Quotes I’m enjoying

“I firmly believe that a man capable of committing to something outside himself can also commit to a mate and, as a woman, I find that really appealing. Because he possesses a warrior’s supply of testosterone, the military hero can be charmingly clueless when it comes to the female mind. He doesn’t always “get” women, but when he falls, he falls hard. And, being goal-oriented, once he’s got THE woman in his sights, he’s not about to let her get away. This is a particularly handy trait in my books, since most of my heroines are, for one reason or another, equally determined to avoid romantic entanglements.” – NYT Bestselling author Joann Ross (read the entire post at My Book Addiction and more)

It’s difficult to achieve what we most desire in life, and so we find other outlets for the dissatisfaction that comes with regret.  We find other ways of filling up those little holes left from dreams deferred.  I don’t care how small the dream is—whether it’s a house with a white picket fence, or that special someone, or a trip to the moon—when you want something badly enough, only to never find it, you’ll ache something fierce.  You’ll suffer when you least expect it.  Because no one ever forgets their dreams.  Not really. – Marjorie M. Lui

“It takes a little courage, and a little self-control. And some grim determination, If you want to reach the goal…No matter what the battle, if you really want to win, there’s no easy path to glory. There is no road to fame. Life, however we may view it, Is no simple parlor game; But its prizes call for fighting, For endurance and for grit; For a rugged disposition that will not quit.”–Navy SEAL Masterchief

“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell

Quotes I’ve found along the way

I start a new Claire Fontaine notebook (my absolute favorite kind, since they handle my favorite pen without bleeding through so I can write on both sides of the paper) about every 2 months.  I always use the first page to write down the goals (short term, people, because I do prefer the whole, dreams not goals, thing.  And then I write down a quote.  Throughout the notebook, when I look back, I’ll always find other quotes I’ve found along the way.  Some I’ve heard before, some not, but no matter what, they struck a cord with me on the date I wrote them down and they are therefore significant in some way, even if they simply brought a smile to my face.

I’m 3/4 of the way through the current notebook, but thought I’d share the ones I’d copied so far.

You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star. – Nietzche

Proverb warns, ‘you should not bite the hand that feeds you. ‘  But maybe you should if it prevents you from feeding yourself.  - Thomas Szasz

Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one. – Salmon Rushdie

The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.  - John Steinbeck

And this one is my favorite – I think it’s Lo’s signature (from LIST) and I love it:

Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, “Oh shit, she’s awake.’

The one with the quotes…

I love quotes – I have them everywhere – scrawled in the notebooks I’m writing the current book in, on post-it notes around the desktop and some are even in my Blackberry.  

Someone tell me how I lived without email all the time, everywhere I go?  Thanks.

Anyway, I stumbled on a few good ones recently, so I thought I’d share.

“Anything will give up its secrets to you if you love it enough.” – George Washington Carver

(Dear Cam’s book,

I love you.  Now tell me everything.  Immediately.  Stop making me beg, because it’s not pretty.

Thank you,

Your author)

“Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge hammer.” - Major Holdridge, 1994

(It’s always appropriate to kill a spider living in my house with a sledge hammer.  Or a shoe.  Or by calling Zoo to come kill it.)

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” - Confucius

(I am not working, I am not working...)

Okay, did anyone else tear up at the intervention they had for Dennis Rodman on Celebrity Apprentice?  Seriously, it made me so said…especially watching him keep refering to the past.  I get that – I used to hear a lot of unpublished writers defending themselves like that.  Heck, I used to do it too – but the thing is, the more defensive you are, the more you know that you’re wrong.  I can’t explain why that works, but it’s like the nuns at my elementary school used to say, a guilty conscience always jumps.

I hope that makes sense.  If not, blame the migraine meds, as this is turning out to be quite the rambling, train of thought post.

I’ve leave off by reminded you that I’ve been interviewed by Susan Palmquist at Between The Lines Blog, so come on over and say hi!

some favorite quotes on writing

“The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow, I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.”
– Raymond Chandler

“The first step is to find out what you love — and don’t be practical about it. The second step is to start doing what you love immediately, in any small way possible. I’ve seen what happens to people when they get to do what they love. They light up. They glow. They have a kind of energy that’s wonderful.”
-Barbara Sher

Ink and paper are sometimes passionate lovers, oftentimes brother and sister, and occasionally mortal enemies.
~Emme Woodhull-Bäche

Steph T.