I just realized that I accidentaly threw out a bunch of important papers.
Important fanfic notes.
ALL MY NOTES FOR MY POTTER!LOCK SERIES.
I just realized that I accidentaly threw out a bunch of important papers.
Important fanfic notes.
ALL MY NOTES FOR MY POTTER!LOCK SERIES.
Literary Birthday - 26 February
Happy Birthday, Victor Hugo, born 26 February 1802, died 22 May 1885
Top 10 Victor Hugo Quotes
- He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
- An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.
- The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved — loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
- To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
- There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
- Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race. Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in that vast book.
- A library implies an act of faith.
- He loved books; books are cold but safe friends.
- One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas.
- What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love!
Hugo was a French author whose works include novels, plays, essays, and poems. In France, he is best known as a poet but in the English-speaking world he is most famous for his two historical fiction novels, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misérables.
[S]eriously—is writing really all that difficult? Yes, of course, it is; I know this personally—but is it that much more difficult than other things? Is it more difficult than working in a steel mill, or raising a child alone, or commuting three hours a day to a deeply unsatisfying cubicle job, or doing laundry in a nursing home, or running a hospital ward, or being a luggage handler, or digging septic systems, or waiting tables at a delicatessen, or—for that matter—pretty much anything else that people do?
Not really, right?
In fact, I’m going to go out on a limb here and share a little secret about the writing life that nobody likes to admit: Compared to almost every other occupation on earth, it’s f*cking great.[…]
To choose to be a mere writer in this tearful world, then (either for pleasure, or for a living) is a profoundly luxurious act. Because let’s keep it in perspective, writers: Our books don’t exactly feed the hungry. We ain’t saving the planet here, people.
But even more than being a luxurious act, writing is a voluntary act. Becoming a novelist, then, is not some sort of dreadful Mayan curse, or dark martyrdom that only a chosen few can withstand for the betterment of humanity. … If you’re lucky, you might be able to make a small living out of this thing. If you’re exceedingly lucky, other people might come to appreciate your gifts. If you are phenomenally lucky, you might become lionized in your own lifetime, like the great Philip Roth himself.
And if that should ever happen to you—if you should ever find yourself both successful and loved—please do try to keep in mind that you have been blessed, not blighted.
Gilbert isn’t alone: As British novelist Amelia E. Barr counseled aspiring writers in 1901, “One of the great helps to success is to be cheerful; to go to work with a full sense of life.” More than a century later, the great Ray Bradbury made it his legacy to advocate for writing with joy.
10 Writers On The Inspiration Myth
‘The curious truth … is that the writer who goes out with the bucket daily seems to provoke the rain.’
Naomi Wolf, The Treehouse: Eccentric Wisdom From My Father on How to Live, Love, and See, 2005
‘You can’t rely on inspiration. I don’t even believe in inspiration. I just believe in working. Work generates work. What frustrates me horribly is not knowing what I’m going to do next. And so you force something to happen… . You can’t sit around thinking. You have to sit around working.’
David Long, The Glimmer Train Guide to Writing Fiction: Inspiration and Discipline, 2007
‘Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration. They are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.’
José Ortega y Gasset, Notes on the Novel, 1925
‘I can’t explain inspiration. A writer is either compelled to write or not. And if I waited for inspiration I wouldn’t really be a writer.’
Toni Morrison, quoted in Time magazine, January 21, 1998
‘I have learned, as has many another better writer, to summon inspiration to my call as soon as I begin my day’s stint, and not to hang around waiting for it. Inspiration is merely a pretty phrase for the zest to work. And it can be cultivated by anyone who has the patience to try. Inspiration that will not come at its possessor’s summons is like a dog that cannot be trained to obey. The sooner both are gotten rid of, the better.’
Albert Payson Terhune, Writer’s Digest, June 1930
‘All this about inspiration… . I think writing is mainly work. Like a mechanic’s job. A mechanic might as well say he was waiting for inspiration before he greased your car because if he didn’t feel just right he’d miss a lot of the grease points, that he had to feel right up to it.’
E.B. White, The New York Times, August 2, 1942
‘There are those … who think that the man who works with his imagination should allow himself to wait till—inspiration moves him. When I have heard such doctrine preached, I have hardly been able to repress my scorn. To me it would not be more absurd if the shoemaker were to wait for inspiration, or the tallow-chandler for the divine moment of melting.’
Anthony Trollope, An Autobiography, 1883
‘What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically, following one’s nose, taking shortcuts.’
Italo Calvino, Cybernetics and Ghosts, November 1969
‘I’ve always disliked words like ‘inspiration.’ Writing is probably like a scientist thinking about some scientific problem or an engineer about an engineering problem.’
‘And I think what I’ve always recognized about writing is that I don’t put much value in so-called inspiration. The value is in how many times you can redo something.’
John Irving, National Book Award Interview, June 3, 2005
from Writers Write
Literary Birthday - 5 February
Happy Birthday, William S. Burroughs, born 5 February 1914, died 2 August 1997
- Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.
- A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on. A psychotic is a guy who’s just found out what’s going on.
- Writers, like elephants, have long, vicious memories. There are things I wish I could forget.
- As a young child I wanted to be a writer because writers were rich and famous. They lounged around Singapore and Rangoon smoking opium in a yellow pongee silk suit. They sniffed cocaine in Mayfair and they penetrated forbidden swamps with a faithful native boy and lived in the native quarter of Tangier smoking hashish and languidly caressing a pet gazelle.
- Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.
- And if you’re doing a deal with a religious son of a bitch, get it in writing.
- A writer does not own words any more than a painter owns colours. So lets dispense with this originality fetish… Look, listen and transcribe and forget about being original.
- In deep sadness there is no place for sentimentality. It is as final as the mountains: a fact. There it is. When you realize it you cannot complain.
- My characters are quite as real to me as so-called real people; which is one reason why I’m not subject to what is known as loneliness. I have plenty of company.
- It is to be remembered that all art is magical in origin - music, sculpture, writing, painting - and by magical I mean intended to produce very definite results.
Burroughs was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major post-modernist author, Burroughs wrote 18 novels and novellas, six collections of short stories and four collections of essays. He collaborated on projects and recordings with performers and musicians, and made many appearances in films.
My HP/DM fic is not being cooperative.
Not that surprising when one wants to make a believable made-up curse.
So, I guess I’ll make two entries!
I’m gonna draw something !
by Diana Raab
“Remember sadness is always temporary. This, too, shall pass.” -Chuck T. Falcon
It has been said that creative persons, such as authors, artists, actors, musicians, performers and poets are more often plagued with the demon of depression than the general population. One of the possible explanations for this is that creative types tend to feel powerful emotions which aid their creative endeavors. In other words, some experts believe that being sensitive to one’s surroundings, including sounds, colors and people’s emotions, has been associated with both creativity and depression. Such hypersensitivity can lead people to worry about things with which other people aren’t typically as concerned, thereby increasing the potential for depression.
If we examine the lives of accomplished artists, we will observe that many battled depression at some point in their lives. A few prominent examples are Vincent Van Gogh, Charles Darwin, Virginia Woolf, William Styron, Anne Sexton, Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath. If you’ve ever been depressed, you probably understand the sense of helplessness and numbness which accompanies this illness. Sometimes this sense of helplessness drives creative individuals to the drawing or writing pad, but other times, it can be immobilizing.
The life of writer David Foster Wallace offers a more recent example, as he committed suicide secondary to depression. Experts have identified certain characteristics in his writing—such as hypersensitivity, constant rumination, and persistent contemplation—which researchers say can connect creativity with mental illness, especially bipolar disorder and depression. In this case, mental illness does not necessarily cause creativity, but a certain ruminating personality type may contribute to both mental health issues and artistic ability.
Some Theories Linking Depression and Creativity
First, some artists and writers admit to engaging in their craft as a kind of self-therapy for depression. In this way, their efforts to avoid depression may provide an incentive for their creative work that wards off melancholy.
Second, the experience of depression provides subject matter for artistic creations: Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” and Emily Dickinson’s poem “There’s a Certain Slant of Light” are two examples.
Third, some believe that one cannot truly comprehend or convey the human condition unless one has experienced the highest emotional highs and the lowest lows. Thus, depression provides the existential angst from which great art arises.
Approximately seven percent of the general population is affected by depression or bipolar disorder, and studies have shown that this number tends to be higher among creative types. Bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of mania and major depression. Typically, someone who is manic depressive tends to swing from excessive highs (mania) to profound hopelessness (depression). In between these episodes, they experience feelings of normalcy. Some people can also have mixed symptoms of both mania and depression simultaneously, while others may have manic symptoms that are more moderate.
In his book “Van Gogh Blues,” Eric Maisel proclaims that virtually one hundred percent of creative people suffer from episodes of depression. He supports this claim by asserting that every creative person came out of the womb ready to interrogate life and determine for herself what life would mean, could mean, and should mean. He believes that depression in creative individuals is thought of as a crisis caused by chronic, persistent uneasiness, irritation, anger, and sadness about the facts of existence and life’s apparent lack of meaning. In fact, those who try to understand the reason for their own existence will most likely be more prone to depression.
Kay Redfield Jamison, a foremost expert on bipolar disorder who has also suffered from the disease since childhood, believes that most artistic geniuses are manic depressive. Jamison is the author of “Touched with Fire” and a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her book makes a powerful link between depression and creativity.
When a writer is depressed, he or she may turn to their craft to ease the pain. The writing process can help the creative person make sense of their lives and validate what they are feeling. Writing brings us face-to-face with reality. The act of moving the pen across the page or the fingers on the keyboard can be meditative and calming. Expressing feelings helps to give meaning to life, which is helpful for us all!
Personally, I have found writing to be very therapeutic during tumultuous periods in my life. Writing my own recent memoir/self-help book, “Healing with Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey,” proved to me that in times of depression, it is very helpful to try to be creative. Pick up a notebook and just start writing!
If you haven’t tried this before, here are ten things to keep in mind:
1. Find a quiet, uninterrupted time and place to write.
2. Choose an inspiring notebook and pen.
3. Create a centering ritual (light a candle, meditate, play music, stretch).
4. Breathe deeply.
5. Put aside your inner critic.
6. Date your entry.
7. Begin by writing your feelings and sensations.
8. Write nonstop for 15-20 minutes.
9. Save what you have written.
10. Write regularly.
Diana Raab is a author of eight books and teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program and in various conferences around the country. She frequently writes and speaks about journaling and her most recent memoir is Healing With Words: A Writer’s Breast Cancer Journey (June 2010).