Posts Tagged ‘english’

Other places I write

Freitag, Januar 25th, 2013

I know I promised to once again write more often here, but as usual that is not quite working out the way I planned. So instead of quickly knocking something together that is really to embarassing to be published, like I did last week, here are some other place on the web where you can tide yourself over with tiny bits of my eccentric writing.

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A Prologue

Freitag, Januar 18th, 2013

The following is the beginning of the prologue I wrote just now to a story that has been floating around my head for longer than I can remember – four years at least. I like the story, but I somehow could never bring all the pieces together even inside my head. My working title was and still is “My Second Life”. It’s a silly title and I need to come up with something better soon before abandoning the idea completely, but it’s the only title I have right now so now it’s public. The subtitle is “A Tall Tale”. The point is that the entire story is beyond ridiculous. It’s silly. It’s preposterous. And I think it’s a lot of fun.

But I fear that I may be alone in that assessment. There is no way anyone would ever want to read and, more importantly, publish this. Furthermore, I was worried that people would think it was autobiographical. So it never bothered me much that I couldn’t make it work quite right in my head. And so the bits and pieces of it I’d written over the years just sat around on my computer and didn’t amount to much. Until I had an idea for how to start the other day and decided to just give it a go and see where it leads me. Please understand that this is a very, very rough first draft. I wrote it in under an hour just now. There are many things wrong with it. But I thought it might be fun to put on here. Also, this is only about two thirds of the prologue. The rest gives a much clearer indication of where the story is headed and I don’t want to share that quite yet. So basically, this is a pointless exercise in patience. Read on at your own risk.

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Fabricated Truth 3.0

Freitag, Januar 18th, 2013

When I started this blog, more than five years ago, I had no idea where it was headed. I wrote about all manner of things, but mostly about film. I wrote literally hundreds of what I called “Minute Movie Reviews”, starting with Bottle Rocket and culminating, years later, with The Good German. I wrote about other things as well, but that was merely a sideshow. It was all about film. I wrote about the writers’ strike in Hollywood. I wrote about the Award Season (And for those that read German, I urge to again remember why the Golden Globes are no indication for the Oscars and are actually worthless.) . I wrote about films I particularly liked and even tried a more scholarly approach to them, once. The first Fabricated Truth was all about film.

This lasted for nearly three years. Three happy, fruitless years of consistent movie watching and misery. After which time, I went to Australia. The language of the blog changed to German and I wrote about my life on the other side of the world. I wrote about my travels. I wrote about my jobs. I wrote about my personal life. Or lack thereof. I even wrote about my struggles with depression and other, even more tedious forms of mental illness. A blog that had been about something I loved had turned into one about something I lived. The second incarnation of Fabricated Truth was all about myself.

I left Australia months. I came back to my native Germany six weeks ago – almost to the day. And on here, it has become quiet. Not a single word was written, let alone published. Well, this is about to change. (In roughly three minutes as I write this, once I click “Publish”.) It is time for Fabricated Truth 3.0, for the third attempt at this blog (not a blog, I’ve written others before and since). I’m not sure what it will be like. I’ll try to write about this and that. I’ll try to switch between languages every now and again. I might even add a third one, if things work out as planned. (Which they won’t, but still; it’s nice to dream.) I won’t make any promises I can’t keep, but I’ll try to write something at least twice a week. Not on a fixed schedule. Not to a deadline. Not with a word count to strive for. Just whenever and whatever springs to mind. There will probably be some stories of my trip(s) which have never made it on here. There will be the occassional movie review, if I feel the need to add something to the noise. And there will be a reprise of something that was a part of the first Fabricated Truth: fiction. I’ve written stories before, and some even on and for this blog. That’s something I want to do again. And hopefully, that will contribute to a new dawn for this little corner of the internet. It’s time someone switched the lights back on around here. And since I’m the only one with a key, it has to be me. I hope you are prepared for it.

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A few more hours in Wellington

Sonntag, November 4th, 2012

I have been in New Zealand for less than 72 hours. In that time, I’ve seen the biggest city (Auckland), quite a bit of the North Island (from a bus window) and now the capital, Wellington. And after spending just one day here, I have to say: this is a place I could live. And I don’t say something like that lightly, especially of tiny cities like this one.

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34 Hours in Auckland

Freitag, November 2nd, 2012

Before I came to New Zealand, I was making a lot of plans. I spend hours, if not days, trying to find a good way to travel around the two islands inside a month. I looked at car rentals. I read extensively about the various backpacker busses. I compared prices. I even looked into where I wanted to go and what there is to see.

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The Crocodile Hunter

Samstag, Oktober 29th, 2011

In den Kommentaren zur Erzählung meines Autounfalls und der unangenehmen Folgen (hier zu finden) wurde ich aufgefordert (um es mal freundlich auszudrücken), ein Gedicht über Steve Irwin, den inoffiziellen australischen Nationalhelden, zu schreiben. Ich habe dies erfolgreich bis vor einer Stunde vor mir hergeschoben, aber jetzt endlich gemacht. Es ist allerdings auf Englisch, nicht auf Deutsch, da ich hoffe, es hier noch gewinnbringend zu verkaufen… Ich wünsche viel Vergnügen bei der Lektüre. (weiterlesen …)


Montag, Februar 28th, 2011

Ich bin faul. Oder zumindest derzeit ziemlich schreibfaul. Irgendwie finde ich mit Jobsuche, etc. gerade noch weniger Zeit als sonst, um mich mal hinzusetzen und über meine Reise zu schreiben. Wie praktisch, dass Dave da viel vernünftiger war als ich und sich netterweise bereit erklärt hat, sein Reisetagebuch zur Verfügung zu stellen. Was folgt ist also der englische Bericht von David Powell, aus Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, unserer gemeinsamen Tage in Tasmanien. Ich habe ihn nicht überarbeitet, nichts ergänzt oder zensiert – so faul bin ich. Viel Vergnügen dabei, mal nicht meine langweiligen Texte lesen zu müssen.

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Change We Can Believe In

Dienstag, Oktober 26th, 2010

Almost three years ago, I started Fabricated Truth. What was once envisioned as an all-encompassing blog about film, literature, culture in general and my personal life quickly turned into a film review site. In the three years since I started this endeavour, there have been 660 posts – 586 of which were movie reviews. (And most of which, in turn, were Minute Movie Reviews, my often copied but never equalled unique way of writing about film. Yes, I am arrogant. And ignorant.) In the last five months, there has been a regular update schedule, three times a week, always punctual, always good. Until last week, that is, when it was rudely interrupted. But while the interruption was planned, to make way for bigger and better things, the manner of it was not. But alas, things don’t always work out as we want them to. But now it is truly time for change, for something new, unexpected and exciting – at least that is what the brochure says. And to mark that change, I am first going to change the language, back to my native German, mitten im Satz. Warum? Weil es notwendig ist.

Morgen, auf den Tag genau drei Jahre nachdem ich dieses Unterfangen, dieses “Bloggen” angefangen habe, werde ich in ein Flugzeug steigen und in die weite Welt hinausfliegen. (Hineinfliegen? Englisch schreiben ist bedeutend einfacher.) Erstmal für drei Tage nach Singapur – und dann am Sonntag weiter nach Australien. Ankunft in Sydney Montag Morgen, 6 Uhr Ortszeit (21 Uhr Sonntag Abend MESZ). Und dann?

Ja, das ist eine sehr gute Frage. Dann geht das Abenteuer los – wobei die meisten Leute dieses Abenteuer einfach nur “Leben” nennen. Das Ganze nennt sich “Work&Travel” oder auch einfach “Working Holiday” und kombiniert das Beste aus Reisen und Arbeiten – ein fremdes Land richtig kennenlernen, viele Leute treffen und Geld verdienen. Oder soweit zumindest die Theorie. Wie es in der Praxis aussieht – nun, davon habe ich nicht den blassesten Schimmer. Aber es wird auf jeden Fall abwechslungsreicher und interessanter als die letzten drei Jahre und somit werde ich wohl über meinen hohen Schatten springen und dieses Blog zu meinem ganz persönlichen Erfahrungsbericht umgestalten. Fotos nicht ausgeschlossen. Und damit ich dabei meine Muttersprache nicht verlerne – no worries, mate – schreibe ich noch einmal auf Deutsch. Irgendwie muss ich ja üben…

Gerade habe ich meinen Riesenrucksack gepackt – noch ist reichlich Platz für Souvenirs und Erinnerungen – und jetzt stehen die letzten Pflichten vor der Abreise an. Wer mich kennt – und wer dies hier liest, kennt mich – weiß genau, dass ich diese bis zur letzten Minute vor mir hergeschoben habe. Die letzten gut 24 Stunden vor der Abreise (Fahrt nach Frankfurt, von dort dann um fünf vor zwölf, wie passend, los) sind also noch einmal sehr stressig. Mal schauen, ob die ersten Tage in Australien da besser werden. Aufgeregt bin ich auf jeden Fall.

The Good German – Minute Movie Review

Mittwoch, Oktober 20th, 2010


In post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam conference, American journalist George Clooney is sent on his own heroic journey when his driver is killed and old girlfriend Cate Blanchett re-emerges. Steven Sonderbergh made this film as a thriller that was meant to be an homage to film noir, down to black and white photography and the aspect ratio, but ultimately fails on both counts. Sure, the film is twisty enough for a noir classic, but it lacks the subtle charm of those films, and the story is just not all that interesting by modern standards. It’s an extremely ambitious film with many aspects to recommend it, but ultimately it fails to entertain the viewer.

Random Observations:

The Good German at the IMDb

Cate Blanchett plays a German and as such her German should be flawless, which it almost, but not quite, is. George Clooney’s German, on the other hand, is about as good as you would expect from an American living in Germany.

The film might have been a bit better without the war setting and titular good German. Then again, maybe not.

I was really impressed with how alive the film felt, even though it was completely filmed on Hollywood backlots – just like in the olden days.

Så som i himmelen – Minute Movie Review

Montag, Oktober 18th, 2010


The Swedish Film As in Heaven follows extremely successful conductor/musician Michael Nygvist after he has a near fatal heart attack and returns to the village of his youth to recuperate. Once there, the film uses every cliché of the usual underdog sports team drama, except that it’s about a choir and slightly more realistic than those films. But even the realism doesn’t change the fact that this is essentially the Swedish version of a Disney movie, what with the sappy uplifting and everything. If you go in for church choir movies, this is probably the best you can find. If you don’t, there are many better Swedish films to explore your love for Scandinavian cinema.

Random Observations:

Så som i himmelen at the IMDb

I really have nothing more to say here.