with my nose in a book and my head in the clouds

Month: October, 2013

AS WE PICK A SOUNDTRACK FOR THE SEASON

Kadie

I am happy to introduce you all to one of my best friends and one of our favorite pastimes. Kadie and I have built our friendship upon a foundation of music, books, and coffee. From high school to college to post graduate life, music has been an amazing way to maintain our friendship. It has allowed us to remain connected despite the differences and distances. Even though the most recent distance between Texas and Alabama has been tough, our old and new traditions have kept us close.

A song of the day became an easy expression of what was going on in our life at that particular time. Every now and then, these songs contain a theme and turn into a playlist. So here is a playlist of our “fall picks,” with a hint of Halloween.

A Soundtrack for Fall

1. Tessalate / alt-j
2. Scare Me / New Beat Fund
3. Afraid / The Neighbourhood
4. Your Bones / Of Monsters and Men
5. Apples / Neulore
6. The Stranger / Lord Huron
7. Smoke Breathing Monsters / Desert Noises
8. Shake / The Head and the Heart
9. Orange Sky / Alexi Murdoch
10. Half Moon / Blind Pilot

Kadie is not only a kindred spirit. She is also an incredible, creative encouragement. She keeps me motivated and accountable when it comes to finding inspiration and being creative. Kadie is an unbelievable graphic designer. From hand written letters to album covers (like the one above), Kadie has filled my life with her talent and beauty.

So if you followhannahfaye, follow Kadie Smith too at designbykadie.com.

– Hannah Faye

AS I DISAPPEAR TO READ GONE GIRL

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has had a lot of hype recently, and I finally decided to pick up a copy of the book and see what the fuss was all about. Within the first few pages, I was hooked. From the moment the wife went missing, I too disappeared from the world around me as I delved deeper into the mystery of Gone Girl.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 

There is a heavy emphasis on the psychological in this novel. Both Amy and Nick, the main characters who should be celebrating their five-year wedding anniversary, offer different characteristics that cause readers to stop and think.  From the italicized internal thoughts of Nick to the personality quizzes that Amy includes as evidence of her prior writing career, readers are drawn into the minds and mystery of the characters.

Along with the psyche of the characters, the structure of the novel adds interesting psychological twists. Similar to the stages of grief, Gone Girl is divided into three parts, or stages, each including their own intense reaction. There is an extreme shift of emotion between part one and part two and, without spoiling the ending, part three is completely shocking.

The shock factor of this novel makes it a talking point. It has been talked onto the New York Times Best Seller list, and it has been talked into an upcoming film adaptation. It has been a personal talking point amongst friends, college professors, and even strangers. Wherever I carried this book, I was asked, “How do you like it?” or “Where are you so far?”  Just a simple question between two strangers who had read the same book.

This is what I love about literature. It has the power to bring people together in the most surprising, and often simple ways. So next time you see someone reading a book you enjoyed, ask them about it, have a conversation with them, make a friend.

– Hannah Faye

AS THE LONGSHORES SAY “I DO”

Last weekend was a wonderful blur of delight as I travelled to Knoxville, Tennessee to witness the marriage of two friends, Colter and Rebecca. The adventure began on Friday morning as I drove to Tennessee with my boyfriend and two other groomsmen. I’ll admit, I felt pretty special carrying what seemed like a significant portion of the wedding party in my car.

While everyone in the wedding party spent quality time with the bride and groom and prepared for the ceremony, I spent some much-needed personal time with myself, exploring downtown Knoxville with just a camera and a book. No school work, no deadlines, no schedule. A friend of the bride, and a local to Knoxville, gave me the name of a coffee shop downtown called Coffee & Chocolate, two of my favorite things, so I decided it would be a good place to read and write.

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To my surprise, and enjoyment, the streets of downtown were filled with outdoor vendors of local produce, flowers, and talented artists. As if this was not enough, right around the corner from my coffee shop was a little new-and-used bookstore.

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As great as my morning was, it held no comparison to the beauty of watching Colter and Rebecca say “I do.” Their story is one of sweet pursuit, beginning with strictly friendship in Rebecca’s eyes while Colter quickly fell head over heels. Now, they have an incredible relationship and have become one of my favorite couples to be around. Colter’s laughter is contagious and Rebecca is a kindred spirit. From the setting, to the ceremony, to the people, everything about their wedding was absolutely beautiful.

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Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Longshore.

– Hannah Faye