Category: quotes

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...


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...


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...

Quotes Worth a Second Look 0

Quotes Worth a Second Look

The measure of a man comes down to moments spread out like dots on the canvas of life. Kristin Hannah, Angel Falls p. 149 Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.   Soren Kierkegaard She stood in the hallway,blinking back the latest rush of tears, and wrestled with the monster-sized ball of stubbornness and terror that stuck in her throat. Susan Donovan  Knock Me Off My Feet  p.277 She developed a profound desire to stay as if her center of gravity was so low it connected her directly to this particular patch of earth. Ann Patchett ...

Revealing Quotes : A Glimpse into Authors’ Thinking 0

Revealing Quotes : A Glimpse into Authors’ Thinking

 “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And, if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then write it for children.” “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter/computer and bleed.” “What really knocks me out is when I’m done reading a book, I wish the author was a  friend of mine and I could call him/her up and talk about how the...

Quotes Worth a Second Look 0

Quotes Worth a Second Look

When I read, I write down lines that impact me. Here are a few for you to ponder.   He’d never thought much about silence, but now he knew its every shape and contour. It was a cheap glass jar that trapped old voices and kept them fresh.  Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah p.111 We must know how to design our lives. We are all artists and each day is a canvas. Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod  p. 204 I’m getting tired of my own innocence. The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy p.9 We lead out lives like water flowing...

Quote about Writers 0

Quote about Writers

For every writer… there is always the impulse, realized or unrealized, that binds us one to another through the power of language. Every time a person writes, for public or not, he or she is connected to all who have ever felt that magnificent charge of communication through the written word- whether carved in hieroglyphics or glowing in code across our computer…there will always be the brilliant conspiracy between author and reader. Betsy Lerner The Forest for the Trees