Category: quotes

Winter is Coming Soon – Wintry Quotes to Warm You 0

Winter is Coming Soon – Wintry Quotes to Warm You

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. William Blake   It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. John Burroughs   While I relish our warm months, winter forms our character and brings out our best. Tom Allen   Winter is the time for comfort, for good food, for warmth, for tyhe touch of a friendly hand… and the time for home. Edith Sitwel

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Quotations Galore

My daughter gifted me with the book, The Quotable Book Lover edited by Ben Jacobs and Helena Hjalmarsson. Here are a few favorite quotes. Reading: From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot in front of the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.   – Helen Hayes – Books go out into the world, travel mysteriously from hand to hand and somehow find their way to the people who need them at the time they need them…Cosmic forces guide such passings-along.  – Erica Jong – Wordstruck is exactly what...

Quotes Worth a Look 0

Quotes Worth a Look

When I read, I often find author’s have exquisite sentences. I save them in a special notebook. Here are a few I’ve sincerely appreciated. She maneuvered through the cranky traffic…tempers caught fire as easily as backyards. Kristin Hannah in Magic Hour Perhaps there is a secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society  bby Mary Ann Shaffer & Anne Barrows As they crossed the street, the moon, at half-phase, spread creamy light over the world, trannsforming the sidewalk to pale ribbons and putting thick shadows beneath the trees… LaVyrle...

Mother’s Day Quotes 0

Mother’s Day Quotes

Mother’s Day is often celebrated with cards and flowers. Enjoy these brief quotes as you think of your mother, her mother and of mother’s to be. My mother taught me to live by the 3 p’s: to always be passionate, persistent, and prepared. Hailee Steinfeld A mother’s heart is a child’s schoolroom.  Henry Ward Beecher I got to grow up with a mother who taught me to believe in me.  Antonio Villaraigosa The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your universe. You relinquish that position to your children. ...

Seasonal Haiku 0

Seasonal Haiku

Winter is just around the corner. Here are a few poems to move you into thinking about the changing world. Enjoy   Winter Solitude-                                             Reflecting mirror in a world of one color                                    frozen pond in bare garden the sound of the wind                                     – I am day older…       Dark, frozen cornstalks                                   My bed is so warm beneath a leaden sky, feel                               My alarm clock is so cold. the rabbit’s warm blood                                  I think I’ll sleep in.   On a frozen twig, The little bird dreams of spring. Oh! To see the sun.   Now, try...

Author Quotes on Adventure 0

Author Quotes on Adventure

Following are quotes that are relevant to Tasman’s story. I suggest you keep them for the days when you are reading the novel to see why I selected them and how they impact the storyline. “Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.” ― Roy T. Bennett “Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures that anyone can have.” ― Lloyd Alexander “To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self…. And to venture in the highest is precisely to be conscious of one’s self.” ― Søren Kierkegaard “Love, like...

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Quotes Leaving Paris

(Paris) The city is a testament to civilization….It makes tourists of all of us. It anchors your heart to a place. Just like Sydney Harbor, the wonderful sights of Paris inspire emotion. Almost French by Sarah Turnbull   We stayed up late one night, watching snow fall over the city in frosty chunks, covering tree branches, spreading over the garden in a marzipan sheet. It’s Not Love, It’s Just Paris by Patricia Engel   As he neared the Place de le Concorde, he thought of the Concorde-the SST. He wished it would fly over, a happy coincidence, tying history in...

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Writing Quotes to Inspire

We used to be close, like a paper chain family inextricably linked….Now we’re scattered across the globe. Nothing to link us together.                                                 The House We Grew Up In  by Lisa Jewell A thousand tiny strokes of fortune touch us on our way, to move or change us.                                                 Fortunes Hand by Belva Plain Love wasn’t a great burning brushfire that swept across your soul and charred you…it was everyday moments laid out like bricks, one atop the other.                                                 Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah Time marches on, turning out hopes and dreams into memories.                                                 Twelve Little Cakes by...

Quotes on Writing 0

Quotes on Writing

Readers and writers enjoy a good book. These quotes are reasons that may happen. Enjoy! A novel is a question, not an answer.                                                 Richard Peck A human being is nothing but a story with skin wrapped around it.                                            Fred Allen Setting details are multipurpose…When a reader first opens a story, setting is the doorway through which he or she ventures into the story events.                                                 Jessica Page Morrell

Characters Must Grow and Change 0

Characters Must Grow and Change

Characters are the focus of most novels. Here are two examples from well known authors that demonstrate important pats-on-the-back to characters that engage readers. (1) Show what’s “on the line” in the character’s lives including risks, obstacles and needs for change. In Distant Shore, Kristin Hannah wrote: In those days he’d promised her the moon and the stars, vowed to love her forever. He’d meant it too. Believed in it. They hadn’t done anything wrong, either of them. They simply hadn’t understood how long forever was. (p.118) (2) Show growth across the story for secondary characters and their subplots In...