February 2019 Wrap-Up

This month surely had its ups and downs. I’ve been sick to the point where I missed 1.5 weeks at work, which has never happened to me ever before and drove me slowly nuts. Nonetheless, I tried my best keeping up with my shows, the blog but I only read one single book. The Light Between Worlds was an absolute joy, and if you haven’t checked out my review of it yet, you totally should (click here). There wasn’t even a doubt in my mind that I would give it 5 stars, but I don’t think it should take up more space on this wrap up. I am instead going to talk a bit more about what else happened this month.

I am not sure all of you know, but my contract at work and therefore my internship would have run out this week, but I extended it for another 6 months and will be in Berlin until the end of August. Everything after that is still pretty hazy. I have some vague ideas of where I want to go and what I want to do, but I have given myself permission to just live my life until May and figure things out after that.

THINGS I LIKED THIS MONTH

(Because I have lost the ability to narrow it down)

For those of you who know me well, it comes as no surprise that Hozier is one of my favourite artists. I’ve been lucky enough to been to his concerts twice already, I met Andrew after the one in Berlin last November and now I got to attend an event that was just the cherry on top of it all! I got guest list tickets to an exclusive Hozier album listening experience. Wasteland, Baby! will be released on March 1st, however, I already had the privilege to listen to it in its entirety last Friday (so a week in advance), with Andrew/Hozier present, with him answering questions and a brief meet and greet photo opportunity. My favourite tall bean remains the kindest and most humble being. His music is magical and perfect as always! I can’t wait for you all to be able to listen to the new songs. They are quite more upbeat than the past album.

Also, look at that glow up from November 2018 to February 2019. We looked happy in the cold, but the professional photographer really pays off.

Something you will most likely also have noticed if you follow me on Twitter is that I have become very invested in SKAM … or more truthfully it’s German and French adaptations, Druck and Skam France. I don’t even know how this started. It was something about me wanting to watch more web series, my colleague knowing an actress on Druck, me checking it out and just being swallowed by it all. I still haven’t (and probably never will) watched the original, but I do adore what I’ve been seeing thus far. Also, I have been on a war path with the French language for years now and Axel and Maxence have managed to convince me to give it another try by portraying soft but cool and sometimes dumb Lucas and Eliott. I love them so much for it! (I talked more about this, but especially Druck, in my Galentine’s Day post!)

Lastly, there are probably a couple more shows that would deserve a shout out as they got me through my sick days, but I’ve already given you so many recommendations on what to watch anyway. I am sure I will include a lot of it in future binge-watching posts anyway.

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I hope you had a less turbulent month than me! Did you read something nice? Did you check out some of my posts? Let’s talk!

What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #6

I do watch a lot and it has become even more evident with these posts. I mean, this is already post #6 and I’ve written my first binge-watching round-up on the 17th of December. Let me know if you can think of a better way than numbering the posts maybe?

The Umbrella Academy

So, here’s the thing … I took Friday (the release day) off work, woke up in the morning (because Netflix shows release at 9AM in my country) and did a 10-hour-binge (without a break) of The Umbrella Academy. NO REGRETS!

The Umbrella Academy is a comic book that was, in part, created by My Chemical Romance member Gerard Way. That guy is incredibly talented and even if the show didn’t stick to the comics 100%, they did a formidable job in adapting the story and characters. This isn’t your usual “superheroes need to save the world” kind of deal. This is more of a “we are all completely messed up but better together and therefore need to somehow make this family with all its massive issues work so that we don’t end this world”. Exciting, right?

I already knew that I would love the show based on the casting alone. I miss Tom Hopper’s days on Black Sails dearly, Ellen Page is just too cool for this world and my darling and absolute favourite, Robert Sheehan, gets to play the most awesome character on the show. I think I’ve said this before, but characters that are called Klaus have like an instant plus with me and, lo and behold, Sheehan’s character Number Four was also called Klaus! It was just coincidence that I also absolute loved his persona on the show after the fact though. I liked the acting all around, but I feel like Sheehan got to show his full range with craziness as well as deep emotions, showing a performance that’s a little bit reminiscent of his role Nathan on Misfits. I just love the dude, alright?

Also, on a last note: the music selection and the random put fitting dancing scenes are perfection!

The Dragon Prince (Season 2)

The thing with the Dragon Prince is that I really enjoy the show but the seasons are SO short. It takes me a little bit to get into it and by the time I actually want to just sit there and binge it all, it kind of … ends? In my opinion, season 1 was a little bit better, but not by much. It’s just that I hoped for a bit more development in terms of the relationship between the characters, but I don’t think that a lot has changed throughout the season. They all had their own stuff to deal with and had more singular focus than group efforts. So, I am not saying that wasn’t interesting, I just hoped for something a bit different.

Also, I love Bait and he was massively neglected this season. I legit looked up if you can buy a plush of him (you can, but unfortunately only in shops that don’t ship to me), that’s how much I love him and he deserved better.

Sorry for Your Loss

I started watching this show a while back, but I only now realised that Facebook Watch is, in fact, available in Germany and that I could binge the rest now. They did such a quiet release of the platform, I think a lot of people are missing out on it.

Sorry for Your Loss is an amazing show about grief. We all deal differently with loss and that’s cool, but most media are scared to dig into the really not so pretty sides of it all. When you are grieving you can be selfish, mean, angry and all of that for however long you need it to be. I have to say that I preferred the scenes when we were with Leigh (Elizabeth Olsen) instead of her mum or sister, but obviously the whole thing affected them too.

This show isn’t about plot, a lot of that is predictable, but it is instead about characters. It’s about their feelings and relationships, how hard it is to find out things about someone who is gone and having no way to talk to them about it and that’s the kind of show I just dig! Episodes aren’t too long, so if things are getting too heavy for you, you don’t have to sit through an entire hour.

And as a little final treat – the show was renewed for a second season, so it will continue in fall 2019.


Do you watch any of the shows I mentioned here? Do you want to talk about them? Let’s chat!

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!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Feb 4-10)

I am still not 100% healthy again (darn you, clogged ear!) but I am feeling much better. I did unfortunately have to miss out on a couple things last week, but I did get to go to an event on Friday, which was better than nothing. Also, I left that one before midnight, so I felt very Cinderella-esque with my constant “I should go!”, while all the others kept partying. Anyhow, we are here for trailers!

Movies

The Sun is Also a Star

I feel like most of you will already have seen this, because it’s one of the most anticipated YA adaptations of the year, but it’s just so freaking beautiful.

Avengers: Endgame

We all needed to get sad again I suppose …

Shaft

We’re just getting reboots of everything these days, aren’t we?

Giant Little Ones

I’d watch this in a heartbeat!

Love Is Blind

I .. am not sure I get it all. She doesn’t see OR hear them? How?? But Aidan Turner … I’d watch it on some streaming platform probably.

Daffodils

I did not think this would turn into a musical?

Ugly Dolls

It looks cuter here than in the teaser, but it still feels like they want to recreate Trolls.

Missing Link

I like the look of this.

Toy Story 4

Is it really gonna take place in a carnival thing?

Wonder Park

Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

It doesn’t feel that Netflix to me.

TV Shows

The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 3)

I am so pumped for this, but also terrified of what will happen.

Dating Around

Wait! Netflix is helping people date now!? And they release it on Valentine’s Day in case you are single and want to watch other people date???

What We Do in the Shadows

Taika, you freaking mad genius!

In the Dark

I know that shows like this (reminds of Frequency for some reason) don’t last very long on the CW, but it’s the CW. I will watch it.

Grand Hotel

That guy who is applying for the job in the first scene is a close friend of a friend and I can’t get over that fact.

American Princess

It looks so weird, I dig it.

The Other Two

This doesn’t look like it will last at all.

LA’s Finest

I mean … I am not even into crime shows, but this looks fun. Sort of?

Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists

I can’t believe that the one person from the original show that is on here is Ali. I never liked her. (Okay, Mona is in it too, but … ugh)

Doom Patrol

Here for it!

Warriors

Sure, why not?

Anything catch your eye? There’s a couple things I am quite excited for. Let’s talk!

October 2018 Wrap-Up

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

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

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

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

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

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

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

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

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.

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DISCUSSION TIME

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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 Infinity Dreams Award

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Okay, so we all know that I am terrible at doing award posts! I am always late (often months) and I never do it in the right order and for that I am sorry. It’s so difficult to come up with all the facts about myself, but the Infinity Dream Award offers me the possibility to answer some questions and that’s a lot easier. So, HUGE THANK YOU for nominating me and being patient to Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, Jordan @Words … I Need Words and finally also Rae @Bookmarkchronicles!

Rules: (and prepare for some cheating on my part)

1. Thank and follow the blog that nominated you.

2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself.

3. Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers and set questions for them.

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