“It’s no good running a pig farm badly for 30 years while saying, ‘Really, I was meant to be a ballet dancer.’ By then, pigs will be your style.” – Quentin Crisp

“Mourning is not forgetting… It is an undoing. Every minute tie has to be untied and something permanent and valuable recovered and assimilated from the dust.” – Margery Allingham

“Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.” – Elbert Hubbard

Ovidiayu has the novel idea of reading while you write.

If you need to give the wrists a break – from writing, that is, Weaver of Words is making traction strictly through voice recording. There are a ton of dictation products out there. The main thing I don’t like about them is A. my voice, and B. the purgatory that is phonetic approximation, and spellcheck auto-correction, leaving my characters with phrases like “I’d like too comma two!” Yes, well. Try anything once. Addled at one in the morning that might actually make sense, which may be worse, I don’t know.

Interminable Writer Makes a bold challenge to take off the cloak and throw down the Purell for some downright imperfect storytelling. I think my favorite part of TIW is the stark and honest detail of the process of brushing oneself off after the beloved pages are thrown in the dust. The truth is, most people can’t do it. Brush themselves off. If you can, you just won the lottery. It means you’re getting better. You’re cell five, all you have to do is raise your hand politely and say “check please, thank you.”

It would be a shame to waste such a rare talent on another night at Youtube, now wouldn’t it?

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