Dinty Moore is a charming nonfiction writer I met through my MFA program at University of New Orleans. In the past few years since I completed my degree and friended Dinty on Facebook, his wonderful, writerly quotes spark my infrequent visits to Facebook with a smile. Here's a few recent ones:
"All the Christmases roll down toward the two-tongued sea, like a cold and headlong moon bundling down the sky that was our street; and they stop at the rim of the ice-edged fish-freezing waves, and I plunge my hands in the snow and bring out whatever I can find." ~ Dylan Thomas
"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." ~ Roald Dahl
"You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club." ~ Jack London
Yeah, he posts these quotes every day or two, and yeah, they are always this good.
Facebook is one of those wretched creations in our contemporary world that make me hate the self-absorbtion in our society until I stop and get little kernels of this wonderment from awesome people and writers. I am not a fan of the pathos or emotionalism or commercialism of this season, but give me a writer with a few choice words and a little magic, and I'm a believer.
I'll go looking for magic and inspiration. With a club and a pick axe. Plunging my hands in to grasp at whatever I can bring out before it slips through my anxious fingers.
“As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I'm not sure that I'm going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says 'you are nothing,' I will be a writer.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson
Here's to an amazing New Year, full of plunging hands, finding magic, clubbed inspiration, and no dark thumbs of fate. Write on.
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