Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth
Quote of the day
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it. ~Russel Baker
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent
If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance. ~Bern Williams
Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare,
And left the flushed print in a poppy there.
To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie –
True Poems flee.
What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade. ~Gertrude Jekyll
In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way
I have to go to bed by day.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. ~Aldo Leopold
I question not if thrushes sing,
If roses load the air;
Beyond my heart I need not reach
When all is summer there.
~John Vance Cheney
Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light
And she sits on a sapphire throne.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~Albert Camus
There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart. ~Celia Thaxter
The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~Wallace Stevens
In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams
Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. ~Sam Keen
Summer has set in with its usual severity. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge
People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. ~Anton Chekhov
A life without love is like a year without summer. ~Swedish Proverb
Press close, bare-bosomed Night! Press close, magnetic,
Night of south winds! Night of the large, few stars!
Still, nodding Night! Mad, naked, Summer Night!
Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you. ~Erma Bombeck
The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. ~Author unknown, commonly misattributed to Mark Twain
Do what we can, summer will have its flies. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Heat, ma’am! it was so dreadful here, that I found there was nothing left for it but to take off my flesh and sit in my bones. ~Sydney Smith, Lady Holland’s Memoir
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. ~John Lubbock
No price is set on the lavish summer;
June may be had by the poorest comer.
~James Russell Lowell, The Vision of Sir Launfal, 1848
Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James
Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer’s year – it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul. ~Author Unknown
Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world. ~Ada Louise Huxtable
This was one of those perfect New England days in late summer where the spirit of autumn takes a first stealing flight, like a spy, through the ripening country-side, and, with feigned sympathy for those who droop with August heat, puts her cool cloak of bracing air about leaf and flower and human shoulders. ~Sarah Orne Jewett
“….romance is far more satisfying when the
power between the characters is like a teeter-totter
—sometimes she’s on the high end, sometimes he
is, but the reader doesn’t know from minute to
minute who’s going to have the upper hand.”
-Leigh Michaels in an article
in Writer’s Digest, May/June 2009
These are actual comments made by 16 Police Officers.
The comments were taken off actual police car videos around the country:
16 ‘You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one you just
15 ‘Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new. They’ll stretch
after you wear them a while..’
14 ‘If you take your hands off the car, I’ll make your birth certificate a worthless document.’
13 ‘If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired..’
12 ‘Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that’s the
speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you.’
11 ‘You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can
write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?’
10 ‘Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t think it
will help. Oh, did I mention that I’m the shift supervisor?’
9 ‘Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I’m warning you not to do that
again or I’ll give you another ticket. ‘
8 ‘The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk
or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?’
7 ‘Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to
ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop.’
6 ‘Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster
5 ‘In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC.’
4 ‘How big were those ‘two beers’ you say you had?’
3 ‘No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we’re
allowed to write as many tickets as we can.’
2 ‘I’m glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of
yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.’
AND THE WINNER IS….
1. ‘You didn’t think we give pretty women tickets? You’re right, we
don’t. Sign here.’
“…at any given moment in a story, every character is working
on at least three agendas—three levels of desire: An overall agenda,
which tends to consist of broad hopes—life goals. A scene agenda,
which is the result a character hopes to achieve in a scene. A
compulsive agenda, which is a deeper, hidden need.”
-Eric M. Witchey in an article in The Writer, September 2007