IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE AN EXPERIENCED PERSON, FIRST YOU HAVE TO BE READY TO LEARN THROUGH EXPERIENCE. — HELEN CHRISTIE Continue reading Experience?
Like a lot of people who have blogs, I’m a writer whose primary work is not on the blogsite. I write fiction and nonfiction to upload to Kindle, and then struggle to bring these proverbial needles in a haystack to the attention of people who read books on screens. When I tried to promote my first e-book, a novella titled Petra, I showed exactly how naïve a writer can be. The book itself had oodles of adult-level observations on the human condition, but when I tried to persuade others to read it I behaved like a teenager who was shocked … Continue reading An Aging Writer, Finally Learning the Ropes
YOU’RE MEANT TO HAVE AN UNHAPPY CHILDHOOD TO BE A WRITER, BUT THERE’S A LOT TO BE SAID FOR A VERY HAPPY ONE THAT JUST LETS YOU GET ON WITH IT. — EMMA DONOGHUE Continue reading Emma Donoghue on Unhappy Childhoods
I DON’T NEED YOU TO REMIND ME OF MY AGE. I HAVE A BLADDER TO DO THAT FOR ME. — STEPHEN FRY Continue reading The Wisdom of Experience
GRATITUDE IS RICHES. COMPLIMENT IS POVERTY. — DORIS DAY Continue reading Doris Day on Sincerity
THE GAP BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE OPENS ONLY IN REFLECTION. — HANNAH ARENDT Continue reading Hannah Arendt Quotation
WANT OF FORESIGHT, UNWILLINGNESS TO ACT WHEN ACTION WOULD BE SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE, LACK OF CLEAR THINKING, CONFUSION OF COUNSEL UNTIL THE EMERGENCY COMES, UNTIL SELF-PRESERVATION STRIKES ITS JARRING GONG — THESE ARE THE FEATURES WHICH CONSTITUTE THE ENDLESS REPITITION OF HISTORY. — WINSTON CHURCHILL Continue reading Winston Churchill on Circular History
WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I WAS TOLD: ‘YOU’LL SEE, WHEN YOU’RE FIFTY.’ I AM FIFTY AND I HAVEN’T SEEN A THING. — ERIK SATIE Continue reading Erik Satie Quotation
WHEN CREATIVE WORK IS NO GOOD IN THE FIRST PLACE, DON’T TRY TO COMPENSATE BY MAKING IT SURREAL. THAT’S JUST ARTY-FARTY. CORDIALLY, HELEN Continue reading No Shortcuts and no Blowout Patches, Okay?
MOST OF THE THINGS WORTH DOING IN THE WORLD HAD BEEN DECLARED IMPOSSIBLE BEFORE THEY WERE DONE. — LOUIS D. BRANDEIS Continue reading Louis Brandeis Quotation