Sharing Stories

When I am hanging out with people — family, friend, acquaintance — I persuade them to watch “My Favorites,” meaning my favorite stories in film. (Most of my friends reading this are probably giggling right now.) Since I know I can’t get everyone to take weeks to read the novels, I always share the films. If I can get them to read the novel, EVEN BETTER!

The top five stories I love to share:

1. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you.” — Alexandre Dumas

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Photo courtesy of www.movie-roulette.com.

 

2. Pride & Prejudice (2005 — most people aren’t ready to take on the three hour 1995 BBC version)

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” — Jane Austen

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Photo courtesy of www.moviemezzanine.com

 

3. Jane Eyre (2011)

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” — Charlotte Bronte

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Photo courtesy of www.novelreaction.com.

 

4. V for Vendetta (2005 — I have never read the novel)

“Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea… and ideas are bulletproof.” — Alan Moore

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Photo courtesy of www.findingzenwithcancer.com.

 

Last but certainly not least …

5. Wuthering Heights (2009 — Tom Hardy plays the BEST Heathcliff)

“Oh! you said you cared nothing for my sufferings! And I pray one prayer – I repeat it till my tongue stiffens –Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living; you said I killed you – haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers, I believe. I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always – take any form – drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” — Emily Bronte

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Photo courtesy of www.knightleyemma.com.

 

Watch or read some of these stories for yourself and get back to me!

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."
- Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own

Felicia's current outdoor work station.

Felicia’s current outdoor work station.

Luke and I signed a lease for a two bedroom apartment just outside downtown where we will be surrounded by cafes, bars with live music, parks, local shops and restaurants, etc. While it is exciting to be living in my own place again, it is even more exciting that there is a spare bedroom for creativity. We agreed on a two bedroom apartment so we would have room to work on our crafts, music and (of course) writing. Our landlord likes us so much that she allowed us to choose the paint in the spare. After much debating, Luke and I settled on a lighter green and gray for inspiration and light.

Luke playing the piano at Heid Music.

Luke playing the piano at Heid Music.

October feels like the longest month since we’ve signed our lease, and we are anxious to finally have our own space to create art together. I mentioned some time ago about a music/storytelling endeavor and I’m please to say that our first project is nearly completed. We will share a part of it as soon as we get settled in and can finish up a few last bits.

On Craigslist we discovered that there are plenty of crazy people getting rid of their working pianos for FREE as long as we figure out how to move it ourselves. So another item on our to-do list is getting one of those babies in the house as soon as we are settled in!

As if this isn’t exciting enough, the apartment is the lower half of a house, which means we have a basement, porch, garage, and a nice yard all for the price of a single bedroom that usually doesn’t include any of those amenities. One aspect of the house that turned most people away is the railroad track that runs along the side of the house, but if anyone out there knows my boyfriend and his love for creepy things, the railroad track instantly excited him. I swear he was ready to say “Yes” the moment we stepped out of the car!

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Photo courtesy of www.etsy.com.

This writer finally has her own house (kind of), but most importantly:  A ROOM OF HER OWN!

 

In your life there are a few places, or maybe only the one place, where something happened, and then there are all the other places.”
- Alice Munro

Congratulations, Alice Munro!

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Photo courtesy of www.theguardian.com.

Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature.

CONGRATULATIONS!

I always get excited when an author I studied in college wins an award like this. 🙂