Sunday, October 3, 2010

Being a Writer

The pictures today don't really follow a theme. These are from my Saturday in Granbury. Old buildings (for Texas) that struck me. Apropos of nothing here's a quote from a very smooth writer - F.Scott Fitzgerald: The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile, jumping over sun dials and brick walks and burning gardens - finally when it reached the house drifitng up the side in bright vines as though from the momentum of its run.
The Gordon House in Granbury. History, people., life. Fitzgerald wrote - Action is Character. From the Great Gatsby: They were careless people. Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.

I'm going to be lazy today and just quote other people. My good friend, JB Harlin, sent me this quote and I truly appreciate him thinking of me:
Ernest Hemmingway: All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all of it happened to you and afterwards it belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and the sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get that so that you can give that to the people, then you are a writer.

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