V is for…

 

  My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.


 

Of all the quotes I collected for this A to Z Challenge, this is one of my favorites. I found this one also in 365 Days of Wonder, by R.J. Palacio.

We have all had some difficult moments in life, times when everything seemed dark as night, so the idea of stars being left as a result is beautiful and comforting. 

When I was growing up, my family moved around a lot. We weren’t a military family, but you may have thought so. I went to 4 different high schools, graduating from high school in a state far from the one I’d spent most of my life in. Every time we moved people would say, “Oh, it will give you character!” My siblings and I joked that if we got any more character we’d be a cartoon. 😀 But for all the drama that may have caused during an already dramatic time, I do believe I was forced to grow because of the challenges of being the new kid. My family became very close and learned quickly that friends come and go, but family will always be there. I know that even though sometimes those times felt like night, stars were definitely left. 

This quote seems a very fertile ground for a writing prompt. It makes me think of a good character development tool. What will the character get from this trial? Or what happened to give him/her this strength? I’ll definitely be holding onto this one. 

What do you think? Does this one speak to you? I know some nights may be darker than others, and I didn’t share the darkest nights for me, but can you see stars left from your dark nights? Feel free to share — or not is okay too. 

Best wishes for a great weekend! 

U is for …

 

 My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.

 I will admit I thought of the author and not the quote so I had to search for a quote to get my U post in, but what a lovely one to stumble upon! This quote comes from Eco’s book, The Name of The Rose.

Some may say love can make us crazy, or makes us do stupid things, or that it hurts. All may be true in some cases, but love also opens our hearts and minds in unbelievable ways. Love can show us a truth we might not otherwise see.

“Love is wiser than wisdom” is a more poetic way of saying what I’ve always believed – that sometimes you have to just listen to your heart. Your head can only know so much and get you so far. Your heart has to get you the rest of the way. 

If you aren’t trusting your heart sometimes, what’s the point? It’s all about love, baby. 😀 As the Beatles would say, it’s all you need. 

T is for…

 
  My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.


The line above from Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbevilles always really stood out to me, partially for the have/have not but mostly for the strength. 

One of my three sons said once, “Oh boys are way stronger than girls!” After pointing out that grown up ladies are not girls but women, I was quick to point out that women can be just as a strong as men – only in different ways. I told them women may not always be as muscle strong, though there are some mighty strong women who could lift more weights than big guys, but women have to be strong in lots of different ways. I then had to point out the obvious, “Women can grow and give birth to another human being – that’s pretty strong!” But we spent some time discussing ways girls are strong, too. 

There have definitely been times I haven’t felt very strong or even felt like giving up on being strong because it was just too hard. I love Hardy’s words as a reminder that the strength I do have shouldn’t be abandoned just because it’s hard. 

I’m far from perfect, but I know there are things I can look back on with pride for holding on and being strong. Times I could have thrown in the towel and given myself up to my weaker inclinations, but managed not to somehow. Times I can remember when I have doubts and can tell myself that I am indeed strong. 

What does this quote mean to you?  As a woman I think of being a strong woman but if you are a guy reading this, does it speak to you as well? It needn’t be just strong women throwing their strength away, but anyone. What do you say? Tell me in the comments if you’d like.

Thanks

~CJ

S is for…

 

My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.

 

This quote is just one of many gems that can be found in Stephen King’s autobiographical writing guide, On Writing

My Twisted Writers post yesterday was about reading and writing and how they can go hand in hand, but also how I have been missing reading lately. I just enjoy reading, so the fact that I haven’t done much lately has me feeling like I am missing some of that magic King talks about. I have books all around and a To Be Read list that is always growing, so I have no real excuse except time. But busy or not, I need to make time for reading.

Are you a reader? What are you reading now? 

R is for…

 

 My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.
 

  

I found this great Roald Dahl quote in 365 Days of Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. 

Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. 

What magic is he talking about? Are we talking witches and wizards? Probably not, though after reading (and loving) Harry Potter, I would be okay with that if it was Rowling’s wizarding world. Have I mentioned I really wanna go to Hogwarts? Oh like 50 times? Oops, my bad! 😀 But, hey, I really do! 😉

I think Dahl is probably speaking of a different kind of magic. Magic that can be found in all the beautiful details he tells us to be sure to keep our eyes open for as we explore this world. 

Haven’t you ever had the magic of a late summer afternoon sitting on a patio with friends laughing and relaxed and worry free for a time? No, I’m not just talking about the margarita you had on that patio, though the margarita could’ve been quite magical, too.😀

What about the magic of a moment watching a child joyfully blowing bubbles at the park with friends? Does it get any better than bubbles for kids sometimes? Pure happiness right there. 

How about the magic of discovering a new place, or a new song, or a new book that sets your heart on fire? 

I’m sure Dahl had his many imaginative types of magic, but his argument that we must believe in some magic to be able to find it is a good reminder – a reminder to be open to the magic all around us. 

What is magic to you? 

Q is for…

  

My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.

  

Yes, Queen maybe a bit of a stretch to work my letter Q into the mix but, hey, that is how she is addressed properly and how this was billed in the book where I found it, She Walks In Beauty.  The book is a quite lovely collection of poetry compiled by Caroline Kennedy and well worth checking out. It is filled with great poetry and is subtitled “A Woman’s Journey Through Poems”. Having developed a new love for poetry over the last year, I love the idea of the journey. 😀

How vividly beautiful and heartbreaking is this snip? You don’t have to be royalty to relate to feeling required to turn away from some part of yourself that for whatever reason you feel you cannot fully be. The picture of someone who has a calm face on the outside but is ripped apart inside is compelling, though of course also especially tragic. 

The last words feel so powerful, “since from myself another self I turned.” What a difficult fate to turn away from who she feels she truly is because another self is required. 

As a writing prompt this could be used to explore ideas of self, of duty, of love, and of loss. I will hold onto this one for something later on, I am sure I’ll find use for it. Just a note also, this comes from “On Monsieur’s Departure” and the full poem is lovely and heartbreaking. 

P is for…

 

My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.

 

  

Today’s quote was also found in the Love Book app I keep on my iPhone. 

The idea of a soul awakened by love, filled with poetry and music appeals to my romantic nature. I’m using this as inspiration for a new poem in the Tyburn form, found on the Shadow Poetry site.

Poet’s Soul

By CJS

Slowly

Deeply

Truly

Sweetly

His love for her slowly, deeply grew

His poet’s soul truly, sweetly knew