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The good writers

“Number one: Do you know why books such as this are so important?  Because they have quality.  And what does the word quality mean?  To me it means texture.  This book has pores.  It has features.  This book can go under the microscope.  You’d find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion.  The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on the sheet of paper, the more ‘literary’ you are.  That’s my definition anyway.  Telling detail.  Fresh detail.  The good writers touch life often.  The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her.  The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.”

–Faber, in Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury.

Dream a (little) dream?

“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” — Voltaire 1770

“Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves.  Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.” — Robert A. Heinlein, 1973

OMG, a joke?

“To me God does not yet exist . . .

“The current theory that God already exists in perfection involves the belief that God deliberately created something lower than Himself when He might just as easily have created something equally perfect.  That is a horrible belief . . .

“You said that my manner in (Man and Superman) was not serious enough–that I made people laugh in my most earnest moments.  But why should I not?  Why should humor and laughter be excommunicated?  Suppose the world were only one of God’s jokes, would you work any less to make it a good joke instead of a bad one?”

–George Bernard Shaw to Count Leo Tolstoy, February 14, 1910

From purpose blossoms passion

“Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you. Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.

Find strength and purpose from your difficulties and learn from each experience. My severe lower back injuries and battle with cancer were the catalysts for my mission of helping people move better to feel better. Empowering them to take back control of their life and discovering hope.

It’s why I never stop learning. Why I put tons of info on this page. Why I will never stop. And why criticism never fazes me.

Want the secret to happiness? Find your purpose. Live your purpose. From purposes blossoms passion. Living with passion is where magic happens.

Do magic!!!”

— Perry Nickelston, Stop Chasing Pain


–from the Notebooks of Mr. Ibis

One describes a tale best by telling the tale.  You see?  The way one describes a story, to oneself or to the world, is by telling the story.  It is a balancing act and it is a dream.  The more accurate the map, the more it resembles the territory.  The most accurate map possible would be the territory, and thus would be perfectly accurate and perfectly useless.

The tale is the map that is the territory.

You must remember this.

Neil Gaiman, American Gods –Chapter Ninteen