Still more inspirational quotations from you

Today’s inspirational quote comes from Jimbongo:

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Never give up! Never surrender!

This should be our battle cry as creatives. Never give up. No matter what. You can do eet!

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Yet more inspirational quotes

Today’s quote is from Momzen Mutterings, and is really rather fabulous:

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I love this way of thinking about things. My brain hides things from me all the time – story ideas, doctor appointments, the shirt I laid out on the bed five minutes ago – so why should a gift or a talent be any different?

Like the old saying goes, use it or lose it. I didn’t use all that Spanish I learned once upon a time, and now I’ve lost it. It turns out that my brain hid that from me, too, because as soon as I started studying it again? It came back to me. It’s like pulling teeth sometimes trying to remember how to, say, conjugate a stem-changing verb, but eventually I remember.

What about you – have you lost something you didn’t use often? Did it come back to you?

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Even more inspirational quotes

Today’s quote comes from Martha Graham, who was not a writer but a dancer, and it’s courtesy of the lovely Jeanne Pascale:

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I’d never heard of Martha Graham when I read this quote, so I did a little Googling and found her Wikipedia entry, which had this to say:

Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) was an American modern dancer and choreographer. Her influence on dance has been compared with the influence of Picasso on modern visual arts,[1][2] the influence of Stravinsky on music, and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright on architecture.[3]

She danced and choreographed for over seventy years. Graham was the first dancer to perform at the White House, travel abroad as a cultural ambassador, and receive the highest civilian award of the US: the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In her lifetime she received honors ranging from the Key to the City of Paris to Japan’s Imperial Order of the Precious Crown. She said, in the 1994 documentary The Dancer Revealed, “I have spent all my life with dance and being a dancer. It’s permitting life to use you in a very intense way. Sometimes it is not pleasant. Sometimes it is fearful. But nevertheless it is inevitable.” [4]

Her style, the Graham technique, fundamentally reshaped American dance and is still taught worldwide.[5]

A brilliant choreographer, Ms. Graham may have been referring to dance in her quotation above, but it certainly applies to writing as well. Indeed, it applies to any endeavor in life.

Do you have any favorite quotes, about writing or otherwise?

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Vellum and Leather

Vellum and leather,
Parchment and feather,
These things are all of a kind,

For vellum and leather,
Parchment and feather,
Are all in my heart entwined.

Vellum and leather,
Parchment and feather,
Coalesce nicely in books;

And vellum and leather,
Parchment and feather,
Await me in every nook.

Yes, vellum and leather,
Parchment and feather,
Are surely all of a kind,

For vellum and leather,
Parchment and feather,
Are all in my heart entwined.

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Bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy fun, fun, fun, fun, fun

I spent some time yesterday organizing the zillion or so pictures I took in 2016 in preparation for compiling our annual family photo book. It was a complete pain in the butt because I don’t think I did anything with them at all last year, other than move pictures from my phone (which I used way more often than my Nikon last year) onto my computer into a file called “camera pix – need to sort.” It took me forever to get them all sorted, primarily because of this:

Because I am so easily amused, I spent probably a couple of hours trying to make a gif of said bouncy fun. But, my computer being the junkpile that it is, it didn’t want to cooperate. Photoshop kept freezing, and what I wanted to do was bigger than most of the online utilities I found would allow.

Stupid size limits, anyway.

I spent probably half of this morning fooling around with it some more and finally got what I wanted to do cut down to a reasonable size.

Now, to scamper off to dinner before I make some more. 😀 How are you spending your weekend?

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A work in progress

Work on my novel continues…slowly. I’m my own worst critic, I know, but it’s very hard to turn that inner critic off.

Still, I didn’t think this bit was all that bad:

It was then that he noticed the silence. Riverdell was a small, quiet town, but it had nothing on this place. Even on the quietest night in Riverdell, there was always traffic thrumming in the distance. Electricity sang through the power lines; streetlights hummed on otherwise dark streets; kids toting stereos pumped up the bass loud enough to rattle a whole building.

There was none of that here. There was only the wind in the trees here, tall grass waving in the breeze, a cricket choir backed by a bug band singing him to sleep.

It was another beautiful day here today, and the warmth of the sun has been most welcome. I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend!

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Writing bunnies

I’m home from work today with a sick little Thumper bunny and taking advantage of the unexpected time off to catch up on a bit of writing. I’m working on revisions for another novel, and it’s not going as well as I’d initially thought it would. There’s so much more to cut than I’d first thought: trying to keep it to one POV per scene is a major challenge.

I’ve been fiddling around with these books for a good decade. I even queried them a few years ago, but didn’t get anywhere. That, of course, happened long before I decided that one book should become two, but even then it was a hot mess. It’s still a hot mess, but at least I think I’ve grown as a writer since then. I still feel like the head-hopping isn’t such a big deal, but others (okay, pretty much everyone else) disagree, so I’m changing it.

And it’s hard. So very, very hard.

Silencing my diligent and devoted inner literary critic is even harder.

I think the changes I’m making will…

Transcribing memories

20170112_222829I saw this week’s Discover Challenge post about transcribingmemory about a day after I had discovered the site for myself. Being a huge fan of diaries, and having kept diaries of my own since I was eight, I knew this was a challenge I could have a lot of fun with. I may not be nearly as devoted to my diaries as I was before I had kids, but I do still write in them every now and then, and this challenge provided me with the kick in the pants I needed to sit down and read through some of my old, old, OLD writing once again.

20170112_212507I learned a few things from reading my old diaries, like…