January 2019 Wrap-Up

For the first time in a long time, this section in the beginning that is always dedicated to books, isn’t completely empty. I’ve gotten a bit of my reading groove back and had a blast with most of the reads I picked. Not gonna lie, I have become even more careful with the selection of stories I actually read, just because I don’t want to end up in the slump that was the previous year again.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea  Dumplin’ Movie Tie-in Edition  Welcome to Lovecraft (Locke & Key, #1)  Echo North

Like in the olden days, click on the titles to get to my reviews and on the covers to get re-directed to Goodreads!

January was a challenging month for me. I don’t want to get into the details as most of what happened was very private and took me a long time to come to terms with, so I’d rather not rehash it all. However, all of that made January feel like years and the blink of an eye at the same time. It was a strange one, so much so that I didn’t even hesitate for a second writing the date in the title. I am DEEP into 2019 already.

All that aside, I did actually post a couple new chapters in the Google Doc for the #witchyWIP that still roams my mind just … every single day. I haven’t had the time and energy to write the way I wanted to, but maybe going with the craze and switching to Comic Sans as a font did help a little bit. I have also decided to publish the existing chapters on wattpad in the near future. Any takers for that? (I hope so, because at least some people were interested in a little Twitter poll I did)

So, while I’ve been productive to a certain degree and able to balance some aspects of my life better than others, I am somewhat glad this month is over. It just wasn’t exactly a smooth start into 2019.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

Hands down, it just HAS to be a tie between Halt and Catch Fire and the Roswell reboot on the CW. Both of those shows have completely enthralled me for very different reasons, so don’t make me choose!

Halt and Catch Fire has complex characters that aren’t really likable … at all. They are so very flawed, but as you watch, they grow on you big time and you cannot help but love them regardless. Also, it’s set in the world of computer programming and engineering in the 80s with excellent female badasses. 10/10 would recommend if you are into slow character studies (and a better Mad Men).

Roswell, New Mexico on the other hand is everything CW represents and I am here for it. It has beautiful actors and actresses, most of whom will look very familiar from previous shows on the network. It feels very current, with them not holding back on making political statements and trying their best at integrating LGBTQ+ characters (I say try, because sometimes they are misguided, but I give them A for effort). Most importantly though, I like this reboot so, so, so, so, so much more than the Charmed one (They lost me when they butchered the whole whitelighter storyline). Roswell, NM is nothing like the show from the 90s, but you DEFINITELY have the chemistry between the characters. It works that they are all aged up to adults and I feel like they all got more pressing conflicts than their High School equivalents did. It’s still early days, but I am in love.

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2018 IN REVIEW

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That was a short recap of my month of January! I hope you had a less turbulent start into the new year and I am looking forward to chatting with you!

November 2018 Wrap-Up

Can you believe it? I actually read something last month. It doesn’t really warrant a full round-up of books, as it was one singular novel, but I am still glad that books haven’t left my life entirely. I read Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby (click on the title to get to my review) but I also got halfway through A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I am enjoying it a lot so far, but I was just super busy and didn’t get around to finishing it before the end of the month.

So, what else has been happening in November? It was a time of doing nothing and way too much at the same time. I still haven’t managed to make any friends outside of work. That fact leads to me really looking forward to the weekend and having a little bit of a break, while also dreading it endlessly because I will be all by myself. However, no one can tell me that I haven’t made an effort!

During the past month, I went to a number of events – some related to work, others completely on my own volition! I got to go to the opening of a new cinema, where they showed an exclusive advance screening of Fantastic Beasts 2. Also, the opening screening (with one of our films) of the French Film Week in Berlin, and two concerts. I was especially excited about the Hozier concert, because I’ve seen him live before and it was the best.

The concert turned out to be even better than I expected. I was seated (this was a surprise as the event wasn’t supposed to be seated) right behind the opening act (Saint Sister) and Andrew basically sang while looking our way the entire time. In a way, it felt a little like he was singing it all to me and I still felt free enough to sing my heart out in return.

And then, this week, Saint Sister was back in Berlin playing their own gig and I went to that concert too. Again, I was kind of on my own on this one, but Saint Sister (just like Hozier) and their opening act, Ciaran Lavery, are all from Ireland and there were a lot of Irish people around, I sort of felt at home. I honestly don’t really know what happened, but I was in this crowd of strangers and they were playing beautiful music and … I just started crying and didn’t even care? Afterwards, I had a really nice chat with Ciaran and I wasn’t even the one who approached him. He started talking to me and what has my life become?

I want to do more of those things. Maybe find more Irish acts who perform in Berlin? Because I have a feeling that the same people tend to visit those gigs and maybe that will mean I’ll finally find some likeminded folks and hopefully also friends here? Anyway, it was all a lot of fun and really exciting but at the same time massively exhausting. I am still surprised I didn’t get sick like 80% of my co-workers did.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

It simply has to be the fact that I actually got to meet Andrew (Hozier) after the concert. He is the kindest, tallest bean out there and he even signed my ticket. What a lovely bloke!

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

Again, I was terribly bad at keeping up with your posts, unless you tagged me in them. However, a couple of you took part in NaNoWriMo and I just want to say I AM SO PROUD OF YOU! No matter if you wrote 1 or 50,000+ words, you attempted something brave and deserve recognition for it. So, if you have a round-up on your NaNo experience or any other kind of post you’d like to share with me, don’t hesitate to leave a link in my comments!

MY POSTS

WRITING RELATED

ALL KINDS OF TAGS

TRAILER POSTS

This was my month! How was yours? Do you have any kind of favourite type of event where you like to meet new people? Let’s chat!

September 2018 Wrap-Up

My first month in Berlin is over and we will see if this is going to be a super short or very rambly post about all the things that have happened since I got here. First off, let’s start with the books I’ve read. Even if it’s only two, that is a 200% improvement from last month, so I am quite happy with that accomplishment. I still might lower my Goodreads goal, just because I’d like for it to actually be achievable, but here’s what I read in September for now:

Parsnips, Buttered: How to win at modern life, one email at a time  The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

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

Where do I even start to tell you what all happened this month? My new job started in a sort of frenzy as we were preparing for the world premiere of Michael Bully Herbig’s new movie “Ballon” (watch the trailer here – it’s in German though). His name might not mean much to you, but the German speaking folks will know that he is one of the most successful directors and actors in the country. His movies are ranked among the top 10 highest grossing movies of all time in Germany, just that he usually does comedies and this is his first thriller based on real events none the less. You can see how that is all mighty exciting!

Seeing all of this unfold, getting to meet the actors and being part of publicity stunts and ultimately watching the movie in a theater with all kinds of celebrities (Tokio Hotel of all people was there!?) was so much fun! And I was really impressed by it, because you could basically cut the tension in the room – the suspense was real! It’s not that I haven’t done these kind of things before, but just like Germany has about ten times as many people as Austria, it also has events and premieres on a much bigger scale. 

My boss was also kind enough to take me with her to the First Steps Awards, which felt like a really exclusive and great event. It celebrated new talents in the film industry, and not just actors and actresses, but everything from camera, writers and directors to producers. Shopping for it was a tiny bit of a nightmare, because I at least wanted to look semi-fancy and my size seems to be not-available in most stores, but in the end I saw so many people I have admired for a long time. I don’t feel like I could have experienced anything like it back in Vienna. 

Overall, my mind is quite occupied with work. I am one of those people who eats, breaths and dreams about work (the latter leading to some really weird stuff as some of my close friends will know). Deep inside, I know that I need a healthier work-life-balance. That my life shouldn’t be all about the job, but meeting new people and making new friends. I like Berlin and I feel like the streets I am walking on are slowly becoming a part of me, but I haven’t really found my people yet. It takes time and maybe I am not taking the necessary measures (aside from that one time I totally got friend-rejected) to really be pro-active and be in the world. But I am not going to lie, I really enjoy just sleeping the days away on the weekend.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

My favourite thing this month was to just watch a whole lot of German movies. In my mind, I always thought that I was meant to work in more of an English-language kind of industry, but being where I am right now, I can honestly say that I like German movies. I know a lot of the names and faces. There is a real difference to Austrian ones in tone and vibe and, as mentioned before, scale. I don’t know how interested you’d be in reading a post about that one day, but I could talk about all the good and bad ones I’ve watched lately? I just have no clue how many of them would be available with subtitles or such …

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read any posts, except for the ones I was tagged in. I haven’t been on the laptop much and the first couple of weeks, I didn’t even have internet in my own room, but I am really trying to get back into it and engage more again. So, to help me with that, leave the link to one (or more) of your favourite posts by yourself and bloggers you like in the comments! I will try my best to check them all out! I also promise to check my spam comments more often, just to make sure none of you accidentally end up there.

MY POSTS

ALL KINDS OF TAGS

TRAILER POSTS

That’s all from me for now! I hope you enjoyed this very rambly summary of my month. What have you been up to? Let’s chat in the comments below!

June 2018 Wrap-Up

Can you believe we are wrapping up June already? I have to say, I thought this year would go very differently from the way it did. Anyways, I am actually quite happy with the amount of reading I managed this month. And I am even more happy that the number of books I am behind on my Goodreads challenge is slightly decreasing. Here is what I’ve read:

Jackaby (Jackaby, #1)  The Immortalists  Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2)  The Song of Achilles  To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

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

I have become increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in certain areas of my life. I know that I am definitely partially responsible for it, but it isn’t ALL on me and therefore I feel a little stuck. That’s never a nice feeling, so I tried to do as much as possible and to keep as busy as I can and succeeded in doing so. I went to a small film premiere for one of the funniest Austrian movies I have seen in recent years, I also got to go on a set visit for an Austrian TV show that hasn’t even aired yet and went to the monthly board game night one of my friend’s coordinates. In addition to that, I went to the movies with an entire branch of my family, there were several birthdays and I started to go to yoga again. It’s all baby steps, but I will get where I need to go in the end.

I am also really happy to have established a sort of routine for myself, which involves working on Arcadia for at least three days a week. I did publish a new chapter, but I want to hopefully upload more than one per month from here on out. Also, I have come to the conclusion that Arcadia will be a duology and even though there is still a couple chapters left in part one of the series, it will be done rather sooner than later. It took me a while to figure out what was holding me back in writing more, until I gathered that there was just too much I wanted to pack into one book. This will make things a whole lot easier for me! Nonetheless, I could use your motivation more than ever and I just love getting feedback and reactions! Read Arcadia here if you haven’t yet and let me know what you think!!

Lastly, it was my 5-year-blogiversary and I had so much fun answering all YOUR questions! If you missed the posts, I put the links below and if there are still questions you want to ask me, you can do so in the comments. I did a little giveaway and my good friend Marie won and she recently received her gift and I couldn’t be happier that she likes it! Also, Life and Other Disasters now officially has more than 2000 WordPress followers and I am so happy this happened in the blogiversary month.

FAVOURITE THING OF THE MONTH

This is a kind of random segment I just established in this very moment. Basically, I want to showcase a book/show/movie/song that was my absolute favourite thing of the month. For all of you who follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed a short period of time, where my account has basically become a fan account for the movie Set It Up, but I was just so in awe of it! It’s very much in the spirit of older rom-coms (which I have missed SO much) but it is current and has an amazing cast. I watched it several times and have no regrets whatsoever! (The pizza scene is iconic forever!!!)

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I like that this little section has become a fixture in my wrap-up because all of you are creating such great content and I just feel like it needs to be shared.

  • T. Mack is a fellow blogger I feel like I have a lot in common with, so I was extremely delighted to see her spotlight the show Queer Eye. We all need it in our lives and I just hope everyone reads the article and then watches the show! There is no makeover show this impacting anywhere else out there.
  • The Orang-utan Librarian gives us another writing insight post on the difference between showing and telling (something I have personally struggled with)!
  • Sophie tells us all reasons as to why we should participate in Camp NaNo and explains the whole event a little further for people who are unfamiliar with it.
  • Meggy does something unplanned and gets personal and it is beautiful!
  • Lia wrote an amazing post to bring awareness about romance in media and how you apparently can’t find a happy ending if you are not willing to be in a relationship (which is totally not the right way of thinking!!).
  • Lois got to visit Canada this month (guess who was super jealous and wanted to hide in her suitcase?) and has written her first travel diary post! I cannot wait for the rest of it!
  • Nicka wrote this really relatable post about getting lost in your 20s and how it’s okay to not have it all figured out.
  • Lastly, I GOT INTERVIEWED! Deborah was so kind as to ask me some really interesting questions for her Blogger to Blogger series and I’d love it for all of you to check it out and maybe find out something new about me.

MY POSTS

BLOGIVERSARY POSTS

ALL KINDS OF POSTS

MOVIE/TV RELATED

TRAILER POSTS

So, this was my month! What do you think? Let’s chat about all the things that happened!

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!

April 2018 Wrap-Up

I usually do my wrap-ups on the last day of the month, but I wanted to see if I could finish one more book because I am behind two reads on my Goodreads challenge … but, it didn’t happen because I fell asleep. So, that’s that! Here are the books I got to:

Dear Martin  To Kill a Kingdom  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  Famous in Love (Famous in Love, #1)

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

Where January was super slow, I feel like every month since has just been passing faster each time. I wish I had some really exciting tales to tell, but it’s pretty much all same old same old for me.

I hit a bit of a motivational low this month, so my blog posts and Arcadia updates weren’t exactly regular. I also wanted to draw and paint a lot, but had to struggle with the same creative low as I did with blogging. However, I am taking part in a contest to win the role as an extra for the German TV show Sankt Maik. It’s this fun story about a con man who poses as a priest to avoid getting arrested and then falls in love with the local police woman as well as the village he is stationed at. All you have to do to enter is create some sort of fan art and here is my take:

I would love for you to like it (or even comment) on my instagram here, because even though the number of likes and such doesn’t count towards you getting the role, it shows the people who host the contest how invested I am and maybe gives me a slight advantage? Even if I don’t win, some of the runner ups get the first season on DVD and I’d love that as well.

ELSEWHERE ON THE BLOGOSPHERE

I have been overwhelmed with love for this community during the past month because so many of you lovely people have nominated me for the 2nd annual book blogger award and I have no words for how much that meant to me. I feel infinitely guilty for not putting up a nomination post myself and just want you to know that I really appreciate each and every one of you.

  • Marta has once again made an excellent point as to why trigger warnings are important even if they don’t concern you personally (I have to do so much better on that front myself).
  • Marie has hit home with yet another fantastic discussion post, this time about feeling validation as a blogger. So many people underestimate how helpful just a little recognition is, but how much it also matters to give yourself the credit you deserve.
  • Avery finally posted one of my most anticipated features – What’s on the Box! As a TV fanatic, I encourage everyone to venture out into that area if it’s something you’re interested in.
  • The Orang-Utan Librarian loved reading a book I recommended and I feel proud for spreading the love (and tears) that come with Words In Deep Blue.
  • Hannah had me all jealous about her unboxings for Fairyloot and the Wizarding World box!
  • Michelle is back home and I cannot believe how quickly time passed and how fortunate she was to have seen Love, Simon since it will take forever to come out in most of the other European countries.
  • Beth talked about how there’s pressure for book bloggers to have all the new releases and asked us how we felt about it.

MY POSTS

WRITING RELATED

ALL KINDS OF TAGS

#CURRENTLYWATCHING

TRAILER POSTS

That’s it from my side in terms of April! How was your month? What’s happening in May? Let’s talk!

Celebrating the Little Things Tag

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It doesn’t always have to be a major milestone to be worth mentioning! Celebrating the Little Things is just as important and therefore I want to thank the Orang-Utan Librarian for tagging me to do this lovely tag. Let’s spread some joy and love!

Who was your very first follower (if you can find out) tag them and give them a shout out!

Wow, seen as I’ve been doing this for more than three years, I am definitely going to have to check the stats page for that one! *does a quick change of tabs, mad typing and searching* The first person who absolutely made my day is – Emily Rose @Every Rose Has a Thorn. I am ashamed to say that I did not keep up with her blog, but from what I saw, her last post went up in 2014. I wonder what compelled her to stop blogging …

What was the last milestone you reached?

Just last week I surpassed 900 followers!

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What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us! If you can find out.

Ha! I totally remember that! It was a ranking of my Top 3 British TV shows and although tastes change over the years, those shows are still pretty high up there … mostly at least. Some of the panel shows I mentioned after the ranking I had to google though, because I couldn’t actually remember what they were …

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Who was your most recent follower, tag them and give them a shout out!

My most recent follower is Rafaela @The Portuguese Bibliophile. She just started her blog yesterday (?) and even though I know virtually nothing about her, she seems to have good taste in books. So that’s already a huuuuge plus!

What was the last post you posted and who was the very first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!

The last thing I posted was my weekly Trailer roundup and the first person who liked it was Megan @Bookslayer Reads! (Thanks for that!)

How many months have you been blogging for?

3 years and 4 months – HOLY SMOKES, WHERE IS THE TIME GOING?

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Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out.

There are so many amazing people that I have met through blogging and I feel so very lucky to call some of them my friends! So huge shout out to Cátia, Cristina, Marie, Fadwa, Regina, Donna, Rami and The Orang-Utan Librarian who was kind enough to nominate me for this thing! I seriously hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, but if I have I AM SO SORRY!

Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!

The last tag I did, before this one obviously, was The Ruler of Books tag, which was apparently created by Ariel Bissett, who is one of the few booktubers I watch. (I have nothing against BookTube, but I am spending enough time on the internet as it is!) She’s cool, you should definitely check her out!

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Have you any social media related to your blog?

Is TONS the right answer?

       

I also have snapchat (kat_impossible) but I very rarely use it …

Last but not least …. Just give thanks to all your followers.

I don’t even know where to start, because I am not lying when I say that I still get extremely excited about each and every person that visits my blog. Getting to know you and sharing opinions on here, finding support and this being such a great community as a whole just regularly makes my day! I LOVE YOU ALL AND CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH! Glitter bombs and hugs for everyone!!!

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So, that was really nice. I am going to do the same thing as the people before me and TAG everyone who got mentioned in this post! Also, if you just feel like spreading some love and celebrating the little things, you consider yourself tagged too! Just link back here and I will gladly look at your post!