Things people said to me recently, that I thought you should hear.
It all made for a great story, but so much energy was wasted on negativity I would have never felt if I had taken time and patience into account. But then again, i was running away, and it’s hard to do that slowly. —Jon
There seems to be an art to life. We try so hard to do well with what we have…we try to make sense of what we have. We have the same amount of resources… If we just give ourselves to something… That principle of making sense of what we have, when the final product is a sense of what…purpose? —Vincent
You anosmic son of a bitch! —Mike
Our mission has always been the same: to help people transition. [shrug] It’s not that hard. —Mark
The more you fall in love with God’s glory, the weirder and more fun it gets to follow God. —Tom
I guess that’s the tradeoff, as far as attachment is concerned. You can dodge it and remain whole, or else leave little pieces of yourself everywhere you’ve enjoyed its embrace. —me (it just kind of came out and I was like “whoa”)
The important thing is that there should be a space of time, say four hours a day at least when a professional writer doesn’t do anything else but write. He doesn’t have to write, and if he doesn’t feel like it, he shouldn’t try. He can look out of the window, or stand on his head, or writhe on the floor. But he is not to do any other positive thing, not read, write letters, glance at magazines, or write checks. Write or nothing.
Two very simple rules, a) you don’t have to write, b) you can’t do anything else.”
The other day I suffered a heartbreak. Nothing major—put away the bonbons. Just the kind that makes you walk with your shoulders rounded, your chest a little caved in.
For the would-be writer, reading your idol’s early works is a highly salutatory practice.
I learned this with John Steinbeck’s Sea of Cortez. I kept waiting for it to become, you know, Steinbeck…and by the closing pages I realized two wonderful things: