Reminders

Remember not to compare yourself to strangers on the internet. 

Remember not to let the numbers—of likes, of followers, of zeros on a check—make you feel like you are less than, because you are not. You are absolutely enough. 

Remember that J.K. Rowling used to be a single mother, depressed and trying to survive on welfare benefits, while the Harry Potter series was rejected by 12 different publishers.

Remember that…

“There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.”

—Laurie Halse Anderson— Continue reading “Reminders”

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[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] The Year

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

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[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] How The Grinch Stole Christmas

…And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!”
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”…

— Dr. Seuss, Excerpt —

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[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Shallow

Tell me somethin’ girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more?
Is there somethin’ else you’re searchin’ for?

I’m falling
In all the good times I find myself longin’ for change
And in the bad times I fear myself

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[Flash Fiction] Remember, Remember, The Fifth of November

“I can’t believe you’re serious about doing this. What if people see you?”

“That’s what the mask is for.” He pointed to the white mask already secured on his face, his identity hidden behind an oversized smile, red cheeks, and a wide black mustache. 

“And if they decide to shoot you first and ask questions later?” Continue reading “[Flash Fiction] Remember, Remember, The Fifth of November”

[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Doctor Who

“Demons run when a good man goes to war
Night will fall and drown the sun
When a good man goes to war.

Friendship dies and true love lies
Night will fall and the dark will rise
When a good man goes to war.

Demons run, but count the cost
The battle’s won, but the child is lost.”

— Steven Moffat, A Good Man Goes To War —

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[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Crazy Rich Asians

“Eleanor had a long-held theory about men. She truly believed that for most men, all that talk of “being in love” or “finding the right one” was absolute nonsense. Marriage was purely a matter of timing, and whenever a man was finally done sowing his wild oats and ready to settle down, whichever girl happened to be there at the time would be the right one.” 

— Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians —

Last week’s WQW touched on the topic of Asian representation and it’s hard to mention this without also mentioning Crazy Rich Asians, the record-breaking rom-com movie that premiered over the summer. Based on a novel by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians made headlines for being the first studio film to feature an Asian-American cast in 25 years, since The Joy Luck Club. Continue reading “[Writer’s Quote Wednesday] Crazy Rich Asians”

Muse, Are You Reading This?

So, my muse is pretty pissed off at me. I’m not sure how your muse looks, but mine’s a little fairy of a thing. Thin arms, tiny hands, sarcastic sense of humor, brilliant mind. She’s been with me as long as I can remember, always sending me bits of inspiration at inconvenient times.

Or, she used to.

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