There's no end
to the things you might know, depending how far beyond Zebra you go! {Dr. Seuss}

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's Up Wednesday!

What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly blog hop to keep in touch with other writers on this writing journey. Check it out on Jaime Morrow’s blog here if you’d like to take part, too!

What I’m reading... 

A Tangle of Knots Lisa Graff 
I was only on page 25 when I started recommending this book to people. It’s delightful! 

Everything Neil Gaiman writes/selects is awesome.

Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
I’ve been reading an entry or two right before working on my NaNoWriMo novel, and it’s been the boost I need to get writing.

What I’m writing... My novel for NaNoWriMo! I need to update my word count though. I’ve been writing this novel with pencil in an orange notebook. I’m in front of multiple computers all day at work, and the last thing I want to do before or after work is sit in front of a screen again. I prefer writing by hand anyway. I always have! And then typing my handwritten pages into the computer is a great way to get that 1st draft revision started.

What works for me right now... Making sure I get plenty of sleep and sticking to my schedule. Also, CHRISTMAS! Yes, I’m one of thooose. As soon as Halloween is over, I’m getting ready for Christmas. Thanksgiving has always felt like a part of Christmas to me because both holidays have common themes of abundance, gratefulness, family, and love. I have a few Christmasy things out, including my little snowman tree that I’ll keep up through winter, but I don’t fully decorate until the weekend after Christmas. Can’t believe it’s next week already!! 

What else I’ve been up to... Eating, sleeping, reading, writing, working, repeating.

What are you reading and writing? What’s working for you right now? What shenanigans are you up to? If you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, how is it going for you?

I hope you’re having a wonderful week, Zigzaggers! Happy writing!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

MQD – Funny Quotes on Writing, Part 3

Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life.
{James Norman Hall}

Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either.
{Gore Vidal}

Every time I hear writers talk about ‘the muse,’ I just want to bitch-slap them. It’s a job. Do your job.
{Nora Roberts}

Writing a novel is like making love, but it’s also like having a tooth pulled. Pleasure and pain. Sometimes it’s like making love while having a tooth pulled.
{Dean Koontz}

Thank heaven, though, one of the few mistakes I haven’t made is to talk about the unwritten book.
{John le Carre}

Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.
{Patricia Fuller}

What I adore is supreme professionalism. I’m bored by writers who can write only when it’s raining.
{Noël Coward}

She drinks pints of coffee and writes little observations and ideas for stories with her best fountain pen on the linen-white pages of expensive notebooks. Sometimes, when it's going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationery.
{David Nicholls}

How long it takes to write a book depends on its length.
{Walter Jon Williams}

I am a storyteller. If I wanted to send a message I would have written a sermon.
{Phillip Pullman}

Keep on laughing and writing, Zigzaggers!

Boost your writing spirit with more laughter:

Monday, November 10, 2014

MQD – Funny Quotes on Writing, Part 2

People ask me what is the major ingredient for writing a book and I say, ‘Bum glue.’
{Bryce Courtenay}

I tend to basically exaggerate in life, and in writing, it’s fine to exaggerate. I really enjoy overstating for the purpose of getting a laugh. For another thing, writing is easier than digging ditches. Well, actually, that’s an exaggeration. It isn’t.
{Dr. Seuss}

There is nothing finer in the world than the telling of tales. Split atoms if you wish, but splitting an infinitive—and getting away with it—is far nobler. Lance boils if you wish, but pricking pretensions is often cleaner and always more fun.
{Greg Bear}

I’ve got a library copy of Gone with the Wind, a quart of milk and all these cookies. Wow! What an orgy!
{Jacqueline Susann}

Writing is the dragon that lives underneath my floorboards. The one I incessantly feed for fear it may turn and devour my ass. Writing is the friend who doesn't return my phone calls; the itch I'm unable to scratch; a dinner invitation from a cannibal; elevator music for a narcoleptic. Writing is the hope of lifting all boats by pissing in the ocean. Writing isn't something that makes me happy like a good cup of coffee. It's just something I do because not writing, as I've found, is so much worse.
{Quentin R. Bufogle}

People always see me writing and ask me if they can read my writing. The answer is yes, after I publish it and they pay for it.
 {Jarod Kintz}

It ain’t a crapshoot unless you write crap.
 {Jonathan O’Brien}

If I ever saw my muse, she would be an old woman with a tight bun and spectacles poking me in the middle of the back and growling, ‘Wake up and write the book!’
{Kerry Greenwood}

That’s typically what writers do; we just sit around complaining most of the time. And the better things are going, the more we complain.
{Markus Zusak}

I’ve always believed writing ads is the second most profitable form of writing. The first is ransom notes.
{Phil Dusenberry}

Keep on laughing and writing, Zigzaggers!

Boost your writing spirit with more laughter:

Monday, November 3, 2014

MQD – Funny Quotes on Writing, Part 1

If you want to write fiction, the best thing you can do is take two aspirins, lie down in a dark room, and wait for the feeling to pass.
{Lawrence Block}

When life sucks, read. They can’t yell at you for that. And if they do, then you can ignore them.
{Laurie Halse Anderson}

Getting the first draft finished is like pushing a peanut with your nose across a very dirty floor.
{Joyce Carol Oates}

As a friend of mine, herself a writer, says, ‘People who spend the most meaningful hours of their lives in the exclusive company of imaginary people are apt to be a little strange.’
{Lawrence Block}

Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.
{Gabriel García Márquez}

It’s such a pain in the ass to write a book, I can’t imagine writing one if I’m not interested in the subject.
{Michael Lewis}

I do think that just about whenever I am writing, or more accurately, whenever I have written, I feel better and more at peace as a human being. That doesn’t mean, unfortunately, that the literary product is any good.
{Rick Moody}

Writing is a fairly lonely business unless you invite people in to watch you do it, which is often distracting and then you have to ask them to leave.
{Marc Lawrence}

Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators.
{Olin Miller}

If there’s a writer in your life who you love, don’t call what they do a ‘hobby.’ On the other hand, if your long-time nemesis is a writer be sure to undermine their confidence by referring to their life’s work as a quaint pastime.
{Andrea Cremer}

Keep on laughing and writing, Zigzaggers!

Boost your writing spirit with more laughter:

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Writers Born in November

On the first of every month this year, I’m listing writers’ birthdays! I know there are more than I have recorded, so please share in the comments other beloved/famous/well-known writers who were born this month. If you’re unfamiliar with the writer, I linked the birth year to Wikipedia so you can find out more about him or her!

November 1
• Stephen Crane, 1871 

November 2
• Shere Hite, 1942 

November 3
• Martin Cruz Smith, 1942 

November 5
Sam Shepard, 1943 

November 6
• Michael Cunningham, 1952
• Karin Fossum, 1954 

November 7
• Albert Camus, 1913 

November 8
• Margaret Mitchell, 1900 
• Kazuo Ishiguro, 1954 

November 9
• Anne Sexton, 1928 
• Janet Fitch, 1955 
• Tahereh Mafi, 1987

November 10
• Neil Gaiman, 1960 

November 11
• Kurt Vonnegut, 1922

November 12
• Michael Ende, 1929 
• Christopher Pike, 1954 
• Richelle Mead, 1976 

November 13
• Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850 

November 14
• Astrid Lindgren, 1907 
• P.J. O’Rourke, 1947 

November 15
• J.G. Ballard, 1930 

November 16
• Chinua Achebe, 1930 

November 17
Christopher Paolini, 1983

November 18
• Margaret Atwood, 1939 

November 20
Nadine Gordimer, 1923 
Don DeLillo, 1936 

November 21
• Voltaire, 1694 
• Elizabeth George Speare, 1908 

November 22
• George Eliot, 1819 

November 24
• Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1849 
• Arundhati Roy, 1961 

November 25
• Helen Hooven Santmyer, 1895 
• Charlaine Harris, 1951 

November 26
• Eugéne Ionesco, 1909 
• Tracy Hickman, 1955 

November 27
• James Agee, 1909 

November 28
• William Blake, 1757 

November 29
Louisa May Alcott, 1832 
C.S. Lewis, 1898 
• Madeleine L’Engle, 1918 

November 30
• Jonathan Swift, 1667 
• Mark Twain, 1835 
• L.M. Montgomery, 1874 

Who are other well-known writers born this month? If you have a November birthday, please share the day (and the year, if you wish) in the comments!

Happy writing in November, Zigzaggers!

Friday, October 31, 2014

13 More Spooktacular Quotes on Writing! Part 11 (for All the Haunted Writers)

Writing can be a bit like unfolding something...Slowly, the writer reveals what’s happening. But that’s only half of what’s going on. Writers are very cunning people who are not only unfolding and revealing. Just like conjurors and magicians, they are hiding stuff too.
{Michael Rosen}

A book is kind of like a good Horcrux, if we can imagine that–a piece of the writer’s soul, preserved in a physical object for all time, and changing the lives of all those who come into contact with it.
{Cheryl B. Klein}

Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.
{Ben Okri}

No task seems long but that which one dare not begin. It becomes a nightmare.
{Charles Baudelaire}

Writing a book is incredibly pleasurable, but very solitary. You have total control, but sometimes that can drive you insane.
{Justin Halpern}

When I am dead, I hope it may be said, ‘His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.’ 
{Hilaire Belloc}

When I’m writing, I’m waiting to see somebody, and I’m waiting to hear them. It’s almost like conjuring spirits out of the air, using your own imaginative instability.
{Charles Baxter}

To most, being locked away in solitary with nothing but pen and paper would prove a hard punishment. What a strange creature who views this as heaven.
{Richelle E. Goodrich}

I became a writer, a teller of tales, because otherwise I would have died... 
or worse.
{Carlos Ruiz Zafón}

I used to write things for friends. There was this girl I had a crush on, and she had a teacher she didn’t like at school. I had a real crush on her, so almost every day I would write her a little short story where she would kill him in a different way. 
{Stephen Colbert}

All the stories I would like to write persecute me. When I am in my chamber, it seems as if they are all around me, like little devils, and while one tugs at my ear, another tweaks my nose, and each says to me, ‘Sir, write me, I am beautiful.’
{Umberto Eco}

When you can bring yourself to write about it one day, you will find it all less painful. It is a catharsis of sorts, but the process can be brutal. Don’t do it until you’re ready.
{Danielle Steel}

Every word I write is like a drop of my blood. If it’s flowed passionately and long, I need time to recover from the emotions spent before I began a new story. My characters are my life. I have to respectfully and carefully move between them.
{Red Haircrow}

May the muse haunt you all weekend, Zigzaggers!

See these past posts for more ghoulish quotes on writing: