After September ended, our working life began with a classroom full of snacks & abbreviations!
Please, always say it,
for life is far too short and
there’s so little time.
Literary Birthday - 12 September
Happy Birthday, James Frey, born 12 September 1969
Seven James Frey Quotes
- You only live once, buy Picassos whenever possible.
- There is no fear. Absolutely no fear. When one lives without fear, one cannot be broken. When one lives with fear one is broken before one begins to live.
- Trauma is survivable, but often not much more. It kills you while allowing you to still live.
- I’m just going to write my books and do my work and release it. Let the world decide what it is, and if it’s any good or not.
- The point of what I do is that it doesn’t really matter what a book or a story is as long it moves you, informs you, challenges you, entertains you, or changes you.
- Some people think memoirs should be held to a perfect journalistic standard. Some people don’t. Obviously I don’t. My goal was never to create or to write a perfect journalistic standard of my life. It was always to be as literature.
- And as ridiculous as it may sound, sometimes all any of us needs in life is for someone to hold our hand and walk next to us
Five Pittacus Lore Quotes
- I don’t like bullies. No one has a right to take or to hurt just because they can.
- The price of a memory, is the memory of the sorrow it brings.
- Those things that are the most obvious are the very things we’ve most likely to overlook.
- My experiences have taught me that things rarely improve with a simple change of scenery.
- A wise man once told me that only by leaving someone good can you meet someone better.
Frey is an American writer. His books A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard, and Bright Shiny Morning were worldwide best-sellers and he has been published in 31 languages. He is the and Founder/CEO of Full Fathom Five, a production company responsible for the best-selling YA series The Lorien Legacies. He writes the young adult science fiction books under the pseudonym Pittacus Lore. I Am Number Four, The Power of Six and The Rise of Nine were New York Times Best-sellers. The Fall of Five was released in August 2013.
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ARTWORK BY GOLNAZ FATHI
Golnaz Fathi is a young Iranian artist whose paintings have been exhibited in a number of important galleries and museums in the Middle East, Europe and the United States over the past twelve years. Her work is transnational both in conception and in execution as it incorporates her extensive training in traditional Iranian calligraphy, graphic design, painting (self taught), and autobiography. [via]
In Writers Write, we always ask delegates to write a letter dismissing their internal critic. They can be pretty brutal. The poor guy takes a lot of abuse. Now, for the first time ever, he hits back with his side of the story in an anonymous letter.
Do you know how hard I work for you? I don’t think you realise how many hours I put in just for you—whether it’s when you’re hammering away at your Mac late at night or scribbling in your moleskin early in the morning or even when you’re just driving in the traffic and thinking about writing. I’m always there.
But it is exhausting to be on call 24 hours a day. It is exhausting to agonise over your commas, clumsy spelling, and your every little crisis of artistic faith. Oh, it’s easy to portray me as the shadowy villain, the insidious and invisible little bad guy in the on-going story of your writing career, but you know this isn’t so. We both know it.
If you’re honest, you will see me as nothing more than a conspirator in your fear, a co-dependant partner maybe—but not always the callous and cruel antagonist. More often than not, I’m a wet-nurse, a sounding board, a convenient excuse for not writing. I don’t think that’s fair, do you know? I’m not the one with the pen in my hand.
I am tired. I have not had a good night’s sleep in years. I have worn out my voice. I am tired of the merry-go-round games we play —round and round, we go. We need a break from each other. I need a vacation, a well-deserved holiday somewhere warm and pretty. We need to let go of this internecine and petty battle and call a truce—so you can show up at the page, on your own, sober, focused. Terrified, maybe, but free. You don’t need my voice. You have your own.
So let me pack my suitcase and slip quietly to the taxi waiting in the light of dawn. Let me sneak away and take that last flight out, before you beg me to stay. Please—just give me a break.
Your Internal Critic
by Anthony Ehlers for Writers Write
After careful review of your resume, we have decided to proceed with other candidates.
I will never be allowed to get in North-Korea only that I used to earn my living by writing for a magazine?