Musings

End of Year Survey 2016

Hey, I’m even a little over a month earlier than last year! As always, I semi-prepared this but didn’t finish in time, but wanted to finish it nevertheless. It’s supposed to be functioning as a memory aid for my future self. Anyway, here are some of the books I’ve read in 2016 and my thoughts on them …

Top Ten Tuesday #37: Irish Is Awesome #2

It’s All About Audio freebie time and since I had this post in the pipeline for so long, I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to publish it! Maybe you remember the last post, which I published shortly after finishing my Bachelor thesis. The covers of Avicii and Macklemore were the only thing that kept me sane during that horrific week of writing. How fitting that I just finished my Master degree. This time, my writing routine was very different. Although I did finish only hours before handing it in, I wasn’t under that much pressure because I managed to distribute the work fairly over a couple of weeks. Still, these ten covers below are wonderful and really make me want to work on my Gaeilge skills. Coláiste Lurgan makes those as part of their summer school project to add zest to Gaeilge for teens. They are absolutely fantastic …

To Hate or Not to Hate Tauriel …

… that is the question! For many people, there seems to be an easy answer. There’s so much hating out there, it makes me sick to my stomach, especially since some people just can’t distinguish between Tauriel, a fictional character, and Evangeline Lilly, an actual person who breathed life into said character because that’s her job as an actress. Seriously, people, what the hell is wrong with you?! If you’re in for a Tauriel witch hunt, fine, suit yourself. Just keep Evangeline out of it. For what it’s worth, she did a bloody brilliant job. It’s not her fault that the material she had to work with turned the whole thing into a mess …

Irish is awesome! Popular songs in Irish even more so!

Ever since my first visit to Ireland in 2008, I’m obsessively in love with the country having returned multiple times. I just love everything about the Emerald Isle. A part of this fascination concerns the Irish language, Gaeilge. It is the first official language and therefore all street signs are written in Gaeilge (most of them have English ’subtitles‘) and many people have Gaelach names – and that’s a huge problem for a foreigner. Gaeilge just happens to be a language that is completely mental! Don’t get me wrong, I love it – how could I not, since my own name is Gaelach. But I just really don’t know what they were thinking when they decided on the spelling. It just makes no sense whatsoever. Don’t believe me? …

New Year’s Reading Resolutions

Wait, is it 2014 already?!

First, I wanted to let you know that I’m currently writing my bachelor thesis which I have to hand in in February. This means that I won’t have much time for blogging. Still, I’ll try to give you a couple of posts although I don’t really see it happen right now. I’m sorry, but I will be back soon …

Eisblumen und Schneekristalle / Ice Flowers and Snow Crystals

Eisblumen & Schneekristalle (engl. Ice Flowers & Snow Crystals) is one of my beloved abandoned projects. I don’t know when I started it, nor do I know what kind of story I wanted to tell, which ultimately led to my abrupt stop. I just wrote it without thinking, without knowing where it would lead. It fits perfectly into Christmas time, so I thought I’d share it with you. I recommend reading it in German if possible, since this is the language I originally wrote it in …

We ♥ Books Herbstmarathon

Hallo ihr lieben Leseratten! Heute steigt der Herbstlesemarathon von Sandy @ Nightingale’s Blog und ich bin schon ganz aufgeregt! Das ist nämlich mein aller aller erster Lesemarathon mit einer Gruppe. Bisher hatte es nie geklappt, aber heute habe ich zur Abwechslung mal ’nichts‘ vor. Eigentlich müsste ich noch ein Paket zur Post bringen und meine Pferdchen habe ich auch schon seit einer Ewigkeit nicht mehr gesehen. Vielleicht werde ich mich dementsprechend irgendwann mal ausklinken. Sollte ich mich denn aufraffen können, das Haus zu verlassen. Die Chancen stehen eher schlecht …