Author: Hallie

Art For Your Favorite Space (On Any Budget)

I don’t have thousands of extra dollars to walk into an art gallery and pick out my favorite pieces.  Most of us don’t. But oh, I do love art! I want it surrounding me and staring at me smiling at me and sighing at me. Recently, I decorated my writing nook with art that really spoke to me, and it’s now my favorite space in the house. I filled my nook by purchasing pieces from very talented artists who sell their work on the Society 6 website. I bought ten pieces and covered the three walls that I see...

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Soundtracks for Writing, Daydreaming, and Living Fully

When I’m working on a screenplay or a novel or almost any piece of writing (this blog!), I like to listen to music that sets the mood and tone. Often times, I listen to film scores, a.k.a. soundtracks with music but no lyrics. Film scores can introduce beautiful thoughts and ideas into the moment and help get my creative juices flowing so I can get into “the zone.” But you definitely don’t have to be a writer to appreciate soundtracks. They are also great for daydreaming, driving, and doing the dishes. So here are some of my favorite soundtracks...

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A Very Novel First Line

What does the first line of a novel tell us about the book we are reading? If it’s good, it can tell us quite a lot about the journey we are about to embark upon. It can establish the unique voice of the narrator and give us a hint of tone, theme, characters, and plot. If it’s well done, a good first line can really hook you! So let’s take a look at the first lines of some novels I’ve read, from classic literature to recent contemporary novels. Note: You will notice that sometimes I quote more than a...

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Taylor Swift: Historical Primer, Reputation Review, and A Celebration of Chameleons

Taylor Swift’s sixth full-length album Reputation has finally arrived. After releasing her previous five albums like clockwork every two years, Taylor made fans wait an extra year to get their hands on this one. Twenty-seven-year-old Taylor’s music has evolved over time, and that is one of the things that I like about her most. As a writer, a filmmaker, and an actor, I love to tell stories in all kinds of genres and within different mediums. So the idea that I would feel compelled or required to write, produce, or perform only one specific thing is actually kind of…...

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Dark Poetry: The Drowning Series

With Halloween almost upon us, I figured if there was ever a time to revel in being dark, it’s right now. (Though it’s not like it needs to be Halloween for you to revel in darkness. If you’re feeling dark or sad or desperate or angry, you’re going to feel that way whether it’s Halloween, the 4th of July, or International Dog Day). In any case, it is almost Halloween, holiday of darkness, so I dug up some poetry I wrote during some of my days that didn’t feel exactly like summer breezes and unicorns frolicking in the meadow....

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