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Currently Reading | Stieg Larsson




Have any of you read The Millennium Trilogy novels by Stieg Larsson?

A few weeks ago I was listening to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” When I was in the middle of it (and completely hooked by the way) D came home from the Library and dropped the hard copies of the first and second books in my lap. He found them in the Library’s  for sale books for $.50 each. 1 whole dollar for two of the best books I’ve ever read! More than a deal!! The timing was so odd but couldn’t have been better.

Currently I’ve read the first two (… Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire). I have both the hard copy and the book on tape versions of the 3rd and final “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” but I’m making myself wait before I read it. Since it’s the last one Stieg Larsson was able to write before dying suddenly of a heart attack (tragic!), I don’t want to rush through it. I want to savor it forever, I seriously wish it would never end. I can’t even explain what it is about his books that I love so much. I’m sure basing them in Sweden has something to do with it but it’s also his style of writing and the way he portrays the characters as well. I feel like I know them, but even more than that, I feel like I can relate to them. The main character, Lisbeth Salander, is a very intelligent but socially inept girl. Where she is unable to relate to other people, I can totally relate to her. The way that Stieg explains the details of things that were purchased or what someone has in their wallet, or the way the furniture is arranged; I’ve really never read anything like it. It sounds like it could be boring but it’s not. His words leave an unmistakeable view in my head of everything that is happening and I feel like the movie captured the mood of the books perfectly. It is David Fincher after all.

If you haven’t seen the movie with Rooney Mara playing Lisbeth and Daniel Craig playing Mikael, you need to now!! I loved the movie and I’m not sure why I waited so long to read the books. I’m holding out hope that they will make the next two books into movies as well but it hasn’t been confirmed yet.

PS – I highly recommend listening to them, if you’re into that. The narrator’s timing and portrayal of the characters is perfect and it helps if you don’t want to try and pronounce all of the Swedish cities and names. It goes by so fast when listening but it’s so so good!!

Let me know what you thought about these and if you have any recommendations for similar authors, tell me!!

xo, heather

Wallpaper No. 08 | Poppy




I change my desktop wallpaper fairly often. I always like to have something refreshing and inspiring to greet me when I turn my MacBook on. My husband, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. Not that he doesn’t like to have nice wallpapers but that he never changes them. I always change them for him when he’s not looking… He appreciates it though :)

Anyway, I got the itch for something new today and decided to create my own. I really like how it turned out so I thought you might love it as well!

Desktop | Ipad | Iphone





graphic by heather maesla

Last week in one of my courses we were asked to write up a simple manifesto. It needed to be creativity-focused but could include things outside of our design classes. The ones I included were the first that came to mind and I realized that it was really nice to have these documented where I can see and analyze them. These are the things that I have in the back of my head but they never really make it on a to-do list per se. They aren’t tasks or projects, they are more like personal improvements. Many of them are things that I am currently working on, some are things I need to work on and at least 1 of them is something I dread. I really like how it turned out so I thought I would share it here. Maybe I’ll inspire someone else to create a personal manifesto. Yours can be about anything that you want. Everybody has something to work on, am I right?

xo, heather

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