• 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.

  • Flashback Friday : Thompson Twins

    I haven’t posted a Flashback Friday in a very long time.

    In fact, it feels like ages. Ever since my website took a hit from a serious update… from the inner dark webs from my hosting server… I had to regroup, rethink, and revamp the site. Fast.

    I’ve been trying to recover and get back to normal blogging since that crash. Indeed, that’s a story I’ll have to share with you on another day. Not right now though. Nevertheless, here’s my chosen pick for this week: Lies from the Thompson Twins.

    I first discovered the Thompson Twins from the movie Sixteen Candles. You know, the epic concluding scene where Molly Ringwald’s character steps out from the church, after her sister’s wedding and low and behold…there he is… Jake, standing so handsomely in front of his red sports car. AND he’s there for her, not for that other girl. That’s the song….If You Were Here.

    I did consider that song as my Flashback pick, but wanted a dance mood for this weekend. Because it’s finally FRIDAY.

    I love this song. To me it feels nostalgic 80’s pop culture with the fashion, hair, make up, dance…you name it.

    Tell me what you think! Yay or No way?

     

  • Links I Love

    Finally Friday!!

    This week has been so busy (productively so) that I actually found myself getting my days mixed up. I thought yesterday was Friday when it was actually Thursday, and you can kind of guess what else by working backwards from that day.

    Nevertheless, today is officially Friday. I’m writing a few short stories. I still have work to do with another new WIP, mostly research. I love research, but I can get so entrenched in (meticulous) research and forget about writing. Balance is a work in progress for me. Something that I am always striving.

    So here are my favorite links from this week. It’s an assortment of sorts. From high end literature to beauty.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. I’m currently taking this course and find it interesting.
    2. I am coveting this cool clutch from Jcrew.
    3. Searching for some inspirational tech background for your laptop?
    4. I found this article interesting.
    5. Tips from my cousin Jennifer, celebrity make up artist: How to create fuller brows (video below).

     

  • 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.

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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 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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