“Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy.” ― W.B. Yeats
"In the bleak midwinterFrosty wind made moan,Earth stood had as iron,Water like a stone,Snow had fallen, snow on snow,Snow on snow,In the bleak midwinter,Long ago."- Christina Rossetti
“A Note”Life is the only wayto get covered in leaves,catch your breath on the sand,rise on wings;to be a dog,or stroke its warm fur;to tell painfrom everything it's not;to squeeze inside events,dawdle in views,to seek the least of all possible mistakes.An extraordinary chanceto remember for a momenta conversation heldwith the lamp switched off;and if only onceto stumble upon a stone,end up soaked in one downpour or another,mislay your keys in the grass;and to follow a spark on the wind with your eyes;and to keep on not knowingsomething important.” ― Wisława Szymborska
“She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.” - Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
Follow the leader was a game we played as children - it’s time to grow up.
Wislawa Szymborska was a poet; she was born in Poland in 1923; many find her poems grim and filled with despair and perhaps that is true but she also captures the beauty of an ordinary life.
“Mystery is not about traveling to new places but about looking with new eyes.” ― Marcel ProustAnd if you are up for a reading challenge how about this…..Marcel Proust-In Search of Lost Time has 1,267,069 words and is 3,031 pages………..Perfect book to read this summer…….
What makes it a novel-novella-short story? A short story contains 3500-7500 words; novella contain 17,000-40,000 and a novel is 40,000+.Elmore Leonard has good advice when it comes to words and writing……His rule #10 is……..10 Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip. Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them.