qotd April 2, 2015 — Naomi Shihab Nye


When you live in a rapidly moving swirl, you can only view your surroundings with a glance. Poetry requires us to slow down, to take time to pause.

Naomi Shihab Nye, Academy of American Poets Chancellor

Last words: Paul Kalanithi


When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.

Paul Kalanithi via Before I Go: A Stanford neurosurgeon’s parting wisdom about life and time – The Washington Post.

qotd: Ray Bradbury #RayBradbury

English: Ray Bradbury's signature

English: Ray Bradbury’s signature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.

Ray Bradbury

qotd March 11, 2015 Edith Sitwell


I am an electric eel in a pool of catfish.

Edith Sitwell

The Sunday Rumpus Essay: What Do You Bring Pauline? – The Rumpus.net


Our families are supposed to model how we build intimacy. But they also model how we feel alone: our experience of loneliness in our families becomes a proxy for the way we feel lonesome in the world.

via The Sunday Rumpus Essay: What Do You Bring Pauline? – The Rumpus.net.

qotd February 14, 2015


There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.

Terry Pratchett



“I’m convinced that fear is at the root of most bad writing.”

Excerpt From: King, Stephen. “On Writing.” Scrinber. iBooks.
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