#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On July 30

Hello my lovely booklovers,

how are you? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

If we were having coffee today, we’d stay inside and watch the rain. The weather has turned again and it’s actually pretty cool again, considering we’re meant to be in the middle of summer. I NEED to relocate somewhere warm.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my thesis is coming along, although my computer continues to play up. If you’ve got any suggestions for a decent but affordable laptop that’s good for writing on the go and editing pictures, (and compatible with Windows 7-10)  I’m all ears. I seriously need suggestions.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that two weeks off work go by way too quickly, and I didn’t get half the stuff done I wanted to. My sleep rhythm (already pretty out of whack) is now completely screwed – it was too hot most nights – and I’m nowhere near rested. Work on my thesis was slower than I wanted it to be, but that’s due to my laptop crashing and playing up. Rebooting takes time. I feel like some days I only got a paragraph written because it crashed that often. I am sure I’ve lost a few unsaved paragraphs along the way as well. I had hoped my laptop would at least hold out until after the thesis is done, but that is not going to happen.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I am well jealous of all the people who already got their hands on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Mine is pre-ordered, so I’m hoping it’ll get here tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest! Are you a Potterhead? Because I am. Hogwarts is home. I’m pretty proud of being a Gryffindor. And I’m freaking out about getting new material. “Even after all this time?” “Always.”

If we were having coffee, I’d have something non-bookish to show you. You may not know this about me, but once upon a time I was a dancer. I spent every free minute at the dancing school, even helped to teach a few Intro and Advanced classes here and there. And that’s Ballroom and Latin American dances, by the way. I come from a dancing family – my grandparents danced for years and later supervised youth courses and even served as competition judges. My parents met at dancing school and went on to dance competitively – their discipline of choice was Jive. And my granddad was a gifted Slow Fox dancer – to the point of if someone was offering three cheers to him, instead of “hip, hip hooray”, everybody would say “Quick, Quick, Slow.” I myself started dancing at 14. Always just for fun, never at competitions. I met my dancing partner Patrick in 2000, while we were in the same school production. The last time we danced together was in 2007. In Brisbane, Australia. I was on my Gap Year, he was an exchange student down there, and we met up and decided to look around and dance. We found the dance night at the Queensland Irish Association, and a guy called Patrick and a red-headed girl called Conny with fluent but hard-to-place European English accents passed as “The Couple from Ireland” all night. And we played along. You should have seen their faces when we told them we learned to dance in Germany – “why yes, we went to Germany specifically to learn how to dance.” As if. We were best at Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Jive. Then life got in the way, I couldn’t find a proper dancing school near my university, then couldn’t afford the fee once I did. We both moved away. My ex had two left feet and dancing became less and less a part of my life. Then I twisted my hip 3cm backwards, and once that was sorted slipped two discs in my lower back. Sometimes just standing for a few minutes hurts. I haven’t seen Patrick in about 5 years. And then he wished me a happy birthday out of the blue. While trying to create a backup copy of my desktop in case my laptop crashes irretrievably, I dug around that external hard-drive, and lo-and-behold I found some old, forgotten videos of Patrick and I, dancing. And now I miss it more than ever. The videos are horribly underlit, mostly out-of-focus and one has a running commentary from a drunk friend, but I wanted to show them to you. Excuse the shoddy camera work  – the lesson I learned is never trust someone else with your camera settings. But yeah, I wanted to show you guys, that once upon a time, I knew what to do on a dancefloor. And I’m using the videos as incentives to get my back and legs finally back up to strength, because at the moment, my back wouldn’t let me do two Jives back to back painfree.

The first video is of us in 2004 at the Christmas Ball at my local dancing school. We’re dancing Rumba (my absolute favourite). And fun fact: the couple mostly to our left and in front (until the very end when the camera pans right) are the parents of German Football World Cup winner Christoph Kramer. Small world (yes, he’s from my hometown). I used to serve them drinks at that dancing school for a few years (I was working, you can see my name tag). 🙂

The other video is that last dance night in Brisbane at the Tara Ballroom of the Queensland Irish Association. It’s not our best work – we’d not danced together properly in at least a year, so there are a few missteps but at least we’re having fun. We’re dancing 1 1/2 Jives and half a Cha Cha Cha before the video cuts out. But the girl who filmed this saw us interact in town, and actually took photos of us walking away together completely in sync, from our steps, how we turn our feet, the swing of our arms and even the way we held our messenger bags (basically it amounts to several pics of our behinds, and I’m sparing you those). I think that just goes to show we were so used to each other’s rhythm, we’d automatically fall in step. If nothing else, feel free to use the “couple from Ireland” bit in your writing, or the fact that two teenagers / early tweens (in the first video we were 17 and 20, in the second we’re 19 and 22) would go out of their way on the other side of the world to find a “traditional” dance party that plays Ballroom & Latin rather than going clubbing. And yes, we were by far the youngest. And before you ask, the discussion at the start of “Johnny B. Goode” was about me wearing worn-out, second-hand shoes I would have lost if we’d done any proper Rock ‘n’ Roll kicks.

So that’s my show and tell 🙂 Do you miss any old hobbies?

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I am honoured to have been asked to be a bridesmaid for a very dear friend from university next year. In Cardiff. I guess next to the dancing, fitting into a nice bridesmaid’s dress is another incentive to get back into the swing of things. That and the fact that there seems to be increased interest in the Fitness Journals I sell on Etsy through my shop LifeInNotes. I do have a few other reasons as well, but I’m not going to bore you with those.

If we were having coffee, I’d ask whether you’ve seen this week’s Top Ten Tuesday about the things books made us want to do or learn. Is there anything reading a book made you want to try or find out more about?

Anyway, if we were having coffee today, I’d leave you with one last video. This is a music video for the song “Heimat – Ich komm zurück” by Jan & Jascha. They’re a local band (and used to be part of the band FreiFall),  the song is about always coming back home, and because they’re local lads (they’re actually Patrick’s classmates) the video was filmed in and around my hometown of Solingen (and neighbouring Wuppertal – the bit with the “hanging train” or “upside down train”… It’s called Schwebebahn here). So yes, this is what my neck of the woods looks like. There’s a line in the song about “the hills and valleys looking really good, you’re [the town] my personal trainer, it’s always going uphill…” As someone who lives halfway up a hill and has to go further uphill to reach any part of the inner city, I can only concur.

The lyrics translate like this:

You often sink in the rain,
you’re misty and grey,
commuters stand in traffic
on your streets each morning.
You’re not famous,
you don’t set trends;
you’re more like a Polo
than a Mercedes-Benz.

But every time I’m not here for a while
because my Fernweh got the better of me
I realise quickly that I need you,
my old nest, my habitat.

I’m coming back, I’m coming back
Here is my home, here I’ll find my luck.
I’m coming back, I’m arriving
you’ll be my home, as long as I live.

Your old buildings
could tell stories
you’ve got magical fields
in which castles stand.
Your hills and valleys
simply look great
you’re my personal trainer
it’s always going uphill

You attract me
you’re my magnet
no matter which continent I’m on.
My compass always points to you
you’ll never lose me completely.

I’m coming back, I’m coming back
Here is my home, here I’ll find my luck.
I’m coming back, I’m arriving
you’ll be my home, as long as I live.

You get by without a skyline,
you’re charming, not arrogant.
You don’t need a big show
You’re not built-up
not too loud,
You’re enough
You’re enough

I’m coming back, I’m coming back
Here is my home, here I’ll find my luck.
I’m coming back, I’m arriving
you’ll be my home, as long as I live.

So yes, a very musical Weekend Coffee Share. Check out the other Weekend Coffee Sharers as well! I’m sure they’d love to see you.

Thank you for having coffee with me. Same time, next week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Things Books Made Me Want To Do Or Learn

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about our Top 10 Things Books Made Me Want To Do Or Learn.

1.) Surfing
Unfortunately, I live way too far away from any sort of beach. I came close to learning how to surf in New Zealand, but all that amounted to was bodyboarding. Maybe next time I’m in Australia or California or anywhere else known for its surf, I’ll give it a try. Probably need to work on my fitness and balance beforehand, though.


2.) The Maori language
Living in New Zealand, I actually picked up a few words in Te Reo Maori, but I’d love to speak it fluently. I think it’s a beautiful and rich language, and the Maori culture has intrigued me since before I moved to New Zealand. I might have to look into Maori friends willing to give me lessons via Skype.


3.) Become a journalist
I did end up studying journalism and becoming a freelance journalist, although I did stick to local news. I have the utmost respect for any colleagues who work in conflict zones around the world and who put their lives on the line to report the news. On assignment in South Africa I reported from the site of fatal train crashes (19 dead on my first day at work) and my colleagues and I once got caught in a street shooting on our way back to the office (none of us 2 reporters and 1 photographer were hurt, miraculously, but two taxi drivers from different gangs killed each other) – let’s just say gutsy journalists run towards the gunshots… and I’ll never do that again without a bullet-proof vest just for the sake of an exclusive first-on-scene report.


4.) Travel Writing
Any book by Bill Bryson, really, makes me want to hit the road and pay attention and write about the things I see and the people I encounter. I have a degree in Travel Journalism, and have published my fair share of travel features, but a proper travelogue is still missing from my list.


 

5.) Sleight-of-hand tricks
I’ve always loved magic, and as a kid I had various magic sets for simple tricks. I still have a few basic tricks up my sleeve (yes, that pun was deliberate) but I want to learn more. If nothing else I think they’re neat party tricks to have.


6.) Forensics
I was never any good at biology, chemistry or physics, but Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist and I find her work fascinating. I’d like to think I’ve read so many books (by Kathy Reichs and others) on forensics that I could do an autopsy if I had to, but her anthropological insights are interesting too.


7.) Travel the Panamericana
The PanAmerican Highway has always been a sort of dream in my family. When my mum was a teenager, she wanted to travel the South American part. She never got around to it. Then I thought, I’d do it. I only travelled on a bit of it – the house I was staying at in Quito was actually on the Panamericana – but I’d love to do the whole trip one day, by any means necessary, from camper vans to motorcycles.


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8.) Run an independent bookstore
I’ve always loved indie bookstores, and I’d love to own one some day. Maybe throw in a little secret society of hard-core readers and font aficionados for good measure. The older I get, the more I’d love to be surrounded by books  and the charms of a friendly, local, neighbourhood bookshop.


9.) Wicca
Ok, in my defence, I was 15 o 16 years old. Buffy was still all the rage and one of my teachers was Wiccan, so yes, my interest was definitely piqued. And that teacher used her Classical Studies classes on ancient divination methods to teach us how to use a pendulum and read tarot cards. I continue to be fascinated by Wicca, attended a few Beltane Fires (more a cultural phenomenon – Walpurgisnacht – here than religious or ritual) and continue to own a box filled with rune stones, a pendulum and tarot cards).


10.) Work as a Cowgirl / Jillaroo
My dad gave me all his Fury books when I was about 10, to show me that books about horses don’t have to be romances or girlie. And to be honest, I always liked Fury more than the likes of Black Beauty. They focus on hard work, friendships, care for the animals, and wonderful landscapes. I’ve always wanted to try what being a cowgirl is like. In Australia I got my chance, and I worked on a bush farm as a jillaroo for two weeks, mustering cattle and sheep on horseback. Best job I’ve ever had. Hard yakka, but worth it for the view from the verandah alone.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On July 23

Hello my lovely booklovers,

how are you? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

I have been off work this week to focus on my M.A. thesis. And it’s coming along. I’ve still got loads to write, but at least I’ve now read all my Australian novels for it.  I’ll have next week off too, and I’m hoping to add one chapter per day so that the bulk of it will be done by next Sunday.

I really have to recommend Tim Winton’s Breath to you. It’s a phenomenal book, capturing a childhood in small town, 70s Australia, the urge for something new and dangerous, and the social maze that is adolescence. It’s about surfers and risk-takers, and finding an older mentor who tries a bit too hard to stay young at heart. There are not many books I look forward to seeing adapted to film, but I know Breath the film is in the works (currently filming) and it’s one I can’t wait to see. Now, i know nothing about surfing, but I know the screenwriter, director and star of the film has been an avid surfer since his teenage years, so I feel like it’s in good hands in that regard.

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Doctor Who: Sleepers in the Dust by Darren Jones (Audiobook) #60Books

Read as part of my 60 Books Challenge: A book based on a TV show.

Doctor Who: Sleepers in the Dust is an audiobook written by Darren Jones, and narrated by Arthur Darvill (Rory Williams).

The story is told from Rory Williams’ point of view. The 11th Doctor and the Ponds land on the planet Nadurniss, which is under quarantine. The planet had been deserted years ago, but a Nadurni-Human expedition recently returned – only to get infected with age-old bacteria that had been waiting in the dust.

With Amy in danger, it’s up to her Boys, Rory and the Doctor, to figure out what is going on.

The story itself works on a fairly basic premise, and as it’s Doctor Who, there’s a lot of timey-wimey stuff going on. What really makes this audiobook worth listening to is Arthur Darvill. While his Scottish impression of Amy needs a bit more work, his impression of Matt Smith’s Doctor is spot-on. Rory is his usual reluctant hero self, bumbling along as the voice of reason.

It’s definitely an enjoyable story for Doctor Who fans, made even better by Arthur Darvill’s narration.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Title: Doctor Who: Sleepers in the Dust
Author: Darren Jones
Publisher: BBC / AudioGo
Release Date: November 1, 2012
ISBN:  978-1445891736

Books To Review

So this weekend I sat down and made a list of all the book reviews I still need to catch up on this year. I’ve read a lot so far, but writing the reviews took a backseat because of my studies. I am working my way through them, though.

So here’s the list. Yup, it’s a long one:

Books and theatre productions to review 2016 © Literati Girl

Books and theatre productions to review 2016 © Literati Girl

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On July 16

Hello my lovely booklovers,

how are you? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

If we were having coffee today, I’d invite you to join me and my friends in the garden for my Birthday Party. My actual birthday was on Monday, but I usually wait til the weekend to get together with friends. One thing I love about being a summer child is that I can usually have a BBQ garden party. In case you’re wondering, the Rafaello cream and Earl Grey Panna Cotta I made last weekend for my family and colleagues worked a treat! This time, I’m strictly doing BBQ and salads, though. Mum is providing the cake.

We’d talk about absolutely everything; school days, books, TV, hobbies, and possibly actor crushes. In my defence, there are 2 guys here, the rest are girls aged 25 – 30. Of course, we have actor crushes (despite most people here being either married, engaged, or in a relationship). It’s a bit frustrating to be the only single at your own party, though.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’ve made a list of reviews I still need to catch up on. And it’s a long one. What can I say, grad school got in the way.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I am looking for a new notebook, as my old laptop (a Lenovo E520 ThinkPad Edge) is screwed. I’d hoped it would hold out til after my thesis is completed, but despite not having a virus on it (checked Norton and Kaspersky) it keeps playing up and I don’t get anything done. The touchpad has stopped working as well, and my replacement mouse only works if I use my laptop cushion as mousepad (which is highly impractical). I mostly need my laptop for writing, page layout, and photo editing, and I use Windows. Any idea what a cheap and cheerful replacement laptop could be? I have no idea.

Anyway. Grab a drink, a piece of cake, and get in line at the BBQ for sausages and peppered pork. Let’s enjoy the summer evening and chat and be merry. And if you’re still thirsty after the party, I’m sure the other Weekend Coffee Sharers would love to see you too.

Thank you for having coffee with me.

Same time, next week?

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Facts About Me

Top Ten Tuesday is the brainchild of The Broke & the Bookish. Every Tuesday, we compile a list of our literary Top 10, and then add it to the blog hop.

This week is all about our Top 10 Facts.

1.) I own around 500 books altogether.
Although that number includes textbooks, travel guides and dictionaries, most of my books are novels. I inherited most of my gran’s books (or rather, saved her books as she can’t read anymore and doesn’t want them to get pulped), and some of my parents’ childhood favourites are on my shelves as well.

2.) I’m multilingual.
I’m a native German speaker and thanks to a bilingual upbringing, consider myself a native English speaker as well. I can read and speak French reasonably well (although I need to practise more with my French bestie),  and know rudimentary Spanish (but enough to survive a 7-week work placement on the Galápagos Islands in Ecuador). Because I am so interested in languages, I have also completed introductory classes in Dutch, Afrikaans, Maori, Swedish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, British Sign Language, Ewe, Twi, Czech and Swahili. In most of those I only remember a few words, but I do my best to brush up on small talk before trips and learn a few words in local languages, as this can be a very effective ice breaker.

3.) Most of my favourite TV shows are British.
I love British quirkiness, humour and drama. My favourite shows include Sherlock, Doctor Who, Life on Mars, League of Gentlemen, Black Books, Hardware, and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I’m into detective stories, always have been, and some non-British favourites include The X-Files and The Mentalist. Well, and Gilmore Girls. I’m not into American sitcoms, though, with the exception of How I Met Your Mother. I cannot stand German acting – way too wooden.

4.) Fanfiction is my Guilty Pleasure.
Well, the story isn’t over until you’ve run out of fanfiction. I not only read but also write fanfiction. Most of it is just for me, but I did publish a novel-length Sherlock fiction called The Bravery of the Soldier about John Watson’s military past. I came in the Top 10%  of the Inkitt Fanfiction Competition. I’m quite particular about the fandoms I read and write for, though. At the moment, that’s Sherlock, Doctor Who, The Mentalist and Life on Mars. I stay well away from the smut, though. I’m more of a “whump-your-darlings”- kind of girl. Have you tried to apply the same methods and tricks as Sherlock Holmes or Patrick Jane? I’m fairly confident I could do their jobs by now if they were real –  reading and writing fanfic has given me valuable lessons regarding the human psyche and I even picked up one or two sleight of hand tricks. Thinking like an already established character is harder than it sounds. I do write original stuff as well, especially as part of NaNoWriMo, but fanfiction is good practice! And despite having already read 49 novels this year, I’d put money on the fact that I’ve read more in fanfiction than traditionally published formats.

5.) I’m a planner girl.
Being organised comes with being German, and last year I really got into Midori Traveler’s Notebooks. I now own 3 standard size notebooks (2 original Midori in Brown and Camel, and a Raydori in London Red), as well as two Field Notes sized ones (a River Song’s Diary, and a henna one). Field Notes is my preferred size, and I always carry notebooks with me. Mainly a calendar, book lists, my blog schedule, fitness planner, story ideas and a blank catch-all. I actually sell standard sized inserts in my Etsy shop LifeInNotes.

6.) I used to have a hedgehog as a pet.
My sister rescued a hedgehog several years ago from being run over on the street outside our house. So she took him to our l.arge, enclosed garden, nursed him back to health and let him roam. When I took over her flat, I also took over the care of the hedgehog (i.e. feeding, and removing ticks). Unfortunately, we had a very warm December in 2014 (one day it snowed, the next we had 20°C) and he came out of hibernation and eventually died from exposure when the temperatures dropped again. His name was Cactus.

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7.) I love learning.
I’m a firm believer in the fact that your school report says nothing about your intellect. Since leaving Grammar School, I have completed a B.A. (Hons), I’m about to finish an M.A., and I’ve taken dozens of online courses through Coursera, FutureLearn, and other MOOC providers, including getting a Diploma of Social Media Marketing, and Certificates in Global Health & Humanitarianism, Literature & Mental Health, Superheroes in Popular Culture, Holiday Rep, and Theatre & Globalisation, among many others. In the last 2 years I’ve completed around 35 courses, which I treat as extracurriculars. A lot of them were geared towards my interests of journalism, cross-cultural communication, literature, film-making, theatre, and languages, and an Introduction to Australian Literature course actually gave me the spark I needed to find a new passion and a thesis topic which my professor is urging me to expand into a doctoral thesis once I’ve handed in my MA thesis later this summer.

8.) I have been to 34 countries and counting
I have lived for more than 6 months in Germany (born & raised), the UK (6 years), and New Zealand (exchange year). I have studied in Germany (Primary Grundschule Yorckstrasse & Grammar School Gymnasium Schwertstrasse), New Zealand (Waitakere College – 6th & 7th Form), the UK (University of Central Lancashire – B.A.), and the USA (University of Nevada, Reno – Summer Session). And technically France, as my grad school Horizons University is French but I study for my M.A. by distance learning. I have worked or done work experience in Germany, the UK, Ghana, South Africa, Australia, and Ecuador (Galápagos Islands). I’ve travelled overland from South Africa to Kenya (Cape Town to Nairobi), into the Australian Outback from Adelaide to Alice Springs, and across the northern United States & Canada from L.A. to NYC.  I’m a backpacker through and through, and love camping, Overlanding, and road trips. I’m not an all-inclusive holiday type of girl, and neither do I sit by the beach or pool. I’d rather travel around and meet the people and see the country.

9.) I love it when people genuinely smile
You can tell immediately whether a smile is real. It lights up their entire face, their eyes sparkle and wrinkle and it’s infectious. Proper, sunshiny smiles are hard to come by, I think. So here’s to the optimists, and goofballs, and charmers who can brighten your entire day. Couple that with a wicked sense of humour, creativity, appreciation for the Arts, intelligence, sense of adventure, and the ability to rock casual outfits as well as a three-piece suit, and I can’t be held responsible for my actions.

10.) Some of my favourite quotes are from literature & pop culture.
They include J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Not all those who wander are lost“, and Doctor Who’s “We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one.” I could probably cite literature, theatre plays and TV shows all day. I love it when a book or a show can make you pause to let a quote sink in, because someone somewhere and somehow found the right words to express what you feel or that resonate with you so profoundly that they affect how you see the world and yourself in it.

#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On July 10

Hello my lovely booklovers,

how are you? Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, a blog hop by the lovely Diana over at Part Time Monster. Every weekend we get together for virtual coffees and a little casual chat. How has this past week been for you?

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I have done a lot of reading for university this past week. I’m slowly but surely making my way through all my text books, which is limiting the time I have to read fiction and write reviews. But with a new month comes a new resolution, and I will aim to write at least 3 reviews per week to catch up on my massive pile of read books.

If we were having coffee today I’d apologise for not having coffee with you last week. I’ve been crazy busy, and my laptop is on its way out, it’s been playing up like crazy.

If we were having coffee today, it’d be quite hectic here and I’d ask you to help me in the kitchen. I’m busy making Raffaello cream and an Earl Grey Panna Cotta Tart for my birthday tomorrow. I really hope these recipes work… the Panna Cotta especially, as I had to improvise the crust and I just hope the panna cotta will set overnight in the fridge. Fingers crossed!

If we were having coffee today I’d tell you that I have been drinking much more tea lately. I mean I’ve always had a cuppa or two, but I’m making an effort to drink more. So if you’d like Twinnings Afternoon, Yorkshire Tea or Earl Grey instead of the coffee, let me know and I’ll happily make you one.

Patrick Jane

And this is unrelated to the tea-drinking, but did I mention that I do have a thing for Aussie surfers-turned-actors who look dashing in a three-piece suit? I didn’t? Well, now you know 😉

I will be reaching out to two Australian authors next week – Tim Winton and Jackie French – for interviews regarding my M.A. thesis. As I am writing about authors’ cultural backgrounds, it would help to ask them directly. And sort of tying in with the thesis, but as a side-project, I am also reaching out to interview Simon Baker (see above). Yes, he is an actor, but he just directed his first movie and wrote his first screenplay based on Tim Winton’s Breath, and I’m really interested in finding out what attracted him to the story. I do think it’s telling that an Australian living in the US would still choose an Australian novel to adapt as his first film. Keep your fingers crossed for me?

Anyway, if we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that my computer is playing up too much to continue posting. It’s closed this site twice, keeps zooming in and my touchpad stopped working. I think that’s a sign to sit back, grab another cuppa of Earl Grey and watch some The Mentalist until I turn another year older. You’re welcome to stay, but I’m sure the other Weekend Coffee Sharers would love to see you too.

Thank you for having coffee with me!

Same time, next week?