Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
—Cyrill Connolly

Ignore all hatred and criticism. Live for what you create, and die protecting it.
—Lady Gaga

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
—Agatha Christie

Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.
—Sylvia Plath

Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write.
—Robert Penn Warren

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
—Douglas Adams

I don't believe in writer's block or waiting for inspiration. If you're a writer, you sit down and write.
—Elmore Leonard

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.
—Charlie Chaplin

Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you first hoped.
—Lillian Hellman

If you're thinking of an idea in the shower or while you're walking your dog, and if it still sticks the next day there’s probably something to it.
—Lin-Manuel Miranda

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader's.
—Stephen King

The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.
—Sylvia Plath

I do not write with ease, nor am I ever please with anything I write. And so I rewrite.
—Margaret Mitchell

A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it to be God.
—Sidney Sheldon

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
—Henry Ward Beecher

Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to know whether or not it was funny.
—Alain de Botton

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.
—Henry David Thoreau

One day I will find the right words and they will be simple.
—Jack Kerouac

Write one good clean sentence and put a period at the end of it. Then write another one.
—M.F.K. Fisher

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
—Pablo Picasso

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
—Stephen Fry

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Four years of Drink Coffee, Make Stuff Up!



It has been an excellent four years with a lot of change. This was the first comic I published. Fun stuff.

The biggest change between then and now was quitting my day job and becoming a full-time author. That was over a year ago now. Of late, we have sold the house and will be moving to a sweet new home.

Life is good.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Quotes of the Week

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
-- Douglas Adams

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.
—Doris Lessing

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.
—Anne Frank

f you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write.
—W. Somerset Maugham

Remember to recognize the small successes that you will have. Don't let the brightness of that big goal blind you to what happens on the way toward the goal. Meet one wave at a time and enjoy what progress you make.
—Lucille Ball

No one has ever written a romance novel better than we live it.
—Lauren Bacall

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
—Anton Chekhov

Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
—E.L. Doctorow

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
—Mark Twain

Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.
—Jules Renard

It is by siting down to write every morning that one becomes a writer.
—Gerald Brenan


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Quotes of the Week

I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.
—E. B. White

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

This is the extraordinary thing about #creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious.
—John Cleese

I admire anybody who has the guts to write anything at all.
—E. B. White

Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.
—Stephen King

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

If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story.
—Terry Pratchett

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Quotes of the Week

The writer's job is to get the main character up a tree, and then once they are up there, throw rocks at them.
—Vladimir Nabokov

We don’t know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptops.
—John Cleese

Creativity — like human life itself — begins in darkness.
—Julia Cameron

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.
—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.
—Charles Bukowski

Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.
—Henry David Thoreau

Boys think girls are like books, if the cover doesn't catch their eye they won't bother to read what's inside.
—Marilyn Monroe

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
—Thomas Jefferson

Ah, good taste, what a dreadful thing! Taste is the enemy of creativeness.
—Pablo Picasso

You let the story cool off and then, instead of rewriting it, you relive it.
—Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Not all those who wonder are lost.
—J.R.R. Tolkien

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
—George Orwell

Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.
—Bob Dylan

Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly, sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
—Ernest Hemingway

Writing is not about the voices in your head, but the voices that make the great leap to the page.
—J.H. Glaze

Write like it matters, and it will.
—Libba Bray

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
—Robin Williams

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
—Stephen King

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Quotes of the Week

I don’t want to fade away, I want to flame away - I want my death to be an attraction, a spectacle, a mystery. A work of art.
—Jennifer Egan

Don't write with a pen. Ink tends to give the impression the words shouldn't be changed.
—Richard Hugo

I sweat blood to make my style simple and stripped bare.
—Margaret Mitchell

I am not responsible for the ideas and opinions that my characters express.
—William Faulkner

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
—Edith Wharton

Sometimes a flat-footed sentence is what serves, so you don’t get all writerly: “He opened the door.” There, it’s open.
—Amy Hempel

Work finally begins when the fear of doing nothing exceeds the fear of doing it badly.
—Alain de Botton

Dialogue has to create a life. It has to be self-sustaining. Conversation is definitely not dialogue.
—Sam Shepard

Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but most of all, endurance.
—James Baldwin

Monday, February 25, 2019

Moving...

Posting is going to be thin for a bit.

The wife, cats and I are moving and selling the house. All my stuff will be in boxes for probably six months while we sell, buy and move. Well, not ALL my stuff.

Every author needs a few things at close hand:

  • Coffee pot
  • Computer
  • Cats

Please note that Pants did not make the list.

I am still on track for my writing goal of 1,000 words a day. February was not as good as January. This whole packing and moving thing got in the way.


March is back on track.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Writer's Research

I have a character in my next novel that loves cigars. I personally do not know Jack about them but enjoy one every so often. This infographic was a big help.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Quotes of the Week

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

Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music. The world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.
—Henry Mancini

The notion of talent is quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application... will, will, will, desire, desire, desire.
—Gordon Lish

Writing is hard work. A clear sentence is no accident. Very few sentences come out right the first time, or even the third time.
—William Zinsser

Writers write while dreamers procrastinate.
—Besa Kosova

The only thing worth writing about is the conflict in the human heart.
—William Faulkner

When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, ‘I am going to produce a work of art.’ I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.
—George Orwell

Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
—Tom Stoppard

This is the extraordinary thing about creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious.
—John Cleese


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Quotes of the Week

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
—W. Somerset Maugham

Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.
—Larry L. King

The hardest part is believing in yourself at the notebook stage. It is like believing in dreams in the morning.
—Erica Jong

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
—William Faulkner

I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
—Truman Capote

Substitute "damn" every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.
—Mark Twain

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
—James Michener

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
—James Michener

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
—Pablo Picasso

I write to be the characters that I am not.
—Joss Whedon

If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great.
—Tom Hanks



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Quotes of the Week

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
—Jack London

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
—John Steinbeck

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
—Stephen King

Make #writing a regular part of your daily routine…so that it feels more natural to write than not to.
—Jennifer Egan

Let's not go and ruin it by thinking too much.
—Clint Eastwood

The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.
—ALFRED HITCHCOCK

If you know from whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations on where you can go.
—James Baldwin

The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer.
—Anna Deavere Smith

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
—Anton Chekhov

Friday, January 25, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Quotes of the Week

When all else fails write what your heart tells you.
—Mark Twain

Don't say it was “delightful”; make us say “delightful” when we’ve read the description.
—C.S. Lewis

I have rewritten, often several times, every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.
—Vladimir Nabokov

But with writers, there's nothing wrong with melancholy. It's an important color in writing.
—Paul McCartney

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say.
—Barbara Kingsolver

Just trust your own voice. And keep exploring the things that are interesting to you.
—Nikki Giovanni

Write hard and clear about what hurts.
—Ernest Hemingway

Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.
—Maya Angelou

Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.
—Maya Angelou

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
—Robin Williams

I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart. 
—Anne Frank

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Write hard and clear about what hurts.
—Ernest Hemingway

Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.
—Maya Angelou

The best work that anybody ever writes is the work that is on the verge of embarrassing him, always.
—Arthur Miller

You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
—Robin Williams

I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart. 
—Anne Frank

You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it.
—Adrienne Rich

Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.
—Orson Welles

Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description.
—William Gibson

Talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.
—Stephen King

I never reread a text until I have finished the first draft. Otherwise it’s too discouraging.
—Gore Vidal



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Quotes of the Week

Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you're doomed.
—Ray Bradbury

You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.
— Ray Bradbury

A lot of people talk about writing. The secret is to write, not talk.
—Jackie Collins

Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent.
—Marlon Brando

Writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to know whether or not it was funny.
—Alain de Botton

The highest duty of the writer, the composer, the artist, is to remain true to himself and let the chips fall where they may.
—John F. Kennedy

Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.
—Stephen Fry

I write seven days a week, starting at 4 o'clock in the morning, including Christmas.
—Dan Brown

A writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as memories.
—John Irving

I can feel infinitely alive curled up on the sofa reading a book.
—Benedict Cumberbatch

Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people.
—Neil Gaiman

Friday, January 4, 2019

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Quote of the Week

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
—Ray Bradbury

I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
—James Michener

Writing is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to those who have none.
—Jules Renard

Say what you mean. Say what you see. Make a photograph, if you can, for the reader.
—Stephen King

There is only one way to work—Like Hell.
—Bette Davis

When you’re speaking in the truest, most intimate voice about your life, you are speaking with the universal voice.
—Cheryl Strayed

Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction.
—Clint Eastwood

The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.
—Billy Wilder

If a writer falls in love with you, you will never die.
—Unknown

There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.
—Flannery O’Connor