Saturday, September 22, 2012
Anyway, all good things come to an end, and so did our great day. Today we woke up a little later than we were supposed to, rushed to Billy’s soccer game, got pulled over, and received a speeding ticket by a jerkosaurus cop who still had donut crumbs on his chin and was parked in the oncoming traffic (is that even legal?) Crook!
Oh, well. That’s life. Anyway, below is my husband’s first work of brilliance. Enjoy!
Koo-Koo Krow on a Kraps Shoot
by Gary Cruz
Koo-Koo Krow on a kraps shoot—
Morning dew, sliver of light.
The hungry krow: What a sight!
It’s warm; it’s fresh,
maybe even its last breath.
A twisted tail-tease,
an early morning dinner with ease.
And not a high-beam in sight.
Now or never would be too late.
Roll the dice: After all, it’s just some mice!
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Monday, September 3, 2012
Enjoy the famous quotes of some people I look up to. And if you are an aspiring writer (I hope you know what laborious occupation you are getting yourself into), may the following serve as a guiding light through the tunnel of madness (or you can call it “imagination”, but really, who are you kidding?).
Oh, and happy anniversary to my Muse—my husband Gary—whom I “fished” out of the ocean at Laguna Beach fourteen years ago.
“A writer is congenitally unable to tell the truth and that is why we call what he writes fiction.”
~ William Faulkner
“If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing. I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain.”
~ Lord Byron
“The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
~ Samuel Johnson
“Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.”
~ Virginia Woolf
“You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it.”
“I like to write when I feel spiteful. It is like having a good sneeze.”
~ D. H. Lawrence
“He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line.”
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
~ Ernest Hemingway
“Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
~ Edgar Allan Poe
“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!”
~ Ray Bradbury
“My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.”
~ Anton Chekhov
word is dead
When it is said,
I say it just begins
to live that day.
~ Emily Dickinson
“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”
~ Gustave Flaubert
“The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its supreme purpose through him.”
~ Carl Jung
“I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”
~ Stephen King
“Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
~ Rudyard Kipling
“The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak.”
~ Frederich Nietzsche
"All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
~ George Orwell
“And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet's pen turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothings a local habitation and a name.”
~ William Shakespeare
“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of a void, but out of chaos; the materials must in the first place be afforded; it can give form to dark, shapeless substances, but cannot bring into being the substance itself.”
~ Mary Shelley
“If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
~ Toni Morrison
“A writer should have another lifetime to see if he's appreciated.”
~ Jorge Luis Borges
Saturday, September 1, 2012
After Billy conveyed Stephen’s explanation to me and apologized for not being able to marry me in the future, I became really sad because I realized that a part of my son’s innocence had been stolen. I didn’t know what to say or how to react, so I just stared at him through the tears which were quickly filling up in my eyes. Billy must have sensed my feelings. He immediately hugged me and said, “Don’t be sad, Mom. I won’t let you get old. I’m gonna become a scientist and invent some pill and make you be young forever. And then I’ll marry you!”