WordPress Writing Quotes

I’ve loved how when you post on WordPress now, you get this fun or thought provoking quote about writing on the side.  (Note for people posting… you don’t see the quote if you schedule your posts. Only if you actually post right when you finish typing)  So, I’ve been ‘collecting’ them over the past couple months.  Recently they have repeated themselves, but I’ve collected a nice amount. So, enjoy.  Oh, and clearly I’m not the only one who has enjoyed the quotes.  Just check out the related articles below.

I loved words. I love to sing them and speak them and even now, I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.   ~ Anne Rice

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.   ~ Benjamin Disraeli

A metaphor is like a simile.   ~ Author Unknown

Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.   ~ Carol Burnett

I am a drinker with writing problems.   ~ Brendan Behan

To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart.   ~ Phyllis Theroux

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

 I do not like to write – I like to have written.   ~ Gloria Steinem

Easy reading is damn hard writing.  ~ Nathanial Hawthorne

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.      ~ Anais Nin

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.  ~Jules Renard

I do not like to write – I like to have written.  ~ Gloria Steinem

The desire to write grows with writing.  ~ Desiderius Erasmus

Signing off

~Kate

A Good Children’s Story

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. ~ C. S. Lewis

I think that statement quite profound and really quite true.  I love children’s books.  Good children’s books.  It helps that I keep my eyes open for new children’s books for my sister who has down syndrome.  She is a perpetual child, so I have gotten my fill of listening to Brian Jacques’ Redwall series, Harry Potter, The American Girl Collection, The Hobbit, and various others.  I keep my eyes open for ones that sound interesting at the library, and yes, I occasionally read them myself.  Why, even today I brought home a book from the juvenile section.

Now, most of the time I find it hard to get into the Happy Hollister books, or the American Girl books… Lord please no…., but I respect and appreciate them. I mean, I did go through all of those several times.  I actually find it easier to read picture books!  Yes, I love to look through picture books.  I am not ashamed of admitting it because its true.

I have been criticized for being in the picture books by library employees.  Yes, they think I’m too old to be there.  Um, when my goal is to write picture books, how is it too old to be there?  I just brush it off and go back to reading Dr. Seuss, Bill Peet, Jill Barklem, and others that I find fun.  When I come across a new picture book I bring it home for my mother to evaluate as well. I like her take on books because, well, it was her reading to me and my sister as much as she did that created a monster of a reader… ME! 

I think more people should try out a children’s book now and then.  Many of them are quite enjoyable despite their association with a younger audience.  I mean, the whole Narnia series is meant for children, but I still find them quite fascinating.  Same with various other books. 

I could go on and on about this, but I dare you to go into the children’s section of the library or book store and find a children’s book to read.  There are some really great ones out there.  (there are also some really bad ones too, but then they are not good children’s stories)

Signing off

~Kate

A Not Too Shabby Finish

A month ago I posted a short story that I entered into a small writing contest that was being held in my valley.  It was endorsed by the two little libraries, and the theme this year was, “It was a dark and stormy night…”  Well, I entered with my piece titled, The Making of a Private Eye, which you can read if you click the title.

Well, much to my delight, I ended up in second place for the adult submissions!  I was quite pleased, and I hope it helps forward my career.  It was good practice for me as I’m not comfortable showing off my work to most people.  I am embarrassed most of the time because I’m far from confident that anything I write is worth reading.  Funny thing to be a writer.  What is the point of writing if you never show it to anyone?!

So, there you have it.  Supposedly I get a certificate and a button.  We’ll see.  I’m just happy to have the second spot.  Now, I have to find out about the anthology that they say my story should be in.  I think.  I guess I had best call.

Signing off

~Kate

Real Men Don’t Hire Hookers

I rarely delve into the political world but I am going to tonight.  If you have been paying attention to the news this week, then you know that there is this major scandal down in Colombia way, involving Secret Service agents, Military personal, and prostitutes.   Now, I have no idea what happened, and I think it pretty sad there is such a situation like this.  My thoughts revolve around two comments made last night by political pundits.  I was amazed by one, pleasantly so, and kind of disgusted by the other.

The first comment came from Ret. Col. Ralph Peters.

“Real men don’t hire hookers, ever.” And also, “I don’t care how muscular you are or how many guns you have, real men don’t hire hookers.”

Now, that is a pretty profound statement, but really, if you think about it, it’s true.  If you are a real man, you don’t need to hire someone to , eh hem, service you.  I could expound on that, but just start reading Scot McKay and his view on being a real man.

The second comment came from Brit Hume.

“This is a case of boys will be boys.”

Uh, excuse me?  Oh, so the Secret Service ‘men’ were boys then?  What the heck are they doing protecting the president then?  I’m sorry, but that is just a cop out.

Now, I don’t believe in prostitution.  I don’t think it a good thing, but you are never going to get rid of it.  Just like you will never get rid of drunk people, drugs, and any other nasty vice.  But just because something is legal doesn’t make it right.

Now, I can see legalizing it in this country… BUT, I don’t want to see it on the strip in Vegas. (I’ve never been to Vegas, but I hope to one day)  There were originally red light districts.  Let’s keep it there, and nowhere else.  If you are caught bringing a call girl, hooker, etc. to your hotel room, you should be fined up the ying yang.  Children shouldn’t be exposed to that.

I still don’t think it good. Oh, and the ‘boys will be boys’ comment has got to be one of the dumbest sexist comments ever.  What would have happened if the Secret Service had been all women and they hired gigolos?  All heck would have broken loose.  Why is it men can go out cavorting, but women can’t?  I’m not saying they should, but why is it okay for men to go and sow their oats, but not women?

Okay, this is a mild rant.  I’ll leave you with the quote by Col. Peters.

“Real men don’t hire hookers, ever.”

I think that sums it up.

Signing off

~Kate

I Want To Dance With Somebody

It’s true.  I admit it completely and somewhat proudly. I am a fan of Dancing With The Stars.  I suppose that you could pretty much say that being a woman = DWTS.  I have gotten sucked into the world of spray tans, glitter, and lots of bare male chests this season.  And like every season, I find myself wishing I could be on the show.  No, not an audience member… I mean, I want to dance!  Get my groove going.

Rhythm, a sequence in time repeated, featured ...For those who don’t know me, getting my groove on is laughable.  I do not have a groove.  My mother tried to teach me rhythm….  “I’ve got rhythm, I’ve got music, I’ve got my man, who could ask for anything more” was not a motto I could use.  In all reality, I don’t got it.  But, I’m dying to dance!  I love music, and I love watching dancing. 
I know I could be brilliant on that show.  Give me Maksim, Derek, or Mark, and I’ll kill the competition.  (Yes, I know I’m delusional.  Isn’t there something that says not to mess with my delusions?)

Well, I may never be on the show.  I may never take dance lesson, though if I ever have the opportunity, I am going to.  I may never find a use for dancing.  But I still love it.  And my one way to really enjoy it is listening to music and putting a specific dance to it.  Tonight I was thinking about the song “Young Turks” by Rod Stewart.  It would make a killer jive.   Eric Clapton’s “River of Tears” would be an amazing waltz.  That is how I think about dancing.  Putting dances to favorite songs. 

And this is coming from someone who can’t read music, very well.  My mother tried to get me to play the piano.  Ah yes, I was a very willful child, and I did not get math.  I was doomed.

So, I may never play music.  I may never dance.  But I can write, so I guess all’s not lost.  But I love dancing, and music, and combining the two makes DWTS one of my favorite shows.   I can’t even claim it as a guilty pleasure because I don’t feel guilty watching it.

Signing off
~Kate

The Elegant Script

Image of a modern fountain pen writing in curs...

Yesterday, Isabella Louise Anderson AKA Chick Lit Goddess, blogged about handwriting, HERE.  I thought it a great post, and I decided I wanted to reply to her thoughts at the bottom of the post, plus add my own twist to the mix.

Her questions:

What do you think about your handwriting, or do you even know what it looks like?

Is it the same each time?  Do you prefer to write cursive or non-cursive?

When writing by hand in this modern world, do you find yourself struggling to remember to spell?

My answers:

What do you think about your handwriting, or do you even know what it looks like?

 
My cursive handwriting has gone through years of legible, illegible, doctor’s scribble, to, well, I can at least decipher my notes these days.  There was a time I had super sloppy cursive, and I  was pretty embarrassed to send off a note to anyone, especially my girl friend, Mrs. Austen, who has disgustingly beautiful cursive. No, I’m not kidding you. Her cursive could be a font, it’s so perfect.  I am green with envy every letter I receive from her.

About three years ago, I decided I needed to improve my handwriting. I started trying to work on my printing first. My printing has always been neat, but not very nice to look at. I throw in bits of cursive, especially when I’m in a hurry, and I was taught D’Nealian growing up. It’s like a precursor to cursive. Well, it did not make for super neat  printing. I decided to try and write like my father, all caps, in block letters.

An example of D'Nealian manuscript (also calle...

An example of D'Nealian manuscript (also called print or block) writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I now have one of the neatest prints around, not to brag, but I’m bragging. Mrs. Austen even commented on how neat and pretty it is. Coming from her, that is, well, a major compliment.  I got interested in the block printing after reading about technical lettering, which is the style architects and engineers use.  It’s very neat, and very cool. Time consuming most definitely, but honestly, my print has never been so legible.

My cursive has improved in the past two years, especially since I started using a fountain pen. My letters have to be defined, or the ink runs together. Plus, how you hold the pen, and I don’t know, the fanciful thought that cursive should be better with a fountain pen, has made my writing much neater.  (The printing taught me to write in a straight line across the page, but I still do up and down with cursive)

Is it the same each time?  Do you prefer to write cursive or non-cursive?

For the most part my writing stays the same unless I am in a hurry. Then it gets pretty messy and I can’t always understand if it’s a ‘cl’ or a ‘d’ I forgot to close the gap. I still prefer cursive because that was what I was taught the most, but when I need to write notes, send off a recipe, or detail instructions, I use the block printing.  I also use the block printing for when I need to fill in a post card. I can write incredibly tiny, so fit that much more print on the page! But when I am brainstorming and writing, I am almost always using cursive.

When writing by hand in this modern world, do you find yourself struggling to remember to spell?

I have never been a strong speller, but for the most part, I’m not bad.  The spell checkers have actually made me a better speller because I look at what I did wrong, instead of just saying correct it all, and try to remember the right way to spell something.  For ages I was writing ‘ridiculous’ as ‘r-e-diculous’. (whoops, there I scared a boggart!  Say it with me. RIDICULOUS!)

I mostly make mistakes with my spelling because I am in a hurry, not because I don’t know how to spell. I occasionally still put an ‘e’ on the end of ‘with’, but that’s sort of a habit from typing. Go figure.  The more I type, I’m finding the less I see the ‘red’ squiggle line saying something is wrong.

And I’m finding most of my handwriting stays pretty correct when it comes to spelling.

In this digital world, I still use a pad and pen most of the time for writing or more, the start of a story. I like to carry my notebook with me, and a pen, which is usually a fountain pen.  I like the ‘writer’ feel of having a pen in my hand.  I don’t think I could give it up.  And I don’t think I would feel comfortable taking, say an iPad out in public and typing. I like writing by hand too much.

So, there is my take.

Now it’s your turn.  I urge you to read Isabella’s post and comment on her questions. It’s a little bit of a thought for all of us in this modern world.

Signing off

~Kate

The End of James Bond?

The six faces of 007

Ever since seeing Thunderball at the early age of 13, I have been in love with James Bond. While I am partial to only a few of the James’ over the years, they have been one of my indulgences and a secret fantasy.  Come on, what girl wouldn’t want to be swept off her feet by all that maleness?  And tell me, honestly, what guy doesn’t harbor a secret fantasy to be 007?

The martinis and Bond

Part of James’ appeal is his utterly cosmopolitan and urbane attitude and look.  The suit, the suave sex appeal, the car… the martini.  Yes, the martini.  The classic ‘shaken, not stirred’ martini.  In Casino Royale, it was the Vesper martini, named after the beauty, Vesper Lynd.  But it was still ‘shaken, not stirred.  James Bond is almost synonymous with the martini and the way it’s prepared.

Well, that’s all about to change.  In the newest   installment of the Suave Spy, Skyfall, James will turn in his martini for a beer.  Beer!  Heineken to be exact.  I’m sorry, but there is something completely and utterly wrong with this picture.

James doesn’t drink a beer.  Okay, maybe if he’s in Mexico, or one of the Caribbean islands…. and it’s the middle of the day, but really, other than that, beer is not his drink.  That’s like telling a coffee connoisseur to suddenly start drinking instant.  It doesn’t happen.

What’s next?  James will stop driving the Aston Martin for a NASCAR?  He will show up to work in a fishing vest?  He trades in the posh hotel for the lodge down the road?  Oh, I know, he’ll kick back and watch the game, beer in hand, and out front will be his tractor with the name “Gator” on the side?  Puleez.  Why don’t we just kill him off now? Save him the misery of a slow death by lack of class.

I’m sorry. I cannot and will not sign off on this.  I’ve had a hard enough time trying to like a blonde James that plays Texas Hold’em.  Heineken is the beginning of the end for 007, and a sad day for this Bond girl.

Signing off
~Kate