#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On November 6

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 am just back from celebrating my grandma’s 91st birthday with the family. Most of our relatives came by, some from the north of Germany, some from another region and it was nice to catch up with my second cousins as usually only my great aunts and uncles came to visit.

If we were having coffee today, I’d be telling you about my bookstagram. I’m doing three separate bookish challenges on Instagram this month – #BookishScavengerHunt16, #FallIntoReads and #NovBookstagram and let me tell you, it’s harder than it looks to take pictures of books. First of all, it’s a challenge just to find books that fit the descriptions. But once you’ve found the books, you have to find a place to photograph them, find props, make sure the light is ok, find different backgrounds and so on, so that there is variety to the pictures. How am I doing so far?

While prepping one picture with a stack of old books, I flipped through the oldest of the lot, Soll und Haben by Gustav Freytag, which had been given as a birthday gift to Mr Ewald Stöpfgeshoff on 21 September 1926. It’s still in Old German Typeface. I found a ripped envelope that had been used as a bookmark -. and the address on the envelope is MY ADDRESS! If we were having coffee today in person, that’s the address you’d find yourself at right now. 90 years ago, a man living in my house (not my flat as this was an office back then, but there are only 3 floors above me), received a book as a birthday gift, and now, 90 years (almost to the day) later, this book is back home! How cool is that??

You guys... That's my address!!! After 90 years this book has found its way home!!! It's Soll und Haben by Gustav Freytag. I found it in grandma's attic and because it's all still in Old German Typeface I decided to keep it safe. Flipped through it and found the envelope and birthday wishes to Mr Ewald Stöpfgeshoff from his brother Otto, 21 September 1926. #oldbooks #familytreasure #coincidence #Bookstagram #pieceofhistory ©theliteratigirl

©theliteratigirl

Anyway, that’s it from me today. Not much to tell this week. Check out the other Weekend Coffee Sharers and what they’ve been up to!

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

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee… On October 29

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 talk about Instagram. Do you know I’m on there and you can follow me at TheLiteratiGirl? (Please do 🙂 ). Anyway, I’m trying to up my “Bookstagram” game a bit, and try to accessorise a little with relevant props and backdrops, but I keep wondering where people not only get all the props from (including those vinyl figurines which are prohibitively expensive to get your hands on where I live), but also how many books they seemingly carry around randomly just for photo ops. I myself always carry one book I’m reading with me, but I wouldn’t take my entire Harry Potter collection to the park. Anyway, I’ve added a shiny new section to this blog, called Bookstagram and it’s got my Instagram pictures on it. Check it out.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I have been watching reruns of Castle lately. I love that the lead character is an author and he does face author problems from time to time. Spinning a story, getting stuck on details, having writer’s block. His screensaver is even set to the words “You. Should. Be. Writing.” Been there, mate. With NaNoWriMo only 3 more sleeps away, I’ve picked up a few plot bunnies along the way and a newfound resolution to utilise my notebook and reporter’s pad more, seeing as I carry them with me everywhere. Another thing I love about the show is that a ghostwriter actually wrote the books attributed to Richard Castle. I just received my copy of High Heat, a hardcover First Edition, which was only published on October 25.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that despite all the plot-fluffies I collected so far, I will not be attempting to write a novel for NaNo this time around. I’ll be writing book reviews for this blog. I’ve read so many books this year (and I have been very slow and remiss in updating Goodreads) and took notes, but didn’t actually write that many yet. While 50.000 words of books reviews may be ambitious, I’ll try to get 2 per day done so that I’ll at least have my 60 Books Challenge covered. Once the reviews are done I’ll try to develop some of my plot ideas further. To that end, I have got new decorations by thedreamygiraffe on the way to hang over my desk:

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that designing a calendar is harder than you’d think. Last year and early this year, I sold Midori Regular Size calendars through my Etsy store LifeInNotes. Over the course of the year, I have personally switched to favour the Field Notes size. I spent days designing the pages, making sure everything is in the right order to be printed double-sided so I can bind them by saddle-stitching the papers together. Only to find out that my printer is playing up and not printing the small numbers and words crisply enough. I’ve tried everything but I don’t think the printer aligns properly and every fix I’ve tried has so far failed. Then I thought about getting them professionally printed and cut (because I’m terrible when it comes to cutting straight edges with a box cutter) but the providers I have found who’d even print in Field Notes size charge through the roof. I’m not expecting a massive print run and I’m not handing them out as publicity gimmicks, so I don’t need hundreds, I only need around 40. At most, I’d say. So now I’m trying to find a font that prints properly in the required size so I can still print from home. It’s complicated. But if you know any printing and book binding service that offers booklets/brochures/mags in 9cm x 14cm size and low print runs, please let me know!!

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I have set myself a challenge to learn a few more writing and reading related skills. I want to take a refresher course in speed / touch typing. My problem is that since my course in the UK, I’ve mainly worked on German QWERTZ keyboards on which especially the special characters, punctuation and Umlaute are on different keys which makes me look down to find the right one and misspell whenever I try to touch type. I’ll also be looking more into speed reading. I’m not too bad, I’d say, but I can’t quite quiet that inner narrator enough.

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’ve been snooping around Instagram some more, and found a Bookish Scavenger Hunt for November. I’ll definitely be joining – I need to rearrange my shelves anyway – and this sounds like fun. Are you up for it?

Book Scavenger

If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that I’ll be seeing a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream tomorrow. It’s by a local theatre workshop for mentally disabled actors, and my friend is the organiser of the whole shindig. Last year they performed Mother Hulda and it was one of the most hilarious performances I’ve ever seen. I’m really looking forward to the show tomorrow.

So, as you can see, I’ll have loads going on in the coming weeks and months. Next to all of that, I’ll try to find a new job, go to the gym regularly, do my yoga, write more, and generally keep as busy as I can. I even signed up for more free online lessons on Coursera and the Shaw Academy. All this hype of activity serves a purpose: keep my Seasonal Affective Disorder at bay. I’ve been suffering from SAD for a few years now and the clocks go back tonight, at least in Europe. In the past, the changing of the clock was like a switch at which dark moods and thoughts return and my energy gets zapped. This year was worse, because we didn’t get any proper summer weather until late May and even then just occasionally, making it a very gloomy year for me. But I know I have to keep busy and engage my mind in creative things to focus on positive energy, so what better way than to keep creative, educate myself more and focus on a healthy lifestyle?

And if all else fails, there are always Firefly gag reels to watch. Like this one which has never failed to instantly cheer me up:

Anyway, I’ve been rambling. Check out the other Weekend Coffee Sharers, I’m sure they’d love to see you and catch up with you.

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

“There’s no post on Sundays…

… except when next door signed for it yesterday!”

 

Man In The Corner by Nathan Besser. Vintage Books, Australia (2016). ©Literati Girl

Man In The Corner by Nathan Besser. Vintage Books, Australia (2016). ©Literati Girl

It’s not even available in Europe yet, and it was only published in Australia and New Zealand on August 1, 2016. When I ordered this book (because I’ve been looking for more Australian Literature), the cover did not yet contain a recommendation.

So imagine my delight to find that actor Simon Baker recommends this book as “a brilliant modern noir, an intriguing thought experiment and an addictive read.” And not only that, Baker and his wife Rebecca Rigg have optioned the rights to the screenplay, and Rigg provided editorial assistance on this novel. It keeps getting better and better.

I can’t wait to get stuck into this book!