When Your Dreams Put On Work Clothes

   

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A year ago today we set sail, a varied collective of writers who find inspiration for living and writing in community...

It's been a great adventure so far...!  

 

 

 

The reason for evil in the world is that people are not able to tell their stories.
Carl Gustav Jung

 

Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.
Anne McCaffrey

 

Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it's just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.
David Sedaris

 

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader.
Robert Frost

 

Remember: when people tell you something's wrong or doesn't work, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what's wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
Neil Gaiman

 

A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
Kenneth Tynan

 

Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.
Benjamin Franklin

 

I have written - often several times - every word I have ever published.
Vladimir Nabokov

 

The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
Tom Clancy

 

And, finally, some insights from the practitioners of three different arts who were born on this day, July 7th

 

I can read Middle English stories, Geoffrey Chaucer or Sir Thomas Malory, but once I start moving in the direction of contemporary fantasy, my mind begins to take over.
David Eddings

 

Work isn't to make money. You work to justify life.
Marc Chagall

 

It is strange how one feels drawn forward without knowing at first where one is going.
Gustav Mahler

 

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Here's to the next leg of the voyage...!

 

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Anonymous on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 07:35

I wish I could find the quotation so I could be sure to have it right. Also the author who might have been Anne Tyler but maybe not.
The quotation: "All sorrow can be borne if we can make a story of it."

Congratulations, Rosy and Chris! You've done a fine and valuable thing. We wish you and the site a satisfying future.

I wish I could find the quotation so I could be sure to have it right. Also the author who might have been Anne Tyler but maybe not. The quotation: "All sorrow can be borne if we can make a story of it." Congratulations, Rosy and Chris! You've done a fine and valuable thing. We wish you and the site a satisfying future.
Rosy Cole on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 10:56

I didn't know that quotation, but found the source thanks to Wiki and believe this to be reliable. It's Karen Blixen, the Out of Africa lady. It's from a New York Times Book Review interview of November 3, 1957.

'I am not a novelist, really not even a writer; I am a storyteller. One of my friends said about me that I think all sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them, and perhaps this is not entirely untrue. To me, the explanation of life seems to be its melody, its pattern. And I feel in life such an infinite, truly inconceivable fantasy.'

Thanks kindly for the congratulations and for your well appreciated contribution. It's the membership who make this forum special :-)

I didn't know that quotation, but found the source thanks to Wiki and believe this to be reliable. It's Karen Blixen, the [i]Out of Africa[/i] lady. It's from a New York Times Book Review interview of November 3, 1957. [i]'I am not a novelist, really not even a writer; I am a storyteller. One of my friends said about me that I think all sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them, and perhaps this is not entirely untrue. To me, the explanation of life seems to be its melody, its pattern. And I feel in life such an infinite, truly inconceivable fantasy.'[/i] Thanks kindly for the congratulations and for your well appreciated contribution. It's the membership who make this forum special :-)
Anonymous on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:00

Of course. Karen Blixen. The quotation as I read it was condensed and altered for space, i assume. It used to be right in front of me but when I wanted it I couldn't find it. But I should have known you'd get it right. Now I can't think of her pen name. Isak ? Dinesen? Anyway, I know you know. You're most welcome. This is usually where I turn immediately after opening my eyes. Or even before.

Of course. Karen Blixen. The quotation as I read it was condensed and altered for space, i assume. It used to be right in front of me but when I wanted it I couldn't find it. But I should have known you'd get it right. Now I can't think of her pen name. Isak ? Dinesen? Anyway, I know you know. You're most welcome. This is usually where I turn immediately after opening my eyes. Or even before.
Rosy Cole on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 15:46

It also reminded me of the quote attributed to Maya Angelou, that there is no worse agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

There is some deep truth in the statement, but it may not be wholly cathartic or remedial. It can rebound either way. Often, I feel, the energy of that sadness and agony is best invested in new creative outlets.

It also reminded me of the quote attributed to Maya Angelou, that there is no worse agony than bearing an untold story inside you. There is some deep truth in the statement, but it may not be wholly cathartic or remedial. It can rebound either way. Often, I feel, the [i]energy[/i] of that sadness and agony is best invested in new creative outlets.
Rosy Cole on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 14:24

Just to thank all who celebrated our First Birthday on Twitter and Facebook timelines yesterday! :)

Just to thank all who celebrated our First Birthday on Twitter and Facebook timelines yesterday! :)
Ken Hartke on Wednesday, 08 July 2015 19:31

Rosy -- Thanks for making this place a welcoming home...

Rosy -- Thanks for making this place a welcoming home...
Rosy Cole on Thursday, 09 July 2015 13:06

That's so kind of you to say, Ken, and thank you :-) Our membership, though, is exceptional and your interesting posts are much looked forward to.

That's so kind of you to say, Ken, and thank you :-) Our membership, though, is exceptional and your interesting posts are much looked forward to.
Jitu C Rajgor on Thursday, 09 July 2015 21:36

Thia is a wonderful post Rosy, going to use one of those quotes as a Facebook status. At some extant this place fulfills the gap redroom's sudden exit had created, at least for me. May I invite my Indian writer friends to join here?

Thia is a wonderful post Rosy, going to use one of those quotes as a Facebook status. At some extant this place fulfills the gap redroom's sudden exit had created, at least for me. May I invite my Indian writer friends to join here?
Rosy Cole on Friday, 10 July 2015 12:10

Thank you for your appreciation and endorsement, Dr Jitu! Delighted that you enjoyed the post and found it encouraging.

Yes, your Indian writer friends would be most welcome if they feel they'd be happy with us. There is no two-tier system here, but we do ask for an established writing/blogging profile in order to qualify for Membership. Although some of our Members have not yet posted, they do have such an identity. It is not necessary to apply for Membership merely to comment. The Guest comment system works well.

Thank you for your appreciation and endorsement, Dr Jitu! Delighted that you enjoyed the post and found it encouraging. Yes, your Indian writer friends would be most welcome if they feel they'd be happy with us. There is no two-tier system here, but we do ask for an established writing/blogging profile in order to qualify for Membership. Although some of our Members have not yet posted, they do have such an identity. It is not necessary to apply for Membership merely to comment. The Guest comment system works well.
Jitu C Rajgor on Friday, 10 July 2015 19:58

Thanks for the information. I would suggest it to my friends who are known bloggers elsewhere.Thanks for making me feel homely.

Thanks for the information. I would suggest it to my friends who are known bloggers elsewhere.Thanks for making me feel homely.
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