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Round-trip Ticket to a Dead Authors’ House

"I had a great time!"

“I had a great time!”

Every week I look for quotes that might fit in the theme of each blog. I’ve tried searching by topic, sorting through platitude jungles and subway tunnels of inane feel-goodery. This time I’ve switched tactics a bit. I started knocking on the doors of the distant and the dead: the authors themselves.

Weird? You bet; but that’s one of our many Writers’ Superpowers.

Sometimes when I get stuck, I’ll sit and talk to my characters. We’ll ramble on together for ten or twenty pages about their lives, their histories, and what interests them. Sometimes we talk over iced tea in the yard, and sometimes we sit in a very dark room.

We’re lucky to have teachers in both places. I can get a lot of story-specific help from my characters. I can also get a lot of writing help, life help, and logistical help by reading not just books, but quotes and interviews. Their office doors are wide open.

As writers, we already know how to travel like this. We can hop from one world into another without passports or booking fees. We can slip through time and sit at Marcus Aurelius’ knee, or split a milkshake with an evolved human made of dust particles and psychic energy. Most people won’t understand this; but that doesn’t make it not real. We can travel. We are special. Just reach out and go.

I’ve often lost myself,
in order to find the burn that keeps everything awake.

― Federico García Lorca


If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
― C.S. Lewis


Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”
― Ayn Rand



You Are What You Eat, Emotionally

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive. … If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

Dorothy Law Nolte (1924 – 2005)

Birthday Wisdom 2013

Here is the summation of wisdom I received on my birthday two weeks ago.

Names have been changed for my amusement.

Phoenix Swords: Leaving behind my twenties was wonderful and butterflies taste you with their feet. 

Weezbo:  Shared pain is lessened, shared joy is increased. Thus, we refute entropy – Spider Robinson.  Also, the moon smells like gunpowder.

Sempai Gin: “Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things.”

Razzlestorm:   “If you travel abroad and eat potentially tummy-upsetting food, yogurt is typically a commonly available probiotic that can settle your stomach. Eat some yogurt each day and you’ll be able to resist foods better.”

Ferd: “Plastics. But seriously, learn something new every day. As long as you learn something that you didn’t know beforehand, no matter what it is, your day would not have been wasted.”

Australis:  “Don’t eat anything until you’ve seen a local eat it first.”

Magician:  “Everything you haven’t done yet? Do it now. Not because you don’t have time to do it but because you’ll wish you did it sooner.”

Mom:  “See a dentist once a year at least. Use an electric toothbrush. Healthy teeth = healthy life & friendly smile.”

Panko:  “Do not regret what you have done in the past – simply do not repeat those mistakes in the future. And always love openly and honestly – never hide it.”

Wandering Physicist:  “Surround yourself with people who try to be honest with themselves… it will make it much easier to be honest with yourself.”

Crow Mother: “The Universe is a short-order cook with no imagination. When doing self-talk, order right the first time.”

Smiling Biologist:  “Laugh loudly and often. It help with stress and anxiety and to see the good when things are not going well.”

Puzzledancer:   “Wear sunscreen.”

Quietude:  “You are the average of people you surround yourself with…surround yourself with people that have the qualities that you admire.”

Miri-Miri-Miri:  “Always retain a sense of wonder about the world and never stop playing.”

Frog Witch:  “One can read, listen, and learn much about the ways of the wise. But knowledge is no substitute for experience.  I will also say that at 28 I looked back ten years and said, “Wow, I was dumb! I’m so much wiser now!” At 38, I looked back ten years and thought, “I was so immature then. I’m so glad I’ve grown out of that!” Life is about learning – you just keeps getting better! Well, maybe not physically. That keeps getting worse!”

Chemist Viking Husband:  “Character is what you are in the dark. -John Whorfin”

Healer Cousin:  “25mg of Gratitude twice daily, taken with meals, and plenty of water.”

Listening Aunt:   “Always be yourself… unless you can be a dragon… then always be a dragon. Also, you’ll never be too old to be loved by your favorite auntie.”

Rock-climbing Carnivore: “Note synchronicity. Find joy in strangers, music, and movement.”

The Power:   “Surround yourself with brilliant, fierce people who challenge you to be more yourself even as your self evolves. Memorize poetry, song lyrics and fairy tales in case someone puts you in confinement. When opening a bottle of champagne, point the cork away from your right eye.”

First Friend in New Land:  “Pillage, then burn 🙂 “

Burly-Q Superstar:   “You find what you’re looking for when you stop looking.”

Countryman:  “In work, there are no better assets than a closed mouth and an observant mind. In love, it is better to be alone than unappreciated. Socially, always be civil to your enemies so as to instill a false sense of safety within them. However, ALWAYS keep your friends closer than your enemies and be consistent about keeping their secrets.”

Raven:  “Get your hands dirty once in a while. Plant a garden, volunteer for a state park work party, or something similar. Manual labor is good for the soul.”

Warder:  “Actions and deeds depict our honor, the truth and lies of ourselves are part of this honor.”

True Brother:  “Wiggle your toes in the sand, breathe salty beach air into your lungs, climb more trees, and once in a while try to find a place dark enough to get lost staring up at the stars. Hope your day is filled with realized dreams. Love from the desert… sincerely a jerk, his wife, and two monsters.”

Hardcorelei: “Never take anything excessively seriously. Whimsy is way more important than most people realise or admit. Make sure to crash your roflcopter at healthy, frequent intervals; and lastly, wopti.”

Comic Mixer: “Wisdom? Okay…”In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.” –Stephen King

And an extra: they weren’t kidding when they said, “Wash Whites Separately.”

Cohort:  “Remember, always sneak attack!”

Revolutionary:   “Alright, this one I had heard from one of my mentors: “A wise person is one who does not get into something that an intelligent person cannot get out of.”

Kidney Puncher:  “Magpie! “Demand Joy! Settle for nothing less! Roar!” You said this to me in a post card. Is that cheating? Maybeh, kinda’. But I liked it. Sometimes we need reminding anyways.”