Quotes and Writing Tips from Stephen King

October 30, 2014


One of my favorites

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

With Halloween just 2 days away, I had to share 2 quotes from horror and dark fantasy master, Stephen King: “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

I agree. I’ve known talented people who never finished writing a book or painting a picture. I’ve also known people who worked hard on their craft and finished their projects. The hard workers are always the most successful.

And a bonus quote from Stephen King: “People think I must be a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk.”

Now, that’s the kind of quote you were expecting! But it shows a bit of truth (I think Stephen King does still have the heart of his boyhood self), and a sense of…

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Call for submissions

October 10, 2014

NLAPW.org poetry editor Treanor Baring is asking for PW poets to submit moon themed poetry for an upcoming anthology. Send to pwpoems@aol.com and put ” moon anthology submission” in subject line.
Make sure to check NLAPW.org to see weekly poem and art. Many moon poems have also appeared there & on our PW blog. If you’ve already sent poetry in and just want her to consider that, just shoot her an email saying so.

On Finishing …

October 9, 2014


He sounds just like me in upheaval etc. Excellent post here.

Originally posted on ShadowSpinners:

by Matthew Lowes

the end

For twelve years I have been working on a trilogy of fantasy books. In that time I have lived in two different countries, three states, and six different homes. I’ve had eight jobs, gotten a Master’s degree, and gone through one marriage, one divorce, and two deaths in my family. Through it all I have been writing, among other things, this single epic tale. During the process, moments of boundless enthusiasm and despair mixed with long periods of just moving forward, doing the work, writing the next scene, the next chapter, the next book.

Last week I wrote THE END. I finished the last chapter of the last book and sat back, stunned by the moment and the magnitude of what I’d done. I had before me a single complete story spanning 300,000 words, roughly 1200 pages, and the occasion has gotten me thinking about finishing things, and endings in general.

I’ve talked…

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Nathan Fillion Loves Reading

October 1, 2014

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Nathan Fillion, even the name brings images of Firefly, Serenity, Browncoats, and, of course, mystery writer Richard Castle. Whether you’re a fan of Nathan Fillion or not, I hope you’ll find his support of reading admirable.

“Whatever our bedtime was as kids, we could stay up an extra half hour if we were reading. My parents didn’t care as long as I was under the spell of a Stephen King or a Douglas Adams. Now I read in bed. I read at work. I read standing in line. It’s like, ‘Hello, my name is Nathan and I am a reader.'”

I, for one, believe the future belongs to readers!Nathan Fillion Reading

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Use Your Talents

September 24, 2014


Wonderful perspective

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Cardinal in Holly “Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang best.” – Henry Van Dyke

I think this quote is one of my favorites. Not everyone will write the “Great American Novel,” but there are lots people who enjoy writing and create worthy poems, stories, plays, and books. Not everyone will stitch a blue-ribbon quilt, but there are many quilters whose hours of cutting, piecing, and stitching result in beautiful quilts. Not everyone will paint a “Masterpeice,” but there are countless people who find joy in art. The same can be said of playing the piano, dancing, singing, crafting, carving…the list is endless.

The most important thing is for each of us to use what talent we’ve been given. The beauty of an orchestra or choir isn’t the soloists — it’s the combined sound of different voices and different instruments.

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Fall has Arrived

September 21, 2014


Magic indeed

Originally posted on Clover's pages:



It is now official:  autumn has arrived with blossoms of “fall crocus” (Colchicum), also known as “naked lady” or “meadow saffron.”  These little flowers are a magical sight this time of year.  Leaves grew in spring, when bulbs such as daffodils and tulips are bursting into bloom.  But nothing happens; the leaves die back unnoticed–until September, when one day, there they are in their bright colors of lavender with bright orange (saffron color) stamens.  Such a welcome surprise at the end of the growing season!

Info: Colchicum  

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Problem Words

August 14, 2014


This is a great one! Thanks for posting, Vonnie!

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

I try not to be guilty of any of the 30 problem words and phrases listed in this blog post. Alas, there are times when I fall into the pit of bad grammar and cliches.

Some writers say readers don’t notice or care if they make “small” mistakes. I say, readers do notice and do care. Writers who respect their readers should work hard to avoid sloppy writing.

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Northern Barred Owls

August 9, 2014


More cool owl lore

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

This is the twelfth blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

12 Bells small Owl art: One of my owl pen and ink sketches from Owl Light.

Owl fact: Owls are found on all continents except Antarctica. But, alas, only 19 species of owls are found in North America.

Owl folklore: Artemidorus of Daldis, a 2nd century Greek diviner and dream interpreter (and author of Oneirocritica or in English: The Interpretation of Dreams), believed to dream of an owl meant a traveler would be robbed, shipwrecked, or meet with some other disaster on his journey.

Owl link:…

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Pronunciation Problems

August 7, 2014


SupposEDly not subposably

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

I went through these 50 often mispronounced words, and found that I was guilty of a couple of them. (But I will not confess to which ones!) Who cares? – you might ask.

I suspect quite a few people will notice if you don’t pronounce a word correctly. People like a job interviewer, a reviewer, a potential client, an agent, a librarian at a library branch where you’d like to speak, an audience, a classroom full of kids, or a radio, television, or Skype interviewer.

How many of the 50 do you mispronounce?

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Quotable Keith Richards

August 6, 2014


Cool dude–you never know who your readers are…

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Ocean Bourne “The library was the only place around where I willingly obeyed the rules.” – Keith Richards

Okay, a Rolling Stones’ quote is not my usual selection, but Keith Richards is a perfect example of someone you don’t think about visiting a library. Yet, this comment from him tells us he values books and libraries above most other things. So whether he appears as Johnny Depp’s (Captain Jack Sparrow’s) father again in another Pirates of the Caribbean movie or not, he’s got my vote for being a cool rock-and-roll guy who respects libraries and books!

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