• Five Things I Loved This Week


    It’s officially Spring! In my neck of the woods, I’m seeing new flowers blooming and the grass turning green. It’s a welcome sight. This time of year also means that I’ll be cleaning and freshening up my living spaces. I can’t wait!

    Here are my 5 links I love for this week. Have a great weekend!



    This is fascinating : The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Child Inventor Louis Braille. Guess what he invented?

    I discovered these healthy slow cooker recipes. Perfect for busy or just lazy days.

    Take a tour of this beautiful studio.

    What are your thoughts on this: Money Can’t Buy Happiness via Gretchin Rubin

    5 Common Meals with a Dangerous Amount of Added Sugar.


  • Monday Motivation


    That some achieve great success is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.

    – Abraham Lincoln

  • The Psychedelic Furs :: Music + Writing Inspiration

    One of my favorite writing hero John Hughes once explained, “Don’t just write about what you know, but what you care about.”  This is perhaps why I connect with him,  besides Hughes writing about teen angst and the Chicago setting, which I love.

    John Hughes also loved music and while watching one of his many films you’ll come across well known new wave classics. One of them is from a band called The Psychedelic Furs. Their song, Pretty In Pink (1986) became an inspiration for John Hughes’s hit film by the same name.

    Today I’m sharing this cool band with you as one of my favorite classics and a song listed in my writing playlist. I think many have heard Pretty in Pink before, but a few may not remember their other hit song,  The Ghost In You, which I will admit, tops higher for me than Pretty In Pink.

    I hope you’ll enjoy my selection. Let me know what you think!



    A man in my shoes runs a light
    And all the papers lied tonight
    But falling over you
    Is the news of the day
    Angels fall like rain
    And love, love, love
    Is all of heaven away (Love, love, love, love, love)

    Inside you the time moves and she don’t fade
    The ghost in you, she don’t fade
    Inside you the time moves and she don’t fade

    A race is on, I’m on your side
    And here in you, my engines die
    I’m in a mood for you
    Or running away
    Stars come down in you
    And love, love, love
    You can’t give it away (Love, love, love, love, love)

    Inside you the time moves and she don’t fade
    The ghost in you, she don’t fade
    Inside you the time moves and she don’t fade

    Don’t you go, it makes no sense
    When all your talk and supermen
    Just take away the time
    And get in the way
    Ain’t it just like rain?
    And love, love, love
    Is only heaven away (Love, love, love, love, love)

    Inside you the time moves and she don’t fade
    The ghost in you, she don’t fade
    Inside you the time moves and she don’t fade
    The ghost in you, she don’t fade
    Inside you the time moves and she don’t fade
    The ghost in you, she don’t fade
    Inside you the time moves

  • 5 Ways To Spark Your Creativity

    As a writer and creative business owner, I’ve had my share of writer’s block. It’s sometimes difficult to stay focused, motivated, and inspired. I’ve read many resources on how to combat this and unblock creativity for my business.

    One of my favorite author and creative artist Austin Kleon offers this advice…practice productive procrastination. He suggests having 2-3 projects going on at one time, so that when you tire of one project, you can jump onto another. This is a great idea to help reduce that negative feeling when you’re feeling stuck and not producing anything worthy. Keep in mind though, everyone’s process is different and what works for one person may differ for another.

    One of the biggest challenge for me is to allow myself time to just experience activities that allow me to experiment with creativity. Again, this process doesn’t always look productive. Because of this I feel like I’m not really making any progress and just wasting time. If you’re feeling the same way as I do, here are a few creative strategies that have helped me:

    1. Schedule Time To Explore.

    I really believe in scheduling time to explore. Make an appointment for yourself. Select a time and day in the week for this. If you’re worried about your time, set the timer on your phone so that you don’t go over limit. It can be twenty minutes each day or even an entire day just for creative exploration such as visiting a museum, going for a walk, working out, painting or just going on Pinterest.

    1. Browse Through Random Books and Magazines

    I love reading materials of all subjects. Since I tend to favor fashion and photography, I enjoy splurging my time in magazines. Not just for reading, but just taking in all the beautiful photos. It’s amazing and very useful, especially if you find yourself in a bookstore that carries different magazines from various countries. If you’re not able to get to a bookstore, go online. This process really helps me explore different possibilities and visions.

    1. Keep a notebook and take notes.

    This wasn’t a habit for me several years ago, but now I carry a notebook with me everywhere. I religiously take notes. I write down quotations I like, overheard conversations, tidbits of information, articles or drawings, photos, anything that I find interesting. I know we have Pinterest for this as well, and you can create boards for these ideas, but it’s always wonderful to have a notebook filled with these notes for those times that you’re stuck somewhere without Wi-Fi. Trust me, when you don’t have Wi-Fi, this is the true test of patience. You’ll be surprised what a notebook can do for you.

    4. Allow yourself to splurge modestly.

    With your budget in mind, go out and enjoy a modest purchase that supports your creativity. Discover something at the thrift store, flea markets, or craft store. It can be anything from a new watercolor set, markers or a cool thrift store find to enhance your workspace.

    5. Create an idea mind map.

    This is similar to creating a brainstorm cloud. It’s my favorite process. I begin by taking between twenty to thirty minutes to sit and just brainstorm ideas using a large sketchbook. It can begin with a word, sentence, image, or a symbol and then spring off associations from there. Think of this as a brain dump but with a strategic purpose. It’s fun to see where your thought process leads.

    In the end, sometimes it’s best to just temporarily walk away from your creative project. Take time off from what you were creating, and just let it sit there for a day, a week, or even a month and then come back to it. You’ll have fresh eyes and a clearer perspective when you return and you never know what you might come up with from just taking a break.

    What are some ways that spark your creativity? What works best for you?


    Image credits:

    1. @dallasshaw 
    2.  @sasha_zeen 
    3. @dallasshaw 
    4. @emerson_fry
    5.  @lifeonthepaper
  • Finally Friday! Five Things I Loved This Week

    Copyright@2017 Katie Orse

    Yeah it’s Friday! Time to clean up my desk and relax.

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



    Something To Read: Check out Bruce Lee’s never before revealed Letters and Unpublished Book Drafts. I always knew Bruce Lee had a way with words, and now we discover that he was indeed a prolific writer. I’m looking forward to discovering more of his literary works!

    Something To Eat: I’m always on the look out for new recipes to test out.  Japanese Food Beyond Sushi  sounds very enticing . This is a great article from Whole Foods.

    Something To Buy: I’ve been putting this on my dry, frizzy- fried hair and so far I love it. Kristin Ess hair products are now available at Target.

    Something To Do: If you’re ever in Alabama and in search of a beautiful hiking and recreation park, be sure to check out Cheaha State Park. They have one of the best scenic restaurant that overlooks an incredible mountain view.

    Something To Make: This is a powerful + uplifting personal story. Saving A Life With A List





  • 10 Things That Make Me Happy

    I’m not a perfect person. I strive to become one, and I know it’s impossible.  Trying to be the best is better than not trying at all. Today I’m sharing a few tidbits about myself with you. Blurry picture of me and all.

    10 Things That Make Me Happy:

    1. Exploring a city.
    2.  A visit to the museum.
    3. Doing a random act of kindness for someone.
    4. Visiting a bookstore (vintage or new).
    5. A hike or walk outdoors (mountain or beach).
    6. Staying in bed in the morning.
    7. Listening to good music.
    8. A massage, manicure, pedicure, or other spa treatment.
    9. Buying myself fresh flowers.
    10. Cooking for others.



  • Paper Age on Vimeo


    Sustainability in our environment  is very important to me, but as a writer, I sometimes find myself stuck between a rock and a hard place. It’s the nature of the craft I love, which depends on paper. I have a tremendous paper addiction. I don’t like to waste paper and perhaps hoard too much of it. I am also a tech geek and love the ingenuity that comes along with great innovations in our generation. I’m fascinated with the future prospects that technology will bring to us all. For example, did you know paper can now be made from wheat? Interesting right?

    When I discovered this animation video, I not only discovered cool animation, but a powerful hidden message. I’d rather think about the positive and not the negative, so I don’t think paper will go away permanently. Instead, I believe paper will be enhanced and we’ll be able to figure out new ways to recycle, repurpose, and regenerate paper from materials. Materials that do not have to cause us to destroy trees. It’s best to go paperless but if I need to for my work, then I’ll use paper. I’m also careful to print using a smaller font, which takes up less paper.

    So without going too political on you, enjoy this quick video!




  • Character Development : Protagonist

    I stumbled upon a few interesting articles on character development within various writing forums. I thought the conversation was interesting because a lot of writers create backstories for each of their characters. They have a character file, folder, or notebook that contain everything about their characters.

    Items included:

    Name, demographics, family history, ambitions, likes, dislikes, dialogue, and more.

    It’s really interesting what other writers are using to help them stay connected to their characters and most importantly…motivated.

    One of my goals for the beginning of this new year is to get to know my protagonist  better. I’ll call her “M” for now.

    I love her and can’t wait to share more.

    But after several revisions, I found myself losing touch with her. It became clear that I needed to know “M” and not just about her. I’d like to explore the world that she lives in and why she does… well, the things she does.

    One of the best exercise in writing motivation is to reconnect with your character in some way. For me it can be either visual (art or photos) and music. So I began revisiting her favorite music. Bands that she likes.

    Retro stuff like KC & the Sunshine Band, The Pretenders, Wolf & Cub, Ssshheee, New Radicals, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephants, The Strokes, and The Kooks…just to name a few.

    The Pretenders is perhaps her cool girl vibe coming out. It’s her retro side. Something that I don’t think she realizes is what makes her different. Maybe that’s why “C” the boy that falls for her, is blown away when he first sees her. The feeling isn’t mutual for her…at first, so this isn’t a love at first sight story for “M”.

    “M’s” favorite line from this song, Message Of Love:

    Me and you, every night, every day
    We’ll be together always this way
    Your eyes are blue like the heavens above
    Talk to me darlin’ with a message of love

    About “M”:

    She has one best friend (Anna)

    -gifted in music, prefers the violin and piano

    -loves dancing in front of her mirror

    -loves drawing, art, doodling on her binder and notebooks when she’s bored

    -is a good girl

    -wants to attend Juilliard

    In another post I’ll share more about my visuals that I use. For now, these are just a few thoughts I had.

    Okay…back to work!




  • Notes On Paper 

    I like to collect paper. Not just the pretty ones like scrapbook paper, but plain notebook paper.

    I’m always keeping my eyes out for something, especially when I travel.

    I’m always  jotting down ideas on scraps of paper and then tuck them into my notebook. Everything is wrapped around with a rubber band. I know it’s not a sane way to stay organized, but it is for me…for now.

    I especially love spiral notebook paper. Printed, lined or unlined. Give me any notebook and I’m sure I can do something with it.

    Like this.

    I printed one of my favorite Shakespeare sonnet on this paper and I’m going to organize them in my  3-ring planner/organizer. I’ll share more of my collection soon.

    So how do you organize your ideas? Notebook? File Folders? Envelopes? I’d love to know!