Five Favorite Things

 

Welcoming Friday with open arms. I’ve had a rough few weeks and I’m looking forward to the weekend!

Here are my 5 favorites for this week. The first one is this song by Arum Rae. It’s called Warranted Queen and has been on repeat in my office.

In the meantime, I hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

2. I just picked up this book and can’t wait to read it in July.

3. Healthy Eating: How to Cook Fish with Crispy Skin, Every Time // Bon Appetit 

4. Suggested Reading : Feeling Lonely? Too Much Time On Social Media May Be Why.

5. I’m addicted in love with these lipsticks!

 

 

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Hello Internet

 

Just stopping by to say a quick hello. I’ve been busy sitting in my office…working. I’m too driven to go out and enjoy summer, especially when my work is near completion. And really this is only the beginning.

Right now I’m breaking from re-edits to enjoy some music. My protagonist is very Bohochic-inspired and her music tastes are eclectic. She loves bands like Wolf & Cub, Echo &The Bunnymen, and singer Lana Del Rey. Even underneath all this, she’s still very traditional (Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky).

When I write scenes, especially with her dialogue, I want my protagonist’s love for music to come out. Why? Because this is what she wants. Music is her escape. It’s a part of her hopes, dreams, goals, and most of all…her way out of the current situation she’s in.

I shared a few songs from this 80’s British band Echo and the Bunnymen before. I think I’ve said this a thousand times: lead singer Ian McCulloch is a brilliant songwriter. If you don’t believe me, read the lyrics from the song The Killing Moon.

As for The Cutter, I read the lyrics to this song and couldn’t believe my eyes because the word Mustard is mentioned. To be honest, I will not look at mustard the same way now. Gotta love McCulloch’s use of words in lyrical matters.

So simple.

This is Echo and the Bunnymen’s alternate version of their original song. Some people like the original version, some like the alternate. You decide. As for me… I like the alternate.

Enjoy!

Lyrics by Echo and the Bunnymen // Image source: UrbanOutfitters Tumblr

Who’s on the seventh floor
Brewing alternatives
What’s in the bottom drawer
Waiting for things to give

Spare us the cutter
Spare us the cutter
Couldn’t cut the
Mustard

[Chorus]
Conquering myself until
I see another hurdle approaching
Say we can, say we will
Not just another drop in the ocean

Come to the free for all
With cello-tape and knives
Some of us six feet tall
We will escape our lies

Spare us the cutter
Spare us the cutter
Couldn’t cut the
M-m-mustard

[Chorus]

Am I the happy loss
Will I still recoil
When the skin is lost
Am I the worthy cross
Will I still be soiled
When the dirt is off

[Chorus]
Ocean

Watch the fingers close
When the hands are cold

Am I the happy loss
Will I still recoil
When the skin is lost
Am I the worthy cross
Will I still be soiled
When the dirt is off

Am I the happy loss
Will I still be soiled
When the dirt is off

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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.

 

naturelapse video

 

I don’t know if you remember, but I like watching time-lapse videos. I truly believe it’s a creative art form. I admire people who share nature’s beauty on the internet, especially for those of us who can’t be there in person and afford to travel.

When I watch this video, I’m reminded of my youth spent on family road trips where  Dad would drive us out into the California mountains, and then head towards the upper Northwest region. We would drive, explore, and then pitch up our tents to camp overnight.

Watching these inspirational videos creates a  peaceful and calming mood for me, especially when the video is paired perfectly with the right music.

So, I hope you’ll take a quiet moment from your day and enjoy this video. Let me know what you think!

 

Memorial Day 2017

Arlington National Cemetery

Tomb of The Unknown Soldier // Arlington National Cemetery

I do not know your name-

Nor for which battle you died.

I do not know your home-

Nor the tears that were cried.

I do not know where you rest-

Nor the promises broken.

I do not know your uniform-

And your fears lay unspoken.

But, I know your spirit exists-

That your courage is admired.

And your sacrifice is honored

By each soul that’s inspired.

And I offer you from my heart-

Thank you, to guardians unknown,

For offering yourselves for us all

That we may keep freedom…

Our home.

Poem written by Sherrie Ball

Vintage 90’s Music

 

It’s finally the weekend!! I need a little escape so I’ve been listening to vintage 90’s music.

Classic Saint Etienne…a British alternative band formed in 1990. I found them on Youtube and I’m so glad I did! They have that beach/indie vibe that I like.  Nothing Can Stop Us is my favorite song from Saint Etienne.

When I listen to this song…it reminds me of San Diego, when I’m visiting my family out there, and cool Adam Brody . I have no idea why.

This same kind of thing happens when I listen to Rush and the song Lessons will come on. I think about Las Vegas, Nevada. Yes, I spent some time there too. I don’t know if certain songs do that for you?? Does it make you think of some random moment in your life?

Check out their videos below and all the awesome filters  used in filming. All before Instagram was invented. Gotta love it.

Happy FRIDAY and have a safe weekend!

Xo,

K.

 

 

 

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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May 22 : 2017

 

First off, I like to read on the floor.

Second, I have a bad habit of twirling my hair while I read. I should really stop it because I did this in a meeting one time and a friend seemed… annoyed.

Third, I know I should be reading with more light…another bad habit… and no wonder I’ve been wearing glasses since I was nine. Reading in lowlight and sometimes in the moonlight is not good for your eyes.

Fourth, I’m finding myself sliding off the reading scale. So I put myself on a reading goal of 3 books a week. I used to read 4 books a day…and I don’t know how I ever managed that but those were the days, and now…well, I’m working more.

Fifth, up on my reading list: Good To Great by James C. Collins.

I wish this book was one of my required reading back in business class during college. It would have helped me especially once I started my own business.

I’m not one of those fortunate people who was born with an amazing talent and knew it from an early age. Those people must be destined for greatness with athletic ability, musical talent, being born into a famous family, singer, and even being extremely beautiful. They’ve got it all while the rest of us have to go through most of our life trying to figure it out.

Here’s one passage from the book that’s worth pondering over. It inspires me…and I hope it inspires you too.   //  Xo, K.

“When what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work. Perhaps, then, you might gain that rare tranquility that comes from knowing that you’ve had a hand in creating something of intrinsic excellence that makes a contribution. Indeed, you might even gain that deepest of all satisfactions: knowing that your short time here on this earth has been well spent, and that it mattered.”

-James C. Collins , Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap…and Others Don’t

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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