Stay gold, ponyboy…

Photo by Kerri Maniscalco

Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Happy autumn! <33333333

Top Ten: Quotes for Writers and Word Nerds

Unfortunately, I don’t have time for a super long post today because I’m spending the weekend putting the final (okay the sixth, or seventh FINAL) touches on my latest project. I started it at the end of December, shelved it in early January – wrote another book in between – and brought it back out a few weeks ago, to really edit it into perfection. I really like it, and I even made a video trailer for it. (Visual aides are my weakness, you should try it sometime!) But that’s staying underground for a bit, I’ll put it up on Youtube eventually.

The first round of query letters are going out SOON(ish), so I’m super excited. That’ll bring my submission count up to three novels circulating at once. Two projects are still under consideration by some mighty fine agencies, so we’ll see how this lil’ guy does. Soooo, since I’m editing and doing all that fun writerly stuff, here are some quotes for all you writers out there doing the same thing this weekend. Happy Friday! XOXOXOXOXO

Top Ten Quotes for Writers and Word Nerds

1.)¬†“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” —¬†Ernest Hemingway

2.)¬†“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” —¬†Toni Morrison

3.)¬†“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” —¬†Robert Frost

4.)¬†“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” —¬†Kurt Vonnegut

5.)¬†“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” —¬†Stephen King

6.)¬†“Writing is like sex. First you do it for love, then you do it for your friends, and then you do it for money.” —¬†Virginia Woolf

7.)¬†“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.” —¬†Neil Gaiman

8.)¬†“Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.” —¬†Meg Cabot

9.)¬†“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” —¬†Neil Gaiman

10.)¬†“So what? All writers are lunatics!” —¬†Cornelia Funk

The Road Not Taken

This is still one of my favorite poems of all time…

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The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I‚ÄĒ
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost

Should I ever find myself walking alone in the woods, I will most definitely have a panic attack while deciding which road to take. Thanks a lot Robert Frost.

My butterfly

Thank you so much for the #FF Twitter love! I’m overwhelmed by how small this world can become once we stop to say hello. Earlier this week I was lucky enough to see a few wildly beautiful butterflies and I just happened to have my camera with me, so I snapped some photos. It reminded me of a Robert Frost poem that I think might inspire you.

Hope your weekend is filled with creativity, inspiration and tons of writing and reading! As always, if you’re reading a great book feel free to share it with me. I’m always on the lookout for wonderful new summer reads. Happy Friday!!!

Photo by Kerri Maniscalco

Photo by Kerri Maniscalco

Blue-Butterfly Day- Robert Frost

It is blue-butterfly day here in spring,

And with these sky-flakes down in flurry on flurry

There is more unmixed color on the wing

Than flowers will show for days unless they hurry.

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:

And now from having ridden out desire

They lie closed over in the wind and cling

Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.