Friday, March 4, 2011


…I have a few new things up: "What Happened To All The Readers" @ 52/250 A Year of Flash; "Jerky" and "Pottery" at Negative Suck, and "Adolf" at Thundadome. All are also here under "Words In Print."

…Today is Friday and on the treadmill I was listening to The Cure ("Galore") and all of their fantastic, sappy hits like "Close to Me," "Pictures of You" and "Friday I'm In Love." I can see how girls would fall in love with Robert Smith. I could see how guys might. I could see how a person could overlook the lipstick and mascara and hairsprayed coiffure and think, "Damn he's romantic. I want to have his babies."

Here are a few things I like this morning:

"Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure.”
~ Joseph Heller

--"Find a subject you care about. It is this genuine caring, not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style." Kurt Vonnegut

--"Successful writing inspires the writer to do better, to attempt the scaling of greater heights."
--"It is an intriguing fact that in order to make readers care about a character, however bad, however depraved, it is only necessary to make hi love somone or even something. A dog will do, even a hamster." Ruth Rendell

--"At the most basic level, I appreciate writers who have something to say." Daniel Alarcon

"To be a good writer, read until your eyes swell, and take your time and follow your weird, even if it means being lost for intolerable stretches--your weird will guide you, it will deliver you to a place that will be worth all th suffering and disorientation." Junot Diaz

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