Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Buy my books or the dog gets it!
If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.
—Terry Pratchett

A good writer is basically a storyteller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
—Isaac B. Singer

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up in your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.
—Jack London

To finish is sadness to a writer—a little death. He puts the last word down and it is done.
—John Steinbeck

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
—Ernest Hemingway

The job of the artist is to remind people of what they have chosen to forget.
—Arthur Miller

The best stories don’t come from good vs. bad but from good vs. good.
—Leo Tolstoy

Monday, September 10, 2018

Reading: PILGRIMAGE

Last week I read PILGRIMAGE by Tom Abrahams.

Here is the description from Amazon:

PILGRIMAGE is a stand-alone post-apocalyptic story of survival. It was previously published as three separate novellas: Crossing, Refuge, and Advent. 

High School teacher James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives. Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there. 

Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them? And if they do, what horrors will they find?

--I really liked it. The protagonist was not a super-duper-great-at-everything-hero and the survival aspects were excellent. Recommended.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Quotes of the Week

I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.
—Frank Capra

You can’t be a good writer without being a good thinker. This is a depressing thought for a writer.
—Andy Rooney

It is not the object described that matters, but the light that falls on it.
—Boris Pasternak

I write everything many times over. All my thoughts are second thoughts.
—Aldous Huxley

Show me a hero, and I'll write you a tragedy.
—F. Scott Fitzgerald

Be yourself and your readers will follow... commit an act of writing and they will jump overboard....
—William Zinsser

In revision, as a rough rule, if the beginning can be cut, cut it.
—UrsulaRSULA K. LE GUIN

Forget what you think about it and tell what you feel about it.
—Stephen Crane