Daily blogging (writing) is not easy.
One of my favorite childhood authors claimed “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children ~ Madeline L’Engle.
I love the following quote:
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”. ~ Maya Angelou
I want to keep cutting and pasting quotes that are inspiring and unrepeatable. Is unrepeatable that a word?
So many before me and along side me are writing and reading. I alternate between reading fantasy fiction and truth, and find them both beguiling, compelling, and satisfying. The fantasy stuff is wonderful. I leave my reality completely (The Golden Compass, Twilight, Game of Thrones) and I will not apologize for doing so. The real stuff – because most fiction is based in reality, right? – tends to hit me a bit harder.
My most recent reads include a book about a man with Asperger syndrome who falls in love, a woman who left the Amish to live a non-plain dress life, and a (children’s) story about a fish whose dreary, sad attitude impacts those in the sea world around him. My oldest son is just at the age (I think) when if he suggests being bored, I suggest a book. He’s not a full reader yet, but he’s close. He enjoys books, but the physical world is more compelling right now. He will cartwheel, somersault, and downward dog at your request. He is not the fastest runner in his class, but he enjoys running, ninja-style. I love introducing books to him one by one. His teacher is reading the class “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” this month. We watched the movie to celebrate the story over the weekend. Love.
All this said, I confess I am procrastinating. I have a deadline on the 18th of this month to submit to a magazine and one in December to submit for a writing fellowship. I should stop blogging about the works that inform and inspire me and get to work.
That said, I’ll leave you with a few lovely quotes by writers that inspire me.
You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. ~ Saul Bellow
Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. It is a seeking that he who wishes may know the cosmic secrets of the world and they that dwell therein. ~ Zora Neale Hurston