• Have a Great Weekend!

    What are your plans for this weekend? I’m going to spend it outside as much as I can.

    This week I spent a lot of time in my office writing and editing a few short stories that I want to self-publish. One of which I might submit to a writing contest. I haven’t committed to it but since the deadline is looming, I should make up my mind about it soon.

    Because of writing, I haven’t had time to search the internet for some cool links. I’ve been listening to music though.  The songs are from the Mission Impossible Fallout movie, and since the new trailer hit this week, I thought it was appropriate. My favorite is the first song called Friction by Imagine Dragons. It’s the song played in the background during the 1st trailer.

    Have a quick listen and tell me what you think. The movie will be released July 27 and I can’t wait to watch Tom Cruise in action.

     

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  • 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.

  • 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 classic story such as Jane Eyre.

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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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  • 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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  • May 11:2017

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    It’s been a rough few weeks. My eye is healing but I have to wear glasses for a few more days. I normally wear contact lens, which is how I scratched my cornea in the first place.  This hasn’t  stopped me completely from editing my manuscript though. It’s given me a sense of gratitude. How grateful I am for having eyes that can see. What a blessing it is to have sight!

    As for editing…clarifying scenes so that they move the story forward.  I’m  removing parts that slow the story down. It’s just there…for some reason…a bloated piece of writing I did. So, I’ve deleted them out.

    Once I’m finished with these revisions, I’m sending my work off to an editor… one that a writer friend recommended.

    The more I edit this draft version, the more I feel confident in my writing…again. See…that’s the biggest hurdle for me…having confidence in something like this. Writing is an expression, and to be honest, I’m often afraid of what other people will think. Will they hate it? Like it? It’s that awful rejection part…but that’s where I need to develop a thick skin for this business.

    Until next time, here’s a beautiful cover of The Psychedelic Furs “Ghost In You” song. It’s a bit more of a somber version than the Psychedelic’s. I shared the original version from the band awhile ago in a post, which was a tribute to one of my favorite writer…John Hughes.

    P.S. Look at her…Hayley has a thousand times more confidence than me. She’s inspiring!

    Enjoy!

    XO,

    K.

     

     

  • May 5:2017

    KatieOrse.com

    I’m currently editing my manuscript with a scratched cornea. It’s so annoying.  I’m able to tolerate it but what can you do when you can’t see!? Nevertheless, I was able to get in a few pages…as much as I could…and keep editing.

    Happy weekend!

    XO,

    K.

  • A Day in the Life : Juilliard Music Division

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    The main character in my current manuscript is gifted with musical talents. She plays both the violin and piano. Her dream is to attend Juilliard. In my research I discovered that the school  runs their very own Youtube channel.

    I love watching The Juilliard School’s Youtube channel. It’s my go-to for inspiration, not just for music (which I love), but to receive some insight into the lives of these gifted professionals. It’s amazing to watch the sacrifice these students make for their passion.

    This video highlights one of their viola students and you can follow his Youtube channel here and his audition story here. He’s full of positive energy, which I LOVE!

    If you’re  ever in doubt about fulfilling your dreams, passion or maybe you’re  just feeling stuck… watching positive and uplifting Youtube channels such as this one is an excellent starting point.

    Enjoy!

    XO,

    K.