“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
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“But I don’t want comfort. I want poetry.
I want danger. I want freedom. I want goodness.
I want sin.”
“Awoke to blue cotton candy fog spun into the tops of the Autumn leaves. Spiders hung dewy bunting between the trees and the eves of the house all around the perimeter of the property. It looks like Gomez and Morticia are decorating for a wedding. My coffee has vanilla, cayenne, and heavy cream. Chandler is reading Bukowski. Gabriel is working a 3D crystal skull puzzle. Vinnie Pupparino removed all the stuffing from his pink daisy pig. The cats are looking at him like he’s an asshole. There is breakfast and the rest of my life to be considered. There is no angry man sulking in the kitchen. No time clock to punch. When I look back in 30 years at this moment, I’ll remember it as pure happiness.”
“In a moment of mental abstraction, for which I never can forgive myself,
I deposited the manuscript in the basinette,
and placed the baby in the hand-bag.”
(Miss Prism from ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’)
“One must have steady hands and thoughts when performing an autopsy on a memory. Carefully fingerprint it, check its dental work, take photos and a blood sample to determine if the memory is close to the heart. If so, consider holding on to it, otherwise gently let it go. But be careful: one slip of the mind, one slip of the knife and it all becomes delusion, revisionist history.”
Featuring words by Leon Martell, Jerry Garcia, Lisa Thayer, Jon Hess +Tamar Halpern. Featuring music by Dan Navarro, Poppa’s Kitchen (akaRobert Romanos + Stephen Feldman), Bret Jensen, Talkin’ Treason + Mason Summit. Surprise guests! Produced by Susan Hayden. Admission $10. Get your tickets now, online @ www.ruskingrouptheatre.com
10 rules of good writing:
- Never open a book with weather.
- Avoid prologues.
- Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
- Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said” … he admonished gravely.
- Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
- Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
- Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
- Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
- Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
- Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
Elmore Leonard – R.I.P.
- October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013