• May 11:2017


    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!






  • May 5:2017


    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!



  • A Day in the Life : Juilliard Music Division


    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.




  • Updating My Writing Playlist


    I just updated a few new songs to my writing playlist here.

    To be honest, I’m not satisfied with the format I’m using (linking to Youtube). I’d rather listen to all the songs on one page but this will have to do for now.

    For me, one of the best ways to get out of a writing slump is to listen to music. A lot of music! I’ve been doing this for the last few days, along with curating a collection of images that I like.  That’s just the way I work.

    I added 4 new songs to this list- now up to a total of 19 songs. They inspire a few scenes in my work, and mostly in regards to Miranda, the protagonist.

    I love classical music, but there are just way too many for me to link up.

    Violinists Charly and Margaux (CHARGAUX) are my favorite instrumental musicians. I’m currently favoring this performance they did at the NYC subway station.

    “Love” by Lana Del Rey was added because it fits perfectly with my manuscript’s complete synopsis.

    Finally, I had to include Harry Styles. He has a beautiful and amazing voice.

    Be sure to visit my full playlist on this site. Let me know what you think of these songs too!

    Have a great day!



  • Disconnecting to Connect.


    I’m planning to take the next few days off to recalibrate myself. For me that just means time to disconnect to connect. I need to rethink a few things that have been bugging me.

    A lot has been on my mind.

    My life has been on my mind.

    Lately I feel so disorganized.  Most of it has to do with all the things I’m juggling. My writing business is the biggest on my mind right now and the decisions I make will change my life.

    I want to change my life.

    I’m not satisfied and my desire… almost hunger for change, has me pondering about what I need to do.

    See that photo above? It’s My Bucket List. It’s empty right now…and I’m at a lost on what to fill it up with. It’s almost like if I fill my list up, I’m going to go back and read it…and then ridicule myself for even thinking that I can ever do it.

    Like what were you thinking Katie?? Seriously.

    Well, I’ve thought about moving…to another state.

    I’ve thought about self-publishing again.

    I’ve thought about making some financial sacrifices.

    So many ideas. So many questions.

    What do you do when you want to make a big change in your life?? Do you just jump and do it? I’m curious what other people think because I’m kind of stuck. Most of it has to do with that dreaded word…FEAR. I’m so afraid of failing.

    I’ll still be here and there to say Hello, but not quite as frequent. I need to sort things out and just wanted you to know.

    In the meantime, here’s to a great weekend!







  • Gratitude

    I created this page over the weekend to remind myself of all the things that I’m grateful for.  I’m grateful to be alive and have a chance to live a life.

    It’s always on my mind….which is why I’m  constantly striving to live a healthier and happier life. I’m a true believer that the best way to reap the benefits of gratitude is to notice things I’m grateful for daily.

    As a writer in the publishing industry, I especially need to surround myself with positive people and positive beliefs. Sometimes I get entangled in negative thoughts because of all the pressure I sometimes put on myself.

    I truly believe practicing gratitude makes you happier and healthier. It’s an important habit to live. Gratitude is all about feeling appreciation for what we have in our life.

    So this artwork I made will act as a simple positive affirmation in my journal.

    A gentle “self-talk” reminder for me filled with positive words.


    Be grateful.

    Be mindful.

    Be positive.

    Ending this off with one of my favorite quotes:

    “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
    ― Epicurus


  • Out Of Bullets from “Spectre” soundtrack

    Film score composer Thomas Newman is one of my favorite music genius. It’s amazing to view his Imdb credentials and well, I can’t help but notice that he does not have an Oscar yet. Why not? He’s conducted so many mega films.

    So when I watched Spectre last weekend on Hulu, I was reminded why his work inspires me. Of course, all the scenes in the movie were clearly intense, but have you ever paid attention to the music composition that goes along with it?

    It’s not surprising that my favorites from the soundtrack coincide with some of my favorite scenes in Spectre. This one in particular…Out Of Bullets, where Bond is lovingly gazing into the eyes of Madeline when she tells him she can’t stay. She can’t be apart of his world. It’s such a heartfelt moment for these characters (sigh).

    The ending of Spectre is also one of my favorite and perhaps the best in all of the Bond films. That’s my opinion.

    I love this track so much. I just wish it went on longer.  Listening to this song reminds me of Iceland also, especially during the dark winter season. And I’ll admit to you that I actually meditate to this as well. Yes…it’s that relaxing. So put your headphones on and close your eyes for this one.

    Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!!



  • 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