• 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!

     

  • 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 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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  • Rebel in the Rye Trailer

     

     

    I’m ecstatic for this one! I’ve been waiting patiently ever since I read the book , Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno. And now it’s here Rebel in the Rye. Enjoy the movie trailer and let me know what you think.

     

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  • Favorite 5 For This Week

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    @Copyright 2017 Katie Orse

    Happy Friday! I hope you had a great week and you worked hard on your goals.

    Here are my favorite 5 for this week. Have a great weekend!

    XO,

    K.

    1. One of my favorite writers. Explore her website and see her work.
    2. I love Fragrance combining and it’s easy with Jo Malone. This week I’ve been wearing English Pear & Freesia with Peony & Blush Suede Cologne.
    3. Currently reading this book.
    4. Testing this recipe and hoping it turns out as well as it looks.
    5. This is such an amazing video.

  • Words That Inspire Me

    I created this art journal page back in January and am now just getting the opportunity to share it with you.

    XO,

    K.

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  • Friday Reading List

    Hey friends! How was your week? Mine was drenched with rain. I love rain when I’m snuggled warm and dry inside, but when I’m outside and running errands…no fun! At least it’s not snow and just rain… right?

    For this Friday’s post, I thought I’d share with you my current reading list.

    I read daily, and even though this year I’m focusing on classical literature, I still enjoy keeping up with publishing trends.

    This is what I’m currently reading.  ** Please note: The books listed do not reflect an endorsement by me nor did I receive any form of compensation (…I wish!) from any of these authors. I spent my own money to purchase them and just wanted to share.

    1. Replica by Lauren Oliver.
    2. Chase The Lion by Mark Patterson.
    3. Goop Clean Beauty from the editors of Goop.
    4. Magazines such as Forbes, Inc., Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, British Vogue, Real Simple, Instyle, Women’s Health, and Martha Stewart Living.
    5. Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersly.

    Have a great weekend!

    XO,

    K.

     

  • Friday Post

     

    I’m channeling a stylish bookworm vibe and I love it!

    Check out designer Orla Kiely’s film and let me know what you think!

    source: orlakiely.com

  • American Literature since 1945

     

    I’ve been taking it slow on my blog and for good reason. This week I enrolled in a 12 week literature course from an Ivy League extension program.

    Here’s the reading list for the next few weeks.

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    The class moves fast and since it’s all online, I’m expected to read a book a week  before the next discussion.

    So far so good…I think.

    No, I’m not stressed out…I think.

    But when I’m stressed out I like to make art. Here’s what I made today.

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