lar_laughs: (writing - inspired)
Quote: The scientist in me worries that my happiness is nothing more than a symptom of bipolar disease, hypergraphia from a postpartum disorder. The rest of me thinks that artificially splitting off the scientist in me from the writer in me is actually a kind of cultural bipolar disorder, one that too many of us have. The scientist asks how I can call my writing vocation and not addiction. I no longer see why I should have to make that distinction. I am addicted to breathing in the same way. I write because when I don't, it is suffocating. I write because something much larger than myself comes into me that suffuses the page, the world, with meaning. Although I constantly fear that what I am writing teeters at the edge of being false, this force that drives me cannot be anything but real, or nothing will ever be real for me again.

-Alice W. Flaherty "The Midnight Disease (The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain)"
lar_laughs: (Becoming Jane)
From The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath. Their flesh. Eventually their bones. All living memory of them ceases. This is both dreadful and natural. Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of voice, their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper, preserved. It is a kind of magic.

As one tends the graves of the dead, so I tend the books. I clean them, do minor repairs, keep them in good order. And every day I open a volume or two, read a few lines or pages, allow the voices of the forgotten dead to resonate inside my head. Do they sense it, these dead writers, when their books are read? Does a pinprick of light appear in their darkness? Is their soul stirred by the feather touch of another mind reading theirs? I do hope so. For it must be very lonely being dead.
lar_laughs: (anne shirley - writing is a form of pray)
**Don't borrow someone else's spectacles to view yourself with.

**Death is inevitable, but life - that's the tricky bit where things happen.

**Being able to write an idea down succinctly doesn't make that idea any better than one which rambles on a bit. It just comes to the point sooner.

**Names are what people sometimes use to excuse their thoughts and actions towards you.

**Knowing the rules and remember the rules are two completely different things.

**What I think we fear is rapid, pronounced and uncontrollable changes to ourselves, and because of this we have a form of personality inertia - something that resists rapid change.

**Of all the things I could know, my own faults and weaknesses are pretty much the most important.

**The problem I have with making an intelligent statement is that some poeple then think it's not an isolated occurence.

**There's no such things as "facts of life." Only standing theories that haven't been disproved as of yet.

Quotes

Oct. 4th, 2007 09:52 am
lar_laughs: (man and his umbrella)
This was on my cup today. I knew there was a reason I felt the need for a mocha!

Quote: In a world where celebrity equals talent, and where make-believe is called reality, it is most important to have real love, truth and stability in your life. -Bernie Brillstein

And then this is one I found a while ago and never put here.

Quote: Just when you think that a person is just a backdrop for the rest of the universe, watch them and see if they laugh, they cry, they tell jokes... they're just friends waiting to be made. -Jeffrey Borenstein
lar_laughs: (anne shirley - writing is a form of pray)
I completely forgot that my LJ anniversary was the 14th! I've been here for four years and 5 days! Wow!

Where was I four years and five days ago? Where was I going? How was my life different? How have I changed? How am I better? How am I worse?

But I do know something for sure. I would do it all again. There are things I would change but I wouldn't change that I came here. LJ has shaped who I am today.

Quote 1: We need not destroy the past. It is gone. -John Cage

Quote 2: One cannot and must not erase the past merely because it does not fit the present. -Golda Meir

Quote 3: A hug is a smile with arms, a laugh with a stronger grip. -Terri Guillemets
lar_laughs: (girls reading)
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. -Albert Camus

I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams. -Dr. Jonas Salk

Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds, they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

The greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity. -George Orwell
lar_laughs: (kissing in the rain)
The past scampers like an alley cat through the present, leaving the paw prints of memories scattered helter-skelter - here ink is smeared on a page, there lies an old photograph with a chewed corner, elsewhere still, a nest has been made of old newspapers, headlines running one into the other to make strange declarations. There is no order to what we recall, the wheel of time follows no straight line as it turns in our heads. In the dark attic of our minds, all times mingle, sometimes literally.
-Charles de Lint "Onion Girl"

If a character isn't working in the story for whatever reason, don't edit them out. Just kill them. You'll be surprised how everyone reacts.
-unknown

I want to be creating new things, but the only way to create new things is to throw yourself into a situation where you're flailing and frightened.
-David Usher

Remember the quiet wonders. The world has more need of them than it has of warriors.
-Charles de Lint

I don't want the demons taken away because thy're going to take away my angels, too.
-James Hillman

As I grow older, I discover more and more that the greatest gift I have to offer is my own joy of living, my own inner peace, my own silence and solitude, my own sense of well-being. When I ask myself, "Who helps me most?" I must answer, "The one who is willing to share his or her life with me."
-Henri J. M. Nouwen

To be inside that music, to be drawn into the circle of its repetitions: perhaps that is a place where one could finally disappear.
-Paul Auster "City of Glass"
lar_laughs: (looking around the corner)
“My feelings for you shame me into silence. The truth of this and your name will never be revealed. It is you who has made me realize the failure of my life. The thought of you fills me with longing and at the same time, a burning humiliation that produces scar tissue and dead brain cells. Your existence mocks me and I am unable to confront this. You have no idea of any of this. None of this is your fault. It is completely with me. It is you who makes me see what I really am. I am weak and out of touch with myself.”

~.~.~.~

“Somewhere someone is thinking of you. Someone is calling you an angel. This person is using celestial colors to paint your image. Someone is making you into a vision so beautiful that it can only live in the mind. Someone is thinking of the way your breath escapes your lips when you are touched. How your eyes close and your jaw tightens with concentration as you give pleasure a home. These thoughts are saving a life somewhere right now. In some airless apartment on a dark, urine stained, whore lined street, someone is calling out to you silently and you are answering without even being there. So crystalline. So pure. Such life saving power when you smile. You will never know how you have cauterized my wounds. So sad that we will never touch. How it hurts me to know that I will never be able to give you everything I have."”

~.~.~.~

“If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light. If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten walls. I will write always. I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you.”

~.~.~.~

“When was the last time you wanted to say it all to the right person? To have it all come out right, to surprise yourself at how together you could be. When was the last time you ever met someone who made you want to give it all to them? I mean give yourself to them. Where you couldn't express yourself enough - like you wanted to cut off one of your arms to be understood. That's it - you would cut your head off to have someone understand you. You know how pointless that one is. You know how many times you've smashed yourself to bits on the rocks.”

~.~.~.~

“Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.”

~.~.~.~

“Sometimes it seems the harder you try to hold on to something or someone the more it wants to get away. You feel like some kind of criminal for having felt, for having wanted. For having wanted to be wanted. It confuses you, because you think that your feelings were wrong, and it makes you feel so small because it's so hard to keep it inside when you let it out and it doesn't come back. You're left so alone that you can't explain.”

~.~.~.~

“They say true love only comes around once and you have to hold out and be strong until then. I have been waiting. I have been searching. I am a man under the moon, walking the streets of earth until dawn. There's got to be someone for me. It's not too much to ask. Just someone to be with. Someone to love. Someone to give everything to. Someone.”

~.~.~.~

“I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it. We must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and the soul.”
lar_laughs: (vm true stories)
The quote book is out now so I might as well use it.

Quote 1: Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. -Seneca

Quote 2: Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one. -Ivern Ball

Quote 3: I always try to go the extra mile at work, but my boss always finds me and brings me back. -unknown

Quote 4: You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. -Eric Hoffer

Quote 5: Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. -T. S. Eliot

Quote 6: Crazy, how in life to really describe one end of the spectrum you have to be at the other. -Allen Blanks

Joy

Feb. 3rd, 2007 10:12 am
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I pity people who can't find laughter or at least some bit of amusement in the little doings of the day. I believe I could find something ridiculous even in the saddest moment, if necessary. It has nothing to do with being superficial. It's a matter of joy in life.

-Sophie Scholl

Book Quote

Jan. 13th, 2007 01:26 pm
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One of the reasons that I've loved reading the books in The Series of Unfortunate Events has been the opening paragraphs. Book 10 (The Slippery Slope) has had my favorite so far.

A man of my acquaintance once wrote a poem called "The Road Less Traveled," describing a journey he took thorugh the woods along a path most travelers never used. The poet found that the road less traveled was peaceful but quite lonely, and he was probably a bit nervous as he went along, because if anything happened on the road less traveled, the other traveler would be on the road more frequently traveled and so couldn't hear him as he cried for help. Sure enough, that poet is now dead.


*grins* Gotta love that kinda logic.

Quotes

Dec. 15th, 2006 08:14 am
lar_laughs: (KA - feeling in the rain)
Quote 1: Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being. -John Updike

Quote 2: Creativity is inventing, experiments, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.

Quote 3: Your state of mind if your state of life. -unknown

Today it's very quiet at work. And I'm very hungry. Guess I should go down and get some breakfast...
lar_laughs: (Default)
Typing is WAY over rated. Over-rated? Overrated? Whatever it is, I don't want to do it. I've had my notebook propped up against my computer screen for three days.

I am thoroughly amazed that I opened this screen to tell you that. Yep. That's all I have to say. I think that this post is the very definition of spam. Oh well.

I will dull the pain with quotes.

Quote: I like thinking of possibilities. At any time, an entirely new possibility is liable to come along and spin you off in an entirely new direction. The trick, I've learned, is to be awake to the moment. -Doug Hall

Quote 2: If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased. -Katherin Hepburn

Quote 3: Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardners who make our souls blossom. -Marcel Proust

Quote 4: It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us. -Epicurus

Quote 5: I have never thought of writing of reputation and honor. What I have in my heart must come out, that is the reason I compose. -Beethoven
lar_laughs: (Default)
Some of you know my fascination with first sentences. Here's a new one from the book I"m reading "When All is Said and Done" by Robert Hill. Just so you know, the word count is 834 words according to my word tracker. Any oddities might very well be my ineptitude at typing so early in the morning.

Here be words )

Quotes

Sep. 7th, 2006 07:06 pm
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Quote: Without an atmosphere there can be no clouds; without a canvas no work of art. -unknown

Quote 2: What we call despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope. -George Eliot

Quote 3: If we can face the past with acceptance, the present with confidence, and the future with expectancy, then we have the faith it takes for life's journey. -unknown
lar_laughs: (Default)
Quote: Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer. -Ted Williams

Quote 2: The worst lonliness is not to be comfortable with yourself. -Mark Twain
lar_laughs: (Default)
Cool icon of the night

Quote: To be inside that music, to be drawn into the circle of its repetitions: perhaps that is a place where one could finally disappear. -Paul Auster "City of Glass"
lar_laughs: (Default)
Quote: The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. -William James

Quote 2: The heart knows when the search is over. -unknown

Quote 3: The word career is a diverse word. It's a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life. -Grace Paley
(okay, I'm reading through that quote and I have a strange desire to go HUH? I mean, is that really worthy of being a Quote Unquote quote?)

Quote 4: Parting they seemed to tread upon the air,
Twin roses by the zephyr blown apart
Only to meet again more close.
-John Keats

Quotes

Jun. 3rd, 2006 03:41 pm
lar_laughs: (Default)
(I hope this doesn't offend anyone not from North America, but come on! You know it's true!)
Quote 1: The zombies were like Canadians, in that they looked enough like real people at first, to fool you. But when you looked closer, you saw they were from some other place, where things were different.
-Kelly Link "Magic for Beginners"

Quote 2: In dreams and love there are no impossibilities.
-Janos Arany

Quote 3: There is a fundamental and rather dangerous urge in all of us to try and cling to the jagged edge of normality, even when it's blindingly obvious that the longer you hold on, the further you're going to feel when your grip finally fails.
-Tom Holt "Faust Among Equals"

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