Happy Galentine’s Day: A Web Series About a Group of Girls

I’ve long thought about what I would post this week. Obviously, I am going to do my yearly rendition of Kiss, Marry, Kill on Valentine’s itself, but it didn’t feel right to just do that alone. So, instead I also want to celebrate Galentine’s Day this year … because I can! All my fabulous friends who are always there for me when I am in need are simply too amazing not to be celebrated on their own day every year.

So, I was trying to come up with something creative when I realised, I could perfectly combine this with something I wanted to talk about for a while now – web series! The thing is, I mainly watch German language web series and very few of them are available internationally or with subtitles, so I don’t want to post about it and get your hopes up about cool new content when you can’t even understand a thing. Not so with this one though, so let me dive in about DRUCK!

A while back, I could not log onto Twitter without the word SKAM floating around somewhere. It took me a while to realise that it was a Norwegian web series, but back then I didn’t have the time or interest to really dig into the matter. However, that show became so widely popular that a bunch of countries adapted it and I am watching SKAM Germany aka DRUCK religiously (I also started watching SKAM France, but that’s a whole other matter).

But why did I think this was a good fit for today’s post? Well, even with the trailer showing a lot about the love life of the girls, it’s mostly about their friendship group and dynamic. Each of the two seasons (so far) has a focus on a different girl from the group. It’s about how they met, how they supported each other but also how they fought, had differences, overcame prejudices and grew. It’s not all black and white, these are teen girls that make mistakes and sometimes really bad ones! But that’s part of what makes the show feel so real. 

Another part of why I enjoy this show so much is that it operates on multiple platforms. On the one hand, you have the regular content on Youtube (click here if you want to watch the episodes in German, click here if you want to watch them with English subtitles). But even that is special, because throughout the week they release clips in what feels like “real time”. Say the scene plays on a Monday around 8AM, well, then the clip will be on uploaded to Youtube on Monday at 8AM. However, every Friday they post an entire episode which includes the clips from the week as well as new material.
Then in addition to this already pretty dope schedule, all the actors and actresses put their real life Instagram accounts on private and have public profiles as their character. That way they can post additional content in the shape of pictures or stories that won’t be featured in the actual episodes, but will add a certain touch of realness as well. And lastly, there’s the option of adding the show on Whatsapp, where they send you screenshots or voice messages the characters leave each other. (As well as updates about the show and new episodes) All of that makes the show incredibly interactive, even if you aren’t really interacting with them at all.

I know this was a super random post, but I hope you could still enjoy it to some extent. Feel free to ask me questions about the show, because I do realise it was rather short on the actual content of it, but it’s basically just teens in high school and the drama of their lives. I enjoy that sort of stuff!

The Rising Author Tag

I wasn’t actually tagged for this, but I saw The Rising Author Tag over at Beth @Reading Every Night and thought it would be really fun to take part. There are some definite rules to this, which I am not sure I will 100% comply to, but I still want to try my best.

RULES

  • No tagging back
  • Tag four people
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Come up with 10 new questions

QUESTIONS FROM BETH’S TAG

What is your current WIP about, and what’s its status? (ie. plotting, writing, editing, etc.)

This is already starting out more difficult than I thought, because I am working on several WIPs at the same time. Well, I guess I have neglected Arcadia a bit these past couple of months, but you all already know quite a lot about it anyway. So for the sake of making this post easier (and also to talk about something new), I am going to stick to the infamous #witchyWIP for this one.
It’s in the very early stages of writing, somewhere in the middle of chapter 12 to be exact, and about a family of witches who take in a girl who’s coven was eradicated for yet unknown reasons. The girl’s family was very powerful, so they are all cautious and scared about what she might be capable of and things get even trickier when she and the youngest son of the family perform a (forbidden) binding spell that ties them together forever. It starts from her childhood on and is told from other people’s POV but is meant to ultimately turn into her own POV as soon as she’s an adult. (I am working on a pitch that will make it sound more interesting – promise!)

Do you plot things out and/or outline, or just figure it out as you write?

I am someone who very much enjoys figuring out things as I go along, but for this one I have to plan ahead a little bit, because I am terrible with timelines and WILL mess them up if given the chance (Arcadia is living testimony of that).

What are some book ideas you want to write in the future?

FUTURE!? I have three unfinished WIPs and one finished one that needs desperate editing. I am going to try my best to stick to the current things before getting new ideas. However … one day I would like to write a contemporary YA book about a girl from Europe who goes on an exchange semester in the US (write about what you know and whatnot).

Out of the characters you’ve written so far, who are your favourites?

This is like asking a parent to pick a favourite child – HOW DARE YOU! But … if I must … I love my little confused but rational wolf girl aka Kasia from Arcadia.

What’s your writing routine, if any? (ie. snacks, music, time of day, location, etc.)

No real routine comes to mind when I think about me writing. I do prefer to have music on, sometimes even putting certain songs on repeat for certain chapters, but I have also had days where I needed complete silence. I’d say it all depends

Show your WIP’s aesthetic in images or words (or both)!

I think this might just be the project I have the least visual idea of, but here you go:

Bonus aesthetics for the other WIPs:

Arcadia
Dreamer
Break Up Buddy

What (or who) motivates you to write?

Honestly, it’s just everyone who ever read a snippet (or more) of my work and told me they liked it. Every single person who got invested in the fate of my characters. By now, that group of people I trust to share my projects with has grown far bigger than I initially thought possible and I hope you all know who you are because you are the best!!!

What do you find is the easiest part about writing? The hardest?

Easiest – having that scene in your head that needs to get written down no matter what. It’s okay if it doesn’t turn out right, but you just need to let the words out. I adore those moments because I have such a clear mental image of what I want to say.

Hardest – just generally sticking with a project, seeing it through when the going gets tough and you might get stuck at certain parts of the story.

What genre will you never try, and why?

It’s very unlikely that I will ever write historical fiction, because I hate research and doing those kind of stories without research is just … strange.

Share a tiny (or large) snippet/excerpt of your writing, if you’re comfortable!

This is the entire opening chapter if you like a real glimpse:

And here are two very random bits:

I hope you enjoyed those snippets! Definitely let me know what you think!

MY QUESTIONS

So, I am not sure I got this right, but I am also supposed to create 10 questions? Am I supposed to answer them myself as well? Does the next person only answer mine? Since I am confusion and I really like the questions I found on Beth’s tag, I am going to pass those on to the people I’ll tag.

I TAG THEE

Marie | Caro | The Orang-utan Librarian | Rami | WHOEVER WANTS TO DO THIS TAG

What are your thoughts on this? Did you enjoy another sneak peek into my writing life? Let’s chat about it in the comments!

What’s On My Bookshelf Tag

I don’t remember the last time I spent this much time on my own laptop, but it’s been really tough to find my work-life-balance so far (probably because I love work but whatever). Still, I don’t want there to only be trailer posts on the blog, so I was really happy that Kelly @Just Another Book in the Wall tagged me for the What’s On My Bookshelf Tag (originally created by Emily @Wicked Good Reads)! It’s a little hard to do without my physical bookshelf, but I will try my best!

A Library Book

S.: S. Hardcover in slipcase : [S.]: By Doug Dorst: S. : J. J. Abrams (Ship of Theseus)I don’t have any library books, however, I DO have a book in library optic and that’s S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. That book is something else, which always makes it hard to explain why I still haven’t finished reading it.

A Book You Got As a Gift

Probably a couple throughout my days, but somehow the first one I thought of was Landline by Rainbow Rowell, which my very good friend Cristina sent me all the way from Portugal. I love her so much and not just because she up and decided to send me one of her books to keep.

A Childhood Book

Today, I am really just going with the first book that pops into my mind, which in this case is Momo by Michael Ende. I am pretty sure I did a book report on it and confused my entire class about what it’s about.

A Magical Book

Devils & Thieves (Devils & Thieves, #1)All books are magical in itself, because words are magic, but for the purpose of this tag I will go with Devils & Thieves. Despite the book having quite a few shortcomings, the magical system is really interesting!

A Romantic Book

Nicholas Sparks books are pretty much synonymous with romance, right? One of the ones I really, really liked was The Longest Ride. I guess I appreciate a good dual time line if done well.

A Steamy Book

I don’t really read all that many steamy books? But the first chapter of Save the Date by Morgan Matson was surprisingly steamy in comparison to the lack of romance (which I very much appreciated) during the rest of the book.

An Old Book

Persuasion? Persuasion! (Cause it’s my favourite Austen book.)

A Book That Makes You Happy and/or Laugh

I recently read Parsnips, Buttered by Joe Lycett, which is basically just a compilation of mails Joe wrote or received. Some of those stories are truly hilarious. He is one of my favourite British comedians, so I definitely laughed, while I simultaneously very much doubt it’s for everyone.

A Book That Makes You Emotional

We all know I cannot stop mentioning this book, but The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was really great and made me feel so many different things.

A Book Whose Ending You Disliked

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)? I just always pretend that book doesn’t even exist in the series.

A Book You Wish Had Illustrations

I am not sure if maybe there were a couple tiny illustrations in The Night Circus, but I would want a proper graphic novel for the magic that is this book!

A Book or Genre You Like to Read on a Rainy Day

I think I am a pretty simple girl and can read whatever comes my way on a rainy day. Lately it has been more contemporary and adult fiction admittedly though.

I TAG THEE

Anyone and everyone who wants to do this tag! I am unfortunately really not able to be super active in the community right now, so I have no idea who has done the tag or who would enjoy it. Link me up if you decide to give it a try though, so I can see your answers!

Did you like this tag? Could you relate to my answers? Let’s talk a little bit in the comments and I’ll try not to need a week to respond to them!

The Anonymous Bookaholics

A while back (and I really meant that, we are talking more than a year here), Fadwa @Word Wonders tagged me for the Anonymous Bookaholics. I know I need to post reviews or something else again, but life has been busy, so I am just trying to deliver some content here and this one looked like relatable fun!

What do you like about buying new books?

I just generally like adding to my library. I like the smell of books and I like being in a certain mood and finding that one book that compliments the mood perfectly! It’s just nice to then have them all on my shelves and look at them with fond memories.

How often do you buy new books?

I try to buy a couple books at once and not too many times. I can’t say any sort of number though. Am I supposed to know?? I thought we were all pretending to be oblivious to our extreme book buying habits …

Bookstore or online book shopping – Which do you prefer?

I love browsing bookstores, but a sad reality is that the stores here don’t have very big English-language sections and if they do, there’s not always the edition I want available should the book be there at all. So, simply out of practicality, I prefer online book shopping.

Do you have a favorite bookshop?

There’s this one chain bookshop with a decent English section in Vienna that’s also open on Sundays (shops are traditionally closed on Sundays in my country) and I like that one a lot. It also has like a coffee drinking area and is one of the few shops that does author events.

Do you pre-order books?

Sometimes. I know it helps authors and I like to support them, but even if I pre-order a book, it won’t actually be here on release day. That just means I rarely feel the need to pre-order because it doesn’t speed up the process of me getting the book. With some books I’ve found them in bookstores earlier than I got them via mail, which then just made me sad.

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

I try to set a certain budget, but it varies all the time because I don’t order books every month and then I feel like I am allowed to splurge a little and so on. I mean, I do love books and I like having a selection to choose from at home.

Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

They actually work quite well for me. I set a book buying ban for myself until I have diminished my physical TBR a little and even though I caved eventually, I did make it through a couple months before that happened, which I would consider a success.

How big is your wishlist?

I don’t know?? Take a look yourself here.

Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

Marriage Vacation – This book was featured as a major plot point in one of my all time favourite TV shows “Younger”, so I need to read it! Page 58 everyone!!!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – EVERYONE talks about it and loves it! I want to experience that too!!

Tyler Johnson Was Here – I’ve wanted this books since I first set eyes on it and I feel bad for not having read it yet.

I TAG THEE

I am keeping with my recent tradition of tagging WHOEVER WANTS TO DO THE TAG! I am so bad at keeping up with tags myself and I don’t want anyone to feel obliged, so if this looks like fun and you want to do it, consider yourself hereby tagged!


Can you relate to my book buying habits and feelings? Does my wishlist correlate with yours in any way? Let’s talk!

The Literary Dinner Party Tag

I saw the Literary Dinner Party Tag over at Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books blog and she sort of invited everyone who was curious to do this tag. So, that’s how we got here! I am excited to see who I am going to invite!

1. One character who can cook/likes to cook

The first person that came to mind for this one is Hassan from The Hundred-Foot Journey. He can do all sorts of things, from traditional Indian food to haute cuisine. I mean, the guy literally was responsible for several Michelin stars, so I’d be honored to have him cook for this little dinner party.

2. One character who has money to fund the party

I actually had a hard time coming up with a book character who had a lot of money. Either they weren’t very memorable or there really aren’t a lot? No matter what the real reason is, in the end I went with Gansey from the Raven Cycle. I can see him financing a friend’s indulgences and maybe it would be fun for him too? I’d hope so!

3. One character who might cause a scene

Margo Roth Spiegelman from Paper Towns! Can you see it? Because I sure can! I am not even sure if she wants to cause a scene or if she just thinks it’s expected of her and therefore she should do it.

4. One character who is funny/amusing

This might not be the most obvious choice, but I want to invite Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before as the guest for this particular category. I don’t think she’s intentionally funny, like she’s not going to do her own stand up special on Netflix, but she is circumstantially funny? Hope that makes sense.

5. One character who is super social/popular

Uuuuh, I want Charlie from Queens of Geek to come! She’s a famous YouTuber so she could vlog about this epic event and then it would be on the interwebs forevermore afterwards.

6. One villain

I am going to invite Maven from Red Queen, because I love that damaged boy. Also, I decided he NEEDS to be portrayed by Freddy Carter if there is to be a movie or show and that means I get a Freddy Carter lookalike as my dinner guest and yeah … I am here for that.

7. One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic

I know it doesn’t have to be a romantic couple, but I’d really like to invite Juliet and Dawsey from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I feel like they’d be delightful company. She’s a writer, he’s a pig farmer – those are different worlds entirely. There’s loads to talk about and the way they met makes for an especially great story.

8. One hero/heroine

One of my favourite comic book heroines is Kamala Khan from Ms Marvel. I truly hope she will join the MCU soon, because her stories are great and her character is even more amazing.

9. One underappreciated character

I feel like you all keep sleeping on my cupcake August Flynn from This Savage Song. His story just kind of resonated with me and he will forever have a special place in my heart. I’ve had dreams where he was my adopted son, I love him that much!

10. One character of your own choosing

This dinner party would in no way be complete without my bookish husband Max Vandenburg from the Book Thief. He is kind and generous and a great conversationalist.

I TAG THEE

I hereby tag WHOEVER WANTS TO DO THE TAG!!!


I have such a weird mix of teen and adult characters here. I am not sure what kind of dinner party that would really shape up to be, but I would like to imagine it would be a fun one? What did you think of my choices? Who would you pick?  

All Hallows Write Tag

I saw this post recently on Melissa @The Bookish Wanderer‘s blog and I absolutely loved the idea. So, although she didn’t tag me personally, she did insinuate that everyone who writes could do this. It’s been a while since I mentioned Arcadia, but (my cousin can attest to that) I am working on it. There’s some problem solving happening and I hope to share more soon. Anyway, I always love a little insight into the characters and this is the perfect chance. So, here’s the All Hallows Write Tag!

RULES

  • Provide a short description of your story!
    There’s been so many posts about Arcadia already and I still haven’t gotten any better at describing it. Where to start? It’s about a couple having to find their way back to each other after some magical beings messed with their lives (aka kidnapped the boyfriend into another world). Getting tangled up in an ancient struggle for power, they have to be careful to not get sucked in too deep before it is too late.
    I am working on that pitch. It’s not at all where I want it to be yet. You can check out the first 10+ chapters here if you are interested. They are a much better representation of the story.
  • Don’t use the same character for more than 3 answers!

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

It’s Halloween night! What is your protagonist dressed up as?

I feel like neither Kasia nor Dyson would wear something scary, but rather something geeky instead. Couples costumes are out of the question though, just because Kasia very much values her independence and is too chaotic to coordinate. So, in the end, I think Kasia would go as Lara Croft and Dyson as Milo from Atlantis, that way they’d both be adventurers at least, even if they were from different stories.

Who in your cast refuses to dress up and shows up at the Halloween party without a costume?

Alaya, for sure! I very much believe she’d think it’s just a stupid human tradition and she’d see absolutely no reason whatsoever to partake in that.

Which character wears the most outrageous costume, and what would it be?

When it comes to style, Georgie likes to change it up the most from the entire cast. Something tells me that she would not hesitate to go all out and have some elaborate period costume for Halloween. She would then proceed to make up an incredibly enchanting and outrageous backstory for her character, without that person ever having existed.

On Halloween, werewolves, vampires, and zombies are on the prowl. Which of your characters gets caught in their clutches, and which creature do they subsequently turn into?  

Is it cheating if I say Kasia? Because, you know … the wolf thing … but in all seriousness, that girl is the most likely to get herself into some sort of trouble by accident.

Who wins the contest for best costume?

Again, Georgie! She is a mastermind when it comes to clothes/costumes/disguises/whatever you want to call it.

Who hands out toothbrushes to the trick and treaters?

Hmmm … I want to say that I can’t imagine anyone doing that, but then I thought maybe Findlay would. Not so much as a healthy precaution for the trick and treaters, but rather to get their house a bad reputation and keep unwanted guests from ringing the doorbell. That seems like something he would try to achieve, just because he hates unannounced guests.

Which two of your characters decide to pair up and do an angel/devil costume together?

Georgie might force Findlay to do that with her, but then she would make him the devil even though he is definitely the angel when it comes to the both of them. And again, Georgie would go totally over the top, whereas Findlay’s costume would be super slick and sharp lines, kind of like the Lucifer from the TV show.

Someone is too scared to even attend the Halloween party. Who is it?

Well, if it’s an actually scary party where they watch horror movies or go to a haunted house and prank each other with jump scares – count Kasia out! She does not like to be scared.

Who overdoses on Halloween candy and ends up sick?

As smart of a man as Dyson is, he has an incredible sweet tooth and will definitely go overboard if given the chance.

Which character is most likely to place a curse/hex on someone and who would they curse?

Oh man, when there are actual curses in your story and several cast members are affected … how do I answer this? *cough* Alaya *cough*

I TAG THEE

Whoever of my lovely writer friends wants to do this, you are hereby officially tagged! Have fun!

What did you think of this tag? For those who have read Arcadia so far, do you agree with my choices?

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (eArc Review)

Publishing: April 4, 2017
Publisher
: Quirk Books
Page Count
: 320

**I was provided with an eArc from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!**

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I am a huge fan of the Cinderella Story movies. The first one is one of my all time favourite chick flicks. Also, I am a massive geek. My ability to annoy people with the same topic (mostly a TV show/movie/actor/actress I can’t stop thinking about) is one of my best developed skills. That very same thing is also the reason I wasn’t very popular at school. Everything pop culture was always my jam, but unfortunately my fellow peers got very bored with my ramblings after a while. No one was ever truly mean to me, they all thought I was a nice girl, but we all know that “nice” can be an insult as well. It took me forever to come to terms with who I was and that I was awesome in my own right, I just had to find the right people to make my true geek-colors shine. This book just embodied all of that for me – that journey, the finding to one self, the friendships that can be found in fandoms and to be brave enough to stand up for what you believe in.

Elle is such a relatable girl to me. She’s passionate about a TV show, even if it hasn’t been on air for years, and she’s a blogger (SHE’S ONE OF US!). Generally she seemed like a good person and she didn’t deserve the treatment from her stepmonster/-sister. All she wanted was to cherish the memories of her parents and she wasn’t even allowed to do that. There were so many moments that made me really emotional. I was so glad when she finally stood up for herself, because she was so isolated and there’s only so much a person can take. I don’t know why I ever keep hoping for better reactions from the villains, but I guess I just don’t want to give up hope on them. Anyway, I was so happy when she found a great friend and unexpected allies along the way. Go Elle!

Darien was such a sweetheart even when he could be a silly dork sometimes. I liked that he was one of the biggest up and coming stars, but felt so utterly grounded most of the time. He just wanted to be a teenager and I think, he too, still needed to figure himself out (because sometimes he was acting immature). He is of Indian descent, but I didn’t feel like he was anywhere near as connected to that culture as he was to geekdom. Just like Elle, he struggled with his sense of family and I liked the idea of sometimes choosing your own family in the people you surround yourself with.

Everything just fit together perfectly in this book! The atmosphere felt authentically fangirlish and it was fun to have settings such as a convention and a movie set (although, as a film student, I know better than to believe that a big budget movie can be shot in 23 days. It takes 4-6 weeks minimum). The only reason that this isn’t a 5-star-book for me is because I found everything a bit predictable. It’s fairy tale re-telling, so that was to be expected and it didn’t take away anything from my enjoyment of the story. However, I also didn’t feel like it was something completely groundbreaking, so yeah, that’s why. I would still highly recommend it!

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Lovely and fun geekish retelling!

Would you read this book? Do you think Geekerella will warm your heart as it did mine?