I’m not sure how many I will be able to create in 2021 as I’m gearing toward devoting even more time this year to writing and when not doing that, coloring, reading, and getting back to my puzzles. Yet, they will be posted here off and on over the 12 months.
September 11, 2021
July 31, 2021
July 18, 2021
June 24, 2021
June 4, 2021
“Understanding our limitations is important. Once you accept those, you’ve got a simple choice to make…despair or hope. Give up or stand up.”
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad. I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
“The place where you feel that you stick out the most is the place where you should stick out and stay. That’s where you can contribute something new and something fresh.”
“One thing I won’t do is compromise. I will never do something based on what everybody is telling me to do.”
“I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.”
June 17, 2021
Then, there’s the one about the fellow who complained of the excessive heat the other day, when the thermometer read 90. ‘It isn’t hot, brother,’ comforted a war correspondent just back from Ethiopia, ‘until the chair gets up when you do!’
You can’t get mad at weather because weather’s not about you. Apply that lesson to most other aspects of life.
More murders are committed at ninety-two degrees Fahrenheit than any other temperature. Over one hundred — it’s too hot to move. Under ninety, cool enough to survive. But right at ninety-two degrees lies the apex of irritability, everything is itches and hair and sweat and cooked pork. The brain becomes a rat rushing around a red-hot maze. The least thing — a word, a look, a sound, the drop of a hair and — irritable murder. Irritable murder, there’s a pretty and terrifying phrase for you.
I think all songs should have weather in them. Names of towns and streets, and they should have a couple of sailors. I think those are just song prerequisites.
Hot weather opens the skull of a city, exposing its white brain and its heart of nerves, which sizzle like the wires inside a lightbulb. And there exudes a sour extra-human smell that makes the very stone seem flesh-alive, webbed, and pulsing.
May 14, 2021
April 18, 2021
April 9, 2021
March 27, 2021
March 13, 2021
February 21, 2021
February 21, 2021
“I now know and trust completely that writing happens long before I ever type a word; that my best thinking and writing will happen before and after the first draft but not necessarily during it.”
“A true work of fiction…strikes us, in the end, not simply as a thing done but as a shining performance.”
“The great and only possible dignity of man lies in his power deliberately to choose certain moral values by which to live as steadfastly as if he, too, like a character in a play, were immured against the corrupting rush of time.”
“The poet’s mission on earth is to inspire and to illuminate; and to leave behind our glorious descendants an intricate and varied map of humanity.”
“The sonnet defends itself against the vicissitudes of fortune by its charmed structure, its beautiful bubble. All the while, though, chaos is lurking outside the gate.”
“I think a little menace is fine to have in a story… There has to be tension, a sense that something is imminent, that certain things are in relentless motion, or else, most often, there simply won’t be a story.”
“What I do in writing of any character is to try to enter into the mind, heart, and skin of a human being who is not myself. It is the act of a writer’s imagination that I set most high.”
“…the lasting appeal of tragedy is due to our need to face the fact of death in order to strengthen ourselves for life.”
“To plot is to move form asking the question and then what happened? to the question why did it happen?
February 16, 2021
February 10, 2021
January 17, 2021
January 12, 2021
“I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.”
“Beware of monotony; it’s the mother of all the deadly sins.”
“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.”
“Be first and be lonely.
“Normal is not something to aspire to, it’s something to get away from.”
“I’m always perpetually out of my comfort zone.”
“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”
“Don’t live life in the past.”
January 5, 2021