WALL QUOTES

I graffitied a wall of all the quotes that I love.

It’s my wall. My space. My essence in words.

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You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one- “Imagine” John Lennon

Procrastination is the thief of time- Charles Dickens

Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, connecting spheres to connect

the bridge you will need, be formed until the ductile anchor hold

‘til the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul- “Noiseless Patient Spider” Walt Whitman

All you need is faith and a little bit of Pixie dust– Think Tink

Dream Big

Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all– Lord Alfred Tennyson

Nothing gold can stay- Robert Frost

When given the choice between being right or being kind, Always choose kind — Wonder, R.J. Palacio

The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears or the sea– Isaac Dinesen

Here lies one whose name is writ in water- John Keats

but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep- Robert Frost

Hang loose, let the ocean worry about being blue — Alabama Shakes (Tyler’s tattoo)

God Bless Us, everyone– A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

Chances are hope’s torn out pages– 5 for Fighting

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction– A Room of her Own, Virginia Woolf

I need your grace to remind me to find my own — “Chasing Cars” Snow Patrol

You can’t find peace by avoiding life– The Hours, Michael Cunningham

Don’t Worry, Be Happy– Bob Marley

I’m nobody, who are you? Are you nobody too?– Emily Dickinson

Riches I hold in light esteem and love I laugh to scorn, and lust of fame was but a dream that vanished with the morn. And if I pray the only prayer that moves my lips for me is, “Leave the heart that now I bear, and give me liberty!” Yes, as my swift days near their goal; ‘tis all that I implore: in life and death a chainless soul, with courage to endure. –“Old Stoic” Emily Bronte

By allowing the man to believe that he is in charge, that is the art of a woman– The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory

Live, Love, Laugh

In 3 words, I can sum up what I’ve learned about life: it goes on– Robert Frost

For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.– Judy Garland

Just Breathe

When writing the story of your life, don’t allow anyone else to hold the pen!

This is my life. This is what I’ve made of it. — Virginia Woolf

Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. — The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel. — Maya Angelou

What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action, how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a God! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals! and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me. — Hamlet, W. Shakespeare

All of life is like a series of tableaux & in the living we missed so much, hid so much, left so much unsaid and undone. — Anna Quindlen

Somewhere over the rainbow, blue birds fly– Judy Garland

Whisper words of wisdom, Let it be– John Lennon (Ryan’s tattoo)

Believe — (my tattoo)

What’s meant to be will be

Sometimes you put up walls to see who would care enough to take them down. At times, you put up walls to get away and not be found. Until, you find yourself– Anon

Be with me always, take any form– drive me mad! Only do not leave me in the abyss where I cannot find you. I cannot live without my life. I cannot live without my soul.– Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us– Ralph Waldo Emerson

To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower is to hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.– “Auguries of Innocence” William Blake

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world– Louis Armstrong

That you are here– that life exists and identity. That the powerful play goes on and you will contribute a verse.– “Oh Me’ Oh life!” Whitman

when life sank down for a moment, the range of experience seemed limitless– V.Woolf

There are all kinds of love in this world, but never the same love twice– F.Scott Fitzgerald

Listen to muse when it’s talking to you– or it just goes on and you miss its statement– that moment when you could have done something. — A Year by the Sea, Joan Anderson

The trouble is you thing you have time– Buddha

Be faithful in the small things because it is in them that your strength lies– Mother Teresa

It seemed like the beginning of happiness. There is still that singular perfection, & it’s perfect in part because it seemed, at the time, so clearly, to promise more. — The Hours, Michael Cunningham

Every teardrop is a waterfall. — Coldplay

You know that place between sleep & awake, that place where you can still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you. That’s where I’ll be waiting… “Tinkerbell,” J.M. Barrie

Fear is a friend who’s misunderstood– “The Heart of Life” John Mayer

Hope is a thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without words and never stops– at all. — Emily Dickinson.

Just be here.– Diann Milone

I need a sign to let me know you’re here. — “Calling All Angels” Train (for my grandmother, my angel)

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tries, and a touch that never hurts. C. Dickens

Fear no more says the heart in the body– V. Woolf

Sometimes people write things they can’t say — One Tree Hill

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.– The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

I know the heart of life is good– John Mayer

Through chaos as it swirls, it’s us against the world– Coldplay

Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove.

O no, it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wand’ring bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

—  W. Shakespeare (Sonnet 116)

When you find yourself lost in the darkness and despair, remember it’s only in the black of night you can see the stars — One Tree Hill

If you can dream it, you can do it. –Walt Disney

Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

A satisfactory hint of the unreality of reality– a promise that the rock of the world was securely formed on a fairy’s wing. — F.Scott Fitzgerald

We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are. — Anais Nin

In one of the stars, I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars are laughing when you look in the night sky. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

It’s only with the heart one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. –Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you. — A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

I’ve got the key to my castle in the air– Louisa May Alcott

Alice: How long is forever?

White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.

— Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

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The NaNoWriMo Commitment

Nano 2013 prep

Deciding to participate in NaNoWriMo is like making a commitment. I take my commitments seriously, for I am loyal to a fault. After having participated last year for the first time, I find myself a bit ambivalent about this go around. Last year, I was super energized, primarily from a place of curiosity. Could I complete it? Would it define me as a serious writer? How would it turn out?

I’m happy to report that the result was an amazing experience, like a first love, everything is new and exciting– I approached it all with eyes wide open! I learned so much about myself, not only as a writer but as a person. I exceeded my goals. I wrote, perhaps, my best novel to date; of course, that was after months and months of revising what I’d initially spewed onto to paper. But, committed as I am, I tooled until my novel took shape. It’s currently being considered at a publishing house. I’m waiting. The waiting is brutal.

Perhaps, part of the reason I’m not 100% sure I can/ want to take this year’s challenge is because I have no closure on the product of last year. But there is something more. I’m not naive, this time, to what it takes to accomplish the monumental task of writing almost 1,700 words a day. It’s all encompassing of time and thought and dedication. Then, there’s the commitment to a topic.

Last year, I wrote something different– a novel so unlike what I’d written before. My idea came quick and the details fell into place easily.

This time, I’m stuck. I have several ideas ruminating, one I’ve still not been able to commit to, so the nearer November 1st, the less prepared I feel. Is the success of NaNoWriMo contingent upon the preparation? I was uber prepared last time. I began with a solid outline, character bios so complete that my characters knew what they were going to say before I did. I researched the scenario, reading and taking copious notes.

And, here I am, less than four weeks away with nothing. I can’t even decide on a plot.

Perhaps, that’s where my learning will come this year– in accepting that sometimes it’s okay to just begin and see what evolves. What’s the worse that can happen? Writer’s block. Been there. Dealt with that before. Writing that is sub-par. Been there too, and, at that point, you have two choices: craft it into something meaningful or shelve it for another day.

I believe writing is organic. A writer commits to a seed and allows it to flourish. I’m guessing that’s where I am right now.

Goal for T minus less-than-four weeks: find my seed.

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