Sunday, July 29, 2012

Neither Has Heinlein, For That Matter

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I came across another button a few days ago, and I've been wearing it.  I definitely need to keep this one close at hand, particularly when I have those occasional bouts of writer's block:

"So I haven't been writing lately.  Neither has Shakespeare."

Unfortunately, no one has done a double take to read this button, at least not yet.  And that's part of the fun of wearing a button like this -- the reaction someone has when they read it.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Soaring With Daffy

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I was in a store yesterday when I heard one of those things that just stick in your mind.  It was a quote that I found quite memorable, and definitely something that falls into what I have dubbed "fortune cookie philosophy."  I happened to overhear one of the staff saying this:

"It's hard to be a peacock when your co-worker is Daffy Duck."

I actually asked her to repeat what she had said, just so I could be completely certain that I had heard what I thought I heard.  Yes, I had heard what I thought I heard, and it was just as funny the second time.

I've heard the sentiment before, though expressed in a slightly different form:  "It's hard to soar with eagles when you're surrounded by turkeys."  But you have to admit, saying it this way is so much more memorable.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

The Power Of Imagination

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I've been wearing a button for at two or three weeks now.  I've been meaning to write about it for some time now, but it seems that every time I'm on Blogger, I completely forget about the button, even though it's on my chest.

Well, this time, that's not going to happen.  I've removed it from my shirt for the moment, and sitting on the table right next to my laptop where I can clearly see it.

This is another button that I picked up at a convention many years ago.  And I think what it says is something that just about every fan of SF would readily agree with:

"In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature."

The imagination is the power that draws us into the genre in the beginning.  What the writer's imagination has produced sparks something in us, and with some of us, urges us into harnessing that force of nature ourselves.

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Photo Fortune

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This is another fortune that I discovered while reading some different blogs today.  As with the previous entry, this particular blogger posted the photo of a fortune as part of the entry.  This fortune read:

"Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest."

I'm beginning to wonder if I will be stumbling across photos of fortunes on a regular basis now.

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