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Something To Read: Check out Bruce Lee’s never before revealed Letters and Unpublished Book Drafts.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






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Hello friends!

I’ve been kind of quiet, but here’s what I’m currently up to:

Healthy Eating: This year I’m changing my eating habits. It has nothing to do with weight. I’m 5’3.5 ” tall and 114 lbs and I feel comfortable with my body. My goal is to eat healthier, and focus on energy.

Gone are the cupcakes. Yes, I’m a recovering cupcake addict. That was difficult to get over, and I went cold turkey on this. Instead, I replaced it with fruit.

I don’t eat red meat, but instead opt for poultry, fish like salmon and cod, and heavy on the greens. I have never had alcohol or coffee and I avoid soda as much as possible. One thing that hasn’t changed and I’m still trying to work on this, is that I don’t eat breakfast. I really have to work hard on this one. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

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Bullet Journaling: I recently discovered this and  I’m not really familiar with all that it entails. I’ve been observing others and managed to watch a few helpful tutorials. This website is great if you’re interested in learning. My goal with bullet journaling  is to focus on my goals as well as recording my work day to see where my time seems disorganized. I would also like to document my week better, so hopefully this will help.

Travel: I have a few trips planned in the upcoming months and one of them is a flight. Did I ever share with you that I hate flying? I’ll be honest, I’m nervous about flying. It doesn’t matter where I sit because I’ve been in first class and I’ve also been seated far, far away in the back…like the last seat right next to the restroom, so it’s not the seating arrangement. It’s all about plummeting to the ground from 35,000 feet. That’s it. The other travel goal is a hiking and (hopefully) climbing trip. I haven’t gone rappelling off a mountain for so long. Hopefully the weather will be great. Yeah, I  know, how can I handle plummeting off the side of a cliff, but I can’t from the sky?? I don’t know???

Reading: I’m currently reading Chase The Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small by Mark Batterson. It was recommended to me by a friend.

Writing: I printed this cool Henry Miller’s Commandments of Writing and taped it onto my office wall.  Courtesy of

Well, that’s pretty much it for now. I hope you have a great day!




Loving Vincent

Do you enjoy visiting museums?

I certainly do and I love to study creative work from talented artists. I admire them.

The first time I visited an art museum was in college when I enrolled in an Art History course. Our semester end project was to chose a museum on the required list, and then our assignment would be given to us. I chose the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and was assigned a Dutch painter.  I located my artist and his painting in the museum, and then made notes on style, and technique. I loved this assignment because it was somewhat similar to a treasure hunt!

Here’s my personal opinion: Art History projects are important since they encourage students to investigate and analyze visual work and then refine the process into a clear written and sometimes oral record. As a writer, I love this  process.  You can think of it in the same way as how math people love to solve those endless equations.

So imagine how I felt when I discovered this film project called Loving Vincent . It’s the world’s first painting animation film. Loving Vincent is a beautiful creative endeavor that is worthy of sharing and passing along to you, especially because I’d love for this movie to come out worldwide so others can enjoy it. I’m not familiar with how or why movies are not able to  be showcased worldwide, but I hope it becomes available.

The movie is directed by DOROTA KOBIELA & HUGH WELCHMAN. The undertaking of the film is amazing as it consists entirely of  66,960 paintings from various artists. It’s an incredible undertaking when you combine these paintings to CGI effects, and professional actors.

Some of the actors starring in this film are:  Saoirse Ronan (Oscar Nominee Brooklyn), Aidan Turner (The Hobbit), Helen McCrory (Harry Potter) and Douglas Booth (Noah).

Enjoy this behind-the-scene short film and let me know your thoughts. It runs about 6:30 minutes long.

Have a great weekend!



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Monday Motivation: Siouxsie & The Banshees


When I was in middle school living out in California, I became friends with a girl named “Mae”. She was new in our school, and didn’t know anyone, so I thought it would be nice if I became friends with her. She happened to be in three of my classes, so that made it easy. Mae was different than any of my friends. She was Goth and wore all black, and even her hair was black, though she confided to me that she was born a blonde. She had the whitest porcelain skin I had ever seen with the bluest eyes.

Everyone thought Mae was weird, but I didn’t mind it. In fact, the more I got to know her, the more I knew that she was one of the nicest person I had ever met. Mae shared her love of music with me. She enjoyed classical music as well as mainstream stuff, but it was her vintage punk influence that  introduced me to this band. I never even heard of Siouxsie and the Banshees before! Eventually Mae moved to a different high school, outgrew her Goth period, and last I heard she is happily married.

Ever since I started writing this manuscript (with all it’s ups and downs), I really tried to find several things that influence my characters, with all the world-building that goes into a novel, and with the themes. There was a scene I was putting together in the manuscript that made me think of this band and my time in school.  I guess I have Mae partly to thank really.

If you’ve never even heard of Siouxsie and The Banshees, here’s my quick background on them:

Siouxsie & The Banshees were an English rock band lead by Susan Janet Ballion and guitarist Steven Severin. They were part of a group of punk rock stemming from inspirational bands such as the Sex Pistols.

After several failed attempts to get signed by a record label, the duo added two more members and the group finally joined Polydor recording. In 1983, they released one of their most popular songs,  a cover of the Beatles song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney called Dear Prudence and in 1991 with another hit, Kiss  Them For Me. There’s an interesting background to Dear Prudence that you can read here as well.

These two songs I’m sharing with you remind me of “M” my protagonist. It’s difficult to explain to you what I mean, especially without giving away the plot. I don’t want to give anything away.  I’ve worked on this book for so long and in the past I’ve had my ideas and even paragraphs lifted off my website… stolen from me, but that’s another story I’ll have to share with you later. So, back to Siouxsie & The Banshees. My favorite line in  Dear Prudence is, “The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful, and so are you.”  I can sing this over and over all day long.

In an interview, Siouxsie mentions how growing up there were a lot of girls who had that cliched mindset of finding someone to look after them, providing them with a car and good job, but she found that boring. She wanted to be her very own person and being the lead singer in a band empowered her to become a strong woman. She defined herself the way she wanted to as an artist. This is my character! “M” wants to be her own self and doesn’t want that cliche, especially since her mother is overbearing. Perfect.

Check out the videos and let me know what you think. By the way, in the first video, not only will you notice Siouxsie’s strong arm pit hair going, but a familiar face- Robert Smith from The Cure. Also, I was getting the Bellatrix-vibe from Harry Potter for some reason too.

The second song is called Kiss Them For Me and this one has that Boho-Indian influence.  By this time, the band had a New Wave music/genre. Even though it was released in 1991, their music and lyrics still sound timeless today. Enjoy!




Wyoming Wildscapes Timelapse

For this Friday’s post I thought I would share with you this beautiful video of Wyoming.

The first time I visited Wyoming was when I was ten years old. My parents took my sister and I there to visit Yellow Stone National Park. It was such a beautiful road trip because we also got to visit Idaho, Utah, and Arizona. All those beautiful states! Now that I live near the beach, I miss those mountains.

This video I’m sharing is a time-lapse. I love time-lapse videos because it reminds me of how the earth is really moving and transforming itself as time passes on. Have you ever thought about that?

I hope you’ll  take five minutes to enjoy this video. It’s very relaxing.

Have a great weekend!




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.



Friday Reading List

Hey friends! How was your week? Mine was drenched with rain. I love rain when I’m snuggled warm and dry inside, but when I’m outside and running errands…no fun! At least it’s not snow and just rain… right?

For this Friday’s post, I thought I’d share with you my current reading list.

I read daily, and even though this year I’m focusing on classical literature, I still enjoy keeping up with publishing trends.

This is what I’m currently reading.  ** Please note: The books listed do not reflect an endorsement by me nor did I receive any form of compensation (…I wish!) from any of these authors. I spent my own money to purchase them and just wanted to share.

  1. Replica by Lauren Oliver.
  2. Chase The Lion by Mark Patterson.
  3. Goop Clean Beauty from the editors of Goop.
  4. Magazines such as Forbes, Inc., Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, British Vogue, Real Simple, Instyle, Women’s Health, and Martha Stewart Living.
  5. Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersly.

Have a great weekend!




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!