My Novels

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Not much to write about today: I slept late, making up for the loss of a couple of nights. Seems as if the day has flown by, getting up so late.

I DID get two of the novels I ordered from today: "A Demon in My View," Ruth Rendell; and "Into the Web" by Thomas Cook. I'll soon escape down the rabbit hole of reading, for I'm sure these will be impossible to put down.

I'll end this entry with some random quotes I've collected:

"If you want inner peace find it in solitude...." --Stewart L. Udall

"Secretly, my true ultimate goal in life is to be the lady who lives in that creepy old house in the neighborhood that the kids are afraid to go to when they go trick-or-treating because they think she's a witch." -Blogger

There's an old joke about the optimist who said that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist who said, "Yes, I'm afraid you're right."


On Writing:
"If it doesn't hurt, you aren't doing it right." - Sarah Schulman

"It's a high, this writing thing," he says, "a kind of drug, and once you experience it nothing else is ever the same. Ordinary life seems like a prison sentence in comparison to the freedom of writing." -Robert Sheckley

Q: How are diets and writing alike?
A: Both are very hard to get back to after you take a day off.

"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia." -E. L. Doctorow

". . . [The poet] arrives at the unknown: and even if, half crazed, in the end, he loses the understanding of his visions, he has seen them! Let him be destroyed in his leap by those unnamable, unutterable and innumerable things: there will come other horrible workers: they will begin at the horizons where he has succumbed." -Arthur Rimbaud


"He who does not accept and respect those who want to reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself." -Thomas Szasz

"Eternal life -- a fate worse than death."

"Jesus loves you, but everyone else thinks you're an asshole." -BumperSticker


And lastly, quotes from "Middle Ages" a novel by Jennie Fields I just finished reading; the protagonist is a middle age woman who is divorced and finds her first college sweetheart again via the internet:

"You know, you wake up one day and you find that you've made a series of compromises. None of them extraordinary. Merely realistic revisions of your original dream. But compiled, they become much more. They send you on a path away from the possible. You discover you're not who you wanted to be. You're not even who you can be. You're just ordinary. Your story is hardly worth telling."

"It hurts to think about the impact of your life on the world.... Hubris, I guess. Longing for immortality in a mortal world."

Reasons to marry:
1. For beauty
2. For great sex
3. For companionship
4. To become one with your soul mate
I wonder if anybody ever gets all the way home.

"....I've thought about how incredibly intimate E-mail is. You can read it naked and no one would know. You can get an answer back the very same day, sometimes even minutes later. But somehow, miraculously, it's more revealing than a phone call. More personal. More of a whisper in your ear. You can reread it when it reaches you, or scares you, or confuses you. There's no trace of it hanging around the house for others to read, and if you fear that your family is prying, you can lock the file. You don't need a stamp, you're not a helpless victim of an unreliable postal system."


Hopefully I can go on my bike ride late this afternoon, like I have every day except yesterday since it stormed. I have to wait till the sun sinks below the horizon, when it's cooler and no sun to worry about.

Guess that's all for today.


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