Today’s Top Ten: Neil Gaiman Love

Holy mole, I missed you guys! Sorry for the blog and twitter silence, but there’s been A LOT going on behind the scenes in my neck of the woods. All good things, I assure you. So an impromptu internet break was needed to recharge a bit, and do this weird thing called relax? It’s a term I’m not well acquainted with, but it was sort of fun. Especially since it’s summer…

Anywho, today I wanted to share my top ten Neil Gaiman quotes, because I think he’s pretty freaking awesome. And you’re all awesome, so it’s like a cosmic collision of super-awesome. Or something.

1.) “May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” Neil Gaiman

2.) “Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” Neil Gaiman

3.) “I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.” Neil Gaiman

4.) “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

5.) “That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed.” Neil Gaiman

6.) “Each person who ever was or is or will be has a song. It isn’t a song that anybody else wrote. It has its own melody, it has its own words. Very few people get to sing their song. Most of us fear that we cannot do it justice with our voices, or that our words are too foolish or too honest, or too odd. So people live their song instead.” Neil Gaiman

7.) “What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.” Neil Gaiman

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

9.) “Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten.” Neil Gaiman

10.) “Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.” Neil Gaiman

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Top Ten Weekend Quotes

Here are a few weekend quotes for you to enjoy. Some are silly, some are so, so very true. Happy Friday! XO

Top Ten Weekend Quotes

1.) Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.  John Shirley

2.) Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.  Author Unknown

3.) The feeling of Sunday is the same everywhere, heavy, melancholy, standing still.  Jean Rhys

4.) Always strive to excel, but only on weekends.  Richard Rorty

5.) Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.  Bill Watterson

6.) The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend. Chuck Palahniuk 

7.) The whole point of the week is the weekend. Angela Montenegro (Bones)

8.) Oh come on’P.O.E.T.S.’? ‘piss.off.early.tomorrows.saturday.’ the weekend approaches people!” Dan Abnett

9.) Pancakes taste best consumed in periods of sloth on protracted weekend mornings. Ken Albala

10.) Some days felt longer than other days. Some days felt like two whole days. Unfortunately those days were never weekend days. Our Saturdays and Sundays passed in half the time of a normal workday. Joshua Ferris

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