Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Quotes of the Week

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

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.
—George RR Martin

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.
—Mark Twain

Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...
—Clement Clarke Moore

Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul.
—Charlie Chaplin

We have Art in order not to die of the truth.
—Friedrich Nietzsche

Fairy tales are more than true not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
—G. K. Chesterton

Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.
—Walt Disney

If history was taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
—Rudyard Kipling

Writing is a hellish task, best snuck up on, whacked on the head, robbed, and left for dead.
—Ann-Marie MacDonald 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Quotes of the Week

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

I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live.
—Françoise Sagan

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
—Stephen King (Say this over and over to yourself. -MCW)

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
—Ernest Hemingway (And he did... -MCW)

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
—Stephen King (A simple formula. Do it. - MCW)

Freedom is...the right to write the wrong words.
—Patti Smith (Stop banning books, cowards. - MCW)

Don't use no double negatives.
Never use a preposition to end a sentence with.
The passive voice should never be employed.
You should not use a big word when a diminutive would suffice.
About those sentence fragments.
Avoid clichés like the plague.
—William Safire

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

Let the readers do some of the work themselves. 
—Fyodor Dostoevsky

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Quotes of the Week

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
—Ernest Hemingway

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

You have to live with the notion of, “If I don’t write this, no one’s going to write it. If I die, this idea dies with me.”
—Lin-Manuel Miranda

Freedom is...the right to write the wrong words.
—Patti Smith

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

Monday, July 12, 2021

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Quotes of the Week

Talent is extremely common. What is rare is the willingness to endure the life of the writer. 
—Kurt Vonnegut

Let the readers do some of the work themselves. 
—Fyodor Dostoevsky

A line of dialogue is not clear enough if you need to explain how it's said.
—Elmore Leonard

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

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

Good artists borrows, a great artists steal. 
—Pablo Picasso

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.
—Ernest Hemingway

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
—John Steinbeck 

Monday, July 5, 2021

HARDCOVER SALE!

Shadows of the Sentinal, hardcover edition, is on super-sale today for $7 while supplies last!

However, did it come to this?

Cobb wanted a simple life. He wanted excellent steaks, great coffee, friends, and a quiet place to restore his favorite ship. Working for a recovery operation turned out to be the best place to find parts cheap.

She had other plans for him.

He wanted the staff of the deep space salvage ship, OXCART, to treat him just like another member of the crew. Not the man he really was. Light-years from Earth, he thought his secrets, his past, wouldn't matter. Especially not to her. When that past leads them to the SENTINEL, like it or not, the biggest single salvage of all time will change everything.

Some secrets are so big, they can start a war. Or stop one. Or remain too big to explain when the timing could not be worse.

And it was all the damn cat's fault.


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Quotes of the Week


If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all.
—Billie Holiday

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

My advice is not to wait to be struck by an idea. If you’re a writer, you sit down and damn well decide to have an idea.
—Andy Rooney

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

Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.
—Natalie Goldberg

Be willing and unafraid to write badly, because often the bad stuff...forms a base on which to build something better.
—Jennifer Egan

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

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Quotes of the Week

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.
—Richard Bach

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

I write to find what I have to say. I edit to figure out how to say it right. 
—Cheryl Strayed

A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children isn't a good children's story in the slightest. 
—C.S. Lewis

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

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Quotes of the Week

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

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

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

I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall #write badly if I do not live.
—Françoise Sagan

If your book doesn't keep you up nights writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it.
—James A. Michener

The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it.
—Mark Twain

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



Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Quotes of the Week


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

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down.
—John Steinbeck

The humorous story is told gravely; the teller does his best to conceal the fact that he even dimly suspects that there is anything funny about it.
—Mark Twain

Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.
—Albert Einstein

Go a little out of your depth, and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.
—David Bowie

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

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

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Quotes of the Week

 Fairy tales are more than true not because they tell us that dragons exist but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
—G. K. Chesterton

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
—Robert Frost

The function of science fiction is not always to predict the future but sometimes to prevent it.
—Frank Herbert

Writing is finally about one thing: going into a room and doing it.
—William Goldman

It doesn't matter how many great book ideas you have in your head if you can't finish writing one.
—Joe Bunting

Tell a story! Don’t try to impress your reader with style or vocabulary or neatly turned phrases. Tell the story first. 
—Anne McCaffrey

Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.
—John Steinbeck

Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul.
—Charlie Chaplin

You want to write a sentence as clean as a bone. That is the goal. 
—James Baldwin

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

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.
—Stephen King

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Quotes of the Week


Style is a very simple matter; it is all rhythm. Once you get that, you can’t use the wrong words.
—Virginia Woolf

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

The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is. 
—Nadine Gordimer

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it's like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
—Ernest Hemingway

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

If it pleases you and you can write at all, it's gonna please somebody else.
—Charlaine Harris

Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to my literary thinking all my life.
—Hunter S. Thompson

People talk about books that write themselves, and it's a lie. Books don't write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you'd believe.
—Neil Gaiman

Saturday, May 22, 2021

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Quotes of the Week

Remember we are mortal, but poetry is not.
—Patti Smith

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

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

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

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

When I get an idea for a song it would gel in my mind for weeks or months, and then one day just like that, I'll write it. 
—Johnny Cash

Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. Just do it and the confidence will follow.
—Carrie Fisher—

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
—Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Quotes of the Week

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

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

When I get an idea for a song it would gel in my mind for weeks or months, and then one day just like that, I'll write it. 
—Johnny Cash

Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. Just do it and the confidence will follow.
—Carrie Fisher

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
—Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.
—Arthur Miller

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

One must be ruthless with one’s own writing or someone else will be.
—John Berryman 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Quotes of the Week

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. 
—Albert Einstein

One must be ruthless with one’s own writing or someone else will be.
—John Berryman

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

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
—Katherine Hepburn

The first person you should think of pleasing in writing a book is yourself. If you can amuse yourself for the length of time it takes to write a book, the publishers and the readers can and will come later.
—Patricia Highsmith

Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.
—John Cleese

Whatever you describe to another person is also a revelation of who you are and who you think you are. You cannot describe anything without betraying your point of view, your aspirations, your fears, your hopes. Everything.
—James Baldwin

The profession of book writing makes horse racing look like a solid, stable business.
—John Steinbeck

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Quotes of the Week

Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
—Jimmy Stewart

The profession of book writing makes horse racing look like a solid, stable business.
—John Steinbeck

The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean.
—Robert Louis Stevenson

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts.
—Anne Lamott

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
—Alfred Hitchcock

Paper is more patient than man. 
—Anne Frank

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

Women want love to be a novel, men a short story.
—Daphne Du Maurier

As far as I'm concerned, the entire reason for becoming a writer is not having to get up in the morning. 
—Neil Gaiman

Write for yourself and yourself alone. Don’t try to please anyone else, and don’t be afraid of anyone. 
—Sallie Tisdale