April 2017 Wrap-Up

  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston (4 stars)
  • Lumberjanes, Vol. 1 (4 stars)
    Honestly, this was SO fun. It was bold and hilarious but also very confusing. I love the artwork and the characters though and I cannot wait to read the rest.
  • The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox (3. 5 stars)
  • Saban’s Power Rangers: Aftershock (4 stars)
    I am obsessed with the new Power Rangers movie, so when my trusted bookseller showed me this, I simply could not resist. It was a tad too short for me and there were these prequel chapters for another version of the Power Rangers that I really didn’t need. It’s not that they weren’t interesting, but I would get so confused about what’s happening in which universe if I tried to keep up with that as well.
  • Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale (4 stars)
    Archiekins oh Archiekins … seriously, how is that dude still alive? Never met anyone so clumsy (not even you Cátia).
  • Stealing Candy by Stewart Lewis (2.5 stars)
  • Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman (4.5 stars)

Geekerella Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase (The Librarians, #2) Saban's Power Rangers: Aftershock Archie, Vol. 1: The New Riverdale Stealing Candy Girl Out of Water

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There’s not that much to talk about this month. I have all the major preparations for my trip to Canada checked off my list, now it’s just a matter of packing lightly and convincing the immigration officer to really let me stay for the entirety of six months. I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t all that though. Recommendations of all sorts for what to do during my stay are still very welcome! I am also up for a cup of tea, a movie night or a bookstore hang-out if any of you live in the area and are willing to go through the nerve-racking process of meeting me irl.

I am thinking of making #CurrentlyWatching a bi-weekly thing. It’s not that I don’t watch enough shows, but I have to feel very passionate about them or at least have thoughts I can put into words, which just really isn’t always the case.

I haven’t posted anything new for Arcadia, but since I won’t have a job while I am in Canada and I tend to go crazy if I don’t have something to do, I intend to make writing my full time job while I am away and hopefully that will also mean tons of new chapters for you. However, I might still do the Beautiful People Link-Up in the meantime, just because I don’t want to get out of the story and the character’s world entirely. How hilarious was that first kiss scene in chapter 10 though?  As always, you can read the whole thing here.

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February 2017 Wrap-Up

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Guess what didn’t go as planned at all? MY READING! I am blaming all of it on a general life slump. Up until the last week, I had troubles reading, writing and even watching TV – that is as serious as it gets!!!! But let’s see what I did get to.

  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
    First impressions about Heartless is that it makes me hungry very easily and that that the characters seem immature.
  • Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry
    It just didn’t happen.
  • A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray (3.5 stars)
    I read this with Cátia and Marie!
  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
    I wasn’t the only one in a slump, Cátia was affected as well.
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (3 stars)

What wasn’t on my list:

  • Lock & Mori: Mind Games by Heather W. Petty (4 stars)
    I still love this series very much, but I don’t see the point of reviewing the sequels. My dear Mori gets screwed over by everyone and it breaks my heart.
  • Road to Riverdale (4 stars)
    This is a collection of comics that inspired the Riverdale TV show. It includes the first issue of Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie and the Pussycats and Reggie as well as some set photos in comparison with panels from the comics. This is for people who want to try if the comics are for them!
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 2 (5 stars)
    I fell in love with Lockjaw! I want one! (I would go bankrupt just thinking about how much food he needs)
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 3 (5 stars)
    I really liked this volume! It could have done with more Loki, because I thought that was really fun, but the overall theme of love and betrayal was my jam.
  • Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (4 stars)
    I wanted something with family-vibes and I definitely got this here. It’s a closed story (kind of), which I always appreciate and it turned out darker at times, but not too much.

A Million Worlds with You (Firebird, #3) The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1) Mind Games by Heather W. Petty Road to Riverdale Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows

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Well, well, February was a busy month. It started off with a bang – with me getting my own domain! Life and Other Disasters now has the url it deserves and I feel so vindicated as a blogger. It’s definitely not necessary to have a paid site, but it did make everything more real and let’s face it, my previous url wasn’t exactly representative of the blog title.

I signed up for a camera acting class, which will start in exactly one week from now. Tiny grade school me would be so excited, but the closer I get to the date, the more nervous I am. We already got a couple of monologues, from which we are supposed to pick one and prepare for our first class. I have absolutely no idea what I am supposed to do with that. They said newbies should find a character that is most like them, but that was difficult given the selection I had to work with. Also, it just doesn’t sound like a conversation but more like me reading text. This is going to be nerve-wrecking! So, if anyone has tips for the actual performance, bring them on! I know that prepping with people or in front of the mirror helps, but where do I even start with getting to know the character when I neither have context to the scene nor any information on the character??

In other excellent news, I managed to upload 2 new chapters for Arcadia! YAY ME! I am back in writing spirits and am loving all the feedback and messages! If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can do so here. Currently there is a prologue and 9 chapters available with more to come soon! (If pinterest doesn’t distract me again …)

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September 2016 Wrap-Up

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At the beginning of this month, I was in a massive reading slump. I think I didn’t read a single page for 1-2 weeks, so I am quite happy with the outcome. Ultimately, I ended up reading 5 out of my 6 planned books. So, I am going with a YAY me for that one!

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)   The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)   P.S. I Like You   Unscripted Joss Byrd   Because I Love You

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So, last month was weird. I went to Germany for my uncle’s wedding pretty early on in the month, but I have no recollection of what else happened. I did go and see a German/Canadian/Italian/I-don’t-know-what-his-preferred-nationality-is comedian though, so that was fun!

I have started a new feature, called Writing Insights and I am so immensely happy that it was well received. I have already told most of you that I want to continue to share my story (which finally has a title), Arcadia, but am a little paranoid. So, last week I finally uploaded the prologue and the first chapter on wattpad! You can click here to read it. Sharing stuff like that still makes me very anxious, so I would love to get some feedback if you have the time, whether it be on wattpad itself, here, Twitter DM or whatever doesn’t matter!

You may have noticed that I didn’t post any unboxings yet and that has two reasons. Both boxes, Fairyloot and OwlCrate, took forever to get to me. In fact, OwlCrate is still not here, although it arrived in Vienna the other day, it is still in customs. Work was busy as well, so I just decided to post the unboxings once I had a couple days off (early next week probably). It will also be good, because I didn’t order any boxes for October, so that balances it out I guess.

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Little Update: Instagram (again …)

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So, GOOD NEWS! After a couple days of radio silence, they reactivated my account. No one explained to me what happened. I still never even received a mail for signing up on the page in the first place … Instagram is being way sketchier than I ever thought it was. Well, after I basically gave up on ever getting an account, it has happened now and it’s working just fine. I would love to follow you all and if you like for you to follow me as well. My handle is: kat_impossible (like pretty much everywhere else as well – gotta keep things simple!)

Drop me your handle in the comments! And celebrate this weird accomplishment with me! (Yes, I do consider this an accomplishment!)

The Notebook TV Show!

Yes, my friend, you read that right! They are planning to turn the 2004 movie The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (based on Nicholas Sparks novel of the same title) into a TV show!

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The CW has teamed up with Nicholas Sparks himself, who’s been very involved with the movie adaptations of his books, to create a TV show out of the story. The project is purely in development right now, so there is no specific information available at the moment. Still, it makes you wonder if it could actually work.

It seems that TV shows based on movies are very much in demand right now. Just think about Dominion (based on Legion/on Syfy) as well as upcoming shows Minority Report (Fox), Limitless and Rush Hour (CBS). Yet, the Notebook is a pretty iconic movie by now and many people automatically associate it with Gosling and McAdams in the lead roles.  It is going to be extremely difficult to pick the right actor/actress to replace them and with the CW being the network to take on the project, I hope they’ll go with some fresh faces instead of some of their repertoire-actors and -actresses. Come on, they do tend to use the same people over and over just in different shows.

However, I am also sort of glad that this is done by the CW. Some people don’t like the network very much, but I actually really appreciate their content. Also, I think that, due to its very romantic tone, the Notebook will fit in nicely with the other shows. They have proven to be able to pull of a costume drama (Reign) as well, so I am not even that worried about the show being set after World War II. (As of now, the Notebook TV show will only feature Noah and Allie in their youth and not when they’re older, but that could still change.)

What do you think? Could this be the real deal or should they just leave it alone?

P.S.: Because I couldn’t resist, here’s a BuzzFeed video of guys watching the Notebook for the first time. See, it’s not only for girls!

 

The Newsroom Series Finale

I am profoundly sad that the Newsroom is over. It’s like an era that has come to an end … the show will always have a special place in my heart. Beware of Spoilers for the Series Finale right ahead!

The video above pretty much sumarises all my thoughts about the finale. “What Kind of Day Has It Been” has been used for many a series finale by Aaron Sorkin and it fit this episode as much as any other. We reminisce about how it all started and how we got to the place we are today. I love the idealism of quality journalism, the need to inform the people and the heart and wit of every single character … just everything that the Newsroom stands for. I am going to miss it so very much!

But let’s look at it one last time:

  • This last episode was really an ode to Charlie’s character. We start at his funeral and begin to see that he was the one bringing the entire team together, keeping them together and fighting for them until the end. I love that we got to see that he wasn’t just a great co-worker and boss, but also a real family man.
  • Don and Sloan – I’ve grown to love them even more during the course of this series. They thought they were partially responsible for Charlie’s death, which was really heartbreaking to watch, when Charlie was in reality still counting on them to fight him. In the end, Don gets offered the position of Executive Producer of Newsnight, but refuses in order to stay EP for 10 o’clock with Sloan – they are on to something (good) there!
  • Neal comes back! Finally, he can set foot on American soil again without having to fear getting arrested and the first thing he does is scold the new guys from digital for ruining his effort of building a website with integrity. I was just so happy to see Dev Patel again. His storyline was really interesting and it’s a shame he wasn’t actually more part of it.
  • Maggie and Jim are finally (!!!) dating. After three years of ups and downs they are together now, but in that very moment they are about to become a couple, Maggie gets a job offer as Field Producer in Washington DC. Since Jim recommended her for the job, she fears that this means the end of their relationship, but he just truly thinks that she’s most suitable for the job. After he becomes Executive Producer of Newsnight, he offers her the job of Senior Producer, but she refuses. Instead she wants to try her luck in DC. For the first time in his life, Jim is willing to go the distance, because he loves Maggie and says that so very casually after three days of dating, that she can’t feel anything other than surprise. You have to love them!
  • Will was supposed to give a eulogy at Charlie’s funeral, but he couldn’t actually do it until much later. He also promises Charlie’s grandsons to be there for them. Additionally, he finds out that MacKenzie is pregnant, which spreads like wildfire after he accidentally spills the news to some co-workers. Also, after Lucas Pruit has some serious PR issues, he makes Mac (with some little help of Leona) the new Director of the News Division and therefore Charlie’s successor. I’m glad everything’s working out for the two of them.
  • As cheesy as it was, I loved the little musical performance of the guys, when they played “How I Got to Memphis” in the garage.

What were your favourite parts of the Series finale as well as the show as a whole? Did you enjoy it or was the Newsroom something that just wasn’t your thing?

The Newsroom – Season 3 Premiere

I am so happy to have this show back on screen! If you have no idea what The Newsroom is, I’m sorry, but you must have lived under a rock the past years. Click here to read my post from back in the days, which should give you enough reasons to start watching it soon! But this isn’t just a post about the show in general, instead it’s about the third and final Season PremiereSpoilers ahead!

It is so exhilarating to be back in the Newsroom. Seen as the show is one of the smartest and most perfectly written dramas on TV right now, I am sad to see it go. But let’s face it, the show always had an expiration date stamped on, because you cannot continue to tell stories like this forever, without losing credibility. Yet, Aaron Sorkin, creator and writer of the show, made sure that they’d go out with a bang!

The first episode throws us back to 2013 and the bombing during the Boston Marathon. After the Genoa debacle, they want to do everything right and won’t air anything without double confirmation of respectable sources. The events of season 2 have definitely left their traces and our Newsroom heroes are all on different pages now. Let’s break it down a little:

  • The whole team seems a bit cautious when it comes to reporting the news now. In fact, they are about the last channel that actually talks about the bombing. Also, they only want to use credible sources, which of course is nothing bad, but Twitter and other social media sites spread information like wildfire and the Newsroom doesn’t acknowledge this new development at all. Of course you’d still need proper confirmation before airing, but sometimes it’s good not to discredit all social media sources.
  • Will and Mac are planning their wedding (about time!) when they find out about the bombing. They don’t seem as confident as they used to be to me, at least not when it comes to their job. But they still have their team’s back and would go the extra mile for them. Will wants to quit after hearing that ACN ratings went down, but I think he reconsidered by the end of the episode.
  • Neal seems to have landed a big fish, when someone tries to give him confidential documents. After receiving the classified information though, Neal wants something more concrete from the whistleblower. By asking for that, he commits a federal crime himself by inspiring someone to espionage. At least he needs a lawyer now and that means the re-entry of Rebecca Halliday into the show.
  • Sloan and Don are the best together! I just love them – individually and as a couple. Throughout the episode Sloan discovers that there is a hostile takeover in store for ACN and warns Reese about it.
  • Reese Lancing isn’t a character many people like – why would they? But I just can’t stop picturing Danny Castellano from the Mindy Project, so I’m glad the Newsroom staff has his back.
  • At the beginning it seems like everyone doubts that Maggie is still cut out for the job. But she gets to go to Boston with Elliot and does quite well there, until she accidentally gives Elliot a chicken salad with nuts, although he’s allergic to them. You’d think that he’d get really angry, but he tells her to go on air instead of him and she is brilliant. You go Maggie! And at least we also know that Jim never doubted her!

I still love the show to bits and can’t wait for next week. Let’s just hope it ends as well as the first episode did – “We’re not in the middle of a third act; we just got to the end of the first!” That seems highly promising to me. What do you think?