters from your Top 3 TV shows! (Savannah @The Book Prophet)

Narrowing it down to three shows feels like torture already, so I am going to give you some of my favourite shows, but the top 5-10 are always changing … so this isn’t fair at all.

Sense8 – my favourite is probably our drama queen Lito and my least favourite is Whispers (who can go straight to hell)

Wynonna Earp – my favourite is the badass title character Wynonna herself (although Waverly was SUCH a close call for that spot) and my least favourite is probably … Willa?

Timeless – Lucy is my favourite on the time team and my least favourite is Nicholas Keynes because that entitled prick thinks he can change the world to his bigoted and outdated image.

What TV moment left you the most disappointed? (The Orang-utan Librarian)

The How I Met Your Mother finale … let’s just forget that ever happened.

What was the best TV finale you’ve ever seen? (The Orang-utan Librarian)

Wow, that’s a really tough one. I like things that are neatly tied up but still with an option for possible comebacks, if that makes any sense? I quite liked the ending of Charmed and Dawson’s Creek. That’s not to say that those were the absolute best TV has to offer, but it’s my kind of finale.

You often talk about TV shows you love (and that’s incredible), but… is there any TV show you really can’t stand? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

This is a little difficult to answer, just because I don’t even think about shows that I might not like? If I think it’s not for me, I basically erase its existence from my brain. Sometimes friends can convince me to give something a try, other times I just ignore everyone and don’t watch it. It doesn’t mean the show is bad or that I can’t stand it. I personally didn’t enjoy Breaking Bad, so I didn’t even finish the first season and probably won’t return to it. That doesn’t mean it’s not a massive success that many people love or even that it isn’t good TV.

Kat, as the Queen of TV, recommend us some amazing shows! (Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much)

Easy: Sense8, Timeless, The Royals, Imposters, Wynonna Earp, The Good Place, Dynasty, Doctor Who, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, One Day at a Time … it’s probably best if you just browse through my #CurrentlyWatching posts haha

What TV show would you recommend to everyone? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

I don’t believe that there is one show that fits all audiences, but if we are talking the readers on my blog, I’d say Younger! It’s about a 40-something woman who has to pretend to be in her twenties to make it in the publishing industry after she took off work for her family for too long. It’s so freaking brilliant and has already been confirmed for its 6th season. So, you get to binge quite a bit too!

If you HAD to choose one TV show to watch for the rest of your life, which one would you watch? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

I know that back in the day I was so sure I’d say Doctor Who, but now … I don’t know. I don’t click with the newer episodes as much as I used to. I think I might go with Sense8 instead, just because it would always make me feel connected, emotional and still offer a ton of action.

A BIT OF EVERYTHING

If you could learn any three skills, and become a master at them in a month without much difficulty, which ones would you pick? (Rami @Rami Ungar the Writer)

Well, I’d love to be able to do EVERYTHING, but since I have to choose I want to be able to play the cello, learn how to surf and I’d like to design and tailor my own clothing.

When was the first moment you actually decided you wanted to become an artist? (Swinging on a Star)

Hmm … I don’t think it was an active decision. It’s always been a part of my life and I’ve been told that I was already very creative in kindergarten. So, I just indulge into that side of my personality more some times than others.

What is your opinion of a Korean band (namely BTS) becoming big in America? (Swinging on a Star)

I think it’s great! It broadens everyone’s horizon and gives an insight into Korean culture, as I tend to see people really digging deep into the background and lifestyle of the bands. I hope that the bands are also having fun while they are at it and just hope that the people who complain about their (poor) English understand that not everyone HAS to speak that language.

What is your favourite study subject? (Michael K)

Back in school I used to love English, Art and History, while at uni my favourite subject was usually Dramaturgy.

Do you have any other hobbies beside books & series/movies? (Michael K)

I’ve only just started showing some of my artwork on my blog, but drawing and painting has always been a hobby of mine. I also like to do yoga, but it’s been months since I’ve managed to go to class.

Favourite desserts? (Michael K) | What’s your favourite type of cake? (Marta @The Cursed Books)

My grandma’s red wine cake!

Which piece of artwork (that you created) are you the most proud of? (Sophie @Sophie’s Corner)

I really don’t mean to put my work down by the next statement, but I am not necessarily proud about any of the things I drew. I like them, in some cases I like them a lot, but there was nothing too extraordinary among it yet that would make me proud. However, I do love the way I captured Nico Mirallegro’s facial impression in this one:

What’s the most fun trip you’ve ever been on? (The Orang-utan Librarian)

ALL OF VANCOUVER!!! I cannot get over the amount of stars I met and sets I visited.

 

 

Would you do bookstagram? Why or why not? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

I don’t think so? I am just really not that great at taking pictures, light is always an issue and the quality of my photos is meh. Also, I like expressing myself more in words and I don’t like having to do everything on my phone.

One country you’d DREAM of visiting? One city in particular? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

I’ve always, always wanted to see Tibet.

You’re doing amazing art on your instagram, would you ever think about posting it/talking about it more on your blog as well? (Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Book)

Sure. I don’t mind sharing my art on the blog as well, but counter question: how do you think I should incorporate it more? The only thing I can think of is a round up of what I drew for the monthly wrap up.

If you one day woke up and discovered you had superpowers what powers would you want and do you think you’d be a hero or a villain? (Beth @Reading Every Night)

I love this question so much! Many people have very intricate powers when they can wish for whatever they want, but all I will ever need as a superpower is teleportation (without restricting it to places that I have been to or seen before). And … I think I would be neither? I would keep it very much on the DL, but if I ever saw a kid hanging onto a balcony and in danger of falling, I’d obviously help. I just can’t see myself seeking out the dangerous situations and going out of my way to do heroic things .. maybe that is what makes me a villain though?

If your house were on fire and you could only save three things what would they be? (Beth @Reading Every Night)

I am guessing this is supposed to be answered in terms of sentimentality and not practicality? (cause then it’d be easy – wallet, phone and laptop) I think I’d save my High School yearbook from my exchange semester in the US. I have this wooden carved cassette that my grandpa made in which I store post cards and letters from friends, so that would obviously be saved. And lastly, the picture of my grandpa with me and my cousins.

Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet in real life? (can be from a movie, book, TV show, anything) (Andie @Andrea’s Nirvana)

It’s very hard to remember boring characters and I want to answer this question, but I honestly cannot even think of someone.

Do you have a dream art project? So something you’ve wanted to work on for a really long time now? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

I would really, really love to draw the entire cast of Arcadia, but I don’t even know where to begin. And I’d also like for it to not just be separate portraits but one, huge image and I am afraid of ruining something if I keep adding to one paper. Hope that made sense.

Who’s your favourite Hogwarts Mystery character? (Michelle @The Writing Hufflepuff)

This is one of the best questions. I know it might sound silly, but I love Barnaby Lee. The boy really isn’t the brightest bulb in the bunch, but he is TOO PURE AND THE MOST PRECIOUS BEAN EVER! I also quite like Bill and Penny though.

What are your hopes for Arcadia? (Marta @The Cursed Books)

My biggest hope is that I get to finish it. That would already be a huge accomplishment and I would very much like for it to maybe get traditionally published one day. That’s really a long shot though. I’d just be happy if a ton of people read it on wattpad and talked to me about it.


This is the end of Part 2 and I really hoped you enjoyed to get to know me better over the past days. Again, if you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to drop them in the comments section!!

5-Year-Blogiversary: Am I a Blogosaurus yet?

5 YEARS!?!?!?! I feel old … and proud! Which makes me an old and proud blogosaurus I suppose? (This was a running gag among some bloggers and myself about how people in the community, who stick around for so long, are basically dinosaurs.) Looking back, I cannot even imagine life without blogging anymore. What did I do in my spare time? Why was I even at my laptop? (school work and TV shows still existed, but that doesn’t seem as compelling of a reason …) What would I do without the many, many amazing people that have come into my life through blogging alone? Gosh, this is getting me emotional already.

It definitely hasn’t always been easy. There have been good and bad times – getting my first eARC, stats envy, reading slumps and very necessary weeks of me disappearing on binge-watches. I think we all have those moments where we doubt ourselves or what we are doing, but it’s only important how we come out the other side. This blog and the community that comes with it has been through it all with me – uni, graduating, fun and terrible jobs alike, my lengthy “vacations” and now this stretch of me trying to find my way as an adult. Some days I am just in awe to still have you all visit this little corner of the interwebs and I appreciate it so much.

As many of you know, I really wanted to do a giveaway for this milestone. It’s a special one to me, because I am turning 25 this summer and that means this blog was with me for more than a fifth of all my life. That is just crazy intense! Unfortunately, I am still on a job search, so a book giveaway just isn’t possible right now. I wish it were different, but things will change and I will be able to hopefully do one in the future again (maybe for my birthday in August? No promises, but here’s to hoping!).

However, to make this milestone a little fun for all of us, I was thinking we could do a little Q&A with a bonus! I would love it if you sent me some questions, that I will then answer in a separate post, via email and I will randomly choose one person from all those people who send in questions who will receive some of my new art work. For those of you unfamiliar with what I do, here is a little taste from my art insta page:

So, please send those questions to impossiblegirlblog@gmail.com and also include 5 of your favourite TV show/movie characters. To enter in this giveaway, you have to be 18+ years or have permission from your parents to share personal information, such as your name and full address with me should you win. None of the information you give me will be shared! Please, also be aware that I can only take people into consideration for the giveaway who send me an email, however, you are free to send me questions for the Q&A in the comments as well. The deadline to enter in the giveaway is June 12th 2018.

Lastly, THANK YOU for being here, for commenting, liking and following this blog! Thank you for being the amazing person that you are and for letting me be part of your life! I probably wouldn’t still be here blogging and celebrating if it weren’t for you all!

May 2018 Wrap-Up

While saying “I am hopelessly behind on my Goodreads Challenge” may be an exaggeration, I am definitely not on track. I am more or less four books behind and am struggling to keep up a little bit. This month was especially more busy than the previous ones and often I was just too tired to concentrate on reading in addition to everything else that was going on. Still, I managed to not read a lot of books, but at least fairly long-ish books in comparison. Take a look!

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)  Sweetbitter  Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

As always, click on the title to get to the review on the blog and on the cover to get re-directed to Goodreads!

During the entire month of May, I was taking a workshop on the topic of stage and camera casting. While it did involve some theoretic content, it mostly consisted of a lot of acting practice and as you know, I am not an actress. Still, it was fun! Sometimes some roles nearly drove me mad because things didn’t go the way I wanted them to, but overall, I think I am really going to miss acting on a regular basis. I still cannot imagine doing that as a full time job, I am just not sure I am cut out for that, but it was a very fascinating insight of how a life like that might look like.

That course also inspired/encouraged me to start a YouTube channel for my blog. I haven’t set it up yet and am not even sure what exactly I would talk about in my first video (or the ones to come). Still, that didn’t keep me from doing a Twitter poll on whether you’d watch it and 80% of you were kind enough to say “YAS! DO IT!”, so I am seriously considering doing just that. As soon as it’s happening, you’ll be the first to know!

So, what else is new? I did not win the fan art contest I entered in last month, I managed to update Arcadia again and I continue to have fun with my art instagram account if the time allows it. Also, as some of you know, I have pretty vivid dreams but this month really took the crown! I had a continuous dream for more or less two weeks and no matter what I did the story kept evolving. My friends have suggested I should write it down and make it into a book. Maybe I will do that? Maybe I won’t? I think you’d all prefer me to stick to Arcadia for now.

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

Continuing on my quest to share the love for some of my favourite bloggers out there, here are a couple of posts I really enjoyed this month!

  • Marie made sure we all knew how to get inspiration for our blogs, especially when it seems like everything has been done before because we are all blogging dinosaurs and have been at it for years.
  • The Orang-utan Librarian issues the unfortunately still necessary reminder that book reviews are for readers and not authors!
  • Beth started a discussion on why world building is important to her and I loved that post as it also reminded me why I love it when authors really put in the work when they create a new society.
  • I only just discovered Lily‘s blog, but it was her mentioning one of my favourite school reads as one of her favourite books that sparked my interest. We both knew that not a lot of people had ever heard of that story and I just love that books can bring us together like that. And I really enjoyed reading her posts ever since.
  • Also, a big thank you to Melissa, Sophie, Marie, Malanie, Molly and Sieran for talking about their WIP by doing my original Milestones Write Tag. I always love reading other people’s posts, so please don’t hesitate to do the tag if you are a fellow writer and I might not have tagged you.

MY POSTS

WRITING RELATED

ALL KINDS OF POSTS

DISCUSSION TIME

TRAILER POSTS

So, that was my month! How was yours? Would you watch videos of me? Are you all caught up on Arcadia? Let’s chat!

The Entertainer Blogger Award

I haven’t done any kind of award post in a really long time, mostly because I stopped doing them altogether? It ended up being a chain reaction of getting the same tags over and over and drowning in questions that I barely had answers to, but when Andie @Andrea’s Nirvana nominated me for the Entertainer Blogger Award, I thought “Oh, this is one I haven’t done yet!” and that is how you came to read this post.

RULES

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Add the rules so others can follow.
  3. Answer the questions that have been asked.
  4. Nominate a handful of entertaining bloggers.
  5. Display the photo also in your blog.

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What genre did you read most before starting your blog?

I think I was always drawn to Fantasy the most. It probably had something to do with the fact that I thought big books meant that I was smarter and let’s face it, most Fantasy books are pretty long. I also dabbled in some general adult fiction though.

What genre did fellow bloggers influence your opinion on?

The stubborn person that I am, it is very difficult to convince me to read or try anything that I don’t really want to. However, some of my lovely friends have definitely made New Adult books look very appealing and it is thanks to them that I tried that genre. No regrets here, even if it is not one I turn to often!

Fave book format?

Hardcover books! They are expensive, so it’s not like I buy them all the time, but with paperbacks I always have to worry about them getting damaged in my backpack. The chances of that happening are way smaller for hardcovers. And unfortunately ebooks just aren’t as much fun for me. No particular reason …

Plants without flowers or plants that have flowers?

To care for? Plants without flowers. To get as a gift? All the pretty flowers.

Some tropes you love seeing in books?

I LOVE the whole enemies to lovers trope. Supportive families are my jam and I have a soft spot for well-crafted villains.

A book character you relate to a lot?

This might just be the hardest question out of the entire bunch. I have not found that one character that I relate to body and soul, but I explained why I feel really close to Molly in my review for The Upside of Unrequited (which you can read here).

My Nominees

My Questions

  1. If you could be a character (already existing or of your own creation) in a TV show, which show would you jump into?
  2. Do you take notes while reading or wing your reviews?
  3. Who is an author you would like to get coffee/tea/drinks with?
  4. Which post you’ve written are you proud of?
  5. Where would you travel if money wasn’t an issue?
  6. Which book are you reading next?

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed this little post. How would your answers be to the questions. Let’s talk!