Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Quotes of the Week

No, it is not easy to write. It is as hard as breaking rocks. Sparks and splinters fly like shattered steel.
—Clarice Lispector

Writers don’t have lifestyles. They sit in little rooms and #write.
—Norman Mailer

Everything in the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born.
—Clarice Lispector

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
—Joan Walsh Anglund

The book that will most change your life is the book you write.
—Seth Godin

Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.
—Ann Patchett

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

If 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

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because the people fail to see it.
—James A. Michener

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.
—Orson Welles

The conscious mind is the editor, and the subconscious mind is the writer.
—Steve Martin

Writers lose themselves in the dark on purpose, and follow the light of strangeness and surprise.
—Andre Dubus

Sunday, April 26, 2020

WOW! Five Years of DCMSU!

Five years ago today I started this comic. My college buddy, Mr. Jer was busting my chops with his excellent comic skills. I am amazed looking back at how many things have changed since then. So much water under the bridge.

It's been a good five. Here is the one that started them all on April 26, 2015:

--Here's to another excellent five years!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Quotes of the Week

If you want to fly, you have to give up the shit that weighs you down.
—Toni Morrison

We all have time machines, don't we, those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward are dreams.
—H.G. Wells

Write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.
—Erica Jong

Make writing a regular part of your daily routine, even just a tiny amount per day, so that it feels more natural to write than not to.
—Jennifer Egan

If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in, you will interest other people.
—Rachel Carson

Just because you’re sick of your script doesn’t mean it’s finished.
—William M. Akers

The trouble with fiction is that it makes too much sense, whereas reality never makes sense.
—Aldous Huxley

Note to writers: "Amazing" is very tired. "Amazing" needs a long vacation. Therefore, please don't write about your amazing party, your amazing girlfriend's amazing dress, or your amazing vacation. Something more pungent & specific, please.
—Stephen King

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

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

Monday, April 13, 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Quotes of the Week

Tales from the Loop
You are what you settle for.
—Janis Joplin

Writers feel the grammar rather than knowing it. This comes from good reading. If you read enough, the grammar will come.
—Colum McCann

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

Inspect your “hads” and see if you really need them.
—Martin Amis

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you.
—Beatrix Potter

I never forget that the average man, from the fields, the streets, the bars, the offices and even the gutters of his country, has acquired a vividness of speech that goes beyond anything I could invent.
—James M. Cain

Drama is life with the dull parts cut out.
—Alfred Hitchcock

A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
—Aldous Huxley

There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either.
—Robert Graves

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don't write.
—Anaïs Nin

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
—Arthur Miller

Monday, April 6, 2020

FREE: Solstice 31 Short Story

In the middle of the Oklahoma wastelands, there is a salvage yard where you can get almost everything you want...


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Art that Inspires

-- Alternatif bir dünyada New York nükleer savaşla yok olmuş olabilir.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Quotes of the Week

I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations. They generally produce their worst work when they do that.
—David Bowie

The most important lesson in the writing trade is that any manuscript is improved if you cut away the fat.
—Robert A. Heinlein

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

Write it, damn you! What else are you good for?
—James Joyce

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

First requirement of the writer is the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. Second...the wish to do so.
—Joyce Carol Oates

Ah yes, the head is full of books. The hard part is to force them down through the bloodstream and out through the fingers.
—Edward Abbey

The terrible thing about being a writer is that you don’t decide to become one, you discover that you are one.
—James Baldwin

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
—Stephen King

The only way you can write is by the light of the bridges burning behind you.
—Richard Peck

Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its infinite power.
—Joan Didion