Run… And Find Your Second Wind!

“Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out if they’ve got a second.  Give your dreams all you’ve got, and you’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you.”

 ~ William James

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William James has been called the Father of American Psychology. This late nineteenth century thinker was a philosopher, psychologist, and was also a trained physician. He was the brother of American novelist, Henry James. The James family of New York was not only wealthy, but renowned for their intellectual prowess and academic achievements. This quote came to my attention by way of a friend who thought I might like it enough to make it the centerpiece of an inspirational post. My friend was correct; I was enamoured immediately! Continue reading “Run… And Find Your Second Wind!”

Is Anyone Unloveable? Unpardonable? Unbelievable?

“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”

~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton was an English writer (1874-1936), philosopher, lay Christian theologian and poet among other things. He has been called the “prince of paradox’ – in that he was fond of making statements that contradicted themselves – yet may be true. I believe that this quote is one of his paradoxes. Whether it is true or not, its value lies in the fact that it provokes critical thought. Chesterton is defining what it is to love, to forgive, to believe, and to hope. Each of the four definitions is a paradox unto itself. Continue reading “Is Anyone Unloveable? Unpardonable? Unbelievable?”

Just Get Up And Go To Work!!

Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.

~ Stephen King

King, a contemporary of mine, was born and raised in Maine in 1947, and is an acclaimed American author of horror, fantasy, science fiction, as well as supernatural fiction and suspense. He began his writing career in high school with short stories that he actually sold to his friends for profit! Too often, I lament, along with many of my fellow Indie authors, about the difficulty of marketing our books. It seems that young Stephen King had that all figured out – even before the advent of the Internet and social media! Continue reading “Just Get Up And Go To Work!!”

Can You Write In The Dark?

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

~ E.L. Doctorow

Edgar Lawrence Doctorow has enjoyed working in various roles in the literary world in the United States. As an author, he is known internationally for his works in the genre of historical fiction. I remember that as a high school student, I was totally engrossed in historical fiction and my favourite author was Leon Uris. Doctorow read scripts for a movie company, edited books and served as editor-in-chief. He left the publishing world in 1969 and began his own writing career spanning over thirty years. Continue reading “Can You Write In The Dark?”

And What Did Writing Teach You?

“And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right.”

~ Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury was a highly celebrated American fiction writer who published many works in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery. He began his writing career while still in high school, in Los Angeles, during the Great Depression. As a young man, he could not afford a college or university education, so he spent countless hours in the public library reading authors such as Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne. Continue reading “And What Did Writing Teach You?”