Happy Weekend!

I don’t have anything planned for this weekend. I’ve been focusing on staying off the computer and using my cell phone sparingly on weekends. It’s been really nice to just turn the internet off. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll answer my text messages, check emails once, but then go do something that isn’t related to being online. What are your weekend plans and goals? Whatever you do, make it a great one!

 

  • I’m actually considering use of Castor Oil in my beauty routine.
  • Six Fairy Tales for the Modern Woman.
  • This new look book collection from Anthropologie is making me want warmer weather to arrive.
  • If you want to discover something new to read, hop over to Barnes and Noble Reads blog.
  • I’m inspired by Anna Bond’s Black and White Florida home.

Five Links I Love

 

I discovered the British Library’s collection on William Shakespeare.

When it’s cold outside, I want to just snuggle inside wearing this warm cardigan.

Not only have I always loved this song, but this State Farm commercial is one of my favorites with their message.

I’m always on the look out for the perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Still haven’t found what I’m looking for, but I tried this one from Williams Sonoma. It is the best so far!

Pinterest find: 27 ideas for using words in your art journal. Great ideas to passs along!

 

 

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Just a little note from me //

I have so much to be thankful for. Where do I even begin? First, I don’t take any day for granted. Make it the most while you can, I say. Be grateful. Be thankful for what you have. No matter what your current circumstance, there is someone who is struggling more than you. That’s my personal motto.

I’m thankful I discovered my passion. Even if it was late in life. Hard to believe I actually studied business and accounting, and worked as an accountant for awhile before I discovered I hated it. I have always loved to read and English was my best subject, so why not go for it?

My writing. It’s always ongoing and I love the revision process. The writing part is difficult, but that’s part of the challenge.  Revising is cleaning up and reorganizing my thoughts, which I had to really figure it out. This time it feels more promising. I can’t share a lot with you right now because, well, I don’t want to jinx it and also, because I’m working with an editor.

Seriously though, I would rather work quietly and be patient for now. When the time is right, I’ll share the details then. In the meantime, here’s a song on my writing playlist.

I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately and I can’t deny the influence it has on my work. Music is the driving force for my writing inspiration.

One song I’ve been playing on repeat is from an indie artist called Belgian Fog. I love his music. Truly a gifted artist. Have a listen and enjoy!

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Bronte at Wycoller

No matter how many contemporary books I read, nothing compares to my love of literary classics. I enjoy reading and studying these great works.

One of them is Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Her masterful storytelling easily takes me away to a place where I can imagine. This is helpful, especially after you are working on your own writing.  As writer Nora Ephron once stated,

“Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.”

Bronte’s writing style is intriguing and incorporates fantasy with elements all within a love story, something that can be difficult to write.  She is a master at setting the mood in her stories.  After re-reading Jane Eyre, I couldn’t help myself and had to dig further into the life of this particular author. Turns out, her life is  just as  intriguing as her characters.

There is a wonderful book out in the market written by John Pfordresher. In it, there are details and backstories of Charlotte’s life. I’ve been immersing myself with this rich history and I highly recommend you checking out his book if you can. It’s very insightful to discover how Charlotte Bronte wrote her classic literary piece.

I also discovered this wonderful short video narrated by Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With A Pearl Earring. Chevalier takes us on a quick journey at Wycoller.  Wycoller Hall is believed to be the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Jane Eyre.  If you ‘re curious like me and looking for a classic to revisit, I suggest taking a look at Charlotte Bronte’s work.

Enjoy this short video and imagine yourself as Charlotte Bronte, immersing herself in her work and writing a future classic story such as Jane Eyre.

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Ray Bradbury : Writer

 

 

Last week I re-read Fahrenheit 451. It’s one of my all time favorite classics. This month also marked his birthday- August 22, 1920. He would have been 97 years old. When he passed away 5 years ago, I was saddened because the world lost another creative genius.

Ray Bradbury is a gifted and fascinating writer and someone who I admire. So it was a wonderful surprise for me to discover this video on his writing career. I’m sharing it and hope Bradbury inspires you as much as he does for me! Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/47986980

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