• Writers on Writing: Lee Child

    Here’s a great interview of Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels. He’s got a great motivational message for aspiring writers.

  • Words of Wisdom

    Sharing and passing along this beautiful quote from Audrey Hepburn. It’s a constant reminder to myself. In the days of digital oversharing on social media, may we take these words of wisdom and be kind to ourselves. -xo, K.

  • 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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  • Stories Cut From Paper

    I discovered this fantastic TED talk last week and wanted to share it with you.

    Beatrice Coron is an amazing artist who creates stories from paper.  When you see her work you’ll understand why. Listen to her describe the creative process. It’s an inspiring talk and I hope you’ll glean some inspiration from her work.

    image via giphy 

  • 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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  • Art Journaling

     

    There is a study somewhere…I don’t remember where I read it, Psychology Today?? …that making art reduces stress.

    I believe it.

    So I created this last week while I was taking an hour long half hour break from editing my manuscript. Between snacking on my veggie chips and making art, this page came to life.

    Even if I suck at making art (forget human form drawing) I enjoy the process and the final results… especially this one with my idol.

     

     

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  • Art Progress

    I’ve been working on this art journal page for awhile now… laying down the foundation. I haven’t decided what else to add, but I want to include more words.

    These days I like painting with watercolor and india ink. Actually, I’m obsessed with watercolor right now… favoring muted tones.

    Since I’m self-taught in art and still learning, the best I can do is watch Youtube videos and  collect ideas on Pinterest . I admit…I watch a lot of Bob Ross videos .

    Of course, Mr. Ross is oil painting and not using watercolors. Also, I’m not painting landscapes, but I still love watching him create.

    I wish he was still alive so that I could meet him…but thanks to the gift of technology, we can continue to watch him forever.

    Enjoy!

    Xo,

    K.

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  • How I De-stress

     

    Writing a book is stressful.

    It’s like writing a never-ending term paper…but the results…well, it’s yet to be determined.

    So as you may have figured out…I am stressed and what am I going to do about it. If you’re stressed too, maybe we have something in common and we can share ideas on how to de-stress.

    When I read this article from Harvard Health, it inspired me to make  a few changes, as well as this great article from Helen Sanders here. Daily stress isn’t good for you and as mentioned in the article, it can have damaging physical effects on your body such as mood changes, sleep deprivation, appetite, high blood pressure and heart disease.

    Since I’m already working on my stress level, one of the biggest things I’ve increased is my hobbies. One of my favorite is  Papercrafting (see above photo).

    Papercrafting or scrapbooking is relaxing to me. It is a legit hobby. I love buying all that pretty paper, glue, buttons, stickers, and you name it. You can find me inside a scrapbook store when I travel. I can spend several hours inside…just staring at paper.

    Some of my favorite writers have interesting de-stressing hobbies.  Paulette Jiles enjoys riding horses when she’s not writing, author Jenny Han likes to bake, and Ernest Hemingway enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sailing. I don’t know of any other writers who like to scrapbook. If you find out, please let me know. And if you’re a fellow writer and like to scrapbook, I’m so happy!

    So how do you de-stress? What are your hobbies? I’d love to hear!

    Have a great weekend!

    XO,

    K.

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